Designing a slick, standout product isn’t always as effortless as the product itself looks. That’s why PTC Creo Interactive Surface Design Extension (ISDX) helps you create curves and smooth, slick surfaces more easily than ever. Take it from a consumer product giant:
“PTC Creo ISDX is great for creating detailed organic, ergonomic shapes,” says Dan Walker, studio engineer at BISSELL “It allows you to more easily execute challenging designs. You can create better-looking products, without risking errors or sacrificing design control.”
Image: Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off® Pet Carpet Cleaner. Note the shortage of 90° angles!
How does it work? PTC Creo ISDX combines parametric modeling with freeform surfacing within a single user interface. With intuitive workflows and real-time feedback, it supports the quick and easy creation of aesthetically pleasing designs.
To use PTC Creo ISDX, follow these steps:
Using conceptual sketches, you can quickly lay down the outlines and curves of the product casing, allowing you to directly capture the design intent of the original concept.
Image: To create a curve, simply specify two or more points.
To sketch your model’s curves:
Once you have completed the required curves, create surfaces as follows:
Image: You have full control over how curved surfaces connect. The process of creating surfaces is not only highly productive, it can eliminate concerns over surface quality.
When you select the relevant curves, the system automatically generates the surface. To further refine the design and intent, add curves to the surface definition.
Now try these design tools to make the polishing process easy:
Porcupine curves provide dynamic and interactive feedback. To reach this feature:
Image: The Curvature Analysis tool includes an option to display the porcupine curve. Porcupine curves show dynamic and interactive feedback of the curvature.
To efficiently build a curve in three dimensions, you need to be able to work in multiple planes simultaneously. PTC Creo ISDX provides a dedicated environment with four default views to support this workflow.
To reach this feature:
Image: PTC Creo Interactive Surface Design Extension provides a dedicated environment with four default views so you can view an assembly’s curves from several angles.
If you want to analyze surface quality, the reflection plot feature simulates the reflection of light off of your surface. This helps ensure that surfaces are smooth and curvature continuous without flaws. To see the reflection plot, follow these steps:
Image: Reflection plots simulate the reflection of light off of the model.
Once your surface design is complete, you can return to (and review) the overall assembly. Since PTC Creo ISDX is a part of PTC Creo Parametric, you can react quickly and easily any time you need to make a change. For example, adjusting one angle on your model automatically updates all curves and associated surfaces, avoiding a lengthy re-design process.
To learn more about PTC Creo ISDX, check out our video tutorial located at the bottom of the Freeform Surfacing web page.
You can also check out the PTC Creo Help Center page About Style Features.