September 23rd, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

The NX module contains tutorials for basic 3D modelling. These tutorials cover the use NX in design engineering applications and will be released one week at a time.

To complete the tutorials, download and read though the linked PDF file. The PDF files are formatted for printing if you would like a hard copy. While reading through the tutorial, you are encouraged to experiment with the features presented in the actual software application.

At the end of each tutorial, an assignment is included. The assignment can be completed as soon as the PDF file is made available. To submit the assignment, follow the Blackboard Instructions link in the Software menu above. The assignment for each week will be available on Mondays at 3:00PM and will be due on the following Friday at 3:00PM.

For each tutorial, there is a quiz on Blackboard. Instructions on how to complete the Blackboard quiz appear in the Blackboard Instructions page linked under the Software menu option.

If you have questions, please add a comment to this page.

  1. rkvd3
    November 22nd, 2013 at 12:39 | #1

    I can’t figure out how to open the Rotating Parts files.

  2. Joe
    November 14th, 2013 at 16:43 | #2

    Is tutorial 3 supposed to contain 3 different parts?

    • IDE20 Admin
      November 14th, 2013 at 18:06 | #3

      One part

  3. IDE20 Admin
    November 14th, 2013 at 09:22 | #4

    NX 8.5 has apparently renamed the Instance Feature to Pattern Feature.

  4. Adam
    November 13th, 2013 at 21:49 | #5

    Where is the Instance Feature? I can’t find it at all, used the Command Finder and it’s no where to be found. Am I supposed to use a different command for NX 8.5?

    • IDE20 Admin
      November 14th, 2013 at 09:22 | #6

      Look under Pattern Feature

  5. Logan
    November 13th, 2013 at 12:32 | #7

    I am having trouble locating the rectangular instance feature – I have tried using command finder and am unable to find the same feature as used in the tutorial. Any help?

    • IDE20 Admin
      November 14th, 2013 at 09:23 | #8

      It is Pattern Feature now.

  6. Mike
    October 18th, 2013 at 11:55 | #9

    The option to move the files into a zip. file is not available in the drop down list-what should I do?

  7. Mike
    October 18th, 2013 at 09:35 | #10

    The rotating parts zip file contains parts for solid works not NX where could I find the parts for NX?

    • IDE20 Admin
      October 18th, 2013 at 09:40 | #11

      They are NX .prt files. On some computers Solidworks is set as the default program to open them. You can open the files from within NX.

  8. October 17th, 2013 at 18:34 | #12

    I was not able to find the rotatingparts.zip file. I may be looking in the wrong place, however, it does not seem to be on this page.

    • IDE20 Admin
      October 18th, 2013 at 08:50 | #13

      It is on this page, see the Tutorial 4 – RotatingParts link.

  9. Jason
    October 7th, 2013 at 13:13 | #14

    I can’t find the instance feature. I looked under the insert tab and on associative copy but it isn’t there… Also using command finder it DOES NOT exist so I can’t use it. Is it just hidden or do I have to use an alternate route.

  10. Jason
    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:38 | #15

    I also don’t know how to use NX, and the tutorial doesn’t explain things very well. The campus has 8.5 does this tutorial still apply?

  11. Jason
    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:33 | #16

    I can’t get NX to show a radius to edit. It will only show the diameter and when I do edit it it won’t change the rest of the shape.

    Also when I use NX it shows so much extra stuff that I can’t see anything I do I need help editing it.

  12. Ryley
    November 28th, 2012 at 15:55 | #17

    On the NX assignment 4 after I finished and saved my project I then try to reopen it and there is a problem. It says: “Failed to find file using current search options, part left unloaded.” I know I saved the file right because I did the assignment twice to make sure I followed the directions. Is there something I did wrong? My friend is having the same issues with hers. Also, I can’t relocate the compressed zip file.

    • IDE20 Admin
      November 29th, 2012 at 07:19 | #18

      Send the .prt file to me (Dr.H.) via e-mail.

  13. Ryley
    November 28th, 2012 at 15:31 | #19

    I saved my NX assignment after I was done with it then when I go to reopen it the file can’t be located. I have tried redoing the assignment but nothing has changed. How I get the assignment to save as zip file and be able to reopen it?

  14. IDE20 Admin
    November 2nd, 2012 at 10:51 | #20

    IDE105 and CH105, hours will be posted outside of the labs.

  15. Greg
    November 2nd, 2012 at 09:05 | #21

    What computer labs are open for me to work on nx 7.5 and how late are they open??

  16. Marissa
    November 1st, 2012 at 15:02 | #22

    How do I set a radius? I know in the tutorial it says to just move the cursor to the top right corner of the box but once I set the circle, it won’t allow me to set a radius because it starts another circle.

  17. Susanna
    October 17th, 2012 at 18:24 | #23

    It wont let me save it as a .zip file

    • IDE20 Admin
      October 18th, 2012 at 08:09 | #24

      You cannot directly save to a zip file. You must zip the files together in Windows (select the files, right click and select Sent To->Compressed (zipped) Folder).

  18. Nick
    October 15th, 2012 at 15:28 | #25

    The quiz for lesson 4 is not appearing on Blackboard.

  19. Ben
    October 11th, 2012 at 18:27 | #26

    Are we supposed to make three seprate parts for assignment 3?

    • IDE20 Admin
      October 12th, 2012 at 07:46 | #27

      One part with all the requested features.

  20. Eduardo Rosales Villado
    August 20th, 2012 at 13:24 | #28

    Hey Adam,
    You can use the command finder and hit Groove, then right click and select ‘Show on the toolbar”

  21. Adam
    May 16th, 2012 at 14:01 | #29

    I encountered a problem in the second tutorial, at the step with adding grooves to the piston. Well, the problem is, that there is no such option in my NX 7.5 in that particular place. How can I find it/add it (somehow from customization options or what?)

    Thanks in advance,

    • IDE20 Admin
      May 16th, 2012 at 18:17 | #30

      There is a comment later down that discusses how to add the groove tool.

  22. Alex
    April 16th, 2012 at 22:48 | #31

    @IDE20 Admin

    But they weren’t in nx.prt files?

  23. Alex
    April 16th, 2012 at 14:44 | #32

    Hi, I was trying to do tutorial 4. When you open the rotating parts file, all of the parts are in solidworks instead of nx. Shouldnt you be able to open those parts in NX?


    • IDE20 Admin
      April 16th, 2012 at 15:19 | #33

      The files are NX .prt files and were created in NX and should open in NX.

  24. April 15th, 2012 at 01:24 | #34

    Tnx for tutorials.
    Is there any tut. for postbuilding?
    Best Regards

    • IDE20 Admin
      April 16th, 2012 at 10:38 | #35

      There are no CAM tutorials currently, although they may be developed in the future.

  25. Amanda Gibson
    March 14th, 2012 at 14:05 | #36

    I am in NX 7.5 if I take a part I didn’t not create, and need to modify it, what is the best way to go with this. I can create my own parts and modify them. I am new to NX and started with 7.5 for work.

    • IDE20 Admin
      March 14th, 2012 at 14:20 | #37

      What version of NX was used to create the parts and what format are they (.prt or something different)?

  26. Austin
    October 12th, 2011 at 20:25 | #38

    For the 3rd tutorial for NX 7.5, on page 7 on the very bottom it says NX will switch to sketch mode (automatically). It’s not. How can I manually switch? Is “Sketch in Task Environment” the same thing? Thanks

  27. D’Montai
    October 5th, 2011 at 21:13 | #39

    Do the Lecture # points on blackboard count toward our total grade that are out of 0 points possible?

  28. IDE20 Admin
    September 29th, 2011 at 09:25 | #41

    NX is only available on campus CLC computers. It is installed in CH and IDE 105 and some of the labs in Toomey hall. Purchasing an individual copy is not really an option (a full copy will cost well over $10,000).

  29. Dylan
    September 28th, 2011 at 14:07 | #42

    Where can I download NX7.5? If I can’t download it from the internet, where can I buy it? I need to be able to work on this in my room

  30. IDE20 Admin
    April 25th, 2011 at 09:42 | #43

    Are you trying this on a campus CLC computer? If not, try it there. The Compressed Zip option should be available on all campus computers. If not, submit all of the files on Blackboard.

  31. Jeremy
    April 24th, 2011 at 19:32 | #44

    For Assignment 4 I am having trouble crating the zipped file. When I right click on the selected list of programs that I wish to compress, the options that are available are Open, Send to, Cut, Copy, Create Shortcut, Delete, Rename, and Properties. Venturing into the Send to option gives the options of Documents, DVD RW Drive, dfs, dept, and my own file. If I’m missing something please point it out, but I cannot seem to find a way to compress the files.

  32. Jon
    April 18th, 2011 at 11:07 | #45

    Blackboard is down and I’m unable to submit my assignment and take the quiz. What should I do?

  33. IDE20 Admin
    April 11th, 2011 at 14:06 | #46

    Nick, there is a comment below (#24) that has instructions on adding the Groove feature.

  34. Nick
    April 11th, 2011 at 13:12 | #47

    On assignment 2, I looked for “Grooves” under insert Design Feature and only hole and emboss were listed where the tutorial said.

  35. Austin
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:31 | #48

    Hey, is there a website that i could possiably download NX 7.5 for free?

    • IDE20 Admin
      March 8th, 2011 at 15:06 | #49

      Unfortunately, NX is not freely available to students. It can be used in some campus labs though (it.mst.edu has a complete list). CH105 has it installed for sure.

  36. Jess
    February 24th, 2011 at 14:01 | #50

    Sorry I didn’t specify. This problem was in tutorial 2.

    • IDE20 Admin
      February 24th, 2011 at 15:16 | #51

      Once you sketch the square, four dimensions should appear. You should be able to double click the value of each one to change them. As shown in Figure 16, dimensions p20 and p18 are the ones that need to be 5mm. They might be named differently in your drawing.

  37. Jess
    February 24th, 2011 at 13:58 | #52

    In the second step, it says “Now change the vertical and horizontal offsets from the sketch origin to 5mm (half of 10mm).”
    How do you change these offsets?

  38. Kyle
    February 21st, 2011 at 15:25 | #53

    I thought I would just mention to anyone else working on tutorial 2 that are instructions in one of the oldest comments on this page about how to put Groove into the feature toolbar.

  39. Juan-Manuel
    December 10th, 2010 at 03:28 | #54

    On the 4th and last module, when i right click over the constraint, the dialog box does not pop up, therefore inhibiting me from removing the constraint. What should i do to remove the constraint?

  40. sd
    December 6th, 2010 at 21:14 | #55

    I’m having issues with the 4th assignment in that there is no assembly navigator?

  41. Christina
    November 12th, 2010 at 02:10 | #56

    Where can we go to download NX 7.5 for free?

  42. Zac
    November 11th, 2010 at 20:54 | #57

    Is their anywhere we can download NX like we could with autocad? Or Are we forced to use the CLC’s? If so, which CLC’s have NX?

  43. Landon
    November 9th, 2010 at 00:42 | #58

    Is nx on computers in the labs? or where can i find it?

    • IDE20 Admin
      November 9th, 2010 at 15:14 | #59

      NX is in CH105 and the computers in Toomey Hall CLCs.

  44. Chris
    October 28th, 2010 at 01:01 | #60

    for the assignment that goes with tutorial 3 do we have to make one part that includes all of those things or can we turn in three parts that include those parts?

    • IDE20 Admin
      October 28th, 2010 at 13:47 | #61

      Ideally it would include all features in one part. If you include multiple parts, use zip the files together before you submit them.

  45. IDE20 Admin
    October 27th, 2010 at 13:17 | #62

    I will forward the TA issue to the students working that session. NX is capable of producing dimensions drawings, this feature hasn’t been covered yet in the tutorials.

  46. Ian
    October 26th, 2010 at 21:30 | #63

    I was at the help session today for 30 minutes, but could not figure out who was there to help, if anyone. In the future, it would be helpful if the TAs would announce that they were there, or put something on the projector please.

    My question: I’m working on a NX model of our project for our 3rd memo. Is it possible to print out the NX model with dimensions so that it can be included into our memo?

    Thank you.

  47. Jason
    October 19th, 2010 at 15:21 | #64

    @IDE20 Admin
    Okay so the 4th assignment will be a little longer or rather more to it then.

  48. Jason
    October 19th, 2010 at 15:19 | #65

    @IDE20 Admin
    I had the same problem but I figured out how to add it early enough to not be a problem with my assignment. I contacted my GTA about it and had it added before he got back to me. I’m not sure the grooves had the proper spacing but they were on there. Ha ha

  49. Jason
    October 19th, 2010 at 15:15 | #66

    So will we still be able to cover both sets of software programs before the end of the semester with the delay/confusion of when to turn in assignments? I’m looking forward to working with another software package as well as my current one to its completion.

    • IDE20 Admin
      October 19th, 2010 at 15:17 | #67

      Yes, the modules will be shortened to 4 tutorials each though (the material will be included from the 5th tutorial, there will be one less assignment).

  50. Nicholas
    October 13th, 2010 at 01:46 | #68

    I also ran into the problem of NX not having the groove feature. I went ahead and completed everything else but didn’t know what to do other than modify my original sketch to get the grooves. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  51. Ian
    October 12th, 2010 at 19:20 | #69

    I’m working through this weeks tutorial currently and have hit a problem. For some reason my version of NX does not contain the groove feature:

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    As you can see from the picture, I’ve already gone back and edited the original sketch to add the grooves, but would be willing to delete those to add the grooves using the groove function.


    • IDE20 Admin
      October 13th, 2010 at 16:38 | #70

      I’m not sure why groove is not included by default. To add Groove to your feature toolbar, right click in the empty space next to Help in the menu and select Customize from the pop-up menu. Select the Commands tab, go to the Design Feature group under Insert in the Categories box. From the commands list, drag Groove to the Feature toolbar.

  52. Ethan
    October 8th, 2010 at 17:48 | #71

    It does not give me the option of taking a quiz or submitting an assignment on blackboard for any of the three options. This is for the NX 7.5…

    • IDE20 Admin
      October 8th, 2010 at 17:49 | #72

      You must join one of the groups first (under the Groups menu in Blackboard).

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