NX Integrated Injection Molding Simulation Tools
Using NX to tool injection molds? What many NX users already know is that the NX product portfolio is massive. Some products range from advanced CAM capabilities to data management. What many injection molders are not aware of is that NX has an affordable and highly reliable injection molding simulation set of tools built right into your NX interface. It’s called NX EasyFill Advanced!
Let me preference the rest of this article with a very clear statement, there is no substitute for experience, many injection molders know how the plastics in their portfolio are going to behave based on years of experience. The problem with this is, however, an injection molders customer needs to see the data that validates the experience, this is where simulation can be a valuable tool. What if you have inexperienced designers that need some help being confident with design proposals or modifications? Again, running a quick simulation to check for defects such as short shots or potential burn marks and be a great way to keep project timelines on track.
So, what exactly is NX EasyFill Advanced? Simply put it is an embedded tool inside of NX that allows users to run filling, packing, warp, and cooling analysis on plastic materials that range from popular polypropylenes to more advance glass-filled nylons. Like other simulation tools, better data that is put in will get users better data out. NX EasyFill Advanced lets users set up their simulations the way they need. Users can control mesh density, entering process conditions on injection pressures, cycle times, access to prepopulated material libraries and many other details that play a roll in validating high-quality molds and parts.
Another large perk of leveraging NX EasyFill Advanced is that all your data stays in NX. If your company today uses a third-party solution, you know that there is a risk of exporting data out of a design platform and into a simulation tool. By housing all your data inside of NX the risk of losing data that is important to simulation results are greatly reduced. Also, like NX when you are up to date on NX maintenance, your simulation tools are always getting the best-populated libraries, best simulation tools, and full product support from your NX partner, CAM Logic.
Think NX EasyFill Advanced might be helpful? Click here to download the product brochure or contact CAM Logic to set up a demonstration.
Technical Publications – A Major Time & Cost Saver!
When we start thinking about the manufacturing process we think about prototypes, production tooling, lead times, material costs, customer requirements just to name a few product development road bumps. What many if not most manufacturers overlook when improving processes are manuals and assembly instructions. For Solid Edge users, Technical Publications or for short “Tech Pubs” is a major time and cost saver.
Let’s start with “what is Tech Pubs”? Tech Pubs is an added tool that works right within Solid Edge that helps streamline the documentation process with time-saving features for rapidly creating and updating documents. Users find real benefit in using this tool primarily when creating manuals for their end-use products, updating online product catalogs, sending assembly instructions to other internal departments, or for marketing/promotion purposes. Tech Pubs, in a nutshell, is a communication tool that is tied directly back to the model or assembly that a designer is working on. Another nice feature in Tech Pubs is no matter how robust the model, everything can be exported out into industry-standard 3D PDFs and web-based HTML. Again, because Tech Pubs are seamlessly integrated within your Solid Edge software, you are work directly with your Solid Edge parts and assemblies and eliminate the need to convert computer-aided design (CAD) files.
Where is the real value of implementing Tech Pubs into a workflow? First, there are the benefits of documenting technical changes early in the design process, it might be important to be able to accurately reference previous ideas and designs. Also, and probably the biggest initial upfront cost saver is eliminating the need for specialized technical authors or 3rd party services. If your team can easily create their documentation and it all ties into Solid Edge, you don’t have to export data, don’t have to have someone edit and clean it up, and get it all done a lot faster. Last, for companies that have an online product catalog, there is real value in having a tool that makes automatic changes to the online products automatically when the designer makes an update. This way there is a big reduction in documentation errors.
Technical Publication is a tool that we here at CAM Logic are seeing a lot of growth within our Solid Edge customer base
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Why Additive Manufacturing is the Right Fit for Production Tooling
Wayne Gretzky once said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been”. Having for the foresight to always be looking ahead to where the next opportunity to be successful is at leads to greatness not just on the ice but also in manufacturing. Harnessing the benefits of additive lends to manufacturers both large and small take the necessary steps to bring their companies into the next industrial revolution. Traditionally additive has been looked at as a tool for prototypes and concept models, but with the advancement, in materials, the sweet spot for additive is quickly becoming production tooling.
Jigs, fixtures, gripper arms, tooling guides, and low volume production are ideal applications to leverage additive. The reason is that the materials, such as the types offered by Markforged composite printing technologies, are precise, strong, and repeatable. Users of this technology can print their forming sections and fixtures generally faster and less expensive than having to put blocks of aluminum or steel on a CNC machine. Think about how much effect getting production tooling faster has on a company bottom line if you never have to say “my parts are here but we are still waiting on our fixtures to get done” why wouldn’t you look at additive manufacturing?
If this is such a great option for us why haven’t we already started using additive? The idea of using technology takes time and effort to get right. Often redesigning your tools for additive is necessary or taking a hybrid approach of traditional manufacturing with aspects of additive is the right approach. In manufacturing, there isn’t a lot of opportunities to spend the time necessary to optimize processes or that open mind needed to say, “yeah this is different, but it works”. For manufacturing that is willing to take the time to explore additive or work with a company like CAM Logic to prove solutions the benefits of additive can be substantial in cost-saving, time-saving and a massive reduction of headaches for staff.
Have a need or questions about leveraging additive manufacturing? CAM Logic has a full range of Additive Manufacturing for Production Applications and solutions ready to support your engineering and manufacturing operations.
The CAM Logic 2020 Cornucopia Webcast Series is in Full Effect!
We’ve created a holistic engineering webcast series to give you tips, tricks, trends, and technologies to make you best in class. So don’t delay and grab your virtual seat for this series whether you’re focused on engineering or manufacturing initiatives. Topics include Siemens Digital Software best practices to additive manufacturing capabilities to quality control with reverse engineering tactics. Pick the one(s) that fit you best and enjoy our 2020 live webcast series:
On January 23, unleash PMI Interoperability with NX Tools
On December 10, don’t miss out on leveraging Solid Edge Wiring Design tools
Learn by using industry-proven tools that simulate and verify electrical behavior as the design is created. The graphical authoring environment creates wiring diagrams via an intuitive user interface and built-in intelligent libraries of electrical symbols, components, and simulation models.
Benefits you’ll gain:
- Robust library with more than 4000 popular industrial parts
- Utilize simulation to highlight design challenges such as short and open circuits, voltage drop, fusing, and wire sizing errors
- Automate standards-based diagram generation
- Cross-referencing for multi-sheet schematics
- Automatically generate reports for wires, connectors, and devices used in a design
The New Siemens Training Schedule is Here to Serve You
- This schedule is valid through September 2020
- Review the list and let us know if you’d like to attend any of these upcoming classes
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The CEO responds: “What happens if we don’t and they stay?” (Peter Baeklund)
Siemens Training Class Schedule
Have Additional Questions about any of these Training Courses? Contact Emily Comstock at 248-969-9201 or email@example.com
On November 22nd, CAM Logic is hosting — Learn Additive Manufacturing for Production Applications— to showcase how manufacturing is integrating 3D printing into production applications. This educational event will discuss the growth of additive as technology and why it has become a crucial tool for manufacturers to leverage to stay competitive and overcome issues faced with production tooling.
Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan
***Lunch will be provided
Participants at this event will learn about:
– Markforged Composite and Metal Materials
– Best Fit Additive Applications for the Production Floor
– Design Strategies for Additive Manufacturing
– Printing Production Components with the Markforged Industrial Series
On August 15th, don’t miss out on leveraging Additive Manufacturing tools within Siemens NX
Additive Manufacturing is opening up possibilities to accelerate product and manufacturing innovation within NX. Learn how to adopt a single integrated environment to drive generative design into 3D printing. Validate designs to be suitable for Additive Manufacturing with DfAM checkers.
Benefits you’ll gain:
- Re-imagined designs
- Reduce weight & product assembly complexity
- Reduce manufacturing costs and supply chains
- Design anywhere / Print anywhere
On August 6 & August 8, don’t miss out on the latest enhancements and capabilities with Solid Edge 2020!
Solid Edge Webinar #1: What’s New in Solid Edge 2020
When: August 6 at 10 am EST
- We’ll cover the most popular enhancements and give you a running start to leverage the latest tools in Solid Edge to give you a competitive edge. These new features include expanded validation tools, model-based definition (MBD) – combined with extensive enhancements to core CAD capabilities, better collaboration and giving you the ability to completely digitalize the design-to-manufacturing process.
Solid Edge Webinar #2: Learn How to Scale, Search, and Manage Your Data in Solid Edge
When: August 8 at 1 pm EST
- Streamline product data management (PDM) and company-wide workflows to provide a “single source of truth” upon which all departments can access and utilize. Learn how data management ensures data integrity to help you save time and improve productivity. Also, product data management is critical to the success of your product development processes. Witness how to properly evaluate your own product complexity.