Best sheet metal modeling in its class
Solid Edge is the industry's first sheet metal application to be based on synchronous technology. This isn't just a different approach to design but it offers a completely new and improved method for sheet metal modeling with synchronous technology.
Designers can create models with few or no commands by dragging 2D sketch regions into 3D or simply pulling model edges into flanges. And because features are independent of order and each other, faster more flexible edits can be done. Users can edit the first operation as fast as the last. Modeling and manipulation aren't just for native designs either. Designers can now modify imported models from customers or suppliers with the same capability as with native designs.
A single command can convert a 3D part into a sheet metal component- complete with appropriate bends and tabs. For many complex parts, it is especially advantageous to create a solid part, then convert that into sheet metal as needed.
Dedicated sheet metal analysis capabilities significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, thereby reducing material and testing costs, while saving design time.
Rapid creation of formed, stamped and deep-drawn components is realized via creation of a flattened "blank" from a 3D part model. This single command generates a blank size calculated with respect to the formability of specific materials.
Folded 3D parts can be flattened and written directly to a DXF file in one simple operation and be ready for import into nesting software. This step lets users create CNC ready files for cutting and bending machines without the need to first create a drawing.
Designers can also document the manufacturing steps such as defining the bending sequence independent of the modeling steps. These bend tables can be added to a drawing with full bend annotations added automatically.