Tips & Tricks: Navigating the User Interface for Results in Creo Simulate

Written by: Beverly Spaulding

Whether you’re designing a complex, winding, water-filled amusement park ride or the simple plank of a diving board, before your model ever gets prototyped, you need to make sure it won’t break when it’s in use. With Creo Simulate, you can analyze loads on a model before it

ever gets to manufacturing.

Simulation and physical prototyping are both important to making sure products perform as expected.

If you’re fastening your seat belt, about to test a prototype of this ride, you better hope the designer performed a weight distribution analysis using simulation software before the prototype went to production. Image by Steven Depolo via Flickr.

Recently, the Creo Simulate user interface that shows results was re-designed to make it even easier to get the data you need. Regardless of whether you are a new or advanced user, the new UI improves your ability to inspect your analysis, validate your design, or identify areas in your model that need improvement. Let’s take a closer look…

Ribbon bar menus

The logically organized interface with commonly used tasks, sorted into application-specific ribbon bar tabs and groups, makes it easy to use and for new users, easier to learn.

Ribbon shown in the Creo Simulate UI

It is easy to find the actions you want to perform since tasks are sorted into application-specific ribbon tabs and groups, as shown in the red box.

Search for commands

Need to find a specific command? Use Command Search to search for and see the location of commands. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the application.
  2. Type a command in the Command Search box. As you type, a list of commands that match your search criteria appears.
  3. Place your cursor on a command in the list to see the command highlighted in the ribbon.

command search dialog in Creo Simulate

Command Search finds your commands and shows you their location.

Manage the Graphics window

As you could previously, you can open multiple docked windows at the same time. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Clicking Show.
  2. Select windows on the Display Result Window dialog box, which is shown below.
  3. Click OK.

Although only one docked window can be active at one time, you can double-click a different window to easily activate it. The active window has a blue border and the Quick Access toolbar appears within it. This toolbar provides access to common commands, such as Refit, Repaint, and Named Views.

The quick access toolbar at the base of the Results window in Creo Simulate

The active window has a blue border and the Quick Access toolbar appears within it (highlighted in red).

Additional commands available from shortcut menus

Right-click in the active window to select commands from a pop-up menu (shown below), such as Model Max, New Cutting/Capping Surface, or Full Screen. This makes it easier and faster to perform tasks.

For more information about the simulation UI, just watch this video:

To learn more, read the Creo Help Center page, About Creo Simulate.

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About the Author

Beverly Spaulding

Beverly Spaulding is a Director of Demand Generation for PTC’s Service and Retail divisions. She is a Boston University alumni with a background in digital marketing, demand generation and B2B marketing. She has a curiosity for technology, data and the science behind marketing.