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CREO Parts and Assembly Enhancements - Consolidated

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CREO Parts and Assembly Enhancements - Consolidated

Being new to CREO and this community I have searched for solutions to issues we are having.  I have found it confusing trying to find solutions with so many posts for the same issue.  I have submitted 2 other posts that describe all of the issues we are having.  It wass suggested that I break these long posts into smaller ones.

 

My original posts are here:

 

https://community.ptc.com/t5/Creo-Ideas/Some-CREO-Drawing-Enhancements/idc-p/485687#M9775

https://community.ptc.com/t5/Creo-Ideas/Some-CREO-Enhancements/idc-p/485686#M9774

 

I am not even sure if this is the location for CREO enhancemments or iif the PTC folks even read these.

 

 

I apologize in advance for any duplication.

Pleae add to this if I have imissed anything.

 

Assembly Sections

Issue

We use 2 types of section cuts in an Assembly:  the 3D Zone and the 2D Cross Section in our drawings.  This issue is if we use the 3D Zone section then wherever the planes intersect a solid part we see the intersection in our drawing.  We cannot remove this from our views.  If we use the 2D Section cut (using a Sketch in the assembly) we create a closed profile.  When we apply this 2D Section cut to a Drawing view we do not see the intersection between the solids and the section profile like we do when we use a 3D Zone Section.  However, we always get a warning that the 2D Cross Section needs to be open and not closed.  According to the documentation the 2D Cross Section need to be open so the user can unfold the part.  This seems like a specialized design requirement for maybe unfolding Class A surfaces.  This is not something that we would ever use at our company, even though other companies might use this.  We also cannot get the Extend the Cross Section to work in the Section Dashboard.  Is this a bug?

Enhancement Solution

  • Make it easy to remove the section lines created when using a 3D Zone Section from a Drawing view.
  • Remove or make the warning that the 2D Cross Section needs to be open easy to suppress so we don’t keep getting that warning.

Opening or Adding Assembly components

Issue

It seems to take a lot of time to add multiple parts (over 20 let’s say) to an Assembly.  The current method is to add each component individually, add positional constraints and then repeat for the next component and so on.  The same applies when trying to open multiple parts in a separate window.  This seems to be a time waster.

Enhancement Solution

All the capability to:

  • Assembly multiple components into an Assembly at the same time. They can be placed as packaged components by default.  This would allow the user to manipulate the tree order without worrying about components linked to each other,  The user can add positional constraints at their leisure while seeing all of the parts that need to be positioned.
  • Allow multiple parts to be opened in a separate window at the same time.
  • Allow the user to be able to select multiple parts or sub-assemblies in an assembly and open them in separate windows at the same time without having to open one part and the go back to the main assembly and open another part.

Assembly components and the BOM

Issue

We typically have large assemblies with over 2000 components.  Of these over 2000 components, 95% are existing parts or reference parts that we need in our assemblies, but not shown in our BOM.  We then add brackets, clamps, hardware, etc. which we want on our BOM.  We need the existing or reference parts in our assemblies so we can show where the BOM components are located in our Drawing views.  When a BOM Repeat Region table is added to a Drawing all of the parts in the Assembly are listed.  The user then has to go through and Flatten and exclude individual lines in the BOM Repeat Region table.  This is a labor intensive process.

Enhancement Solution

Have the capability for the user to identify components (parts and sub-assemblies) that should not be shown in the BOM.  Some kind of button that they could select stating “do not show in the BOM” so CREO will not include these parts, sub-assemblies and all parts in each sub-assembly when the BOM Repeat Region table is created in a drawing.  Something simple, not necessarily a parameter the user has to define for each part or sub-assembly.  With over 2000 parts in our typical Assembly, a parameter would still be labor intensive.

 

 

 

Parts and Assemblies

Issue

Currently I have not found a method where I can change the lines style, color, line thickness, transparency, and other properties for Parts and Assemblies.  Having this capability would help when creating views as the 3D properties can be reflected in each view.  This would reduce the time to perform the Component Display options.

Enhancement Solution

Have the capability for the user to modify the properties for parts and assemblies so they can be displayed in drawing views like they are displayed in the 3D Product.