Project 01

This page documents Project 01 - Solid Modeling with Pro Engineer



Project 00


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  •  The objective of Project 01 was to learn the fundamentals and capabilities of the Pro Engineer Wildfire 2.0 software. The individual projects built on each other and made the learning experience challenging and effective.  An overview of many of the commands and applications was provided and they were utilized in different planes and geometries to demonstrate the flexibility and capacity of the program. The software is powerful and requires significant practice to learn and utilize. This effort is well spent and I see many applications that I will use in the future and could have used in the past to provide a better, more cost efficient product.

Description / Requirements

  • This project required use of Pro Engineer – Wildfire 2.0 to prepare three required solid models and a bonus project. Each project was designed to demonstrate different functions of the software and in many cases multiple ways to access tools and functions. The text utilized is, Pro Engineer Wildfire 2.0 – Tutorial and Multimedia CD 1 The projects started out utilizing basic operations on simple shapes and gradually increased in difficulty and complexity. The solid models required from the text were.....
  1. Figure #19 of page 3-10
  2. Figure #1 of page 4-1
  3. Figure #29 of page 7-15
  4. Bonus project on page 4-25

 A: Block - Creating a Simple Object 

  •  The first project required reading chapters 1-3. Chapter 1 covers the User Interface, View Controls and Model Structure. Tool bar and pull down menu functions and how to start, save and close the program. Chapter 2 shows the commands needed to create a simple object by creating a 2D sketch and then extruding a solid protrusion. The third chapter continues the process by adding holes, chamfers and rounds to the solid object. Dimensioning, configuring the model tree, naming features, modify and undo are also covered. The object a block consists of two ears with holes for a pin (a clevis) with a flat bottom and two different radii on the corners of the ears. Figures 1 and 2 depict the final shape and characteristics of the block.

B: Guide Pin - Revolved Protrusions, Mirror, Copies, Model Analysis

The second project required reading of chapter 4 of the text and expanded on the tools we used in the first project. A guide pin on a base was constructed using an extruded base and then the guide pin was created using the Revolve tool to create a protrusion. Cuts were created in one side of the base piece using the Extrude command set to remove material. The cut was then created on the other side using the mirror command. A primary hole was created using the Hole command. This hole was then copied to the other three sites using the Mirror command twice. Rounds and chamfers were then added using the respective commands to clean up the edges. Once the part was completed and saved some model analysis was done. Measurements of length, angle, distance along a curve, surface area and center of mass were completed on various parts of the model. The last section of the tutorial covered “What Can Go Wrong?” The Info command was used to diagnose errors and the Relations dialog window was used to set conditions and relationships between dimensions and shapes. Figures 3 and 4 depict the final shape and characteristics of the guide pin.


C: Turbine Blade – Patterns and Copies

  • The third project creating a turbine blade required reading and all of the material in chapter 7. This shape required creation of the base piece using the revolve command. A turbine blade was then drawn using the Extrude command placing the piece on a datum plane created using the Placement > Define > Datum Plane tools. The profile of the blade was sketched on this datum plane and then the Thicken command was used to specify of thickness of the blade. A cut out was then created using the Revolve > Remove Material commands. This cut out was revolved 360 degrees allowing it to be applied to the remaining eleven blades that were created next using the Pattern tool. The cut was created before the blades! Figures 5 and 6 depict the turbine blade model and characteristic features.

D: Bonus – Vise part - Revolved Protrusions, Mirror Cuts, and Some Rounds

  • The last project was for bonus credit and is depicted on page 4-25 of the text. I created it using an extrusion of a circle and then creating the four cuts that make up the handle after extruding the full circle. The remaining cylindrical sections were created in the same manor as the guide pin using the Revolve command to create the protrusion. Rounds were added to the appropriate edges and I added a small round dish in the face of the handle to match the picture. There were no dimensions provided but I thought it would be good practice using the Extrude > Remove Material commands. Figures 7 and 8 depict the final model displaying the shape and characteristics of the part.




Solid Models