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How Can Creo 4.0 Improve Your 2D Drawing Annotations?

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 30-Nov-2016 13:00:00

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Datum feature symbols and targets, geometric tolerances and dimension enhancements are all features that users can take advantage of when they create a 2D drawing in Creo 4.0. Indeed, Creo 4.0 is intended both to make 2D drawing and annotation easier for users as well as allowing for .
Creo 4.0 supports the importing of multiple image files ready for drawing as well as allowing users to make changes with the image, such as it’s placement and transparency. It also has no dependency on Microsoft Windows OLE for its imports and exports, making it a whole lot more reliable.


Datum feature symbols


Enhancements in datum feature symbols mean that users can now benefit from better intuition in the creation and editing of workflows. When a datum feature symbol is created, users get an immediate preview and there is also a contextual ribbon tab which opens and closes on selection, allowing users to edit properties more easily.


The new system also automatically puts the next available symbol name in the sequence for the user and checks the name’s syntax, meaning that users don’t have to worry about remembering their place in the sequence or duplicating names.


Also, the symbol annotations aren’t dependent on a plane or axis in the model or in a drawing. There are also two separate methods of adding datum feature symbols to drawings, meaning that users can benefit from faster and more flexible creation without having to modify the model.


The new text input box in the datum feature symbol ribbon and the ability to rotate text to any desired position near the symbol is also a part of Creo 4.0’s promise to increase user productivity. All of these features are designed to make the software easier and faster to use, without sacrificing GD&T standards.


Datum feature targets


Many of the new additions for feature symbols are also available for feature targets, allowing users to quickly create and edit datum target annotations. However, users can also take advantage of the options to make the datum target symbols movable as well as a variety of leader options. There’s also a flexibility in feature reference types as they can now be either semantic or non-semantic, with the system checking syntax for non-standard content.


Users can also adjust the placement of the dimension and the size of the target area, allowing them to save time when creating graphical target areas.


Geometric tolerances


There are also two methods of adding GTOL to drawings, either from the model itself or by creating it as a drawing annotation. Similarly, users can adjust the placement of the GTOL and edit its properties just by selecting it.


Creo 4.0 also allows users to create more than two rows of composite tolerance, with flexible tolerance value and datum input fields for each row. ISO indicators also support direction features, collection planes, intersection planes and orientation places, meaning that users can choose their geometric characteristic symbol and specify their datum reference.


Dimension enhancements


Creo 4.0 allows users to seamlessly edit properties of a dimension without interrupting the creation flow with its contextual ribbon tab which means that there’s no need to exit dimension creation to edit properties of any dimension.


Designers can also benefit from the centre leader option, which is available for all dimensions, the dimension origin support, which provides a proper graphical appearance of the dimensions’ origin and the ability to place a dimension on any single linear entity, including between arcs, circles and cylinders.


Creo 4.0 also has a comprehensive text symbol palette in ASME in ISO font styles and the option to exclude prefixes or suffixes from basic dimension boxes.


Increase your productivity and annotation capability with Creo 4.0


All of these features are designed to help users increase their productivity, to make annotations easy to edit and manipulate. However, Creo 4.0 also promised to be optimised for use in model-based enterprises. So the inclusion of these new features are also part of this movement to exploit the full value of 2D drawings, fundamental to which are improved annotation capabilities.


Creo 4.0 is designed for modern engineers which modern engineering needs, and its 2D drawing features are just the start of these updates.

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