Manufacturing AUTOMATION

CAD/CAM software enhancements

February 21, 2012
By Mary Del

Siemens PLM Software’s NX software, the company’s fully integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution, now includes its widely used NX Nastran software for solving challenging simulation problems. Enhancements to NX Nastran include improvements in nonlinear and dynamic analysis, as well as increases in computational performance and modelling ease-of-use. The new and existing functionality in NX CAE helps reduce the time spent preparing and solving analysis models by up to 70 percent when compared to traditional CAE tools, the company says. Simulation environment and geometry foundation improvements reduce the time spent working with geometry and accelerate analysis modelling. Multi-discipline simulation and optimization enhancements broaden NX CAE to include new topology optimization and multi-physics analysis solutions. Systems-level simulation improvements streamline finite element assembly management and expand high-performance computing capacity for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. High definition 3D (HD3D) capabilities include enhancements like new simulation “results measures” that allow users to tie results directly to requirements so teams can make smarter decisions. Enhancements to the NX 8 manufacturing capabilities include new or extended functionality focused on both machinery and tooling design, such as optimized NC programming for machinery and heavy equipment part production, along with improvements that combine tooling design automation with CAE-based validation tools. NX CAM enhancements for machinery and heavy equipment extend existing CAD/CAM, programming automation, and integrated machine tool simulation capabilities with new automated, context-specific functions to simplify the generation of smart tool paths for prismatic parts.

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