Siemens PLM Software today announced the latest release of NX™ software, the company’s fully integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution. The latest version, NX 8.5, includes extensive customer-driven enhancements and new capabilities that provide increased flexibility and productivity across product engineering and manufacturing to help reduce time to market. NX 8.5 builds on Siemens PLM Software’s HD-PLM vision, which was established to help companies make smarter decisions more efficiently and with a higher level of confidence.
“The extensive customer-driven enhancements and new capabilities in NX 8.5 will help our customers further reduce time to market and facilitate smarter decisions that result in better products,” said Jim Rusk, senior vice president, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “By intelligently integrating information and providing customers with a high definition user experience, we are reinforcing our commitment to HD-PLM. NX 8.5 also continues our focus on maximizing customers’ return on their PLM investment. By conducting extensive testing to ensure version compatibility between each new release, we can deliver a future-proof architecture our customers will never outgrow.”
NX 8.5 for Design
NX 8.5 delivers a wide range of new and enhanced design functionality, to help improve efficiency and reduce design time. Streamlined workflows and an enhanced user experience help improve productivity, minimize input, and reduce the effort required to accomplish design tasks.
In addition, new design commands help shorten design cycle times by up to 30 percent. For example the new Emboss Body command requires fewer steps when combining a region of faces from another intersecting solid or sheet body. NX 8.5 also includes new capabilities for feature modeling, sheet metal design, freeform modeling, validation checking and drafting.
NX 8.5 continues to leverage synchronous technology, a Siemens PLM Software innovation that combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design, to provide designers and engineers a better way to create and edit designs.
NX 8.5 for Simulation
NX 8.5 includes new simulation enhancements that help development teams more efficiently engineer products. For example, new optimization tools such as NX Shape Optimization, suggest specific, detailed improvements to an existing design to reduce stress concentrations. NX 8.5 also includes improvements in simulation modeling, structural, thermal, flow, motion and multi-physics analyses to help prepare more accurate analysis models faster, and speed solution time by as much as 25 percent.
The release of NX 8.5 for Simulation also includes the release of a new version of the widely used NX NASTRAN® software, a premier FEA solver for computational performance, accuracy, reliability and scalability. The new version, NX Nastran 8.5, further increases the types of solutions that can be performed, along with a number of computational performance and engineering workflow improvements, such as new edge-to-edge glue contact and glue connections.
NX 8.5 for Manufacturing
NX 8.5 includes the full release of Volume Based 2.5D Milling. Customers working with the initial introduction of this solids-based approach to the programming of prismatic shaped parts have reported excellent ease of use and faster programming times. Also new are functions to support and automate multi-part and multi-stage machining. These new NX 8.5 CAM functions are particularly relevant to the type of parts commonly found in the machinery industry.
The highly automated quality inspection programming capability offered by NX CMM Inspection Programming has been added to NX 8.5 with measurement results analysis and display inside of NX. NX CMM extends the value of NX as a single, wide-ranging solution for manufacturing engineering.
In addition, new cutting tool library and CAM data management capabilities support faster NC programming and make it easier to access and re-use resource information, and ensure the use of the correct data from NC programming through to machining.
NX 8.5 is expected to be available in October. For more detailed information on all the new functionality in NX 8.5, please visit www.siemens.com/plm/nx85.