NX Ship Design allows users to design a ship from concept design through structural steel plan, detail assembly, and component modeling to individual drawings and production information. The modules in this application are Concept, Steel Plan/Sectioning, Steel Features, Distribution, Trace Lines/Unfolding, and Manufacturing. The Concept module allows you to create frames, decks, and bulkheads of a ship.
The Steel Plan/Sectioning module aids designers in defining the sections used for the General Arrangement Plan, Compartment Plan, and the Detailed Steel Design. The Steel Features module allows you to construct the steel features, which define the steel structure of a ship. The Profile features, in this module, are supported by a user-definable library
The Trace Line/Unfolding module enables users to create trace lines, which are used for the guide strings for the Steel Profile features. The Unfolding part of this module allows you to flatten non-planar sections of the hull for the manufacturing process.
The Manufacturing module provides functionality to create marking lines, used to aid in assembly and cutting lines used to determine which side of the plate to cut. A plate and profile allowance is available to allow for the addition of material for manufacturing purposes. There is also a weld preparation capability, which adds text to define the type of weld and modifies an edge of the solid body for welding purposes.
Ship design works within the NX general design environment allowing direct usage of all NX design tools within the module. This includes solid and surface modelling, massive assemblies, drafting and manufacturing applications. NX Ship Design provides an integrated gateway to the PDM capabilities of Teamcenter software which is crucial for managing the millions of parts that comprise a steel ship.
Imported hull design data is simplified to reduce complexity and reduce part file size. Users can define frames and bulkheads for the ship and then cut the different sections of the ship, a designer can use the steel features to create linear and non linear belts, profiles and sheets, as well as a variety of other specialty steel applications.
After constructing the steel structures of the ship the individual parts can be distributed from one file into separate part files for manufacturing purposes.