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NX Tooling Wizard Best Practices

Do you have a best practice for your NX Tooling Wizard? Understand how experts view the best practices for utilization of tooling wizards, mold wizards and die wizards.

These best practices are taken from a perspective of a background in plastic injection molds, die molds, other tool molds. So, the relevance can be comparable based on the operations you complete within the application of NX Tooling Wizards.

This concept of comparison is based on the Twin wizards which were introduced in the
Here are the functions that are similar to:

  • Mold base and die based library
  • Component trim tool
  • Part family tool
  • Tooling validation tool
  • Unused part management
  • Assembly and component drawing automation
  • Rename and export components
  • Concept design
  • View manager
  • Stock size

Mold wizards, progressive die wizards and electrode wizards and stamping wizards which all have similar tools and architecture. Throughout all these tools there is command traits they all share like the standard of parts library, the pocket command, the bill of materials, the bounding box, and manufacturing geometry. This capability also allows for the same interface allotting all the same customizations to be added to each user own library.

Here is how you can leverage the tools, starting with a bill of materials. This function has the ability to add components, hiding components, editing size attributes written into part files, stock size wizard, export for bill of materials to excel spreadsheets, filters, a pull-down to choose from, direction on how to create material templates, and the ability to create a bill of materials template for each customer. All of these functions are accessible from mold wizards, progressive die wizards, electrode wizards, and stamping die wizards.

A bill of materials greatly decreases the amount of typing the engineer is required to have filled in and the accuracy of that information is tremendously more accurate than if done by hand. Many customers have tons of materials like suppliers, part numbers, materials this information is captured through mold and die wizards. There is the ability to make changes and utilize the associativity to update. All information is accurate once updated with part numbers, notes, etc.

In addition, the pocket command is another best practice that allows a user to add a screw to an assembly which automatically knows what the measurements are and where to cuts need to be made. This is capable through automation of the bill of materials. When making wholes with cuts the size, dimensions, and circumferences are held in the material list allowing for all information to be pulled, when needed. The pocket command also allows users to move the wholes around and the measurements will move too, which allows the user to drag and drop where they see fit with no more inputs required.

Mold wizards, progressive die wizards, and stamping wizards all have the tooling wizards sharing the NX pocket command. This mode allows users to subtract any material they need in the design process or ability to add material back if needed as well. As for the tool can check references for false bodies, to choose from component to solids. This allows for inspections to be found, statuses to be obtained and editing capabilities too.

Interacting with standard components, in progressive molds, you can add and subtract objects in the design with very simple interaction. If there is a component you are searching for an can’t find, there is an option to download more components online. This can be downloaded to the library of parts you have in NX a can become compatible with mold wizard. Users who want additional components can set the component up once and never have to reenter the information. Mold wizard keeps track of the subtraction of tools, attributes, and part numbers for reuse later on.

Tooling simulation is an additional feature allowing plates and movements for NX CAM to mold wizard and progressive die. The simulation of mold can open and close showing part ejecting and simulation in less than 5 mins. Mounting plates can validate enough stroke which can save time validating operations quickly.

Aside from things you should look into utilizing don’t rename files in a window explore the environment, this allows a break in the wavelength through the assembly – gets lost and takes a hit on performance.

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