PTC Creo can perform Boolean operations on shapes and subtracting an object from a block of material creates an exact negative or mould.
The attached document explains how to do this.
perfect timing on this one as this is the sort of thing we were thinking about trying with our pupils.
thanks again for the lesson
just a quick question, I can't seem to find 'Component operations', where is it in the drop down?
where is PTC_COIN_MOULD.ASM?
Cant get it to work even with "default_ext_ref_scope: all" and "Components permitted for external reference: all".
Still get the error message: "The selected entity is external. It cannot be backed up"
Sorry for not seeing this sooner, not sure what happened to the e-mail alert.
The Component Operations tool is in the Model ribbon > Components group. It's only available when you have an assembly open in Creo.
Thanx Timothy, sadly I cannot open the contents of your zip files ( "educational edition"). Im still wondering why I cant do it due to earlier described error. I tried to do it with skeleton solid models, still same error.
The component operations command is only available in an assembly and located in the Model > Components group in the drop-down at the bottom of the group. Can you see the command in the menu?
Which version are you using, it's possible your license doesn't include component operations. It might be part of the advanced assembly module.