11 Aug 2022

What’s New in NX for Manufacturing (December 2021)

The new AI-powered NC programming operation accelerates and standardises the programming process, reducing the time to market
Above: The new AI-powered NC programming operation accelerates and standardises the programming process, reducing the time to market

With the newest release of NX for Manufacturing (Dec 2021) comes powerful new capabilities that enable companies to boost production efficiency, both in planning and on the shop floor.

The intricacies of the newest functionalities in NX for Manufacturing, including those in:

  • NX CAM
  • NX Additive Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Process and Data Management
  • NX CMM Inspection Programming
  • NX Assembly Line Planner
  • NX Line Designer
  • Supporting Xcelerator Share
  • NX CAM
  • The new AI-powered NC programming capability streamlines the creation of machining processes.

NX CAM can now predict and suggest the next programming step based on the current machining application and your workflow patterns. This innovative AI technology helps accelerate and standardise the programming process, reducing time to market.

The new AI-powered NC programming operation accelerates and standardises the programming process, reducing the time to market.

The new Z-level Undercut machining method requires minimum input to program hard-to-reach, undercut part regions. In just a few clicks, it is ppossible to create high-quality collision-free toolpaths using T-cutter, spherical or barrel tools. By eliminating manual input and the creation of additional drive geometry and projection definition, the Z-level Undercut method results in 5 times faster programming.

Quickly program collision-free toolpaths for hard-to-reach undercut regions with the new Z-level Undercut machining method.

The Flow Milling operation has replaced the Flow Cut operation for a new, advanced rest machining operation.

The legacy Flow Cut operations, such as Single, Multiple and Ref Tool Flow Cut, can be automatically migrated to the new Flow Milling, to immediately benefits from this new advanced operation. The new, robust operation improves toolpath’s reliability and consistency, enabling precise toolpaths to remove the uncut material.

With the improved arc fitting, cut area consistency and better uncut material finding in the Flow Milling operation, casn be created accurate and optimized toolpaths for shallow features and sharp corners, which is usually challenging to program using traditional methods.

The new advanced rest machining operation, Flow Milling, replaces Flow Cut to improve reliability and consistency.

The new advanced rest machining operation, Flow Milling, replaces Flow Cut to improve reliability and consistency.

The Planar Deburring operation now allows the user to specify the edges that you want to skip when deburring. When NX automatically identifies all the edges, you can easily specify the edges that don’t need to be deburred. This is useful when edges on the CAD part model have different chamfer angles. In these situations, you can select edges to ignore and debur the remaining edges. If needed, the excluded edges can be deburred with another tool in a separate operation, allowing you flexibility to quickly program deburring operations on parts of any complexity.

This release of NX continues the trend of applying automation to additive manufacturing. The new capabilities for automating the population of the build tray, including Part Orientation Optimization, equate to gains in efficiency when printing parts at industrial scales.

NX CAM now seamlessly integrates with Xcelerator Share to provide simple, secure and effective collaboration with colleagues, partners and customers.