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NX Customer Showcase: SpaceX

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This week, I'd like to present another NX Customer Success Story.

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is a privately-held launch vehicle developer and launch services provider with an ambitious goal: to revolutionize the commercial space industry. They are principally in Hawthorne, California USA. Their ambitious goal is to revolutionize the commercial space industry.


Originally, SpaceX tried using a mid-range computer-aided design (CAD) program to develop the Falcon 1.  After about a year of frustration with assemblies that took more than an hour to load (or worse, wouldn’t open after they were created), the company began looking for more powerful software.    They knew that in addition to needing more capable design software, the company had gotten to the point where it needed a solution for managing the growing amount of design data, specifications, CNC programs, processes and so on that were part of the Falcon 1 project.


They chose technology from Siemens PLM Software to create a managed development environment. The product lifecycle management (PLM) solution included NX software (including NX Nastran), Femap® software, and Teamcenter software.

Read the SpaceX case study here.

Update: Recently SpaceX  became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Ea...