Design for Cost is a new capability available in Solid Edge 2019. Take a look at this example:
In this example, Solid Edge Application Engineer Ben Weisenberger imports a sheet metal file that doesn’t have any features associated with it in the feature tree. However, he runs the “Thin Part to Sheet Metal” tool to recognize all the flanges and features of the part.
After running that tool, you can then see the total number of bends, cut lengths, stamping features, etc., in the Design for Cost feature. All you have to do, then, is input the associated costs. This will give you a cost estimate in the Design for Cost feature, where you can also see a pie chart that shows you what will cost the most.
Design for Cost, as demonstrated, will even work with imported geometry.
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