Siemens PLM Software announced the latest release of NX software, the company’s fully integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution.
NX 9 is a major release with significant new functionality in all areas of the product and we believe that the new and enhanced functions will help you become more productive.
Siemens PLM Software has a clear and consistent strategy: to provide Digital Product Development and Manufacturing solutions that help you transform your whole product development process. This release delivers enhancements that enable you to increase your levels of productivity in product development and manufacturing while working within a collaborative managed environment.
In the design environment we have invested in all aspects of modeling including significant enhancements to feature modeling, freeform modeling, and synchronous technology. Significant enhancements were also made to core functionality such as visualization and user interaction.
We have concentrated on improvements to your core workflows. Sketching has been improved by adding the power of Synchronous Technology to 2D Sketching. Now when you need to adapt sketches, you can more easily understand and apply constraints to ensure the changes meet your needs. Synchronous technology 2D removes the need to pre-create constraints to get logical changes, automatically recognizing relationships such as tangency, and using similar approaches to 3D conditions such as symmetry, parallelism. Using synchronous technology in 2D with commands such as Move, Delete, and Resize simplifies modifying sketch geometry.
Synchronous technology 2D also makes editing 2D drawings and imported profiles such as DXF quick and easy. This saves you time and money and increases your ability to reuse legacy data.
With NX 9 we have included a number of key projects that enhance performance. NX 9 utilizes your computer hardware to multi-thread display regeneration after an update, and also lets you modularize your design for faster update. For users with large feature trees containing many operations, Part Modules has been enhanced to allow you to easily structure your feature tree into manageable portions, allowing you to be in control of exactly what is updated and when.
Other enhancements to feature modeling include:
- A new Rib function that reduces the steps taken to create stiffening features in models by up to five times.
- New analyze and blend pocket capabilities that create the true blended shape based on manufacturing criteria such as tooling
- New corner blend tools to smooth transitions between blends in components such as castings.
In addition to introducing Synchronous Technology in 2D we continue to enhance the 3D capabilities giving you the ability to make changes to edges as well as faces. Moving an edge of a face will cause the relating faces to adapt to the new geometry.
For users who develop complex freeform geometry, NX 9.0.1 will introduce Realize Shape, a new approach to creating highly stylized models.
- Realize Shape uses the latest Sub-Division modeling approaches to generate complex shapes.
- Output is a NURBS body, fully integrated with the NX model.
To improve your ability to visualize your designs, NX 9 introduces new Real Time Ray Tracing capabilities. By taking advantage of multi-core and accelerated graphics processors, Ray Traced Studio can display realistic lighting and inter-part reflections to help you make design decisions earlier.
Numerous enhancements have been made to Sheet Metal design workflows including added functionality and configuration control of flat pattern views that will reduce drawing creation time and improve consistency of the information sent to manufacturing.
We believe that NX 9 includes the most comprehensive set of productivity enhancements in drafting and documentation of any release. NX 9 brings you:
- New streamlined annotation creation capabilities for both drafting and PMI, allowing you to quickly create and change dimension types as you document your design.
- Fast access to key annotation style parameters through interactive points on the annotation, streamlining the process of changing the layout of your annotation text.
- Completely redesigned access to drafting parameters making it much easier to document your design to match your company’s chosen style.
New Ribbon UI
To make NX easier for your company to deploy NX now uses the common Microsoft Ribbon approach for user interaction. This is customizable using roles that let you build a user experience that meets your company’s needs. To help in the transition process you can switch to the traditional NX user interface, but, after monitoring user reaction and experience during beta testing we have found users quickly become productive using the ribbon UI.
The latest release of NX also significantly enhances the NX Digital Lifecycle Simulation portfolio with increased modeling efficiency and an expanded range of integrated solutions. You can reduce the time you spend preparing and solving analysis models by up to 70%. Highlights of the NX 9 CAE release include:
Simulation modeling and results visualization
- Mesh Morphing – you can modify an existing mesh to conform to slight changes in geometry by moving node locations to conform to the new dimensions. Morphing is not a remesh, and NX tries to keep the overall mesh topology constant. Morphing provides an alternative to the mesh update that occurs within the FE Model Update command.
- Mesh controls - NX 9 includes new ways for you to control and manage meshing for tetrahedral and surface elements around cylinders, fillets, and holes.
- Improvements for surface meshing include new controls for fillets and mapped holes, the ability to suppress holes within the 2D free mesh command, and improved controls for target minimum element size.