Tips & Tricks: Enhanced Hole Tool in Creo 4.0
by Aaron Shaw | June 09, 2017 | CAD Software Blog | PTC
Punching a hole in your model isn’t difficult. It’s probably one of the easiest things you do in Creo. Unless you need a hole that isn’t perpendicular or its axis isn’t aligned with a point on the surface. Then things can get tricky.
But the good news is, Creo 4.0, just made even some of the most unruly holes a lot more manageable. Here’s how it works:
Create a Hole
Start by creating a hole.
- In the Engineering group on the Model tab, click Hole.
- Select two placement references, which can be the following:
- An axis and a surface. The axis does not have to be perpendicular to the surface.
- A datum point and a surface. The datum point does not have to be on the surface.
Note: Other hole placement methods are available in Creo. We are focused on coaxial and on-point holes for this article. See Hole Placement References to learn more.
Change Hole Orientation
Now you can change the orientation of the hole by selecting reference geometry.
- On the Placement tab, click Select items under Hole orientation.
- Select Parallel or Perpendicular.
- Select a reference.
The hole will change so it is parallel or perpendicular to the reference you select.
Set the Top Clearance
If the hole is meant to go all the way through the part, you’ll want to select Top Clearance on the Shape tab.
If you don’t select this option, the hole may not go all the way through.
Create a Pattern of Holes
The new placement and orientation options extend to patterns of holes too.
To learn more about creating patterns, see the Creo Help Center page, About Pattern Features.
Watch the Demo
You can see a brief demo of these tips in the video below.
To learn more, read the PTC Creo Help Center page, Enhanced Hole Tool.
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