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NX CAD Surfacing: How to Use the X-Form Tool to Alter Surfaces

For the latest Snackbyte video, PROLIM Application Engineer, Brandon Carter, focuses on the use of the X-Form tool to change geometrical faces.

For the latest Snackbyte video, PROLIM Application Engineer, Brandon Carter, focuses on the use of the X-Form tool to change geometrical faces.

To recap, we’ll go over some of the useful functions the X-Form tool can be used for in NX.

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Note: The X-Form command can be run on imported geometry, as well as native geometry.

  • To run the X-form command, tag the surface you want to edit.
  • By selecting the face, the program will drop in poles and circles on the face.
    1. You can use these as guides to manipulate the shape of the surface
  • In the Method panel, you can select options that allow you to move or rotate the surface along a different vector, scale it, or move the face within a plane.
  • When you drag the poles or circles, you can drag the shape along a vector to expand or minimize the object.
    1. You can also use this same method to change the geometry of the face—making it wider or thinner at certain points.
    2. Using the “V” command under Parametrization, you can also add in extra sections to the poles and circles, creating new places where you can move the face along vectors.
  • If you deselect poles by clicking on their attached circles, you can push and pull the surface of the shape (while on the Normal setting) to adjust the style you want.

In Brandon’s demonstration, you can see how simple it is to take a cylindrical face and give it the shape and depth to create a vase. What will you create in NX?


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