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What You Need to Know About Checkpoints in PTC Creo DEX

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 29-Jan-2015 09:47:00

PTC_Creo_DEX_CheckpointWhen you’re facing a design challenge, changes are you’re going to be looking at lots of different options to find the right solution. Initially, this might mean sketching out ideas in rough or brainstorming concepts that still need development. After you’ve explored these early ideas, you’ll want to develop the best of these ideas further and look at them in greater detail.

The difficulty here is that, as you make the transition to your 3D CAD tool, chances are the tool isn’t set up to try out lots of different ideas. It can be really hard to keep on to of all the decision points and alternative branches that you take as you explore the options. Chances are, you have to make one change to your model and save this version before proceeding to try your next version and save this out as another file and so on and so forth.

In the end, you’re left with a folder full of your alternatives. Then, when you come to have these design options reviewed; you need to open each of these files to share each of the variations.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this were different?

Checkpoints in PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension (DEX) mean that you no longer need to struggle with multiple files to explore all your design options.

PTC Creo DEX integrates completely with PTC Creo Parametric. All you need to do it set the model that you’re working on as your pre-modified baseline. Then, as you start to investigate your design ideas, you can easily create checkpoints and branches along the way.

Essentially, a checkpoint in PTC Creo DEX bookmarks key design steps. This means that you can return to a point at any time.

What is the benefit of this? When using checkpoints it means you can quickly click back to your earlier model, create a branch, and design an alternative. You can also use one model, one file, for all alternatives.  

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