Category Archives: Q&A

What are Users saying about MBD?

Question (posted with Registration):

What are other users experiences with MBD? What are pros and cons? What was the business application? How are stakeholder requirements different, and how are they determined? What metrics were used for evaluating implementation effectiveness? What training was needed? Who needs training? What resources need to be budgeted? What order of magnitude does it cost per user or employee?

Marc Von Amsberg, Preformed Line Products

Answered by: Gavin Rumble, Technical Director

Marc, thank you your question.  Please see the presentation posted by Leo Greene for the Spring 2018 (Flywheel) event.  Many of your specific questions would make great content for a future presentation…will you be able to share them with the group after you have worked with MBD for a while?



Arranging part (Sketcher) dimensions on the drawing

Question (posted with Registration):

Currently when I arrange dimensions in the part sketch and bring them into the drawing, they show up on top of each other. Is there a way you can arrange dimension within the part sketch and when you bring them into your drawing they are already in almost perfect spot?

Siim Eiland, Flowserve Corporation

Answered by: Gavin Rumble, Solid Engineering

Clearly, arranging dimensions on a drawing is very time consuming, and we could release drawings faster if we didn’t have to do this.  However, Dim placement is part codes & standards, part art (yes, engineers and designers should take some pride in what their drawings look like), part local preferences, and always part engineering (yes Ethel, drawing dimensions can convey different information depending on how they are arranged).  Therefore, we do not really want some software algorithm arranging our dimensions.  In addition, to your point…can sketch dimension locations assist with this?  Not really, many sketched features are displayed on the drawing from a different orientation than the original sketch plane.  That said, yes…please do organize your sketcher dimensions so that they are easy to look at and decipher.  You’ll be doing yourself and your co-workers a big favor.  For example…which one of these would you rather be faced with updating?  The one on the left, or on the right?


Layer Management – Creo View


When using Creo 3 and saving files, the model (drawing) layers appear correct. When the drawing is open in Creo View, numerous planes a WCS’s are on and make the file unreadable. It is difficult to find these features n the model to turn them off. What are the options when the DRW file is published (to a Creo view file) to prevent this from happening?

Devin Albrecht (FN America)

Answered by:

Leo answered this one too, does anybody remember what he said?


How to Display Model Name in Drawing View


How do I automatically display the model name of an “added model” in a drawing view?

Josh McCormick, Britax Child Safety

Answered byGavin B. Rumble, PE

The first answer is that using existing functionality there is no way for this to be done automatically…ie, no check box will cause this to happen.  That said, there is functionality to parametrically display a model name on the drawing.  Continue reading How to Display Model Name in Drawing View