You can efficiently design both straight break and freeform sheet metal parts using a broad set of sheet metal features in NX. Using the feature recognition, bend table and direct unfolding capabilities, you can design associative intermediate-stage parts with pre-bends and over-bends.
NX enables you to validate part designs for manufacturability using data quality analysis, formability analysis and flattened blank shapes. One-step unforming and formability analysis capabilities enable you to analyze and design intermediate forms and flattened blank shapes for complex freeform parts.
NX’s strip layout and scrap design tools enable you to quickly prepare the strip layout. You can specify the strip details and progression of design stages using a streamlined workflow.
You can also simulate the manufacturing of the strip to ensure proper ordering of stations.
NX enables you to layout the die base assembly and die inserts for forming and punching operations. You can efficiently and associatively design forming and punching tools.
NX provides a built-in standard part library that includes the catalogs of most suppliers. Customizable die base libraries, standard part libraries and insert group libraries expedite the die structure design.
Design Change and Propagation Control
NX progressive die design software maintains associativity with the part design through the entire die design process, carefully controlling part design changes through all die components. The associativity with the part model enables you to quickly update design changes.
Teamcenter provides data and process management, enabling you to work concurrently with team members, search, access and re-use project and process data.
Re-Use of Company Standards
With NX, you can capture and re-use your design and process knowledge to streamline processes from tool design through production.
You can utilize project templates, materials, tools and processes to re-use and adapt proven designs to new dies. This allows you to accelerate and optimize the die design process by standardizing processes and components.
You can also build your own re-usable parts and register them in custom libraries as well as develop your own re-usable mold base configurations.
NX allows you to configure standard outputs to generate parts lists, drawings, project data structures and NC toolpaths.
Progressive Die Design Validation
NX allows you to validate the progressive die design within context of the assembly, and in various positions, to insure proper clearances and reliefs. You can analyze material usage of the strip layout and press force balance. NX can also simulate the strip progression.
NX’s integrated motion simulation technology with dynamic collision detection helps you verify proper performance throughout the die’s full range of motion.
With the integration of NX CAM and progressive die design software, you can automate manufacturing processes. NX CAM offers robust milling programming with high-speed machining functions – ideal for fine finish on detailed dies in hard materials.
Easy-to-use planar and cavity milling as well as automated feature-based machining (FBM), are productive tools for NC programming of die structures.