10 June 2004

Solid Edge Version 16 from UGS Delivers New "Zero D" Approach to Top-Down Design

FOR RELEASE Thursday, June 10, 2004

PLANO, Texas -- UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Solid Edge Version 16 -- its industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream PLM market -- will be delivered with an innovative new "Zero D" approach to machine layout that starts by defining product structure before any geometry is committed to paper. 

This "Zero D" approach to design allows users to conceptualize their designs top down, in a methodical way, then incorporating new 2D sketch elements, existing 2D drawings or 3D parts and associating them with the virtual product structure to develop a complete machine layout.  Layouts may then be partitioned and distributed to multiple designers for 3D detailing, all while maintaining their associative links to the original layout.  This hybrid process helps conceptualize assembly structures from scratch, while establishing relationships on the fly to optimize the design process and reduce time to market.

"With Solid Edge 2D/3D hybrid design, designers use the best tool for the job as required," said Dan Staples, director of the Solid Edge business unit of UGS. "With our new ’Zero D’ approach, we take this concept a step further and allow designers to establish an assembly structure before committing to geometric representations, while still retaining the flexibility to work with existing geometry as required.  In the end, it’s about letting designers work the way they want to work, in familiar processes, not methods forced on them by the CAD system."

With the ever-increasing complexity of product designs, many remaining 2D users are finding they can no longer do their job with 2D alone, but also recognize that 2D is a useful and efficient way to perform some aspects of the design process, reports a new paper from information and communications research firm Cambashi Ltd. in the United Kingdom. At the same time, Cambashi states, experienced 3D users are recognizing the benefits of doing more upfront work, such as machine layout, in 2D, before committing to complete virtual mock-ups.  As such, both groups seek a design system that incorporates both technologies effectively, allowing the use of the right tool for the right job at hand while continuing to keep all geometry in synch, says Cambashi.

Additional enhancements in Solid Edge V16 for hybrid 2D/3D design include:

  • An assortment of commands that emulate AutoCAD workflows, making the working environment familiar to existing AutoCAD users while improving on the level of capability.
  • New tools for turning 2D layouts of assemblies into 3D models. Similar to Solid Edge’s Create 3D technology for parts, the capability is now extended for assemblies.

For more information on Solid Edge Version 16, please see UGS Launches Solid Edge Version 16, June 2, 2004.

The Solution

Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues. The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.  The company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM.


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