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Why would you get rid of such a great tool? NX10 PMI Section View

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In NX10 (and prior) the PMI Section View used a sketch to extrude through components or a part. This gives you the flexibility of creating pretty cool looking section views like a quarter section (or use your imagination). This is, by far, the easiest way to create a quarter section view for use in Drafting. Drating's Pictorial Section views can be quite finicky to work with. Granted, this section view is a heavy weight view as compared to Lightweight (NX10). I would consider this a regression as we've lost functionality. PMI Section View cannot do what is shown below. 

 

 SectionView.pngPMI Section ViewSectionViewLegacy.pngPMI Section View dialog

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Re: Why would you get rid of such a great tool? NX10 PMI Section View

Experimenter
Experimenter
Hi,
I agree with you
Regards
Didier

Re: Why would you get rid of such a great tool? NX10 PMI Section View

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

Hope @D_Wingrave, will guide about this.

Regards,
Ganesh

Re: Why would you get rid of such a great tool? NX10 PMI Section View

Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor
Siemens Valued Contributor

Let me start by saying, we did not get rid of this function and nothing has been lost.

 

Now for some background...

 

The current PMI Section View (formerly Lightweight) was introduced to address limitations with the Legacy PMI Section View command several releases ago. The Legacy PMI Section View command generates multi-bodies. This was/is problematic for multiple reasons (performance, file size, export to JT, viewing in TcVis – support for the Tc embedded viewer is not possible). Below are some metrics taken from a slide shared when the PMI Lightweight Section View was initially introduced back in NX 7.5. The dataset was a 500 part assembly. Initial file size 0.6mb. As you can see the performance and file size gains the new Lightweight command were significant over the Legacy method.

 

pmi section.jpg

 

With significant enhancements made to the PMI (Lightweight) Section and limitations with the Legacy PMI Section command it was removed from the OOTB Ribbon in NX 9. The term Lightweight is synonymous with faceted data so in NX 11 we renamed the PMI Lightweight Section View command to PMI Section View. The Legacy PMI Section view command is still accessible in NX via the Customize dialog. No target release for retiring the command has been set.

 

The original post highlights using the Legacy PMI Section view command to create section views for use in Drafting. While this can certainly be done, the PMI Section View command was not intended to support 2D workflows, but rather to help with Model Based Definition initiatives. The Break-out Section View command in Drafting can be used to create the types of sections you're looking for.

 

If you have requirements around generating these types of sections in 3D, I would encourage you to share your opinion in the forum and follow-up by submitting an ER with details and examples so it can be reviewed and prioritized along with other investments in this space.

 

Regards,

Dave

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Why would you get rid of such a great tool? NX10 PMI Section View

Solution Partner Valued Contributor Solution Partner Valued Contributor
Solution Partner Valued Contributor

In NX10 (and prior) the PMI Section View used a sketch to extrude through components or a part. This gives you the flexibility of creating pretty cool looking section views like a quarter section (or use your imagination). This is, by far, the easiest way to create a quarter section view for use in Drafting. Drating's Pictorial Section views can be quite finicky to work with. Granted, this section view is a heavy weight view as compared to Lightweight (NX10). I would consider this a regression as we've lost functionality. PMI Section View cannot do what is shown below. 

 

 SectionView.pngPMI Section ViewSectionViewLegacy.pngPMI Section View dialog

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