PTC Pointers, a FIRST Robotics newsletter, “Using Creo to Analyze and Revise Your Model”; 19 December 2016
The 2016/2017 FIRST season represents our 10th year of donating PTC software and services to all FIRST teams, along with easy-to-use training curriculum, team funding grants, and hundreds of PTC volunteers to staff and support regional events around the globe.
We’re here to help you. Help you learn about PTC software and technology, help you gain an understanding of the season’s game, help you innovate, and help you help each other.
This newsletter was developed with you in mind. In it you will find:
Technology Concepts. We’ll break down the complexity of designing and building a robot through a product development process.
Software Tips and Tricks.
Team Ideas. Let’s learn from each other. This will be another opportunity for you to share videos, images and concepts you believe can helpful for other teams.
PTC Resources. Links and suggestions on where you can go for more information.
Coming Up Next. A sneak peek into topics planned for the next edition.
Let’s take a look at how Creo can assist your team in making improvements to your robot model. We will use a number of tools to make accurate measurements and precise adjustments to make your model a reliable prototype of your physical robot.
Creo has many tools that help you create a model with appropriate dimensions and realistic density and mass. The videos below will guide you through the process of measuring and analyzing your robot model, as well as offer several examples on how you can change your model.
In some cases, you may need to add custom parts to make the necessary improvements. Concept 5 demonstrates how you can create a custom part model with Creo. With this skillset you can refine your robot design and ensure it works as expected.
Software Tips and Tricks: Creo Videos to Show Measuring, Calculating Mass, Graphical Analysis and Modifying Models
This week’s shout out is to BU Robotics Team 426 based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Check out their website and take a look at what the team does for community outreach. There’s also a section that offers tips on general build and supply orders.
BU Robotics also prepared an end-of-season report that can be read here. You’ll find it informative and inspiring.
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In the next PTC Pointers we’ll introduce the freestyle tool, which lets you be more creative with custom parts. We’ll also show you how to add a center of gravity feature to your model as well as how to analyze how your robot will balance on inclines and with heavy loads.
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