Solid Edge users will save time and money by being able to more efficiently validate the motion behavior of their assemblies and mechanisms, realistically simulating the interaction between contacting parts, and saving them as reusable systems in a way that is unmatched by any other mainstream CAD system. Solid Edge Version 15 ships this quarter delivering the new AEM features to all customers under a current maintenance contract at no additional cost.
The AEM provides Solid Edge Version 15 users with advanced assembly motion simulation and related virtual prototyping functionality, hence increasing design productivity, reducing design errors and lessening the need to produce expensive physical prototypes. This is achieved by more realistically modeling the behavior
of assemblies and mechanisms, taking account of the interactions of parts as they collide and push each other around. Furthermore, using the AEM’s simple, interactive, mode of operation in Solid Edge Version 15 requires no special motion simulation expertise. The AEM’s contact solution accuracy satisfies the rigorous demands of the mechanical design process, avoiding approximations, such as loose
solving tolerances or inherently inaccurate faceted formats that are better suited to less demanding visualization and entertainment applications.
The AEM automatically computes accurate 3D contacts between all permutations of
points, edges and faces of any geometric type as opposed to less complete approaches that require the user to manually pre-specify the potential contacts before running a simulation, which is often limited to simplistic contact representations, such as point on curve. The AEM is an important element in the newly launched “Systems Design” capability in Solid Edge Version 15. Building on the foundation of Systems Libraries introduced in Solid Edge Version 14 (See Systems Libraries ), the AEM in combination with other new Version 15 enhancements such as assembly features and flexible assemblies, is used to define, store, and reuse entire mechanical systems, complete with their features and constraints, enabling
an understanding of how systems interact with each other when placed into an assembly. This integrated Systems Design approach provides an in-depth understanding of the design process in a manner that has never before been delivered to the
mainstream CAD market, going well beyond today’s limited geometric analysis of sub assemblies. (See today’s Systems Design press release).
“The AEM is a key enabling technology for our overall vision of Systems Design,” said Dan Staples, director of the Solid Edge business unit. “By
simulating the interaction of components in a real-world environment we take a step closer to providing a more complete virtual prototyping environment. At the
same time, the openness of the AEM system allowed us to take a quantum leap forward in defining, storing and reusing complete systems of parts and sub-assemblies in an intelligent manner, thus capturing the intent of the design, as well as
the literal definition.”
Solid Edge has played one of the leading roles throughout the history of the mainstream MCAD market," said John Owen, Managing Director, D-Cubed. "The Solid Edge team has continuously delivered highly accessible, user-friendly, clearly differentiated, productivity enhancements to their users. Their early adoption of much of D?Cubed’s technology has shown consistent industry leadership and I look forward to extending our relationship for the further benefitof Solid Edge’s customers."
Solid Edge from EDS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and to reduce time to market, improve quality and lower cost. 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, has reduced Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and their related rework by 50 percent or more. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies and universities, including, Amana, Philips Broadcasting Systems, Pella Windows, Alcoa, NEC Engineering, Volvo and Yale University using more than 150,000 seats worldwide. The
Solid Edge Voyager Program includes almost 200 integrated complementary, engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.
EDS, the premier global outsourcing services company, delivers superior returns
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complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearney, one of the world’s leading high-value management consultancies, and PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and product design software. With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the Fortune 500. The company’s stock is traded on the New York (NYSE: EDS) and London stock exchanges.
About D-Cubed Ltd.
Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, England, D-Cubed provides software components and technical consulting services to the CAD/CAM/CAE application development industry in all areas of geometric, solid and variational/parametric modeling. Most of the world’s leading
CAD vendors have adopted one or more of D-Cubed’s widely respected component technologies for integration into their end-user applications.
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