Monday, May 25, 2015

Free Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST7

Siemens provides a free copy of Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST7.
Mechanism design always starts with 2D sketches of linkages. This free software allows users to create sketches with constraints. For example: tangent constraint keeps the cam follower (roller) always touching the cam curve. We can then see how other related linkages move. Variables in the sketch can be linked to Excel. So we can automatically change values of desired variables via VBA code. It also has goal seek function that will change the desired dimension which will give the target value of other dimension. It's very interesting to explore its capability. It will be a great tool for machine designer. We will explore more in later posts.

Download free copy of Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST7