Siemens’ NX delivers greater cross-discipline collaboration and knowledge capture

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Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced the release of Siemens’ NX software, a product engineering solution, that has been designed to enable greater electronic co-design, collaboration, and intelligence capture and reuse capability.

According to Bob Haubrock, Senior Vice President, Product Engineering Software, Siemens, “This latest release brings enhancements to our users across the board, enabling them to work more intelligently between multidisciplinary teams, capture and reuse more knowledge and achieve that optimum design more efficiently than ever before. Alongside brand-new functionality, our significant investments to core technologies, such as sketch and convergent modelling, will further improve the toolsets that our community of users relies on every day.”

Part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services, NX looks to deliver productivity and user-experience enhancements across a broad range of capabilities.

NX has extended its electronic design collaboration capabilities with a robust workflow for rigid and rigid-flex PCB designs. These are especially important given increased product complexity and packaging constraints.

Users will also notice a new codeless approach to Feature Templates that enables the reuse of the knowledge embedded into NX data during design - extending data reuse from pure parametric geometry features to include PMI, requirements checks and more. The key benefit, according to Siemens, is a jump start of efficient knowledge reuse and greater collaboration amongst design and engineering teams.

In terms of shape development, this release brings new tools to help develop the forms designers need, whether that’s updates to curve creation and editing with parametric features or to NX Algorithmic Modelling which better support convergent modelling workflows enabling more efficient ways to complex patterns and shapes.

The NX Topology Optimizer fully replaces and surpasses previous solution capabilities. Part optimisation within the context of an assembly now considers design and manufacturing constraints and makes simultaneous optimisation of multiple design spaces with independent materials possible.

The recently introduced NX Design Space Explorer for multi-objective optimisation also now offers multi-run support to fine tune ranges and refine searches and Simcenter HEEDS software run options are now fully integrated and cover baseline, random seed, and normalization factors.

This will enable customers to benefit from both cost and time savings through automation of complex optimisation tasks helping them to achieve faster time to market during the design engineering phase of product development.

“Today's mechanical products are complex, and engineers need to integrate mechanical, electrical and electronics. Bringing the data from each of these disciplines can create design friction, which needs to be resolved quickly," said Arvind Krishnan, industry analyst, Lifecycle Insights. “A good example is the placement of a cooling fan in an electronic housing. The engineers benefit by working in a collaborative environment. So, when there is a change in the electronic board design, the mechanical engineer responsible for the fan and housing design can respond, and vice versa. NX provides best-in-class electromechanical design tools, smoothly weaving together the different needs of the mechanical, electrical, and electronic disciplines into exactly that tightly integrated collaborative environment.”