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Clearance Analysis in NX

Clearance Analysis in NX What will be covered in this workshop is as follows: Overview •
Clearance Analysis in NX What will be covered in this workshop is as follows: Overview •

What will be covered in this workshop is as follows:

Overview Perform Analysis Clearance Sets

Properties Basic Advanced Analysis Reports Clearance Browser

Overview

The Assembly Clearance function performs a clearance check between solids, sheets and faceted bodies. Clearance Analysis is utilized to identify when parts are too close to each other. This may be the result of an actual interference condition - where one part penetrates into another, or a clearance zone violation - where two parts are closer together than the specified clearance distance.

Overview The Assembly Clearance function performs a clearance check between solids, sheets and faceted bodies. Clearance

It is important to note that the UG clearance analysis tool will identify all clearance zone violations. You should review each of the violations to see if it is really undesirable. Faceted reps may also lead to "false alarms".

* Please note that if you remove components from an assembly file that were used in a clearance check, the reports interference information will be cleared within the assembly file.

Interference Types

No Interference - the distance between the objects is greater than the clearance zone

Hard Interference - the objects intersect each other.

Soft Interference - two objects are situated such that the minimum

distance between the objects do not touch

bodies is less than the clearance zone, but the

Perform Analysis performs the clearance analysis on the current clearance set. When the analysis is complete, the program displays the results in the Clearance Browser. Selecting Perform Analysis before a clearance set is defined, displays the Clearance Properties dialog so the user can define a clearance set on the fly.

Perform Analysis performs the clearance analysis on the current clearance set. When the analysis is complete,
Perform Analysis performs the clearance analysis on the current clearance set. When the analysis is complete,

Clearance Sets

Clearance Sets Initially the only two options under Clearance Set are the “Set and New”. Set
Clearance Sets Initially the only two options under Clearance Set are the “Set and New”. Set

Initially the only two options under Clearance Set are the “Set and New”.

Set allows you to open a previously saved Clearance Set and New allows you create a new set.

Once a set is opened and you navigate back to the Clearance Set menu,

you’ll have additional options. You can Copy the Clearance Set which

will make a duplicate of the set. Initially it gives it the same name, but

adds a numeric number at the end. Please note that you can change

the name then or later. You also have the ability to Delete the set.

Which ever set is opened, will be the set that gets deleted. And last is

Properties which takes us to the Clearance Properties Menu and the

Basic Clearance Properties

Basic Clearance Properties Clearance Set Name allows you to define the name for the clearance set
Basic Clearance Properties Clearance Set Name allows you to define the name for the clearance set
Basic Clearance Properties Clearance Set Name allows you to define the name for the clearance set

Clearance Set Name allows you to define the name for the

clearance set that is being created. The name of "SET" followed by a number is the default.

The Clearance Set Type option defines how the clearance objects are selected. The default and typical is Component type and setting it

to Body should only be necessary if there are components made up of

Lists to Check

By default, the analysis runs in One List mode. In this mode, NX checks every included object against every other included object.

Using the Two Lists mode, you define two groups of objects. NX checks every object on list 1 against every object on list 2. It does not check any object on list 1 with any other object on list 1, and the same goes for list 2. Two Lists mode can be useful for checking two subassemblies against each other. The number of component pairs in Two Lists mode is equal to the number of components in List 1 multiplied by the number of components in List 2. This usually provides a much smaller set of pairs to check than One List mode.

Lists to Check By default, the analysis runs in One List mode. In this mode, NX
Lists to Check By default, the analysis runs in One List mode. In this mode, NX

NOTE: Using Two Lists is the preferred method. Show will display what currently included in the list selected.

Selection Methods

when adding components to a list

Default Clearance Zone

The Default Clearance Zone is the minimum distance between objects (any positive value). If the minimum distance between any two objects is less than the default clearance zone, a soft interference is reported.

Default Clearance Zone The Default Clearance Zone is the minimum distance between objects (any positive value).

Analysis Mode

This option allows you to select the type of objects to evaluate during the analysis. If the components have faceted bodies and the Facet Based setting is used, the reference set of the components need to change to display the faceted bodies. Likewise, if the setting is changed to Use Solids, the reference sets of the components need to be changed to display the solid bodies.

Analysis Mode This option allows you to select the type of objects to evaluate during the

When set to Facet Based Analysis looks for a Facet Representation in each component. If it finds none, Analysis will create them.

When set to Use Solids Where Available Analysis will look for a solid body in each component.

Analysis Mode This option allows you to select the type of objects to evaluate during the

Using Solids is the slowest, but most accurate. I recommend this for the final analysis.

Advanced Clearance Properties

Advanced Clearance Properties options to speed up your The advanced tab gives you Analysis by specifying
options to speed up your
options to speed up your

The advanced tab gives you

Analysis by specifying components to be ignored as well as

setting clearance zones on components to give you a more intelligent analysis.

Pair Zones

Assign to Pairs

Allows you to assign a different clearance zone for specific component pairs. When you select Assign to Pairs, the Class Selection dialog displays prompting the you to select the component pairs to assign this clearance zone to. For example, if most of the components in the assembly have a minimum clearance zone of 0.0254 but there are a couple of components that are designed face- to-face, Assign to Pairs allows you to assign a 0.0 clearance zone for only those components. The analysis will apply the 0.0254 clearance zone on the remaining components.

Reset Pair Zones

Removes an assigned zones from a component pair. Once a defined zone is

Pair Zones Assign to Pairs Allows you to assign a different clearance zone for specific component
Pair Zones Assign to Pairs Allows you to assign a different clearance zone for specific component

removed, the objects reverts to the clearance

zone value that was defined for the clearance set.

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Object Zones

This allows you to define a clearance zone to one or more selected components. The options on this dialog are identical to those on the Pair Clearance Zones dialog except it is for individual components.

Object Zones This allows you to define a clearance zone to one or more selected components.
Additional Pairs: Allows you to select additional pairs of objects to analyze using the Class Selection
Additional Pairs: Allows you to select additional pairs of objects to analyze using the Class Selection

Additional Pairs:

Allows you to select additional pairs of objects to

analyze using the Class Selection menu.

of objects to exclude from the Class Selection menu. Ignored Pairs Allows you to select pairs
of objects to exclude from the Class Selection menu.
of objects to exclude from
the Class Selection menu.

Ignored Pairs

Allows you to select pairs future analysis runs using

Explicitly Ignored This option provides a variety of methods to ignore objects during the analysis. If
Explicitly Ignored This option provides a variety of methods to ignore objects during the analysis. If
Explicitly Ignored
This option provides a variety of
methods to ignore objects during
the analysis. If the assembly is
particularly large, this can speed
up the analysis.
Ignores all pairs of

Mated Pairs: Ignores all pairs of components that have been mated.

Pairs Within the Same Subassembly: Ignores all pairs of components that are part of the same Subassembly.

Pairs Within the Same Group:

components that are part of group defined under Format

Group. Pairs Within the Same Part: Ignores all pairs of

components that are part of the same file.

Clear Results This option deletes the results from the analysis and marks the clearance set as
Clear Results This option deletes the results from the analysis and marks the clearance set as

Clear Results

This option deletes the results from the analysis

and marks the clearance set as out-of-date.

Save Interference Solids This option after the Analysis is ran , creates solid bodies that show

Save Interference Solids

This option after the Analysis is ran, creates solid bodies that show all hard or containment interferences. These solid bodies are created as unparameterized features and must not be saved in the assembly file. The default is set to OFF. If this option is toggled on, place the solids on a layer that only contains these solids and that has a user defined name starting with an underscore.

Layer Allows you to specify a layer on which to place the interference solids if the
Layer
Allows you to specify a layer on
which to place the interference
solids if the option Save Interference
Solids is toggled on.
Interference Color
This option allows you to control the
color of the created interference
solids.

Analysis

Reports

After performing an analysis, there are two options for displaying the results

and two options for saving the results.

Summary

Displays an overview of the number of objects analyzed and the number of

Analysis Reports After performing an analysis, there are two options for displaying the results and two

interferences.

Report

Displays an information window with a summary, along with the details of the interferences found.

Save Report

A copy of the report can be saved outside of NX2 using the Save Report command.

Save Bookmark

Analysis Reports After performing an analysis, there are two options for displaying the results and two

This is the same as selecting File | Save Bookmark. It saves the current session in its current state.

Store Component Visibility

Saves components' current blank and shade status.

Restore Component Visibility

Returns the component to its original stored visibility.

Clearance Browser

Clearance Browser the browser will be empty current clearance set. The Clearance Browser provides an easy
the browser will be empty current clearance set.
the browser will be empty
current clearance set.

The Clearance Browser provides an easy access to the tools required to

perform Assembly Clearance operations. Including creating and

managing clearance sets and evaluating clearance analysis results.

If there are no existing clearance sets otherwise the browser will display the

Folders in the Clearance Browser

The folders contain the information generated from the Analysis and are displayed in the Selected Component column.

Folders in the Clearance Browser The folders contain the information generated from the Analysis and are
Folders in the Clearance Browser The folders contain the information generated from the Analysis and are

Interferences: Contains the components that the system found when running the analysis check. Ignored: This folder contains the items you determined to be ignored in the analysis. After an analysis is run, you can drag items from the Interference Folder to the Ignored Folder for avoidance in future runs. Analysis Exceptions: This folder only gets created when there is a problem during the Analysis run. List One: When a one list check is used this folder will contain the components being checked against each other. List Two: When a two list check is used this folder will contain the

components being checked against the components in List 2.

Additional Pairs to Check: The component pairs in this list are ones the

program would normally exclude due to the options checked by you under the Advanced Tab.

Several columns are displayed in the Clearance Browser, communicating all the information regarding a clearance analysis. The Clearance Browser can be sorted in either ascending or descending order by clicking on a column title.

Several columns are displayed in the Clearance Browser, communicating all the information regarding a clearance analysis.
Several columns are displayed in the Clearance Browser, communicating all the information regarding a clearance analysis.

Selected Component- Part Number of component checked Interfering Component- Which component interferes with the selected component Type- What type of interference was found

Distance- The minimum distance of the Soft Interference found. 0.0000 will be displayed for other Interferences found.

Clearance- The clearance zone initially determined by the user.

Identifier- A unique number is assigned to each interference for your reference. Out of Date- I a component previously checked has been

modified a icon will be displayed. Unloaded Objects- A icon lets you know if a component has not

Right-clicking over the Clearance Set node in the Clearance Browser displays a pop-up menu that provides

Right-clicking over the Clearance Set node in the Clearance Browser displays a pop-up menu that provides quick access to pertinent commands from the submenu.

Right-clicking over the Clearance Set node in the Clearance Browser displays a pop-up menu that provides

Right-clicking over a Interference will bring up this

Sub-Menu to enable you to browse and rapidly evaluate interferences.

Sub-Menu of Interferences

Sub-Menu of Interferences Study Interference: Blanks all components except components in interference Restore Component Visibility: Unblanks
Sub-Menu of Interferences Study Interference: Blanks all components except components in interference Restore Component Visibility: Unblanks

Study Interference: Blanks all components except components in interference Restore Component Visibility: Unblanks all components from previous state. Redraw interference: Redisplays interference after a view refresh is done. Reanalyze: Rechecks component pair if changes have been made.

Do Solid Check: Performs most accurate method of analysis when facets were used prior.

Create Interference Geometry:

representing the interference.

Creates a unparametized solid

Blank Left: Blanks component on the left hand side of component pair list.

Clearance Analysis

In this exercise we’re going to check a couple of things. Overlap between

Exercise

the Inner and Outer Door Panel and the Reinforcements to each other.

Load the file ahd84535/001 in TcAE Pontiac database. Check to see if the Reference Sets displayed are REP. If not, you can change this easily and quickly under Assemblies>Components>Replace Reference Sets. Create a Clearance set called "Panel1". Using 2 lists put the PANEL-RR S/D OUTER-RH (15752589) and REINFORCEMENT-ASM RR S/D INR PNL (15752594) on list 1 using the Class Selection method. Put all others on list 2 using the All But Selected method selecting the two parts we just put on list 1. As the designer, you want 1mm overlap interference between the PANEL- RR S/D OUTER-RH (15752589) and the PANEL-RR S/D INR RH (15752593). Also, you want to know if (15151047) and (15151048) come within 15mm of (15752594). You’ll need to create two Pair Zones for those checks. Save your interferences on layer 252. Use Facet Based mode to calculate your clearances. Analyze your clearances and add text to any interference by typing in the text column of the Clearance Browser.

Clearance Analysis In this exercise we’re going to check a couple of things. Overlap between Exercise

Click Here to see a snapshot of the results

Now copy the Clearance Set) Panel1 to Panel2 and repeat the

above procedure, but change the Mode to Solid and the layer for interferences to 253.

Click Here to see a snapshot of the results.

1. Did you end up with the same results?

Analysis Results using Facet Based

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Analysis Results using Solid Based

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