This quarter's issue of Profiles Magazine is absolutely packed with great information.

In a reprise of his excellent presentation at the PTC/USER World Event, Mike Brattoli of Moen shares his experience and insights on the use of ISDX in our cover story. We also have an interview with Jim Heppelman discussing the impact of, and future possibilities created by PTC's acquisition of Arbortext. From PTC/USER, Evan Caille talks about innovation and also has some interesting comments on the member portal and internet services in general. James Lynch discusses his experiences at the World Event from a student's perspective. And of course, we have four new tips and tricks to increase your productivity. Feel free to share your praise or criticisms about the magazine with us. You can write me at rick@ptcuser.org. Best Regards,

Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes by Michael A. Brattoli, Moen Incorporated

Being Innovative by Evan Caille, PTC/USER President

All About Arbortext with Jim Heppelmann, Executive Vice President, Software Solutions, and Chief Technical Officer, PTC

A Student's Eye View of the PTC/USER World Event James Lynch, University of Ireland Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal by Evan Caille, PTC/USER President

Rick Snider

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I Want My MOM Back! by Pete Pickett, Mercury Marine Creating Gears and Splines by Dan Marsalek, Marine Mechanical Corporation Visualizing the Air Space of a Complex PSU by Ceferino Sanchez, ASTEC Power Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer by John Tucker, Raytheon Vision Systems

Designing with Style—Turning Sketches into Successes
By Michael A. Brattoli, Moen Incorporated
Turning conceptual designs into finished products is at the core of product design. For many years, however, the ability to capture the design intent of industrial design models, sketches, and renderings within the CAD model has been limited at best. Translating the aesthetic sense of a design into the mechanical reality of the product is often more art than science. Industrial designers use a variety of tools to produce their conceptual designs, but many still present their concepts as sketches and renderings. Interpreting these handgenerated ideas and capturing them accurately is the challenge of the mechanical designer and engineer. The Interactive Surfacing Design Extension (ISDX) within Pro/ ENGINEER, also known as the “Style module,” provides the tools that make this process as painless as possible. The Style module includes functionality known as “trace sketches,” allowing the designer or engineer to import images into the model and ensure the end-product conforms to the aesthetics of the initial concept. The trace sketch images can be placed on any planar object within the Pro/ENGINEER model (Wildfire 2.0 lets you use datum planes and/or flat surfaces) and then can be manipulated for position, scale, and orientation. Trace Sketch Manipulation—Step by Step The key to capturing aesthetic design involves the information contained within the image. Knowing the interface dimensions of key features within the design simplifies the manipulation of the trace sketch. Reference features, or sketched sections, represent the interface dimensions of the part being modeled. These features can consist of datum planes, points, and/or sketched curves (Fig. 1). In this example, the interface measures horizontally 4.00 inches by vertically 7.00 inches.

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Figure 1.

1. Importing the Trace Sketch Select the Style Icon in the Base Features toolbar (Fig. 2), or choose Insert, Style from the top pulldown Insert menu. NOTE: THE ISDX MODULE IS OPTIONAL IN PRO/ENGINEER. Select Style, Trace Sketch from the top pulldown Style menu. The Trace Sketch dialog box will open. Selections matching the three default datum planes in the model will be listed, although images will not be allocated by default. Select the Front sketch orientation. A dialog box will open. Browse to the location of the desired file, select it, and pick Open. The image will appear on the front datum plane (Fig. 3).

Figure 2.

The values are applied based on the position of the Image Fit Lines. Transparency controls the visibility of the imported image. Move provides horizontal and vertical movements of the image. q q q q . 4): q Fit locates the image by fitting it horizontally and vertically using dimensional input. Manipulating the Image Expand the Properties portion of the Trace Sketch dialog box. Rotate rotates the image up to 360 degrees about an axis normal to the screen. 2. Scale scales the image. By default. the horizontal and vertical scale controls are locked together.Figure 3. The following tools will appear (Fig.

the discharge end of the spout indicated by the dimensional references and the intersection lines (Fig. In the upper half of the Trace Sketch dialog box. Scale. The bottom left intersection of the image fit lines will be moved to the intersection of the default datum planes. and drag it using the left mouse button to the desired intersection on the image. If additional manipulations are necessary. and Rotate options in the dialog box. In this example. Figure 4. select the vertical fit option. The baseline position is located at the bottom center of the spout. Pick OK to close the dialog box and complete the manipulation of the image. use the Move. q Image Fit Lines assist in locating and sizing the imported image. allowing you to control the sizing of the image vertically. In the upper half of the Trace Sketch dialog box. 5). Input a value of 7. indicated by the dimensional references and heavier lines shown in the image. and drag them as needed to match the dimensional reference sketch (top and bottom curve lines). The image fit lines will change. Select the top and bottom image fit lines. or the vertical right image fit line.00-inch dimensional reference.00 x 7. Figure 5. These lines work in conjunction with the Fit tools.applying the same changes to both.00 in the Vertical fit field and select the Fit button.00 inches and pick the Fit button. Select the bottom left intersection or the vertical left image fit line. The image will be resized to match the position of the vertical image fit lines to the 7-inch input. enter a horizontal fit value of 4. Now repeat this process to control the vertical sizing of the image. . and drag it using the left mouse button until it lines up with the desired intersection on the image—in this case. The image will be resized to match the position of the image fit lines to the 4-inch horizontal input. the image must be positioned to match the 4. Pick the bottom right intersection.

Complete the Style feature by selecting the Blue Checkmark icon in the Style toolbar. inclined on a 15-degree angle as indicated in the imported sketch. In this example. for example). or by picking the Style feature. Note that you can import additional images in the same manner and place them on other planes or planar surfaces as needed (side or top images. Redefine the Style feature by picking it and selecting Edit. It will be suppressed. This can be easily accomplished using the previously sketched curve.3. Pick the Style Curve icon (Fig.5 inches in diameter. and any new features will be placed prior to it in the model. Select the Insert Here arrow in the model tree and drag it above the Style feature. Figure 6. Once these features are complete. make sure the Planar radio button is selected. axis. In the curve dashboard. then regenerate the model. You will be inserting the datum features prior to the Style feature. It is common practice to include all Style curves and surfaces within a SINGLE Style feature! This provides maximum flexibility as you work with an industrial designer to refine your design. etc. It is important that core datum feature references (sketches. Creating the Profile Curves Select the ActivePlane icon in the Style toolbar (second icon from the top) and choose the Front datum plane (plane of symmetry) in the model. This will place the curve on the active plane previously selected. so that you can select them when creating the required free-form aesthetic curves.) be in place prior to the Style feature. dynamically manipulating and updating the model without the need to modify a single feature. Edit Definition. Resume the previously suppressed Style feature by dragging the Insert Here arrow below the Style feature in the model tree. Inserting Datum Curve Features into the Style Feature The image has been successfully imported into the Style feature. 7). the base of the spout is 3. The ISDX module lets you interact with the curves and surfaces created within a single Style feature. 4. points. holding down the right mouse button.00 inches in diameter and the discharge end of the spout is 1. . Construct the required datum features. and choosing Resume from the popup menu (Fig 6).

Use the Shift key and select the datum point for the inner profile of the spout with the left mouse button. Pick the actual point, not the text. (Alternatively, use the Shift key and pick on the base curve with the left mouse button, near the desired location. The curve point will snap to the point on the curve that intersects the Front datum plane.) Three curve points are needed for this curve. The second curve point will be placed on the active plane, approximately halfway between the initial point and the desired end point of the inner profile of the spout. For the final point, again use the Shift key and left mouse button to select the end point where the curve intersects the active plane. Pick the Green Checkmark icon in the curve dashboard to complete the Style curve feature. Figure 7.

To make the Style curve match the imported image, select the Edit Curve icon in the Style toolbar (looks like the Style Curve icon with a pencil on it). Pick the curve you just created, and choose the middle point on the curve.

Using the left mouse button, drag this point until it lies on the upper half of the inner profile curve (Fig. 8).

Figure 8.

When you pick the end point of the curve, a tangency manipulation line will appear (Fig. 9). Place the cursor over the tangency line and hold down the right mouse button. Select Normal from the tangency popup menu and pick the angled datum plane. The tangency control line will become perpendicular to the angled plane. Using the left mouse button, drag the length of the line until the upper end of the curve matches the image of the inner profile curve. Figure 9.

Repeat this operation at the bottom end of the curve, this time leaving the tangency control line Free. Using the left mouse button, drag the control line as needed (angle and length) until the Style curve matches the inner profile curve on the image. Select the Green Checkmark in the Edit Curve dashboard to complete the

modifications. Repeat this process to create the outer profile curve, again creating a three-point Style curve, making it Normal to the angled datum plane.

5. Creating the Style Surfaces
Creating surfaces within the Style module environment is similar to creating surfaces with the Boundary Blend command in core Pro/ENGINEER. Style surfaces require a minimum of three boundary edges, with a maximum of four that can be selected during initial surface creation. Other “internal” curves can be added after the surface has been created. Choose the Style Surface icon (Fig. 10) in the toolbar. Figure 10. Using the Ctrl Key, select the four boundary curves on one side of the symmetry plane. (Surfacing within the Style module always involves half of the model.) The surface connection icon lines will appear. You can adjust the length of these lines by changing the value in the Icon Length field of the dashboard. Complete the surface by selecting the Green Checkmark in the dashboard (Fig. 11).

Figure 11. Once you have created a Style surface, you can add other internal curves to further define the desired shape. Temporarily hiding the Style surface greatly simplifies this process. Pick the surface, hold down the right mouse button, and select Hide from the popup menu. Select the Style Curve icon. Place the view in a side orientation.

In the dashboard, pick the Free radio button, which lets you modify the curve after creation (Fig. 12). Pick the top outer profile curve using the Shift Key. The end of the new curve will snap to the curve, displaying as a circle. Use the Shift Key to repeat this operation, selecting the lower profile curve. The circular ends of the curve represent “soft points,” meaning they can slide along the profile curves, following their form and curvature. Pick the Green Checkmark in the dashboard to create the curve. Modify the newly created curve by making the ends normal to the Front datum plane and controlling the length of their tangency lines to ensure the form of the curve is identical at both ends. Pick the Edit Curve icon and select the newly created curve. Pick one end of the curve to expose the tangency control line. Place the cursor over the line, hold down the right mouse button, and select Normal from the popup menu. Choose the plane called Front and drag the line with the left mouse button to the desired length. Repeat this process with the other end of the curve. In the dashboard, pick the Tangent option. In the pulldown menu, check the box marked Length, and enter a value of 1.000. Figure 12.

Figure 13. Pick the other end of the curve and repeat this process. This will cause both ends of the curve to have identical tangency influence, regardless of where the curve may be positioned in the model (Fig. 13). Choose the Green Checkmark in the dashboard to complete the curve edit process. Unhide the surface, holding down the right mouse button, and selecting Unhide All Entities. Pick the surface and choose Edit Definition from the popup menu.

In the dashboard, choose the Internal Curve arrow button (Fig. 14). Pick the curve you just created. It will be added to the surface curve set. Select OK in the Menu Manager. The surface will update to reflect the inclusion of the internal curve (Fig. 15). Figure 14.

Pick the Blue Checkmark in the Style toolbar to complete the Style features. Using layers, hide the datum curves and Style curves within the model, saving the layer status when complete. Select the Style feature and mirror it about the Front plane. Figure 15.

You can now merge the Style surfaces together and use standard surfacing practices to create a closed quilt, constructing flat surfaces to close the ends of the spout. Once the quilt has been closed, it can be converted into a solid protrusion and additional internal features can be added to the model. The completed model can then be prototyped, machined, and/or rendered in the same manner as any other Pro/ENGINEER part (Fig. 16).

you can address any surfacing challenge while also improving the turnaround time from design concept to finished product. combined with core modeling techniques. From a simple sketch to a part with Style — that means success by any definition of the word! Mike Brattoli is the engineering systems administrator at Moen Incorporated in North Olmsted. Ohio. This article is based on his presentation at the PTC/USER World Event 2005.Figure 16. makes it much easier for designers or engineers to capture a part’s aesthetic appearance as well as its functional requirements. Proper implementation of Style. . Summary With the capabilities of Pro/ENGINEER’s ISDX module.Brattoli@moen. Mike can be reached by email at Mike.com. USA.

just as using a CAD system doesn’t make someone an engineer. It’s the combination of the skill of the people. and he used the concept of the tetrahedral structure as the building block to deliver a high strength-to-weight ratio for both his aircraft and his boats. I began to wonder how the outcomes of Bell’s tinkering would have been different if he had had access to the engineering software we have today. and the power of the tools to continuously bring innovative products to market. President of PTC/USER On a recent trip to Nova Scotia. Many think of Bell as the inventor of the telephone. In particular. In fact. they can use the software tools to improve the probability of creating a robust design on the first attempt. he was more inclined to sell the patent rights rather than be the businessman. admitting that if an idea succeeded. I was struck by his drive to constantly find ways to improve existing technologies or try out new ones.Being Innovative Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext by Evan Caille. a number of his innovations found their way into the successful designs of others. When I finished the tour of the museum. Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Creating a FAR Plot Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer . it’s clear that CAD/CAM/CAE/ PDM systems can help our companies introduce high-quality products more quickly. Through constant innovation. the efficiency of the process. he was able to progress from prototypes that failed miserably to ones that were moderately successful. In addition. simply having the tools does not imply mastery. but he was much more than that. I often reflect on the value of the tools we use in our jobs to meet the pressures of building new and exciting products in today’s innovation-driven world. I visited the Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddeck where he made his summer home on the Bras d’Or Lake. Two of Bell’s passions were flying machines and hydrofoils. Just because I own woodworking tools doesn’t make me a master carpenter. Of course. innovative users can leverage a CAD system or a structural analysis system to generate more design iterations with a given timeframe and thus arrive at a better solution. Little did I know that he came up with a better concept of Thomas Edison’s phonograph or that he had interests in genetics and medical science. Although neither project became commercially viable. Bell saw himself as a tinkerer. While Bell’s example reminds us that monumental achievements in engineering and design can be made without computer-based software.

international conferences. and virtually through the email exploder. Evan Caille works at HP in Houston. TX. I’d like to point you to an article about the PTC/USER member portal that appears in this issue. . Although it’s too early to report on the results of our recent survey. On this subject. He can be reached via e-mail at evan@ptcuser. it is evident from the responses so far that a large percentage of you do find good value in being a PTC/USER member and particularly in participating on the email exploder. By providing opportunities to share knowledge in regional user group meetings.org. users are able to learn from the experiences of others in applying the CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM technology in new and effective ways. And in the spirit of continuously improving the services we offer to the community.It’s here that we think PTC/USER provides its value to the community of PTC product users. I should also mention that we are planning to extend our knowledge-sharing programs to support the users of newly acquired PTC companies such as Arbortext (also featured in this issue).

Rick. offering automated ways to regenerate all applicable downstream outputs. Executive Vice President of Software Solutions. Getting better reuse of Pro/ENGINEER CAD data in downstream technical publications is also a golden opportunity for our stronghold industries of industrial equipment. a document is made up of chunks of text and graphics. manage and dynamically publish critical information concurrently with the development of related physical products. automotive. high-tech. In Arbortext. Our customers have long complained that it takes too much time to create technical publications. With this XML-based software. Executive Vice President of Software Solutions and Chief Technical Officer at PTC. a leader in the emerging dynamic enterprise publishing market. can you give us your thoughts on why PTC’s acquisition of Arbortext makes sense? Jim Heppelmann: Sure. What Pro/ENGINEER did for solid models is exactly what Arbortext is doing for textbased publications. Arbortext separates content from formatting to allow the same information to be reused in multiple documents and delivery media.All About Arbortext Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Creating a FAR Plot Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer An Interview with Jim Heppelmann. PTC PTC recently completed its acquisition of Arbortext. it is difficult to reuse CAD data. Inc. In this interview. Both are parametric in the sense that they separate hard-wired parameters from underlying design intent to promote greater reuse. And both are associative in that they adapt gracefully to change. about what these new capabilities can do for Pro/ENGINEER users.. and more accurate technical documents. From a technology perspective. and Chief Technical Officer. In the case of documents. just as a Pro/ENGINEER design is made of parts and sub-assemblies. Rick Snider: Jim. . Both are component-based in that they build up the final deliverable from reusable component parts. We believe this acquisition makes total sense for a variety of reasons. more customer-friendly. and that engineering changes to product designs are missed in the technical publications process. When combined with PTC’s solutions. Arbortext will enable companies to rapidly create and publish smarter. PTC/ USER’s Rick Snider talks with Jim Heppelmann. the most important being that it helps solve a big problem faced by our traditional installed base of discrete manufacturing companies. and aerospace. Arbortext’s products are beautifully aligned with PTC’s. PTC customers will be able to create.

a web page. RS: So. Second. and generated in a fraction of the time. or adapt to match a customized product. But really any organization that produces documents can benefit from this technology. After all. I wouldn’t say it shifts our target industries. The specific solution for this is Arbortext Publishing Engine. we’ve mastered that thanks to Pro/ENGINEER. you need to be able to create and structure documents in a smart way. It is also easy to localize to multiple languages. But dynamic publishing is an integrated solution. you need to be able to manage all of the text and graphics components. and of course Pro/ENGINEER is a fantastic way to create 3D models and 2D and 3D drawings that are also components of the documentation. repetitive. which is where ProductView fits in. add the right formatting. Arbortext can be used to create slick. colorful marketing collateral for products that have never even been prototyped. Collaborate.) because of a product change? Do you waste time doing a lot of copying and pasting because there is a lot of common content to incorporate across many documents? Do you convert sophisticated Pro/ENGINEER data to IGES to get it into technical publications? These are very common problems. Arbortext Editor does this. Control. and publish the information in different formats such as PDF or HTML. publishing. The result is documentation that is richer. . This need for content management is where Windchill comes into play. Think about the required elements. RS: How about other areas within the enterprise that are outside of engineering? JH: There is a great application within marketing. so that they are managed as a collection of reusable components. and financial services. RS: What about the value of these solutions for those of us in engineering? JH: Have you ever shipped documentation that didn’t match the product because of a late design change? Have you ever had to update several different types of output (a printed document. etc. q First. and the solution to them is what we call dynamic publishing. and Communicate capabilities for text documents. Finally. It also give us opportunities to expand into adjacent markets that need the same forms of Create. This concept is a perfect fit for PTC and strengthens our Product Development System for our traditional manufacturing customers. accurate. you need to be able to automatically extract the right components from the data vault. construct the documents properly. what does this mean for PTC—a shift in your core target industries? JH: No. Then. reconfigure to reflect product variants. both Arbortext and PTC have been telling similar stories all along. It makes good sense to bring the two pieces together. more interactive. not a single piece of technology. q q q In combination. at a very granular. this integrated solution helps eliminate the manual. government. you would like users to be able view and even interact with that data in a web page.Really. These would include pharmaceuticals. component level. When combined with the photorealistic rendering capabilities of Pro/ENGINEER. including changes and alternative configurations—again. errorprone steps typically entailed in developing technical publications.

the financing arm of an automotive or industrial equipment company produces product-related information. We do a rigorous job validating our software builds. these groups are among the last to know when design changes are made. All of this needs to be linked together and linked to common change management processes. something that standalone content management systems never can do. These information products—leasing or rental contracts. say—are generally printed documents that must accurately reflect details of specific product lines. Windchill PDMLink—is to be the single repository for managing ALL product information. text editing. with a floating/shared license option. A tremendous strength of Windchill—in this case. content management. RS: What will this mean for pre-existing partnerships such as Documentum? JH: It is our plan to maintain these relationships where possible. tweaked and stylized in a way that’s suitable . RS: How are the Arbortext products licensed and packaged? JH: The two primary Arbortext products are Arbortext Editor and Arbortext Publishing Engine. Arbortext did not have a content management offering. associative graphical content. Windchill facilitates product development collaboration both inside and outside the company.For example. marketing can get the same advantages we mentioned for engineering. and manage different configurations of documents. it is PTC’s strategy to retain relationships with Arbortext’s existing technology partners. and visualization—already integrated in a way that provides the full range of benefits I mentioned. This means schedules don’t always hold firm. share. Often. content publishing. That being said. RS: What about those companies that previously bought Arbortext but do not use Windchill? How will the acquisition affect them? JH: Prior to the acquisition. and re-qualifying until our release criteria have been met. the partnership plan should be driven by what’s right for the customer.0. though. That’s where our solution really stands out. RS: What is the timeframe for integrating Arbortext with Windchill PDMLink? JH: Timeframes for future R&D work always need to be prefaced with caveats. in real time or asynchronously. In fact. we can take the next step of extending Windchill’s capabilities to visualize. so early customers needed to integrate or customize their own solutions. we are targeting the first phase of integration—which essentially involves having Windchill be the content management system for these smart documents—to be available by the M20 maintenance build of Windchill 8. By tying into the same technology. Plus. with the option to add servers. Arbortext Publishing Engine is sold on an initial server basis. fixing problems. RS: Can you talk about future enhancements impacting Pro/ENGINEER? JH: We envision that Pro/ENGINEER will be able to supply documents with lightweight. albeit for a much different use. from MCAD and ECAD to software and documents. With all these core capabilities in place. expected in spring 2006. For any given account or sales engagement. Arbortext Editor is sold on a node-locked user basis. Those customers may of course continue to use these solutions. The result is that their work is never updated. But most customers would likely prefer to have all of the necessary components—such as CAD.

for technical publications. but rather a content-rich. Also incorporated into that document will be Arbortext Editor-supplied text. Imagine a service manual that contains maintenance instructions in the form of 3D product information in addition to textual content.com/company/ arbortext/. dynamic product viewable. please visit www. you could interact not with a static JPEG picture.ptc. . For more information about Arbortext. What better application for 3D drawings? If you were to view that manual on the web or a mobile device.

college and university category for our Battleship Bismarck entry. University of Ireland My first experience of a PTC/USER World Event came in June 2004 when it was held in Nashville. at the time I was only vaguely aware of PTC/USER—and for that matter. From the moment I stepped into Exhibition Hall on Sunday to the closing ceremony in the Grand Ballroom on the following Wednesday. (Left to Right: Dan Marsalek. While the Bismarck was chiseled out with brutal determination and a burgeoning use of Pro/ENGINEER’s features. the true dimensions of the world that is Pro/ENGINEER. . my overall impression of the PTC/ USER event was one of reverence and yet of comfort within its welcoming atmosphere—the same things I experienced again when I had the opportunity to return in 2005. Mike Venegoni. I was lucky enough to be a member of the team that won that year’s PTC Award in the education.A Student's Eye View of the PTC/USER World Event by James Lynch. I had no real idea how to take advantage of this engineering tool and I was ripe for a master class. The University of Limerick in Ireland saw this as a fantastic opportunity to promote the university and to provide some of its students with a possibly careerdefining chance to showcase their work on an international stage. Tennessee. Here are some of the specific benefits I gained from participating in the PTC/ USER World Events. Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Creating a FAR Plot Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer RUG Chairs meet in Orlando. James Lynch) To be honest.

As a prospective graduate who would soon take the leap into the working world. Perhaps like any other student attending an event like this. it was a real benefit to talk confidently and knowledgably about the direction industry is taking. it doesn’t matter whether you are a novice like myself or have been using Pro/ . From what I can recall. the expert user presentations. or this year’s introduction of a PTC University lab. the product line manager for all of PTC’s Industrial Design solutions.500 attendees. this year’s event in Orlando had over 1. you can pretty much get the answer to any technical question you have about Pro/E! Add to this any number of PTC’s free handson workshops that ran throughout the conference. the best practice seminars. the impacts of the emerging Asian and Indian markets on the MCAD community. I feel as if I probably had the opportunity to talk with every one of them. The availability of the product line managers for each of the functional areas ranging from Tim Harrison. The resources that PTC dedicates to the conference are quite astounding. Where else could you find an opportunity like that? In addition. I think this knowledge distinguished me from other candidates and gave my employer the confidence to allow me to find my feet in the industry. Job opportunities. maybe not. and of course what the negative aspects are.Networking. PTC presence. the thought at the forefront of my mind was that the 400 or so companies represented at the World Event—ranging from Maserati to Raytheon. I took the opportunity to find out what the industry is looking for and what companies expect from a graduate. to John Buchowski. and this type of information that can set you apart from every other graduate from the 2. and PTC’s strategic plans for Pro/ENGINEER. who deals with all of PTC’s Structural and Thermal simulations. At the conference. another most important thing I brought away with me was a clear perception of the MCAD industry and undoubtedly a vastly improved knowledge of Pro/ ENGINEER. Well. I think the one thing that stands out for me personally (and at first took me by surprise) was the friendly. I left both the 2004 and 2005 conferences with over 100 contacts with people working in every area of industry and quite a few job prospects. Probably one of the better presentations I attended at this year’s conference was Matt Loew’s It’s Called Pro/ENGINEER for a Reason!. Another aspect of the conference that came as a surprise to me was how closely PTC/USER and PTC work together. after listening to all of the advice and comments that my peers had to offer. where he explained how Stewart and Stephenson converted a 340-page US Army spec into a Pro/ ENGINEER skeletal model using advanced relations and behavioral modeling. informal atmosphere. It’s these things that universities simply cannot teach. This forced me to ask myself why I wanted to be an engineer and why I veered to the design end of things late in my education.500 or so institutions teaching Pro/ ENGINEER around the world. During a job interview with the company that I am currently working with. At one point or another. I came to understand what it is that I want for my career and how best I can achieve this. Richard Childers Racing to Rolex—were essentially 400 prospective employers. Technical information. I found it easier to make the switch from academia to the professional world and with more confidence than I had before attending the conference. You couldn’t possibly ask for better opportunities! Industry knowledge. I heard many stories of people taking varied career paths to get where they are today. but networking definitely wasn’t a problem! I read a statistic some time back that over 70% of all job interviews are obtained through personal contacts and networking—something I’ve found to be true myself. All in all. I asked about what Pro/E users find stimulating about their jobs.

you are going to learn something by attending a PTC/USER World Event. In my opinion. He can be reached by email at james.ENGINEER since R2. this conference provides invaluable insights into the world of Pro/ENGINEER that you won’t find anywhere else.ie. James Lynch is a design engineer working with Design Partners in Wicklow. Ireland and also pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Limerick. .lynch@ul.

First. There is also a repository where members could store files for general member access.org. It is used extensively to schedule meetings and track registration. If you are interested in participating in this project. the assistance. one of the recent additions to the PTC/USER Board of Directors. and more.org/ exploder) to the user community. Jeff Zemsky. Our response to this question is repeated below for the benefit of those who don’t subscribe to the pro-user list. some history would be helpful: q q q q In 1991 PTC/USER provided the email exploder (http://www. of other PTC/USER members in this effort. create and respond to surveys.Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal By Evan Caille. This resource could include such information as technical tips and best practices. I am sure he would welcome the input. and even more.ptcuser. has now agreed to champion our web portal evaluation project. Where We Are Now In 2005 we undertook a review of our current web-based applications to see if there were any alternatives that provided a better user experience and also meet PTC/USER’s functional and budget requirements.org) to share user group information with its members. maintain membership lists. please contact Jeff at jeff@ptcuser. The challenge has been finding volunteers who want to contribute submissions and/or act as librarian.ptcuser.ptcuser. access the email exploder. In 2004 PTC/USER added a community portal (http://members. PTC/USER President Recently a number of users on the pro-user exploder list participated in a discussion thread that centered on the need for a common repository for documents of interest to PTC/USER members. and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some information with you. In 2002 PTC/USER Technical Committee members began using ProjectLink to share documents and communicate using online forums. Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Creating a FAR Plot Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer A Brief Look Back There have been some very good questions raised recently on the exploder about enhanced collaboration tools for the PTC/USER community. What we found was that there are dozens of .org) to its website for the benefit of all PTC/USER members. share files. One important point that should be emphasized is that PTC/USER’s member portal already provides the structure for sharing files and is in fact is a source for sample Pro/TOOLKIT applications and NC post-processors. In 1994 PTC/USER launched its website (http://www. although there haven’t been any requests to do this until now.

Notice that lately even Wikipedia has been swamped by its success and is in urgent need of donations in order to upgrade its servers. We believe we have a functional web portal in place that is available for its members to use. and even PTC. we will continue to seek improvements that enhance the functionality of the portal. the conference. the email exploder question evoked some strong responses from “don’t change what we have” to “how come there isn’t an online forum.org. The survey just closed and we are in the process of analyzing all the responses. We feel anyone has the right to form a community and every user of PTC products can make the choice of joining one or more communities. Rick has done an outstanding job supporting this effort for a number of years. We narrowed the field down to a shortlist and actually performed a preliminary pilot test of a couple of solutions. PTC/USER recognizes that there are many alternatives to its community. They also span the cost spectrum from affordable to budget-busting. VARs. and are considering these as possible solutions. The challenge is that each package has different strengths and weaknesses. Evan Caille works at HP in Houston.” This echoes the sentiment of members in other professional organizations who are often equally split between email-based postings and online postings. Part of the funding goes to PTC/USER part-time and full-time staff to provide a range of business services. At the same time. We have since explored some other potential approaches. As pointed out in one of the exploder postings. He can be reached via e-mail at evan@ptcuser. the credit for success has to go to the active participation of PTC/USER members. There are communities sponsored by publication firms. However. Since he has recently decided to focus his energies on the conference. Interestingly enough. suppliers. We should all keep in mind that it costs money to have a web presence and the funds need to come from ad revenues. Each community has a different underlying mission. community development. individuals. I should also mention that any frequent user of the PTC/USER email exploder is familiar with Rick Snider who. whether it is to be a revenue generator by a for-profit enterprise or a member-funded activity of a nonprofit organization. We have seen some of the same challenges with the online forums used by our Technical Committees.commercial packages for association management. we are rated very highly in terms of the service we provide. among other duties. including partnering. In closing. Based on the feedback of our members. member fees. oversaw the development and operation of our web infrastructure. PTC employees. TX. and the various other PTC/USER-sponsored activities. or donations. PTC/USER and PTC recently issued a survey to the member community to truly understand the community’s needs and desires on a wide range of topics. All communities have something to offer and PTC/USER is no exception. we are in the process of evaluating a number of options for maintaining our web operation. or both. . including support of our web portal. including web presence. and partner companies that contribute to the exploder. It is true that we are a volunteer organization funded by its members and industry partners. PTC/USER wants to be sure that any solution it rolls out is an improvement over the current environment in the eyes of as many members as possible. I would like to express PTC/USER’s commitment to serving its membership.

I Want MOM Back! By Pete Pickett.#move Now moving a dimension text or balloon is just two clicks away. So. I want My Old Menus back! When Wildfire was introduced. for example. I recently discovered that some functions in older versions of Pro/E are faster than in Wildfire. here are a few overlooked places in Pro/DETAIL where MOM can help. If you add the old move function used way back in Pro/ENGINEER release 19. Well. Mercury MerCruiser In this day and age. I’m all about trying to speed things up in Pro/ENGINEER. This means that if you have 300 balloons or dimensions to set up in a drawing. Tip 2: Adding Text to a Table Is the TABLE pull-down menu driving you nuts? Can’t select the table just right to get these functions to highlight? Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer . you have 600 clicks rather than 900! This was tested and worked in pre-production Wildfire 3. PTC bragged about reducing mouse clicks to do your job. you get faster results. Wildfire 2 and Wildfire 3. Create a mapkey: mapkey v @MAPKEY_LABEL*move (detail move). requires two picks on the object and one more to place it. Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Creating a FAR Plot Tip 1: Moving Items in a Drawing Cleaning up a drawing.#detail.

just add this mapkey: mapkey EC @MAPKEY_LABEL*ADD TEXT TO TABLE. which lets you edit the table faster than a pull-down.If you want to add text to a single cell in a table without the massive PROPERTIES box.#ENTER TEXT Not only does this restore the old function of quickly adding text to a cell. but it also brings back the old table menu (from Pro/ENGINEER 2001).#TABLE. .

#modify. This is what COPY/COPY TABLE does. EDIT/COPY references the original assembly.#text. You have to resize it.#text line . or simply need to break up the text for different size fonts for each line. Tip 3: Editing a Single Line of Text Sometimes that PROPERTIES box drives me nuts when I want to quickly edit a line of text in a large note. drag the scroll bar to where you want it. Let’s say you are using an automated BOM table with an assembly. Here’s a mapkey to deal with this nuisance: mapkey ed @MAPKEY_LABEL*EDIT TEXT LINE.Note: The COPY/COPY TABLE function works differently than EDIT/COPY in Wildfire. You add a different assembly to the same drawing and you want to copy that same table but reference the new assembly.

If you have more legacy mapkeys or menus you access. . A Pro/ENGINEER user since release 10. please email me and I will add them into another article. He can be reached by email at Pete_Pickett@mercmarine. I Want MOM Back Too! Peter A.com. Pete currently serves as chair of the PTC/USER Routed Systems Technical Committee and co-chair of the Oklahoma Pro/ENGINEER Users Group. Oklahoma. Pickett II is a design engineer at Mercury MerCruiser in Stillwater.

and improve on the current involute curve formulae commonly used. Wrap the string tightly around the cylinder. An involute is described as the path of a point on a straight line. called the generatrix. but can also be easily adapted for use with WF1. Trace the end of the string as it is unwrapped. The result is an involute curve.7) and splines (B92. The AGMA standards . 1787–2065). Pull the string tight while unwinding it from the cylinder. as is Machinery’s Handbook (1992.0. expound.Creating Gears and Splines in Wildfire 2. The ANSI standards for gears (B6. Here’s how to visualize the involute curve: Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Creating a FAR Plot Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer q q q q Imagine a cylinder and a piece of string. pp. The Pro/ENGINEER user wishing to design a gear or spline tooth should start with the basics: the involute curve. as it rolls along a convex base curve (the evolute).0 By Dan Marsalek. The equations for creating the involute datum curve are the same. Marine Mechanical Corporation Although many published methods exist for developing profiles of gear and spline teeth.0 and Pro/ENGINEER 2001. The methods in this article clarify. The methodology is based on Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2. The involute curve is most often used as the basis for the profile of a spline or gear tooth. B6.1. the techniques are sometimes confusing and often inaccurate because they use only an approximation of the involute curve profile. although the extrusion and patterning of the final geometry are slightly different.1) are a good place to start. You should also acquaint yourselves with the standard features and terminology of gears and splines.

Basically.” q q q q While several techniques can be used to create the involute tooth profile in Pro/ ENGINEER. if a driver gear with an involute tooth profile rotates at a uniform rate while acting on another gear with an involute tooth profile. The form of the basic rack tooth is straight-sided and therefore relatively simple.1) illustrates a spline with standard dimensions and definitions. symbols. The following figure (taken from ANSI B92. this article focuses on using datum curves by equation. the rack tooth imparts high accuracy to the cut gear or spline tooth. and it . Thus. This is called the “line of action.are another source of good information for terms. it is highly flexible in terms of the types of gears and curves that can be created. The benefits of this method are that the involute curve profile is based on the exact geometric equations. Why should an involute profile be used in the design of a gear or spline tooth? Why not a straight edge? Some of the more important reasons: q Conjugate action is independent of changes in center distance. equations. As a cutting tool. the angular motion of the driven gear will be uniform. it can be accurately made. One cutter can generate all gear or spline tooth numbers of the same pitch. The relative rate of motion between driven and driving gears having involute tooth curves is established by the diameters of their base circles. and definitions. Contact between intermeshing involute teeth on a driving and driven gear is along a straight line that is tangent to the two base circles of these gears. This is true even if the center-to-center distance is varied.

Start angle (i. a.requires no additional Pro/ENGINEER modules (like ASX. Manufacturing intent b. without the need for any additional operations (to trim the curve to size).e. Base diameter b. 3. then you won’t be able to properly apply it. Why are there so many equations in this article? It’s great to know the final answer to a problem. AAX. Pitch diameter c. Define the involute tooth profile with the datum curve by equation. Create basic geometry in support of the spline or gear tooth. . In addition. the curves generated by the methodology presented herein are automatically truncated at the major diameter. 2. Deriving the Involute Datum Curve Equations — Cartesian Coordinates The first step is to define terms and set up a sketch with the variables. Finally. Pattern the tooth around the centerline axis. or if you have to use polar coordinates. Circular tooth thickness or circular space width.. BMX. Additionally. the angle from the horizontal axis in sketcher where the involute starts) f. q q Use the cylindrical coordinate method if you want the easiest and most versatile method of involute creation. using the cylindrical coordinate system will be easier and quicker in most cases. Number of teeth d. Create the tooth solid feature with a cut or protrusion. Design vs. The figure below presents a basic idea of what is involved in determining the equations for the involute datum curve. Simply put. Y.). the derivations of the equations validate the formulae that will be used in the relations editor to create the involute profile. May need additional helical datum curves to sweep a helical gear teeth 5. The trick is to know when to use Cartesian or cylindrical coordinates in creating the datum curve by equation. Use Cartesian coordinates if you have to have the equations in terms of X. the datum curve by equation technique allows you to use either Cartesian or cylindrical coordinate systems to create the involute curve profile. and Z only. General Procedures for Involute Curve Creation 1. Set up parameters for key variables: a. Major (outer) tooth diameter e. but if you don’t know how you got to the solution. 4. etc.

we will assume a start angle of 0° and remove it from the formulae./2 Ro = Major dia.Y on the involute SRo = tangent line length at major diameter on involute β = angle from start of involute to tangent point on base circle Xc. From basic trigonometry: ./2 Sα = arc length SR = tangent line length at any point X.Yc = tangent point on base circle corresponding to tangent line SR Start_angle = angle from the horizontal axis to the start of the involute curve For simplicity.Ri = Base dia.

the equation for XR and YR can be derived: From the Pythagorean Theorem: Substitute and simplify the equations to get XR and YR in terms of Ri and β. and plug them into the equation for RO: . Start by substituting for Xc and SR in the original equation for XR: Substitute for Yc and SR in the original equation for YR: Take the equations for XR and YR. above.From the geometry.

The equation for Ro becomes: . and Ri2 * β: Remember a basic trigonometric identity formula: Substitute for the identity.Expand the squared terms: Consolidate terms that have Ri2. and combine like terms (which add to 0).

Combining terms that have Ri2: Squaring Ro gives us: Squaring the square root term: Rearranging the equation to isolate β: .

α. so we multiply by “t” in the equation (t varies linearly from 0 to 1): Substituting for β: But since we want radians. We also need to evaluate β over its full range (from Ri to Ro) to derive the involute curve.We need to define a term. in terms of Ri and Ro. so that we can solve the parametric equation for the creation of the datum curve. we multiply by 2* π /360: .

Z = 0 (since we wish to create a 2-D planar curve) .We need the parametric equations for X and Y (and Z) in terms of Ri and α. substituting α for β (and multiplying the α terms by 360/2*π because we need degrees here): Deriving the parametric equation for X: Deriving the parametric equation for Y: Finally. We will use XR and YR as the basis.

So. just preset it to a value of 1 using parameters. Ri) must be predefined. If we include a start angle of some value other than 0°. or set it to 1 before the involute curve equations in the relation equation editor. the equations become: solve for α . Ro. Since we don’t know α yet. the relation equations used in creating the involute profile datum curve will be: solve for α Z=0 Remember that all variables (α.

/2 R = Radius to any point on the involute curve Sα = arc length from start of the involute to the tangent point SR = tangent line length at any point X. .Z=0 Deriving the Involute Datum Curve Equations — Cylindrical Coordinates Ri = Base dia.Y on the involute SRo = tangent line length at major diameter on involute β = angle from start of involute to tangent point on base circle θ = angle from start of involute to any point on the involute between Ro and Ri α = angle from a point on the involute to the tangent point on base circle Start_angle = angle from the horizontal axis to the beginning of the involute curve The geometry associated with the involute curve in a cylindrical coordinate system is shown below./2 Ro = Major dia.

so if we denote a variable t that goes from 0 to 1 as R goes from 0 to Ro. The following equations are based on the geometry of the involute setup: The relationship between SR and SRo varies linearly. then: .Again. we are setting the start angle to 0° for simplicity.

By the Pythagorean Theorem: By observation and the Pythagorean Theorem: Substituting (SRo * t) for SR into the equation defining R: We need to find β in terms of Ri and Ro.It is important to note that SR = SRo when R = Ro (because t=1). Start with the equation for SR found previously: Isolate the β term and substitute (SRo * t) for SR: .

similar to the α term in the Cartesian Coordinate equations.Solving the equations to get α: Substitute (SRo * t) for SR: Substituting for β and α in the equation for θ: As in the case for the equations for Cartesian involute curves. so: Z=0 We need to make the equations parametric based on Ro and Ri and t (which varies linearly from 0 to 1). but based on SR instead of β: . we still want the curve to be 2-D and planar. so we create a variable γ.

Substituting for SRo: Substituting γ for SRo into the equations for R gives us: A similar substitution for SRo in the equation for θ: So. the relation equations used in the creation of the involute profile datum curve will be: .

remember to predefine γ. base_dia. Using the Cylindrical Coordinate System to Create an Involute Curve 1. no_of_teeth. and Ri before solving the relations. gamma). tooth_thick (or space_width).Solve for γ Z=0 Note: to account for a start angle ≠ 0. use: As with the Cartesian coordinate method. . pitch_dia. Create the part parameters (major_dia. minor_dia. Ro. start_angle.

Use the major_dia parameter as the OD of the cylinder. Create the base cylinder geometry. .(Click to enlarge) 2.

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(Click to enlarge) 3. Make sure you have a coordinate system already established. By Equation. . (It helps if the coordinate system has the Z direction along the centerline axis.) Create the involute datum curve by using Datum Curve. It should be located on the centerline axis at one end of the cylinder you have created. Choose a cylindrical coordinate system.

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OK the section. Create a centerline. Make the top and bottom sides of the cut using an arc and selecting the end points to be symmetric about the centerline. . To Perimeter from the Edit dropdown menu. Dimension the arc as a perimeter by selecting the angular dimension and choosing Convert. Set the two curves apart by using a construction arc at the pitch diameter to represent the circular space width.4. Then extrude a cut axially along the cylinder based on the profile of the datum curve in Step 4. Create a datum curve (by sketch) that represents the entire cut for the tooth profile. and then mirror the involute curve to make the two sides of the cut. (Click to enlarge) 5.

(Click to enlarge) 6. Pattern the cut axially around the cylinder. Voila! Your gear/spline is now ready for use! .

pdf. This article is based in part on his . Suggested Techniques for: q q q Creation of an Involute Gear Cutting (3 Methods) Creating a Cylindrical Gear with Helical Teeth Creating an Involute Curve 4.html. Dan Marsalek is a design engineer with Marine Mechanical Corp. 2. Machinery’s Handbook. www.co. pp. 1787-2065. 1992. 1996. 24th ed.com/books/pdf/gears. 6. PTC Knowledgebase. Involute Gear Design Tutorial. pp. Ohio. specializing in 3-D modeling and nonlinear FEA of complex mechanisms for naval vessels. Mechanical Engineering Design. in Cleveland. Dan is currently vice president of the Ohio Pro/E User Group (NOPUG). 1989. www.roymech.cadquest.uk/Useful_Tables/Drive/Gears. 5th ed.1-1996.(Click to enlarge) For Further Reference 1. Shigley and Mishke. 2004.. 3. 5. The Society of Automotive Engineers. 527-584 Roy Beardmore. ANSI Standard B92..

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In the Type dropdown list box. Also necessary is a workstation with sufficient RAM. In the Quality area of the dialog box. I advise using the highest quality possible (10). use the 64-bit version of Pro/ENGINEER. 5. Save a Copy. The following steps were adapted from <PROE_LOADPOINT>html\usascii\proe\aax\ to_create_a_merged_solid_exported_shrinkwrap_model. select Merged Solid. Retrieve the PSU assembly as the source model. It may be necessary to have the /3GB switch on Windows XP Professional. Since the accuracy of the FAR plot is important. Unselect this since the FAR plot accuracy will be affected with filled holes done by the system. In the Creation Method area of the dialog box. Click File. 2. This technique requires the Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX) and the Behavioral Modeling Extension (BMX). 3. 1). Enter an integer in the range of 1 to 10 (default = 1). The basic idea is to create the air part by cutting out a merged solid representation of the PSU and plotting its cross-sectional area along the length of the unit by performing a user-defined analysis (UDA). The Save a Copy dialog box opens. click Shrinkwrap (Fig. 1. Creating a free area ratio (FAR) plot along the length of the PSU is one way to address this need. . a Division of Emerson Network Power Both thermal engineers and the mechanical design team can benefit being able to visualize how densely populated the power supply unit (PSU) is.htm. Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Visualizing the Air Space of a Complex PSU Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer Creating a Merged Solid Shrinkwrap of the PSU The first functionality to be used is available in AAX. Ignore Skeletons (selected by default). Ignore Quilts (selected by default). If not. select or clear the following options: q q q Auto Hole Filling (selected by default). The system does not include skeleton model geometry when creating the shrinkwrap model. The system does not include external quilts in the shrinkwrap model. In the Special Handling area of the dialog box.Visualizing the Air Space of a Complex PSU By Ceferino Sanchez of ASTEC Power. specify the quality level for the system to use when identifying components that will contribute to the shrinkwrap model. 4. 6.

saves the new part to disk. 9. Click Create. or you can undo selections using the Select Components button. Shrinkwrap Dialog Box . The system copies a subset of information from the source model to create a shrinkwrap model. in the format "X of Y components have been selected. The Create Shrinkwrap dialog box closes. The system assigns the shrinkwrap model a default file name based on that of the source model. 8. 2). 3). 10. 7." You can zoom in and select unselected components to include. The system assigns the mass properties of the original model to the shrinkwrap model. Figure 1. In the Output File Name area of the dialog box.q Assign Mass Properties. The subset consists of solid geometry consisting of all collected components from the source model. Click Close. specify the export output. Click Preview to obtain graphical and textual feedback about the subset of information that will be captured in the shrinkwrap model (Fig. The message window provides information about how many components are included and excluded from the representation. and displays it in its own window (Fig. Accept the default file name in the format model_name_sw0001 or enter a new name for the shrinkwrap model.

Merged Solid Shrinkwrap Part of PSU Assembly . PSU Assembly Figure 3.Figure 2.

prt activated.htm 1. Open the air. which you can arbitrarily name PSU_model_FAR. You can set the part accuracy to 0. If there are problems with the cutout. . Cutout and then pick the merged solid shrinkwrap part of the PSU. 1. Model Datum. other than enabling absolute accuracy. the FAR can be derived by dividing this by the total area of the PSU cross-section normal to the airflow direction.prt.Note: It’s advisable to enable the configuration option enable_absolute_accuracy and set it to yes. Field (Fig.asm. The following steps were adapted from <PROE_LOADPOINT>\html\usascii\proe\bemod\ example__analyzing_the_cross_section_of_a_pipe. Point. These are the intermediate steps prior to using the cutout functionality.htm and <PROE_LOADPOINT> \html\usascii\proe\bemod\ to_create_a_user_defined_analysis. Performing the User Defined Analysis By calculating the cross-sectional area of the air. 3. which consists of a protrusion feature flush to the width.001 mm absolute to avoid problems in the cutout later on.prt. Assemble the merged solid shrinkwrap part. Create and assemble the air. Making the Cutout At this point you need to create an assembly. you can match the accuracy of the air. With the air. Shared Data. click on Insert. Create a field point on the trajectory curve by clicking Insert. 4). height and length of the PSU. 2.prt with the merged solid shrinkwrap of the PSU. 2.prt or activate it if in session.

enter the name of the analysis. Field Point 3. Datum Plane Through Field Point Normal to Airflow Direction 4. and select Model Analysis as the type of the analysis (Fig. Create a datum plane through the field point normal to the airflow direction (Fig. 5). To create an analysis feature to measure the cross-section of the pipe. Analysis. In the ANALYSIS dialog box.Figure 4. 6). click Insert. Figure 5. Model. 5. air_area. Datum. .

Figure 6. 7). Click Next to go to the second page and select a parameter that you want to create (Fig. . First Page of Analysis Dialog Box 6.

9. and choose the name of the datum plane to create the cross-section. . Click Compute to the mass. Second Page of Analysis Dialog Box 7. Place a checkmark in front of Use Plane. Select X-Section Mass Properties as the type of measure.Figure 7. 8.

Third Page of Analysis Dialog Box 12. 11. Click OK. 9). 13. Local Group. Figure 8. Feature Operations. Group. Click Close. choose the parameter XSEC_AREA and select Yes to create this parameter (Fig. Specify a name for the group (Fig. Click Edit. . Create a UDA construction group by grouping all required features and parameters. 8).10. Under Result params.

select the field point. Dynamic Update. XSEC_AREA). 10). 18.5mm is acceptable in the case of PSUs) between two adjacent points in the model units. Depending on the length of the PSU and your processor. This option is available only for the Entire Field domain.Figure 9. You need not choose Compute to update. this will take some time. Define the resolution by setting the distance (0. accept the default references used by the feature. Create a user-defined analysis using the construction group you have just defined. Specify where to perform calculations by accepting the default (Entire Field) from the domain list. Pro/ENGINEER updates the results automatically. Under Parameters. select the analysis feature parameter you want to compute (in this case. and the analysis feature (the last item). Under Computation Settings (Fig. If you have MS Excel. 20. define the resolution by clicking the appropriate icon. Under References. Click Analysis. 16. Under Computation Settings. Shows results in a graph window. . 15. which opens a standalone Excel window when the graph is created. 21. Create Graph. User-Defined Analysis. 19. set the configuration option bm_graph_tool to excel_linked. also set any of these options: q q q Max/Min Refinement. Obtains more accurate results for the minimum and maximum values without increasing the density or accuracy. select a Construction group. the datum plane through the field point. Under Type. The calculation will be performed on the entire domain where the field point is located (in this case. the entire trajectory curve that is the edge along the airflow direction). 17. From the model tree. Local Group 14.

and accuracy (low. or very high). If the field point references a surface or a quilt. or two-color). For UDAs with the field point on an edge or curve. and sensitivity). Compute. you can set increment (linear. Under Results. logarithmic.Figure 10. you can set the scale and density. click: q q Settings. UDA Dialog Box 22. medium. 11). . Sets the scale and density of the display and specify calculation options (Fig. The results appear in the box under Results. and can be a porcupine display accompanied by a graph (if the field is a curve or an edge) or a shaded display (if the domain is a surface or a quilt). spectrum (upper and lower limits. Generates the results of the analysis (Fig. 12). high.

25. Figure 11. click Add Feature and enter the name for the feature. Click the Saved Analyses bar to expand the dialog box for the functions related to saving analyses. UDA Settings Figure 12. Click Close. Choose OK to close the dialog box. To save this analysis in an analysis feature. . UDA Display 23. 24.q q Clear. A new analysis feature appears in the model tree. Erases the display of the results.

height and length of the PSU. . FAR Plot on the Spreadsheet Ceferino Sanchez is a lead engineer.com.In an Excel spreadsheet. 13). He can be reached by email at ceferinosanchez@astec-power. you can add field names such as width. You can also easily compute derived fields such as area. Figure 13. Philippines. X-distance on the PSU and FAR (Fig. thermal engineer and Pro/E administrator at ASTEC Power. a division of Emerson Network Power in Quezon City.

Ideally. A good watermark looks like a light fog superimposed over the engineering print or PDF (Fig. digital. Now. you too can identify your documents with a fully automated. It does not obscure the documentation and is difficult to ignore. the . Designing with Style–Turning Sketches into Successes Being Innovative All About Arbortext Reevaluating the PTC/USER Member Portal A Student's Eye View of the PTC/ USER World Event I Want My MOM Back! Creating Gears and Splines Creating a FAR Plot Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer Figure 1. customizable “watermark”—bringing the outdated “red stamp” into the modern age. if you have a printer compatible with PostScript® or a PDF distiller. 1). Raytheon Vision Systems The Why Clearly identifying engineering documentation as PRELIMINARY or DRAFT can prevent costly downstream misunderstandings. The How You can set up a watermarking system for your users that employs simple menu selections to print a file or create a PDF in Adobe® Reader® format. each function in the enterprise must clearly understand whether or not engineering information is released for production. From program management to supply chain.Digital Watermarks for Today's Engineer by John Tucker. The What A watermark is here defined as a semi-transparent marking that unmistakably identifies the release state of Pro/ENGINEER output without obstructing the readability of information underneath or behind it.

59.com/printfile/ for instructions and download) to send your PostScript files to your system printer. Windchill. That is.” so if you plan to use shaded views in Wildfire 3. so that you can inspect the resulting file and obtain the release level. The watermark itself is composed of 18 lines of PostScript code embedded into the PostScript file created by Pro/ENGINEER.sed. Knowing the release state of your data will allow you to further customize the watermark or simply forgo it. for example.59 available at http://sed. the watermark is actually a “background.) Copy the text in Figure 2 exactly and name it watermark. an alternate menu selection or a mapkey. I’ve renamed the executable to SED. or another PDM system to manage your Pro/ENGINEER files. the watermark should be automatically applied based on the release state of your databases. Use the ‘lp’ command or Windows print command to send your PostScript file to a printer. you won’t be able to automate the process unless you use drawing parameters to track your release state and are extremely disciplined about keeping them up to date. Create a PostScript file. Currently—this applies to Pro/ENGINEER 20 through Pro/ ENGINEER Wildfire 3. The Watermark Recipe There are three steps for applying a watermark to your output: 1.exe and placed it into our operating system path. PDF output may be obtained via your Adobe distiller or a product such as GhostScript. Create a PostScript file. Place it in a folder of your choosing. The PostScript code is available (click here to download). sending the output to a file.sourceforge. your shaded views will clip your text.watermarking process should be transparent to the user. you need only query your system to determine whether or not to add a watermark. If you are using Pro/INTRALINK. (I’m using super-sed version 3. make use of the SED program that comes with your operating system. If you are tracking your lifecycle state with Pro/INTRALINK. To insert the code quickly and easily into the correct location without writing a custom routine. (Note: in Adobe lingo. zip. If you cannot use the print command in your Windows environment (as may be the case because of your network architecture). a. Obtain paper or PDF output.net/grabbag/ssed/sed-3. .0. Insert the watermark. you can use the excellent freeware PrintFile (go to http://www.0 Preproduction—it must be inserted after either line 14 or 15 of the output. or record a Pro/ENGINEER mapkey to do the job. If you are still using your operating system’s innate filing system to manage your files. Insertion Tips You cannot insert the 18 lines of PostScript code just anywhere into the Pro/ENGINEER PostScript output file. Nonetheless. your mapkey should include a file dump of your model or drawing parameters. you can still choose to apply a watermark based on.lerup. b. If you use Windows. download a freeware version of SED from the internet. 2.) 3.

ps now contains a watermark. Use the following command line to transform your Pro/ENGINEER PostScript file into a watermarked PostScript file: sed -n -f watermark.5} def\ /getmidpage {currentpagedevice /PageSize get dup 0 get exch 1 get exch 2 div exch 2 div} bind def\ /corner2corner {currentpagedevice /PageSize get dup 0 get exch 1 get exch atan} bind def\ /getsheetscal {currentpagedevice /PageSize get 0 get 72 div globalScaleFactor mul} bind def\ /sizefont {/Helvetica-Bold findfont exch scalefont setfont} bind def\ /showcenterjust {dup stringwidth pop 2 div neg 0 rmoveto show} bind def\ /numwatermarklines {theWatermark length} bind def\ /watermark {gsave newpath getmidpage moveto corner2corner rotate 0 getsheetscal 2 div neg rmoveto\ 0 numwatermarklines 1 sub getsheetscal mul interLinearSpacing mul rmoveto getsheetscal sizefont\ grayScale setgray theWatermark {gsave showcenterjust grestore 0 2 getsheetscal mul interLinearSpacing mul\ neg rmoveto} forall\ grestore} bind def\ <<\ /BeginPage {watermark} bind\ >> setpagedevice\ Figure 2.ps The file named watermarked. .p /%%EndPageSetup/ a\ /theWatermark {[(DRAFT/REVIEW) (YOUR CUSTOMIZED) (WATERMARK HERE)]} def\ /globalScaleFactor {4} def\ /grayScale {0.ps. which will become visible when you send it to a PostScript-compatible printer or a distiller.sed my_drawing. You may delete the input file named my_drawing. Let’s further assume that the file is called my_drawing. Let’s assume that you’ve just printed your PostScript output to a file.ps >watermarked.ps at your leisure.95} def\ /interLinearSpacing {0.

The text of the watermark (in red) is customizable. (You can get it here. and adjusting upward if it looks too small. you’ll be asked whether you’d like to print . 4). adjusting downward if your watermark spills off of the page. Font size. etc. Remember to save this to watermark. Adjust it up or down to achieve a pleasing effect. Make any other selections you want. The current spacing of 0. If you need to use parentheses in your watermark. Be sure to leave both boxes To File and To Printer checked (Fig.exe. Intensity. or they may contain several lines of text. Download a Windows-compatible version of SED. However.pcf into the folder designated by pro_plot_config_dir in your config.0 will set your watermark to full black.sed when satisfied. Instructions for use follow. The interlinear spacing of the watermark (in pink) is adjustable. Place the provided PCF file watermark.5 indicates that there is one half-height of character spacing between lines of text in the watermark. If there is no special setting for this folder. Experiment with the size of the lettering by varying this setting. Download and install Ghostscript (http://www. 4.0 indicates full white. Start with the given value 4. A value of 0. or manually print using the WATERMARK printer (Fig 3). 1. all watermark text must be set between the two square brackets.sed when you’re happy with it. 2.Customizing Your Mark Take note of the following in the SED script shown in Figure 2. The intensity of the watermark (in green) is adjustable.bat with your favorite text editor. Save the edited file as plain text—with the original name—and place it in the folder you designated when editing watermark. If necessary. for Windows users. prefix them with the back-slash character \. This is a positive real number. I have created a Pro/ENGINEER printer configuration file (PCF file) and a batch file as a sample. if you obtain obviously stippled (dotted) output from your printer.ghostscript. place the PCF file into the folder <loadpoint>\text\plot_config along with the other PCF files. review. 5. your watermark will be invisible! I have noticed that a different value for intensity may be required depending on whether you output to a printer or to a PDF file. In addition. such as the word DRAFT. Save to watermark. If there are no errors. You’ll need to make edits to the first 10 SET commands to customize them to your setup (editing instructions are provided within the file). The overall size of the watermark lettering (in blue) is adjustable. change the driver through your operating system control panel to achieve a smoother effect. Each line of text in the watermark must be set between parentheses. Line spacing. Edit lines 10 and 14 of the file according to the instructions on lines 9 and 13. Edit the batch file watermark. 3. you will not be able to view any other output behind it. Your watermarks may contain a single line of text.0 to 1. release.com/). This is a real number ranging from 0.0. prompting you to fix any clerical errors you may have made during editing. draft. and press OK. It’s possible to use a different watermark for different purposes: quotation.pcf in Step 3.pro. In any case. Printing Made Easy There isn’t room to go into every possible system configuration in this article. Record a mapkey that selects the printer WATERMARK. Save the edited file as plain text. make sure that you are using a PostScript driver supplied with your operating system or by your printer manufacturer.) Unzip it and rename it to SED. The batch file should run. This is also a positive real number. q q q q Text. Remember to test it for each of your standard page sizes. A value of 1.

Conclusion The advent of email has changed the way we do business. or to suppliers for quote. you’ll get output with a watermark. Figure 3. without any possibility of misunderstanding. as paper documentation travels between offices in your own facility for design reviews and manufacturing planning. Along with these benefits comes the possibility of confusion and misinterpretation of information. you can mail a PDF to customers for review.your file or create a PDF. But using the watermarking system described here. Figure 4. no one can . Either way. Meanwhile. cutting costs and reducing time-to-market.

John Tucker is a mechanical engineer at Raytheon Vision Systems. PostScript and Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Trademark acknowledgments: Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.possibly fail to recognize the design phase of your product.com. Adobe. He can be reached by email at jtucker@raytheon. .

you'll receive recognition as well as some cold hard cash! Click here for information on submitting an article for Tips & Tricks. When working with large assemblies.designkb. Caterpillar Brazil Ltda. HP Indigo Division Components that Assemble Many Times Summer 2005 Summer 2005 Reflections on Pro/ Marc Mettes INTRALINK Scripting Dimension Justification Made Easy Weligton Nascimento. Helpful tips for Pro/ INTRALINK script developers. SYNTHES CMF Description Although Mechanical Design Extension (MDX) does not include built-in functionality for cylindrical cams. Can you determine the relative costs of design build options? This simple test will help you evaluate your expertise.Tips & Tricks Archive Profiles Magazine Tips & Tricks are written by experts from the user community. check out the Design Knowledge Base (www. For more tips on Pro/ENGINEER and other design tools. Use the tools in Pro/ ENGINEER 2001 to improve the appearance of complex drawings. We invite you to submit your favorite tip for publication. . this technique will help simplify the task of replacing standard parts in multiple locations.com). The following Tips & Tricks are all available online: Issue Date Summer 2005 Tip Title Creating a Cylindrical Cam Using Mechanism Design Extension Author Dana Coombs. If we accept it. you can use this technique to do so with MDX. Summer 2005 Pro/ENGINEER Professionals: Test Your Expertise John Driscoll Summer 2005 Quickly Replacing Elkin Jhirad.

Spring 2005 Spring 2005 Inserting 2D Geometry into Pro/ ENGINEER Winter 2005 Changing the Order of Greg Kemner "Save a Copy" File Types Winter 2005 Another Take on Decals Jason Baggett Winter 2005 How to Update the Drawing System Parameter &todays_date Before Printing Ceferino Sanchez Winter 2005 Easy Axis Justification Steve Register Easily adjust all four leaders for a centerline simultaneously. Robert Bosch Corporation Explore the enhanced patterning capabilities of Wildfire 2. Improve your productivity and quality through UI scripting.Summer 2005 Spring 2005 Using Axis Pattern in Wildfire 2. An alternative approach to utilizing the hidden capability to create labels within Pro/ENGINEER. Belcan Corporation Wesley Ingram. you can use the Pro/MECHANICA thermal module to solve 3D electrostatic problems. A config. How to duplicate a family table object into a single part while maintaining a relationship to the drawing.pro option makes it easier to select your most commonly used file types.0 Using a Family Table Instance to Create a Single Part Drawing in Pro/INTRALINK Florin Neamtu. Johannes Tredoux. Angus Milne. This simple tip lets you open more than one model at a time from a workspace. Using the similarities ABB Trasmissione & between the governing Distribuzione equations for heat conduction and electrostatics. while using Pro/ INTRALINK. AutoCAD®.0. Fall 2004 Automating Pro/ INTRALINK with UI Scripts Opening Multiple Models Simultaneously Matt Meadows Fall 2004 John Scranton . A method to automate partially the update of the current date on a drawing prior to printing. others) into Pro/ENGINEER. Spring 2005 Pro/ENGINEER Image Output versus Copy/Paste Using the Thermal Module of Pro/ MECHANICA to Optimize a 3D Electrostatic Problem John Randazzo. Expand your graphics Blue Ridge Numerics output options by using an external image editor. Weatherford UK How to insert geometry from another CAD systems (SDRC®.

This sophisticated tip shows you how to create a straightened instance of a bent tube model. duplicate and place features. view and/or print a drawing. This tip saves you time when you need to open. Using Relations to Assign Different Materials and Mass Properties for Family Table Instances Dwaraka Nadha Reddy Pro/ENGINEER allows you to attach any number of materials to the part database. Murali Transfering a Pro/ INTRALINK® workspace created in one system to another. Learn how to use Pro/ ENGINEER's analysis feature to help you automate your design process. Spring 2004 Winter 2003 Linking Model Notes and Parameters to Display Family Table Instance Information Winter 2003 Managing Workspaces in Pro/ INTRALINK 3. Swamynathan Summer 2004 Using Pro/ Asim Rashid ENGINEER's Analysis Feature Effectively Spring 2004 Creating a Parametric Kenneth S. . How to combine model parameters and dimensions into a single note that can be displayed in parts as well as drawing tables. but you can only assign one material to the part at any given time. Johnson Use parameters residing in your part file to Note Block generate drawing notes.1 Jim Wehner Natarajan K. Fall 2004 Creating a Straight Instance of a Bent Tube Dan Moran Summer 2004 Updating a Simplified Edwin Muirhead Drawing in Wildfire Summer 2004 Driving a TableDriven Pattern Through Relations Dwaraka Nadha Reddy Summer 2004 View a Drawing Without Having a Model in Session R. How to convert an "oldstyle" simplified drawing (with suppressed features) into a Wildfirecompatible drawing utilizing family tables.0/3.Fall 2004 Working with Decals John Randazzo Add realism to your photorendered models by applying decals in Pro/ ENGINEER. This technique lets you access parameters from one of the many material files defined in the generic model to drive family table instances. Using table-driven patterns gives you enormous flexibility to create.

Get quick and easy statistics on your Windows network performance without the overhead of a GUI. How to resolve conflicts created by missing objects from your workspace. models for external flow analysis and many other applications. Fall 2003 Need to Get a Head in John Driscoll a Hurry? Spinning and Fixing a Keith Ebling Component's Placement During Assembly Reducing the Workload of Pro/E Administration Shedding a Little Light on the Matter Using Wildcards in Pro/INTRALINK Object Operations Edwin Muirhead Fall 2003 Fall 2003 Fall 2003 Jason Taylor Summer 2003 Keith Ebling Summer 2003 Four Tips on Shrinkwrap John Randazzo Summer 2003 Using Netstat to Monitor Your Windows Network Performance Getting Rid of Those Pesky Ghost Objects How to Import Multiple Versions of Pro/E Data into Intralink While Maintaining Version History Duane Roach Spring 2003 Karen Dougherty Spring 2003 Keith Ebling . Tips and techniques to ease administration of multiple Pro/E and Pro/ INTRALINK sites. Winter 2003 Relation-Driven Family Tables Kenneth S. How to construct a model of a human head with surfacing. Johnson Drive an unlimited number of dimensions with a set of relations and a few parameters fields. see how you can use the Thermal module of Pro/MECHANICA® to solve basic electrostatic dielectric problems. Shrinkwrap can used to create solids. Search for Pro/E objects in Pro/INTRALINK that have specific numbers of characters in their names using wildcards. Master the use of light for proper visualization of your shaded models. Import Pro/E data managed outside of your PDM system and retain the version information. Take advantage of Pro/E 2001's spin/pan and Fix Component Position functionality to make assembly easier.Winter 2003 Solving 2D Electrostatic Problems Using the Thermal Module of Pro/MECHANICA Johannes Tredoux As the governing equations for heat conduction and electrostatics are the same.

Two tips on computer mice. Use the power of family tables to easily create multiple instances of gear geometry required for product catalogs. Excel spreadsheets can be used to create a more user-friendly interface to drive parametric values. Troubleshoot network problems that may be affecting performance of your Pro/INTRALINK installation. How to create an associative mirrored part in Pro/DESKTOP. Use color-coding to highlight specific features of your Pro/E model. A simple tip on modifying text height for notes and dimensions. How to solve draft command failures using alternative methods. Use construction lines to streamline your sketches and eliminate unnecessary dimensions and patterns. twist between rectangular cross-sections. Cut a part at a datum plane without creating a sketch. manufacturing and other applications. This is important for creating waveguides for electrical and RF signals.Spring 2003 Creating a Constant Cross-Section Twist John McDougall A helpful tip for creating a 90&Mac251. and previewing edited text. Spring 2003 Using Netstat to Duane Roach Monitor Your Unix Network Performance Spring 2003 How to Cut a Part at a Erik Sherwood Plane Winter 2002 Color That's Only Skin Marc DeBower Deep Winter 2002 Drive Your Pro/ ENGINEER Model with a Spreadsheet Winter 2002 Increasing Sketcher Productivity Using Construction Lines Edwin Muirhead Jason Mastry Winter 2002 Creating 3D Notes in Pro/ENGINEER Jason Taylor Winter 2002 Two Tips That Will Make Your Day Fall 2002 Draft Command Workarounds Henry Sommer David Low Fall 2002 Is It A Doughnut or Is Jill Marshall It a Gear? Fall 2002 Custom Text Height in a 3D Environment Creating Mirrored Parts in Pro/ DESKTOP Rakesh Thukral Fall 2002 Mike Nelson . Use the power of 3D notes to easily manage large assemblies with moving parts.

Use Pro/ SHEETMETAL™ to generate linear noncircular helixes. Use pre-supplied templates from Microsoft PowerPoint® to create snazzy backgrounds for Pro/ENGINEER presentations.Summer 2002 Creating Hole Patterns Around the Edge of a Plate-The Smart Way Placing Drawing Views of a Part Simplified Rep Check Out The New Parameter/Relation Editor of Pro/E 2001 Davor Baros Use relation-driven patterns to simplify hole placement. Summer 2002 Florin Neamtu Summer 2002 Erik Sherwood Summer 2002 Using Saved Views Ron Grabau Spring 2002 Updating Relations When the Units Are Changed Generating NonCircular Helixes Michael Gallagher Spring 2002 Bruce W. Learn a fast method to save views and assign mapkeys to speed the process. Learn a technique to place drawing views of a part simplified rep to save regeneration time. Two config. Use configurations to easily create exploded views for assembly drawings. reordering and replacement of components in assemblies without initial features such as default datum planes. Then. This enhancement to the merge geometry is a new feature of Release 2001 Save screen real-estate by implementing customized cascading drop-down menus Use skeleton models to allow creation. Bodnyk Spring 2002 Creating Exploded Views in Pro/ DESKTOP® Jazz Up Your Presentations the Easy Way Bobbe Singer Spring 2002 John Randazzo Spring 2002 Design Using Inheritance Features Thomas Braxton Winter 2001 Customized Cascading Scott Blackman Drop-Down Menus in 2000i2 Winter 2001 What to Do When the First Feature is the First Component Claes Albertson . How to ensure that relations reflect changes in unit systems. learn to apply BMX technology to generate smart patterns.pro settings in Pro/ENGINEER 2001 that give you access to new user interfaces for the Relations and Parameters menus.

bat files to improve their usability to diagnose problems or provide runtime information. What to do with views that don't show any datums.BAT Files Usable in Windows Blaine Prout Fall 2001 Open Objects by Drag Rakesh Thukral and Drop in Pro/ ENGINEER Quickly Modify Drawing Entities Speeding Up Large Patterns Dennis Sledge Fall 2001 Fall 2001 Bruce Bodnyk Summer 2001 Summer 2001 Reverse Engineering Action Man into Pro/ ENGINEER Creating Reusable Pipelines with UDFs Grant Cameron Anthony Stewart . Save time modifying dimensions and regenerating assemblies that have movable parts. Create triangular patterns that can be dynamically modified using a parameter. In Pro/ENGINEER 2000i and 2000i2. Oler This Release 2001 workaround lets you use a bounding box to select and modify many dimensions at the same time.Winter 2001 Modifying Many Dimensions at Once in Pro/ENGINEER 2001 Winter 2001 Adding to Your Color Palette Winter 2001 What is Pro/ INTRALINK® Branching Aron J. Tweak PTC's . open objects by drag-and-drop A shortcut to modify most dimensional entities quickly. "How to develop a Pro/ ENGINEER model using scanned/digitzed data. How to "borrow" existing color definitions from other parts or assemblies. Branching is a useful design tool that allows several team members to work on the same object at once." "User-defined Features (UDFs) provide an efficient means for creation of pipeline assemblies in Pro/ PIPING" Steven Frey Karen Dougherty Winter 2001 Using Datum Targets in a View When Datum is Inaccessible Normand Roy Winter 2001 Viewing Assemblies in Marty Holman Multiple Positions Winter 2001 How to Create Triangular Patterns Sanjay Kinger Fall 2001 Make PTC . Massively reduce regeneration times for large patterns (thousands of instances).

Gill . How to use Pro/ ENGINEER's spinal bend feature to create living hinges Summer 2001 Add Bounding Surfaces to Your Bounding Boxes Make Parameters More Accessible Mark Zaveson Spring 2001 Lorraine Dennis Spring 2001 Using Spinal Bends for Living Hinge Design John F. shrink or grow your model to make quick modifications to size." "Use bounding boxes to flex.Summer 2001 Recovering from Copy Thomas Braxton Geometry Failures "Recovery techniques to resolve regeneration failures when using Copy Geometry features." A simple technique to gain access to parameter values when working in 2000i2.

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