NX Custom Symbols & Company Logos

NX custom symbols and Company logos

Your company is special and your templates should be too! This blog walks through adding a custom symbol or logo to your drawing format. Let’s review a few steps that you can do to successfully navigate the drafting environment.

Within NX you should be in the drafting application.

NX Drafting Application Ribbon Bar

NX Drafting Application Ribbon Bar

Once in the drafting environment, go to File and Import. In this example, I will select DXF/DWG, then work through the steps within the DXF/DWG Import Wizard to bring in my logo or information that will become a symbol. It will be in your drafting display window.

Now you’re ready to build a symbol. But first you have to create a folder that you or your coworkers can access. To do that, slide over to the reuse library in the resource bar.

Use the right mouse button to select the blank area below the text and select Library Management.

Library Management - NX Reuse Library

Select Custom Symbols Library, then select the “Add Library” icon  Add Library Icon NX. Next, choose a location where you and other users can access the library and sub folders. Make sure you’re inside that sub folder for the task before you select OK.

NX Custom Symbol Library

NX MY Symbols Directory

Now that “My Symbols” library is showing up in the Reuse Library, I can create a company logo or symbol.

NX My Symbols in Reuse Library

With the imported DXF/DWG data on the drafting display, select the “Drafting Tools” tab, then “Define.”

Imported DXF/DWG data on my drafting display.

NX Drafting Tool Define Button

Make sure you’re in the correct folder, the review “symbol content” has a green check, and “anchor” is placed in logical area.

Then expand symbol attributes, and capture a region around the logo and select “OK.”

NX Define Custom Symbol

NX Symbol Attributes Define Region

Now you can delete the imported DXF/DWG data. Your or others that have access to that folder can go to Drafting Tools, Custom Symbol group and select insert  NX Insert Button Custom Symbol.

Select the symbol and drag and drop it into your drawing.

Dragging and Dropping your custom logo NX

And you’re done!

Post by Reese Shearer

With over 20 years of mechanical engineering experience in the automotive industry with various rules as instructor, mentor and also providing IT support, I consistently strive to work effectively with others and continually exceeded expectations.

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