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With a software application tailored for routed systems design, you can design piping, tubing, conduit, raceways, and HVAC systems much more quickly and easily than with general-purpose CAD tools. NX offers both 2D and 3D tools for pipe design.
You can begin by creating a 2D schematic diagram defining the logical connections between devices, then build a 3D model of the system assembly that is driven by the schematic. Path creation tools assist you in defining paths and constraining the mechanical system to adjacent components. With a wizard interface, you can quickly define runs and spool subsections to reference in the 2D schematic, manufacturing drawings and other documentation.
NX includes a part library that uses intelligent algorithms to automatically select components based on run characteristics and ensures proper attachment to the assembly. Template assemblies enable you to place auxiliary components such as valves, flanges and gaskets in a single step.
NX includes design rule checking (DRC) to ensure that your routed systems designs adhere to standard design practices. The expandable rule set includes checks for minimum bend radius, minimum length, connection compatibility, flow direction, and other characteristics. The rules checks can be run interactively or in batch mode, and NX warns you immediately when rule violations are detected. The rules-driven path planning and routing capabilities improve quality and eliminate errors.
NX capabilities for fluid and mechanical systems routing helps you prepare all the documentation you need for manufacturing. The software automates the process of calculating cut lengths, numbering parts and stock, creating bills of materials and bend reports, and producing manufacturing drawings.
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