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Complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse.

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Solid Edge review by Mayank C.
Mayank C.
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"SOLID SOFTWARE FOR SHARP EDGE OF MIND FOR DESIGNERS"

What do you like best?

As it is continuously updated by its founders i like all the latest versions of SOLID EDGE from the year of 2017, Specially its unique modeling method "SYNCHRONOUS" and "ORDERED", there are no other softwares has this type of facility, There are too much userfriendly commands availabe which i like mostly in its sketching mode like line, circle, pattern etc. also i like its SYNCHRONOUS modeling interface, the best thing is you can switch any time from "SYNCHRONOUS" to "ORDERED" or from "ORDERED" to "SYNCHRONOUS" at the same model, overall good software..

What do you dislike?

As any designer come from solidworks interface, it is quite difficult to be friendly with SOLIDEDGE, because there too many steps to perform a single command, it will increase the time of modeling job, Also there no proper MESHING system is availabe as compare with solidworks in its simulation tool, Pricing is also quite higher than other available softwares but for begginers it is good to start and learn..

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is recommended to the new designers as their mind are fresh they can easily accepts the interface of SYNCHRONOUS method of modeling, it is best but difficult to old designers who are familiar with traditional ORDERED method..

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems like sketching, Modeling, drafting and detailing, Simulation and analysis of product design i am solving now with this software, The benefits i have realized that the grafics of model images are quite good than other softwares, also the timing of meshing in FEA tool is faster than other softwares, drafting interface are best as compare with other modeling softwares but not as good as autocad, This is best software for beginners, and small industries..

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Solid Edge review by Rick B.
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"Feature-laden CAD Software that requires some training to be efficiently proficient."

What do you like best?

SolidEdge has so many features it is mind-boggling. To avoid getting lost in all the features, SolidEdge has this awesome feature where you can search function from the help bar. When it finds the function you want to use, it highlights it and shows where to access it on the toolbar. It also gives a really nice summary of the function and a link to access the help file at the location where it can be found.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the fact that the interface needs some basic training to fully understand and gauge is needed to create a model. Having come from a SolidWorks environment, it was a bit of a challenge to manage the transition myself. A lot of the confusion was created between the transition from Ordered to Synchronous type modelling, which is difficult if Ordered was the method you were used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SolidEdge is a really powerful tool for any company that needs to use CAD, just make sure that along with the budget for the initial purchase of licences, that you have allocated budget for training users. It is imperative to have proper training on SolidEdge before you actually buy the software as the amount of time spent figuring features out can add up to a lot.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SolidEdge solves many business problems with regards to the quality of Computer Aided Design (CAD) data. The data that is output from SolidEdge is able to be immediately imported, automatically, into Siemens TeamCenter, ensuring links between models are never broken and that the data is safely stored. Once up and running with SolidEdge, it is really easy to take a product from concept to manufacture with the addition of being able to generate really nice marketing material through the built in KeyRender application.

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Solid Edge review by User in Design
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"Getting worse instead of better"

What do you like best?

Simple tools for fast creation of models. Simple tools for creating model assemblies.

What do you dislike?

Since Siemens bought the software they have been removing functionality gradually making it more difficult to use. Examples: 1. When drafting and in Draw in View mode you can no longer modify your sketch by placing dimensions on the sketch and changing the dimension. 2. When modifying a part inside of an assembly the Update command no longer updates the relationships in the assembly. 3. Can no longer change an 'inches' dimension by adding or subtracting mm's. (units must be in inches). 4. Can no longer save files in ASCII format. I imagine the functionality was taken away so that they can get more people to buy upgrades. Greedy or just incompetent?

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good if you want to pay max price for the highest function module. Check out other software first if max functionality is not needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mechanical design problems. Creates needed drawings for manufacture.

Solid Edge review by Scott G.
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"2D version is powerful but takes some getting used to"

What do you like best?

It is limited to 2D and it is free; can't beat that price! It imports DWG files well most of the time, though not perfectly. The smart cursor (snaps) is really powerful and intuitive. When used along with manual entry of dimensions, it can be efficient and powerful. It uses tabbed views (for model space and drawings), similar to most other CAD programs on the market today. Interface can be customized. It runs smoothly. It was developed by a large company, which means it should be around for a while.

What do you dislike?

It functions differently than other CAD programs I've used, so it takes a while to learn. Drawing templates that come with the program are limited, but it is easy create your own. Occasionally it has trouble importing DWG files that have 3D elements, but not any more than other CAD programs I've used.

It doesn't use vector fonts, opting for the use of TrueType fonts within Windows. This doesn't bother me, but some old-school cad drafters may find it frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider using this to import and work with other file formats. It will give you an opportunity to get acclimated to the interface and how it functions. Then you can appreciate the power of this program and possibly find it useful for creating 2D (or 3D if you want to step up to the full version).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Inexpensive CAD program for opening and working with DWG files. It has worked well on different Windows computers, including laptops.

Solid Edge review by Jonathan F.
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to learn and use and I like the ability to switch between synchronous and ordered modeling environments.

What do you dislike?

Solid Edge can act up sometimes when integrated with our insight server. It can confuse itself and break links which can be tedious to fix.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid Edge allows us to quickly create engineering models and drawings to very accurate degrees. We are able to quickly update drawings when a new revision is necessary. We are a company that has to have a quick turn around on products so ease of use is extremely important.

Solid Edge review by RAJESH P.
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"powerful 3D rendering software with amazing tools and simulation features"

What do you like best?

provides solid modeling,assembly modelling

provides 2D orthographic view functionality

integrates with sharepoint and teamcenter to provide product lifecycle management

What do you dislike?

editing interaction with its subsequent features can not be seen

doesnt cover aspect of easy serviceability for complex mechanical system

not a good software for rendering

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent for precision design, easy to learn, friendly and logic, definitely not for rendering

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid Edge allows me to work very quickly and precisely. It also allows me to interact very effectively with manufacturers and tool makers alike.

Solid Edge review by Timothée S.
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"The best parasolid software !"

What do you like best?

What I appreciated the most about SolidEdge is the user interface which makes it really easy to learn.

Way better than Solidworks I think!

Lots of nice features, and my experience showed that it's easier to put a model into production thanks to SolidEdge than to Solidworks (Sorry Dassault systems ;) )

What do you dislike?

Well the only thing I could dislike with solidedge is its Surface design mode which is not really intuitive yet and could be improved a lot, even if it's not the main feature and reason why we use SolidEdge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the tutorials from Siemens :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to SolidEdge I was able to put a 3D model from the first phase to the production model.

SolidEdge was able to tell me how I could improve my model to make it feasable for the molding.

I highly recommand this software if you want to do precise modelling and production/feasible models.

Solid Edge review by Paul S.
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"Solid Edge ST8 - It gives me the edge on the competition"

What do you like best?

It is wonderfully intuitive and has so much to offer in designing and sculpting. To be honest it has far more features than I could ever need. I have been using Solid Edge since its old version 3, 25 versions ago, and I couldn't do without it. Also the vendors I bought it from - Majenta PLM, are very helpful and respond very quickly to any queries I may have. It also meshes seamlessly with Key Shot rendering software.

What do you dislike?

My only dislikes are that a lot of the development between upgrades is to suit engineers, which I am not. It is also quite costly to keep the license up to date, however it is a tool I need for my trade.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The vast bulk of the design world, who can afford it appear to have gone over to Solid Works, however I believe that Solid Edge has, as it were, the edge on Solid Works. I find it easier to work with and is more intuitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a freelance design consultant working mainly in the luxury goods market, designing anything from writing instruments, bags, hardware, watches , clocks, furniture and retail design. Solid Edge allows me to work very quickly and precisely. It also allows me to interact very effectively with manufacturers and tool makers alike.

Solid Edge review by Carla José L.
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"Solid Edge Precision's Best Friend"

What do you like best?

Solid Edge it's an amazing design programme for working with precision. The programme is able to show you when geometry has some kind of error or when you designed something that is physically impossible to build.

The programme increases your geometrical brain ability forcing you to break down everything you imagine into planes, curves, lines and points.

It also helps you to calculate the weight of materials, the resistance and other physical properties that are really useful in the design world.

What do you dislike?

The final piece you get in Solid Edge is not as pretty as other softwares may give you. It doesn't look realistic, but when your looking for technical specs you don't care about aesthetics that much.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent for precision design, easy to learn, friendly and logic, definitely not for rendering.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this programme for designing plastic packaging and I realized that the precision that gives it's unbelievable, the error range is very small, and the result of the designs were amazing.

Solid Edge review by Alan U.
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"Solid Edge is awesome"

What do you like best?

Solid Edge is very esay to use ones you know how. It is very intuitive and very user friendly. I like that you can customize the apperence in order to use improve the way you use the software.

What do you dislike?

In the current version I am using it laggs sometime, I do not know if it is my computer or if it is the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I remember when I first use this program, I alredy knew AutoCad and it was not too different for what I alredy knew. Do not hesitate in changing to Solid Edge you wont regret it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main use I have for this program is to model different designs I made for the indusry of furniture and toys..

Solid Edge review by Auke V.
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"File Management in Solid Edge"

What do you like best?

The use of peer variables in the assembly environment if need be coupled with a spreadsheet. The protection Solid Edge offers by the assignment of a status to a file independent of the use a file management program. The administration of data field information using the property manager.

What do you dislike?

Never ran into situations that I could not solve, always managed to find solutions making also thankful use of the support services of the Solid Edge dealer

Recommendations to others considering the product

1. Very powerfull software, handles large assemblies very well. 2. The ability to change part variables in the assembly environment by using peer variables. 3. The easy to administrate your file information, to fill in your data fields, which are also your search fields, preselects available and easy to customize.

Because there is no simple file management program we developed Drawingmanager, it integrates with Solid Edge, automatically reads out datafield information of saved files. If you properly fill out the data fields of a file you can always find it back, no doubling of parts or assemblies and easy to share with colleagues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a freelance 3D CAD engineer I work for customers on location and use their software. I started doing this about 10 years ago and worked on a great variety of projects. I discovered that no easy to use file management software was available for small businesses. As a result we developed Drawingmanager. Combining Drawingmanager with the ease of data field administration and the use of preselects in SE and the file protection SE offers proofed to be an excellent way to manage and retrieve drawing files. Drawingmanager automatically every set period of time i.e. every 5 minutes reads out or updates the data fields of the saved files. As a result we have become a Siemens Software and Technology Partner.

Solid Edge review by Ken G.
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"Robust Product with Useful New Features in Every New Release"

What do you like best?

Solid Edge is very stable, features are designed to be useful to the users (not whiz bang flashy for sales people like some other SW), the development group listens to the users needs, and the Solid Edge Community (http://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/Solid-Edge-User-Community/ct-p/solid-edge) is a great open resource of answers for all users whether they pay maintenance or not, are a student or are using the free 45 day trial. Synchronous Technology is an awesome tool that many others don't have and SE's large assembly management works well. Solid Edge also has 3 in-house data management solutions to fit a variety of different size companies and needs. One of the best features is Solid Edge Support as I like the option to call the developer's in-house support people who are super knowledgeable and get me answers quickly.

What do you dislike?

There is a lot to like in Solid Edge so finding something I dislike is tough, and given that the Solid Edge development team continues to make great strides with every new release with ease of use and increasing the range of Synchronous Technology, I would say that the biggest thing I dislike is inconsistency of command UI's between Traditional and Synchronous environments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check out the Solid Edge Community (http://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/Solid-Edge-User-Community/ct-p/solid-edge), download the 45 day free trial (http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/solid-edge/monthly-subscriptions/free-trial.shtml) and go through the included tutorials and self-paced training before trying to use the application. Solid Edge is an advanced high end design tool and thus requires some level of training which is true for any comparable product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product/Machine/Tooling Design. Benefits include accuracy, speed, virtual testing capability (FEA), visualization, and rapid prototyping/manufacturing.

Solid Edge review by Alex S.
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"CAD Instructor switch Solidworks for Solid Edge"

What do you like best?

Having worked with several different packages, I find Solid Edge to be one of the easiest to use. It is a powerful program that companies need to take a hard look at. ST is awesome to work with, what would normally require me to drill to the part level at some point, I can do at any level with little to now worry about annoying external references and sketch failures. I have 4 certifications with Solidworks and while I have taken a lot of joy in using it, I find SE to more impressive.

What do you dislike?

I am a K-12 CAD instructor who has switched from Solidworks to SE. how ever the market presence is much smaller. Sales needs to take a much more aggressive approach in the US.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When reviewing software for your business, Solid Edge should be among the list of competitors for your business. Big or small products, the ROI will be substantial and user experience will be good. Customer service has always been great for me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Users will get the direct modeling and feature-based modeling experience. Students are able to pick up modeling easier.

Solid Edge review by Tushar S.
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"Highly Customizable CAD Program with Unparalleled Ease of Use"

What do you like best?

I am a programmer and the foremost thing about Solid Edge is the ease with which I can customize or write my custom routines i.e. macros using it's API. The Solid Edge Object Model is arranged in a neat hierarchy and provides a granular access from top to the bottom level functions for each feature and function.

The object creation and initiation is consistent with Industry standards and also Microsoft compliant.

Add-In creation is easy and most prominently, the Solid Edge Developer forum is one of the most active and knowledgeable group of programmers out there.

What do you dislike?

Insufficient Help on Solid Edge API, lack of samples and use cases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

None.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create Add-ons or Apps for use with Solid Edge ranging from Advanced Drawing Compare, Pack-n-Go, Screen Capture, Batch Processors, Revision Notes, Inspection Automation programs.

Solid Edge review by Joris M.
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"Great for 3D, basic for 2D"

What do you like best?

The software is very versatile for 3D designing.

Especially the sheet metal environment is really handy. You can design 3D bended components like they will be manufactured and Solid Edge makes a good flat part of it.

After 3D modelling, making a 2D from it is just a matter of a few clicks.

There are some good tutorials for beginners included.

What do you dislike?

The 2D environment is still under developed. It's good for automated views from 3D parts and assembly's, but not good enough for me for 2D drafting.

Also, Siemens should spend more resources on debugging the software before developing new features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can test the software 45 days for free.

The software is easy to use, but a good introduction course is needed to start.

Take some parts and/or drawings to a reseller and ask them to draw your parts.

Ask the reseller what license plan meets your requirements most. There are much possibilities, each with a different price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid Edge lets us skip some prototype steps.

Because adding an isometric view on a draft is just one click, the workers can faster see what they have to make.

Thanks to the bundled software "KeyShot" we can also make beautiful renders in short time.

Solid Edge review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Solid Edge the Future of mechanical design"

What do you like best?

This tool has technology no other MCAD tools possesses. Being able to design parametrically and with direct modeling makes designing from conception to final release extremely easy and fast.

What do you dislike?

Transitioning from history based design to synchronous can take a little time. But once learned you'll never go back.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to design faster with less headache this is the tool to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing complex shapes in true 3D space is a lot fast. Making edits well into the design is simple. I don't have to worry about what else is being effected.

Solid Edge review by Scott R.
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"The most capable CAD package you didn't know about"

What do you like best?

Two words: Synchronous Technology.

When editing a part, you can add features, edit features, remove features, and you don't have to stop the workflow to fix dependencies in the history. All that and it's also fully parametric when you want to control dimensions and relationships. You can also edit multiple parts at once in an assembly. Huge time saver.

You also have the ability to do history based features when you want a little more control over non-prismatic parts.

What do you dislike?

The 45 day free trial is just not long enough to get used to the power that Synchronous Technology has.

I wish there were a hobbyist version that had most of the abilities of the professional version.

Not as common. I would love to see more places using this.

Sometimes the interface is a bit cumbersome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I spent a couple weeks working SolidWorks and Solid Edge side by side. Some things were equal, some things were faster in SolidWorks, but I found Solid Edge to more effective overall.

It takes time to learn Synchronous, but the time invested will quickly pay off in faster design and faster design changes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I first started to learn the capabilities of Solid Edge I was designing injection molded parts and injection molds. Modifying the parts as the design evolved was much more effective with Synchronous Technology.

My current job is designing large automated manufacturing equipment. We use SolidWorks, and I wish we would switch to Solid Edge. When designs need changes, SolidWorks often lacks a way to do it as quickly and easily as Solid Edge.

Solid Edge review by Ana Daniela L.
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"User friendly interface "

What do you like best?

Once you know the interface is very easy to use and there is several ways to do the same object depending on what are your own personal methods or preferences

Also I like the tool of the "explotion" mode to show the parts of an assembly, that has been very useful to me.

What do you dislike?

The quality of the renders, it's very basic, it's ok for internar purposes but not for a final presentation

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are plenty of tutorials available, so if something doesn't seem clear, I always take a look first on the website of SolidEdge and if that still doesn't answer my problem I have always found answers to similar problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have only used it for my studies until now but even at courses where no specific software was designated I decided to use Solid Edge over other modeling softwares

Solid Edge review by Ben S.
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"The most unique and advanced set of modeling feature available today"

What do you like best?

Synchronous technology is the simplest most adaptable form of modeling available today. It has features not available anywhere else. It also excels at creating drawings with probably the best 2D package available on the market. The ability to push, pull and rotate faces opens up new avenues in 3d modeling. Making it easier for people to learn how to use 3D CAD. This also comes with the option for using traditional history based modeling mixed right in. Siemens is interested in adding additional functionality to grow the usefulness of Solid Edge. The resellers are a great resource.Great for students and new users!

What do you dislike?

The biggest drawback is user base and support available on the internet. Also some of the more advanced features are painful to use. Like frames and rendering (upto ST6). Missing some niche features found in more advanced packages but then you get what you pay for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a look at it! It is not the right product for all markets but if you are just starting out or are in a fast paced design cycles you can't go wrong with Solid Edge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid Edge is the quickest modeling system out. It is intuitive and has lots of help files and tutorials for new users. Our time to production is probably 30% quicker than the standard 3d modeling system.

Solid Edge review by John W.
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"Powerful yet simple to use"

What do you like best?

The ability to directly edit parts from within an assembly environment without having to drill down to the part level. Direct modeling (synchronous technology) is a powerful tool that Solid Edge has put into their product that drastically reduces the mechanical design time.

Using data from other CAD vendors is a snap. Importing from Solid Works, Inventor or even a "dumb" step file, for example, are no longer "dumb" files. With Solid Edge all features are editable with the use of Synchronous Technology. Holes can be recognised and given a smart feature, part files can be converted to sheet metal so they can be flattened, and any other feature is recognizable.

It's wonderful that KeyShot is built into Solid Edge. We can now have a very robust tool for rendering products designed in Solid Edge. It's exciting to see photo realistic 3D images before the product is manufactured.

The technical support for Solid Edge is first class. They always found a solution and was able to help me find the best way to accomplish my goal.

What do you dislike?

I cannot "Shrink-wrap" an assembly within Solid Edge. I have found a company that has an elegant solution for Solid Edge called "Unite Assembly" from EdgePublisher. That program allows me to "shrink-wrap" my assemblies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download a free trial today. http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/solid-edge/monthly-subscriptions/index.shtml

I've used SDRC I-DEAS, Inventor, Sollid Works and Solid Edge. My recommendation would be give Solid Edge a try. You wont be dissapointed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast time to market is realized with the streamlined nature of direct modeling within Solid Edge. This provides the business case to realize revenue quicker than if the product release cycle was longer.

Solid Edge review by Cynthia S.
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"Friendly Software"

What do you like best?

The location of tools and how you can easily understand the software, even if you don't know about 3D modeling.

What do you dislike?

It's been frustrating when I was looking for job that very few workplaces know the software, so I barely use it since I graduate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend to use this software to model simple products, with few details and the render will have bigger impact.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My best projects were made with Solid Edge, and have opened many opportunities for my professional career.

Solid Edge review by Ian S.
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"Solid Edge is a great mid-market design tool with exceptional functionality like Synchronous Tech. "

What do you like best?

Solid Edge has un-parallel functionality with the growth of Synchronous Technology. Solid Edge also provides superior assembly tools that make working with large assemblies extremely easy. With a quick and easy learning curve it makes it a great tool for small to medium sized companies to invest but also provides the breath of capability that larger companies need.

What do you dislike?

Add on modules or 3D party solutions are a little light. I would like to see further partnerships. Also, the ability to work with stl or point cloud data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With Siemens commitment to tools like Synchronous Technology and marriage between history and non-history functionality, Solid Edge is forging the path of what a true CAD tool can provide its users. I would rather work with the company that's blazing the technology trail than the competitors following on the coat tails.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data translation and view and mark up capabilities make my life a breeze with Solid Edge. Also, working with customers to customize data before sending to a 3D printer.

Solid Edge review by Israel P.
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"Complete and easy to use CAD/CAE package with superb help system and a reasonable cost to implement"

What do you like best?

SolidEdge to offer a great alternative for middle of the price range CAD/CAE tools, specially if you need to interact with Team Center. It's very easy to use and offer what's probably the best interactive help system that truly helps you get up to speed with the tool. Specially like as you scroll through the menus how the help shows up and gives an example on how to use such command or button. I can see new users getting this package and becoming productive with it really quickly. Highly recommend for small and medium size businesses.

What do you dislike?

Much smaller customer base than rivals such as SolidWorks. Not sure I like the Synchronous technology and not worrying about history order. That might be great for smaller models, but for large models, for example if you were to move any geometry with the steering wheel you could end up breaking every constraint of that geometry resulting in a complete loss of intent. We use it mostly to work and then move models into our larger system, ProE, so from our viewpoint not good for large models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not as wide spread use as competitors, however if you need to interact with Team Center considerably or with customers that require such, this is an option to consider.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowing to get models import/export model from a Team Center setup from a customer. Smaller modeling making. Great for new users with not experience with the larger systems.

Solid Edge review by Administrator in Renewables & Environment
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"Solid edge - Product Design "

What do you like best?

Solid Edge makes creating and editing 3D product designs faster and easier through our unique synchronous technology—combining the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design

What do you dislike?

nothing much to say, it should catch up NX for complex sheet metal drawings and improve performance

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

complete sheet metal design system with support for the entire design-through-fabrication process

Solid Edge review by Brian S.
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"Solid Edge is highly advanced"

What do you like best?

The best part about Solid Edge is the strong capabilities and intelligence that is part of the synchronous technology. It allows you to make a model without having to worry about order of operations, yet it still uses features that make for easy editing. This has been a game changer for me when roughing out a design; even while in the context of an assembly. Less time is spent thinking how to make the change to the model, which frees my mind to think about how to design the part.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, the help menu doesn't elaborate on advanced feature options. It sometimes uses the title of the option to explain itself, which isn't always enough information.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the synchronous technology method. You may find it easier to use than the traditional (ordered) method. It's especially useful on imported 3D files where there are no features. Synchronous Technology can modify the existing 3D geometry by direct editing. It can even recognize holes and convert them to hole features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company is able to make an assembly of components and check the fit; then make changes fairly quickly if needed. This has been the big selling point for us to use 3D CAD software. We've also realized that setting up templates really speeds up the process for our standard parts and assemblies. We've even linked dimensions to an Excel spreadsheet that does all the advanced calculations. This has allowed us to reduce the design time of one assembly type by half.

Solid Edge review by Johan G.
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"materializa tus ideas y pensamientos"

What do you like best?

es un software muy practico para estudiantes de ingenieria y diseño, barato y facil de usar

What do you dislike?

no tiene visor de acceso facil para telefonos moviles

Recommendations to others considering the product

plataforma de alta calidad y diversidad para diseño y simulacion

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

el principal beneficio de esta plataforma es la gran variedad de herramientas que presenta para hacer diseños

Solid Edge review by Anna .
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"Industrial designer, have used Solid Edge since birth"

What do you like best?

It is accurate, it communicates well with me and the customer, the rendering is quick. I have used Solid Edge almost since the birth of the program.

What do you dislike?

Surfacing tools, it is not intuitive, it is difficult to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take courses in the beginning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an industrial designer. My customers needs to see every detail of the product before starting production. this we do in the 3D files and on the renderings. I send the 3D files directly to the constructor/producer and Solid Edge is a great tool for both communicating and get a good process and for the product development itself.

Solid Edge review by User in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
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"Solid Edge - Software that you can use"

What do you like best?

Solid Edge has flexibility. Being able to work in Ordered or Synchronous environments (or a combination of the 2), as well and easily swapping between ISO and ANSI parts.

The software will allow you to import and edit various types of CAD, without many details to import. We use Solid edge in parallel with 3D PCB software to verify designs and the fit of our products to make less time to market.

Solid edge also works well with 3D printing technology, making design efforts less time consuming.

What do you dislike?

The only part of Solid edge that I dislike currently is that fact that all rendering now has to be done with a 3rd party software.

The rendering still looks amazing, but the process for this new software takes time to figure out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking to purchase a CAD program, Solid Edge is not the cheapest. The one thing that I will comment on is you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a software that does everything, well, then Solid Edge would be a great choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The software will allow you to import and edit various types of CAD, without many details to import. We use Solid Edge in parallel with 3D PCB software to verify designs and the fit of our products to make less time to market.

Solid Edge also works well with 3D printing technology, making design efforts less time consuming.

Solid Edge review by User in Research
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"Unintuitive but still useful"

What do you like best?

All of the functionality is there, and making copies of things in the revision manager is really useful. Also, it's possible to use a PDM with this software (as with others) to organize project-wide CAD models.

What do you dislike?

It's not a super intuitive program to use, and can be hard to find the commands you're looking for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We designed the biggest digital camera in the world with this software, and used a PDM to keep all of the part and assembly and draft files organized.

Solid Edge review by David B.
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"Solid Edge: tool of choice"

What do you like best?

product flows through design like a designer thinks. I like that Solid Edge adapts to a users' design workflow, rather than force the user to change how they design to accommodate a product. The feedback is intuitive - users' don't catch themselves wondering "what's it doing now? or "what do I do now?"

Synchronous Technology changes everything - for the better.

What do you dislike?

older, infrequently used commands remain in the interface so long-time users can still see their familiar interface. That's fine, but it promotes "command clutter"

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't fall into the "CAD wars" and evaluate a product by a popularity contest, in a command comparison, or watch a companies' demo jock build anything..ask to use it for yourself, unsupervised.

Also, don't purchase ANYTHING because another company did. Every company, and their employees are unique. Consider what the CAD tool can do for you, your team and the company by using it, get training and see how the tool performs in your environment. the investment in time to evaluate correctly will come back to you in time savings.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Stagnant design process - users can complete the cycle of design and then design change easily- in relative terms.

The engineering change has always been a costly bottleneck in the process. Edge relieves that issue by allowing for change in the design model- users don't hold their breath hoping a model rebuilds. no wasted time.

Solid Edge review by Robert E.
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"Solid Edge is nice for most things."

What do you like best?

Solid Edge is quick and easy to pick up. The steps taken to get a featured model is really fast. It has a similar feel to working in Solid Works. The synchronous technology that you use to do direct modeling is a lot of fun and helps when you are rapidly building models and you don't want to worry about having all the features in the correct order. This also means that rebuild errors don't happen.

If you don't like the direct modeling you can turn it to feature based modeling and it functions largely like any other CAD package.

What do you dislike?

Training is a must. There isn't a very large pool of users online to help with questions, typically you need to go through a reseller to get help which comes with a maintenance fee.

There are some times as you use it you can't figure out the live rules and you don't want to call anyone so you end up recreating the same sketch or feature over and over again until you can get it right. Also if you are working with a very large model it can have stability issues, actually stability issues are common and expect a crash once a week.

If you decide to use Solid Edge with multiple users you will need a good file management system. The best would be Teamcenter but if you have any vault it will help. It is very easy to mess up a model file and be unable to recover.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solid Edge is nicely priced for what it offers. You will need a good data management system for it as well as training.

Before you buy it make sure to test it out doing exactly what you want and compare that to other CAD software doing the same thing. Don't just let the sales guys show it off then leave.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this to design packaging for electronics.

Solid Edge review by Matthew G.
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"Solid Edge is a Good CAD Software"

What do you like best?

I think that SolidEdge is a capable CAD program. It can do a great deal of things and is better than a lot of other CAD programs out there.. I think the simulations are impressive and work better than any other CAD software I have used. The SolidEdge program does a very good job of performing assemblies.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I thought SolidEdge seemed a little clunky and had trouble processing commands. It would then end up crashing causing me to restart. This was frustrating. The other thing that was a disappointment to me was the programs ability to edit drawings. It seems easier to just start over rather than go back and edit a drawing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider a more stable CAD software but for the price point this is a great package.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am modeling parts and converting drawings to 3D. I have realized the efficiency of being able to model in 3D which is by far faster than using 2D software.

Solid Edge review by Randeep D.
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"Sr Design Engineer"

What do you like best?

Flexibility to create drawings. The user can even manipulate the dimension number to create the drawing which you want. Easy to learn tool, if you have prior CAD experience its a cake walk you can learn it under 2 weeks. You can be very proficient in 3rd week. Part creation, editing and assembly features are very easy to use. if you have never used a 3D CAD system i would highly recommend using Solid Edge. The import and export features of the software is pretty good. You can import most of the neutral CAD like IGES, STEP, Parasolid, STL etc into the software.

What do you dislike?

The parent child relationship could be a little more stronger. Handling large assemblies was difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solid Edge is a very stable CAD system. I have used many CAD software's like Pro-E, Catia, Solidworks , Inventor and AutoCAD but found that each software has its pro and cons. I would recommend Solid Edge to some one who needs a simple, easy to learn CAD tools will low ownership costs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used it when I was working for a UK based client. They used this software for making complete bus design. This is a very easy to learn tool and I learned Solid edge in less than 2 weeks. I was already a CAD user when I started using Solid Edge.

Solid Edge review by Nicholas I.
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"Solid Edge ST2 - College and Early Career "

What do you like best?

Solid is a very good solid modeling program. It is easy to understand and the interface is clean and functional.

What do you dislike?

ST2 was somewhat difficult to use in a Industrial Design surfacing environment. I'm not sure what they are offering now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is great it you do not need to do advanced surfacing techniques.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At that time, I was doing ID/Mechanical design work. I was able to easily create parts and advanced assemblies using solid edge.

Solid Edge review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Solid Edge Review"

What do you like best?

The part modeling is easy to use, very easy to switch to from solidworks. Making modifications to existing parts is simple.

What do you dislike?

Creating assemblies with relationships can be tricky and are very easy to break the relationships if you aren't careful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good software for creating parts and assemblies. Easy to switch to from solidworks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm able to create complete models of our final product and see any potential fit up or interference issues.

Solid Edge review by Aaron G.
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"Great CAD software package"

What do you like best?

I have primarily used Solid Edge for piping applications for plant design. XpresRoute is a very unique feature that I haven't found on any other CAD program and it makes modeling incredibly efficient. It is extremely user friendly and easy to pick up for any beginner.

What do you dislike?

There is very little that I disliked about Solid Edge. I highly recommend for any typical CAD application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

XpresRoute has been the typical use for myself. Applying coordinate systems makes modeling piping extremely easy.

Solid Edge review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Solid Edge Review"

What do you like best?

Very easy to follow and easy to use software. No hidden functions or need to go digging for functionality.

What do you dislike?

The limited use of the software handcuffs the user when it comes to design of larger and more complex components.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very basic software and very inexpensive in comparison to other comparable softwares on the market, but very limited in capability and complexity

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design and development streamlining and efficiency. Software upgrades are needed.

Solid Edge review by User in Luxury Goods & Jewelry
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"Solid edge has made modeling easy"

What do you like best?

I like the tools and how easy it is to use. It has a decent user interface.

What do you dislike?

I dont like the whole idea of assembling the models as layering would have been an easier option. Assembly takes huge amount of time. renderings should have better material options and colour options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am experimenting and exploring different tools to improve my set of skills.

Solid Edge review by User in Defense & Space
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"Good Tool"

What do you like best?

I like the user interface and how intuitive it is. The environment may seem cluttered at first but it groups all of the necessary commands together and is very customizable.

What do you dislike?

I find that SOLIDWORKS is preferred and that if I am going to be using a Siemens tool it will be NX. I wish that this product were pushed harder by the sales staff as I think that it is quite an underrated tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I feel that this is a great product and that it is more powerful than comparable applications in its class. However, with that said when I was working as a consultant and the question came of switching CAD software came about, I evaluated what was needed and Solid Edge delivered. Ultimately NX was chosen because the reseller pushed that over SE and made SE seem like an inferior product when SE would have served us well. I recommend actually trying the product rather than just taking the resellers word.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None that I can say, just that when presented with the question of what tool to use most people go to SOLIDWORKS because it is pushed harder by 3DS.

Solid Edge review by Josh F.
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"use it to primarily package electronic devices. "

What do you like best?

Versatile, quick to learn, quick and easy to use. get the job done quick, right, and repeatable.

What do you dislike?

although solid edge is powerful in many aspects, it is lacking in the surfacing world

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very small learning curve. if you have a different CAD program, SE can save you money, as it is quick and intuitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Just switch companies, they are using autocad, which, I am in the process of hopefully converting them to SE.

Solid Edge review by Patrice R.
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"Technician in Mechanical Engineering with nearly 15 years of experience in the Solid Edge "

What do you like best?

I am in the field of sheet metal for fifteen years and no popular software surpasses or approaches Solid Edge for its sheet metal module. Simple and effective, this software is a pleasure to use.

Patrice Robert

Pyromaître Inc.

What do you dislike?

Notting , i will nerver use a other if i work sheat metal

Recommendations to others considering the product

sell more licenses

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed, efficiency, accuracy and consistency of design

Solid Edge review by User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Solid Edge Review"

What do you like best?

Solid edge is very basic and can be picked up quickly. The learning curve is not very steep and thus solid edge is a good way to get into solid modeling. The program is laid out well and icons are easy to understand. Solid edge also provides an effective parts library and revision manager.

What do you dislike?

Solid edge struggles with more complex assemblies and is sometimes prone to crashing. Solid edge is shaky at best when using the more advanced features such as alternate assemblies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great program for anyone not looking to create complex assemblies. Solid edge handles complex parts and assemblies well, but struggles with alternate assemblies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We provide a wide range of products to our customers, with each product line having multiple options. Solid edge helps us manage our parts library and quickly update revisions.

Solid Edge review by Jason W.
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"Solid Edge Review"

What do you like best?

Synchronous Technology is making it easier for me to teach Solid Edge. Today, users new and old are finding that ST is the way to move their business forward.

What do you dislike?

I really don't have any dislikes in this software

Recommendations to others considering the product

Everyone Should take a look at Synchronous Technology

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed of Designs

Solid Edge review by Landon G.
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"Solid Edge Review"

What do you like best?

After using this program for about 8 months one of the things I like the most about this program is the simplicity with modeling sheet metal parts.

What do you dislike?

At this point I would have to say I don't have anything that I dislike about this modeling software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product very easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At my company we use a lot of sheet metal with our designs and the sheet metal capabilities are great. The Flatten command is very useful and easy to use.

Solid Edge review by Art A.
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"Solid Edge Keeps You on the Cutting Edge"

What do you like best?

Very powerful industrial machine design modeling tool. Solid Edge features amazing technology that empowers the engineer to put concepts into a virtual assembly that is easily transmitted to field drawings, automatically generates bill of materials and is easily modified. It closes the gap between ideas and manufacturing.

What do you dislike?

I was so impressed I purchased a seat of the software for personal use but unlike AutoDesk products that seem easy to move from one computer to your next upgraded computer it is virtually impossible to do with Solid Edge. They have the license so stringently controlled that even if you own it you cannot reuse it on any new system without purchasing Solid Edge $1500 per year software maintenance making it impractical for personal use. When you ask for help you are ignored unless you pay the $1500 more annually on a product you already paid $5000 for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Solid Edge ST6, ("Synchronous Technology"), we can create very complex, detailed and large machine designs with extreme precision. We design and build laser based machines for a wide range of medical and industrial manufacturing applications. Solid Edge allows us to design custom equipment in a short time frame and get manufacturing drawings quickly to the machine shop. It is also great for marketing and sales since we can provide the customer a 3D model they can immediately visualize their machine and process.

Solid Edge review by User in Industrial Automation
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"Good for simple CAD"

What do you like best?

Converting 3D models to 2D dimensioned drawings, with easy-to-add dimensions and annotations. The 2D drawing capability is easier and more intuitive than other CAD software I have used.

Sheet bending tools are useful too.

What do you dislike?

3D modeling is not as full-featured as some other CAD packages. Good for simple shapes and designs, but creating complex, more freeform shapes is more difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think Solid Edge is a cheaper version of Unigraphics/NX (I don't know the price because my company bought it). If you don't need the power of NX, Solid Edge is good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating models of electrical transmission and protection equipment.

Creating 2D drawings to pass on to the model shop for them to create a prototype.

Solid Edge review by Paritosh S.
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" Professional 3D CAD software"

What do you like best?

Professional mechanical design system with exceptional tools for creating and managing 3D cad data.

Solid Edge guides projects toward an error free, accurate design solution. Solid Edge modeling and assembly tools enable your engineering team to easily develop a full range of products, from single parts to assemblies containing thousands of components.

What do you dislike?

Need to improve finite element analysis capability at part model level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving critical sheet metal product design issue. Generating flat pattern DXF for laser cutting.

Solid Edge review by David N.
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"This produt is average for 3d modeling."

What do you like best?

The synchronous technology is the best part about this software. it is nice to easily manipulate faces and features.

What do you dislike?

It was hard to create solids from curved shapes, especially straight faces that mated with curves generated a lot of

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It does save time over conventional drafting and it gives you a good picture to look at interferences in your design.

Solid Edge review by Matt E.
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"A great modeling program"

What do you like best?

Solid Edge is a comprehensive program. High standard of quality. I also like the Synchronous technology.

What do you dislike?

Fairly difficult to learn, and cumbersome for beginners.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main benefit is the ability to visualize the finished product. Also, to simplify a bill of materials.

Solid Edge review by User in Environmental Services
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"A wonderful tool for designing"

What do you like best?

Powerful tool with great help support. It is user friendly and easy to learn. It was taught at one of the courses I took in college.

What do you dislike?

The program is slow and sometimes crashes when handling a lot of data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it before purchasing the license. Make sure to compare your options and prices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Import and edit CAD files. Use it for culvert and bridge openings design.

Solid Edge review by User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Great for Simple Designs; Average for Complex Geometries/Assemblies"

What do you like best?

The Solid Edge sheet metal is very user friendly and easy for anyone familiar with other 3D CAD software to learn quickly.

What do you dislike?

Trouble-shooting error messages is difficult. Complex geometries and large assemblies often crash the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great option for simple designs, but falls short when working with complex geometries/assemblies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

New product development and applications work. Use of 3D CAD has greatly helped when compared to 2D. I would not say this is specific to Solid Edge. I am sure other options such as Solid Works or Inventor would also help in similar fashion.

Solid Edge review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Great CAD Platform"

What do you like best?

- User friendly

- Simple to use and similar to SolidWorks

- Sketch mode in the drawings

What do you dislike?

- Solid Edge was really slow when sketching in drawing mode when there was a lot of lines/geometry/information

- Does not have synchronous modeling capability like UG/NX does.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Comparable to SolidWorks for CAD

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing large models and many CAD files was a problem for us without having a CAD management system software so we came up with Master Models to match our work breakdown structure and everything was manageable.

Solid Edge review by User
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"Solid Edge Assessment"

What do you like best?

Only use to pull dimensions from prints that aren't listed, don't draw with it.

What do you dislike?

Don't use it for what it is for so can't provide opinion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would if I liked it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Don't know

Solid Edge review by User in Biotechnology
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"I used Solid Edge for 2 years"

What do you like best?

Solid Edge is an extremely stable software package, especially when compared to SolidWorks.

What do you dislike?

Solid Edge introduced its Synchronous Technology feature but I do not feel like it is widely accepted. I can't say that I found "ST" particularly effective. It has a large learning curve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an Engineer and use these CAD programs. Solid Edge is missing a "tool box," similar to that in SolidWorks.

Solid Edge review by Chris W.
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"Brief experience using it as a low cost alternative to SolidWorks"

What do you like best?

I like the low price point and the simple process to get going (especially when compared to Pro/E)

What do you dislike?

Seems to have limited capabilities and low surfacing performance

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Be able to generate and review CAD quickly

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