So, even something simple like trying to create points for an 8-hole pattern like this is "simple" but takes a lot of effort in Creo. Making reference lines equal, placing points individually, adding extra reference points to make the pattern centered on the plate...
In SW, I'd draw one point and pattern the sketch. Then draw a construction line from the first point to the opposite corner and make it midpoint with the origin in the center. In SW, it's simple to add extra points in the pattern without adding any extra constraints, compared to the many of extra constraints and geometry like Creo.
Below is the best I can come up with to making a hole pattern centered. Sure, I can create one hole in the corner and feature pattern it, but as far as I can tell, there's no way to keep my design intent there and keep it centered.
Sure, I can create one hole in the corner and feature pattern it, but as far as I can tell, there's no way to keep my design intent there and keep it centered.
Even for two holes I will create a feature pattern...
You use Relations to keep a design intent (for example, centered). A few formulas will keep your pattern nice and tidy, even after a change in the number of holes.
I had typed a reply yesterday and then my browser or the website or my internet connection crashed and I lost it. But, I did create this part with a feature pattern and relations to keep the pattern symmetric regardless of the initial feature's dimensions or the number of instances. @dreadful, have a look.
Trying to use Creo as if it was solidworks is a recipe for never ending pain and anguish.
You can always copy paste the entities you want and then, select the first one and the copied one copy it again and paste it ad infinitum while changing the offset in the required direction. But, as pointed out in the other answers, it will complicate your sketch.
Sketch needs the ability to create a pattern regardless. Patterns and mirrored are not the best solution, but they need to be available. Sometimes a very good occasion arises. My past experience has showed me that it's better to keep most anything that can be done in a sketch in the sketch form and not patterning features of the extruded.
Having transitioned after over 10 years from AutoCAD to Pro/E in '96, I wish the sketcher was better and did have patterns available in sketcher, but, though it's more tedious, you can manually create whatever pattern you need. It's not a huge deal unless you make it one. 😉