Mechanism Design: The Simulation Superpower You Didn't Know You Had




Within Creo Parametric, many capabilities for simulation are already at your fingertips. That’s right. With mechanism design tools, found within PTC’s flagship design software, you can create mechanical connections and simulate motion on kinetic assemblies.

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Use Creo Parametric to do the following:

  • Simulate the range of motion between components in your moving assemblies
  • Create gear connections that simulate the gear ratios
  • Create cam connections that enable Creo Parametric parts to “push” other parts they come into contact with
  • Check for collisions between moving components.

Best of all, if you have Creo Parametric, you can already use these mechanism design capabilities to define and capture animations and run dynamic interference checks. You can also run an analysis to evaluate how your design will perform based on position, velocity, and acceleration. Results come back graphically.

Make a change in your design? Run the analysis again and compare graphs until you find the perfect solution for your product.

If your model includes moving parts, fully understand and optimize your design with the mechanism design tools you already have in Creo Parametric.

The PTC Creo Parametric introductory video includes mechanism design options available with the software (starting after the 3:39 mark):

And for an extended demo of mechanism design capabilities, watch this video:

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If you’re not using simulation in your designs, why not? Somewhere out there an old engineer is on the verge of giving you a lecture on how back in his day they had to whittle their pencils with a pocket knife before they could start designing the tanks that fought a world war. To learn more about using simulation effectively, download our free ebook now. The few minutes you take to read it might end up saving your company a lot of time, materials, and money. 

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