Better transition and reuse from 2D or 3D
2D Part drawings can be used to recreate existing designs in 3D that inherit 2D manufacturing dimensions automatically, while assembly drawings can be used to drive the fit and position of a complete product. Synchronous technology enables 3D models from other systems to be edited as though they are native Solid Edge. Move to Solid Edge faster and reuse existing data.
Imported AutoCAD data can be turned into 3D parts with the simple drag of a handle and edits can be made with familiar 2D concepts like stretching. Synchronous technology keeps the process simple by avoiding a history tree, freeing the user to make fast flexible edits.
When matching drawings and models are available from other systems, 2D manufacturing dimensions migrate to 3D into editable 3D driving dimensions on the imported 3D models to preserve design intent. Manufacturing dimensions such as distance between holes and overall height across multiple features become the driver, not model or sketch dimensions. Newly added dimensions are ready for edits and any geometric intent "lost" in translation found and maintained with Live Rules. No other system provides such a complete process for moving design intent from 2D to 3D..
2D can also be built into 3D assembly design with a hybrid 2D/3D workflow. Users can take DWG or DXF drawings and use them to define and drive assembly layouts. Moving from 2D to 3D is really just the first step in maximizing a company's true potential.