What’s New in Solid Edge ST4

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Solid Edge ST4 builds on a single system of synchronous and ordered features so designers need not make a choice. Here are the major areas of improvement.

Part and sheet metal enhancements

Advanced machine design capabilities in Solid Edge part and sheet metal provide:

A better workflow for modeling revolved features, including automatically creating Live Sections that retain the 2D dimensions.

Fully synchronous rib and web network creation and editing.

More precise hole placement and PMI dimension placement on cylinders.

Assembly enhancements

Many enhancements to process applications—tubes, paths, and Standard Parts—are available in ST4. New face relationship commands include 3D Offset and 3D Horizontal and Vertical. The Relate command has been replaced by a new Face Relate group.

Draft enhancements

ST4 provides many substantive enhancements to text formatting, annotation symbols, tables, and drawing view captions. While supporting the ESKD and GB drawing standards many of our customers use, these changes are universally available to all drawing standards.

User interface enhancements 

User interface enhancements include behavioral improvements in the orientation triad, keypoints, keyboard shortcut commands, and the mouse wheel.

You can communicate designs better and faster with out-of-the-box photorealistic rendering, including view style support for reflections, mirror floor, cast shadows, and granular perspective control.

Finite element analysis headlines 

Solid Edge Simulation enhancements focus on sheet metal design, so you can analyze machines with sheet metal parts. These improvements provide greater accuracy for smaller models, and they bolster support for hybrid surface and solid models.

A new Simulation Geometry tab in assembly provides direct access to surfacing, modification, and curve commands to simplify the assembly model.

You now can use two types of Edge connectors—Rigid or Glue—to create more realistic connections between 2D shell and solid elements.

Many new meshing and sizing options generate more accurate meshes.

Solid Edge Simulation is now available for structural frame models.

Document management headlines 

Document management in ST4 provides expanded collaboration with suppliers and customers. Now you have:

The ability to drag a neutral-format JT CAD model directly into a Solid Edge assembly document to leverage vendor and supplier data.

Easier tracking and incorporation of design changes with automatic item number and file name synchronization.

Document types not native to Solid Edge, such as STEP, X_T, and IGES, can now be opened in the managed environment.

Printable What’s New documentation 

A standalone book of What’s New in Solid Edge ST4 is available in the Help pane. To find it:

On the ribbon, click the Help index icon .

In the Help pane, under Solid Edge Help, select What’s New.

You can print the entire What’s New help book, a selected book, or individual topics in What’s New.

To print the full What’s New book, on the Contents page, right-click the topmost book, What’s New in Solid Edge ST4, and then choose Print.

You can print individual books or topics in What’s New using the same technique.

Tip: You can control pagination better by selecting and printing books individually.

Online self-paced training

Access to self-paced training is available online at no charge. Working at your own pace, from your own desktop, teach yourself the basics of synchronous part and assembly modeling and drafting with these overviews, animations, and activities.

From within Solid Edge, the link to self-paced training is located on the Help pane. To find it:

On the ribbon, click the Help index icon .

In the Help pane, under Learning Tools, select Solid Edge Self-Paced Training.

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