The NX Mach Series provides high-performance modeling, drafting and comprehensive assembly design powered by synchronous technology. Each tier provides complete solution packages with capabitlies for production work.
Seamless application integration rapidly propagates changes to product and associated process information
Integrated Simulation and Validation
Comprehensive simulation and validation tools check product performance and manufacturability throughout every step of product development
Re-use of product and process knowledge across all elements and phases of product development
Engineering Process Management
Fully integrated, synchronized product data and process knowledge management
Tiers in the NX Mach Series
NX Mach Designer
This entry-level solution provides capabilities for creating and editing designs of typical mechanical components and assemblies, with solid modeling and drafting, basic free form modeling and sheet metal design.
It includes tools for design review, rapid prototyping, web publishing, validation checking, the new Smart Content Library and custom program execution. It also adds design-oriented stress and vibration analysis wizards.
NX Mach 1 Design
This solution delivers all the capabilities of NX Mach Designer, plus a managed environment powered by Teamcenter® software, with data management and visualization capabilities for product and process management.
NX Mach 2 Product Design
Mach 2 provides enhanced product design capabilities, including flexible printed circuit board design, validation checking, user-defined features, rendering and 3D annotation.
NX Mach 3 Product Design
Mach 3 provides the highest-performance solution with the entire range of NX design capabilities, including advanced assembly design and advanced free form modeling and surface analysis, design optimization and molded part validation.
NX Mach Series Tools and Features
NX uses a unique approach to 3D design that combines the power of parametric, feature-based modeling with the speed and efficiency of synchronous technology. NX combines this power with traditional feature-based modeling tools that support the creation and associative editing of standard design features such as holes, slots and pockets. Supporting a full range of parametric modeling operations, features can be located relative to any other feature or object and can be instanced to establish associative sets.
Feature-based modeling also enables advanced modeling tools for blending, tapering and hollowing to create thin-wall components. Synchronous modeling works with both native and imported geometry, enabling you to directly modify design data from other CAD systems.
A powerful set of associative measurements allows a designer to not only use measurements as a tool in sizing and locating new features in the design, but also monitor critical dimensions of a design.
Users can also easily add validation checks to any design parameter or associative measurement. These validation checks can be created on-the-fly or can be linked to external sources of design requirements, such as Excel spreadsheets. Validation checks help notify a designer if the value of a model expression ever strays from appropriate limits. Thus, DesignLogic helps a designer create smarter, self-checking designs that meet design requirements.
They let users take an existing associative solid model, created using standard NX modeling tools and establish relationships between parameters, define feature variables, set default values and decide the general form the feature will take when started.
Existing UDFs reside in a library that can be accessed by anyone using the Features Modeling application.
NX Mach Series Design includes tools for building and manipulating assembly structures. The use of interpart relationships enables the creation of parametric assemblies which capture and preserve the designer intent whenever changes are made.
Assemblies can be easily traversed using the assembly navigator in conjunction with intelligent component searching capabilities. NX assemblies also include support for the creation and use of flexible assemblies and parts enabling different sizes and configurations of components such as springs and pistons.
Component filtering techniques allow users to quickly identify and load the components of relevance to their current task, avoiding unnecessary delays and screen clutter caused by loading irrelevant components.
Active mockup also provides extra flexibility by embedding the de facto standard JT™ data format into NX. This improves the performance and memory efficiency of loading and designing in the context of massive assemblies. Assembly enveloping techniques enable the user to represent major subassemblies as simplified abstractions to further reduce assembly load times and avoid the display of unwanted or proprietary interior detail. The sophisticated clearance analysis and weight management tools provided in advanced assemblies are also optimized or analyzing potential problems with fit, clearance and mass properties.
Basic free form modeling capabilities include:
- Create solids from sheets
- Basic sweeping along curves
- Proportionally developed shapes using 1, 2 and 3 rail methods
- Lofting – ruled, curve mesh, lofted shapes using standard conic methods; and meshes of points and curves
- Special surface creation – surface extension and n-sided, bounded plane offset
- Surface manipulation tools – surface extension and surface normal control
- Body-based trimming
- Surface trimming using curves
Designers can shape surfaces by direct point and pole manipulation, and with boundary, degree and stiffness controls. Surfaces can be trimmed, extended, offset, combined, divided or enlarged. Advanced surface analysis tools provide real-time graphical feedback that assists in analytical and visual evaluation of surface quality.
Process-Specific Modeling Tools
The printed circuit model developed in NX can be checked for clearances and tolerances, and then the finished board model can be transferred to an ECAD system for further refinement, such as component placement or circuit trace or layer development.
Drafting and Annotation
Templates that include drawing borders and view layouts can be dragged and dropped into models to automate much of the work associated with manually created drawings. Drafting tools can be configured to comply with the drawing standard selected by the user – ANSI, ISO, JIS, DIN, GB and ESKD.
PMI supports the creation of dimensions, tolerance features, weld and surface symbols, material specification notes, part identification labels and a number of other manufacturing and process-related annotation. Because the PMI is created in the 3D CAD model and directly associated to objects in the part, the information can be easily re-used by a number of downstream processes, from the 2D drawing to final article inspection and buyoff. Incorporating PMI during the design process can enhance and shorten the design cycle through better communication, fewer errors, streamlined design and manufacturing processes and faster change management.
- Files comply with corporate data quality standards
- Best practices for modeling and assemblies have been employed
- Drawings comply with international standards and corporate documentation best practices
- Poor quality geometric data imported from other systems is quickly uncovered and remedied before it becomes a larger problem (for example, mismatched edges, tiny gaps in faces and nonmanifold conditions common in lower-precision modeling tools).
Companies can use the validation checking results to establish product quality metrics and pre-emptively head off quality issues in the earliest stages of the development process.
Validation checks embedded in a design can also help notify a designer if the value of a model expression ever strays from within appropriate limits. These validation checks can be created on-the-fly or can be linked to external sources of design requirements, such as Excel spreadsheets.
By detecting errors early, designers can avoid the time-wasted back-and-forth that occurs when the tooling department or supplier discovers that a part can not be molded as designed.
Validation capabilities include:
- Examining face properties with the ability to color faces for several conditions and types of analysis
- Additional validation information for optimizing mold production and part manufacturability
The step-by-step wizard provides design engineers with a method to ensure that their product designs are fully optimized to best meet their design goals. It also lets designers and engineers capture engineering requirements, automate the exploration of design alternatives and automatically identify optimized solutions.
Product and Process Management
Customers can extend NX Mach Series Design solutions with a selection of optional add-on modules. These add-ons enable customers to configure their design solutions to specific requirements such as specialized design tools, design-integrated simulation solutions, programming and customization toolkits, extended engineering process management and direct translators. Applications include:
- Advanced and aerospace sheet metal
- Human modeling
- Automotive design
- Tool design
- Visual reporting and analytics
- Direct translators for other CAD systems