I can't believe we still can't mirror existing components in Pro/E yet. This seems like a really basic and essential function.
Essentially what I am looking for is a mirror pattern, or a copy > paste special > mirror.
PTC, please allow mirroring of components without creating a new model.
ANSWER IS BELOW:
We're on WF 5.0
I put in a ticket, but the techs have not given me a solution yet that doesn't involve creating a new part.
I just want to mirror the existing part and reuse it in the mirrored placement, i.e. a bolt on the left of an assembly mirrored to have the same placement on the right and both bolts are the same part.
@Steven, can you explain how you accomplish this?
The key here is his desire to do so "without creating a new part." I voted no because it goes against the fundamental philosophy of Proe/Creo to imitate the physical in the CAD. If there's a mirrored part, it's a part and should be represented as such.
I get that it's possible in other systems, but that's not how Proe/Creo has traditionally been structured and I'd rather not see that changed.
@Steven, in your example, you have created a new part, which is exactly what I don't want to do.
@Doug, according to your logic, Creo should not allow patterns either.
I'm not sure if you're just trying to be a Creo apologist, but this is critical functionality that is missing in Creo that is available in other software packages.
I can't understand why anyone wouldn't want this.
I'm not sure how patterns apply here. If I have 5 bolts in my assembly, there are 5 instances of the bolt in the tree and I have a a bolt part file on disk, whether they are pattered or not. A mirrored component that does not create a part file is not the same. You then have a part with no part file representation on disk.
I get that other packages allow this. I'm not arguing if it's right or wrong to allow that, only that it operates against the long standing philosophy or Proe/Creo.
I'm curious why having the file on disk is a problem. What do you gain by not having a part file? I don't see an advantage, but maybe I'm missing it.
I believe this is available and has been for a least a couple of versions of pro/e. I just tested in WF 5(Creo pro/blah blah). If you look at the screenshot provided by Steven, the option that should have been selected is "MIRROR PLACEMENT ONLY". The componenent created will still ask for a new name but it doesn't use the name, it simply copies (for lack of a better word) the component in the mirror location of the original.
Don't be confused by it asking for a new name, that part is poor programming.
The model, or file on disk, as you call it, would still exist; it's the same model.
In the model tree it would show Bolt_A in the original position and Bolt_A in the mirrored position. In Steven's example, he has created 2 separate parts, Bolt_A and Bolt_D. I just want to mirror Bolt_A into an opposite position.
Yes! Thank you Stephen!
This is exactly what I am looking for. 🙂
Can you show something other than a bolt? Does the bolt now have LH threads instead of right hand? If not, then it is not a mirror.
@Dale, if it had left hand threads, then it would be a new component and would need a new file; PTC already provides for that too.
Stephen's solution is exactly what I was looking for; mirroring the component's placement.
I clarified the title.
Then your title is misleading because it is talking about a mirror component, not mirrored component placement.
For most of the discussions that I recall mirror componenet means LH and RH parts.
Ahhhhh, I see now. I misunderstood, I saw 'mirror component' and assumed new part with opposite geometry, not simply same geometry in a mirrored placement.
I didn't know that was possible, very nice.
I changed my vote, although it's immeterial since it's already possible.
Yeah, sorry about that. I guess my title was pretty confusing.
I'm just glad the functionality actually exists. I even created a PTC ticket and after a week of "testing", the tech said it couldn't be done.
Couldn't be done? You better show him a thing or two.
They know their software so well.
Next step, mirror multiple components:
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