PTC, a software company, has released the latest version of Creo, its computer-aided design (CAD) software. Among the recently added features, Creo integrates topology optimization, additive and substractive manufacturing, computational fluid dynamics, as well as productivity improvements.

As a reminder, the software enables companies to go from concept to manufacturing in one design environment.

PTC is on the leading edge of some of the hottest technologies today with the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR), but it has not forgotten its roots in CAD, instead transforming this business by infusing its leading Creo software with new technologies and capabilities,said John Mackrell, chairman, CIMdata. “Creo 5.0 is yet another example of PTC’s continued innovation and ability to meet customer needs.”

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The strengths of the new features

Users are often limited by existing designs and practices. The feature of topology optimization enables them to create optimized designs based on defined goals and constraints; that way, existing designs will no stand as barriers in this process. Furthermore, it enables users to save time and accelerate creation and production.

As far as additive and subtractive manufacturing is concerned, it should be noted that users do no need several pieces of software while using Creo. This feature enables them to avoid recreating models and to lay emphasis on the design. Moreover, as announced in their recent collaboration, an extension for Materialise allows customers to print directly from Creo and connect to Materialise online library.

The Creo Flow Analysis extension is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution, which allows designers, engineers, and analysts to simulate fluid flow issues directly within Creo.”

Other improvements include the user interface, geometry creation with sketch regions, as well as volume helical sweeps. Surfacing, sheet metal design, and the application of draft have been enhanced to facilitate the use. Users can also now design in Creo while maintaining perspective display mode.

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