Structural framework design is the selection of the arrangement and sizes of structural elements so that service loads may be carried. Engineers use steel and aluminum frames to ensure solid, durable products, everything from radio towers to machine frameworks. Sadly, your own design process may be similarly long-lasting if your virtual workflow includes designing individual components and trimming them yourself.
PTC Creo Parametric makes this process easier, faster, and cheaper. Think of it as a productivity boost, starting with a user interface that reflects the workflow for structural framework design. You can sketch a frame, choose the section profile, and then quickly create multiple structural members. Trim them just as rapidly - the software does it for you. A few clicks will generate up-to-the-minute engineering drawings of the individual framework components (with 2D weld documentation) and BOMs.
You’ll find it easy to design a wide array of structures. Start with access to an extensive parts library including sections, connections, and joints. Choose from a variety of engineering standard steel and aluminum profiles, angles, endplates, screws, and more. Most importantly, change your mind at any time or choose to explore alternative designs with the mouse drag, move and rotate functions. These enable quick and easy modifications. When you require advanced capabilities or are working with large assemblies, add PTC Creo Advanced Framework (AFX).
PTC Creo Parametric helps you put it all together with extensive weld modeling capabilities. These include the combine tool, weld preferences, weld annotations, a simplified toggle between lightweight and surface welds, and the ability to modify welds from symbols. You can also get valuable information from the weld models, such as mass properties, clearances, interferences and manufacturing cost data.