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What You Need to Know About PTC Creo – An Introduction

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 22-Jul-2014 16:56:00

We’ve been talking a lot on the blog recently about the new release of Creo – PTC Creo 3.0. We’ve looked at the exciting opportunities made possible with the new UNITE technology and explored improvements made to help during concept design development with Creo 3.0.

But for anyone who isn’t already familiar with Creo, this post takes a step back from the latest release and looks at everything you need to know about PTC Creo. 

What is Creo?

In short, it is a powerful, integrated family of product design software. It’s used by thousands of leading manufacturers across the globe. It is a PTC product – the originators of parametric CAD technology. The way Creo works is that it is made up of individual apps, including:

  • Creo Parametric
  • Creo Simulate
  • Creo Direct
  • Creo Layout
  • Creo Options Modeler

Each Creo app serves a different purpose in the product development process. This means that Creo takes you through every stage, including concept design work, design and analysis. Then it also enables you to communicate effectively with downstream partners, for instance manufacturing and technical publications.

Why is Creo such a powerful tool for product development? 

To answer this question, there are four key areas to focus on:

#1 Flexibility

For designers who are involved in several parts of product development, Creo offers them scalable access to the right capabilities. At the same time, for people involved in a specific aspect of the process, there are Creo apps tailored to their precise requirements. It doesn’t matter what part you play in the product development process, Creo means you get to use the right tool for the job.

#2 Interoperability

All of the Creo apps are able to communicate seamlessly with each other. This means your data can flow easily between the different apps that you are using.

So, no need to recreate work as you move through the design process and no more siloes between different stages of product development.

#3 Combined benefits of parametric and direct modelling

PTC Creo IntroductionUsing Creo means you can access both 3D CAD modelling approaches when you are doing your work, all in one tool. This means you have the control provided by parametric modelling, alongside the speed and flexibility of direct modelling.

#4 Ability to work with multi-CAD data

This benefit of Creo allows you to work with data from any CAD source. This means no recreating designs because of incompatible data, saving you time and money in the product development process.

Creo is a solution, enabling companies to overcome the typical product design challenges of designing, analysing and sharing information between your teams, your partners and your customers.

Want to try PTC Creo for yourself? Download a free 30-day trial here:

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