Siemens releases AI-leveraging upgrade to NX software

February 15, 2022

The latest iteration of Siemens’ NX software adds AI and machine learning to assist users in optimising builds (Courtesy Siemens Digital Industries Software)

Siemens Digital Industries Software has launched an update of its NX™ software, part of the Xcelerator portfolio of software and services. This release leverages advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence and advanced simulation capabilities, while continuing to provide productivity and capability enhancements.

“In the latest revision of NX, Siemens Digital Industries Software has smoothly woven topology optimisation design from requirements, through to component generation, Additive Manufacturing, and final machining by leveraging their convergent modelling and automated model-based definition authoring for PMI generation together with task-based collaboration.” stated Dr Ken Versprille, Executive Consultant, CIMdata. “Users will welcome the effortless user interface that guides stakeholders through each step of the process.”

Updates included in the latest release are the new Topology Optimizer, Design Space Explorer, increased use of AI and machine learning, and more optimised lattice structure simulation.

The new NX Topology Optimizer helps to create parts based purely on functional and design space requirements, resulting in fully editable convergent bodies that would be almost impossible to design and engineer manually. Inevitable design changes can be quickly made, optimisations and any downstream features are updated automatically.

The Design Space Explorer combines design space exploration with generative engineering to help designers automatically optimise designs against multiple objectives. Using Simcenter™ HEEDS™ software to conduct multi-objective parameter optimisation, users are given an immediate set of viable design alternatives to consider that may have otherwise required a simulation specialist.

Manufacturing techniques such as Additive Manufacture can be automated to build in process intelligence such as support structure design (Courtesy Siemens Digital Industries Software)

Increased use of AI & machine learning in the Selection Prediction and Select Similar commands uses shape recognition to quickly identify geometrically similar components, while the NX Voice Command Assist allows the user to invoke commands, navigate multi-level menus and operations as well as teach the system words or phrases to carry out common tasks. A user can ask NX “Have we done something like this before?” and it will carry out a Shape Search using Siemens’ Geolus®.

Lattice structures within NX can now be generated using Siemens’ Simcenter 3D simulation to optimise lattice structures in a singular environment. Elsewhere, Part Orientation Optimization brings nesting of parts (and their associated supports) within a machine build area along with integrated cloud-based orientation optimisation processes to find an ideal build orientation for reduced thermal distortion.

“With each new release of NX, Siemens is pushing the barriers of what product development systems are capable of,” stated Bob Haubrock, Senior VP of Product Engineering Software, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Our shift to continuous releases of NX is proving incredibly popular with our community – enabling us to deliver industry leading capabilities more quickly than before. This means providing access to new tools and technologies so they can be applied to our customers’ design, engineering and manufacturing challenges to help them overcome them more quickly. We continue to improve the core tools our customers rely on every day, with over 1,200 customer enhancement requests delivered in this release.”

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