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Solid Edge simplifies the whole sheet metal product development process, from CAD design through flat pattern and drawing development, to tackle unique sheet metal design issues such as manufacturability.

Complete, automated sheet metal design in Solid Edge

Solid Edge, as opposed to general-purpose CAD tools, provides sheet metal-specific features such as Emboss, Dimple, Drawn Cutout, Bead, Multi-edge Flange, Contour Flange, Straight Brake, and Etch. Solid Edge also helps you speed up design time, increase quality, and cut costs with integrated tools for analysis, NC programming, and associated operations.

Create sheet metal models from 2D designs with ease and work directly with geometry. Unlike in history-based CAD, features in Solid Edge can be changed individually using synchronous technology. You can reorganize, reorder, and sort them by name or type. Using sketches and engineering specifications, you may build and update sheet metal features like dimples and beads without having to regenerate associated geometry or downstream activities. Flanges can be automatically cut and several flanges can be manufactured in a single process. Furthermore, Solid Edge lets you “wrap” sheet metal around a solid part.

Easily make unforeseen design modifications to sheet metal models while keeping design intent. Detect and retain design intent, including geometric conditions and model parameters, during drags and dimensional adjustments. Add driving dimensions to any section of your 3D sheet metal model. Unlike typical CAD systems, Solid Edge with synchronous technology does not force alterations down the tree in the order of creation, or the regeneration of unrelated features—so you can update the initial operation as quickly as the last.

With Solid Edge, you can easily share 2D drawings with other teams, suppliers, and customers, even if they don’t have Solid Edge installed. Our free tool, Solid Edge 2D Drafting, allows easy data sharing of native draft files, and provides drawing layout, Goal Seeking, diagramming, and dimensioning capabilities. Because Solid Edge 2D Drafting is fully compatible with the commercial version of Solid Edge, there is no loss of drawing integrity as a result of data translation.

When compared to general-purpose CAD tools, Solid Edge’s specialized sheet metal design capabilities provide significant productivity advantages. Process-specific commands, such as Lofted Flange for ducting, Part to Sheet Metal for hopper design, and Blank Body for press flat patterns, make it easier to model sheet metal parts. Built-in intelligence saves time by automatically estimating material treatments and certifying items for manufacturability. Furthermore, the ability to develop manufacturing-ready sheet metal flat designs aids in the reduction of scrap and rework.

Solid Edge enables unrivalled model validation to ensure manufacturability and decrease the requirement for physical prototypes. Solid Edge includes design sensors that can automatically measure parameters, like the distance between bends, or calculate factors such as cost, variables, and surface area. And with scalable finite element capabilities, you can conduct simulations earlier in the design phase, allowing you to improve the quality of sheet metal parts and reduce product failures, while minimizing material and weight.

Solid Edge streamlines sheet metal drawing creation, including bend tables, with the industry’s most productive CAD drafting system. Formed and flattened components can be detailed, dimensioned, and associatively retained so that they automatically update when your designs change. Bend tables, shaded views, exploded assemblies, and detail and section views can be quickly created within the drawing. Using Microsoft-standard OLE technology (object link and embedding), whole drawings, bend tables, or individual views can be easily re-used in other document types, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to illustrate manuals, technical specifications, brochures, and other publications.

Solid Edge uses an industry-standard formula to create an NC-ready flat pattern, but gives you the flexibility to define a custom formula based on bend tables. For manufacturing purposes, Solid Edge flat patterns will always show the most efficient cut sheet size. Solid Edge lets you represent deformation features in a manner that best suits your sheet metal manufacturing process. Bend tables can be stored within 3D parts to allow the bend order to be documented, used on drawings, and exported to help program CNC machines. Solid Edge also supports the use of triangulation lines for conical bends – an important enhancement for anyone who creates transitional sheet metal work like square to rounds or conical shapes. Solid Edge also allows the user to remove undesired reliefs from flat patterns.

Build complex 3D sheet metal models more easily using enhanced lofted flanges and unique bend bulge relief in a 3D CAD environment. The lofted flange capability improves manufacturability and handles a multitude of cases: one-to-one, one-to-many, arc-to-line, symmetrical, asymmetrical, parallel and non-parallel. The unique auto-relief feature results in more successful creation of lofted flanges. And the new lofted flange bends option provides creation flexibility and accurate flat patterns. In addition, a new bend bulge relief function adds relief to simple bend ends. Lofted flanges are especially useful in the creation of agricultural machine design and industrial food processing equipment. Bend bulges, mechanical deformations that happen when metal plates are bent, can be relieved, a necessary step for manufacturing.

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