In this Snackbyte video, PROLIM PLM application engineer, Kyle Bentley, examines an overview of convergent modeling in NX CAD.
NX CAD Feature: A Convergent Modeling Overview
Convergent modeling works with facets, surfaces, and solids without any conversion. This means you can import your STL or scanned data to NX as a convergent body and use your traditional modeling commands. You can then create geometry on or around the facet.
In this video, Kyle demonstrates how easy it is to import a facet body and make it useable within NX 12. Let’s take a look at the steps, following an import of the body:
- Select “Convert Facet Body” from the “Reverse Engineering” tab in your toolbar.
- Then, select your facet body and press “OK.”
- This will convert the facet body into a convergent body, and you can use your traditional modeling commands.
Next, Kyle creates a quick patch on the body, then projects the sketch onto the body. He’s working directly with the convergent body, even though it’s been imported.
He’s actually then able to extrude the patch that has been placed on the body, with NX recognizing two different faces—where he’s created the patch and the body itself.
After changing the extruded patch to a solid body, there are now two solid bodies available in this file. Using the “Unite” command in the Boolean operations allows the designer to combine these two separate bodies into one body.
Kyle examines a couple of other convergent modeling features in the remainder of the video. Please give it a watch to see a few other examples.
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