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.
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.
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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.
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.