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Latest Tips & Tricks


Top 10 Common Mistakes Rapid Prototyping
By Quickparts Get solutions to common rapid prototyping design mistakes.

HP Multi-Core Workstations Enhance UGS NX User Productivity

HP Multi-Core Workstations Enhance UGS NX User Productivity
Submitted by Hewlett-Packard Take advantage of multi-core processing in this tip.

HP Resource Collector

HP Resource Collector
By Rick Hohmann, Hewlett-Packard Company Take advantage of the HP Resource Collector in this tip from Hewlett-Packard.

Maximize NX and Teamcenter Visualization Graphics

Maximize NX and Teamcenter Visualization Graphics
Submitted by Hewlett-Packard See how to get the most from Teamcenter and NX's graphical capabilities in this tip from Hewlett-Packard.

Iterative Solver

Iterative Solver
Submitted by Hewlett-Packard Take advantage of NASTRAN's Iterative Solver.

Visual Editor

Visual Editor
By Tony Metz Take advantage of powerful NX modeling tools.

HP Helps with I-DEAS Large Memory Configuration

HP Helps with I-DEAS Large Memory Configuration
Submitted by HP Find out how I-DEAS users can extend memory usage with HP's Performance Tuning Framework.

HP Tip for 2007 Daylight Saving Time Extension

HP Tip for 2007 Daylight Saving Time Extension
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Using ug_inspect

Using ug_inspect
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No more 8GB memory limit in NX Nastran

No more 8GB memory limit in NX Nastran
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Improve Nastran Performance

Improve Nastran Performance
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Build Templates in Adobe 3D the Easy Way

Submitted by Lars Olson Here's a handy tip to help you build a custom template in Adobe 3D, save yourself time and aggravation and check it out!

Take Advantage of Dual Processing!
Submitted by Hewlett-Packard Dual-Processors can enhance your UGS experience see how!

HP Linux Assistant for NX
Submitted by Hewlett-Packard Using UGS in Linux can save you money and improve your system’s performance. HP offers this handy tip to make things easier for you!

Improve Your Graphics Performance!
Submitted by Pamela Taylor For customers that have no problems with their current driver you should consider moving to the latest certified driver for performance improvements.

Get the Most Processing Speed from your Mobile Workstation
Submitted by Hewlett-Packard Learn how to maximize the processing speed of your mobile workstation.

Alleviating PTF, FUD, PDQ.
By Rick Hohmann, Hewlett-Packard Company Fear not this handy workstation system tool HP's Rick Hohmann says as he attempts to dispel myths about HP's Performance Tuning Framework.

Get to Know Your Workstation a Little Better.
By Rick Homan of Hewlett-Packard Want to better know what's happening inside that workstation? Check out this Performance Tuning Framework tip from HP.

HP Offers Tips on Boosting Memory

HP Offers Tips on Boosting Memory
Submitted by HP More customers are running into a problem that CAD users ran into in the days of 16-bit processors: Reaching the limits of an old architecture.

NX Nastran:Use Faster I/O System to get More Performance

NX Nastran:Use Faster I/O System to get More Performance
By Pari Rajaram Hot Tip for FEA analysis helps reveal weaknesses in 3-D models. Remember: Speed = Success

HP Helps You Select the Right Graphics Driver

HP Helps You Select the Right Graphics Driver
By Rick Hohmann With HP personal workstations help in finding the right graphics driver is just a keystroke away.

If it Ain't Broke Doesn't Mean it Don't Need an Upgrade

If it Ain't Broke Doesn't Mean it Don't Need an Upgrade
By Keith Guerin Performance monitoring and system management can determine an older system's needs to help keep it humming right along.

NX Log Analyzer Hits the Spot

NX Log Analyzer Hits the Spot
By Pam Taylor Hot Tip from HP: This Log Analyzer reports important information that can be helpful when diagnosing NX problems or inspecting customize settings.

Introduction to NX3: Base Support Tutorial

Introduction to NX3: Base Support Tutorial
By Louis Gary Lamit Trainer and author Louis Gary Lamit offers this informative tutorial, complete with screen shots and concise directions. A helpful introduction to NX3.

Best Practices in Data Translation

Best Practices in Data Translation
Todd Reade, President, TransMagic, Inc. Here are some tips, courtesy of TransMagic's Todd Reade, for addressing common CAD data translation problems.



Q & A

Submit Questions | Submit Answers

Q1-080610: Hardware requirement for TCE 2007
Can any one suggest what could be the System (HW) architecture required to implement TCE 2007 for approximately 100 users concurrent.
Q1-080606: Communication Failure in TCE 9.1.2
We are running TCE 9.1.2 (DB-oracle in HP-UX, Windows 2003 for Application server).
Q1-080530: Tool File Extraction
This is in reference to the Ideas tool file extraction. The scenario is that Team center is storing ideas file in its database.
Q2-080530: Assembly Documentation
How are the users in the community handling the documentation of very large assemblies?
Q3-080530: Importing SolidWorks to Solid Edge
I have a file from a customer that is a SolidWorks assembly file. I can easily open it in our Solid Edge but it comes in with zero geometry.
Q1-080516: Applying Loads in NX5 (3 ans)
How do I create a distributed loads based upon length (span across) in NX5?
Q2-080516: Customer Defaults in NX5
How can I load a changed Customer Default setting by itself when UGS is started?
Q1-080502: Manufacturing in NX4 (1 ans)
How can I create the NC file in UGS manufacturing for different types of machines show me the process and way to find it?
Q1-080425: Printing in NX (2 ans)
How can I fix an SDI plotting error?
Q2-080425: Splines and Studio Surfaces in NX3 (1 ans)
I am using the pole splines in NX3 with NXN Studio Surfaces.
Q1-080422: Thermal Analysis in NX11
What is the correct method for setting a material heat transfer coefficient value for a thermal analysis model in NX11?
Q2-080422: Knowledge Fusion in NX4 (1 ans)
Does any one know the format for the curve extract function in Knowledge Fusion?
Q1-080418: Drafting Views in NX2 (2 ans)
How do I place a shaded view of a model on a drawing sheet in NX2?
Q2-080418: Teamcenter Client Setup (1 ans)
Can we access Teamcenter database from Customer? If so, what are the required things at the client side ?
Q3-080418: Motion Simulation in NX4
How do you export a video file (mpeg, avi) from motion simulation environment in NX4?
Q1-080416: Motion Simulation of a Spring in NX4
I know that it is possible to model a representation of a spring in motion simulator, but I was wondering if it is possible to actually show a spring being compressed in a simulation.
Q1-080408: Knurled Surface in NX4
How does one apply a knurled surface in NX4?




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Small Shop Achieves Success with Online PlanRoom
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