Siemens PLM Software’s NX 7.0 digital product development software features HD3D, an open and intuitive visual environment designed to help global product development teams access PLM information. In addition, the software includes enhancements to synchronous technology (CAD/CAM/CAE software) designed to accelerate a variety of product development tasks and expand the ability to work with data from third-party CAD applications.
HD3D is a visual environment for working with virtually any type of PLM data. According to the company, it expands the power of NX and Teamcenter to visually deliver the information that companies need to understand, collaborate and make decisions. It also provides a simple and intuitive way to collect, collate and present product information, the company says. Users can visually interrogate and evaluate a product design based on virtually any type of data tracked in Teamcenter or NX, such as release status, weight thresholds, material type and delivery status, among others.
NX 7.0 is said to enhance synchronous technology by increasing efficiency, enhancing reuse of legacy data and expanding interoperability with multiple third-party CAD systems. Faster geometry creation and editing tools further accelerate a variety of tasks associated with creating and modifying designs. Design intent is applied and preserved at the time of change, and reliable editing eliminates update failures and long replay times.
Synchronous pattern capability removes the need to understand the original creation approach when working with legacy CAD models, while expanded capabilities for cut, copy, paste and mirror further improve productivity. This makes it easier to adapt new designs from older models and saves time and expense through improved reuse of design data, the company says.
“Clean-up” tools enable faster and easier editing of models imported from third-party CAD systems, the company says. Automatic and semi-automatic blend and chamfer recognition builds and maintains relationships for two of the most common manufacturing features, while automatic and manual healing options (along with the ability to merge segmented geometry) remove unwanted gaps and fix mismatched geometry.
Developing a Platform for Data-Driven Manufacturing
With the eventual goal of adding machine condition monitoring, this company began by installing an ERP system as a foundation to build upon, flattening the learning curve with each step toward achieving increased process oversight.