Five Essential Creo 3.0 Tutorials




PTC made headlines recently when it introduced the newest version of Creo. And as part of the Creo 3.0 release, the PTC University Learning Exchange posted more than 100 new tutorials to showcase the new features found in our flagship CAD software offering.

Five of these tutorials are watched more than the others, and we highly recommend them for anyone who wants to make the most of their upgrade. You can view the tutorials by clicking on the images in this blog. Just keep in mind that registration is required, but it’s free.

1. Getting started with flexible modeling
With flexible modeling, you can directly edit parametric geometry. If you haven’t used flexible modeling in a previous release of Creo, here’s a good starting point. In this tutorial, you’ll see how an imported STEP model of a shaft is opened and Creo models are assembled relative to it. Additionally, you’ll see how flexible modeling:

  • Makes it easy to add components to any assembly
  • Helps designers seamlessly constrain imported components based on their needs
  • Uses pattern recognition to propagate geometry changes to all other pattern members

That’s good news. But what’s even better is that it does all of this and more without compromising the original design intent. Click on the image below to watch the tutorial now:

2. Chordal rounds
A major enhancement in Creo 3.0 has been the addition of chordal or constant width rounds. With this new round option, you can create more aesthetically pleasing geometry by maintaining a constant width along the whole of the round length and eliminate the tedious process of constructing round geometry using surfacing techniques. The new functionality offers you the options of using circular, conic, and C2 continuous rounds.

When you watch this video you’ll see some great examples of how to::

  • Add a round to a transition which blends to a 3-sided patch or point
  • Apply reflection analysis onto geometry
  • See clean reflections and highlights on the model

Click on the image below to learn more about chordal rounds in Creo 3.0:


3. .Analyzing sketcher workflow
In Creo Parametric, it is very easy to create a sketch. With this tutorial, you’ll see how a sketch is created and extruded into a feature. You also learn that the sketcher workflow tool:

  • Includes a sketcher tab that includes all of the tools required to complete a sketch
  • Allows you to use the alt key to create and use references on the fly
  • Let’s you change the orientation of the sketch with ease

The new Sketcher workflow makes sketching and reference selection more intuitive. Click on the image below to see for yourself:


4. Creo graphics enhancements
In Creo 3.0, we’ve changed the look of the graphic images. Improvements include:

  • Display of nametags for all data features have been turned off for a cleaner, less cluttered look. (But you can easily turn it back on if you want to.)
  • New shade colors for a crisper easier to navigate experience
  • New selection colors that practically jump off the screen

The user interface has also been updated. You no longer need to manually activate a window when switching between open model windows. Creo now automatically activates and brings forward model windows in several situations.

Click on the image below to get a firsthand look at our graphics improvements:


5. Reviewing geometric tolerance
Geometric tolerances in Creo 3.0 now better supports the ASME and ISO standards. If you follow the ASME standard, you can make use of several new features. For example, you can:

  • Add the translation modifier to any of the data references by selecting the translation checkbox for that particular data in the GTOL dialogue.
  • Add the “all over” symbol to the leader elbow of the geometric tolerance.

If you follow the ISO standard, you can now add the reciprocity standard, along with the maximum or least material condition modifier. You can learn about more GTOL enhancements for both standards by clicking on the image below:

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