The NX5 computer automated design software was originally created and managed by Unigraphics (UGS), but now is provided by the Siemens PLM company. NX5 helps engineers to create three-dimensional product designs. It models geometric and engineering components both separately and as part of larger product designs. It has the ability to provide detailed models of surfaces and solid components to provide accurate designs and schematics for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. NX5 also comes with a detailed help guide to assist you with learning software commands.
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Open the NX5 software. Click "File" and click "New" to create a new file. Select whether the units for the file should be in inches or millimetres. Choose whether the new file should stand alone as a part or whether the file is part of a product assembly.
Add basic shapes to the file to start the design. Click "Insert" and select "Design Feature." Choose a block or another shape. For the block, select the origin point and the length of the sides. You can also create a block using two diagonal points on the (x, y, z) coordinate system. Right-click on a shape to edit the length, width and height of the piece.
Click "Cylinder" from the Design Feature menu to add cylindrical shapes. Specify the axis, diameter and height of the cylinder and a directional vector for the point on the diagram to insert the shape.
Set a datum plane to use as a base reference point or surface when designing a part. Click "Insert," click "Datum/Point" and select "Datum Plane." This feature, and all other design features, can also be found from NX5's toolbars. Select an offset distance and surface for the location of the plane.
Remove holes and sections from the shapes to create additional features on the part design. Select "Hole" from the Design Feature menu or toolbar. Options include simple, counterbore and countersink holes, slots, grooves, threads, bosses and pockets.
Create instances of features to multiply holes or other features to create features such as grids or spokes. Click "Insert," click "Associative Copy" and select "Instance Feature." Click "Insert" and select "Combine Bodies" to combine two shapes or subtract one part of a shape from another shape.
Use the Extrude feature to turn a flat shape into a three-dimensional version. Click "Extrude" from the Design Feature menu and select the lines that describe the shape and enter the distance that the object should be extruded to.
Create complete products by creating an assembly file instead of a part file and clicking "Assemblies" from the top menu bar. Click "Components" and click "Add Component" to add part files corresponding to parts of the object.
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