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Did you know about Nuts for Sheet Metal in IFX

Did you know about Nuts for Sheet Metal in IFX

Did you know that the PEM® Floating Fasteners Types AC / AS / LAC / LAS are included in PTC Creo Intelligent Fastener Extension (IFX)? Here..

Displaying tolerances and fits in IFX hole notes

Displaying tolerances and fits in IFX hole notes

There is a possibility to replace values from the note with the corresponding dimension. This allows to display and output tolerances and fits. To display the..

How to correct Creo relations with SMARTUpdate without breaking the models

How to correct Creo relations with SMARTUpdate without breaking the models

In the first part of our little trilogy, you were introduced to Anja Liebhammer, the head of department for CAD design of one of the most innovative automotive..

How to customize sort order in SMARTElectrode burnsheet and export

How to customize sort order in SMARTElectrode burnsheet and export

In this blog post, you will learn more about the sort order of electrodes in burnsheet and how to customize the order in export. Note: These enhancements..

How to customize placement rules for blanks in SMARTElectrode

How to customize placement rules for blanks in SMARTElectrode

This blog post explains how you can customize the blank placement rules to suit to your needs. SMARTElectrode offers the possibility of preparing different types of..

New Functionality for Hole Charts in IFX

New Functionality for Hole Charts in IFX

In this blog post, you will find out which enhancements are available for creating holes for screw fasteners and how to use them. In the next..

Tip: How is it possible to edit plate dimensions which differ from the standard supplier sizes?

Tip: How is it possible to edit plate dimensions which differ from the standard supplier sizes?

We received some customer requests regarding this specific change in the software. Hence, we want to get a bit more into detail to that in this..

New Selection Tools for Electrodes

New Selection Tools for Electrodes

With the release of the SMARTElectrode 12.0.2.0 some improvements in geometry selection are also available. In detail these are: New selection tool “Tool tip” Integration of the shape-based..

Dynamic Editing of Cutout Features

Dynamic Editing of Cutout Features

In SMARTElectrode 12.0.2.0, size and position can be changed dynamically after selecting the geometry. Application of dynamic editing       After selecting the surface for manufacturing,..

Add workiece dimensions automatically

Add workiece dimensions automatically

With the new version SMARTElectrode 12.0.2.0, workpiece dimensions can now be created automatically. Use of the my_drawing_format.cfg The use of the configuration file is briefly explained here..

New User Interface “Start Position”

New User Interface “Start Position”

Starting with SMARTElectrode 12.0.2.0 it is possible to interactively define the start positions of the electrodes for the eroding process in a separate user interface. The definition of..

Improved Workflow for Import of third-party Electrodes

Improved Workflow for Import of third-party Electrodes

With the new release SMARTElectrode 12.0.2.0, the import of old or third-party electrodes has been improved. There are a number of reasons why third-party electrodes have to..

Automatic update when operation zero is changed

Automatic update when operation zero is changed

From SMARTElectrode 12.0.1.3 it is possible to change the zero points of the electrode assembly interactively in Creo Parametric. Two methods are now available for editing: Redefinition using..

Notifications in burnsheet

Notifications in burnsheet

The display and editing of notifications in the burn list has been further improved in SMARTElectrode 12.0.1.3. Available messages are: Info – Electrode is a copy of..

Data output improvements for INGERSOLL

Data output improvements for INGERSOLL

In SMARTElectrode 12.0.1.3 the data output for die-sinking EDM machines from INGERSOLL has been improved. A new feature is the output of the electrode type, which results from the technology..

New manufacturing templates for use with Creo NC

New manufacturing templates for use with Creo NC

Starting with SMARTElectrode 12.0.1.3, updated and new manufacturing templates for Creo NC are included. NC programming can be considerably simplified by using NC templates. Templates can be..

EMX is now SMARTColor ready

EMX is now SMARTColor ready

With the releases EMX 12.0.0.2, EMX 11.0.2.3 and EMX 10 M033 all plate templates and cut out UDFs are now prepared to apply color coding rules with the help of SMARTColor. This..

New Expert Moldbase Extension 12.0 Tutorial available

New Expert Moldbase Extension 12.0 Tutorial available

Extension 12.0 Tutorial available We just finished the new Tutorial. The PDF can be downloaded with here(PDF, 32.2 MB). The tutorial contains a step by step introduction..

Designate Surface Functions for Cut-Out Geometry

Designate Surface Functions for Cut-Out Geometry

One of the main benefits of using Expert Moldbase Extension during the moldbase designed is the automatic cut-out creation for standard components. These functionality is mainly..

Cut-Angle information in BOM Parameters

Cut-Angle information in BOM Parameters

With the described method it is possible to visualize the cut angles of profiles in the BOM. This makes drawings of regular beams with just angle..

EMX Standard Parts from Windchill

EMX Standard Parts from Windchill

In this a bit longer blog post we will demonstrate which steps are required to: configure Expert Moldbase Extension for Windchill. to automatically create all instances..

New interfaces to EDM programming

New interfaces to EDM programming

In addition to existing general output functionality, SMARTElectrode 12.0.0.0 introduces a new specific Post-Processor UI with newly developed interfaces to EDM. This new feature is available..

Improvements Data Output UI

Improvements Data Output UI

UI for data output offers some new improvements in SMARTElectrode 12.0.0.0: Name of Operation Exports will be named like selected operation by default. All operations of electrode..

Effective burn-area in Base UI

Effective burn-area in Base UI

SMARTElectrode 12.0.0.0 offers input for effective burn-area on 2nd tab “Details” in Base UI for complete definition of technology parameters. Also workpiece material was added to UI..

Redefine Electrode Assembly

Redefine Electrode Assembly

Electrode assembly definition can be loaded and changed in SMARTElectrode 12.0.0.0. This new functionality may be helpful, especially when working with reference parts. Also the start value..

New Cutout UI

New Cutout UI

There is a new user interface for definition of cutouts available in SMARTElectrode 12.0.0.0. Users can now adjust position and dimensions before  solid and cutout are created. UI can..

Configuration Options for Order Number Rules

Configuration Options for Order Number Rules

Rules for order numbers in Expert Moldbase Extension can now be configured depending on supplier, type, unit and template part name This feature is available with..

Improved Meusburger Lifter Assemblies

Improved Meusburger Lifter Assemblies

Three new Lifter assemblies are implemented: E3244 + E3240, E3246 + E3240, E32481 + E3248 + E3249 This feature is available with the version EMX 10..

New Library Components for the Runner Channel Design

New Library Components for the Runner Channel Design

With the new impllementen Library Components and UDFs runnel channels can be designed easily. This feature is available with the version EMX 10 M032, EMX 11.0.2.2..

Update Existing Ejector Pins in Case of late Design Changes

Update Existing Ejector Pins in Case of late Design Changes

In case of a late design changes in the moldbase existing ejector pins can be updated with the new dialog in just one step. This feature..

Interfering Ejector Pin Heads can be trimmed

Interfering Ejector Pin Heads can be trimmed

With this new command it is now possible to trim interfering ejector pin heades against each other. This feature is available with the version EMX 10..

SmartAssembly Webinar by Carrier/UTC

SmartAssembly Webinar by Carrier/UTC

A short while ago, there was a Webinar of the Pro/User group with the subject “Design Process Improvement and Automation”. The first nine minutes they are..

Improved ejector options

Improved ejector options

Target group: All users. Advantages: increased flexiblity in use easier understanding through overhauled UI images Usage: Options for ejectors are displayed on a separate tab for..

Direct interface to export BOM to Excel

Direct interface to export BOM to Excel

Target group: All users who process BOM data in Microsoft Excel. Advantages: Flexible export from Creo Parametric to Microsoft Excel Visual Basic macros in Excel are..

Component tree in moldbase dialog

Component tree in moldbase dialog

Target group: All users who want to check and update components in moldbase UI. Advantages: Easier access by component type Usage: Access to all assembled plates,..

Usage of Mini-Toolbar

Usage of Mini-Toolbar

Target group: All users. Advantages: Easier assembly of components Faster access to redefine, delete and copy commands Usage: Available components after selection of point or axis:..

Updates due to technical changes in Creo 5.0.2.0

Updates due to technical changes in Creo 5.0.2.0

Due to technical changes in Creo Parametric 5.0.2.0 an update from EMX 11 to the version 11.0.1.0 and from PDX 11.0 to the version 11.0.1.0 is..

Environment variables for configuration path

Environment variables for configuration path

Through the environment variable you can decide where the configuration path of the software is located. Alternatives are separated by a semicolon. With this you can create..

Quick Tip: How to use the command BUW_NO_COPY?

Quick Tip: How to use the command BUW_NO_COPY?

We got the following question by a customer: He would like to create an assembly in the library. The assembly has standard parts which shouldn’t be..

Tip: How to remove transparency on plates created in Expert Moldbase Extension

Tip: How to remove transparency on plates created in Expert Moldbase Extension

A customers question: Does anybody know how to eliminate the transparency on plates created in assembly definition? Within EMX options – Technology – Face color :..

Tip: Custom Drop-Down Selection Menu in Expert Moldbase ExtensionBill of Materials and Edit Bill of Materials Entry Dialog

Tip: Custom Drop-Down Selection Menu in Expert Moldbase ExtensionBill of Materials and Edit Bill of Materials Entry Dialog

Hello, due to a customers question I will explain how you can set up a custom Drop-Down selection in the BOM or in the Edit BOM..

Tip: Display ejector length in Expert Moldbase ExtensionBill of Materials

Tip: Display ejector length in Expert Moldbase ExtensionBill of Materials

Hello EMX Users, A customers question: When we place a ejector, usually we trim it by molding surfaces. In BOM we have to show the trimmed..

Tip: How to change the cut distance of a “rot fix” for an ejector in Expert Moldbase Extension

Tip: How to change the cut distance of a “rot fix” for an ejector in Expert Moldbase Extension

Another answer to a customers question: When I place ejectors using EMX, the cut which is generated is always very close or coincident with the ejector..

Tip: Color Defintions for Bores and Holes with Expert Moldbase Extension

Tip: Color Defintions for Bores and Holes with Expert Moldbase Extension

Hello, a tiny blog entry for setting up color definitions for bores and holes in EMX. It is quite simple. Go to the EMX Options ->..

AFX regen post relations

AFX regen post relations

To create relations in the regen post area to newly created afx models you can do the following steps: Activate hidden option Go to folder afx/configuration..

Did you know about SUBINFO in IFX

Did you know about SUBINFO in IFX

Did you know that you can use the keyword SUBINFO in the *.dat files to allow multiple same sizes in one *.dat file? Usually IFX takes the first..

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