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What’s New in Solid Edge 2020: Next Generation Design

Next Generation Design - Solid Edge 2020

Solid Edge, a powerful tool that offers an intelligent CAD platform, in addition to a diverse PLM portfolio including simulation, manufacturing, technical publications, data management, and applications from third-party software, truly offering unique design-through-manufacturing possibilities.

The latest version of Solid Edge 2020 – The Next Generation Design solution features a number of new enhancements that will enable SMEs to have complete access to the best and the latest 3D design technologies to meet the toughest product development challenges. The new features added to accelerate product development and manufacturing processes include:

Mechanical Design

Visualize and validate your design end-to-end with Next-Gen technology to include:

Augmented Reality : The integration of augmented reality (AR) to the 3D computer-aided design (CAD) product line enables users to see virtual objects in real-world settings, and visualize design intent in new ways

Expanded Validation Tools : Building prototypes of the product is generally expensive. Integrating Solid Edge’s new and powerful validation tools for conducting motion and vibration simulation can help reduce costly prototypes

Model-based Definition: Customers can provide a complete digital classification of parts, and assemblies as well as manufacturing instructions from their 3D model, thereby improving productivity. This helps engineers spend less time on documentation and improve validation while minimizing manufacturing errors

2D Nesting : Adding 2D Nesting capabilities can optimize cutting patterns, reduce waste and costs, and hasten the manufacturing processes. By leveraging the nesting engine you can generate best layouts optimized for two-dimensional cutting of sheet metal, wood, and other materials.

Extensive Core CAD Enhancements: Accuracy of a design drawing is critical to product manufacturing. Solid Edge enhancements like new sheet metal capabilities, 3-10x faster large assembly performance, new data migration tools, and other enhancements are easy-to-use, deploy and maintain.

Electrical Design

Based on industry-leading technology from Mentor Graphics, a Siemens business, the electrical design products are trusted and proven around the world:

Harness Design – From simple electrical circuits to complex wire harnesses, improve productivity, streamline processes, manage change management and optimize the user interactions

  • Electrical Routing : Route wiring in 3D assembly models reduces design time and manufacturing readiness
  • PCB Design: Fully integrate PCB layout and mechanical design environments using native 3D PCB design for placement, routing, and collaboration
  • PCB Collaboration : – Interactively collaborate between ECAD and MCAD domains to improve product design and development time


Streamlined access to the latest manufacturing methods allows you to:

  • Define and execute manufacturing processes, including CNC machining, nesting, cutting, bending, molding, and welding, assembling and additive manufacturing
  • Dynamic model sectioning lets you print right-first-time, print bed preparation including scaling, orienting and settling, and validate wall thickness


Advanced simulation version offers the following features:

  • Simulate all aspects of mechanism motion, understand the true dynamic function of a design before producing or assembling hardware
  • Simulate the vibration level of a structure during product operation
  • Rapidly interpret and understand model behavior with comprehensive graphical post-processing tools

Data Management

From built-in data management to Teamcenter integration, Solid Edge’s scalable set of tools can meet the varying needs of all manufacturers:

  • Search, manage and share product data efficiently and securely
  • Search for drawings, parts, and assemblies for quick and easy access to data
  • One-step and quick-release workflows
  • Systematic and effective tracking and reporting on customer and regulatory design requirements

Technical Publication

Using the enhanced publishing tools users can import and export section views, publish vector graphics for PDF documents, define individual sizing for illustrations and produce images or vectors with transparent backgrounds. You can reach the global market using XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF) language translation easily translating and digitizing documents

Cloud-based Collaboration

Provides secure storage, viewing, markup, and sharing of CAD files:

  • Secure cloud-share Augmented Reality (AR) experiences and projects
  • Online CAD storage, viewing, and collaboration
  • Browser-based access on any device
  • All common CAD formats supported

PROLIM is the authorized SIEMENS PLM Channel partner to sell and service Solid Edge, offering clients with end-to-end, consistent solutions from inception to implementation.

To learn more about enhancement to Solid Edge 2020, contact us at PROLIM.com. Alternatively, leave your thoughts in the comment section.

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