With every new release of NX, you can expect industry leading technology and solutions. Tod Parrella (NX Design Product Manager) is one of many developers within the NX organization who help create the next generation of design and engineering. Siemens got a chance to sit down with Tod Parrella to discuss what you can expect from this latest release of NX in terms of core design.

Realize the next generation of design and engineering with NX. Releasing January 22nd.

The aircraft conversion market has been pretty hot in the past few years. Applied CAx recently had the great opportunity to meet with Altech, one of our FEMAP support customers focusing on aircraft conversions and aviation MROs (maintenance, repair, and overhauls).

Helping to convert commercial passenger planes into cargo planes, Altech refines the specs for removing all the seats and making sure cargo doesn’t go careening into cockpits, potentially injuring and incapacitating the crew. The industry has undergone rapid growth and shifts in the last few years, with the major players converting previously overlooked plane types such as Boeing 737-700s and Airbus A320s and A321s.

To overcome today’s business challenges, you need specialized experts who understand your business. It took an investment of our time and resources, but we're pleased to announce Applied CAx has been certified as Siemens Smart Experts in the following products:


As an industry leader, we possess deep expertise and insight to better serve you by:

  • Offering highly relevant advice to solving business challenges
  • Helping you to drive innovation and valuable business outcomes
  • Providing the flexibility to meet any business model whether on-premise or cloud-based
  • Supporting your digital transformation journey wherever you may be

Contact us today to learn how our team can help you.

Our very own Matt Martin, NX CAD guru, demoed the upcoming NX Continuous Release and sat down with Siemens PLM to talk about it. Matt focused in on the new lattice preview tool, saying "Instantaneous preview is absolutely incredible. Filling tetra-met (tet-mesh) inside the part with some level of control in order to light-weight the interior of the part is very powerful."

We here at Applied CAx are looking forward to NX Continuous Release

Applied CAx is excited to announce we are now an approved provider of STAR-CCM+. Much more than just a CFD code, STAR-CCM+ is a complete multidisciplinary platform for the simulation of products and designs operating under real-world conditions.

Our CAE team is very familiar with STAR-CCM+ and CD-Adapco from our consulting work through Predictive Engineering. The team is excited at this opportunity to help your company see potential design & workflow enhancements from STAR-CCM+. Potential solutions cover a wide range of physics and engineering disciplines, including:

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Solid mechanics
  • Multiphase and particle flow
  • Acoustics
  • Heat transfer
  • Reacting flow
  • Electrochemistry
  • Rheology

With this acquisition in 2016, Siemens PLM Software showed their strong investment in high-quality CAE tools. Interested in learning more? Please contact our CAE technical manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (503) 962-0287

How Applied CAx Boosted Efficiencies for a Top Aerospace Supplier

Crunching the numbers on CNC programming time

chart v02“Don’t turn off the machines.” That’s a sign that could be posted across the Pacific NW. When a shop is making aerospace parts in a multi-state operation, the manufacturing team doesn’t get to stop and analyze their methods. But recently Applied CAx helped a great team do just that with a focused site review.

We didn’t just guess in the dark. We crunched the numbers on potential labor and programming hours they could save along the way. Our review team spent the day capturing their processes and set up a high-level overview of their issues.

Over half a dozen CNC programmers and manufacturing engineers led us on a tour of their customized 5-axis machines. With an operation split across the west, there were some overarching processes, but each operation had its own programmers with their own culture.

Since then our 3-phase plan has identified the areas where automation development, training, and mentorship can get them to a better place.


PHASE ONE: Process Audit

In phase 1, we audited internal programming, setup and data integrity. We found large swaths of areas where NX is being used inefficiently and found the following numbers: