What's New in NX 11 for Design Engineering

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NX 11 for Design Productivity

Convergent Modeling

Many industries use scanned 3D data as part of their design processes. If you have worked with this data in the past, you know how painful it can be to make it usable. Irregular shapes in particular require extensive reverse engineering so that they can be used for 3D printing, mold design, analysis or other uses. Convergent modeling in NX 11 reduces the need for this rework by bringing the scanned data in as facets, so there is no need to map surfaces, create solids, or do any other manual shape creation. You can scan your data and immediately begin building supports for 3D printing, creating molds based on the shape, including it in an assembly, analyzing it, or performing any other operation that you would with CAD data. Convergent modeling represents a h uge savings in time and cost and eliminates the error prone rework phase. Whether you are designing medical devices, retail or apparel products, or utilizing clay models for styling and design, convergent modeling is a critical tool for creating facet shap es more quickly and with fewer errors than other solutions

3D Printing

NX 11 has the strongest 3D printing support yet. In addition to convergent modeling,
you can 3D print your designs directly from NX by using File>3D Print. Since this
uses the 3D printing toolkit offered with Microsoft® Windows® and the
widely supported the 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF), you can rely on wide

Feature Modeling

Parametric solid modeling is the foundation of modern 3D design. NX 11 builds on this
with tools like swept volume, which enables you to create design features the
same way they are created with machining processes by sweeping a solid body along a 2D
or 3D path. A simple new tool for creating an associative bounding volume is particularly
useful for tooling and fixture design. New options for interrupting and renewing feature builds
give you more control over the model and make it easier to take advantage of legacy data.
Hole creation functionality is improved with emphasis on threads and
depth settings.
Selecting what you need in the context of your work is easier than ever, too


Surface modeling remains a vital tool in most industries, particularly for industrial design and styling. NX 11 reinforces a strong surfacing tool set with new and refined functionality. With curve scaling, you can create scaled copies of curves, part edges or points as a new feature with the option to make it associative to the original. You
can now flatten a curved surface, make changes to it and re-form it to its original shape, giving you more control to  use the workflow you want. Sheet trimming is faster and easier because sheets need not extend past the cutting object. With variable offset faces in NX 11, you can create a body with constant and variable thickness in one operation, which is particularly useful for lightweighting. Finally, variational sweeping is improved to make it easier to create complex shapes in fewer steps. Flatten, modify, and re-form curved surfaces in NX 11.

Sheet Metal Design

Sheet metal design in NX is also improved. You no longer need a separate aerospace sheet metal license to access these commands and functionality. In NX 11, the commands have been rewritten, improved and incorporated into NX Advanced Sheet Metal. Advanced flange creation is now part of the base sheet metal architecture, improving reliability and compatibility with other sheet metal commands. You can create more complex joggles with new support for intermediate web faces and adjacent web faces. Enhancements to other functions such as lightening cutouts, solid punches, bridge bends, beads and dimples, normal cutouts, and contour flanges help you create the geometry you need in fewer steps with more versatility and control. From NX 11, bridge bends are available to all users within the standard sheet metal license. Create the geometry you need in fewer steps with sheet metal design functions of NX 11

Synchronous Technology

Giving you the ability to work on any model, regardless of origin, as well as the ability to add intelligence to dumb data, synchronous technology in NX leads the industry. Incremental improvements in NX 11 include the ability to replace a face with another that includes open edges. You can now delete faces to split a single body into multiple bodies. Finally, automatic face selection makes it eeasier to optimize faces.


Designers spend a great deal of time creating and modifying the sketches that drive geometry. In NX 11, the sketcher has a number of enhancements that give you more control and make it easier to make changes and find the information you need. For example, you can now decide whether to display automatic dimensions, so you can
make your screen less cluttered while still retaining the benefits of auto-dimensioning. When you move geometry in a sketch, you get an improved visual preview of the curves you are mov ing, and the associated dimensions move with the curves. It is also easier to scale sketch geometry. You have the option to scale around the sketch origin or on the first driving dimension. With the new scalable sketch group functionality, you can designat e a group of features to be scaled, which is especially useful for re-usable objects that may not come in at the correct size.

NX 11 also gives you more control over how sketch geometry is constrained; points and vertices on curves can now be horizontally or vertically aligned with other points and vertices, and the midpoints of lines and arcs now have selectable vertices that can be used for constraints. The new sketch relations browser is a powerful tool for investigating and debugging sketch objects. It allows you to easily find associated constraints, dimensions and  external references, a significant aid in diagnosing sketch issues. Enhancements to spline creation make it easier to achieve G1 and G2 continuity. Creating sketches is easier than ever wit h a simplified dialog box. Finally, performance is enhanced by giving you control over various display options. Scale entire sketches or portions of sketches in one step.

NX Realize Shape

Since its introduction in NX 9, NX Realize Shape™ has been continuously improved and refined. An intuitive subdivision design tool that uses simple shape manipulation to create high-quality B-surfaces, NX Realize Shape is easy to use and more capable than ever. In NX 11, you can split and merge bodies and use the clipboard to copy
Realize Shape features such as cages or geometry. This makes it easier to re-use and share information from models. The new connect capability gives you the ability to attach subdivision bodies to geometry created outside the Realize Shape environment. It even fi lls in any gaps between the bodies, so you can make use of subdivision shapes in any model. You also have more control over the elements of the subdivision model with the ability to delete part of a cage or move or copy single elements in a body.

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