What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0: Automatic Simplified Representations

By Natasha Reaves

 

In Creo Parametric 5.0, simplified representations have been enhanced by reducing the multiple predefined representations down to the Automatic Representation. In an Automatic Representation, the minimum required data is retrieved for presenting the assembly as fast as possible and in the most accurate way. Creo determines what data is required based on user actions. For example, only assembly components included in the representation are retrieved in an automatic representation, and all other excluded components remain excluded.

Simplified representations created prior to Creo Parametric 4.0 are obsolete. But you can control the presence of simplified representations from earlier versions of the software using the configuration file option hide_pre_creo4_reps. The values for this configuration option are as follows:

  • yes – hides all simplified representations created in Creo Parametric 3.0 and earlier versions, except for Exclude simplified representations. When you open a model, the model opens by default as an Automatic representation.

 

  • no – maintains all simplified representations for Creo Parametric 3.0 and earlier versions.

 

  • maintain_master* – hides all simplified representations for Creo Parametric 3.0 and earlier versions, except for Master and Exclude simplified representations.

(FOOTNOTE: * indicates a default value setting)

 

 

Additional information about simplified representations can be found in our Creo Parametric: Advanced Assembly Design and Management course.

About the Author

Natasha Reaves

Technical Training Engineer<br><br>As a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Natasha served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked as a mechanical designer for a multinational telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturer. Her love of CAD manifests at Rand 3D, where she enjoys teaching Creo Parametric and CATIA training classes. She holds certification from Dassault Systèmes as a CATIA V5 Expert Mechanical Designer and Certified Surface Design Associate.

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