Leveraging integrated design in small and medium businesses with Solid Edge
By David Lyell

In an era where small and medium businesses (SMBs) face the relentless pressures of global competition, the call to bring products to market faster while minimizing costs has never been more urgent. Many SMBs grapple with complex engineering challenges driven by the increasing complexity of products, demand for customization, and shortened product life cycles. The integration of digital solutions could ease these challenges, yet many SMBs hesitate, deterred by perceived complexities, costs, and resource constraints. Solid Edge offers a promising solution in this challenging landscape that is tailor-made for the agility and ingenuity of smaller organizations.

Flexible access to comprehensive design capabilities

Solid Edge provides SMBs with flexible access to a suite of integrated products that cater to all phases of product development, from concept design to manufacturing. This means businesses can benefit from multi-discipline and best-in-class, design-focused mechanical CAD capabilities within a single licensed solution. Such accessibility empowers companies to overcome the reluctance to adopt a new CAD product and paves the way for a future-oriented engineering design.

Solid Edge with Teamcenter Share
Collaboration and document sharing are built-in with Teamcenter Share.

Stay ahead of the competition

The global market waits for no one, and non-enterprise companies are increasingly finding themselves in a race against time and innovation. Solid Edge enables SMB engineering teams – equipping them with the tools needed to compete on a global stage. By leveraging integrated design, businesses can bring increasingly complex and personalized products to market swiftly, ensuring they do not just keep up with the competition but stand out.

Capitalize on agility

Solid Edge is designed to match the natural flexibility of SMBs. Its suite of integrated solutions is not only easy to use but also affordable, making it an ideal product for businesses that might lack the extensive resources of their larger counterparts. From creating 3D models that can be used throughout the product development lifecycle to designing complex parts and assemblies with synchronous technology, Solid Edge ensures that every step of the process is covered.

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Benefits That Speak Volumes

The advantages of adopting Solid Edge for integrated design in SMBs are manifold. It enables businesses to:

  • Enhance Communication: Collaboration is at the heart of Solid Edge with Teamcenter Share. Secure and controlled sharing of documents means that businesses can better communicate the value of their innovations to potential customers.
  • Improve Performance: Through integrated simulation options, companies can validate and enhance product performance early in the design process. This means you can start testing before the prototype.
  • Streamline Manufacturing: Accurate and efficient part manufacturing is facilitated by integrated tools for both traditional machining and additive manufacturing technologies. CAM operations are not siloed to external software.
  • Optimize Data Management: Built-in data management capabilities ensure everyday processes, including release to manufacturing and engineering changes, are managed efficiently and accurately.

For small and medium businesses, adopting Solid Edge with its integrated design approach is not just about staying competitive; it’s about establishing a foundation for innovation and growth. We’ve compiled our resources for SMBs on our Accelerated Engineering hub page.

About the author

David Lyell is a Siemens Digital Industries Software marketing manager and serves the Small and Medium Business industry. He has worked in manufacturing and marketing across several industries, including automation, job shops, additive manufacturing and woodworking.
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