Which Package?

The Best Version of Solid Edge for You

Solid Edge software offers a range of affordable, easy-to-use tools to address all aspects of the product development process, including 3D design, simulation, manufacturing, data management and more. Solid Edge uses Synchronous Technology to combine the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design.

Key Feature/FunctionSolid Edge PremiumSolid Edge ClassicSolid Edge FoundationSolid Edge Design and Drafting
Node-locked / FloatingBothBothBothNode-locked only
Cloud enabledYesYesYesYes
2D draftingYesYesYesYes
2D data re-useYesYesYesYes
3D data re-useYesYesYesYes
Part copyingYesYesYesNo
3D part designYesYesYesYes*
3D assembly designYesYesYesYes*
Collision detectionYesYesYesYes
Automated 2D drawingsYesYesYesYes
Product & Manufacturing Information (PMI)YesYesYesYes
Synchronous TechnologyYesYesYesYes
Design AutomationYesYesYesYes
Sheet metal designYesYesYesNo
Frame and weldment designYesYesYesNo
Surface ModelingYesYesYesNo
Plastic part designYesYesYesNo
Engineering Reference ToolsYesYesNoNo
Electrical routingYesNoNoNo
Piping and tubing designYes**NoNoNo
Standard parts libraryYesYesYesNo
Machinery library content for standard parts libraryYesYesNoNo
Reverse engineeringYesYesNoNo
Generative designYes***Yes***NoNo
Photorealistic RenderingYesYesNoNo
Translators – parasolids, step, .sat, .stl, JT, ages, DWG/DXF, SolidWorks, Pro/Engineer / Creo, InventorYesYesYesYes
Convergent Modeling TechnologyYesYesYesYes
Data Migration – SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro/Engineer / CreoYesYesYesNo
Motion simulationYesYesYesYes*
Stress simulationYesYes*NoNo
Vibration simulationYesYes*NoNo
Buckling simulationYesNoNoNo
Thermal simulationYesNoNoNo
Topology OptimizationYes*Yes*Yes*Yes*
Additive Manufacturing preparationYesYesYesYes
Additive Manufacturing serviceYesYesYesYes
Solid Edge data managementYesYesYesYes
Free collaboration toolsYesYesYesYes

*with some limitations
**piping library for standard parts is an add-on (SE323)
***to get full impact of generative design, an add-on is required (SE395)

Understanding Solid Edge Terminology

Synchronous Technology

Intelligent direct modeling. Synchronous Technology helps to accelerate product design, make revisions faster, and improve design data re-use.

Reverse Engineering

3D scanning. Bodies can be imported from other systems, digitally scanned, or products of a generative design analysis. These bodies come in as facets. Tools are available to build geometry over the facets.

Generative Design

Topology optimization. Designers can define a specific material, design space, permissible loads and constraints, and a target weight, and Solid Edge computes the geometric solution.

Convergent Modeling

Mesh data import and re-use. Siemens convergent modeling technology enables the use of new generative design, additive manufacturing and reverse engineering capabilities.

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing.

Engineering Reference

A set of tools that includes CAM, gear, pulley and shalft, spring, and beam and column design.