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/Function Solid Edge Premium Solid Edge Classic Solid Edge Foundation Solid Edge Design and Drafting
Node-locked / Floating Both Both Both Node-locked only
Cloud enabled Yes Yes Yes Yes
2D drafting Yes Yes Yes Yes
2D data re-use Yes Yes Yes Yes
3D data re-use Yes Yes Yes Yes
Part copying Yes Yes Yes No
3D part design Yes Yes Yes Yes*
3D assembly design Yes Yes Yes Yes*
Collision detection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automated 2D drawings Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product & Manufacturing Information (PMI) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Synchronous Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
Design Automation Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sheet metal design Yes Yes Yes No
Frame and weldment design Yes Yes Yes No
Surface Modeling Yes Yes Yes No
Plastic part design Yes Yes Yes No
Engineering Reference Tools Yes Yes No No
Electrical routing Yes No No No
Piping and tubing design Yes** No No No
Standard parts library Yes Yes Yes No
Machinery library content for standard parts library Yes Yes No No
Reverse engineering Yes Yes No No
Generative design Yes*** Yes*** No No
Animation Yes Yes Yes Yes*
Photorealistic Rendering Yes Yes No No
Translators – parasolids, step, .sat, .stl, JT, ages, DWG/DXF, SolidWorks, Pro/Engineer / Creo, Inventor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Convergent Modeling Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data Migration – SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro/Engineer / Creo Yes Yes Yes No
Motion simulation Yes Yes Yes Yes*
Stress simulation Yes Yes* No No
Vibration simulation Yes Yes* No No
Buckling simulation Yes No No No
Thermal simulation Yes No No No
Topology Optimization Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
Additive Manufacturing preparation Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additive Manufacturing service Yes Yes Yes Yes
Solid Edge data management Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free collaboration tools Yes Yes Yes Yes
API Yes Yes Yes Yes

*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.