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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How To Find NX 8.5 and NX 9.0 Help Documents

If you are having problems locating the NX 8.5 and NX 9.0 Help Documentations, I have provided a solution.

Here is the workflow:

1. Make sure you are currently on Java 7 update 45. If you are not sure about which java version you are on, please visit: to find which java update is installed on your machine.  

2. Download the patch from our FTP site: 

3. Extract the content of the folder: js,search, xps_tdocext_local ,indel.html

4. Delete the folders/files listed in step 3 from this location C:\Program Files\Siemens\NX 9.0\UGDOC\html_files\nx_help

5. Copy the extracted files mentioned in step 3 in this location C:\Program Files\Siemens\NX 9.0\UGDOC\html_files\nx_help

This workflow has been tested on NX 8.5 and NX 9.0

Navjot Gill
Application Engineer
Ally PLM Solutions Inc

Monday, October 28, 2013

Siemens PLM Community Welcomes Solid Edge Developer Community

Solid Edge has the capabilities to allow for anyone using a rich set of integration tools to automate a simple task. Solid Edge can even fully-embed and integrate a CAM system inside the CAD software!  Siemens PLM Community with Solid Edge Community has been well established, and now, Solid Edge has a developer community!

Jason Newell and Mark Burhop will head the latest community page from Siemens PLM.  Jason Newell's efforts to expand and grow the Solid Edge developer community has been ongoing for eight years now.  He launched his site in 2005, but never really got the opportunity to bring it to the level he wanted.  Jason is extremely pleased to have teamed up with Siemens and Mark Burhop to bring the latest in Solid Edge community interactions.

Jason Newell will be the primary contributor of making this community extremely beneficial for all Solid Edge users and developers.  The Solid Edge Developer community page will include:

- Useful content
- Online documentation
- SEU Developer day events
- Knowledge Base articles
- Q & A

The Solid Edge Developer Forum is now live, along with the Solid Edge Developer Blog, Solid Edge Developer Community, Solid Edge Developer Knowledge Base and Solid Edge Q & A.

Make sure to visit these pages soon and make a contribution to the Siemens PLM Community today!

Tim Larsen
Marketing Manager
Ally PLM Solutions Inc

Friday, October 25, 2013

Indiana State University Receives $9.7M Software Grant for PLM from Siemens

Indiana State University has recently received a grant from Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software division for $9.7 million recently.  The grant will help ISU students to work together to manufacture and oversee products the way that international companies do with various partners all over the world. 

Indiana State obtained the grant from the globes most widely used digital lifecycle management software company, Siemens PLM, for the Teamcenter portfolio.  Alister McLeod, ISU's assistant professor of applied engineering technology management, wanted to get the grant to use for various courses in the College of Technology like simulated manufacturing company classes.  The students in this class use Siemens software to design, create and send to market their products, emulating what international businesses do with both suppliers and partners worldwide.  Siemens software technology will be utilized in teaching business and engineering students alike about supply chain logistics and product development around the world.  

Siemens portfolio is used by a wide array of business professionals, and students at ISU will gain knowledge about the interdependency that it entails to create a product for the customer.  Different levels like supply chain logistics, business management and manufacturing all play integral roles, and this grant will assist in continuing the education process to students from all different fields.  

“The grant from Siemens PLM Software will allow our students to familiarize themselves with some of the same design and supply chain technology they will use as professionals working with colleagues in businesses around the world,” President Daniel J. Bradley said. “This will provide the sort of hands-on experiential learning that our students and employers expect, and make our graduates ready to contribute from the moment they hit the ground.”

“Siemens PLM Software is pleased to provide this software to Indiana State University so students can leverage the same technology used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies.  It allows them to gain the technical experience needed in a highly competitive job market that requires deep knowledge of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes," said Bill Boswell, senior director, partner strategy for Siemens PLM Software.  

Alister McLeod wants to develop a specific course that will use the new software's multitude of capabilities to instruct the College of Technology scholars all about the business side of product development.  He said. “many companies create products using parts designed by companies that are located around the world, requires all of that information to be properly maintained and updated in a central location.  If students end up working for a large corporation, and they’re working on a multifaceted product, they will have some exposure to a lot of the software systems that the company may use.” 

“This software that Siemens has is part of a larger package of software that companies use to build really complicated products.  The advanced manufacturing program needs something like this to tie the disparate aspects of manufacturing development together,” McLeod said. “If you’re going to think about manufacturing, you also have to think about it from the perspective of a business, and how the business interacts with the outside world. This software platform will act as a skeletal frame for this business concept that I have had for some time now.”

Robert English, interim dean of the College of Technology says: "The College of Technology is investing more in automation programs, which fits a growing need for many different kinds of businesses.  The state of Indiana is strongly dependent on jobs in automation fields for its workforce. Automated processes and procedures are becoming more vital for businesses to be successful in the marketplace, we are investing strongly in areas that will prepare our students fulfill employers’ needs while helping develop new opportunities for companies to be successful.”

Indiana's workforce depends on job growth in automation fields.  SIMCO (simulated manufacturing company) class is one of many classes at ISU that students create and market creations in a business setting to get prepared for post-graduation plans.  The $9.7 million software grant from Siemens PLM Software will provide education to the students in the SIMCO class and others.  

Siemens PLM software products also include Solid Edge, NX and FEMAP.  

Tim Larsen
Ally PLM Solutions Inc
Marketing Manager

Friday, October 18, 2013

Solid Edge ST6 - Maintenance Pack 2 - Now Available For Download

Solid Edge ST6 - Maintenance Pack 2 Announcement:  

The latest Solid Edge ST6 Maintenance Pack (MP2) is now available for download.
You can download the Maintenance Pack at:
Then choose service/maintenance pack and either 64/32 bit.  

A valid WebKey account is needed to access Maintenance Pack downloads.  To create a WebKey you need your Customer Sold-To ID and your WebKey Access Code, both found under Solid Edge Help, About.  You can create your WebKey account here:

Installing Maintenance Packs is quick and easy. Some known security issues arise with installing any software on Windows 7 OS regarding User Access Control (UAC); these same issues exist when installing MPs.  Windows UAC should be turned off and after unbundling the download run the .exe as administrator by right mouse clicking on the file and selecting Run as Administrator from the quick menu. Most UAC security issues can be avoided by installing Solid Edge to a location on the client machine anywhere other than the default “Program Files” folder.  As long as the user has full write permission to a folder location such as C:\SolidEdge\ these issues should not arise.

Ally PLM encourages all of our customers to stay current with released Maintenance Packs.  Maintenance Packs deliver the most current updates and resolution of PRs to your software platform.  You can find detailed information regarding the PRs that a Maintenance Pack addresses in the “readme” .txt file found with the MP download.

The Ally PLM Technical Support Team is available to answer any questions and provide support for all of your needs; including Maintenance packs.  You can contact the Ally PLM Technical Support Team via email at or via phone at (513) 984-0480 Option: 4

Matt Johnson
Application Engineer
Ally PLM Solutions

Friday, October 11, 2013

Installing NX 9 - Changes and Prerequisites

Earlier this month, NX 9 was released.  It is available for download at  You will need your WebKey and password to access the Siemens FTP site.


1.      You will need at least SPLM License Server version 6.1.1.  This version is provided in the download/media of the NX 9 installation.  The download of the NX 9 installation would be the zip file from Siemens FTP site.  Media would be the installation DVD.  You can also download the latest version of SPLM License Server, version 6.3.0 from the Siemens ftp site at the link:

2.      The SPLM License server install requires that Java 1.5+ is installed on the system.

3.      NX 9 License file.  You can verify the version of the license file by editing the license file in notepad or an editor.  The header will contain “version:  9”

4.      64 bit Operating System.

Minimum Certified Operating Systems

Windows XP and Vista

Windows XP support from Microsoft is ending and Vista was rarely deployed so these two versions of Windows are not supported by NX 9.  Siemens PLM Software has not performed testing on these versions and cannot resolve any issues related to NX 9 running on these operating systems.  If NX 9 is deployed on these versions of Windows, any issues will have to be replicated on Windows 7 before filing an incident report.

Changes involving the client (where the NX product is installed) machine’s environment variables.
With the NX 9.0 version you are able to run all versions from NX 5.0 to NX 9.0.  For clients with NX 8.5 down to NX 5.0 you will still use the old environment variable.

UGS_LICENSE_SERVER = 28000@<HostName>

Starting with NX 9, there is a new environment variable used on the client to point to the license server. 

SPLM_LICENSE_SERVER = 28000@<HostName>

As stated earlier, older versions will run by using the old environment variable (UGS_LICENSE_SERVER) and NX 9 and versions moving forward will use the new variable (SPLM_LICENSE_SERVER).  Both of these environment variables can exist on one client if you are running multiple versions.

Brandon Carter
Applications Engineer
Ally PLM Solutions Inc

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Using a Solid Edge Sketch for Blank Stock Creation

CAMWorks for Solid Edge is embedded in Solid Edge and provides many options for defining your blank stock.  Using CAMWorks Automatic Feature Recognition and producing tool paths using the CAMWorks Technical Database produces excellent results but the default blank stock setting uses a bounding block to define the blank stock.  As you can see in this video, the first roughing operation cuts the 4 corners of the octagon shape since the blank stock is set to bounding block:

For this example I want to define my blank stock as the outer perimeter of the octagon shape as if the perimeter has already been machined.  Notice in the image below I can use a Solid Edge sketch to define my blank stock and CAMWorks will extrude the sketch to define the thickness of the blank stock.

As you can see in this video, the first roughing operation does not cut the 4 corners of the octagon shape since the blank stock is using the Solid Edge sketch to define the blank stock:

This example is just one of the many benefits of using an integrated CAM solution.  The overall machining time is greatly reduced by being able to work inside of Solid Edge and eliminate unnecessary tool paths by using a sketch that was already created.   

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NX 9 Full Product Release Now Available For Download

NX 9.0.0 is now available for download from the Full Product Download page of the Siemens PLM FTP server. NX 9.0.0 is available for the following platforms; Windows 64-Bit, Linux 64-Bit and Mac OS 64-Bit. Please refer to the Release Notes for specific Operating System requirements.

Please use the following steps to download the NX 9.0.0 Full Product
Release. Note: A valid WebKey account is required.

In your browser's address field enter the URL:

WebKey Username:
WebKey Password:

Next to the "Full Product Releases" category, select the link titled
"All Siemens PLM Products" (or select the blue "Product Download"

Select the tab titled "NX/Unigraphics NX" to return a list of
available platforms for the NX product.

Expand the appropriate platform; Linux (64-bit), MacOS or Windows
(64-bit Intel) to see a list of products and a link to the

To download the NX 9.0.0 product:

> Right click on the nx-9.0.0 product link
> Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" to save the file to
your local destination.

To download the NX 9.0.0 documentation:

> Expand the "Documentation" link
> Right click on the nx-ugdoc-9.0.0 documentation link
> Select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" to save the file to
your local destination.

In all cases, please refer to the supplied README file for installation

Full details on NX 9.0.0 are available in the "What's New" help topic in
NX or in the "NX 9.0.0 Release Notes", posted on the GTAC Support page:

If you encounter any problems installing NX 9.0.0, please contact your
local Siemens PLM Software support office.

For current information about NX including News, Events, Case Studies,
Software Updates and User Group activities please visit our website by
selecting the following links:

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