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Design Concepts
You can design many different types of models in Creo. However, before you begin your design project, you need to understand a few basic design concepts:
Design Intent—Before you design your model, you need to identify the design intent. Design intent defines the purpose and function of the finished product based on product specifications or requirements. Capturing design intent builds value and longevity into your products. This key concept is at the core of the Creo feature-based modeling process.
Feature-Based Modeling—Creo part modeling begins with creating individual geometric features one after another. These features become interrelated to other features as you reference them during the design process.
Parametric Design—The interrelationships between features allow the model to become parametric. So, if you alter one feature, and that change directly affects other related (dependent) features, then the related features are dynamically changed. This parametric ability maintains the integrity of the part and preserves your design intent.
Associativity—Creo maintains design intent outside Part mode through associativity. As you continue to design the model, you can add parts, assemblies, drawings, and other associated objects, such as piping, sheet metal, or electrical wiring. All of these functions are fully associative within Creo. So, if you change your design at any level, your project will dynamically reflect the changes at all levels, preserving design intent.