Solid Edge for Designers & Manufacturers of Plastic Components

Designers and manufacturers of plastic parts face uncertainty over global trade agreements and the resulting impact on their supply chains, increasing pressure to control component costs while improving component performance, and an increasing focus on environmental issues. Implementing the latest digitalization technologies that increase the flexibility and speed of product development can help address these concerns.

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Industry Insights - Plastics Component Manufacturing

Industry Insights

Improving product engineering and manufacturing of plastic components

The Solid Edge portfolio of software solutions provides next-generation technologies that solve today’s toughest product development challenges. With specific capabilities for plastic components design, the Solid Edge portfolio provides high-value, flexible, and powerful product development and manufacturing solutions that enable plastic component manufacturers to speed their time to market while delivering high-quality products on time and on budget.

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Start or Strengthen Your Digital Transformation

Investing in a digital transformation across design, development and manufacturing is key in helping manufacturers of plastic components be more competitive. A fast and flexible digitalized product development process can adapt quickly to using new or different materials and efficient manufacturing techniques. Digitalization can help you understand the impact of material and manufacturing process selection on product costs and performance. And, digital models can be easily shared with tooling suppliers and customers through cloud-based collaboration.

Designers and manufacturers of plastic components using these tools can:

Digitalize engineering processes. Digitalize your entire product development process and transform your business. Streamline engineering processes with 3D digital models. Add intelligence to 3D models throughout the product development lifecycle.

Improve productivity with next-generation design. Make digital representations of existing designs with reverse engineering. Work easily with 3D models in both mesh-based and traditional CAD formats.

Speed plastic component design with 3D CAD. Quickly produce accurate 3D part models and 2D drawings. Use wizards to place common plastic features such as bosses, lips and vents quickly and consistently. Use a history-free approach to 3D CAD with synchronous technology.

Visualize design intent. Demonstrate your product using the latest visualization technologies including 3D rendering. Experience true-scale digital prototypes in real-world environments with augmented reality. Access CAD data from anywhere using mobile viewing applications.

Respond quickly and accurately to RFQs. Shorten RFQ preparation time by reusing data from previous proposals using data management solutions. Rapidly assess product and tool costing with product costing software.

Manage customer requirements. Reduce business risk by ensuring customer requirements are met by linking them to 3D CAD models. Work directly with 3D parts while simultaneously managing project requirements with requirements management.

Create unique products based on organic shapes. Develop distinctive products using subdivision modeling technology without the need for expert knowledge. Solid Edge offers advanced capabilities for shape creation, manipulation, and analysis, with intuitive freeform modeling tools that create stylized shapes.

Accelerate aesthetic surface design. Use digital models to test, validate and optimize designs. Reduce or eliminate the need for physical prototypes with scalable simulation tools.

Ensure manufacturability. Define and execute a wide range of traditional and new manufacturing processes including CNC machining and additive manufacturing.

Prepare design for 3D printing. Create world-class products using the latest 3D printing and additive manufacturing techniques. Use generative design techniques with topology optimization to create radical new designs that minimize weight and material usage.

Manage design projects and engineering change. Retrieve data quickly, optimize resources and manage engineering changes with design management capabilities that provide a visual approach to managing complex design data. Accelerate product development while reducing errors with built-in data management and Teamcenter integration.

Access design projects from anywhere. Access design information while working out of the office and at remote locations. Cloud-based collaboration offers a secure way to share and collaborate around product information regardless of origin.

Publish interactive technical documentation. Streamline your documentation process by eliminating the need to convert CAD files using technical publication solutions. Create parts lists, raster and vector graphics, and multi-page digital documents for training and work instruction packages that include interactive 3D graphics.

With 3D CAD, simulation, manufacturing, technical publications and data management capabilities, Solid Edge provides an integrated portfolio of affordable and easy-to-use plastic component design and manufacturing solutions to help you rise to new challenges.

Customer Highlight

Move from 2D to 3D design

Industrial diaphragm maker achieves seamless transfer of tool design to manufacturing with Solid Edge.


  • Deliver more complex diaphragms
  • Update products to match new market demands
  • Better align design and manufacturing

Keys to success

  • Move from 2D to 3D design
  • Use CAM software to program machines
  • Buy CAD/CAM tools from one source
  • Utilize dual support from partner and Siemens Digital Industries Software


  • 30% faster new design
  • 40% faster design changes
  • Seamless transfer of design intent to shop floor