Creo Advanced Framework Extension (AFX) gives engineers and designers the power to create structural frameworks much faster using powerful, simple-to-use features that are tailored to specific framework design tasks.
An integral part of the Creo product family, Creo AFX provides designers and engineers with a means to dramatically improve the accuracy and productivity of defining structural framework assemblies. Because this module is native to Creo, you can quickly and easily share this intelligent 3D model throughout all phases of the project–design, detailing, analysis, fabrication, and final assembly. Now you can achieve faster structural framework definition and meet or beat even the most aggressive project deadlines.
Add Creo AFX to your cache of design tools and dramatically reduce the time to create accurate structures, frames, or assembly lines compared to 2D CAD and traditional 3D CAD solid modeling methods.
Unified, integral design environment
Fully associative modeling ensures that design changes are reflected throughout the design process
Single digital definition–incorporating all manufacturing information–eliminates management of additional files
Eliminate time-consuming data translation between software applications
Easy to learn and use
Automates many tasks, significantly reducing design time
100% parametric definition speeds design of a wide variety of framework sections
Quickly define corner joints and nodes between virtually any section
Eliminate costly changes due to fit up problems or rework
Fully associative definition adapts instantly to any design change no matter how difficult
Seamless integration with Creo Simulate™ for structural analysis
Interface to other analysis systems via *.SDNF and *.DSTV
Easily place screws and dowels with an interactive user interface
Comprehensive library of sections, connections, and joints, accelerates framework creation
Extensive library of stairs, ladders, and safety cages accelerates design of access and walkways
Choose from a wide variety of steel and aluminum profiles, angles, endplates, screws, and more
Create a library of your own unique components
Optimized user interface reflects the structural framework design process
Reduce scrap by using appropriate connections, joints, and assembly methods
Save on material costs through exact ‘as-built’ representation of the structural framework
Incorporate manufacturing and fabrication data into the framework definition to speed assembly
Precise 3D structural framework definition ensures fabrication of assembly is right the first time by detecting design and production problems before structures are built
Capabilities and specifications
Supports top-down design process
Start with conceptual design to create the framework skeleton using datum curves or imported geometry
Assemble beams from a library of standard types and sizes
Design joints between beams by selecting different corner types
Design connector elements by selecting from a library of brackets, endplates, screws, etc.
Wide variety of uses
Cranes and elevators
Structures with standard aluminum extrusions
Handling and packaging machines
Ladders and cages
Structures with custom beams
Windows and doors
Designing connections between beams
Quick and easy assembly of connector elements
All necessary features and modifications are made inside the beam parts, not assembly features
Includes a library with connector elements including endplates, angles, brackets, and screws
Add company-specific connectors to the library
Automatic BOM creation, including stock tables
Create weldments regardless of assembly structure
Automatic creation of engineering drawings
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