Your company can create customized templates for creating new mold models.
• A mold model consists of:
– A reference model
– Mold components
• File extension is .asm
• Use customized mold manufacturing templates.
• Mold templates include:
– Pull Direction
– View Orientations
• You can modify pull direction.
Creating New Mold Models
Figure 2 – New Mold Model
A mold model is the model you work on while in Mold Cavity Design mode, or Mold mode. The mold model, which has a file extension of .asm, contains the following:
• A reference model.
• One or more workpieces that represent the overall size of cavity inserts.
• Several mold components that represent cavity inserts.
• One molding component that represents the product of the molding process.
The remainder of this course focuses on the creation of these items.
You can create new mold models within Creo Parametric either by using File > New, or by clicking New
. You can type the name of the mold and decide whether to use a default template or a template at all. Unless you select the
Empty template, the new mold displays in the graphics window with some sort of default datum features.
You should create new mold models using a template. Mold templates are similar to part and assembly templates in that they enable you to create a new mold with predefined general information. Your company has probably created customized templates, as they contain your company’s standards.
Using a template to create a new mold is beneficial because it means that regardless of who created it, the mold contains the same consistent set of information, including:
• Datums — Most templates contain a set of default datum planes and a default coordinate system, all named appropriately.
• Default Pull Direction — The direction in which the mold opens.
• Layers — When every mold, part, and assembly contains the same layers, it is easier to manage both the layers and items on the layer.
• Units — Most companies have a company standard for units in their molds.
Creating every mold with the same set of units ensures that no mistakes are made.
• Parameters — Every mold can have the same standard metadata information.
• View Orientations — Having every mold contain the same standard view orientations aids the molding process.
Modifying the Default Pull Direction
The default pull direction is visible on the model at all times as a double set of arrows, as shown in Figure 2. It is used as a default direction for all mold-specific features and analysis depending on the pull direction. You can change the direction of the default pull direction by clicking Pull Direction from the Design Features group in the ribbon. The reference you select causes the pull direction to become perpendicular to that reference. Keep in mind that if you modify the default pull direction within a mold model created using a template, you should rename the datum planes appropriately.