PTC Creo 3.0 Top Enhancement: More Options for Flexible Modeling

PTC Creo 3.0 Top Enhancement: More Options for Flexible Modeling

You probably already know that PTC Creo includes an extension for direct modeling. It’s especially useful for anyone who wants to modify a model without worrying about constraints or maintaining design intent. Often, that’s someone who’s generating concept designs, making last-minute design changes, or working with someone else’s model.PTC Creo 3.0 introduces several new options for the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX). In the newest release, the software is smarter and more, well, flexible, when it comes to rounds, patterns, and chamfers. I’ll tell you all about those in a minute, but first, let’s look at what’s happened with tangencies.Maintaining TangenciesLet’s say you select some geometry and move it. What becomes of the neighboring surfaces? In most cases, you’ll want them to preserve their tangent connection.So, by default, in PTC Creo FMX, the system will adjust those surfaces and maintain their tangency. If you don’t like the default action, you can apply your own conditions that define how the tangency should be adjusted. For example, you can specify that certain surfaces or radii don’t change. The following demo shows you how it works:creo 3.0 flexible modelingMore Control Over Rounds: Recognize, Remove, Change TypeWhether you’re working with circular, conic, or curvature continuous rounds, PTC Creo FMX automatically recognizes your geometry as such. You can edit the round, change its type, remove it, or even tell the system that it’s not a round at all.What’s all this editing doing to your original design intent? PTC Creo FMX ensures you lose nothing.More Control Over Chamfers, Part 1: Recognize, Edit, Move,With this new release of PTC Creo FMX, the software now supports chamfers. That means any chamfer created in PTC Creo 3.0 will behave like a chamfer when you try to edit it. If, on the other hand, you’re working with legacy or imported data, we’ve included an option with which you can identify chamfers for the software.In either case, once PTC Creo FMX knows about the feature, you’ll be able to move it and edit it easily.More Control Over Chamfers, Part 2: PatternsPTC Creo FMX now gives you a lot more control over what happens to chamfers when you create a pattern, too—specifically, where those chamfers attach to other geometry. By default, the system makes certain decisions for you to prevent copies of your geometry from floating in space.What if you don’t like those decisions? Well, for that, there are options and settings available to you in the Flexible Pattern tool within PTC Creo FMX.Smarter PatternsChamfer handling isn’t all that’s changed for patterns in this release. You probably already know that PTC Creo FMX allows you to create patterns. And you’ve always been able to edit individual members of that pattern, too. The difference in PTC Creo 3.0 is that now those post-pattern edits can be propagated out with just a couple clicks.With PTC Creo 3.0, there are more reasons than ever to add flexible modeling to your product development toolkit.Original Post by By Geoff Hedges | Published: Jun 24, 2014

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