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5 Advantages of Using NX in the Automotive Industry

NX CAD makes the design process come to life for the automotive industry, improving design time by 50%. This post covers 5 unique, must-have NX tools.

Consider the curves, edges and unique shapes of your favorite car model. That sleek, smooth design isn’t created in MS Paint or Google Sketchup. It takes much more powerful tools and much more complicated processes to create the perfect design.

One tool that is making the design process come to life is NX CAD. “By using NX, the duration of our designing process has decreased to roughly half the time it used to take us,” says one Tools Plant Manager. “Today, we can design a tool—descending on its complexity—in about two to three days, so we can serve many more customers than in the past. We have also increased our market share by 11 percent.”

Let’s take a look at 5 design and collaboration tools in NX that are must-haves in the automotive industry:

1. Assemblies

Multiple automotive suppliers and industrial design firms have reported a reduction in design time by 50%, and some up to 65%. NX has led to a reduction in the number of design recycles, as well as better analysis.

Assembly design is one key factor in reducing design time. With so many different parts working together, NX gives you the flexibility to work top-down or bottom-up, and access any part of the hierarchy.

And, with a “design in context” approach, you can quickly test ideas and new designs without changing multiple parts—those parts update for you.

2. Modeling

Powerful, innovative modeling tools are a must for creating the multiple surfaces of a car body.

NX supports modeling of both complex surfaces and solid models, and has more advanced freeform modeling capabilities.

For one company specializing in advanced composites-based vehicles, modeling in NX means faster analysis and faster design iterations and alternatives. That improvement in modeling meant reducing component weight by more than 40%.

3. Shape Design

Think about the different shapes, curves and cuts necessary in making a car today. How are side mirrors formed? Spoilers? Or the unique look of some hoods and doors?

NX Realize Shape software is dynamic and intuitive: you can create new shapes based on simple designs just by extruding, sweeping, lofting and revolving its features. You also have freeform shape design, similar to the freeform modeling capabilities. You can use simple tools to create quick concepts for initial design intent, then edit from there. This includes creating curves on surfaces and direct surface modeling.

4. Rendering

Render designs and design changes before manufacturing them. You can use specific real-world materials that features will be made from.

With unique rendering capabilities, you can skip costly prototyping steps, shortening design cycles. Using NX for design and Teamcenter for data management, one major automobile manufacture improved their development cycle from 20 months to 10.5 months, and found that there were 80% fewer issues after vehicles were released.

High-quality rendering tools allow you to communicate your designs clearly and create images that can be used throughout design and manufacturing processes. This ensures that all team members are efficient and accurate in their communication.

5. Sheet Metal Design

Create sheet metal component models using specific, feature-based tools for tabs, flanges and other necessary features. Sheet metal tools can be used to generate accurate flat pattern data for downstream applications from solids, sheets and wireframe geometry.


NX offers high-performance modeling, drafting and assembly design- powered by Synchronous Technology -that can’t be beat. The product design tools, as well as potential data management capabilities, make this a complete solution, from design to production.

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