by John K. Layer, Ph.D., P.E. August 26, 2008
1. Getting Started with NX6 USB Drive Always use your own personnel USB Drive, do not use the hard or network drive. Construct separate directories for each NX homework assignment. Gateway Application Screen Layout Top: Top Menu Bar Middle Top: Status Bar Left: Left Menu Bar Center: Graphics Window Workflows: other applications Modeling, Design Simulation, & Manufacturing Roles: Go to Left Tool Bar Select Roles Select Essentials OK to overwrite Customize: Right Click in Toolbar area to add/delete toolbars Dialog Boxes: positioned by the Dialog Rail Command Flow within Dialog Boxes: proceed top to bottom Red Asterisk: selection/input required Green Asterisk: selection/inputcompleted Orange Highlight: current active selection step Green Highlight: next suggested selection step OK/ Apply/ Cancel Navigators: Part Navigator, located on Resource Bar, pin to keep open Part Navigator Assembly Navigator Operation Navigator Parts: Items saved as parts (.prt file) Models Assemblies Drawings Help: F1 Key on any function in any application AllPrograms/ UGS NX6.0/ NX6 Documentation Set up Defaults File Utilities Customer Defaults Gateway/ General/ Part: Inches OK
2. Creating a New 3-D Model (rectangular block with a hole): Gateway Application (NX Start/ All Applications/ Gateway): New New Dialog Model Tab: Units: Inches Drawing Tab: Units: Inches Select Simulation Tab: Units: Inches New ManufacturingTab: Units: Inches Model Select Model Tab: Template Select Template Name: Model Input: New File Name: “Block.prt” (use Choose New File Name Icon) OK OK (Note: Top Menu Bar reads, “NX6-Modeling-Block.prt(Modified). You are now in the Modeling Application. Sketch Icon (create 2-D sketch in the XY Plane that you will extrude in the Z Plane) Create Sketch Dialog Select Planar Face orPlane: (left click on the XY Plane) Select Horizontal Reference: (left click on X Axis) OK (You are now in the Sketcher Application) Rectangle Icon Rectangle Dialog Rectangle Method: Select 3-point (Note Status Bar prompting to “Select the first point of the rectangle) Cursor Select point (0,0) for first point Cursor Select second point Cursor Select third point Circle Icon CircleDialog Circle Method: Select Circle by Center and Diameter Cursor Select the center of the hole Cursor Select the radius of the hole, or input/enter the diameter. Inferred Dimensions Icon (always dimension in the sketch … aids revisions) Cursor Select (left click) a single line of your sketch. Move dimension to desired location and left click Repeat for all critical line dimensions Cursor Select a single circle radius, and move dimension to desired location. Cursor Select a single circle center, then Cursor Select a line. Move the distance dimension to desired location Finish Sketch Icon (automatically returns you to the Modeling Application)
Sketch 2-D Profile on XY Plane
Create 3-D Model
Extrude Icon Extrude Dialog Select Curve (left click onthe sketch in the XY Plane) Select Vector (Note the Reverse Direction Icon for direction in the Z Plane) Input Distance (the thickness of your block in the Z Plane) Apply/ OK File/ Save
3. Miscellaneous Modeling Aids Reference the Top Menu Visualization Tools: Fit Icon Zoom Icon Zoom In/Out Icon Rotate Icon Pan Icon View Icon (trimetric, top, left, etc) Reference ModelEditing Functions Right click on the model to edit the 3-D Extrusion Function. There are two options: Select Edit Parameters (edit in current model state) Input new Distance (thickness in the Z Plane) OK Select Edit with Rollback (edit in prior model state) Input new Distance (thickness in the Z Plane) OK Cursor highlight and right click on original sketch in the Graphics Window...