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How to Learn Solid Edge for Free

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Solid Edge ST (Synchronous Technology) is a direct modelling (It can also be used as a 3D parametric/history based modelling) 3D MCAD software. Solid Edge isn’t only used for 3D modelling, but it’s also used for rendering, stress analysis, thermal and fluid simulations. Solid edge is currently developed by Siemens.

Learning Solid Edge ST is very helpful for mechanical engineers or anyone working in the MCAD (Mechanical Computer Aided Design) field. This post is a road map for anyone willing to start learning Solid Edge ST (old releases of Solid Edge which predates synchronous technology won’t be covered here) online for free from scratch, the post will present and compare between the best online sources where beginners can start from and follow along, the sources stated in this post are full structured courses so you won’t find a link to a single video or a group of unrelated tutorials.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn Solid Edge ST) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with Solid Edge for Free from Scratch

CAD Image PLM (Update: Not Available)

CAD Image PLM is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning Solid Edge through video tutorials. Registration isn’t required to have access to the training.

Structure: Training is divided into 18 webinars (Femap webinars aren’t included), each webinar covers a certain topic in Solid Edge ST.

Interface: The interface is simple, just click on the  blue view webinar link and the video will pop-up in a separate window.

1 - CAD imagine PLM Solid Edge trainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized for beginners.
  3. The training covers the latest release of Solid Edge ST.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well-organized for beginners.

Verdict: This is an excellent outlet for beginners to start learning Solid Edge St through video tutorials.

Design Fusion youTube Channel

Design Fusion YouTube Channel is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning Solid Edge ST through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 7 video tutorials, each video tutorial covers certain topics in Solid Edge ST.

Interface: Standard YouTube Interface.

2 - Design Fusion YouTube Channel Solid Edge TuturialNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. the training is well-structured and organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training covers an old release of Solid Edge ST, though that might not be a problem for beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good outlet where beginners can start learning Solid Edge ST through video tutorials, choosing between this outlet and the first outlet will depend on your own personal preferences.

SE Tutorials

SE Tutorials is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning Solid Edge ST through video tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 9 categories, each category is divided into video lessons which covers the various topics in that category.

Interface: The interface is simple, select the category you’re interested in from the right hand side menu, and you’ll be prompted by a list of available lessons from which you can select the lesson you’re interested in.

3 - SE Tutorials Solid Edge tutorialsNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. A large collection of tutorials.

Cons

  1. The user’s experience won’t be consistent as the video tutorials aren’t created by the same instructor it’s more of a collection of YouTube videos.

Verdict: Though this collection has a huge number of tutorials, but it’s not suitable for complete beginners due to the inconsistent experience.

Siemens

Siemens  website is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Solid Edge ST through a text based tutorial.  You don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: the training is divided into 5 main sections, each section is divided into lessons that covers the various topics of Solid Edge ST.

Interface: the interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the video resides.

 4 - Siemens Website Solid Edge tutorialNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized and structured for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training is available as a text-based tutorial.

Verdict: This is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Solid Edge ST through a text based tutorial.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning Solid Edge ST

  1. Siemens website is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Solid Edge through text-based tutorials.
  2. Design Fusion YouTube Channel is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Solid Edge through video tutorials.

For those who prefer books then the free ebook “Solid Edge ST6” on slideshare is the option to start from.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in Solid Edge ST.

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