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Beginner Guide to Creo Elements/Pro

formally Pro/Engineer


ENGINEERING Understand Shell and Rib Tool
360 | Waqas Ahmad

Shell & Rib Mechanical Engineering 360

Understand Shell Feature

Shell features remove surfaces to hollow out a design model, leaving walls
with specified thickness values. There are two parts for the creation of a
basic shell feature:

• Select Surfaces for Removal - Select the surface or surfaces you want to
remove from the model. You may decide not to remove any surfaces from
the shell, which results in the creation of a closed shell, with the whole
inside of the part hollowed out and no access to the hollow.

• Thickness - Specify the thickness of the model walls that remain.

You create shells in the design process to support your design intent.
However, be aware that several features could reference a shell created
early in the design process.

Shells can be created using the Lead or Follow workflow. You can use drag
handles or the dashboard to modify the thickness of the shell feature. The
Flip icon in the dashboard is equivalent to specifying a negative shell value.
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Now perform a very simple exercise

1) First make a square with a side of 200 units and then make its
dimensions as shown in the fig below

That is just for our ease because in next excersie it will reduce our time of
completing the exercise.

2) After making above sketch extrude it up to 100 unit depth see the fig
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Now select the Top surface of the the part and click at the shell tool
.Be sure to select the surface either before clicking at shell tool or after
the clicking shell too.Make the thickness of our shell 15.

This complete the Shell Exercise.
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Understand Rib Feature:

Ribs are typically used to strengthen parts. A rib feature is similar to an
extruded protrusion, except that it requires an open section sketch. The rib
also conforms to existing planar or cylindrical geometry when it is extruded.
After you select an open section sketch and set a thickness, Creo
Elements/Pro automatically creates the rib feature by merging it with your
model. The system can add material above or below the sketch, and the
thickness can be applied on either side, or be symmetric about the sketch.
The Rib tool enables you to create rib features faster than it would be for
you to create and sketch a protrusion.

To perform the Exercise use the part that we have created earlier .

1) Select the inner surface of the part and then click at to sketch an
Extrude feature.

2) Now in sketching window change the display to wireframe by clicking

at wireframe icone and sketch an other square.see the fig
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3) After completing the sketch extrude it upto75 as shown in fig.

4) Now click at the “profile Rib” tool. Now we need to draw/select the
references for our rib sketch.At the Dashboard you can observe the
“reference” button will be red showing that something is missing or
incomplete for this feature.Click at reference button and then “define”
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When you will click at define button it will ask a Datum plane for sketching
.At this stage select the top datum plane and enter to sketching window.Now
in sketching window change the display to wireframe by clicking at

wireframe icone .Now in sketching window we have to select the

referance and then we have to draw the profile of our rib feature .click at
sketch tool in top level menu and then at “references”.

5) When you will click “References” two different dialog box will
sure not to close them.
Just select the lines shown in dashed form below.These lines will be
the references of our rib you can close that dialogboxes.

6) Now draw a simple straight line That join line1 with line2.After this
just click at done button
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7) Set the thickness 20 and click at done button and you are done.
Note: the thickness wil be limited by the references that we select.

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