Guest post by LiveWorx Sponsor Rand 3D

A flexible component is defined as a part that is displayed in different geometric representations and can be included in an assembly in its various states.  In this Creo Tip, we look at the flexible component functionality, which allows designers to create a variation of a part to represent its assembly state without modifying it; as a result, part number and quantity in the Bill of Materials report remain correct.  Subassemblies can also be made flexible too. 

The varied items that define flexibility are set in the original model.  The component name, geometry, and construction remain the same in both the original model and in the flexible model placed in the assembly.  The original part has properties that are shared by all instances of the flexible models placed in the assembly.  The varied items are individually assigned values for each instance of the part in the assembly.  

The following varied items can be defined in a model for that component to be flexible:

  • Dimensions
  • Geometric Tolerances
  • Parameters (numeric values)
  • Features (suppress and resume feature states)
  • Surface Finishes
  • Components (available when setting flexibility in subassemblies)

It is notable to mention that using flexible components will increase the size of the assembly file by approximately the size of the flexible model file.

Additionally, component interfaces can be defined for the model in order to automate its placement in the assembly.

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Both flexible components and component interface functionality are taught in the Rand 3D Creo Parametric: Advanced Assembly Design and Management training course.

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