Category "Digital Engineering"

Tangent Select1Autodesk Inventor now includes a new selection filter.  It can be accessed the same way as many of the other selection filters using the “right-click” Tangent Select3menu in Inventor.  Let’s look at an example and the associated steps and results:

  1. Set “Faces and Edges” as your selection filter.  This is typically the default while editing individual components.
  2. Select a face, right click, and pick “Select Tangencies.”
  3. Perform an operation (such as changing color) to all the faces at the same time.

 

Use the selection set of tangent faces to:

  • Delete the selection set with Delete Faces.
  • Assign an appearance to the selection set.
  • Add or remove thickness to faces, or create an offset surface from a part face with the Thicken/Offset command.
  • Copy a set of faces from one component to another (handy for tooling development)

The “Select Tangencies” option can also be used to select a continuous set of tangent edges on a component.

Use the selection set of tangent edges to:

  • Fillet or chamfer the preselected edges.
  • Review or check for tangency conditions or closed loops.

We’ve been communicating regularly that Autodesk is phasing out perpetual licenses of the Design & Creation Suite as well as individual products and as a friendly reminder, today is the last day you have the option to purchase perpetual licenses.  Beginning August 1st, Autodesk will introduce three new packages under the new industry collections umbrella: Product Design; Media & Entertainment; and Architecture, Engineering & Construction. Check out this sneak peek of what is to come:


Why the changes?
The goal of the change is to enhance the user experience in the following ways:

  • Simplified Offerings – All of your most essential software tools are in one of three collections.  There are no more tiers or multiple suites to choose from. It’s simple…just pick the collection that fits your industry.
  • Ongoing Improvement – Industry collections are built to adapt and continuously evolve so that you get access to new applications as well as cloud services and improved workflows regularly, not just once a year with a new release.  Basically you get the new technology when it’s ready!
  • More Cloud Services – You get the power of the cloud in industry collections. You’ll gain access to more cloud services than what’s currently available in the Design & Creation suites as well as allow shared access to cloud services with other users.
  • Greater Value – You get more bang for your buck with industry collections.  You gain access to more software for a very competitive price point.
  • More Options – Today, subscriptions to the Design & Creation suites are available for single-user access only but with the new Industry Collections, you will have the option for single-user and multi-user access.  You can also choose the term lengths so you can make decisions based on your business needs.

If you have questions or just want to discuss your options, reply in the comments section or reach us here.  You can also call our sales line at 877-668-8282.

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Getting a job done right requires vision, experience, and the right tools. In product design – especially initial product styling, where the look and feel of a product is flushed out – this often comes down to a creative and trained resource utilizing a collection of tools including hand sketches, preliminary form models from direct edit CAD programs, initial parametric models describing functional form, and advanced surfacing techniques to finalize the details.

Needless to say, the process can be cumbersome, requiring files from various systems be translated, and the overall time it requires can preclude a designer from trying multiple variations they might envision, in order to meet deadlines. Just as in every other downstream aspect of product design, finding processes, training, and or tools that allow us to cut overall design time gives us options and advantages that directly impact our bottom line.

In NX 9, Siemens introduced another great tool, NX Realize Shape, giving us a new sub-division modeling approach aimed at creating complex organic shapes (solids and surfaces) in an intuitive straightforward manner, without having to be a high-level surfacing expert.

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What is Subdivision modeling? It is a method of creating complex 3D models that originated in the entertainment industry as a facet-based technology, where it was used to create environments and characters by studios such as Pixar. More recently, Siemens has implemented and updated the technology to produce NURBS output surfaces, meaning the solids and sheets created are not only of high quality, but they are now associative, editable, and suited for use by all downstream consumers of CAD data.

The basic workflow is that you use primitive shapes to begin with, such as a sphere, block, or cylinder, and NX builds a control cage around it. This cage, when manipulated, pulls vertices and edges of the geometry it is connected to. You can then subdivide polygonal elements of that primitive into further polygons. This creates greater control and refinement over the shapes details. The primitive is pushed, pulled, rotated and scaled into shape using intuitive onscreen inputs with instant shape feedback, allowing for optimal control sculpting the shape.

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