NX for Manufacturing: Few New Features


NX, a product of Siemens is a powerful, flexible, and innovative product development solution. NX has all required features, super performance, and capabilities to help you deliver a cost effective product with improved product quality and high performance faster and easier. Here are some new features of NX for manufacturing:

NX CAM

NX CAM provides advanced CNC programming capabilities for a wide range of jobs – from 2.5-axis milling and turning to high-speed machining and multi-axis milling and robotic operations. Report Shortest tool streamlines programming of parts with deep features, ensuring collision-free milling operations. It helps you use shorter tools to minimize tool deflections resulting in more stable machining and improved surface quality.

Additive Manufacturing

NX Additive Manufacturing software offers comprehensive capabilities, from design to print to post-print validation, in a single integrated system.  Copy / Paste of Parts and Supports enables quick positioning of multiple parts with their support structures in the build tray. Additive Multi-Track Buildup is a new operation that streamlines the programming of multi-axis parts with near constant wall thickness. By using a constant number of additive beads, this new capability ensures a consistent thickness and height. Apply Rules enables defined events to be inserted into a multi-axis additive operation based on time or distance. This allows for different multi-axis additive technologies to insert rules or commands specific to their unique requirements. Tilt Tool Axis on Finish Passes allows for proven NX multi-axis functionality to control the 5-axis movement of finish paths within operations. This allows for complete collision checking, as well as smooth multi-axis output, allowing for a higher quality output on the additive machine.

NX CMM Inspection Programming

NX CMM Inspection Programming software provides advanced capabilities that helps you automate programming, while using the latest inspection methods. Boundary scan curve on plane automatically generates inspection paths for tactile scanning, enabling faster and more accurate part inspection. By eliminating geometry creation, such as those used by traditional CMM inspection systems, it standardizes the process and speeds up inspection programming. Path order optimization helps you output the most time efficient inspection program with a single click. It optimizes the program for probe changes, head angles, and it minimizes the distance between paths.

*Source – Siemens

Five New Features Or Enhancements In Inventor 2021 That You Will Like


The latest release of Inventor, Inventor 2021, is packed with many new features or enhancements that would help users speed up their design workflows, reduce repetitive tasks, enhance productivity, and give them leverage of doing the work the way they want. Let’s learn them one by one.

  1. Inventor 2021 Comes with Improved Performance and Productivity
    Performance has always been important in complex designs. Inventor 2021, responds faster when selecting many components at the same time using windows selection or component filtering. The visibility status changes are faster using select or saved views. Inventor now performs faster and better when inserting sub-assemblies. You can now experience quicker visibility changes, when flipping the visibility of components directly or using saved views.
  2. Frame Generator Enhancements

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    In Inventor 2021, various enhancements were made to frame generator. Now there is improvement to the file naming dialog, enabling you more detailed control of your naming schemes for frame generator components. A new option lets you set the file name of the component to be the same as the display name in the browser. When you create frames, a new Category filter enables you to streamline your selection, and Presets help you save your most frequently used frame settings to use again later. Geometry can now be filtered from the property panel, and a new preview glyph helps you to orient your frame as you select skeleton geometry. New zoom tools help you adjust the view to perpendicular to the frame manipulator or to a close up isometric view of the frame manipulator. When you finish, you can zoom back to your initial view. You can also use the Trim/Extend command to terminate members on a curved face.
  3. Design Enhancements
    The Unwrap command in Inventor 2021 is further enhanced. Now you can choose  to align the results with the Model, or the XY, XZ, YZ planes. You can also select multiple planar holes to be Rigid.
  4. Command UI and Productivity Enhancements
    Property panels continue to expand to more areas of Inventor. You can now use the streamlined property panel workflow in Bend, Coil, Combine, Copy Object, Decal, Delete Face, Split, Thicken/Offset, and all frame generator commands.
  5. Interoperability with Revit
    Interoperability between Revit and Inventor has been improved by maintaining an associative link to inserted Revit data.. Now a Revit project can be accessed from a local file or coordinated via the cloud using the Autodesk BIM 360 common data environment. Changes during the design process are inevitable. So when the Revit model changes, the Inventor model should also get updated. Because the Revit model is referenced into your Inventor Assembly, without file Translation – any changes to the Revit project will also update inside the Inventor assembly.
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Top 5 Enhancements In Autocad 2020


AutoCAD 2020 provides a set of enhancements based on customer feedback, surveys, and analytic data. The new version of AutoCAD (AutoCAD 2020) is released with new features and enhancements. Top 5 noticeable changes in the 2020 version are described next:

1. New Dark Theme

User interface is something that we use all the time. Autodesk needs to make significant changes to improve the clarity and crispness of the dark theme depending on past customer feedback. Similar change was also applied to the light theme as well.
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AutoCAD 2014: A Problem-Solving Approach, Over 1200 Pages-$27


This textbook contains a detailed explanation of the commands and tools of AutoCAD 2014. The textbook also explains their use in solving the drafting and design problems. Each AutoCAD command is thoroughl explained with the help of examples and illustrations to make it easy for the users to understand the fuction and application of the command. After reading this textbook, you will be able to use AutoCAD commands to make a drawing, create text, create and insert symbols, dimension a drawing, apply constraints to sketches, create blocks and dynamic blocks, create 3D objects, mesh objects and solid models, and render a scene.

Some of the features of this textbook are:

  • Consists of 36 pedagogical sequenced chapters covering the application part of AutoCAD.
  • The first page of every chapter summarizes the topics that will be covered in it.
  • Real-world projects and examples focusing on industry experience.
  • Step-by-step examples that guide the users through the learning process.
  • Additional information is provided throughout the textbook in the form of tips and notes.
  • Self-Evaluation test and Review Questions are provided at the end of each chapter so that the users can assess their knowledge.
  • Step-by-step instructions promote efficient use of the software while strengthening the problem-solving skills.
  • Usage of commands and shortcuts to increase efficiency of the users.
  • Dual emphasis on conceptual learning and hands-on practice leads to a thorough understanding of AutoCAD 2014.

Latest enhancements in software like Inventor Fusion, Drawing Views, and In-canvas Viewport Controls etc. have been added.

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