Siemen PLM introduced its newest version of Solid Edge – ST10 – at PLM World last week, revealing a handful of improvements, including the introduction of convergent modeling (the ability to mash up mesh and b-rep). The release also offers the ability to scale parts models and provides correct modeling of holes across bends in sheet metal.
|Example of heat transfer flow analysis in a screen shot of the Solid Edge ST10 release.|
ST10 lets users clone part models in an assembly – for example placing the same dowel in many different locations and orientations in the assembly. The release also assists users in directly opening the associated drawing of a selected part model, letting users take advantage of Teamcenter classification capabilities. Designers can also work offline when using Teamcenter. The tool synchs the changes back to Teamcenter when the user gets back online.
The release offers enhanced fluid flow and heat transfer simulation and analysis, as well as cloud-based collaboration tools. ST10 also comes with improved Solid Edge publishing tools. Users can create interactive technical documents and share designs in the cloud. ST10 was designed to optimize parts for additive manufacturing while tying into a 3D printing hub so users can obtain quotes, material selection, and delivery schedules from service providers.
ST10 introduces integrated topology optimization technology that combines with Siemens’ Convergent Modeling technology to enable designers to improve product design efficiency and streamline the ability to work with imported geometry.
Convergent Modeling Mashes Up Mesh and B-Rep
Siemens executives noted that the ability to converge mesh and b-rep modeling may be one of the most useful advances in ST10. “I believe the introduction of the Convergent Modeling capabilities – allowing users to work more flexibly with mesh based models alongside their b-rep models – will have the most significance for our customers,” David Chadwick, marketing manager at Siemens PLM told Design News. “Mesh models are becoming increasingly important, whether this is from designers having access to vast libraries of components in STL format, or from the fact that the output of new generative modeling and topology optimization technologies is a mesh model, or the fact that additive manufacturing is a huge consumer of mesh models.”
|Example of the generative design capabilities of ST10. Tell the software what you need and it will generate the optimal design to save space and weight.|
Ultimately, the ability to converge these two modeling techniques will speed design. “The ability to use mesh models in a Solid Edge assembly, place them on a drawing sheet and dimension them, or add features to them in Solid Edge will allow designers to quickly complete more design tasks that require access to both mesh and b-rep models,” said Chadwick.
Turing Design Models into Instructions
Solid Edge ST10 includes enhanced publication features designed to quickly create detailed illustrations of designs. The ability to publish interactive digital documents is intended to help communicate the correct manufacturing process and maintenance procedures for products. These documents are associative to the original design information, enabling rapid updates to the documentation when the design changes.
New enhancements to built-in Solid Edge data management and improved integration with Siemens’ Teamcenter software were added to offer scalable product data management. The goal is to help companies of all sizes become digital enterprises. Component classification and off-line working are now supported for Solid Edge using the embedded Teamcenter integration.
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Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.