Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 Brings New Welding Capabilities

In Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0, there’s been a major upgrade to welding functionality. If you are still indicating welds using only a weld symbol on your drawing, you should take a look at the benefits of modeling your welds in the Pro/ENGINEER assembly. Let’s review some of the user interface enhancements in Welding in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.

New user interface. The buzz with Welding in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 is centered on the new user interface. The “old school” dialog boxes are gone and the days of clicking through the side menus are over. The interface overhaul brings a fresh feel to welding capabilities and will greatly improve your efficiency when working with weld features. Below are some notable upgrades to the UI.

Dashboard conversion. In Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0, all of the weld features have been converted to a Dashboard interface. This style of interface is familiar to all Pro/ENGINEER users by now and provides a comfortable environment for those that are new to welding capabilities. The Simple First approach of the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 Dashboard interface places the most commonly used functionality front and center and the lesser used (but more advanced) functionality is available on the slide-out panels. It’s there if you need it, but not in your face every time.

Figure 1

What comes along with the Dashboard interface is the Automatic Preview. This will provide you with instant visual feedback on the weld as soon as the minimum information has been provided. Also, if the preview geometry goes away while you are incorporating more advanced options, you will see immediately there is a problem and can work on correcting it instead of having to wait and preview the feature at the end.

A new workflow. What the Dashboard conversion really means is the workflow for creating a weld has been greatly streamlined. You will be amazed at how quickly a weld feature can be created in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0. The benefits of this should not be underestimated. It is now very simple and intuitive to select multiple surfaces to be welded, change which surfaces are to be welded or reconfigure the weld feature and use more advanced options.

New terminology for Fillet Welds. The Fillet Weld is a very common type of weld. The terminology to describe the different types of weld schemes has been changed as summarized in Table 1.

Definition Example
DxD: This is a surface-to-surface weld with one dimension controlling the size of the weld. In Wildfire 4, this was a Surf-Surf weld with Equal Length.
D1XD2: This is also a surface-to-surface weld, but there are two dimensions controlling the size. In Wildfire 4, this was a Surf-Surf weld.
Angle: This is an edge-to-surface weld with an angle dimension. It is required that an edge be selected first, then the surface. In Wildfire 4, this was a Chain-Surf weld.
None: This is an edge-to-edge weld.  In Wildfire 4, this was a Chain-Chain weld

Table 1

New Functionality

Weld joints. In Welding, a “joint” refers to a segment of the weld. Every weld has a least one Joint and the weld in Figure 2 has two Joints. This weld was automatically separated into two Joints due to the cut that breaks up the weld.

Figure 2

In Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 you have the ability to exclude either one of the joints, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3

You can also use the Joint settings to manipulate the start and/or end of each weld joint, Figure 4. This is a much more intuitive way to shorten a weld.

Figure 4

Weld Sets. Weld Sets are new in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 and are similar to Round Sets and Chamfer Sets in that multiple simple welds can be created in one “super feature”. This may be a useful way to define all of the welds needed for one part. At this time, all of the Sets must have the same weld size and same weld scheme and cannot be intermittent.

Figure 5

Weld Preferences. If you find yourself creating the same size weld or the same type of weld over and over, you should consider setting up the Weld Preferences for your session. This allows you to configure the Dashboard default settings upfront, and then go from there when the feature is started. For example, if your model requires a lot of .180” Intermittent Fillet Welds that are 1.25” long and spaced every 4.00”, you can make that the default configuration and save a little bit of time with each weld. In Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0, there are fewer Weld Parameters that you could set to tailor the Welding session.

Figure 6

In summary, welding capability in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 is easier to create, faster to edit and more robust. The overhaul of the modeling environment for welding is a significant change in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 and it is very nicely done.

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  1. 19 November 2014 at 3:29 am #


    I am interested in this blog but unfortunately the images are not view able.

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