Siemens Solid Edge 3D Design

Today’s hottest 3D design built on  next-generation technologies



  • Easy to use for rapid realization of value

  • Next-generation design tools that enable disruptive innovation

  • Decades of core 3D CAD development for any design challenge

  • Accelerates and optimizes product design for reduced costs

  • Visualizes and validates product designs in 3D for improved product quality

  • Integrated with a portfolio of development applications for design through manufacturing













The cornerstone of the Siemens Solid Edge® portfolio, Solid Edge mechanical design software is a market-leading 3D computer-aided design (CAD) application that enables the future of product development with capabilities such as generative design, reverse engineering and design for additive manufacturing. These next-generation techniques are seamlessly integrated with traditional methods thanks to Convergent Modeling™ and accelerated by industry unique synchronous technology. The decades-strong part, assembly and drawing design environment integrates seamlessly with a portfolio of affordable, easy-to-use software tools that address all aspects of the product development process, enabling you to go from 3D mechanical design to electrical design, simulation, manufactur- ing, and more, assisted with integrated data management along the way.

Next-generation design

Solid Edge incorporates next-generation design methods seamlessly into your development workflow, enabling you to disrupt your field. Synchronous technology allows you to rapidly create new concept designs, easily respond to change requests, edit imported 3D CAD data as if it were native data, make simultaneous updates to parts within an assembly and more. It combines the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of history-based design, simultaneously, in a unified design environment. Generative design accelerates creation  of lighter components perfectly suited for immediate manufacture via today’s additive processes (3D printing) or restrained to more traditional manufacturing methods. Designing lighter, stronger parts can help you decrease manufacturing cost, improve in-field performance and increase customer satisfaction. Reverse engineering enables digitally scanned bodies to be incorporated into your design workflow, either directly as mesh triangles (facets), or as traditional solids and surfaces. Use of scanned data is made possible through assisted reverse modeling, including intuitive mesh cleanup tools to remove errors that may have resulted from the import process. Convergent Modeling enables you to work with faceted data in the same way you would typically use traditional boundary representation (b-rep) data. Mesh bodies are seamlessly integrated into the normal model editing process, allowing you to get the final design needed for the task at hand – no more waiting for tedious, inaccurate conversions from triangular mesh to b-rep. Augmented reality (AR) allows you to validate your digital design in a physical environment. Using AR technology via a smart phone or tablet, you can review designs in their intended settings, showcasing products in a compelling way even before they are built. AR experiences can be securely shared in the cloud using the Solid Edge Portal. Furthermore, other third-party augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AR/ VR/MR) experiences can be accessed via export of the OBJ neutral interchange file format.

Core 3D CAD

3D design enables faster time to market while reducing engineering costs. Solid Edge 3D design is distinguished by its ability to provide superior part and assembly modeling, flexible drafting, best-in-class sheet metal capabilities, and industry-leading visualization. These attributes enable Solid Edge to deliver a fast and flexible design experience while easing the challenges inherent in product development.

3D part modeling

Solid Edge enables fast and flexible modeling for almost any component, including automated tools for common engineering parts such as gears, cams, springs and beams, surface modeling capabilities for complex stylized shapes, and a dedicated feature set for the design of plastic parts. Stylus sketching enables you to freely sketch on your tablet as Solid Edge converts your rough sketch into perfect shapes. Solid Edge also solves complex fit and positioning by automating engineering calculations to achieve a specific design goal with Goal Seek.

Sheet metal design

Solid Edge provides the industry’s best-in-class sheet metal design system, with support for the entire design through-fabrication process. With capabilities to handle complex sheet metal design challenges including manufacturability, Solid Edge streamlines the entire product development process, from CAD design through flat pattern and drawing development.
Drawing and drafting

Solid Edge streamlines the creation of drawings from 3D models, providing graphical alerts when drawing views are out of date and a built-in tool that alerts you to design changes. Solid Edge also optimizes for speed and performance and automatically complies with the mechanical drafting standard you select.

Assembly modeling and management

Solid Edge helps you quickly create and manage even the largest assemblies, from conceptual layout to an exact representation of all components. A complete digital mockup allows for more accurate design and analysis, from interference detection to in-context modeling. And, as your design grows, Solid Edge automatically activates its high-performance mode for large assemblies, delivering significant performance gains.


Solid Edge 3D visualization, with render- ing capabilities powered by best-in-class KeyShot® technology, provides photorealistic images and animations to bring your models to life. Explode your assemblies, spotlight your scenes, incorporate scattering medium such as fog and smoke, and leverage the latest appearances such as foam and multilayer optics. You can also showcase the internal workings of designs with rendered cutaways.


Solid Edge helps you keep your product on track and within budget with capabilities that assist engineers in designing for cost, including support for sheet metal. You can compare designs by cost and accelerate sales quotes.

Standard part library

Standardizing on components helps optimize inventory and improve manufacturing workflow. Solid Edge provides a powerful parts management system that allows you to define, store, select and position commonly used parts – like fasteners, bearings, structural steel
members, pipes and fittings – quickly and efficiently, enabling rapid and precise completion of 3D assemblies. Pre-populated standards-based libraries are available ready-to-use, enabling designers to concentrate on creative design.

Data re-use

Solid Edge simplifies data migration of 3D models and 2D drawings from other industry software, with dedicated migrators for Solidworks®, Creo® Elements/Direct, Creo (previously Pro/ Engineer) and Inventor®. These migrators maintain rich model information and associated drawings during the migration process. Alternatively, all popular formats can be re-used as needed, including Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and AutoCAD®.

Flexible licensing model

A modular and scalable CAD application, Solid Edge is available in four different tiers, ranging from basic design and drafting capabilities to a premium version that includes capabilities for designing more advanced embedded systems. All tiers are available as a perpetual (permanent) license or by subscription (monthly or annual), with maintenance, support, and cloud-basedlicensing options – the choice is yours.

Trusted technology

The engine behind Solid Edge is Parasolid® software, the most widely used computer-aided geometric modeling kernel in the industry. Parasolid, a Siemens technology, delivers 100 percent 3D model compatibility between product development applications. By enabling the creation and modification of digital 3D models, Solid Edge delivers on the Siemens commitment to provide digital transformation capabilities to its users.  Digital transformation allows even the smallest organizations to leverage technology to level the playing field with large enterprises.