PTC Creates a New Design Paradigm with Creo 1.0

Followers of PTC’s products have spent the last year being tantalized by the company’s product launch of Creo.

The anticipation began over a year ago when the company introduced what was then called Project Lightning, promising their audience that it would be a new toolset that would change the way products were designed forever.

Creo Illustrate allows users to dynamically create parts lists.

A few short months later customers got a brief introduction to what Project Lighting actually is, now named Creo, PTC showed the world a product design toolset that would allow users to combine aspects of both parametric and direct modeling. In addition they promised Creo would have a product architecture that would allow users to interact with it in ways specific to their role within their organization.

Finally this June users got their first comprehensive introduction to Creo 1.0 at PlanetPTC Live, the annual user group event.

During the conference John Buchowski, vice president product Management, Creo gave audiences a detailed look at the final product and its future with his presentation “Creo Roadmap Presentation.”

Buchowski explained that the core problem that Creo was meant to address is that despite the fact that parametric CAD modeling systems have existed for 25 years they are still difficult to work with.

Furthermore the various design paradigms are hampered by interoperability issues that make it difficult for users to apply the best solution to a problem, a problem that is then exacerbated by vendors creating formats that discourage leveraging multiple solutions to a design challenge.

In addition to these issues Creo was also created to deal with the fact that currently very few systems do not offer any kind of deep connection between PLM and CAD nor do they offer downstream validation of specific product configurations.

The thinking behind Creo is inspired by a six box diagram that presents users with the concept that there are two main modeling methods, direct and abstract that can be used to create 2D, 3D and assembly designs. By creating a system that allows users to choose the best option for their designs whether it is 2D, parametric or direct modeling and allowing users to take advantage of any data created in any of the Creo environments users can greatly streamline their design processes said Buchowski.

Currently, Creo works to achieve these goals through a number of existing implementations that include a user interface that remains consistent throughout the experience regardless of the environment or App being leveraged; plus complete interoperability between all of the solutions, the ability to move data as easily as possible between design paradigms and the ability to migrate date from past PTC toolsets.

As of right now seven of the nine Apps that make up the Creo system are available. By November there will be nine available Apps.

The core of the Creo system is Creo Parametric, an App that allows users to create and alter models using parametric modeling methods. The App also allows users to take advantage of PTC’s training content through a tool called the Learning Connector, which will allow the software to instruct users in the use of its functions as they are selected.

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By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor

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