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5 Product Design Challenges to Tackle with Creo 7.0

Posted by Concurrent Engineering on 12-Nov-2020 15:19:48

Creo 7.0 helps Engineering Managers support cutting-edge product development, by accelerating innovation, reusing the best of your design and replacing assumptions with facts. You can start with early concept designs and transition right through to market.
Creo 7.0 also incorporates exciting new capabilities, including generative design, real-time simulation, additive manufacturing, and multi-body design. These improvements will allow you to build higher quality products faster than ever before. Additionally, core productivity enhancements make Creo more intuitive and easier to use.

Below is a quick rundown of 5 product design challenges that Creo 7.0 can help you tackle.

1. Replace Sketcher Geometry

With Creo 7.0 when a change is made to a parent feature, it instantly updates the children. This functionality, in itself, demonstrates the strength of Creo 7.0.

However, if you delete an entity that has children within Sketcher, it may mean the child can no longer find its parent reference, thus, causing a failure. Now, when modifying sketcher geometry, you create the new sketcher entity first, then use the replace operation to transfer the child references from the old entity. The system then automatically removes the entity you wanted to delete, but because the child references were transferred to the new entity, you reduce the chances of child failures downstream.

2. Edit feature references

You’re able to use edit references to view and highlight existing feature references and specify new connections as desired. When editing the references of a feature, the system will highlight all parent references used to create the feature. For each reference, you can either maintain the same one or make a new reference.

3. Design Intent Characteristics

The design intent is the way that you build models so that they behave in a predictable way when they need to be modified. You must give thought into how your designs are constructed in Creo before you design them, and consider the whole product lifecycle. Doing this will allow you to create robust models and give you the tools to edit references to features, increasing your productivity over time.

4. Capturing design intent using features

Design intent can be captured in features by selecting the correct feature, its references and its options. Because of this, you must carefully consider the which feature options you want to specify to capture your design intent accurately. The design intent can always be modified later one, but it is easier to do it at the time when you have planned for modifications in the future.

5. Internal vs external sketches

Internal sketches are embedded within the feature they define. This means you always know where you can find them. However, external sketches are distinct features that you can rename and reorder in the same way as other features. Internal sketches are not features. Therefore they do not add to the total number of elements in the model.

Creating a separate external sketch for each sketched feature in your model can massively increase the number of features in a model, but this gives you added flexibility and enables you to use the same sketch for multiple parts.

In models that contain thousands of features, external sketches can dramatically increase the total feature count in a model. This is something you’ll need to consider when deciding on what type of graphic you use.

Want to know more? Discover more about Creo 7.0 and its capabilities here.

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