Realize Shape in NX – Overview
NX Realize Shape is a powerful and intuitive subdivision design tool that makes use of primitive shapes to create concept design models. In the image below you can see a sphere has been chosen, but there are a number of other shapes to select from such as cylinder or block to name a few.
These primitive shapes can be placed over top of background data like sketches or even art work similar to what you see in the image above. When a primitive shape is created, a cage is automatically created that surrounds the shape. The shape can be morphed into designs by transforming that cage. By selecting on, and dragging the cage elements (lines or points), you can mold the shape to fit the background image.
As seen in the image above, you can split a face into smaller faces (subdivide) in order to create more cage elements. This gives you greater control of the cage anytime more detail is required in a given area of your design.
By selecting cage elements (lines or points) and dragging them up or down, left or right, the concept designer is able to morph a simple shape into a complex form in a relatively shorter period of time versus having to work with .
Why do we promote the use of Realize shape?
Simple, this model represents the birth of the digital twin. This digital twin is then used for detailed design, documentation, validation, simulation, and all the way to traditional or additive manufacturing… all within a single unified environment like NX… means you are going to use trusted data from concept to manufacturing… without requiring conversion or translation, and this is going to shorten your innovation lifecycle, getting you from concept to market faster!