Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 certified to run Siemens Solid Edge CAD tools

High-end 3D designers can now be certain that buying a Surface Book notebook or Surface Pro 4 tablet will be able to run the portfolio of Solid Edge CAD tools Siemens. Microsoft has just announced that both products have been certified by Siemens for the use of Solid Edge.

in a blog post, Microsoft stated:

To achieve this certification, Siemens put Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 through a rigorous testing process to ensure that Solid Edge runs optimally. Engineers worldwide rely on Solid Edge to bring their ideas to life, and Surface's certification gives them confidence that they can use this powerful software and rely on the performance of Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book to do their work anywhere—the response has already been exciting to see.

One example of a designer using the Solid Edge tools on a Surface Pro 4 is Phillip Norman of Ross Robotics. He can work on his designs while he is traveling and show them off in meetings thanks to both the powerful hardware and the portability of the tablet. Norman states:

Just being able to take my work with me anywhere—any sort of work, even amazingly, CAD—shows the Surface is a powerful workstation, as slim and neat as a small pad of paper, and exponentially more adaptable. The Surface is very smart, slick, light and powerful and sends out positive messages about design, technology and high quality manufacturing, which reflect flatteringly on the person using it.

  • Cool, now TopSolid would be great, but since it requires a Xeon to compile huge manufacturing processes in a reasonable time I don't think it's happening anytime soon. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Modelling is one thing. Now coming to the real work, analysis. Would ANSYS run without any hiccups ?
  • You can prepare the models on the SB (pre-processing) and view the results (post-processing), but running the solver would not be wise. Still useful, as you can submit your analysis to a remote workstation/cluster.   In any case, SP4 is less useful for this.
  • what exactly is the requirement for ANSYS?
  • It will run, no question about it. But 15W CPU is too much of a constraint for any meaningful solver job.
  • I think (hope! :D) you have better machines to run ANSYS!
  • Let's see an iPad "Pro" do this.
  • That'll be the day xD What a riot
  • The inability to run this (on any computer) is only a problem if you want to run it. Otherwise it's irrelevant. I can't tow an 80-ton semi trailer with my BMW. It doesn't matter, because I don't want to. That doesn't make a Kenworth better than my BMW. :)
  • Nice analogy m8
  • Many people see the iPad Pro as a competitor to the Surface Pro line.  It's like comparing an 80 ton semi to a 60 ton semi.  Now if he had said, "Yeah, let's see them do solid modeling on an iPod!", then you would have a proper analogy. I would love to use a Surface Pro for my workstation, but I don't know how well that would work.  I'm running Inventor, and I'm sure it would be fine for basic models, but complex assemblies with movement may bog it down a bit.  Maybe when the 5 or 6 comes out, I will be due for a new PC, and will check into it then.
  • FYI, Revit and Civil 3D work awesome on the Surface Pro... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • In my right side up world, the certification should be the other way around.  Software is certified to run on Surface. Surface is a finite set of hardware and operating system that is pretty stable.  On the other hand, software is the wild west of drama queen hex-pert developers, each with their own sort algorithm and obfuscation security techniques.  Each of which has been patched over 15 years by developers who no longer exist on Earth. If the software is using some hack that alows it to only run on certain hardware, I would avoid it at all cost. Who needs to be certified?  Thats right, the software does.
  • Damn i learnt some new words here..
  • A certification by the software developer only means that they have tested it on that system, and had no issues, and that they are stating it in writing.  There are lots of PCs that aren't "certified" to run a program, but have no issues  As long as it meets the hardware requirements, it will run just fine.  Basically, MS wanted bragging rights and asked them to certify it, or customers kept bugging them and asking if it would work on a Surface Pro