What's New In Solid Edge ST4?

Solid Edge ST4 is due to be launched on June 15th. However, Siemens PLM is already briefing the media about the new features under embargo. We are being allowed to share only some of this information at the present time, I guess with the aim of generating interest up to the launch.

Siemens is moving the annual release cycle of Solid Edge up by a few months. Normally new versions of Solid Edge are release around October. Apparently, the company has figured out that October is not a good time to release new versions. So they are moving it up to June. Due to this Siemens PLM didn’t get enough time to do major stuff in this cycle – things like developing Synchronous Technology further. Instead most of the new stuff in ST4 is basically fulfillment of customer requests and minor additions to existing features.

Yesterday Kris Kasprzak of Siemens PLM gave me a hour long briefing on the new features of Solid Edge ST4. The content of this post is what I found interesting in the subset of new features that Siemens PLM is willing to disclose for now. Obviously Solid Edge ST4 will have a lot more. Kris split the new features in Solid Edge ST4 into four categories:

(1) Advanced Machine Design

The Path command is now available in XpresRoute and can be used to create curved tube components

Rounds can now be added a Assembly features. Also rounds and chamfers are now supported as Assembly Driven Part Features

(2) Expanded Collaboration

Parts and assemblies can be saved to 3D PDF files complete with PMI, dimensions and annotations. The 3D PDF of assemblies contain the entire Assembly structure as well.

Solid Edge Draft text box now supports both single line as well as multi-line text entities stored in AutoCAD files

(3) Simulation For Sheet Metal

Hybrid shell and solid simulation for complex designs

(4) World-Class Drafting

Better display of broken views. You can also have horizontal and vertical breaks in the same view.

Radial hatch patterns used to show growth rings in wood

  • Finally SE can export to pdf3d and allows to create rounds on assemblies. These were two long-time needed features.

    I didn’t understand the note that now it is possible two insert both vertical and orizontal breaks in the view. This was already possible at least since V18 (2005 more or less).

    • d3print

      I agree with 3dpdf export. Finally they made that possible.

  • Actually, I think we moved the Synchronous ball forward quite a alot in ST4. There are plenty of Synchronous enhancements in ST4, with a strong focus on implementing feedback from users who are using Synchronous on a daily basis. Beta feedback has been excelllent. All will be clear just a few weeks hence. Users stay tuned…

  • MD

    Is the pdf 3d dimensioning fixed to the model, or does it have some intelligent dynamic capacity to accomodate change in viewpoint?

    • Nainar

      If they have done it using the Adobe 3D – TTF Libraries, referred in this post http://www.deelip.com/?p=4827 , it should be possible to change the view point. But dont know if SE is using that.

  • VJ

    1000 points to SE devolment Team. 3dpdf, so great for comunications or even generate catalogs, path on express route? excelent. the shading of wood is a good detail. @5880000b13800bfc22659f903fb519e1:disqus when you have 3d model inside a pdf document you can zoom/pan/rotate the model, part or asm. you can do this with an Adobe plug-in for Word inserting ACIS files to.

  • Anonymous

    good improvements…

    some of them can be found in swx already btw….

  • Your blog article is very intersting and fanstic

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  • Ammar

    I am interesting in knowing SolidEdge, I am SolidWorks user now using Inventor.
    About the new features:
    1. Assembly features available in both Inventor and SolidWorks since some time.
    2. It is in SolidWorks 2009 or in 2010 release.
     3. Available in SolidWorks since 2009 release.


    • Roger

      2. Does SW show PMI in 3D PDF? 

    • Roger

      2. Does SW show PMI in 3D PDF? 

    • Markus

      Assemblyfeatures in Solid Edge are availlable since V15 (2003), as Assembly- and Assembly driven feature. The Roundfeature is only a small enhancement.

  • Andrea

    Good morning to everyone. Some news about surfaces in SolidEdgeST4? Thank you, regards

  • Krmo

    These improvements are perfect but there is a lot of function which need enhancement. Like whole Xpresroute, it need to be able to use same skeching as in synchronous modeling it would be better for controling. Be able to create hoses.Improve function and woking SEEC like in NX.

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  • Rithend

    Hi Guys,

    i have upgraded from solid edge v19 to st4 today, it seems much different.
    Any great tips on st4?

  • Ta

    Our company is looking to upgrade from Ironcad.  Do you recomend ST4 or Solidworks 2012