It’s no secret that working with CAD data from multiple CAD platforms can be problematic for designers and engineers. Common complaints include increased inefficiency and compatibility issues which lead to product delays and higher development costs. This blog has previously published some useful material on the benefits of CAD consolidation. Today, I want to examine the product capabilities in Creo Parametric which make working with non-Creo data much easier.
The main product functionality is called Import Data Doctor (IDD) which is a task-based repair tool designed to repair, modify, or featurize geometry imported into Creo Parametric from external sources.
Repair tools are used to make geometry solid or improve the quality of imported surfaces and edges. Modification tools support moving, replacing, and manipulating existing geometry within the imported data. Featurization tools can convert non-analytic geometry to analytic geometry and create curves and surfaces within the imported data.
Imported models have the following categories of usage:
• No repairs are needed when imported models are primarily used for product structure, model properties, or assigned mass properties information. An imported quilt can represent a basic space claim without repair.
• Solid geometry is required to calculate mass properties or is desired for drawing creation. You can ignore informational and warning geometry checks.
• High quality surfaces are necessary for machined, cast, or molded component designs and other downstream application. You must address warnings and in certain cases, informational geometry checks.
The troubleshooter inside IDD allows you to check and report geometric defects in a model that can impact its solidification and the subsequent creation of downstream features such as rounds. You can perform several types of geometry checks on surfaces, edges, curves, vertices and more.
IDD has a comprehensive set of tools to support the repair workflow, including find and close gaps, a match tool to repair poorly defined wireframes and a tool to repair unsatisfied tangency. There have also been recent enhancements to selection, filters, and modes to help shorten the data repair process.
In conclusion, this powerful tool streamlines the process of import and repair of non-Creo data and is available in every base license of Creo Parametric. View this tutorial on the Learning Exchange to learn more about Import Data Doctor and review our ‘Getting Started with Import Data Doctor’ document.