Overview of the CAD:-NX Package
Connecting to NX
List of NX Package Commands
Paths in NX Commands
The NX package allows a Maple user to communicate with the Siemens NX application. This package includes commands to get or set the parameter values of a design.
This package requires Windows with the Microsoft .NET Framework installed, and NX 8.5 or 9.0.
In order for Maple to communicate with NX, you must first prepare a running NX process by causing it to run a server thread. This is most easily accomplished by first running the command InstallMapleMenu. Note: You should launch Maple as an administrator to run InstallMapleMenu. It is only necessary to run this command once, unless you change either your Maple or NX installation. On successful completion, the InstallMapleMenu command arranges for NX to display a Maple menu from which you can select the "Start Maple Server" entry to start the server thread. NX is now ready to accept commands from Maple.
It is also possible to start the server directly using (in NX) the File > Execute > NX Open menu item or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + U. When the file selection dialog appears, navigate to the data\CAD\NX\application directory of your Maple installation and choose the file nx_maple_server.dll. Click OK and the server thread will start. NX is now ready to accept commands from Maple.
Using an alternate port number
Maple communicates with NX using a default port number. In the unlikely event that it is necessary to use a different port number, you must first edit the file nxclient.exe.config in either the bin.X86_64_WINDOWS or bin.win directory of your Maple installation to change the port number to some otherwise unused value. Then, you can select the "Start Maple Server with Port ..." entry instead, which will present you with a dialog in which you can enter the port number you specified in the nxclient.exe.config file.
The following is a list of available commands.
OpenConnection - open a connection to NX
CloseConnection - close a connection to NX
GetWorkPart - get the work part
SetWorkPart - set the work part
GetOpenParts - get a list of open parts
OpenPart - open a part
ClosePart - close a part
SavePart - save a part
GetComponentList - get the list of components in a part
GetEquationList - get the list of model parameters in a part
RenameParameter - change the name of a parameter
GetParameterDescription - get the description of a parameter in a part
GetParameterNames - get the parameter names in a part
GetParameterType - get the type of a specified parameter in a part
GetParameterUnits - get the units of a parameter
SetParameterUnits - set the units of a parameter
GetParameterValue - get the value of a parameter
GetParameterValues - get the values of all parameters
SetParameterValue - set the value of a parameter
GetParameterEquation - get the equation of a parameter
SetParameterEquation - set the equation of a parameter
GetUniqueIdentifier - get the NX unique identifier for a part
InstallMapleMenu - install a Maple menu in NX
To display the help page for a particular NX command, see Getting Help with a Command in a Package.
It is important to note that NX expects all paths to use Windows-style backslashes ("\") for directory separators, rather than UNIX-style forward slashes ("/") that are accepted elsewhere in Maple.
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