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NX – Create a family of standard parts (Excel)

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Design Intent:  The most common use of Part Families is to define a standard library part that has many variations.

     1.  Create an hexbolt  

     2.  Rename the expression that you want to keep

             a: Width = the radius of the cap

             b: Length = length of screw

     3.  Define the columns for the Family Table.

 >Choose Tools→Part Families from the main menu bar.

 >Make sure the Importable Part Family Template option is  cleared.

 >Click OK on the Warning dialog box.

 >Select the width expression from the top window of the Part Families dialog box.

 >Click the Add Column button.

 >Select the lenght expression from the top window of the Part Families dialog box.

 >Click the Add Column button.

Note:  Instead of choosing, Add Column, you could just double-click on the expression name in the Available Columns list, i.e. head_dia.

> Change the option menu at the top of the dialog box from Expressions to Features.

> Double-click chamfer from the top list of the Part Families dialog box.

Note:  The order in which you select the attributes determines the order of columns in the spreadsheet.

Tip:  In production, you would specify a writable folder for the Family Save Directory, but it is not necessary for this activity since you are not creating Part Family Member files.

     4.  Create the family table.

  > Click the Create button from the bottom portion of the Part Families dialog box.


 > Type in a few values

    5.  Verify a family member

 > Select a cell in row 3.

 > From the spreadsheet ADD-INS menu bar, choose PartFamily→Verify Part.

The NX session becomes active and the family member is displayed in the graphics window.

 > Click Resume in the Part Families dialog box.

Warning:  The Part Families dialog box may be obscured, if so, click anywhere in the NX window.

     6.  Save the Part Family and the template part.

 > From the spreadsheet menu bar, choose PartFamily→Save Family.

Note:  The Save Family option internally stores the spreadsheet data within the template part file. It does not save the template part file itself.

Note:  In order to save the template part containing this newly created Part Family Spreadsheet, you would also choose File→Save.

Since we do not use this part anywhere else we are not going to do that.

     7.  Close all parts.


How to copy Face Styles from one part file to another?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Face Styles can be copied from another Solid Edge file or the Material Table.

 To do this, follow these steps:

 1- Open the part file you want to copy Face Styles to.

 2- Go to View tab->Style group-> Styles.

 3- On the dialog box, click the Style Type pull down and select Faces Styles.

 4- Click the Organizer button.


 5- The default source, listed on the left, is the Material Table (material.mtl), you can copy the styles in it or you can open a different Solid Edge file by using the Browse button.


 6- Once you have the source file you want, select all the styles you want to copy on the left side and then click the COPY>> button to copy to the open file, which is listed on the right side.

 7- You can copy either way as you can see by the two Copy buttons. You can also Delete or Rename your face styles.

 8- Once you are done, Click Close and Apply. You are done.


How to add an image to a part face?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Here are the steps to add an image to a part face in Solid Edge:

  • Inside the part file, create a new Face Style that contains the image attached to it. Go to View tab>Style group >Face Styles command.

  • Select “Faces Styles” in the Style type field then click New…


  • In the Name field on the Name tab, enter in the name you wish to use. For example “Logo”.


  • In the Textures tab, browse for the image.


  • You can preview the image, plus you can modify the position, scale and orientation of the image.


  • Click OK twice to exit the style command.
  •  Open the view command and make sure that Textures is toggled on.


  • Use Part Painter to apply the new face style to the face of the part. Note that the “Logo” now appears as a selectable style in the menu.

 Remember, you can always go back and modify the “Logo” style to change the position, scale, orientation, etc.

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