Siemens PLM Software has developed what it claims—and the patent is pending—is technology that provides history-free, feature-based modeling. What does this mean? Well, according to Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president of Products, Siemens PLM Software, “Traditional parametric modeling serially applies rules to geometry, helping to automate planned change but not addressing unanticipated engineering changes. History-less modeling concentrates on geometry in an unconstrained manner, but sacrifices intelligence and intent. Direct editing minimizes the need to understand a complex history but does not address features.
“Our new synchronous technology incorporates the best of constrained and unconstrained techniques to deal with change in an extremely powerful and efficient manner. Applying the right technique to the job at hand, enables dimension-driven modeling to reach its full potential, generating tremendous productivity gains over traditional methods.”
And when they’re talking gains, they’re talking about how “synchronous technology,” as it is being called, allows the user to have a “100 times faster design experience.” Which allows the designer to try more solutions in a given period of time. What’s more, design changes—planned or otherwise—can be implemented in “seconds versus hours,” and there is the ability to reuse data from other CAD systems without remodeling. Additionally, there is a new interface that permits 3D CAD with the simplicity of 2D.
This software is available in the company’s NX and Solid Edge products.—GSV