In this video tutorial, I offer up a brief modeling tutorial on how to use the engineering draft feature inside PTC Creo Parametric modeling software.

Last time I touched on the fundamentals of draft angle, especially when designing objects that will be mass-produced using injection molding, casting, or other forming processes. Our illustrious subject will be the good ‘ole no frills trash can. They come in all shapes, sizes and materials. The one thing they all have in common: draft.

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When it comes to 3D modeling packages, Creo Parametric contains a suite of tools that are wide and deep. The Draft Feature within itself has the flexibility to achieve basic draft such as in our tutorial today or complex, curve-driven split draft.

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Only three inputs are needed to successfully create a draft feature: 1) Draft Surfaces, 2) Draft Hinges, and 3) Pull Direction. Pick’em right and you’re in business.

So, without further ado, feel free to dive into the video.

In summary, the steps to create draft using the Creo Parametric basic draft are depicted in this final image.

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Author

Vince is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Virginia Tech University. Vince has worked as Studio Engineer for consumer and medical product brands such as Whirlpool, Newell and ResMed Ltd. Australia. He's garnered 39+ patents and has designed everything from totes to toasters, and fiddles to furniture. He enjoys all things 3D and has carved out a niche as a Class-A Surfacing Guru. Active in both industry and academia, Vince serves as a Creative and Technical Skill Development Coach providing hands-on training and workshops pertaining to CAID/CAD. Vince relishes opportunities to keep learning and sharing what he's learned!