Siemens PLM Software announces the latest version of its NX software featuring new functionality that expands the application’s leadership in freeform shape design, PLM integration, and product development decision making.
Siemens’ NX 9 includes new capabilities and technological breakthroughs that deliver enhanced product development flexibility and higher productivity up to five times across multiple industries. New tools such as synchronous technology for 2D greatly facilitate 2D data editing while the introduction of fourth generation design (4GD) technology will enhance design productivity for massive assemblies.
NX Realize Shape software delivers a new state-of-the-art freeform design toolset with unmatched product development integration. NX 9 also includes tighter PLM integration through Siemens’ Active Workspace environment, as well as multiple enhancements throughout the integrated CAD/CAM/CAE solution. The enhancements in NX 9 are aimed at creating value by addressing issues common to multiple industries such as automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, consumer products and machinery among others.
According to Jim Rusk, senior vice president, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software, NX 9 represents a very significant step forward for Siemens, their customers, and for product development in general. Siemens’ significant new breakthroughs such as synchronous technology for 2D, 4GD and NX Realize Shape offer their customers unprecedented design flexibility while significantly increasing their product development productivity. Siemens’ successful Active Workspace solution is also leveraged to enhance the high definition user experience that helps their customers make smarter decisions resulting in better products.
While 3D modelling is the preferred method of product design throughout the world, 2D drawings and 2D product data in a wide variety of digital formats are still used in virtually every industry in some aspects of product development. However, incompatible data structures and inconsistent CAD technology can make working with these 2D files tedious and time consuming.
Synchronous technology for 2D eliminates these problems by adding intelligence to 2D data without the need for translation, enabling users to intuitively edit multi-CAD 2D files up to five times faster. This can be particularly useful for industries such as automotive, aerospace, machinery and others with large amounts of legacy 2D product data.
The new NX Realize Shape offering in NX 9 provides a unique freeform design environment for producing products with highly stylised shapes or complex surfaces. The solution seamlessly integrates advanced, easy-to-use, flexible tools for performing freeform design with a leading CAD/CAM/CAE software package, enabling companies in the consumer products manufacturing, aerospace, medical and marine industries shorten product development time by eliminating the multiple steps associated with using separate tools for freeform design and engineering development.
Several additional enhancements throughout NX 9 touch every aspect of CAD, CAM and CAE, and include the introduction of 4GD and the embedding of Active Workspace 2.0. New NX CAE tools improve thermal simulation of aircraft engines, reducing the time to set up complex boundary conditions by 75 percent. A new NX CAE parallel thermal solver provides improved performance on large-scale models delivering faster results. Enhancements in NX Nastran software, the premier FEA solver for computational performance, accuracy, and scalability, enable noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) simulation times to be cut in half.
New capabilities in NX for manufacturing provide enhanced control for faster and more flexible CAM and CMM programming. For die/mould machining, the new cut region management capability provides graphical user interaction for more efficient programming, up to 40 percent faster for some complex parts, and precise control over machining strategies. The new multiple-part programming capability lets programmers reuse machining sequences across any number of similar parts in a setup.
The new MRL Connect for NX connects NX CAM directly to the Manufacturing Resource Library (MRL) in Teamcenter to give programmers easy access to a shared library of standard tools, fixtures, and templates.
The CMM Inspection Programming capabilities have been expanded beyond solids to support sheet metal parts, delivering manufacturers in the aerospace, defence, high tech electronics, and automotive industries a highly automated inspection programming solution.