Design to Siemens NX

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Siemens NX review by Justin J.
Justin J.
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"Low User Friendliness"

What do you like best?

Positives: Compact file structure, an entire assembly and drawing can be contained within the same file, making it easier to control transfers and storage of designs without file management issues. Not sure what the size limitations on it are.

What do you dislike?

User friendliness seems very low. Part of it is that it is VERY different than Solidworks, Creo, and CATIA as far as modeling strategies go. A number of our competitors use it, and we get translations from them and they are generally very hard to work with in any of the the three software I mentioned above. If you need to convert between programs bringing para solids (.x_t files) into Solidworks from NX works best for me. Not a fan of the layer/hide-show method used, very similar to MasterCam though. Also there seems to be a limited amount of searchable information on the internet to help solve issues or figure out ways to tackle modeling.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Implement as many training courses as possible, there isn't much information out there for quick searches compared to other software so those classes will be very important.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our biggest advantage from the program is handling 3rd party data and customer data from some key customers. The interface puts people off from going the extra mile to learn the software well enough to see other benefits above our core 3 software.

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Siemens NX review by Fredrik H.
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"Complex but outdated and confusing CAD program"

What do you like best?

NX is very capable in tools and have a comprehensive set of features in 3D modelling. The Parasolid core is stable and capable of handling many complex geometries. Simulation tools are very advanced once you have taken all the time needed to learn them.

What do you dislike?

First the price is absolutely too high for what you get. Everything cost extra in terms of licensing and some basic functions demands extra modules to work. The functionality is not much better than Solidworks or Inventor but cost many times more.

The user interface is once you learned it decent but it is a mix of new ribbons and old menus. Some dialogs are also very outdated in terms of user experience, you have no clue how to use them without googling for hours. There is also a limited source of information to find on Internet so you have to sign a license from Siemens for "Learning advantage". Very clever to make the program so difficult to use that you have to sign an extra help to understand it. At my work we are constant struggling with understanding how to work with the software and every newcomer have a steep learning curve if they are used to other more user friendly CAD software like Solidworks or Inventor.

The performance is poor and large assemblies tends to be very slow and sluggish to work with. Back in the 90's NX was known for being one of the best in terms of large assemblies but is has not developed at all since then. Multi-core CPU's and GPU cores are not utilized well and the waiting time for updating models ans drawings can be very time consuming. The Parasolid core shows it's age and belongs to another decade than more modern design software that handles advanced lightning and material surfaces much better and faster.

NX is built of Application modules and these are not working well together all the time. It is also a mix of old features and newly added replacements without good interaction. For example layers can be handled in two different ways and depending which you use the outcome will be different. Working with drawings is a nightmare in terms of user friendliness. Many basic features are confusing and counter productive to use and at the same time sometimes very slow. If you are used to make drawings in Solidworks or Inventor you will find NX to be 20 years behind in terms of effectiveness. For example Balloons and Part lists are divided into "Manual" and "Auto" and they are not compatible with each other. "Auto balloons" can not be stacked but "Manual baloons" can and so on. There is no logic behind some of the features implementation.

In general the software is stable but there are some irritating bugs here and there that you have to be aware of for every release. Siemens are not fast on fixing these and send out service packs. Sometimes the only solution is to buy "the next version" for a lot of money. Siemens really know how to make money from customers.

The compatibility to other softwares are quite poor if they are not compatible with the Parasolid core. It heavily relies on old formats such as STEP and IGES. JT format is OK but exporting and importing is time consuming not without problems. The choice of formats to import from other "Automative" softwares such as Creo or Catia is rather poor. If you work in other business NX is not very good in compatibility.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be aware of your needs and your employees knowledge before considering buying the high price tag for NX. There are much more affordable and easier to use softwares that can do almost the same, and sometimes more, then NX which starts to show signs of outdated interface and poor user experience. If working with large assemblies you shall also do a performance check if it can handle all information and geometry well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Electrical Plant design and layout drawings. It has a wide set of modelling features.

What Product and Machine Design solution do you use?

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Siemens NX review by Jacob J.
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"NX 10"

What do you like best?

This is one of the easiest software's that I have picked up using. We use it primarily for designing molds.

What do you dislike?

The egregious price of the software is one of its biggest downfalls. In fact our company is actually researching switching software just for the cost reason. Other than that it works well. We do not work using the assembly structure and it is nice that NX allows for the freedom to work without restraints as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be wary of the price, but make sure to factor in what you will be using it for into your considerations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main business problem we are solving with using this software is the ability to design molds for our customers. The major benefit to us for using NX above another software is the freedom it allows.

Siemens NX review by User in Automotive
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"Soft That Leads to the Future"

What do you like best?

Layout of and customizability of the tool ribbons, ability to create, and use, journals for repetitive tasks. Being able to load multiple versions of a given part to allow for quick caparison of those parts with surface meshing

What do you dislike?

processing times to perform tasks are extensive at times

Recommendations to others considering the product

use multiple monitors so that you can view the assembly structure on one screen while doing your main work on the other. Something to consider is the use of journals for frequently completed tasks. NX allows you to record task you perform and assign those tasks to a radial button letting you select the one button to run a string of actions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing the future of transportation with electric and autonomous vehicles. ability to do initial analysis within the softawre

Siemens NX review by User
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"CAD Analysis"

What do you like best?

I like that you can do a lot of different simulations and analyses

What do you dislike?

It's not very user friendly. The mating features are extremely touchy and sometimes you have to align the models to get them to accept the mating you want.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's not very user friendly. It might be beneficial to take a class first.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am doing remediation and looking how components mate together. It can show me simulations, interference, and calculate clearance.

Siemens NX review by Luke B.
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"Enjoyable Product"

What do you like best?

I've used Catia for my college career and I found that program very fun to work with. NX is no different, it's very similar in the model aspect.

What do you dislike?

This product is a little less advanced in its functioning compared to Catia. The model tree isn't as fluid and some of the features that Catia already had is now being implemented in NX 11.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create models and use NX to assist in aircraft design.

Siemens NX review by Elias D.
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"Happy designer"

What do you like best?

Easy for modeling. Plenty of training resources provided by siemens

What do you dislike?

Haven't been using it long. I have nothing to compare it to. So far no complaints

Recommendations to others considering the product

N/a

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing issues and performing engineering changes. Easy to grasp concepts and customize placement and accessibility to help in designing quickly and more effeciantly

Siemens NX review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Great for complex users but make sure you stay organized"

What do you like best?

The software comes with a plethora of options and complexities to perform any sort of modeling job you desire. I am most familiar with the piping modules of the various software programs and thus can best compare those and the Siemens product is by far the most useful and powerful. The same goes for my experience in other realms of modeling. It is a very powerful software program where the more you know the more you can do.

What do you dislike?

In conjunction with the positive attribute of being a very powerful modeling software, it can be so powerful you can lose sight of the goal. Just because it's more complex does not make it better. It is easy to get lost in the myriad of details and complexities that you attribute to a model that will end up bogging down your model and causing failures that end up eating up time and effort (and frustration). Also, but wary of Teamcenter. While the product library is a helpful partner to the NX product, it comes with its own deficiencies and often has failures and crashes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be cautious creating extremely complex designs, though this is a moniker for all modeling. Stay organized and efficient and things will go your way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the product for modeling spacecraft. NX has the capability to be great with models generated from other software products. Also the complex surfaces that are easily modeled with the program help in the modeling process.

Siemens NX review by Troy F.
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"Lots of power, but confusing interface"

What do you like best?

I really like how capable NX is when it comes to handling large files. When working with assemblies, the size of the file that can be worked in is not limited by the program, but the power of the computer. In many other programs, when a large file with a lot of features is opened, the program will crash, unlike NX. Almost anything you can think of can be done in NX if you take the time to learn how.

What do you dislike?

NX is designed very counter-intuitively. The order in which you need to do commands to complete a feature or produce a particular component is round-about and therefore makes creative products very difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When you already know the dimensions and concept of the final product and simply want to see it in 3D, this program is great. However, if you are still trying to design a product, this may not be the ideal program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating assemblies of mechanisms and part prints to give to a machinist is our primary reason for using this program. The auto plotting of this program is very convenient. Once the model is complete, you can enter the drawing side of the program and simply place a view. Once the view is placed, it will auto update as the model is changed. When doing complicated designs, this is convenient when only a minor change has been made but you aren't sure which views may be affected.

Siemens NX review by jorge m.
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"One of the best 3D software"

What do you like best?

Parametric system, PLM software integrated

What do you dislike?

Many quick fuctions and 2D drawing with low functions

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Conceptual protoyping

Siemens NX review by User in Higher Education
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"Siemens PLM NX"

What do you like best?

An extremely powerful software for integrating multiple aspects of product development. The user has complete control over most of the features.

What do you dislike?

Definitely not the easiest software to learn. If this is the first software you're learning, it'll take a longer time to learn in comparison to some of the other software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ideal for complex assemblies, not the best for basic designs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product design, assemblies

Siemens NX review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"CAD Software with Advanced Capabilities for Modeling and Manufacturing"

What do you like best?

NX is an advanced software with advanced capabilities for modeling and manufacturing. One of the great features of NX is that it allows the user to develop a wide range of geometries including wires, lofts, and floats to create a solid body. This features allows for very complex geometries such as wind turbine blades and other airfoils whose geometries change along the span. Another great feature is the ability to generate CNC programs using the software suite. For users who have their own CNC capabilities, it is ideal to create and model the manufacturing process prior to creating the part. It also allows for visualization of bulk material removal.

What do you dislike?

This software is not as easy to use as others. This was one of the first softwares I learned how to use, and many of the features were not as apparent as others.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If the user has previous experience with CAD software packages, the learning curve for NX will be much shorter than that of a less experienced user. If the user is considering applications where they are in control of the entire process such as in the case of rapid prototyping, this is an excellent package. In general, it may be more robust that what is needed for most applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main area of use is academic research. A lot of times in academic research and experimental mechanics, there is a need to develop a test protocol that will require the production of equipment. Using NX's CNC generation process, it allows a user to go from the part generated in the software to a finished part with a single software suite.

Siemens NX review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Great program for complex parts and assemblies."

What do you like best?

NX could be used at a lower level/entry-level CAD users, but also is a powerful tool for skilled users.

What do you dislike?

I am very familiar with SolidWorks, so there was a learning curve in learning the new commands and placements of tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am reverse engineering small parts to find ways to make them more efficient.

Siemens NX review by User in Higher Education
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"Quality CAD Software"

What do you like best?

The software is robust, there are never designs which you cannot create using the tools allowed. There is a decent community for learning the software.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is steep. Without having taken a class on NX, I would not easily be able to find its features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software allows me to easily create 3D models of parts, which I translate to 3D printed prototypes.

Siemens NX review by User in Nanotechnology
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"A thoroughly powerful, but non-intuitive program."

What do you like best?

The program is extremely powerful when it comes to very complicated features and large assemblies. Every feature in design, drafting, and CAM is controlled directly by the user giving complete control over every aspect of your work.

What do you dislike?

The interface and modeling methodology is difficult to get used to, especially after using other programs for a long time. The complete control can be tedious to muck through if all you want are simple features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you work with complex components and complicated assemblies, this is the tool for you. If you need to develop many, relatively simple parts, there are other programs better suited to your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Advanced CAD/CAM for complex parts and assemblies; design for 3D printing as well as standard machining techniques.

Siemens NX review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Nx for Beginners"

What do you like best?

It is similar to other CAD programs so switching from one to the other is simple.

What do you dislike?

Nothing so far. I enjoy using the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the tutorials online and the help bar. It is very helpful :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

How to innovatively design parts. Not too many benefits just yet as I just started using it.

Siemens NX review by User in Automotive
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"NX is a very effective program in design"

What do you like best?

Easy access to most-all commands. Smooth 3D modelling

What do you dislike?

Lack of keyboard shortcuts, I would prefer more shortcuts to access commands

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modifying existing models to accommodate current projects. It makes the process much easier

Siemens NX review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"Good for cam "

What do you like best?

Application for generating cmm programs for CAM operations

What do you dislike?

Less features for graphical rendering. Minimal options for physical attributes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Generating CAM programs from models, calculating tool path, simulation of cam processes

Siemens NX review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"One of the best 3D CAD software."

What do you like best?

It has excellent user interface and does not crash as often as other software.

What do you dislike?

unable to change between metric units and English units

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

mechanical engineering. able to model parts with complicated geometry.

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