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Rendering Parts in NX 9

If you are looking to quickly add some pizazz to your next design review, NX has some great features to put some visual flair in your design. In this blog, I’m going to give you a brief overview of how to do some basic visual changes (using NX 9).

Step 1: Start with a finished 3D design of your own. For this blog, I quickly designed a snowboard.

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Basic snowboard design before any visual changes are made.

Step 2: Click the “Render” tab and select, “True Shading”. You should see something similar to what I have below. A more metallic-looking part, along with a grid that looks like a floor.

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Snowboard after enabling “True Shading”

Step 3: If you would like to change the background, you can select the dropdown arrow that says, “Graduated Light Grey Background”. There are many different styles, and you can even customize your own. You can also toggle the grid by clicking a button next to it.

Snowboard with background changed and grid removed.

Snowboard with background changed and grid removed.

Step 4: To change the appearance of the actual component, you first have to highlight the entire part. This is done by clicking and dragging around the part. Once you have done that, select the object materials dropdown button, and select whichever material suits you best. I selected a yellow glossy plastic for my snowboard.

Finalized snowboard with different material appearance added (Yellow glossy plastic).

Finalized snowboard with different material appearance added (Yellow glossy plastic).

There you have it! Those are the basics for altering the appearance of your component and the background. You can toggle back and forth between that and the original appearance if you click the “True Shading” button. Use this information to wow your customers in your next presentation!

-The Dream Team

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