BU ME Computer Aided Design Resources

  • Overview
  • Using CAD on a Personal Computer
  • Basic Tutorials
  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Simulation Tutorials
  • Overview

      This page is a collection of helpful resources for PTC Creo Parametric and Creo Simulation, specifically for students taking ME359: CAD & Machine Components, but anyone learning CAD may find them useful.

    Using CAD on a Personal Computer

    For SolidWorks install information, please email enghelp[at]bu.edu.
    For Creo versions 3 or 5, the best way to run PTC Creo on your personal computer is to use Citrix:
    1. Go to the BU Citrix Website and follow the instructions there.
      It's a quick installation, OS independent, and includes access to X-Drive:
      **Please make sure to log off (don't disconnect or simply close) of the Citrix Viewer when you are finished in order to end your session cleanly. Problems or questions about Citrix? E-mail enghelp[at]bu.edu

    2. MAC USERS: To use the ALT key with Citrix, click "Command-Option"

    3. To transfer files between your personal computer and the X drive, connect to your X-drive over the VPN. To do that, follow these instructions to Mount an ENGNAS Network Drive.

    4. All CAD software works better if you have a three-button mouse. Don't have one? They're about $7 at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-3-Button-Wired-Mouse-Black/dp/B005EJH6RW

    5. Instead of Citrix,to install Creo locally on Windows (this is not reccomended), here's how to do that and configure it correctly.
      • If off campus, connect to the VPN (http://www.bu.edu/tech/vpn) - this needs to be done every time you want to use Creo (even with a local installation).
      • Connect to the following network drive/folder: \\ad\eng\support\software\windows\i386\PTC\
      • Use this guide to connect to network drives: http://collaborate.bu.edu/engit/MountingENGNAS.
      • You may have to log in; use ad\your_bu_username
      • Open the Creo 5 folder, then download MED-100WIN.....zip, and extract that on your computer.
      • From within the extracted zip folder, run setup.exe (you need a windows OS in order to run Creo)
      • When it launches, choose "Install or Add new software".
      • For the licensing information, add: 7788@eng-license2 to the "License Summary" area at the bottom (NOT the "License" field at the top)
      • For Creo to work properly for ME359 assignments, you need to:
      • Download config.pro from \\ad\eng\courses\support\PTC\Creo5\Config\config.pro
      • Put it in your Creo installation at: C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 5.0.X.X\Common Files\text\ (so that it’s inside the text folder).
      • NOTE: You have to replace the config.pro already in that directory, that was installed with Creo.
      • Modify the Creo Parametric icon on your desktop (right click in > choose properties) and edit the "Start In" field to point to the location where you'll usually want to do your Creo Work (your X drive, my documents, etc).
      • In order for Creo to access the templates correctly, EVERY time you run Creo, your computer needs access to a mapped drive, named (V:\support\PTC\Creo5\Templates); this should point to \\ad\eng\courses\support\PTC\Creo 5\Templates\
      • CREO should now work. Make sure you are connected to the VPN, and start Creo by opening "CREO Parametric".
      • To verify that your installation and configuration worked, create a new part; in the creation process, you will see a New File Options popup; in the Template field, you should see "bu_in_lbm_solid". If you don't see this, something is wrong.
      • For additional help with this process, email enghelp[at]bu.edu or visit ENG-IT at 48 Cummington Mall.

    Basic Online Tutorials, most from the PTC Learning Exchange

    Familiar with SolidWorks? Extruding Parts (Start here after you've gone through the Creo Primer, above)
    Revolving Parts
    Sketching Using Datums
    Drawings Creating Assemblies

    Advanced Online Tutorials

    Special Views
    Creating Multiple Part Features
    Adding Centerlines/Centermarks
    • First, create a datum feature ("axis or point") in the sketch within the model,
    • then use "Show Model Annotations" to reveal datum feature in the sketch.
    Ordinate Dimensions
    The Hole Tool
    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
    Bills of Material
    Exploded Views
    Methods of Manufacture

    Simulation Tutorials

    Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

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