10/18/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Siemens’ NX Software Adds Convergent Modeling to Speed Product Design

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The Convergent Modeling paradigm makes it easier to work with scanned data and complex geometry.

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NX 11 software from Siemens PLM features Convergent Modeling, a new modeling paradigm said to simplify work with complex geometry. According to the developer, this technology will help users optimize part design for 3D printing, speed up the overall design process and make reverse engineering more efficient for product design. The software also removes limitations associated with traditional CAD modeling for optimizing parts for 3D printing by providing flexibility to rapidly create new optimal shapes.

Convergent Modeling simplifies the process of working with scanned data and reduces the need for rework bringing in the data as facets that can be modified directly in NX 11. According to Siemens, there is no need to map surfaces, create solids or do any other manual shape creation. This capability simplifies reverse engineering for applications using scanned 3D data as part of the design process, including medical, auto and consumer goods.

The technology also enables using scanned data to create molds based on the shape, include it in an assembly, analyze it or perform other CAD operations. This capability, combined with a new 3D Print function, enables 3D printing designs directly from NX, simplifying the additive manufacturing process. The workflow uses new Microsoft 3D print capabilities and supports the 3MF format.

NX 11 also includes several other significant enhancements. Simcenter 3D now powers all simulation capabilities in NX for predicting product performance. Fast and accurate solvers power structural, acoustics, flow, thermal, motion, and composites analysis, as well as optimization and multi-physics simulation. For NX 11, Simcenter 3D introduces new capabilities for modeling and simulation of rotating machinery, a new environment for interior and exterior acoustics, and significant enhancements in damage analysis of composite structures.

New robotic programming capabilities in NX CAM extend the range of machining applications on the shop floor, enabling precise machining of large and complex parts using six-plus axis robots. Enhanced feature-recognition capability automates NC programming or parts with many holes, reducing programming time. NX CMM Inspection Programming’s new high-speed cycle takes measurements by moving only the head, rather than the CMM linear axes, improving accuracy and speeding inspection cycles. 

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