Freeform Modeling

Explore Design Alternatives without Limitation

NX features an extensive set of freeform design tools that are useful in all product development disciplines and processes, from concept through manufacturing. The freeform design tools include capabilities for creating solid models using loft, sweep and mesh techniques, surface trimming and extension, surface transitions and advanced filleting.

NX freeform modeling software gives you the power and creative flexibility to explore alternative design concepts quickly. A versatile, integrated toolset combines 2D, 3D, curve, surface, solid, parametric and synchronous modeling for fast and easy shape creation, evaluation and editing.

With advanced freeform modeling, shape analysis rendering and visualization tools, NX delivers all the capabilities of dedicated industrial design systems, and also offers complete integration with NX design, simulation, and manufacturing to accelerate development.

Hybrid Modeling Supports any Methodology

With NX hybrid modeling, you can develop freeform designs using any combination of modeling techniques from a broad toolset.

  • Create conceptual layouts quickly from raster images or CAD sketches, using curves and sections to extrude, loft, revolve and extend the geometry.
  • Create surfaces from meshes of curves.
  • Use parametric, feature-based design tools to build details, with advanced features like styled blends.
  • Edit faces with synchronous freeform modeling, sculpting solids by moving iso-parameter curves and poles with push-and-pull simplicity

Advanced Shape Analysis Improves Quality

Evaluate the analytical and visual quality of complex shapes with the real-time analysis functions of NX. The real-time graphical displays accelerate evaluation and help guide modifications to improve shape quality. These include gap and flushness analysis, curvature and continuity analysis, highlights, real-time reflection lines, curvature combs, draft analysis and real-time reflection mapping. High-performance rendering and visualization help you optimize aesthetic quality.

Class A

Advanced functions extend the freeform toolset to include synchronous sculpting of surfaces and solids with a unique history-based class A method. For exterior and interior Class-A surfaces, we provide pole manipulation and surface alignment tools while giving you full control and real-time analysis of surface quality.

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