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NX Geometry Naming Part 1: How to Name NX Points So They Show up in Fibersim

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Question: How do I name a point in NX and have that show up in Fibersim (e.g. the origin of a zone)? Renaming the feature in the part navigator seems to have no effect.

 

Answer: Fibersim links to CAD geometry, not features. In NX, there is no guarantee of a one-to-one relationship between features and geometry (e.g. a Point Set feature may contain many points, or an Intersection Curve feature may contain many curve segments), and renaming the feature does not propagate down to the geometric elements.  Therefore it is necessary to explicitly name the geometric elements that Fibersim will reference.

To rename a single point:

 

  • Mouse over the point in the CAD window until you get the 3 dots for the QuickPick dialog: QuickPickDialog.png
  • Left click to activate the QuickPick dialog and select the “Point of Point(#)” item:

PointofPoint.png

  • This is the point geometry. The first entry in the image above, “Point(70),” is the point feature, and is the default selection that NX will return when using No Selection Filter. Alternatively, you can set the selection filter to “Point” and it will only select the point geometry without having to go through the QuickPick dialog.

 

  • Once you have the point selected, right-click on it and select “Properties”

 

*Note that the “Name” field is blank. This is the default state for most NX geometry – it is nameless. Unnamed geometry will show up in the Fibersim UI as the geometry type with a random number after it.

 

  • Assign the desired name to the Name field. You may optionally assign the Feature Name as well, which is what will show up in the Part Navigator. Unfortunately there are no rules that the geometry name and feature name have to agree, so this must be done manually.

PointProperties.png

  • Hit OK to save the point name. Now when you link any Fibersim object to that point, the point name will show up in Fibersim

 

*IMPORTANT NOTE: If Fibersim is already linked to a point and that point is renamed in the same session, the part must be saved, closed and re-opened for the name change to be recognized in Fibersim.

 

*The above process is valid for any single object. However it may be necessary to rename many points at once, particularly for things like a zone grid.  For this, NX offers patterned naming.