NX Advances Generative Design Technology

By William Chanatry

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Generative Design.pngCIMdata, the leader in PLM Education, Research, and Strategic Management recently reviewed the generative design capabilities in NX. Here are two takeaways from CIMdata’s review on Generative Design. 

  1. NX expands topology optimization in its NX 12 release.

  2. Topology optimization relies on the Parasolid geometric kernel’s ability to support planar mesh geometry seamlessly together with precise geometry to enable a generative design workflow.


Generative design has been a key trend in our industry… and why not? After all, generative design allows for more design alternatives to be explored. What separates NX from the rest of the pack, seems to be Topology Optimization as noted by CIMdata. Topology Optimization in NX, separates itself from other CAD systems out there by being the only one which enables for the direct manipulation of the resultant facet/polygon optimized shapes. While including the body as a full citizen of a feature based modelling process.


Below is a demonstration on Topology Optimization in NX 12:

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