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This can be printed on the B & W laser printer (ljmr, ljmr1, ljmr2) and colour printer (cljmr1)
Type ptcstatus to check the current usage of the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire licences.
Type proflush to release any Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire licences from your aborted sessions.
Type proe-purge part-name.prt to delete older versions of the named part. Example : proe-purge cover.prt
See below for the inter-relationship between Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, PATRAN and PowerMILL programs.
Part and assemblies created in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire can be imported into PATRAN and a finite element mesh created and analysed.
Stereo lithography files (*.stl) created by Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire program can be imported into the PowerMILL program. PowerMILL program produces CNC cutter paths for roughing, semi-finishing and finish machining.
Hard copies of the cutter path and finishing can be produced by outputting picture files (*.pic) in PowerMILL which can be read into DUCT.
Following manuals are available on-line :
Getting started with ProEng Wildfire
Installing ProEng Wildfire
Customer Service Guide to ProEng Wildfire
Design Animation Concepts (ProEng Wildfire 2.0)
Choose File / Save a Copy ....
In the "Save a Copy" dialogue box which appears....
Click on the downarrow (V) on the RHS of the box marked "Type" (last line of the form/dialogue box)
This gives all the options scroll down (use slider) and select the appropriate file format and click on OK.
The screen plots can be saved into files. The program will use the part/assembly/drawing/section name and .plt as the extension.
If you have chosen the postscript option then this can be printed in the laser printer in the DPO using the lp -dljmr1 file-name command.
Example : lp -dljmr1 -opostscript cover.plt
Example : lp -dljmr2 -opostscript -oa3 cover.plt
ProE Wildfire 5 can be installed on Windows PCs running XP and connected to the department's network.
Start ---> Run.... Open : \\diva-appserv\windows . This facility has been set up by Peter Benie (pjb1008@eng).
Then select ProE folder and F000 is the Wildfire 5.0 for Windows.
For License use 7788@proe3-lmserv.
In case of problems look at the installation guide : Installing ProEng Wildfire
Start up ProENG Wildfire. Once the Graphics Windows is up look at the double vertical line division between the Graphics region and the left hand side contents section.
This separating region is shaded and in the midle of it you will notice two ">" symbols. If you click on this it will open up and reveal the Design Office ProE Wildfire help information. This is equivalent to opening a book.
Notice that to the right hand side the ">" symbols now appear as "<". Click on this to close the help page to return to Drawing mode.
This will bring up the relevant section on a Mozilla firefox window (You may first have to click on couple of windows to accept the conditions on its usage). Once the Browser window is up and after you have read the relevant section do not quit from the browser session - leave it running. Then the next time you want to access the on-line help in the current session the relevant information will appear sooner.
In running Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire in the twn's (East end of the DPO) avoid having many sub-windows with different parts and also avoid running Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for several hours continuously. This will cause the process size to increase and because the twg's only have limited amount of resources (memory, swap space) it might slow the response down or might lead to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire crashing if it runs out of swap space. Also avoid running other large programs/processes at the same time which would reduce the resources available to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire. Try running 'top' to see which processes are running. Type 'q' to quit from 'top'.
If you have not saved a part recently and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire has crashed then all is not lost. Most of your work can be recovered from the "trail" file. However this process is slow but should be quicker than redoing the lost work.
Trail file is a record of all the commands (all menu picks, dialog-box picks, selections and keyboard entries) you used in a working session of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire.
Then copy this file under a different first name. This is important. For example if "trail.txt.6" is the latest file then copy it as (say) "trailrec.txt.6". Type the following in a separate xterm window :
cp trail.txt.6 trailrec.txt.6
First of all you need to edit out the last few lines of this file. Otherwise when you run this trail file it will crash out like the previous session of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire.
The system config.pro file contains the default units and some hot key functions set by default. This file is located at /export/ptc/proe2001/text/config.pro. When Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire is started it reads the system config.pro file. Then it reads the config.pro file in the users HOME directory, if it is present. Then it finally looks for config.pro file in the current directory (directory from which Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire is started). If present it will read it. This is the sequence of loading. The same parameter appearing in more than one location would mean that the later specification overrides the former.
For example the length units are set to mm in the system config.pro file. However if the user wants to work with cm then the config.pro file should contain the following line :
The appearance of the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire menus can also be customized. Some of the settings can be changed by inclusion of the following lines.
For more details consult the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Fundamentals Manual sections 10.2 and 10.15.
Another useful feature is shortcuts for frequently used commands. See the section below and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Fundamentals manual section 10.9 - Creating Macros for more details.
For example when creating a part the first thing you might do is to create the default datum plane. In order to do this you choose Feature, Create, Datum, Plane and Default. A mapkey can be set up by including the following line in the config.pro file.
mapkey cd #feature;#create;#datum;#plane;#default;
Then by typing cd the default datum plane can be created.
Similarly to create a Protrusion extending to both sides from the sketcher plane the following short cut can be used. Include the following line in the config.pro file.
mapkey dp #create;#protrusion; #extrude;#solid;#done;#both sides;#done;
Then typing dp will execute the above command.
Then by typing cd the default datum plane can be created.
The system config.pro file contains a list of mapkeys that have been set up.
Symptoms of problems and Solutions [21 Jan 2009]
You can also retrieve any previous version by entering the full file name (with extension and version number) for example "bracket.prt.6".
If you don't know the specific version number of the object, you can enter a number relative to the latest version. For example to retrieve a part from two versions ago enter "partname.prt.-2".
Typing purge without any names will delete all older versions of all parts, assemblies etc so should be used with care. This will just leave the latest version of all the different parts in that directory.
If you get the following message then that would confirm this.
Report this problem to the Computer Operators.
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