Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: NX 6 Thoughts?

  1. #1
    g-coder05's Avatar
    g-coder05 is offline Stainless
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Zhongshan China
    Posts
    1,821

    Default NX 6 Thoughts?

    just got to play around with NX-6 and cant decide if I like it or not. It seems to be a mix of Catia and Solid Works. I still havnt found out how to offset a line in the sketch and the cam part is alot different than Featurecam. I was given the impression that this was a feature based cam system but IMO its not even close.
    Anyone have some imput on this? It looks to be a powerful system but a large learning curve is to follow.

  2. #2
    motion guru's Avatar
    motion guru is offline Titanium
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Yacolt, WA
    Posts
    3,506

    Default

    If I am not mistaken, the Siemens CAD/CAM solution is based entirely on UniGraphics which has been around for a long time and used with success in a lot of places.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Leicester, England
    Posts
    3

    Default

    Hi There

    I am in a very similar position to you, we are moving from featureCAM to NX. For 3D machining using models it is a lot easier to import models and use cavity mill ops than FeatureCAM. I find it very strange to set up the program groups using folders etc... Unless you are used to modelling with something like Solidworks it takes a lot of effort to learn but I think it is worth the effort. Has your NX supplier set up your template, we have a simplified template that has made things a lot easier.

    Good Luck !!!

    E.S

  4. #4
    g-coder05's Avatar
    g-coder05 is offline Stainless
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Zhongshan China
    Posts
    1,821

    Default

    This was another shops version and i just got to play with it for a few hours. I didnt have any books or tutorials so I tried to feel my way through it. I figured out the solids in Featurecam in one weekend and Solid Works in about 2 days. I dont think im going to persue a purchase of NX right now.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Leicester, England
    Posts
    3

    Default

    It is software that takes time to learn, no doubt about it, once you have figured it out its good, if its your own money and you are pushed for time would you consider SolidCAM or CAMWORKS integrated into Solidworks if you got on ok with Solidworks?

    I think you can get Solid Edge combined with NX CAM Express, I don't think you would have any trouble with that if you got on well with Solidworks.

    Cheers

    E.S

  6. #6
    ltcunningham is offline Plastic
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    41

    Thumbs up

    We use Solid Edge and import the .par files into NX 6. Works great since both companies are owned by Siemens.

    We also use a template file, "seed part file", to start a new program, saves about an hour to two hours per new program. You will also like the edit parameters feature. If you have two similar parts in shape (say a 3 x 5 x 3 in block) that has a different 3D contour or different bolt hole pattern. You can replace the original with the new design without recreating the tool path.

  7. #7
    Mud's Avatar
    Mud
    Mud is offline Diamond
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    South Central PA
    Posts
    10,691

    Default

    I still havnt found out how to offset a line in the sketch
    Does NX6 have the new interface that looks like Office 2006? SE is like that too, and I find it a little challenging to find the commands I'm used to. There should be a command finder at the bottom of the screen, type in something like offset and it will lead you to the command or icon. I find the new Synchronous Technology stuff awesome.

  8. #8
    SnakeD0ct0r is offline Plastic
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    26

    Default

    NX6 has a command finder, it is the icon that looks like binoculars, just type in a key word...

  9. #9
    cammotion's Avatar
    cammotion is offline Aluminum
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    65

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mud View Post
    Does NX6 have the new interface that looks like Office 2006? SE is like that too, and I find it a little challenging to find the commands I'm used to. There should be a command finder at the bottom of the screen, type in something like offset and it will lead you to the command or icon. I find the new Synchronous Technology stuff awesome.
    Mud, not sure about the Office 2006 interface, but with the NX5 release, they did a whole new facelift. The menus are all lined up on the right side of the page, and supposed to be a lot more similar where possible. Also, with the release of NX5 and now in NX6, there is indeed a command finder, i.e., a "binocular" icon. When you click that, you can type in the word that best describes what you want, and it will come with a list of choices, and you pick the one that you wanted. When you select that choice, it points to where it's "nested", so to speak. Of course, if it's something you're going to use a lot, you can put that in one of your toolbars.

    This last week, I happened to open an old job I'd done in NX4, and while all the programs had the new style buttons, it was a mix of the old layout. Not to worry, just highlight all the ops, right-click and select "toolpath --> customize from --> and select from template in the next page. All Ops now have the new interface. Pretty sweet.

  10. #10
    HYPERTUNE is offline Aluminum
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    165

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mud View Post
    Does NX6 have the new interface that looks like Office 2006? SE is like that too, and I find it a little challenging to find the commands I'm used to. There should be a command finder at the bottom of the screen, type in something like offset and it will lead you to the command or icon. I find the new Synchronous Technology stuff awesome.
    NX6 doesn't have the same office style interface as SE.

  11. #11
    vajutza's Avatar
    vajutza is offline Plastic
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    South Australia
    Posts
    11

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by g-coder05 View Post
    just got to play around with NX-6 and cant decide if I like it or not. It seems to be a mix of Catia and Solid Works. I still havnt found out how to offset a line in the sketch and the cam part is alot different than Featurecam. I was given the impression that this was a feature based cam system but IMO its not even close.
    Anyone have some imput on this? It looks to be a powerful system but a large learning curve is to follow.

    Easy one,

    Draw your line and use the smart dimensioning to give it the offset distance required, also ensure you use the relationships to justify perpendicularity and paralellism amd so forth.

    cheers
    Vajutza

  12. #12
    BIG IGG is offline Plastic
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Lima,NY
    Posts
    19

    Default

    At the place I used to work at we went from Pro-E 2001 to NX6. I do not like NX6, but then again they just bought it and did not train us to use it. They just pushed us in the deep end of the pool and told us to lean how to swim. I real wish they had gone the extra mile and bought some training for NX6. I was using it for about a year and a half and I still did not like it. Very difficult to make a clearance hole coaxial to a tapped hole (or vise versa) and have it follow if you want to move the hole. Also did not care for the sketcher either and I missed reference pattering in NX6 (Pro-E was great in this). I really wish they would have give in wildfire a chance. But I guess that is why I do not work there anymore. Just my two cents for NX6

  13. #13
    camster is offline Aluminum
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Denver Colorado
    Posts
    51

    Default NX

    Like any other CAD/CAM system NX takes a while to learn. It has also been around longer than most other systems. 30+years, so there are many, many options available and there is almost always more than one way to do the same thing.

    To be successful you need to be educated in the use of the software. Do you have CAST? You can get online training at www.myigetit.com
    Now I must admit I have bias opinion of NX (UG) since I have been using it for the past 25 years. Some of the issues raised so far in this thread point to a lack of education on how NX works. For example “Very difficult to make a clearance hole coaxial to a tapped hole (or vise versa) and have it follow if you want to move the hole.” This is a very easy task in NX once you know how. Many successful companies are using NX - General Electric, Northrop Grumman, United Technologies, Apple, GM(well maybe not such a great example), As well as hundreds of smaller companies.

  14. #14
    vajutza's Avatar
    vajutza is offline Plastic
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    South Australia
    Posts
    11

    Default

    I learnt to use Inventor at Trade school, then my work Purchased Solid Edge which is the stand alone Drawing module pulled straight from NX 6, I found it a unique experience and scratched my head more than a few times wondering why it was not like Inventor or Solidworks. I got the training modules and followed the built in tutorials so when it came to doing the training I found it easy. Now that I have been using Solid Edge and NX Cam Express 6 for a while now I just get frustrated using Inventor or Solidworks!

    I think 3D modeling is a mindset in which you picture what you want then use the software to model it, people think in different ways hence why they choose the software that matches their line of thinking.

    NX is in my opinion truly powerful and conforms to ISO standards which Quality Managers fall in love with.

    I recommend to be persistent with NX it will click just keep in mind it is different from the other 3D packages and with further use you will come to understand why.

    Cheers
    Vajutza

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •