Lattices are an engineering trend but there are some core things points to understand. Lattice design is a complex game. NX’s tools allow you to select a portion of a part’s form (whether a void or a body of geometry) and fill that space with a lattice.

Convergent modeling allows lattice structures and feature based solids to work as one. Lattice structures help with designing lightweight components while maintaining structural integrity and strength, and are specifically designed for processes like additive manufacturing.

NX gives you unparalleled power when it comes to working with models created using topology optimization. By combining facet, surface and solid modeling in a single integrated environment, NX eliminates the need for reverse engineering. You can simply model with the topology optimization results directly. Convergent Modeling, compared with traditional modeling techniques, is 10 times faster, and NX's convergent modeling combines traditional feature modeling with facet modeling in a single unified system.

Most models originate from CAD systems, which typically use continuous surface and edge definitions. The trouble has always been that faceted models consist of groups of polygons (often triangles), and thus, facets have customarily had to be converted into surfaces and solids to support modeling operations.

With its new convergent modeling framework, NX aims to reduce the need for this reworking by bringing the scanned data in as facets that can be worked directly in NX. There's no need to map surfaces, create solids, or do any other manual shape creation. The approach enables new additive modeling workflows such as “scan to print” and “optimize to print,” as well as extending traditional modeling workflows, all without the need for time consuming reverse engineering.

With a highly flexible approach to reverse engineering, NX helps you reduce the time required to develop CAD models from physical objects. Whether you're creating Class A surfaces from clay models, creating implants or prosthetics from anatomical scans, or updating designs from existing products, NX reverse engineering software streamlines the creation of high-quality CAD geometry from scanned data.

With rapid surfacing tools in NX, you can automatically fit curves, splines and surfaces to the faceted data, creating precise CAD geometry for subsequent design engineering. NX also includes tools for comparing the scanned data to the CAD geometry in order to maintain tolerances. The resulting models help accelerate downstream design, simulation and manufacturing processes.

Proven process for migrating from other CAD/CAM systems to NX

Want to migrate from your current product data files and intellectual property (IP) to NX software from Siemens PLM Software?

The NX Migration Advantage solution preserves your investment in legacy data and allows you to move forward with an integrated, open and future-proof product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. NX Migration Advantage enables you to transform your product development process using high-performance, integrated solutions for design, simulation and manufacturing.

Power, flexibility and control improve design productivity

The NX MACH software products are prepackaged solutions delivering high performance computer-aided design (CAD) capabilities of NX software, the leading solution for mechanical design. They offer competitively priced solutions tailored to specific product development roles, practices and processes, in four performance tiers. Value-added upgrades are available to move customers from one tier to the next. Each package delivers complete capabilities for production work.

NX MACH 1, 2 and 3 solutions include engineering process management capabilities for improved design team collaboration. Optional extended engineering process management tools provide scalable collaboration and advanced management.

All of the NX MACH design solutions share a common denominator of high-performance CAD functions and the ability to use powerful high-definition 3D (HD3D) Visual Reporting, enabling designers and engineers to quickly understand key elements of their designs. Each level of the solutions builds upon the other, providing increasingly more sophisticated and advanced design capabilities.