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Adding a coating to a model

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Adding a coating to a model

Hello,

 

I am designing a part. It will get machined by a machine shop. It will then get coated to a certain thickness (say, 0.002"), then put into a larger assembly of other parts.

 

Is there a way that Creo can mimic this, and increase the thickness of every wall or surface by some static amount (not percentage)? I've seen a few semi-related posts, but nothing quite like this. Scaling is not the answer, since it would change the absolute dimensions of some features relative to each other. (Scaling would only really work for a simple, closed surface). Shrinkwrap is not the answer, because it wraps over small features that are integral to the part.The "thicken" option is greyed out and I cannot select it. "Shell" only seems to be interested in removing material, not adding it.

 

I feel that I'm missing an easy solutions somewhere. Can any of you help me out?

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Re: Adding a coating to a model

I think the "Offset" function will work for you.  It is in the model tab, in the Editing group.

You can offset all the surfaces of your part:

1) switch the filter (bottom right pull-down) to "Geometry"

2) click on one of the surfaces

3) right-click and select "Solid Surfaces"

4) Activate the offset tool

5) Right click in the graphics area and select the "expand" option.

6) specify how much to grow (or shrink) your part...

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Re: Adding a coating to a model

I think the "Offset" function will work for you.  It is in the model tab, in the Editing group.

You can offset all the surfaces of your part:

1) switch the filter (bottom right pull-down) to "Geometry"

2) click on one of the surfaces

3) right-click and select "Solid Surfaces"

4) Activate the offset tool

5) Right click in the graphics area and select the "expand" option.

6) specify how much to grow (or shrink) your part...

Re: Adding a coating to a model

If I type "coating" in the search bar at the top of this page, I get a few "hits", one of which is this:

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Re: Adding a coating to a model

Thank you for the quick and accurate response, this is exactly what I'm looking for!