In Creo 4.0, we introduced a number of features to make using model-based definition more seamless. Among the changes: datum feature symbols can now be used as stand-alone annotations. You can even assign parameters, control characteristics, and more. Here’s how it works.
To create a stand-along symbol, follow these steps:
The symbol is added to the annotations group at the top of the model tree.
A newly created symbol shown in the model tree and the graphics area.
Symbols can have parameters, which help provide additional information about an object. To add a parameter, follow these steps:
Symbols can be designated as a control characteristic to help in planning downstream manufacturing processes. To designate a control characteristic, follow these steps:
Symbols can have multiple semantic references. Just follow these steps:
Adding a semantic reference to a symbol.
If a problem arises, the Notification Center will pop up in the lower right corner of the graphics area. Just click Open Notification Center to view a detailed list of issues.
You can find missing references in the References dialog. Here’s how:
A missing reference is found in the References dialog.
You can see a brief demo of these tips in the video below.
To learn more, read the PTC Creo Help Center page, Datum Feature Symbols as Standalone Annotations in Model-Based Definition.
This post just barely scratches the surface. We’ll have much more in coming weeks. If you haven’t downloaded Creo 4.0 yet, visit the Creo 4.0 page to find out more about this exciting new release and start using it today.