How to Renew Feature?

There are two commands in NX as ‘Update Feature’ and ‘Renew Feature’. It is important to know the difference between these two commands and which one to use and when?

Difference between Renew Feature and Update Feature command

Update Feature just performs updates and recreates feature using NX feature code of the version in which it was created.
Introduced in NX 11, Renew Feature also perform updates, but it is not same as update feature, It recreates a feature using the feature code of the currently running version of NX.


As of now (NX 1847 series), This command does not support features created in earlier version of NX 8.

Renew Feature Command

Application – Modeling
Command Finder – Renew Feature 
Menu Path – Menu > Edit > Feature > Renew Feature

All features can be edited and updated in the latest version of NX without renewing them. It is not compulsory to use the command as global use or when you move to new version of NX. It is supposed to be used part by part, feature by feature basis. Performing a renew feature can occasionally cause changes to geometry so it is best to perform the renew on specific features only when needed.

With several enhancements in NX, Some features have new options added that require a renew to access. Using the renew operation simplifies the process so the user no longer has to recreate, replace and delete the original feature.

Renew Feature

If command does not show any feature(s) in its dialog, then there is possibility that no single feature in part file is not supported for renew or all the qualified features are renewed already.

Features list can be sorted by
1. Time Stamp – Features are displayed in timestamp order of the part navigator along with NX version (used to create a feature).
2. Feature Type – Same type of features is grouped together. When each feature group node is expanded, it will show the number of features with timestamp order of the part navigator along with NX version (used to create a feature)

To renew feature(s), select feature from displayed list and click on button OK or Apply.

Links: NX Documentation | NX CAD Tips & Tutorials

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