Siemens Adds Augmented Reality to Solid Edge 2020 for Enhanced Design Visualization, Collaboration

The latest version of Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Solid Edge 2020 features numerous enhancements that will enable small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies to accelerate product development and manufacturing processes.
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Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Solid Edge 2020
Design visualization brings ideas to life, allowing design engineers to validate their digital design in a physical environment. // Photo courtesy of Siemens

The latest version of Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Solid Edge 2020 features numerous enhancements that will enable small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies to accelerate product development and manufacturing processes.

The company operates multiple facilities in metro Detroit and the state, including Siemens Digital Factory locations in Livonia, Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Novi, Northville Township, and Troy.

Through new features such as augmented reality, expanded validation tools, model-based definition, and 2-D Nesting, Solid Edge 2020 provides next generation technologies to enhance collaboration and fully digitalize the design-to-manufacturing process.

“The latest enhancements to the Solid Edge portfolio can help small- to medium-sized manufacturers digitalize their entire product development process from end to end,” says John Miller, senior president of mainstream engineering at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “We continue to work on providing an advanced portfolio of affordable and easy-to-use tools to help our customers with their digital transformation, so they can reduce costs and accelerate product delivery.”

Solid Edge 2020, Siemens says, delivers new augmented reality capabilities that enable users to visualize design intent in new ways, enabling enhanced collaboration internally, as well as with suppliers and customers during the design process. New and powerful validation tools have been integrated for conducting motion and vibration simulation, which can help customers reduce costly prototypes.

“Sharing designs in AR/VR with Solid Edge 2020 could change how we do almost everything,” says Stefan Islinger, manager of IM-CAD support for Germany’s Krones. “It’s an absolute game changer and will help us design better, while communicating more effectively and efficiently with our customers and engineers.”

The addition of model-based definition enables customers to completely define parts, assemblies, and manufacturing instruction digitally from their 3-D model. 2-D nesting capabilities also have been added to optimize cutting patterns, reduce waste and costs, and accelerate manufacturing processes.

Solid Edge 2020 also delivers hundreds of core CAD enhancements such as new sheet metal capabilities, 3 to 10 times faster large assembly performance, new data migration tools, and others across the portfolio. These enhancements help facilitate a software application that is easy-to-use, deploy and maintain while also helping advance all aspects of the product development process.

“The new model-based definition offering for Solid Edge 2020 … not only will it help us go paperless, it’s a huge step toward moving to a completely digital environment,” says Daniel Froehlich, PLM business manager of standardization for Eagle Burgmann. “Using our digital model to create 3-D PDFs will let us share our designs without having to create extra drawings.”

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