Suppose you want to design a group of similar products that vary only slightly from each other. For example, think of a collection of socket wrenches ranging from 0.25 to 1 inch. Rather than model and save each piece separately, you can create a generic socket in PTC Creo, and then use a Family Table to quickly create variants of the generic by changing just the relevant dimensions or parameters.
With table-driven design, every row in your table produces a different variant of the generic. And it’s not just for socket wrenches. You can apply this concept to bolts, washers, or even larger assemblies, saving yourself loads of time and disk space.
To create a Family Table, follow these steps:
Now you have a functional Family Table containing three socket options, from which you can preview or edit each instance in PTC Creo. And when you add a generic socket to a model, a dialog box appears asking you to choose one of the three socket instances to add to your design.
Want to see more detailed step-by-step instructions? Open the Creating a Family Table tutorial on PTC’s Learning Exchange. Note that you may need to create an account if you don’t already have one. The good news is that it’s free, and after creating your new login, you’ll find hundreds and hundreds of in-depth demonstrations and tutorials for PTC products.
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