Tips & Tricks: Solid Welds in Creo 4.0




Simulation and analysis are invaluable for finding potential problems with a design. But what happens when a feature, like a weld, isn’t recognized by the simulation? Now with Creo 4.0, welds on sheet metal parts can be created as solids and measured, simulated, and analyzed. Here’s how:

Create a Solid Weld

The process is simple, and hasn’t changed much.

  1. In the Insert group on the Weld tab, click a weld type: Fillet, Butt or Plug/Slot.
  2. Select references to create solid welds.
  3. Click the Options tab.
  4. Select Solid for the geometry type.

 Select solid geometry

Selecting the Solid geometry type when creating a weld.

Measure Between a Weld and Another Solid

Now you can interact with the weld just like any other solid. For example, you can measure from the surface, edge, or groove of the weld:

  1. In the Measure group on the Analysis tab, click Measure and then select Distance.
  2. For this example, we’ll select the surface of the weld.

     Measure distance

    Measuring the distance between a weld surface and an edge.

     

  3. Select an edge of another solid on the model.

When it’s time to run a simulation, you can be confident that the weld will be treated like any other solid.

Watch the Demo

You can see a brief demo of these tips in the video below.

To learn more, read the PTC Creo Help Center page, Solid Weld

 

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