We're using Creo for our FTC team, and we're trying to get a fully functional model before Worlds. In pursuit of that, we have a bunch of questions that we're hoping people can help us address.
How can we model a string connection in the mechanism application. Is it possible to pull a piece via string in the model? I've attached a picture to make it more clear what we're trying to do.
Is there any way to model zip ties? Especially as far as they bend and interact with the rest of the pieces and environment?
In our robot we have two pairs of arms. One to hold/lift the crates (crate arms) which are unpowered, and another that holds the crate arms up (holding arms). Is there any way to model how these interact in the mechanism application?
As you can see, the holding arms locks in place, preventing the crate arm from going through it.
Wow, you guys hae done a lot with Creo! Below are some general, theoretical answers to your questions. These are tough questions to answer without having the models and understanding your design.
1) There is not a "String" connection. You could maybe simulate this by applying a force in the direction that the string would be pulling. Another option would be to create a Sketch or curve feature representing the string. You could then create a datum point on the sketch (using the ratio option). If you assembled to that point (on the string), then when the point moves, components attached to the point would also move. This would not be a Mechanism type connection but you could move the components by editing the point, then regenerating the assembly.
2) You could model a zip tie in a number of ways, depending on your needs. Extrude the shape or create a curve (sketch or through points), then sweep the profile of the zip tie along the trajectory curve. Depending on how the part is created, you could then make it a Flexible Component to show it in different assembly states. If you used the curve through points method and the points were on different components of the assembly, the curve (trajectory of the sweep) would change as the position of the components changed.
3) I think the CAM type connection in mechanism mode would help with this.