Electro-mechanical designers choose Solid Edge
February 22, 2019

Electro-mechanical designers choose Solid Edge

John T. Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Siemens Solid Edge

Solid Edge is being used by our mechanical engineering group. It's simple to learn. We've had SOLIDWORKS designers pick it up in a few hours. The synchronous technology makes this product a very efficient tool for designers. The integrated FEA saves us time. We also have a distributed team and the built-in data manager works great via Google Drive. The team loves the zero latency since the files are on their individual PCs rather than a server or strictly online.
  • Synchronous technology with design intent is a powerful design aid. We've found it so much faster to design this way.
  • Built-in data manager gives us the ability to have all our Solid Edge files on our PC and have it synced to all others on our team. Files lock as they should and the speed couldn't be better.
  • Support is great. The community group has the most answers to the "how do I" questions.
  • At some point, I'd like to see an online version of Solid Edge so we don't have to have workstations to run the program.
  • It would be nice to have a simple way to make a monolithic (one part) part from an assembly while being able to hide interior features without having to manually alter the part file.
  • Threads on screws are an image rather than modeled. This is nice as it saves on file size in an assembly, but some times I need to see the threads. It would be nice to have a way to model the threads easily if needed.
  • Synchronous has increased design speed by a factor of 3X. This is huge for anyone.
  • The built-in data manager is free with Solid Edge. It works for us as we have under 20 users. If you have many users you may want to upgrade to Teamcenter.
I've used both SOLIDWORKS and Solid Edge. I prefer Solid Edge over SOLIDWORKS due to the ease of use. They are pretty similar, but the performance is the same as long as you have a good workstation. The price is less since Siemens owns the Parasolid kernel. It may just be a preference, but Solid Edge works great for me.
Perfect for single users, students or large organizations. Siemens owns the Parasolid kernel, so that helps keep the price down. The other companies for 3D CAD have to license the Parasolid kernel from Siemens so that adds to their cost structure. I found Siemens Solid Edge to be the perfect cost/performance for us.