Creo Direct Modeling Express (DME) Tutorial, patterns and gears

You can get your free copy of Creo Direct Modeling Express here! Then follow along below (and in other videos on this site) to get up and running.

We will tackle a project this month of making a Verge and Foliot clock using Creo elements Direct modeling express. We will cover circular sketch patterns and circular feature patterns to create a crown gear or wheel.

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Click here for part 2

 Click here for part 3

 Click here for part 4

 Click here for part 5

 Click here for part 6

 Click here for part 7

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9 Responses to Creo Direct Modeling Express (DME) Tutorial, patterns and gears

  1. Steven December 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks for making these videos! It’s been hard to find good stuff on the web for beginners specifically using the Creo Express interface. In my job as a software developer, I’ve learned about the mathematics behind CAD, but I’m deficient in both the modeling mindset and the UI workflow of CAD systems. Watching you work on some simple but actually useful parts has been a great way to get into the groove.

  2. behnt December 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    My pleasure Steven! if you need any help dont hesitate to ask…

  3. Bhavin Shah January 4, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    good afternoon Behnt,
    i have come across your video, its really amazing,
    i want to know whether is it possible from to create a working model of gears and worms for some machine and see whether it works well or not.?

    Bhavin shah

  4. behnt January 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm #


    You can in Creo Direct but not in Direct modeling express. Express is the free version of the paid software Creo Direct. However here is a video I found on youtube that demonstrates the functionality you are seeking on Creo Direct.

  5. Vega January 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Nice video. Itried it watching it parallely. It’s cool. I have a qn though. I’m new to this software. I can’t rotate using ctrl and mouse. Every time, I have to go to view and press rotate button. How do I do that? Is there some settings? Thanks.

    • Ben January 31, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      I am not sure how your mouse is set up but in the windows mouse preferences you should be able to set the buttons to work there. Try this:
      Go to Control Panel -> Mouse -> UltraNav -> Parameters -> Parameters (Scroll) -> Change the scroll type to Regular

      FYI you do not have to hit CTRL to rotate the model, CTRL is used to pan

  6. Marcel March 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    So helpfull, but….. I have watched oh so carefully. How do you get the radisued fillet on the base of the peg? AllI can seem to acheive is to round off the bottom of the peg the same as the top.

    • Marcel March 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      I have just noticed that when I draw the pin it creates a new part ‘W2′ whereas your drawing does not. is this the reason for the lack of fillet, and also why selecting the faces reurns the error ‘Faces do not form a valid boss’

  7. David May 29, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Hi great tutorials
    express seems to create some odd replications when doing circular patterns of teeth like double vision on the 2d sketch.
    followed you carefully but to no good outcome
    is this creo dme version bug free

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