Siemens NX Measuring

Siemens NX Measuring

In NX11 and prior versions, you would select analysis and then the measure command that you had in mind, i.e. distance, length and so on. Starting in NX12.0.1 measuring is now streamlined. It is now in a single user dialogue that lets you filter your selection. Think of it as a condensed menu with all in one options.

Measure tool by default has Object toggled on, as well as Measurement Method set to free, and results filters that are shaded. You can have distance, edge, angle, face and solid turned on; you can start selecting objects from your display and NX will give you information about the object you have selected. (Tip: I you move your mouse over an object NX will give you some basic information about the object that’s highlighted with a tool tip.

if you use the quick pick dialogue, or right mouse, on the part and select from the list, select a solid body produces a list of results. In the past you had to selected different features to capture information about the specific object you have selected.

Now, while the information window is open, you’re able to save the information as expressions in the part navigator or annotation that is visible in your display. Simply by selecting the icons to the right of the information, you’ve quickly and efficiently captured and can review it as needed.

Information can be exported or printed. You can select the saved measurement from the Part Navigator by right clicking in this case “measurement (body)” and selecting information, this will produce an information window that gives you options for your task.

While the measurement tool is open, I selected the two faces highlighted in green; as a result I will receive a minimum distance and inner angle. If I wanted only the angle I would deselect all the filters not needed to get an angle.

Or if I wanted a different result, I select from my object list, object 2 and then select a new face for my angle.

Moving back over to the measure dialogue menu, I want to select object set and change my selecting filter to face. Picking multiple faces will result in accumulative information about the 5 faces I selected and could even create a new set in the list.

To gather information about the distance between the bottom face and the center point ring on top of my model, measurement does have ways to construct a point and vector. When I select the point, I now have selection options in the boarder bar.

And I can choose arc center, bottom face and vector using handles.

Wanting to capture an angle between a ring center and surface, hover over the cylindrical face, and select centerline that appears and then a face for my angle information.

In this step, I want to create a center of gravity for my part. I will modify my boarder bar selection to solid body, and then select my displayed object. With the information tag open I want to select the three arrows to reveal more save options. I will toggle CG and principle axis and then okay. Switch my part to static wireframe, and now i can see my saved associated Objects.

In the measurement menu, there is hints and preferences. Hints provide helpful information about selecting objects and setting options to make measurements available and preferences for general, measurements accuracy and display, give you control of options for displaying output while using the measurement tool.

Siemens NX has streamlined roughly fifteen commands within the measurement tool, effectively condensing user interface into one menu. How do you think it measures up?

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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