NX 11 introduces the new Variable Offset Face functionality, which makes it easy to create complex offsets in geometry very quickly. The steps in this tutorial will walk you through the process of using the command.
In the example shown today, we begin with geometry that contains four intersecting planes. Open the Variable Offset Face command and select the primary target face to start. Next, select each individual face where you want to create the offsets.
Notice that as we highlight each particular face, we see two vectors appear on either side of the geometry. We can grab on to the vector and drag the face. In this case, our projection direction (located in the dialog underneath Region Boundary) is set to Normal to Face. We can drag the offset in two directions.
Sometimes it may be necessary to create a more gradual transition between surfaces than an offset can provide. Notice there is also the option to create a bridge. The Bridge Continuity setting in the Variable Offset Face dialog contains two options: Connected and Tangent. Create either a straight bridge (connected) or a more gradual slope between surfaces (tangent) using these options.
Select complete, hide the additional geometry, and the Variable Offset Face is finished. Watch the NX Quick Tips video with Sam Kuan to see these steps in action and follow along if you have NX 11.