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Process Template
A process template is an XML file that defines the modeling and analysis steps that will be included in the Process Guide dialog box, the order in which these steps appear, and the type of information and activities associated with the steps. Creo Simulate provides several standard Process Guide templates. In addition, expert users can design their own templates or create templates for use by a team of design engineers. In the latter case, all design engineers working on similar models or multiple components within an assembly can then use that template to perform a standard set of activities.
A template consists of all the tasks involved in any design process and lists these tasks in a particular order. Templates can include all of the steps required to create, analyze, and evaluate a model, or they can include just a few of those steps—for example, load and constraint definition. Templates can present the steps in whatever order the template designer chooses, have multiple instances of particular tasks, and include tasks that have multiple subtasks.
Based on the template you select for a Process Guide session, Creo Simulate configures the Process Guide dialog box to list each of the tasks in the template according to the sequence defined by the template. The template lists the tasks in the Navigation area of the Process Guide dialog box and, for each task you select from the list, provides a description and task activation in the Instruction area.
You can select a particular template for any number of Process Guide sessions. But once you select a template for a session, Creo Simulate copies this template into a model file. From that point on, the session-stored template becomes unique to the model. The main copy of the template remains untouched and you can re-use it at any time. Except for templates that specifically limit you to a specific mode, you can select any template in either native mode or FEM mode. However, if, in one mode, you select a template that includes steps exclusive to the other mode, Process Guide informs you that it will leave these steps out of the Process Guide dialog box.
If you plan to design templates yourself, see Designing Process Templates to learn about the format and construction of the Process Guide templates.