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Useful Tips for New NX Users

Have you recently switched to NX from another CAD software?

In this blog, we will be sharing useful tips to any CAD users who may be transitioning to Siemens NX for the first time. Topics we will be reviewing include:

  1. The Command Finder
  2. NX help – F1
  3. Keyboard Hot Keys – F8, CTRL 8, CTRL F, Home Key
  4. NX file extensions
  5. Basic NX User Interface

1. The Command Finder: The Command Finder is the search window in the upper right-hand corner of the NX user interface.

This search bar helps you find commands that you would like to use or commands that you may not be aware of. Once you select the command you would like to use, the Command Finder will direct you to the exact location of the command within the Menu.

2. NX Help (F1): Surfing the internet for credible “How to” NX tutorials and documentation can be difficult. A great tool within the NX application that will allow you to access these resources is the “On Context Help (F1)” tool.

This tool can be easily accessed by simply pressing the F1 key. You will then be redirected to the Siemens NX Help page where you are able to custom search for various documentation you may be looking for. A results page will then be returned with credible documentation relevant to your search.

3. Hot Keys: Learning the following NX hotkeys will allow NX users to work quicker, more efficient and increase accuracy. The hotkeys or shortcuts that will be reviewed are F8, CTRL F, Home Key/ Windows Key and CTRL F2.

F8: Clicking F8 will bring a view of the part to its nearest orthogonal plane.

CTRL F: If you find yourself in a disoriented view of the part, hit CTRL F to fit the view of your screen.

Home Key / Windows Key: To get an easy trimetric view of your part, simply press the Home key a.k.a. the Windows key.

CTRL F2: If you are using a space navigation device or a 3D mouse you may be faced with rotation issues. Hitting the CTRL F2 key will allow you to specify a new rotation point. The rotation will now rotate according to the new specified point.

File Extensions: For assemblies, every part ends in a .prt file extension. There will be no distinctions between drawings, assemblies or piece parts. This is something that is specific to Siemens NX

Basic User Interface: The basic user interface of NX is best reviewed at minute 7:33 in the provided YouTube video.

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