Review from a 20+ year mechanical designer turned instructor
Alex Smith, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 22, 2019

Review from a 20+ year mechanical designer turned instructor

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Siemens Solid Edge

I am the instructor of the Canadian Valley Technology Center CAD program. Solid Edge is used with & by students pursuing a career in mechanical drafting/engineering. The capabilities of synchronous technology enables our students to spend more time designing due to its flexibility and ease of use.
  • Synchronous technology allows a user to spend less time studying on how to model and more time designing.
  • The portfolio of Siemens products incorporated into Solid Edge like Teamcenter and Mentor allows the students to gain exposure to other industry-leading applications.
  • Solid Edge has less of a learning curve and Siemens Learning Advantage is a great gateway for up-to-date tutorials.
  • I have only used the software in an educational environment, therefore, have only witnessed the advantages over other packages.
  • I would like to see more abilities to automate parts/assemblies/drawings through logic as opposed to suppressed states. However, I have not used it to the full potential.
  • Possibly incorporate or have plugins for other PLM/PDM applications like Vault or Windchill. In my limited capacity as a user, it is possible there currently are some available.
  • Helped with meeting deadlines better because a user can spend more time designing thanks to ST and less time redefining/studying models to incorporate required changes. Better ROI.
  • Efforts are being made in to address this, but offering the software for free to schools, having effective marketing, and having more regional reps to attract customers and to produce more competent users for hiring. This will allow for more recruitment at vocational schools and allow company training to focus more on internal processes and less time on Solid Edge training.
  • Solid Edge has played a big role helping secondary students realize their designs faster and easier.
Synchronous technology stands above the rest by a large margin. Having the ability to perform direct or parametric modeling in the same application is a huge benefit.
Well suited for using the ST when designing/modifying components when the constraints have significantly changed. Other software can require significate redefining of features to adapt. Having the ability to import direct models without sacrificing precision is very useful. I do feel that the application can be limited in the large assembly environment such as aircraft, ship, and vehicle design.