I'm developing some new cooling hole concepts and I am exploring some of the options available in NX11.
The Realize Shape Module has a command called "Tube Cage" that does exactly what I need but I am dealing with a solid body.
Are there any other freeform modeling features that would be similar? With Convergent Modeling, is there (or will there) be way to convert solid models into a subdivision body?
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I do not believe the resulting bodies are geometrically different. You should be able to model a body in Realize Shape and use that body as a tool to perform a Boolean or trim on another body created with the more typically used Modeling commands.
For example, if you're dealing with cooling channels in a mold, you could get the base mold design completed and then model the cooling channels in Realize Shape and subtract the channels from the mold, just as if you'd created a solid body representing the channels without using Realize Shape (Tube, Cylinder, etc., etc.).
I hope that makes some sense...
I cannot speculate what Siemens may or may not do in regards to being able to convert just any model into something that can be manipulated in Realize Shape