Structural Steel Profile Design with Creo AFX Software

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Structural Steel Profile Design with Creo AFX Software
Creo EFX - Using Structural Profile Toolbox Along the 2D Sketch
Creo EFX - Design 3D Structural Profile Joints and Connections
Creo EFX - Building the Final Assembly
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Structural Steel Design SoftwareDesign with structural steel or profile? Creo Advanced Framework eXtension allows one to completely design 'intelligent' fully-parametric structural profile constructions for building, utility companies, mining and other industries. These structural profile designs can then be fully integrated with other mechanical design aspects which make up the larger PTC Creo design system. The following simple demonstration uses PTC Creo Elements/Pro AFX Advnaced Framework Extension for structural profile design of a simple shed.

As a prerequisite for following the steps of this multi-part tutorial, have Creo Elements/Pro EFX installed and licensed, have basic Creo training for sketch and 3D modeling and understanding of structural steel principles. (For more information about Creo Elements/Pro or a demonstration license in Australia please contact CADDIT at this LINK.)

Creo New CAD Drawing

Step 1. Create a New Assembly...

  • Top Menu > File> new> select assembly from the type options> select design from the sub-type options > edit name of the assembly ‘EFX_ tut’ > use default template> click ok.

Step 2. Create a New AFX Project...

  • Top Menu > EFX 7.0> project> create new project> edit project shortcut ‘EXF portal frame’ > enter.

Step 3. Begin with a Simple Creo Line Sketch...

  • Create a simple line sketch representing the layout of the first frame structure.
    Select the sketch tool from the right tool chest> the sketch dialog box will appear> select the ‘asm_front’ datum plane, the ‘asm_right’ datum plane will automatically be selected as the reference> select sketch. See the Creo Sketch guide and tutorials for examples of creating a simple line sketch in Creo - Pro/ENGINEER.
  • Create the sketch similar to our example in figure 3 below:

Creo Advanced Framework eXtensionCreo EFX Sketch Steel Design

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