Siemens PLM Software Inc. (Munich, Germany) has released the latest version of it Solid Edge CAD software (Solid Edge ST9), which now includes cloud-based licensing, user preferences and collaboration tools. In addition, the new built-in data management capabilities enable users to easily index their CAD models, while new migration tools enable conversion of legacy design data from virtually any CAD system. For more comprehensive data management capabilities, Solid Edge ST9 facilitates upgrade to Siemens’ Teamcenter digital lifecycle management software. Solid Edge ST9 also offers significantly enhanced integration with Teamcenter to help simplify completion of critical data management tasks. New cloud capabilities provide faster and more flexible deployment options, improved user access and collaboration across remote designs teams. Licenses and user preferences can be stored on the cloud, enabling users to access their personal environment anytime and anywhere. Solid Edge ST9 also adds data storage options via cloud-enabled vaulting so users can store and share design data in a controlled manner with external suppliers and customers, using popular software like Dropbox, OneDrive software, Google Drive online storage service and Box. New built-in data management capabilities enable searches for files and properties, as well as impact analysis. There is no database software to install or database tables to maintain. The new design manager utility provides for fast and simple revision and release management, significantly improved data organization and consistency, and faster completion of data management tasks. New migration tools build on the existing toolset for importing CAD data. For example, the associativity between SolidWorks software models and drawings can now be migrated to Solid Edge. Additionally, a Solid Edge 2D to AutoCAD software export tool ensures seamless mapping of Solid Edge drafting elements to AutoCAD. Solid Edge ST9 also provides easy access to the 2D designs created in Siemens’ new Catchbook software, to rapidly create 3D models and professional engineering drawings from sketches.
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