CAE Plug-in for Siemen’s NX Streamlines Costs Estimation

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BSE-in-NX ( helps engineers using NX determine ideal nesting layouts and material usage, from directly within the NX environment. The solution is a complete toolset for accurately predicting flat blank profiles, optimal nesting layouts and forming feasibility for 3D part models.

Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (, a global supplier of simulation software and services for the sheet metal forming industry, announced that it will release its Blank Size Engineering module for the NX environment, called BSE-in-NX, at the upcoming FABTECH show on November 18th, 2013. The solution is a complete toolset for accurately predicting flat blank profiles, optimal nesting layouts and forming feasibility for 3D part models. It is now available for users of Siemens’ NX digital product development software, via an icon on the NX toolbar.

BSE-in-NX ( can be used by cost estimators to calculate blank outlines and determine ideal nesting layouts and material usage for accurate quoting and by product designers to evaluate the formability of new designs. The functions are available within the NX user interface and operate directly on the NX model without data translation.

The BSE-in-NX module is capable of analyzing and determining accurate blank profiles for even the most complex part geometry, including components with significant material stretch or undercut conditions. BSE-in-NX also features an integrated nesting solution, including options for ‘1-up’, ‘2-up’, ‘2-pair’, ‘mirrored’ and ‘multiple blank’ nesting configurations. Simulation results of part formability indicate the potential for cracking, thinning and wrinkling. Final reports are then automatically generated to summarize the estimated blank size, ideal nesting parameters and associated costs.

“Particularly important to tool & die makers in the automotive supply chain, BSE-in-NX provides NX users easy access to blanking, nesting, and simulation technology,” said Arthur Tang, Vice President of ETA, Inc. “This accurate and timely information enables product designers to evaluate material utilization rate, forming concerns during the product design stage and enables tool & die makers to fine-tune cost estimates to compete more effectively in the marketplace.”

“We are pleased to partner with ETA to provide this extended finite element based technology, which enables our sheet metal stamping customers to further reduce costs and lead-times and to better transform their process of innovation,” says Gary Werschler, Deputy Director of Knowledge Driven Automation, Siemens. “The availability of advanced formability simulation tools within NX complements our strategy to provide a complete solution for digital manufacturing and prototyping throughout the product development cycle.”

BSE-in-NX is the first product to be released under the current partnership between ETA and Siemens, which established ETA as a Foundation Partner in the Siemens’ Partner Program. Foundation Partners are able to participate in specifically defined joint sales and marketing activities with Siemens, a relationship, which allows ETA to work directly with current NX users.

About Engineering Technology Associates, Inc.

ETA is a global supplier of software and services, specializing in CAE applications, including sheet metal forming and vehicle simulations. ETA’s DYNAFORM and VPG products are used primarily by the automotive industry including DaimlerChrysler, GM, Ford, Toyota, Porsche, and Hyundai and throughout the tool & die industry. DYNAFORM is the most accurate forming simulation software available today. It enables die makers to simulation sheet metal stamping operations and predict forming problems such as cracking, wrinkling, thinning and springback before tooling is produced, which dramatically reduces the risks and costs associated with die tryout. For more information, please visit or call (248) 729-3010.

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