Siemens PLM Software this week announced a new version of the NX enterprise CAD platform and new versions within its Velocity Series mid-market line that are the first to showcase its new synchronous technology, which marries the precision control of history-based parametric CAD software with the flexibility and speed of direct modelers.
Officially introduced in April, synchronous technology employs a host of Siemens PLM Software-developed technology, including “live rules,” grab-and-go tools and synchronous solvers to eliminate the time and effort previously spent deciphering the feature tree of traditionally created parts. Yet unlike so-called direct-modeling CAD tools like PTC’s CoCreate, Kubotek's KeyCreator and newcomer Spaceclaim, Siemens PLM Software’s approach doesn’t sacrifice the intelligence and design intent of parametric solutions.
The new NX 6.0, slated for availability June 30, builds on the Design Freedom usability groundwork laid by NX 5.0, making advanced CAD functionality more easily accessible and efficient for mainstream users, according to Paul Brown, director of NX marketing. Among the new features in this vein are “active selection,” which adds intelligence to designs when needed, even on non-native data, a full-screen mode for maximum graphics and customizable on-screen pop ups to speed interaction.
In addition to the user experience enhancements, there are a number of features to promote productivity and reuse. One such example is a workflow feature called scrapbook modeling, which let users cut, copy and paste sections of a model, reducing prep time by as much as 70 percent, Brown says. The new suite also includes a full suite of multi-disciplinery simulation solutions, including extensions to the integrated Advanced Flow and Advanced Thermal solutions.
SolidEdge, the CAD member of the Velocity Series family, also leverages synchronous technology to allow users to develop 3D models without pre-planning. Faster editing tools, support for multi-CAD data and 2D/3D workflow integration are among the highlights of this new release.
Among the other improvements in the Velocity Series modules are:
Version 4.0 of Teamcenter Express, which features embedded project and program management tools along with a low-cost Web client aimed at making product data accessible to shop floor users
CAM Express Version 6, which delivers advances in 3-axis machining and feature-based automation, including new cutting strategies for curve/edge and 3D profile cutting, smoother finish cuts and optimized corner rounding techniques. The new release is also stocked with feature recognition technology borrowed from the Tecnomatix digital factory application, which cut down significant programming time for repeatable features.
Version 10 of the Femap finite analysis component, which boasts new meshing capabilities to facilitate the design of FEA models much more quickly.
NX 6.0’s ability to leverage multi-CAD data reduces the need to re-master information, thus improving analysis and machining times.
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