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??
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.
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