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3 Takeaways from my First NX Course A few months ago, I didn’t respect what C-A-D stood for. Now I’m sitting in a Swoosh classroom with five engineers learning about the fundamentals of NX. I just started at Swoosh and spent my first month endlessly researching before realizing I wouldn’t fully understand the software unless [...]

February 21, 2019

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As you may know, Siemens PLM’s NX 1847 uses the Continuous Release methodology. We get it – notices like these are scary. We’ve piled up a few frequently asked questions on the matter to cool off the confusion. How does this impact my existing NX licensing process? It’s business as usual. Customers with a perpetual [...]

February 11, 2019

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Out with the old, in with the new explorer. You may have heard: Siemens is moving toward a new UI for dialogs. It's called Explorer. Here's a comparison: Traditional Planar Milling Explorer Planar Milling To enable the new explorer dialog: First create or edit an operation. Then expand the Options portion of the dialog. Finally, choose Customize [...]

January 25, 2019

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Retirement v Living the Legacy: On NX CAD Commands This article attempts to shed light on two designations, or modifiers, attached to NX command names by Siemens… “Legacy” and “to be retired”. It will focus on the CAD side, specifically, those commands involved with Gateway, Modeling, Sketching, Assemblies, and Drafting but generally would apply to [...]

January 17, 2019

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NX License File Basics This article highlights the essential components of an NX license file and a quick overview of what needs to be done once a license file is received from Siemens. Overview Enabling an NX license is a very comprehensive precursor to accessing and using the NX software. Without a license file or [...]

October 30, 2018

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10 CAD Tips to Live By Marginal, at best. This article is merely the ramblings of an old CAD soldier rather than a specifically focused expose’ on the latest NX CAD tips and functionality. I’d like to just lay out some common sense considerations for the benefit of the grass roots users and corporate decision [...]

August 28, 2018

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Using NX CAM Templates NX CAM are used as a master model technique.  You have a file that you are the owner of while the master geometry can remain untouched.  It is a one-component assembly.   Using a template has many benefits and can be customized for individual machines on the floor and can have fixturing, [...]

August 17, 2018

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NX CAM Turning Enhancement for NX 11 You probably know that NX 11.0.2 is the version where the major enhancements for CAM were released. Some of the enhancements are not always related to the machining of the part but can still be very helpful in the visualization of your operations. Such is the case with [...]

July 11, 2018

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Populating Title Block Entries in NX On Subsequent Sheets This article enlightens users on a nearly automatic function that saves a LOT of time and insures accuracy! After the fields of a Title Block have all been populated, how do you duplicate that in the Title Blocks on all other sheets in the drawing? Let’s [...]

July 6, 2018

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Bringing Back Point to Point in NX CAM Ever wish that the old Point to Point drilling function was still available? If you run NX 11 or NX 12 CAM, you now make holes with “hole_making” Hole Making Pre-V11 Drill As great as the new hole_making operations are, there are still some times when you [...]

June 15, 2018

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