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Design for Additive Manufacturing

Maximize your design and engineering potential with NX’s cutting-edge toolkit of additive design capabilities. Additive manufacturing is changing the way products are designed as well as how they are manufactured. Additive manufacturing greatly expands the possibilities for product design, allowing for topology optimized parts, lattice structures, meshing and geometric patterns. See more about these below.

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Lattice Structures Design

A lattice structure is an architecture formed by an array of spatial arrangement of unit cells with edges and faces. These are cellular solids available in both two and three dimensions. With additive manufacturing, lattices bring many advantages. They reduce the mass of an object which means less material is used. 

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Implicit modelling

Implicit modelling allows you to create complex structures. The design of a complex geometric object can be divided into a set of simple shape-designing tasks, owing to the availability of shape-preserving implicit blending operations. It allows fast and automated formations of surfaces such as grade, faults and alteration directly from geological data. 


Algorithmic modelling

Algorithmic modelling provides designers with a drag-and-drop, no-code capability for creating reusable geometric patterned elements. Leveraging within the NX environment, algorithmic modelling lets users define the intent and rules for their design by connecting together inputs and outputs in a highly intuitive visual logic workflow.

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Generative Engineering

Generative design is a design exploration process. Designers or engineers input design goals into the software, along with parameters such as performance or spatial requirements, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints.

It allows for a combination of traditional technologies, such as feature modelling, and combines them with new technologies like design optimization and convergent modelling. 


Topology optimisation

Topology optimization is an optimization method that employs mathematical tools to optimize the material layout within a given design space, for a given set of loads, boundary conditions and constraints with the goal of maximizing the performance of the system.

NX Nastran solver

  • Integrated into Simcenter 3D

  • Wide selection of FE modelling tools

  • Full suite of advanced FE post processing




  • Linear Static

  • Normal Modes

  • Direct / Modal Frequency

  • Combinations

  • Simcenter Motion Loads


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Contact us to get started with Additive Manufacturing

So if you want to learn how additive manufacturing  enables your engineering team to reduce the time to market and lower production costs, why not book a discovery call with us and our partners at Siemens Digital Industries Software.   

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