Tips & Tricks: Aligning Freestyle Geometry

Ed- In our December readership survey, you asked for more technical information and tutorials for PTC Creo – here’s the first of a new series of Did You Know? posts that take a close look at PTC Creo.

With the recent release of PTC Creo 3.0, we added the Align command to PTC Creo’s Freestyle tool. Given the freeform nature of designing in Freestyle, Align is especially handy when you need to connect two or more geometric shapes whose surfaces don’t naturally match up. Here’s what you need to know to make it work.

1. Freestyle comes standard with all seats of PTC Creo Parametric. If you’re not already using Freestyle modeling, you may be overlooking a great feature—already within your existing software—for creating freeform structures. In Freestyle, you begin with a primitive shape, like a cube or sphere, and manipulate the vertices to create the surfaces you need. Manipulations of faces and edges are all fair game here. To reach the Freestyle feature, just click on the tab at the top of your PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 or later software.


PTC Creo Parametric with Freestyle tab active

Here’s a short introduction to the Freestyle capabilities in PTC Creo:

2. The Align command automatically connects freeform geometry to any other geometry within Freestyle. Now that you’re familiar with Freestyle, use the Align command to tie your geometry together. Just put geometric shapes close to each other, specify the continuity between Freestyle and surrounding geometry, and PTC Creo takes care of the rest.


Aligning the edges of a Freestyle part to neighboring geometry

Want to see an example of Align working within Freestyle? There’s a demo for that too. Open the Aligning Freestyle Geometry 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.

You can find more discussion of the Align command and Freestyle in this Community forum post. (Did you know that geometry you create with Freestyle can be integrated into the skeleton model?)

And watch for future “Did You Know?” and “The Why and the How” posts here on the PTC Creo blog for more tips on how to make the most of your design work with PTC Creo tools.