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If you’ve considered moving to NX but have been daunted by your legacy CAD data, there are two methods that can help make the move: Content Migration Manager (CMM) and NX Migration (NXM). Both operate within a Teamcenter environment and offer the benefit of:

  • Protecting your intellectual property
  • Using your legacy CAD data
  • Reducing your migration efforts and costs

Using the new NX 12 multiple window display allows the user to quickly and easily switch between parts and applications. Float a new window and place it on another monitor and really use those multiple screens on your desk. With the new NX 12 multiple tabbed interface, you can work more easily with cross-unit components in an assembly by simply opening the cross-unit part in a new tab. Perform simple side-by-side comparisons of similar and revised parts and have a drawing with the 3D model open and visible on your screen.

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By Matt Martin, CAD-PDM-PMI Application Engineer

When you’re taking screen shots for a presentation, project documentation or you just want to have a few different backgrounds for other purposes, navigating to File > Preferences > Background every time, every part can be tedious. Not to mention you have to remember the settings you want for your colors. NX helps by placing some canned backgrounds on the View Tab but they tend to be quite dark with greys and blacks.

Congratulations! Your company has decided that Model Based Definition (MBD) is the way of the future. Moving forward, it’s “easy” to leave behind the drawings and move to an MBD approach by using Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) in NX. But what do you do with all of your current model files without MBD/PMI? Do you create new PMI objects in the model similar to those annotations on your drawings?
 
In this online seminar wel look at Convert to PMI to convert drafting views and objects directly to corresponding model views and PMI objects. While there is no “easy button” to convert your entire product line or database over to MBD/PMI, as you up-revise your parts, you can easily bring them into compliance with new MBD initiatives your company has adopted.
 
As well, if you are a machine shop consuming NX drawings and part files, you can easily Convert to PMI to make programming your parts faster.
 
Check out our video to learn about pitfalls, caveats, and the occasional gotcha when it comes to updating legacy parts with Convert to PMI.

PDF supplement - How to Update Legacy NX Drawings for PMI - NX CAD tips and tricks

You may, at times, run into strange behavior in your NX model. Boolean will not execute properly, a face rule to pick up tangent faces will not pick up what appear to be tangent faces or body measurements just don’t seem to be correct. You may also notice when you zoom in that you see little spikes or cuts in the model. Sometimes Update Display will correct the visual representation but if the inconsistency remains, there may well be an issue with the geometry.

 

Step 1: Examine Geometry

Examine Geometry can be used to assist in finding the issues with your model. This tool can be found on your Analysis tab, the far right More pull down, Examine Geometry.