We are starting to test Creo 1.0 manufacturing. It appears that when I start to define a sequence everything that is classified as a fixture is removed from the display. Is this intended functionality? Is there a config setting or a command to show the fixture?
Our standard fixture components are loaded as part of our MFG Start ASM. They do not seem to be working with the new interface. For example for turning programs our standard fixture is just the lathe chuck. It is classified as a fixture but it under the new fixture dialog it is not listed. Should the existing fixture components be listed?
There are times that we will position the tool relative to a fixture components. For example, driving a tool around a clamp instead of jumping over it. I don’t like the fixture being blanked all of the time when defining a sequence. Is there a way to control when it is blanked?
It looks like we will have to change the classification of the components to workpiece so that do not disappear during the sequence definition.
I have not worked with a machining center setup yet in Creo 1.0, but I am concerned. Our standard vise setups on our vertical machining centers are all loaded via our MFG Start ASM.
We had a GoToMeeting with Jose Tuesday and reviewed how we use fixtures in start mfg assemblies in WF5 and how that is not working in Creo 1.0. Jose committedto work on placing the functionality back into Creo. Jose did not give me a time frame for when the functionality will be available.
We have not found a way to use a mapkey to run our start_mfg_asm's and select the desired fixture setup on our vertical machining centers. At this point the work around is to either reclassify all of the fixture components to workpieces or to manually edit the operation and copy the fixture components to the operation. Once the components are copied to the operation theyare visiblewhen defining a sequence. The fixture thencan be manually removed a component at a time.
At this point we think that our target date of March 2012 for Creo release may be pushed out. Itwould benifit all of us if more people load Creo 1.0 and take a look at howfixtures are being handled and give Jose more feedback.