BU ME Computer Aided Design Resources

  • Overview
  • First time using Creo?
  • Using CAD on a Personal Computer
  • Creo Tips & Tricks
  • Basic Tutorials
  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Simulation Tutorials
  • EK156 Demo Files
  • Overview

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

    New to Creo?

    1. Check out the Creo Best Practices Guide - it contains basic procedures you should follow EVERY time you use Creo.
    2. After you've read through the guide, download this Creo Primer (pdf) to get oriented and to start modeling. Begin by opening the "Creo Parametric 3.0" application.
    3. ME359 students should check the Creo Tips & Tricks page for help with common issues faced by ME359 students.

    Using CAD on a Personal Computer

    For SolidWorks install information, please email enghelp@bu.edu. For Autodesk Inventor; installation is free from their website with an edu email address. For Creo, 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: http://collaborate.bu.edu/engit/Citrix
      **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

    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)

    EK156 Demo Files:

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