What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0: Enhanced Mirror Tool

By Natasha Reaves

 

In Creo Parametric, you can mirror selected features or the entire model geometry about a planar reference. The Mirror operation in Creo Parametric 5.0 has been enhanced resulting in faster definition or redefinition of the Mirror feature.

You can use one of the following methods to select geometry to mirror:

  • To mirror one or a set of features, select the feature(s) in the model tree or on the model.

Image1_model_tree-features_selected

·         To mirror the entire model, select the model name in the model tree.

Image2_model_tree-model_selected

Click the Image3_mirror_icon2 icon located in the Editing group in the Model tab. The Mirror dashboard displays as shown.

Image4_mirror_dashboard

Then, to mirror features or the entire model, select or create the plane that you want to mirror about.

A feature collector has been added in the References panel, which allows editing and will alert you if features are missing. The following images show the References panel when selecting features or the model, respectively:

Image5_model-references

Image6_features-references

When mirroring features, the new Reapply Mirror check box option  Image7_reapply_mirror  can be selected to remove missing features from the definition. When the references of mirrored features need to be redefined, these features are listed in the Mirrored features collector with a ‘mirror fail’ status next to the feature name.

A preview of the resulting geometry is displayed in the graphics window for visual feedback on the geometry. Click on the Image8_complete_feature icon from the Mirror dashboard to complete the feature.

 

Additional information about this tool and other Creo model duplication tools can be found in our Introduction to Solid Modeling and Advanced Part Design training courses.

 

About the Author

Natasha Reaves

Technical Training Engineer

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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