The Design Alliance: The Right Software

By William Chanatry
Read our previous entry:

In our previous entry of The Design Alliance series we took a look into the electronic and mechanical design worlds. The importance of various design engineers collaborating on the same product and processes were explored. If you’d like to take a look back at this entry, you may do so here. You can see the interest of this topic on twitter and other social media outlets as well.

The Right Software

Now that we’ve discussed the reasons that an alliance between the electronics and mechanical disciplines are needed, it is important to look at what solutions are available. Luckily, we’ve researched and narrowed down the hard part. NX with Xpedition is the sure way to break down all of the barriers to innovation in the electronics and mechanical design space. The design alliance comes full circle when the correct software is chosen.

Siemens NX for Electronic and Mechanical Design Collaboration
NX with Xpedition provides an advanced level of multi-domain collaboration that is only available in the Siemens/Mentor flow.
For Example…

Think about those fitness watches out there. Imagine all of the design and collaboration efforts that it took to make these possible. For Polar Electro they’ve found success in NX and Xpedition… and the results show. Watch how Polar Electro wins the race in creating high-quality fitness trackers, heart rate monitors for running, triathlon and cross training and GPS-enabled cycling computers, and sports watches. All with NX and Xpedition.

With one system we always know what’s going to be changed, how it’s going to be changed, and the effects of those changes”

Hannu Hannila,
Manager, PLM,
Polar Electro
Need More?

Want to see how NX and Xpedition can work together to achieve the design alliance? Take the below videos for a watch.

Dave Walker of Siemens’ Product Engineering Software provides us with a detailed look into how NX and Xpedition cross-probe with one another. Dave details the initial mechanical design, the electronic placement, how to manage electronic design changes, and finalizing the design. Please take a look at our detailed demonstration below:

Walkthrough of NX and Xpedition
Need Even More?

Take the consumer electronics industry for example. If we look at the creation of a hand drill for example, we can see how much the electronic and mechanical disciplines collaborate within NX and Xpedition.

Watch below for a demo on this functionality and more of NX with Xpedition.

Watch how NX and Xpedition can work together in this Hand Drill example

NX and Xpedition make it easy for the engineers, just as the end product does for the consumer.

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Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights explains the capability and the need for cross-probing

Stay tuned on more to come from “The Design Alliance Series.”

Interested in this topic of electro-mechanical design?

Watch our Next Generation Electro-mechanical Design Webinar

In this webinar, Dave Walker and Nick Dauman will examine how electronics companies, suppliers and contractors can address the increasing product complexity (mechanical, electrical, electronic) and new technologies impacting electromechanical design in product development. NX delivers a holistic design approach that integrates the mechanical, electrical, and electronic disciplines and enables designers to respond to changing demands quickly and easily, increasing confidence in product performance.


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