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If CAD/CAM integration matters so much (which it does) why doesn't NX support CAM for Sheet Metal?

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We are new to NX moving from another system of 15+ years. CAD/CAM integration is important, especially if you run Teamcenter (which we will be). So why do they not support sheet metal CAM? We are about to be forced to buy another 3rd party system that won't be integrated with NX or Teamcenter. So we'll have managed files and a lot of unmanaged, unassociated files on a separate widows drive. NX has a great sheet metal package, so if it's so important, why can't I use their CAM to nest and drive my CNC laser, punch and plasma??

 

http://plmsource.industrysoftware.automation.siemens.com/us/2014/02/12/why-cadcam-integration-matter...

 

Ryan

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Ryan Gudorf
CAD/CAM Supervisor
Budde Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
Solid Edge V20
NX11.0.1
TC10.1.5 32 GB RAM, nVIDIA Quadro K4200
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Hi Ryan,   Good question! You are right to point out that...

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Hi Ryan,

 

Good question! You are right to point out that NX has a very capable sheet metal design product, and it does seem odd that we don't have a corresponding sheet metal fab product for it. In this particular case, we have found that our software partners are able to provide very streamlined solutions, that while not 100% integrated, still provide nearly all the benefits of integration in terms of responding quickly to change and eliminating data errors from the shop.

 

I encourage you to attend our upcoming Tech Tip on Mar 11, in which fabrication specialists from SigmaTEK will show how well NX can hand off sheet metal designs to SigmaNest for comprehensive nesting and fabrication programming. At the risk of stealing thunder from the webinar, I can further tell you that our software partner SigmaTEK is in the process of rolling out some Teamcenter connectivity that might further reduce your concerns on this topic.

 

Link: Register for Tech Tips

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Re: Hi Ryan,   Good question! You are right to point out that...

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Derek,
Thanks for the heads up on the TechTip, i will sign up for that. I have been speaking with Sigmatek on this issue as well, I just wish I didn't have to leave NX and could do it all in one place, with one file format. I'd rather spend the money enhancing our NX experience than another $75K+ on more 3rd party CAM.

I think you can already drive Siemens Sinumerik controllers (which we use), so just embed the Sigmanest nesting algorithms into NX like they do with Salad Works and we are good to go! :-)

Ryan
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Ryan Gudorf
CAD/CAM Supervisor
Budde Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
Solid Edge V20
NX11.0.1
TC10.1.5 32 GB RAM, nVIDIA Quadro K4200

Re: Hi Ryan,   Good question! You are right to point out that...

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The best solution I can see for Sigmatek is for NX to incorporate the Sigmatek part file format into the Sheet Metal programs "Export Flat Pattern" command that already contains DXF (a non starter for us) and the even less used Trumpf GEO format. I'm pretty sure there are more seats of Sigmanest out there than Trumpf's TruTops, espcially since it only drives one brand of machinery.

Exporting/Batch Exporting to Sigmatek format and having that saved directly into Teamcenter, then having Sigmanest able to open/save to Teamcenter would be a better solution than anything currently available. And 90% of our CNC equipment is Trumpf and we still don't want to have to go the TruTops route. So if a TruTops user can get a GEO export, NX should be able to write to Sigmatek format if they are taking the huge leap to integrate with Teamcenter.

My $.02

Ryan
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Ryan Gudorf
CAD/CAM Supervisor
Budde Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
Solid Edge V20
NX11.0.1
TC10.1.5 32 GB RAM, nVIDIA Quadro K4200

Re: Hi Ryan, Good question! You are right to point out that...

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3 years later and nothing has changed...?

What sheet metal CAM software can directly read NX assemblies to automatically filter out the sheet metal parts and their flat pattern geometry?

 

Is there an ERP system out there that can communicate fluently with either NX or Teamcenter? Same question here.

 

I'm very curious... and I don't think I'm the only one. Smiley Frustrated

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Re: Hi Ryan, Good question! You are right to point out that...

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Frank,

Not much has changed to my knowledge. I know of very few that integrate with NX. Sigmanest is the only one on the top of my head at the moment.

 

AFA ERP, none that I know of and especially not the ERP we are implementing...but it does with SW. :-(

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Ryan Gudorf
CAD/CAM Supervisor
Budde Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
Solid Edge V20
NX11.0.1
TC10.1.5 32 GB RAM, nVIDIA Quadro K4200

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