• Melissa

Solid Edge 2020

I’m here in Detroit, Michigan attending Realize Live 2019. At this event, the new release of Solid Edge was announced, Solid Edge 2020. I’m going to share my impression here as my 1st blog post for Polished Edge Consulting.

This new release does NOT disappoint. The team that brings us Solid Edge has put together some impressive additions in Solid Edge 2020. The portfolio of tools that Solid Edge offers is continuing to grow in depth. Solid Edge is so much more than the mechanical design software it began as.

The Solid Edge 2020 Portfolio of products continues to impress.

Rather than going on and on about all the new functionality, I’m going to share just a couple of the new tools that I am most excited to get my hands on.

MCAD and ECAD Together

Fully functional and manufacturable electromechanical designs created in a seamless ECAD-MCAD environment. Changes are highlighted interactively in both domains, minimizing design errors and shortening development time.

The electrical design package that was introduced in the previous version, Solid Edge 2019, has been made more robust in Solid Edge 2020. Interconnected electronics are quickly becoming a part of our everyday life. Solid Edge is continuing to grow the wiring design capabilities in Solid Edge Electrical to match that electromechanical movement. This release offers bi-directional highlighting between the 3D wiring model and the 2D schematic. Wire names are intelligent and provide a warning if you inadvertently duplicate a name. In the current collaborative engineering environment, having the continuity of working with mechanical models and electrical models together will streamline your engineering processes.

Model Based Definition

Model Based Definition increases productivity and decreases manufacturing errors.

This new release also debuted Solid Edge MBD. As more companies push towards Model Based Definition manufacturing, Solid Edge 2020 is now ready with machine readable PMI. Because Synchronous Technology already has us driving our designs with models and their associated dimensions, this new capability comes as industry is moving toward technical data packages instead of 2D “drawings”. Additionally, Solid Edge 2020 incorporates the ability to create a PMI annotation that attaches to multiple faces. This should help with clarity as redundant information like surface finishes, won’t need to be repeated. Solid Edge MBD will also support templates that will help ensure all necessary information is included when a 3D PDF is released from engineering.


With that I will close this blog post by encouraging you to do some research into all that Solid Edge is becoming. If you want to see how this new release will fit into your current engineering environment, please contact me to discuss tailored new version training.

Watch for more blog posts here on the new Polished Edge Consulting Blog.


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