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why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

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why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

how is this still not a thing in creo,

the amount of time wasted making a sketch to drive a work plane that is centred between two surfaces could be calculated in hrs per year.

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this stage is a total waste of time,

when all i want is this

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dose anyone have a macro or something to do this?

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

Gary,

try to investigate LOCAL GROUP created in my Creo Parametric 2.0 model. You can Copy&Paste it. During Paste operation you have to delete Point 3 and select new references for Point 1 and Point 2.

I think UDF is not acceptable for you because its placement is VERY laborious.

Martin Hanak


Martin Hanák

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

Relax, look this two options.

Using offsets planes.

  • Select a plane parallel to the desire one
  • Click Plane
  • Enter the offset value desire

That value (for what I can see in your pictures) is constant, so you can repeat this process over and over again, starting a new plane from the last created. You just need to measure the middle point between the two surfaces once, and add it to the offset of the new plane. You can even use a the relation option for that.

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Using the Pattern feature

  • Using the previous method create a plane placed only and just only in the desire location, the middle point in your case. This plane must be parallel to the plane RIGHT, LEFT, or TOP plane, depending of the orientation.
  • Click the new plane
  • Click pattern
  • In the dashboard, change the type to direction
  • Click the plane that is normal to the direction that you want to create the pattern (This plane is parallel to the previous one, and must be RIGHT, LEFT or TOP plane depending of the orientation)
  • Modify the number of planes and the offset distance
  • Click OK

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

If there's more than one use in a part, you can copy the group and paste with advanced references. It may be amenable to a UDF.

You can also create the plane offset from one of the surfaces and drive the value by a relation based on a measurement feature between the two surfaces.

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

If the problem is with just one plane

  • Measure the distance between the edges using the measure tool in the Annotate tab (let say that distance = x)
  • Select an edge of the part, press CTRL and select a plane parallel to the desire one
  • Change the rotation to 0 and click ok
  • Make an offset plane of this plane using the procedure explain it above, and for the offset distance type x/2

That's all.

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

yea that's great if the distance stays the same & its not a driven distance, its still too many steps for something as simple as a bisecting plane.

if the distance is driven though it wont work at all unless i set up relation

say

tdist= d1

wpdist = tdist/2

then set the value of the workplane to "wpdist"

etc etc

or my method and do a quick sketch, but regardless its a waaaaaaaay longer process than it should be.

the "other cad packages" have a bisecting plane tool

click the bisecting plane tool button,

click face 1,

click face 2,

done.

5 seconds tops

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

Also consider making an axis point as part of the sketch that the other solid features were made with so there is a ready reference already built into the model.

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

Gary,

try to investigate LOCAL GROUP created in my Creo Parametric 2.0 model. You can Copy&Paste it. During Paste operation you have to delete Point 3 and select new references for Point 1 and Point 2.

I think UDF is not acceptable for you because its placement is VERY laborious.

Martin Hanak


Martin Hanák

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

that is pretty slick. that's a huge improvement. now to just make a mapkey to do most of the work for me

thanks

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

If I would try a UDF, which was my second suggestion, after copy/paste, I would use a spline through points or vertices. There would only be two references. Not sure how laborious that is.

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Re: why is there still no tool for putting a work plane between two surfaces?

Try the following workflow with Martin's part instead:

  1. Select the group, and pick "copy"
  2. Select "Paste Special" (in the flyout under "Paste")
  3. In the "Paste Special" dialog, unselect "Dependent Copy" and select "Advanced Reference Configuration". Select OK.
  4. In the "Advanced Reference Configuration" dialog, select new references for the two points. Select the green check-mark.
  5. In the "Preview" dialog, flip the plane orientation if desired (you shouldn't need to). Select the green check-mark.

It looks a lot more labor intensive written out. In reality, it takes about 15 seconds.

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