NX | Timesaving Clicks and Tricks | Part Three

Obtaining perspective and precision

Today, we have our third and final installment in our mini-series called Timesaving Clicks and Tricks! For this entry, we continue to round up further tips to help users model more effectively – still keeping a focus on reducing mouse clicks and increasing design efficiency with NX™ software.

Select a planar surface and use F8 to orient view to that face

The Orient View in NX has 8 system defined views to choose from: Trimetric, Isometric, Top, Front, Right, Back, Bottom, Left. When rotating a model – if you want to quickly snap to the closest system view, press the F8 button on the keyboard. This works for all views apart from Trimetric and Isometric. For these views, press the Home or End keyboard buttons to snap to these.

If there is a particular planar face on a model you want to look at specifically, selecting it and then pressing the F8 button orients you to a view that is normal to that face.

This image shows how to use F8 command to orient a view within NX

Level of zoom influences feature input values when dragging

Dragging is a handy way to dynamically modify geometry on screen. It is particularly useful when viewing a complex part with lots of geometry as it allows speedy zooming in and out.

However, some users may not be aware that the extent to which you are zoomed in or out influences the feature input fields.

When you are zoomed out and use drag handles to modify size, values are coarser with numbers jumping up in greater increments.

As you zoom in, increments are finer.  The finer increments allow users to be at the center of control. You can also enter a precise value down to 0.1mm.

This feature provides significant flexibility. To provide an example, you might stay zoomed out as you drag from a value of 5.00 to 6.00, then zoom in to set a specific value.

Alt key + dynamic dragging of feature inputs gives very fine values

If you press the Alt key when you are dynamically dragging feature input values, you can achieve ultra-fine measurements. It does not matter whether you are zoomed in or out, you’ll be able to see the different increments. Further, with the Alt key depressed you can drag the geometry line up and down. This gives users control to reach a specific millimeter tolerance for achieving very fine granularity.

This image shows how granular you can get measurements within NX
This image shows how to use the drag handles to modify size
The image shows how when you zoom in, the increments get finer for measurements.

Use Alt key to override snap

The point snapping sensitivity cannot be changed, but you can temporarily switch the snap function off with the Alt key. This is useful if you want to drag one component over other components. Another example would be if you desired to get close to geometry when modeling but not snap to it. It is most helpful when working on a busy part or with ultra-fine values.

Utilize the ‘All But Selected’ command

NX has a workflow that enables the easy simplification of a part to extract the internal volumes. In this instance, let’s consider a valve block. After activating the Synchronous Delete command, pick all the internal faces of the valve block. When completed, select the ‘All But Selected’ option from the selection bar. This reverses the selection, and now picks and deletes all the external faces and previews the topology that will remain. On applying the command, you are left with just the internal volumes, particularly useful for downstream analysis and manufacturing processes.

Continue your journey with NX

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/nx-design/nx-timesaving-clicks-tricks-part-3/