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NX 11 Learning Edition Now Available!


Great news for CAD students… NX 11 Learning Edition is now available and features the same breakthrough convergent modeling technology as the full version of NX. With NX 11 Learning Edition, you can have access to the latest design methods to help you leverage topology optimization results, scanned data, and design for additive manufacturing (3D printing). There are other strong improvements to more traditional modeling techniques as well, such as feature modeling. Read on to learn more.  


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As scanning technology becomes more accessible and affordable, working with scanned data is becoming commonplace across a multitude of industries. Until now, working with such data has been a challenge for designers as it has required a lengthy and time-consuming process to convert the data to facets in order to use traditional modeling techniques. Not so with Convergent Modeling. Now students can work directly with scanned data in combination with b-rep data.


Convergent Modeling allows for designs that previously could not be manufactured with traditional techniques. Instead, additive manufacturing is necessary to create some of these designs.

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is yet another technology more companies in product development are using to achieve a greater level of innovation, creativity, and customization in design. It is a fast technique that enables shapes previously not possible. Often, additive manufacturing results in products that are much lighter, and in some cases, stronger than their traditional machined counterparts of the past. NX 11 Learning Edition supports additive manufacturing  with the addition of new design techniques such as Convergent Modeling, because it enables you to create designs specifically to 3D print.



Yet another area in which NX 11 Learning Edition helps prepare you for a career in design and product development is with expanded capabilities for leveraging product and manufacturing information (PMI). More companies are recognizing the benefits of a MBD (model based definition) strategy and starting to move away from relying solely on drawings. As you have undoubtedly noticed, universities are beginning to teach MBD and PMI as the only way forward, with many students not even using drawings in their regular work. NX 11 Learning Edition has strong support for PMI beyond what was previously available, including the ability to automatically convert drawing views and objects to model views and PMI objects. This makes it easier to move from legacy 2D drawings to a new MBD strategy without extensive rework that takes time and significant effort.


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NX 11 Learning Edition also builds on existing functionality within NX for stronger design tools and improved usability:

  • Swept volume in feature modeling lets you sweep a solid body along a 2D or 3D path.
  • Sketcher now shows previews of changes when you go to move geometry in a sketch.
  • Scalable sketch groups have also been introduced to the sketcher.
  • NX Realize Shape allows you to split and merge bodies, copy and paste bodies, and connect bodies as well for added control when performing subdivision modeling.
  • Switching between windows is fast and intuitive with CTRL-tab and a window of thumbnails that display active parts.
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Students can purchase NX Learning Edition online through Journey Ed, Academic Superstore (US and Canada), Creation Engine (global), and Studica (global).  It works on Windows only.  

Gears Phenom

Hi @AmyReyes,

is there any chance to get NX for students for free?

I got Catia for Students for free hence my question.

Thank you,




Hi @arekkul


Unfortunately, I don't believe there is a free student version of NX available today. I'm looping in Billy Chanatry @chanatwr as he is the new community manager for NX Design and can find out for you for sure! (I moved over to the Solid Edge team just FYI).






Siemens Phenom

Hi @arekkul,


an educational institute can get Academic licenses for a VERY low price for educational purposes. Any student of such an institiute can then transfer licenses from the institute's license server for a period of max. 120 days to his own NX installation. We call that process "license borrowing". However, during the (very short) borrowing process, the hardware of the student needs to be connected with the license server via network.

Note that the educational institute can also deactivate the borrowing functionality.

Another upside here is that an institute also gets free access to the NX Learning Advantage program (online training courses for self-learning)


Another free option is to try the 30-Day NX CAM Free Trial, which also includes a reasonable amount of CAD Functionality. See this article.




Gears Phenom

 Hi @Johannes_H,


thank you for your answer,

What I have to admit, I am disappointed that Siemens doesn't offer NX software for students for free.

I'm a certified user of Solid Edge and I know how long we (CAD users) have to learn to masterize our knowledge to use complex cad. I'm glad that SE is free for students, but NX?

Dassault Systems is far ahead offering Catia for free (with code) for 1 year, giving potential employees a chance to learn a complex CAD. 

Unfortunately, in my Uni they don't use NX. 

Anyway, I wish Siemens will understand that in the future.

Good luck,





Does the student edition give you FEM capabilities in advanced simulation?

Hi @AmyReyes,


If any NX 11 Tutorial ebook or pdf in Siemens website? Could you please let me know..




Siemens Legend

There is a great book by Dr Leu from Missouri S&T available for free in Learning Advantage.


If you don't have an ID, ask your professor, they may have access.







I see the ability to export a file to anything but STL is blocked. What format does a working file save as? .prt?