An integrated design, simulation and digital manufacturing system for additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is enabling companies to reshape everything for optimal performance at a reduced cost. NX provides integrated software applications for additive manufacturing that allow you to quickly reimagine products, retool manufacturing and rethink business models. The streamlined, digitalized process from design model to printed part eliminates the need to translate and remodel parts between applications. With new, revolutionary additive manufacturing technologies you can create breakthrough products and transform your business.

Improving product design and manufacturing productivity is imperative in today’s competitive marketplace. As the complexity of products have increased substantially, so have the complexity of parts which must be manufactured. The ability to effectively and efficiently design and manufacture these parts is no simple task.
The ‘manufacturability’ of a part drastically impacts production costs. Rework leads to more scrap product and, of course, potential significant cost overruns. This rework not only costs time and money, but it ‘costs’ manpower and can directly limit innovative thinking.
The later in the product cycle that a problem is found, the more expensive the resulting design change will be. Similarly, design changes made during the build and design testing phase cost money and resources. Addressing issues at an early stage allows one to reduce rework by avoiding late design changes, and enables more standardization.
To address this challenge, manufacturers need to:

  • Validate upstream manufacturability, identifying design areas that are difficult, expensive or impossible to manufacture
  • Automate and formalize the design review process for manufacturability
  • Provide a mechanism for best practice knowledge capture and re-use for continuous improvement
  • Reduce rework cost

Industry-leading 3D design software

Solid Edge design software uses synchronous technology to help you accelerate product design, make revisions faster, and improve design data re-use.

With faster 2D drafting, best-in-class sheet metal design, flexible part and assembly modeling, built-in photo-realistic rendering, and unmatched mobility, Solid Edge helps you design better.

Next Generation Product Design Software

 The future of 3D product development is here now with seamless integration of mesh bodies into traditional analytical models. Siemens Convergent Modeling technology delivers best-in-class solutions for generative design, additive manufacturing and reverse engineering. Complete more design challenges, faster.

Synchronous Technology for Fast, Flexible Design

 Solid Edge makes creating and editing 3D product designs faster and easier through our unique synchronous technology—combining the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design.

Advanced Sheet Metal Design

 Solid Edge provides a complete sheet metal design system with support for the entire design-through-fabrication process. Straight brake, rolled or transition type components can be created complete with flanges, holes, relief and corner options. You can validate designs for manufacturing, document the bend sequence and send flat pattern DXF files directly to production.

Assembly Creation and Management

Solid Edge makes it easy to design assemblies and manage part relationships, whether you’re dealing with a few components or hundreds of thousands of parts. Outstanding large assembly technology allows you to manage, build and view assemblies in real time, without sacrificing performance. Comprehensive digital prototyping capabilities allow you to build entire 3D digital prototypes and optimize your designs before production.

Faster 2D Drawing Production

 Solid Edge contains an innovative set of capabilities for the 2D documentation process. You can quickly and easily create production-ready drafting and documentation.

Beautiful Photo-realistic Rendering

 Bring your models to life with photo-realistic rendering. Solid Edge offers built-in rendering through integration with Luxion’s KeyShot technology, allowing you to create photo-realistic images and animations from within the modeling environment.

Unmatched Design Mobility

 Design better – from anywhere – when you run Solid Edge 3D design software on the Microsoft Surface™ Pro. Using Solid Edge on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet gives you full access to your 3D design projects on a high-performance device, whether you’re working in a research and development (R&D) laboratory, on the shop floor, or traveling to meet with suppliers and customers.

NX 11 for Design: Transform Product Engineering

 Better design starts with better software. Transform your product engineering processes with NX 11. The latest release of NX introduces capabilities for convergent modeling, rapid manufacturing, with improved annotation, drafting and documentation, and rendering. Active Workspace in NX 11 is built around these items to provide seamless access to PLM capabilities right within NX.

Simcenter 3D for Simulation

Simcenter 3D now powers all of Siemens’ simulation capabilities for predicting product performance. You have all of the capabilities of NX CAE, along with new ones for acoustics, motion tire models, advanced report writing, and more. Simcenter 3D delivers a unified, scalable, and open environment for 3D CAE with connections to design, 1D simulation, test and data management. Speed your simulation process with Simcenter 3D.

NX 11 for Manufacturing: Digitalize Production

The new robotics machining and groundbreaking hybrid additive manufacturing capabilities in NX CAM let you produce new categories of parts. With Line Designer you can easily compare the physical plant with the virtual layout model by using the cloud data. NX CAM provides a new-level of efficiency to program any job, reduce machining cycle and improve quality. NX CMM now lets you create high-speed inspection methods. NX Tooling Design provides increased productivity when designing molds and progressive dies.

Simcenter 3D

Simcenter 3D delivers a unified, scalable, open and extensible environment for 3D CAE with connections to design, 1D simulation, test, and data management. Simcenter 3D speeds the simulation process by combining best-in-class geometry editing, associative simulation modeling and multi-discipline solutions embedded with industry expertise. Fast and accurate solvers power structural, acoustics, flow, thermal, motion, and composites analyses, as well as optimization and multi-physics simulation.

Simcenter 3D is available as a standalone simulation environment. It is also available completely integrated with NX delivering a seamless CAD/CAE experience.

Design and Requirements Validation

Validation checking is essential to ensure product quality, comply with standards, fulfill requirements, eliminate errors and warranty costs, and optimize designs for performance and manufacturability. NX gives you automated design validation software tools that automatically and continuously monitor your designs for adherence to standards and requirements.

Automated Design Validation Software

NX Check-Mate automates design checking, making validation a continuous, proactive process rather than an afterthought. It includes an extensive library of hundreds of standard checks in modeling, drafting, product and manufacturing information (PMI), geometry, routing, welding and other applications. With an authoring tool, you can create your own custom checking functions. The design validation is continuous and automatic, and notifies you immediately when designs fail to comply with standards, best practices, or critical functional and engineering requirements.


Design Data Management and Simulation Management

A single product design data management environment for mechanical, electronic, software and simulation tools and data

If you’re like most manufacturers, your design engineers work in different locations using a variety of mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD), electronic CAD (ECAD), software development, and simulation tools from multiple vendors. Even if you’re using your MCAD system’s product data management (PDM) software, it is also a challenge to see how a product’s parts and components work together when they are designed in separate tools. Add the complex interaction of integrated mechanical, electronics and software components, and creating a complete product design becomes a greater challenge.

Teamcenter takes PDM to a whole new level. Teamcenter provides cross-domain design data management through integrations with the MCAD, ECAD, software development, and simulation tools and processes your design teams use every day. You can manage, find, share and re-use multi-domain data across geographically distributed design centers through a single, secure source of product design and simulation data. You can understand the complex relationships and dependencies between requirements and all the subsystems and design domains across all the possible configurations of the product, even as changes are introduced. You can also create assemblies from parts generated by multiple suppliers that involve complex interactions of subsystems, then prepare and validate the readiness of the design and bill of materials for fabrication, assembly and test.

By integrating your current multi-domain design tools with Teamcenter, you can transform otherwise disconnected tools and processes into a single, cross-domain design data management environment that enables you to lower costs, improve quality, and increase design productivity.

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