In Creo4 it is still not possible to use parameters of the pattern in a GTOL.
This works only with “stupid” text input or with complicated relation in the model.
Not suitable for users.
When using the GTOL, it should be possible to have access on pattern parameters, eg. to show the number of patterns.
If changes in the pattern (eg. numbers of holes) then the GTOL should also be affected of this change.
The same applies to the semantics, the references of the pattern should be optional added to the references of the gtol.
Agree. The more automation the better. It has to be easy to use (pull down or picker) as users tend to use dumb text even now for number of items in a pattern because it is easier in the short term.
I agree that it would be nice to build some more intelligence to the annotations so we can reference the parameter for the number of instances in the text of the annotation. In other words, for a pattern of 6 holes, instead of just plain text that reads "6X" we reference the parameter for the number of instances.
Your image also points out the fact that the References collector also only supports manual adding of individual surfaces and currently does not support a more intelligent collection of references such as "Ref Pattern".
This is something that we have on our roadmap for future consideration. At the moment I don't have a timeframe for when this can be expected, though...