1) For years I, and many other users, have been requesting a 3D sketching tool. Yes you can create 3D sketches in older versions, but to be efficient you needed to understand how to use the surfacing and curve tools. Solid Edge ST7 finally introduces 3D Sketching. This functionality combines the 3D path creation tool from XpresRoute along with standard sketching commands, to create a very efficient tool to create your 3D sketches. In Synchronous Part and Sheet Metal environments you will see a new 3D Sketching tab.
In the Ordered Part, Sheet Metal, and Assembly environments, a new 3D Sketch command has been added. This command will launch you into a new 3D Sketch mode.
The new 3D sketching will greatly simplify the ability to define paths for sweep operations (as shown below), plus piping and tubing routes, and wire paths.
2) Along with the 3D Sketching, Solid Edge ST7 has added a ‘Fixed Length Curve’ functionality. This allows a curve to stay at a specified length when the location of either end, or the curve path, is changed. This is ideal for flexible hoses or cables of a fixed length.
3) Another long requested enhancement has been the ability to flatten deformation features. Solid Edge ST7 now allows users to create a blank from any 3D model.
The blank is created with the newly added Blank Body command and is available when you are in the Flatten command.
With accuracy control, and several other options, the new Blank Body command provides flatten capabilities that were only previously available through third party packages costing thousands of dollars. This however is not an add-on. It is included with all Classic and Premium licenses.
4) In Solid Edge ST7 they have revamped the measuring tools. Users have complained about the measuring tools for as long as I can remember. This new look provides more intuitive commands and more control over what you are measuring. You can also save some of the results as variables, or cut and paste results from the information dialog box into other command fields. Although this may seem a trivial enhancement, it should prove to be a welcome one for those users who have to do a lot of measuring during the design process.
5) Another vastly improved area in Solid Edge ST7 is a new and improved Hole Wizard. The new Hole command now allows extensive, standards-based hole placements. It supports most international standards including DIN, ISO and ANSI, and is comprehensive and consistent across the Part, Sheet Metal, and Assembly environments.
So these are my top enhancements in Solid Edge ST7. I choose these based on my personal requirements and requests from our customers over my last 11 years of working with Solid Edge. As you can imagine there are many other powerful and efficient tools added to Solid Edge ST7. In fact there are over 1300 customer requests addressed in the new release. If you would like more information on ST7 you can download the What’s new in Solid Edge ST7 fact sheet, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although no final date has been confirmed, customers can expect Solid Edge ST7 delivery this summer.