Siemens NX’s continuous release strategy is what we are providing, to bring you the latest and greatest every six months. We are striving to consistently deliver value to you and enhance productivity and user experience across Siemens NX. Take a look at this ‘What is New’ blog to learn how we’ve made significant investments to feature templates, collaboration, core technology and more, to bring you the best increase in productivity and successful workflows. Innovating new technology and capabilities is only part of our arsenal. We also continue to revolutionize our existing capabilities to ensure that we provide the maximum level of efficiency and ultimate user-experience for you, our customers.
Siemens are always pushing to benefit your workflows and support efficient product design. The summer 2022 release of NX is providing you with a new capability that is essential in accelerating exactly this, through efficient knowledge reuse of objects within a part. This will benefit you, our users, by providing broader content coverage. This enables richer functional capability and deeper codeless configurability to jump start efficient reusability. Additionally, you will find expanded content coverage beyond just parametric features. This now includes related product manufacturing information (PMI), requirement checks, and other non-associative geometry. This update also takes User-Defined Features to a whole new level of content fidelity, configurability, and user productivity. As a bonus, Feature Templates are easy to configure and deploy in the Reuse Library within NX!
Model Based Definition
As you probably know already, Model Based Definition (MBD) provides a rich set of data that defines a variety of characteristics beyond size and shape. This enables a truly comprehensive digital twin. By including PMI within the CAD model, engineers can produce a complete digital definition of a product in an annotated and organized manner. With the new Feature Template object in this release, this supports the storing and reusing of PMI. Supported PMI annotation objects consist of, notes, labels, datum feature symbols, datum target, feature control frames, and surface finish symbols. While supported PMI dimension objects consist of, linear, radial, angular, chamfer, thickness, and hole callout. Customer symbols are also supported. Like we’ve said above, users can create and configure from the reuse library, as well as inherit their PMI settings from the template or target part.
Electronic Design Collaboration
There has never been a more important time for a collaboration between electrical, electronic and mechanical design. With software and electronic-based features replacing more ‘old school’ mechanical hardware functionality, the time is now to secure this essential blend. NX offers further improvements to support a robust workflow for rigid and rigid-flex designs. This is especially important given increased product complexity and packaging constraints. This is enhanced further with streamlined workflow and efficiency gains for library management in native and managed mode. These enhancements help to improve and increase the collaboration between electronic and mechanical design departments during all phases of the product lifecycle.
We all know what it’s like working with team members remotely. If you’re a designer, that can be particularly difficult when collaborating on a design with colleagues around the world. Now, with NX Multi-user notification and Teamcenter’s Active Workspace, we can help teams stay connected globally. This feature allows multiple users to track, follow and design changes live. So, wherever you’re based in the world, you’re able to see the most up to date changes, and who made them. In the ‘multi-user notification’ inside of NX you can select to be notified of changes to any of the components and sub-assemblies. These will then be highlighted in the graphics window for easy access and consistent, successful collaboration.
An underpinning stage in your design workflow is your use of core modeling and how you’re utilizing NX’s Sketch feature. With one of our latest features, Sketch now facilities easier modifications through improved handling of curve endpoint conditions. Similarly, there are also new options for multiple sketch curved endpoint modification. These enable you to edit your design more easily and freely. Not only this, but with the new Sketch solver enhancement, we have worked hard to reduce sketch creation time with new midpoint identification. An overarching essential we need users to experience is flexibility within their workflow. With functional sketch patterning, we have allowed exactly that. Pattern creation in Sketch is now more powerful than ever, with a new dragging function – overall producing a much higher quality for your design.
We’ve also introduced advanced shape design. This allows users to create free hand drawn curves by matching or snapping them onto existing curves, again, improving your productivity. This introduction comes from the additional options to the Draw Curve command which helps accelerate curve creation workflows.
Likewise, the update to NX Algorithmic Modeling has been enhanced to now support convergent modelling workflows. By adding convergent body support, this empowers users to handle complex patterns and shapes quickly and efficiently.
Within the core design stage, model analysis preparation has been enriched with Divide Face Diagnostics. This feature is often used to prepare a model for running CAE analysis. However, with the new diagnostics we’ve introduced, users can now successfully complete their analysis without all the divisions being complete.
Core technology, such as the NX Core Architecture, is key to driving the continued success of our customers. It is critical that we provide an advanced and modern technology framework to support leading-edge innovation around things, like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). This framework enables us to do things like providing a complete solution that takes advantage of data without having to re-master the data, or the ability to directly read and modify previous NX data.
A perfect example of this technology is the new Select Similar Faces. We know that saving time in any aspect of your design workflow is key to staying ahead of the game. This new feature provides the ability to perform operations on geometrically similar functional regions, with a reduced number of clicks. Users can speed up searching and selection of functional regions with saved region profiles.
Design for Additive
Saving time in your design process is a huge win for any user. With this in mind, we have introduced a new Clean up Facet Body Wizard. This new tool determines whether there are any issues or defects on your model. This enhancement can improve your workflow efficiency by up to 95%! The new Clean up Wizard also allows you to switch between automatic repair, interactive defect removal and repeated analysis simply and easily. This is also important for people using synchronous modeling. This saves on manual checks to facet geometry being water tight, before combining them with NX solid body modeling; and sending to 3D print.
Additive Mold Design
The latest release of NX brings greater support tools to help take advantage of additive manufacturing, from end use parts, to more efficient mold cores and cavities. With the introduction of conformal cooling, we are now able to provide quicker and more accurate cooling of the part before being sent to manufacture. Our conformal cooling channels wrap automatically around your mold geometry. NX has various ways to create a conformal cooling channel. One of these ways gives you full control over the distance that needs to be maintained between product surfaces and cooling channel center. From this you can chose the bend radius to achieve a proper flow of cooling water into your model.