Solid Edge Learning Resources for Educators

Siemens Digital Industries Software is committed to empowering the next generation of digital talent with the engineering design skills employers need by providing industry-leading software, training resources and industry certification to educators and students.

As a Siemens Academic Partner, you can easily access the full Solid Edge portfolio of easy-to-learn and easy-to-use software tools for all aspects of the product development process. Additional Solid Edge resources include educator training and problem-based learning curriculum and tutorials to support your classroom teaching.

Academic Software

Solid Edge Academic Institution Bundle

Our complete Solid Edge portfolio is available to academic institutions free of charge via the Siemens grant process. The academic bundle

Solid Edge Premium

Our ultimate 3D CAD package, including simulation, electrical routing, pipe, and tube routing.

Solid Edge Simulation Advanced

Built-in finite element analysis (FEA) solution that allows users to digitally validate parts and assembly design, reducing the need to create physical prototypes.

Solid Edge CAM 5-Axis Mill

Extensive capabilities for simultaneous multi-axis cutting of complex surfaces, including both automatic and manual methods, multiple drive options and a variety of tool axis controls.

Solid Edge Wiring & Harness Design

Solid Edge delivers powerful wiring and harness design capabilities with seamless ECAD/MCAD integration.

Solid Edge P&ID Design

Design automated pipe systems using an automated process and intelligent database while supporting industry standards.

Solid Edge Piping Design

Automatically generate complete piping systems and bill of materials using a comprehensive 3D standard parts library.

Solid Edge Model Based Definition

Define parts and assemblies using interactive 3D models and reduce the need for complex 2D drawings while maintaining compliance with industry standards.

Solid Edge 3D Publishing

Create customizable multi-page technical documents and interactive product illustrations.

Take full advantage of the Solid Edge Academic Institution Bundle.

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The Ashley Kimbel Story

When Ashley Kimbel, a 17-year-old engineering student in Alabama, wanted to create a better prosthetic foot for a wounded Marine Corps veteran, she turned to Solid Edge. Discover Ashley and Kendall Bane’s amazing story that demonstrates the true power of technology.

Curriculum Resources

Secondary School Curriculum

Project-Based Learning

One of the many benefits of STEM education is the integration and application of cross-curricular learning. This allows students to understand the relevance of content learned in their core subjects, usually studied as standalone courses in secondary school. The most effective way to make curriculum rigorous and relevant is with a comprehensive and integrated project-based design. This curricula design helps students answer the questions “Why do I need to know this?” and “where will I ever use this?” It also prepares students to make a seamless transition to a two- or four-year college degree or industry certificate.

A Project-Based Learning curriculum allows for deep exploration of a problem. Each project is designed to allow student teams to develop distinct solutions to the same problem. The problem presents the student with an opportunity to plan, organize and conduct research. “Enabling Activities” can provide students with required knowledge and skills “just in time” so they may proceed to a viable solution to the problem. Students utilize their research in the design, prototyping, testing, evaluation and redesign of a solution.

Siemens offers two (2) courses which adhere to the Project-Based Learning methodology and are designed to educational standards. These courses can each be used as a standalone full-year course or taught in a semester double period block schedule.

The following features are included as part of the curricula design:

  • Project- and problem-based
  • Integrated using the latest College and Career Readiness Standards and Next-Generation Science Standards
  • Require students to do research, design and development, and communication of design solutions
  • Use the engineering problem-solving process
  • Require students to keep an engineering notebook
  • Appropriate for all students
  • Provide schools with a list of supplies for all course projects
Engineering Design Course

This introductory engineering design course challenges students to work in teams in order to solve real-world design problems. Students research, design, develop, and communicate design solutions. Teams learn the fundamentals of CAD software and use that software to prepare and evaluate designs. The course makes extensive use of 3D printing so students can see the physical manifestation of their designs and explore “design for manufacturing” concepts.

This course prepares students for Solid Edge Certification (Level 1).

Manufacturing & Automation Course

This course is designed for students who have completed the Engineering Design course. It provides students with experience creating a design, preparing the design for machining and designing the manufacturing automation necessary to control processes. This course utilizes Siemens software as a tool for problem-solving and preparing solutions.

This course prepares students for Siemens PLC and Solid Edge Certification.

University & Technical College Curriculum

Introduction to Engineering Graphics Course

This course is designed to be an introductory engineering graphics class for first-year university and technical college students who are seeking degrees in mechanical engineering or product design.

Course Details
  • The goal of this course is to enable educators to teach students how to work confidently and competently with 3D CAD software, while developing the mechanical foundation they need to progress in their education and career.
  • This course is an introduction to 3D CAD for educators who are new to the subject and targeted towards first-year university and advanced high school programs.
  • The emphasis of this course is on core engineering graphics concepts peppered with artistic overtones, built around an environment conducive to creative 3D thinking and problem-solving.
  • This course is structured in a step-by-step PPT guide with embedded video files and provides exercises and activities designed to build skills in a logical sequential order. Designed to be used in a face-to-face classroom setting or distance online learning. Content includes: Introduction to Solid Modeling, Part, Assembly, Detail Drawings, and Motion.

Siemens Learning Center

Our free Solid Edge for Education and Community Library, located within the Siemens Learning Center, includes a comprehensive library of on-demand learning materials, covering everything from basic sketching techniques to advanced product design topics. This library enables students to learn the Solid Edge software through short, topical lessons that can be used for self-paced learning or incorporated into instructor-led lesson plans. All content has been designed to help learners prepare for Solid Edge Certification and subsequent career advancement.

The Solid Edge learning library offers nine learning paths, comprised of 481 topics, 84 individual chapters, and 23 hours of video content.

Solid Edge Certification

Solid Edge Certification provides you with an industry-recognized credential that demonstrates proficiency with Solid Edge software and distinguishes you within the Solid Edge design community.

We offer three levels of Solid Edge certification: Associate, Professional, and Expert.

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