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4 Key Enhancements in Creo Direct 2.0

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 03-May-2013 10:54:00

creo directThe improvements made in the latest release of Creo Direct now mean it is easier than ever before for designers and engineers to build and design better products. Read below to discover more about the 4 key enhancements made in Creo Direct 2.0, which are making it easier than ever before for engineers and designers to use a direct modelling approach.

#1 Design and assembly context

Let’s start by looking at new capabilities around the concept of designing in the assembly context. Now, with the introduction of flexible and advanced workflows and methods, allowing you to quickly select components or geometry in the assembly context. And, then, use the live tool bar to quickly access the applicable tools.

The positioning tool, for inserting and placing, now allows using on the fly positioning constraints, dynamic positioning with the 3D dragger or a combination of both.

You can now create geometry in assembly using extrude and sweep tools, acting on one or several selected regions of an active part. Using keyboard shortcuts, you can snap to any other geometry in the assembly. The move operation is now accessible from within the assembly environment. You can move selected faces of single or multiple parts.

#2 Geometry modification and creation

And, Creo Direct adds the highlight leverage from Creo Elements/Direct, leading to a combination of geometric modifications with part and assembly position. You can box select a group of parts, assemblies, and individual surfaces together and perform a geometric move of those surfaces while the selected parts and sub-assemblies are implicitly repositioned. It also enhances geometry creation and modification of workflows. For example, you can now more easily refine your selection while working with a geometry tool, dynamically preview sketch planes when you place them, and explore alternative geometric solutions when moving 3D geometry. This gives you more flexibility and control over the resulting geometric change. Creo’s AnyMode modelling technology ensures that design intent is always preserved and protected, even when changing modelling approaches.

#3 Improved roundtripping between Creo Direct and Creo Parametric

With Creo Direct 2.0 and Creo Parametric 2.0, there have been significant improvements in roundtripping, by supporting the loading of assemblies that contain family tables or external references. It now also supports the loading of assemblies containing any interfaces, assembly cuts, or user defined simplified representations in Creo Direct 2.0.

#4 Better change tracking with Creo Parametric

This release also introduces better change tracking when working with Creo Direct. For example, if you select the View Changes dialogue box in Creo Parametric, it helps to review modifications made in Creo Direct. You can also accept or reject each individual modification and preview and inspect the modified model.  


To summarise, Creo Direct 2.0 adds flexibility and intuitiveness for designing in the context of an assembly, new direct modelling capabilities, and full interoperability with Creo Parametric. 

Want to find out more about the capabilities of Creo? Why not download the 12 Reasons to Upgrade to PTC Creo Parametric 2.0

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