Twitter is a very powerful device for getting the word out in today’s society. After a simple retweet about winning a trip to Solid Edge University, my twitter feed blew up with congratulations for winning a full trip to SEU in Cincinnati, OH. The conference consisted of the official reveal of ST 6, which is the new version of Solid Edge, training classes, and many talks about learning new things in Solid Edge for users. The first day consisted with an opening speech from Siemens PLM CEO, Chuck Grindstaff, the founder of Engineering Without Boarders, Bernard Amadei, and The Lead Landing Engineer of the Mars rover Curiosity, Adam Steltzner. These speakers brought inspiration to all of the users in the room. On the same day, Solid Edge ST 6 was introduced and the new features were demonstrated.
All of the new features excited the users because of the time and stress that would be reduced, such as the drafting interface, new Surface Modeling capabilities, and Design Optimization programs. Some other great features of ST 6 are the new integrations with CAM software, the popular rendering software KeyShot, and the SolidWorks, Inventor, and ProE migration tools that will convert entire projects to Sold Edge parts. The accessibility of the software has greatly increased with the new release as well, it was announced that Solid Edge can be rented monthly and also purchased online through reseller’s websites. With the seats of the software being expensive, this is a huge breakthrough for startup companies who need a software but don’t know what they actually need or even companies with interns that only work during the summer.
After all of the announcements, smaller breakout sessions started. These breakout sessions covered many Solid Edge components for different levels of the users, such as synchronous technology, tips and tricks, drafting, surface modeling, and even data management. Some of these sessions were actual hands on training using the Solid Edge software and also covered ranging topics. The sessions were taught by users who have been using the software longer than I have been alive (which is 21 years) and people that were actually on the committee to create Solid Edge, so their knowledge of the program is very helpful. One of the session speakers was VMH’s very own trainer Dale Dewiel! During his session, I was lucky enough to show off the mobility of ST6 by presenting the software running the Microsoft Surface Pro. With the tablet being able to go anywhere, that means that ST6 can go on the floor or anywhere the program can be needed or used. The rest of the 2 days at SEU consisted of networking and these sessions where the Edgers shared their experiences and knowledge of everything Solid Edge.
I learned a lot about Solid Edge such as, how it is a rising product and in the software industry and how to actually use it. Before winning the trip to SEU, I had never used Solid Edge before. But after winning, I decided to dedicate my modeling to Solid Edge so I had a gist of what the program was capable of doing. But after attending SEU, my eyes have been opened to the effectiveness of the program. Overall, the trip to SEU was filled with learning and I look forward to modeling in the new ST 6 and start my adventure to becoming and “Edger”.