Pro/rNGINEER Wildfire Tips & Tutorial (Pro/E Wildfire 4.0, Wildfire 3.0, Wildfire 2.0 and 2001)

TIPS: How to apply all rounds in Pro/E

TIPS: How to add rounds to all the sharp edges in Pro/ENGINEER

Version: Wildfire, Wildfire2.0, Wildfire3.0

Most of the time, product designer will need to apply rounds to all the edges using a single radius value. This is normally because of the design intent. Below are some brief examples when rounds need to be added to all edges.

Example1: Designer is modeling a toy for kids below 3 years old. Adding rounds with specific radius to all the edges is necessary due to the safety issue.

Example2: With the concept of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), a plastic part designer adds rounds to all the edges to reduce the tooling cost. Sharp convex edges in part will turn into concave edge in tooling. Fabricating tool with concave edge will need EDM process which will increase the cost.

By using the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire default rounds tool, you may need to select all the edges one by one. A hidden config.pro options is created to enable all edges selection.

1. To set this option into your config.pro, clicks tools>options from the drop down menu

proe config.pro

2. Set the options “allow_round_all” and its value “yes” in the provided text field at the bottom of the dialog box. Next hit the Add/Change button, save the config.pro and then the OK button to exit.

proe config.pro

** Note that this option is called as hidden config.pro options, so there is no drop down list for the value. You will need to type yes into the value text field.

3. Open or create a part which you wish to add rounds to all the edges.

all rounds in proe

4. Next, click the rounds tool rounds icon and click the sets menu on the dashboard.

rounds dashboard

5. Two more options are added into the Sets extended menu. You can now check all convex edge or all concave edges or check both together.

Convex: curving outward, outside curvature.

Remove material thru the rounds feature in Pro/ENGINEER.

all rounds in proe - convex

Concave: curving inward, inside curvature.

Add material thru the round feature in Pro/ENGINEER

all rounds in proe - concave

Check both All Convex and All Concave gives result as below

all rounds in proe

6. Hit the check button OK to confirm the rounds creation.

all rounds in proe

** This hidden config.pro option is applicable to Pro/ENGINEER 2001 as well. However, the GUI for rounds tool is different.


infosee also: What is the hidden config.pro options? Why?

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