16 October 2008

Siemens PLM Software Announces New Release of Solid Edge 2D Drafting

PLANO, Texas, October 16, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the latest release of its free Solid Edge® 2D Drafting software. The latest release is immediately available for download in 10 languages.

Siemens PLM Software began offering its 2D Drafting product at no cost two years ago as a strategic move to ease the 2D to 3D transition for SMB customers. To date 180,000 users have downloaded the software, 21 percent of which say they have immediate plans to upgrade to 3D.

“We began using Solid Edge 2D Drafting for designing custom exhaust systems for the boating industry,” said Dan Buckley, president, K & B Performance. “Also, the product was free and promised a pathway into 3D. We moved into 3D and have found that claim to be true. Our 2D designs are being used directly in 3D and learning 3D was much faster because the 2D product taught us sketching and how to navigate the user interface. We have been able to cut our design time from four months to two days and refine our processes.”

Solid Edge 2D Drafting is the standalone 2D CAD component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio. It provides a production-proven set of capabilities for creating 2D documentation, including drawing layout, diagramming, annotation and dimensioning controls that automatically comply with drafting standards, such as ISO, ANSI, BSI, DIN, JIS and UNI. Solid Edge 2D drafting is fully compatible with Solid Edge, the industry’s first 3D history-free, feature-based CAD system.

The latest product enhancements ease the transition into 3D by providing:

  • Parametric 2D sketching concepts, which allow smart profile development that can be reused later to directly develop 3D models.
  • 2D designs that can be refined with Goal Seek in Solid Edge, a tool to optimize and determine unknown parameters.
  • A new and consistent user interface that leverages the look and feel of Microsoft Office™ 2007 suite of products.

“The success of this program continues to prove to us that there are thousands of 2D users who need 3D software to enhance their productivity,” said Bruce Boes, vice president, Velocity Series Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software.

There is no cost to download or license the software; optional support and automatic upgrades for the product are available for a nominal cost. For more information or to download, visit www.solidedge.com/free2d.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Solid Edge and Velocity Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Microsoft Office™ is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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