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July 6th, 2017

Creo Level 4: Advanced Assembly AAX

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Creo Advanced Assembly AAX

Course Duration:  32 / 40 Hours

Tuition: $1,700 / $2,500 USD

Overview: Participants in this Creo Advanced Assembly AAX week-long class will learn to manage large assemblies with & without top down design plus various tools utilizing the Creo Advanced Assembly Module.  This course also includes a serious introduction to Mechanism Design.

Learn to effectively use Creo Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX) becoming the expert within your organization.  Using Advanced Assembly Module to manage large assemblies more effectively offers participants increase design speed, reduces time to make changes & offers more robust models.

Creo AAX streamlines the flow of information from design to manufacturing. This course is a comprehensive focus AAX tools for top-down assembly design, assembly configuration rules management, and assembly process planning.  AAX Tools help designers optimize design solutions and iterations, even custom configurations, in less time than analogous software such as Solidworks.

Participants have the option to customize this course to fit their specific job requirements so you are able to learn exactly what you need. Call today and ask us how this and other classes can be administered on weekends for more than two students.


  • Quick overview of whats new in Creo since Wildfire 4.0 (we may go back to Wildfire 2.0 since there is so much heavy users do no typically utilize that will make this class go more smoothly) 2 hrs.
  • Learn to create assembly references in one part to another part through an assembly where participants can break the references to the assembly or any of the parts.
  • Customization beyond base install of Creo for Large Assembly management.  ie. model tree to workflow to how other users who may not have taken this class can cope with a new workflow.
    Learn to use surfaces effectively to delineate between components

    Learn to use surfaces effectively to delineate between components

  • Instead of hiding parts to simplify your design, learn to use simplified reps so you can save then retrieve those simplified reps later.
  • Workflow with Large assembly management in mind.  Manage 1700 to 17,000 parts effectively with various large assembly management tools that are not available in mid range modelers or the base package of Creo.
  • Utilize advanced assembly functions such as skeleton parts & top down design.
  • Learn to use Mechanism in a serious introduction
  • Top Down Design in seven flavors.
  • Create one-way associative models, which allows participants to inherit the changes from the parent model, and then make changes to the new model.
  • Flexible Components ie. springs and cotter pins move as components exercise through their motion.
  • Interchange Assemblies.
  • Replace components in Creo Assemblies or Sub assemblies.
  • Improve performance by simplifying large assemblies.
  • Using a wide variety of top-down design tools to build the skeleton model.
  • Use top down design to communicate among team members more effectively.
  • Learn to auto generate Bill of Materials.
  • Learn to pattern more effectuate with assemblies.
    Janus Motorcycles

    Janus Motorcycle – This tubular frame structure utilizes Creo Top down design, curves and sweeps

  • Discuss managing exploded assemblies.
  • Create various skeleton parts, publish geometry for various team members.
  • Setting up constraints using Mechanism Design Extension and learn to export video.
  • Learn to use servos within Mechanism.
  • Learn to use motion skeletons for mechanized assemblies.

Project Based Discussion:

  • Discuss cross sections and their many forms with respect to detailing and understanding interference inside an assembly as compared to global interference checks.
  • Compare these tools to mid range engineering tools such as Solidworks & Inventor that don’t have the option for a module for advanced assemblies like AAX.
    Janus Motorcycle Creo Advanced Assembly AAX

    Janus Motorcycle

  • Planning out Skeleton Models.
  • The basics of surfacing to participants can make robust changes that propagate to the entire set of parts with out failed features.
  • Making changes to skeleton parts confidence so modifications propagate to the various piece parts.
  • How top-down design offers participants greater flexibility and control over the entire structure.  This discussion will be after we experienced examples.
  • Discuss how teams can be more effective using published geometry.
  • Discuss using copy surfaces effectively as time stamps for managing what ultimately gets published.
  • Compare shrink wrap & other forms of external copied geometry.
  • Reference viewer for understanding references across skeleton & reference parts.
  • Constraints w/ Mechanism.  (six hours or less)
  • Discuss Simplified representations in all forms.  Also saving and retreating large assembly representations in order to save time.


Advanced assembly (non top down design)  The instructor has a multitude of parts and assemblies for class room participation.

  • Create and save off various simplified representations for a supplied Lego racer model or a specific work related project. Open the project by a simplified rep after saving.
  • Remove then re add a variable component back to the assembly. Use the cocked vs store purchased spring vs released state for a BB gun mechanism or motorcycle front forks assembly. The idea is one version of the assembly contains a cocked version of the spring and another version is the fired version of the spring.  Same spring part number w/ same # of rungs for both stages of the assembly.

Top down Design

  • Create various skeleton parts, publish geometry for various team members.
  • Use Lego piece parts to practice creating simplified representations.
  • Create piece parts from delineation geometries (surfaces).
  • Create a shrink wrap model for others to utilize.  Explore all the options then discuss strength and weakness of this workflow.
  • Piston & Rod assembly with example w/ curves controlling path of rotation.  Parts look at the skeleton are not necessarily use the skeleton for their construction.  This skeleton example simply controls movement allowing parts to exist off the shelf.
  • Use motion skeletons to manage mechanized assemblies.


  • 4 bar mechanized assembly.
  • Pepper grinder.
  • Piston & rod assembly (mechanize the previous piston & rod created w/ top-down design).
  •  Belts & pulley mechanism.
  • Springs & dampeners & gravity.

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Creo Advanced Assembly AAX

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Creo Advanced Assembly AAX

Learn to utilize flexible components

Creo Advanced Assembly AAX

delineate piece parts from the skeleton model

Piston and Rod assembly created using a skeleton part in Creo

Piston and Rod assembly created using a skeleton part in Creo

Design-Engine created this comprehensive Advanced Assembly Management course to aid engineering teams to effectively make changes utilizing the latest release of Creo. This Creo training course is developed for newer and seasoned users alike who want to become proficient at creating and managing small and large assemblies, all during the duration of the course. We help you learn Creo AAX for developing products and respective assemblies, not by reading to participants from an exercise, but by solving problems with this powerful tool set. This course can cover 6 hours sheet metal, contingent on participant request. All Design-Engine courses help design engineers learn how to make changes quickly, and allow users to become an expert in Creo quicker than self-directed learning. Design-Engine class participants are allowed access the web-based training tutorials used in class for life.

Onsite Training: This and all Design-engine courses are offered onsite at your facility also. Call to speak to a Design-Engine account manager to arrange a class 312.226.8339 today.

Next Course: Learning Creo Surfacing WEEK long

Prerequisite: learning Creo Training level 1 is recommended but not necessary however a significant understanding and previous use of Creo or Pro/ENGINEER will be helpful.

Video Training Delivery System:

Ask your Design Engine account manager about the Design-engine Video Training Delivery System or TDS for short. We have prepared this entire class in an easy to follow guide for designers and engineers who may want this TDS as a supplement to this course. Call today to speak to an Account manager about the details 312.226.8339

*Please note that prices listed on this page are based upon pre-payment prior to the start of the class and does not include the Design-engine Video training Delivery System. The TDS is available as an additional cost to this course.

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As the main instructor for Design-engine Bart teaches many of the PTC Creo & the Solidworks Surfacing classes. When he is not developing new training material you will find him on motorcycles, bicycles or on a skateboard. He loves any kind of racing on two wheels.

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