Tutorial 1: Pro/E Wildfire 5.

0 Modeling and Drawing
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering – 22.321 Mechanical Design I Written By: Chris Morand and Xiang Li Revised by: Nick Cleveland 9.6.2011 Objectives: This tutorial is an example of the basic techniques used to create a Pro/E part and drawing file. You can use the techniques in this tutorial to create the links and base plate needed to complete the design of a linkage. After completing this tutorial, you will be able to: • Complete basic solid modeling. • Create reference and sketch • Create engineering drawings • Insert new views • Add and modify dimensions • Add notes into drawing

The first step in creating any Pro/E document is creating a working directory in which all files will be saved to and opened from. This is especially important when creating assemblies or mechanisms since all files related to the assembly or mechanism must be contained in the same folder. Setting up a folder for each project should be the first thing you do. To set up a working directory first create a folder on the hard drive or on a removable storage device to act as a working directory. Then: Open Pro/E Wild Fire Start  All Programs Click OK if any errors pop up to continue. Select File  set working directory  Select the previously created folder  OK Once there is a proper working directory you are ready to begin creating parts, assemblies, and mechanisms. Remember to save your work throughout the process. To save a file click the Save button and click OK to save it in your specified working directory, or use File-> Save. In this tutorial you will make a single link that has a pin on one side and a pin hole on the other. Remember that the pins and pin holes must be the same diameter if they are to be assembled and the pin lengths must be well thought out so that you don’t get interference. To create the link:  Pro Engineer  Pro Engineer

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The exact dimensions will be altered later in the tutorial (just draw arbitrary sizes). 6. such as Link1 OK 2. Click the sketcher icon in the top of the right hand tool box. then Define… in the top left tool box shown in Figure 1 and the Sketch dialog box will appear. Select File  New  Select Part and create a name. Using the circle tool (found in the right hand tool box) create two circles with the same radius (the 2 circles are the exact same size when the notation ‘R 1‘ appears next to both circles) with the center of one circle on the cross of the reference axes as shown in Figure 2.Use the middle mouse button to stop drawing circles and return to the normal mouse pointer.Task 1: Creating the body of the link 1. You can also hold down the right mouse button until the popup menu appears and select Define Internal Sketch. You can also click Placement. Figure 2 – Sketch of circular ends of links 2 . Click Sketch on the Sketch dialog box. Click the Extrude tool icon in the right tool box 3. Figure 1 – Extrusion tool options (top left tool box) 4. Click on the FRONT datum plane (this will allow you to sketch on that plane and extrude in the direction of the arrow) 5.

Click the middle mouse button to exit the dynamic trim tool. Using the dynamic trim tool (found in the right side tool box) trim off the inside of the circles by clicking on each section or by using the tool to draw through them (the sections being trimmed will turn red from yellow) so that your model looks similar to Figure 4. then hit Enter. Figure 3 – Overall geometry of the link 8. 3 . 10.7. Click the middle mouse button once to stop drawing the first line. Double click on that dimension and type in your link length (this length is specific to your linkage and is predetermined). 11. 13. Click OK in the Sketch dialog box.50. 14. Enter the thickness of the extrusion as 0. Click the check mark button in the right hand toolbox to exit the sketch. The distance between the centers of the two circles is the effective length of the link. Using the line tool (found in the right hand tool box) draw two tangent lines between the circles as shown in Figure 3. Double click the dimension for the radius of the circles and type in 0. Click the middle mouse button once to stop drawing the second line and a second time to stop using the line tool.125 in the top left of the screen in the Extrusion properties menu. (The cursor should snap to the top and bottom of each circle and there will be a ‘T’ notated next to the point on either circle when the line is tangent to that circle). then draw the second line. Click the Resume button in the top right hand corner to resume the extrude tool. 12. Figure 4 – Link geometry ready for dimension editing 9.

it can be rotated and viewed from different sides using the middle mouse button and dragging. Use the middle mouse button to stop drawing circles and return to the normal mouse pointer. edit. Click the green check mark should look like Figure 5. Click on the top surface of the link and click Sketch in the Sketch dialog box. 2. then Define… in the top left tool box which was shown in Figure 1 and the Sketch dialog box will appear. 3. Use the following steps to create this hole. Correctly dimension the circle size and placement. 1. Your results The first feature of the part is created. Click the sketcher icon in the top of the right hand tool box. “x” out and right click on Sketch 1. Figure 5 – Completed geometry of the link Task 2: Creating a pin hole Next a pin hole will be created on one side of the link. 4. You can also hold down the right mouse button until the popup menu appears and select Define Internal Sketch. at the top right corner of the screen. You can also click Placement. To check dimensions in other sketch. Draw a circle using the circle tool (found in the right hand tool box) at the center of the two references as shown in Figure 6.15. Click the Extrude tool icon in the right tool box. Figure 6 – Initial sketch of pin hole 4 .

Select the intersect with all surface tool from the pull down menu shown in #1 of Figure 7. Figure 8 – Link with pin hole Task 3: Creating a pin Next a pin will be created on the other side of the link.5. 9. 11. Then click the flip direction button shown in #5 of Figure 7. If the preview is correct then click the check mark shown in #4 of Figure 7. 5 . 3. Click the check mark button at the right side of the screen. Click the preview button again to be sure that it is correct and then click the check mark if it is.375. 6. 7. then Define… in the top left tool box which was shown in Figure 1. Click the preview button shown in #3 of Figure 7. This will be done by extruding off of the surface of the link. 10. 2. 8. 12. Click the Extrude tool icon in the right tool box. 5 2 1 3 4 Figure 7 – Tool bar used to specify details of the pin hole cut The second feature is now complete and should look like Figure 8. Double click the circle diameter dimension and change it to 0. You can also click Placement. Select the remove material button shown in #2 of Figure 7. 1. Click the sketcher icon in the top of the right hand tool box. If it is incorrect click the resume button next to the preview button. Click on the top surface of the link and click Sketch in the Sketch dialog box. Click the Resume button in the top right hand corner to resume the extrude tool.

Select File  New  select Drawing and name it the same name as the drawing file (such as Link1) click OK. Click the preview button at the top right as was done for the pin hole. select Create concentric circle. . Draw a circle at the center of the new reference. The final feature of this part is now complete and should look like Figure 9. Click on the right edge of the link to select it as a reference when the Select dialog box prompts you to. 11. 8. 3. Then click the flip direction button. Click the preview button again to be sure that it is correct and then click the check mark if it is. 9. Click the middle mouse button a second time to cancel the concentric circle tool 6.4.375. Figure 9 – Completed link Task 4: Creating dimensioned engineering drawings Now we will create a dimensioned drawing of this link. 10. as was done for the extrusion distance when the link was created. Use the middle mouse button to stop drawing circles and return to the normal mouse pointer. To do this: 1. Select empty with format.frm. 12. 5. The part must also be saved before you can use it in an assembly or drawing. Enter the desired distance for the length of the pin in the extrude properties menu at the top left of the screen. On the drop down arrow on the side of the circle button . Click Browse next to the Format option and select a. If the preview is correct then click the green check mark near the top right corner. Click the check mark button at the right side of the screen. Click the Resume button in the top right hand corner to resume the extrude tool. 7. Double click the circle diameter dimension and change it to 0. If it is incorrect click the resume button next to the preview button. 2.

6. Click Open and OK. 8. 9. Select Show Model Annotations. 5. right click on a view and uncheck lock view movement. Select the dimensions you wish to apply to each view so that all dimensions are defined but not defined two or more times. in the annotate tab. 2. Click the General button icon which is on the “layout” tab. You can change the number of decimal places in dimensions by clicking decimal places. 4. A front view of your part should appear. You can also right click on a view to bring up the Show Model Annotations. To add dimensions: 1. Now that you have the three views of the drawing it is time to put dimensions on the drawing. 7 ..4. 3. Do this twice to place one view below the drawing of the front view and one to the right of the front view. The Drawing View dialog box will appear. 7. Click on the front view and then Right click and hold on the front view and select the option Insert Projection View. In the message window right below the tool bar it will say Click a position near the middle of the page. and also so the drawing is easily readable. Click on the annotate tab. Under View Type select Front and click Apply and Close. To move your views. enter the number you want and click the green check. Select the dimension.

1. When completed it should look exactly like the example except for the dimensions of the links which are specific to your linkage. You can drag the dimensions around so that they can all be seen by clicking on them and then clicking a second time and dragging.Your drawing must now be formatted so that all important information is readily available. 3. The arrows can be flipped by right clicking and holding on the dimension then selecting flip arrows. 2. Important Note! Format Your Drawing According to the Example. You can zoom in on the views of the drawing by using the zoom tools in the top toolbar and clicking the middle mouse button to get back to the pointer. 8 .

Then click OK. Once a note is created you can move it around so it is in the correct box. revision. To switch to a wire view of your links first click on the front view of your link to select it. You only need to fill in your name. point and csys display buttons are turned off so they don’t clutter your drawing. the sheet. Now click on the wire frame button on the top toolbar. The critical dimensions on the links are the length between the hole and the pin and the hole and pin diameters as well as pin height. 7. (Note if these displays don’t disappear click the repaint button in the top toolbar to redraw the view. Also if the text was entered wrong or if it needs to be resized the text can be formatted by clicking on a note to select it and then right clicking the note and selecting properties.) 5. The drawings can be saved as a PDF file by clicking the save as PDF button in the top tool bar (located next to the usual save button).) 6. These displays are brown writing on the views. When using this method the drawing will be black writing on a white field as in Figure 12. To change the number of decimal places displayed click on the dimension (should turn red from yellow). axis. Therefore these dimensions should be precise to 3 decimal places. Likewise the thickness of the link and the radius of the ends of the links should only be precise to 2 decimal places. Your drawing should look similar to Figure 12 with a correct title block (the link dimensions will differ). Text can be added to the text blocks at the bottom of the page by clicking the Create note button in the top tool bar. In the properties box change the number of decimal places to 3 in the format section. DO NOT TAKE A DIRECT SCREEN SHOT OF PRO/E FOR A REPORT. Click Make Note at the bottom of the Menu Manager and selecting a location for the note. Make sure the plane. 8. Different text patterns with and without leaders can be done by using the options given in the Menu Manager after clicking the make note button. scale. Pressing enter after each line of text and pressing enter twice after the last line of text. Important note. Text is entered in the message window at the top left of the screen. material and the title of your part blocks. the date. Once the drawing is a PDF open the PDF drawing and save the PDF as a JPG file. The JPG file is easily inserted into Microsoft Word as a normal image is. 9 . Click anywhere on page to deselect your view (Note if your link view disappear don’t worry just click the repaint button in the top toolbar to redraw the view. Then right click on the dimension after it is selected and click on properties.4.

Figure 12 – Complete dimensioned drawing 10 .

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