It’s Never Too Late to Explore a Better Design

In product development, there’s concept design, and then there’s detailed design. There’s exploring new ideas, and then there’s getting down to solids and features.

They’re two very different steps in design, and they’re typically planned for different points in the development cycle. But what if they’re not? That is, what if you need to do both at once?

It happens.

For example, you might be working with an existing product, but need some freedom to update its look. Or perhaps the inside of your design is being developed by one team, who is well into modeling components, while the skin still needs a lot more aesthetic attention. Or maybe you’re a college student, just starting out, working on a team to develop a competition race car.

Yes, we’ve been down that path before. But the SAE Collegiate Design Competitions are an excellent example of a situation where different design approaches might go on at the same time. And, with PTC being a sponsor of the SAE student teams (like Unicamp in Brazil and Colorado State in the U.S.), we’re proud to say that we have solutions that make any approach to design easy, even after you’ve established the design’s detail, including features and the underlying design intent.

In a previous video, we showed students some ideas for accommodating late changes in product development. But earlier in the process, you can also use PTC Creo Parametric and it’s Freestyle capabilities to very quickly create a shell version of a new part, directly on your parametric model. Push it, pull it, reshape it, reposition it, and when you’re satisfied, turn it into a solid. Then add your rounds, chamfers, and other parametric features.

See how it works in part two of the PTC Studio video series for SAE Competition students. But as with the previous video, you don’t have to be a student to get something from the demonstration—especially if you’ve ever had to explore new ideas on an established model.

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