NX Users Group Spring 2019 circle 750pxApplied CAx proudly held our 2019 Portland NX User Day on:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1pm - 6pm

Graciously hosted by Weir Group, ESCO Division

Weir Group, ESCO Division
Inside the Hank Swigert Center for Innovation


THANK YOU to everyone who attended our series of NX demos, tutorials, and how-tos. We demonstrated new CAD features in NX Continuous Release, timesaving CAM techniques, and real-world uses of Siemens NX.

Whether people were a long-time user stretching back to Unigraphics or a newer user juggling different CAD systems, together we discovered tips & tricks for NX. Network with our fellow CAD-CAM-CAE enthusiasts from around the Pacific Northwest, and saw some of the Weir Group, ESCO Division's operations in a real-world manufacturing facility.




NX Continous Release: The Reality on the Ground
A look at how NX 1847 implementation is going so far. Is it working as an update method? Are new features and bug fixes getting to users faster?

New CAD Features in NX 1847+

New CAM Features in NX 1847+

Feature Based Machining
We'll look at FBM's Teach function, the new user friendly interface and how it's changing & improving.

Breaktime! + An overview of the Weir Group, ESCO Division

5-Axis Contouring and Complex Surfacing
Optimizing 5-axis contouring to an example part

WAVElinking to save time in CAM programming
Taking advantage of NX CAD features for NX CAM benefits.

Solid Edge: Ready for Primetime and Not What You'd Expect
With examples on how it can work hand-in-hand with NX

Post Processor Development
Get a lay of the land when it comes to NX's Post Configurator, and discover the ongoing transition from Post Builder.
Have some snacks & beverages, chat with colleagues & co-workers


Thanks to everyone who participated in our Portland NX Demonstration Day on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Graciously hosted by Daimler Trucks North America, attendees caught a great series of NX demos, tutorials, and how-tos. Demonstrations included new CAD features in NX 12, timesaving CAM techniques, new analysis options with Simcenter 3D, and real-world uses of Siemens NX.

Portland NX Demonstration Day, April 2018


A mixture of slides and video

Time Topic Presenter Focus
4:00 – 4:10 Welcome!
Industry & usage trends we're seeing
Pat Barrett  
4:10 – 4:45 What’s new in NX 12 Part 1: CAD User Interface
Covered topics include U/I Changes for multiple, tabbed windows; Deselecting objects; Undo Enhancements; Drag & Drop between multiple design windows; Protecting Part Files with Passwords; 3D Selection Box; Export Image; Part_Utility.exe replacing Refile_Part.exe (Administrators); Multiple Windows in Sketching Environment; Automatic creation of alignment constraints in Sketcher
Matt Martin CAD
4:45 – 5:05 What is NX Open?
We'll show you the value, and what you can do with it. We'll also show examples of automation, and how to get started inside NX (such as journaling/capturing processes).
Elizabeth Davis CAD
5:05 – 5:40 What’s new in NX 12 Part 2: CAD Modeling
Covered topics include Variable Offset Face; Combine; Flattening and Forming - Controlling Distortion and Ripping Edges; Lattice enhancements; Delete Child Feature enhancements; Analyze Pocket/Blend Pocket; Sheet Metal – Tab & Flange Enhancements; Renew Feature; Introduction to NX Layout or Introduction to NX Animation Designer
Matt Martin CAD
5:40 – 6:10 NX assembly and WAVE link, method and discussion
WAVE links have been around for many years in NX. That’s given it enough time to build up a hefty inventory of assemblies that are impossible to open — yet alone modify — without failing features. In this demo Ray Morris from ESCO will go over some NX tools that may help, including Product Interface, Product Interface WAVE link, Interpart Link Browser, Relations Browser and Assembly Navigator. As well he’ll look at some methods that may help such as assembly structure standards, purposeful WAVE link direction and appropriate WAVE link settings.
Ray Morris from ESCO CAD
6:10 - 6:25 All sessions breaktime    
6:25 – 7:10 CAM BREAKOUT SESSION: CAM/CMM tips & tricks
In this CAM breakout session, see a demonstration from one of Siemens' top CAM developers on Feature Based Machining, Holemaking and Adaptive milling in NX CAM. As time allows we also might cover CMM programming & reporting improvements for inspections.
Bryan Dreibelbis from Siemens PLM CAM
6:25 – 7:10 Overview of Simcenter 3D
Simcenter 3D delivers a unified, scalable, open and extensible environment for 3D CAE with connections to design, 1D simulation, test, and data management. Its purpose is to provide simulation driven design, making simulation no longer just a performance validation tool, but an organic part of the development process.
May Taylor from Siemens PLM CAE
7:10 – 7:45 Generative Design: Essentials of Convergent Modeling & Topology Optimization
Covered topics include Convergent Modeling Technology: Polygon Modeling Task Environment; Cleanup Facet Body; Merge Facet Faces; Divide Facet Face; Offset Body; Create Transition; Local Offset; Adjust Minimum Radius.
Topology Optimization: Manage Bodies; Assign Materials; Manage Global Loads; Observe Results.
Matt Martin CAD
7:45 – 8:00 Additive Manufacturing
Portland-based manufacturer 3D Logics will discuss their work with 3D printing, SLS plastics, and DMLS metals
Sterling Logan from 3D Logics CAM



Thanks to all of our great presenters from our February 15th Portland NX User's Day.

We've compiled PDFs of selected presentations, as well as the audio from the meeting. Please download your preferred sessions and formats.

NX usage at DTNA
Bryan Riddle from Daimler Trucks North America PDF    
NX11 part 1: What's new in Modeling
Matt Martin PDF MP3 ZIP
Multi-Axis Tool Vectors for Hard-to-Reach Machine Features
Michael Grant      
NX11 part 2: What's new in Drafting
Matt Martin      
Overview of Convergent Modeling, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing with NX Pat Barrett PDF    
The Reuse Library in NX
Daniel Spurlock and Julian Osorio from ConMet PDF MP3 ZIP

Around 50 NX users turned out for our event on February 15th at Daimler Trucks North America. Eight presentations were given touching upon NX CAD, NX CAM, Teamcenter, the reuse library in NX, and upcoming features in NX.

Generously hosted by DTNA at their new glass building on Swan Island, the main room held our CAD and PLM sessions. In a separate conference room, we busted out our NX CAM breakout session, letting attendees focus on their primary interests.

DTNA was pleased to announce that this week, their new building had been awarded LEED Platinum Certification. Some of the greener features were evident, such as 100% outdoor air being provided to each space in the building. According to the building features team, white noise is added to the building, otherwise the building feels too quiet due to a lack of a running ventilation system.

Our Presentations:

  • First up was Tony Tam from DTNA, giving an overview of the corporation and its ongoing focus.
  • Bryan Riddle, CAD Methods Lead at Daimler Trucks North America, presented on NX Usage at DTNA.
  • Matt Martin, CAD application engineer at Applied CAx, presented on What's New in NX 11, Drafting & Modeling.
  • Michael Grant, director of manufacturing technologies at Applied CAx, presented on Multi-Axis Tool Vectors for Hard-to-Reach Machine Features in NX CAM.
  • Pat Barrett, director of CAD-CAM-PLM solutions for Applied CAx, presented on Advancements in NX11 to improve 3D Printing, and also gave a sneak peak at Generative Modeling in NX.
  • Erik Barber, technical account manager, wrapped up the session by presenting on the software, training and services available from Applied CAx.

Thanks to all of our attendees and presenters. We're hoping to keep the ball rolling and hold these sessions more often.

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Portland NX Users Group - February 2017

We're pleased to announce our next NX User's Group meeting for anyone using NX engineering software, aka Siemens PLM software, Unigraphics or UGS. We'll discuss NX news, updates, tips, tricks, gripes, and opportunities throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest. We plan on having 2-3 presenters on topics and demos.

All users are welcome whether you're a mechanical engineer, CNC programmer, engineering manager, data architect, manufacturer, hiring manager or CAD enthusiast!

Our meeting will be hosted by Daimler Trucks North America at their Swan Island headquarters. The meeting is free, however pre-registration is required. The date is Wednesday, February 15th from 2pm to 6pm.

Daimler Trucks North America
4555 N. Channel Ave
Portland, OR 97217

"I wanted to thank you for the NX Portland User Group, it was an amazing and beneficial experience for me. I participated in the user-group on behalf of Global Formula Racing here at Oregon State University, I'm a graduation senior in Industrial Engineering here at OSU.

Here at GFR we are preparing to switch to Siemens NX from CATIA V5; and beginning of 2017 both e-car and c-car models will be designed using Siemens NX (design process is a collaborative teamwork between our US side at OSU and German side at DHBW).

As part of my senior design project I'm working on CATIA V5 to NX10 preparation, documentation, and tutorials. So far we've had identified the possible bottle-necks as well as bench marking similar industries who have switched to Siemens NX. After attending the user-group I highly recommended your company to my adviser and teammates for future support of NX PLM for Global Formula Racing. I hope that Siemens NX and support of organizations like Applied CAx and Sherpa help GFR to continue wining competitions year after years."

- Amir Afrasiabi, Global Formula Racing at Oregon State University

More than 25 mechanical engineers, designers, data architects, and CAD enthusiasts networked April 21st at the Lucky Lab in NW Portland. Presentations and demos were shown on NX CAD, NX CAM, and NX CAE. The meeting group was for anyone using NX engineering software, aka Siemens PLM software, Unigraphics or UGS. The meeting was the beginning step to renewal of the Pacific Northwest PNW Regional User Group of PLM World.

Matt Martin, mechanical design engineer for Applied CAx and Sherpa Design, presented on "What's New in NX 11."

Michael Grant, director of manufacturing technologies for Applied CAx and Sherpa Design, presented on "Feature Based Machining."

Tim Nuckolls, Mechanical Engineer at ESI, presented on "Assembly Analysis Setup & Configuration."

If anyone has presentation topics they would like to see, be it for CAD (NX or Solid Edge), CAM, CAE, Teamcenter, Data Management, Customization, Data Translation, Vendor Package Interchange, etc., then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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