Inside the New PTC Creo 3.0 with Brian Thompson

Whether you’re new to PTC Creo, or a veteran user of the popular CAD software offering, you’re sure to find some surprises in the all new PTC Creo 3.0.

I recently spoke with Brian Thompson, PTC’s Vice President of Product Management, to get an overview of the PTC Creo 3.0 release. In this interview, he explains how the latest release — which combines both direct and parametric modeling techniques — can increase productivity and collaboration for those working in multi-CAD environments. It also offers state-of-the art concept design tools and loads of core productivity enhancements.

ptc creo 3What would you say are the most important additions to PTC Creo in this release?

Brian Thompson: With PTC Creo 3.0, we focused on three major themes. The headline theme is delivering on our multi-CAD strategy. With new Unite technology, CAD data from multiple formats now works within PTC Creo. Without translation or other intermediate steps, companies can now consolidate design data onto a single CAD system. They can also more easily collaborate with suppliers and partners that might use different systems.

The second theme is around concept design. This release rethinks the way you capture your ideas. You’ll see the benefits as you brainstorm new concepts and as you present them in design reviews.

The third theme focuses on core productivity enhancements. All major core apps have been updated, from PTC Creo Parametric to PTC Creo Simulate.

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How do you see companies using the Unite technology in PTC Creo 3.0?

Thompson: Due to mergers and acquisitions, about 40% of our customers work in multi-CAD environments. In most cases, the dominant CAD system is PTC Creo, and many of those managers come to us saying, “Can you help us consolidate onto a single CAD platform?” With Unite technology, we have introduced technology that allows our customers to do that very efficiently.

How has PTC Creo 3.0 changed day-to-day concept design activities?

Thompson: If you’re using 2D for concept design, we can support you with tools like PTC Creo Layout and PTC Creo Sketch. If you like direct modeling and you like doing your concept design in 3D, PTC Creo Direct gives you an opportunity to build new designs from the ground up.

For users of PTC Creo Parametric, we introduced the new PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension (DEX). The extension provides a virtual sandbox where you can explore all sorts of design concepts.

Every seat of PTC Creo includes Freestyle Design technology for creating freeform surface designs. Freestyle speeds up concept design when complex shapes are involved.

What are some of the core productivity enhancements in PTC Creo 3.0?

Thompson: The core productivity enhancements appeal to the broadest set of customers. For starters, there’s now a standard fastener library. We’ve also introduced the ability for engineers working with injection-molded parts to get high-fidelity initial feedback on just what it will take to fill a mold. We’ve added nice productivity improvements to areas like our NC machining capabilities.

Our flexible modeling technology — the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) — grows up a lot in PTC Creo 3.0. PTC Creo FMX allows users to quickly and easily apply direct modeling to parametric models, without having to worry about design intent.

What is one other enhancement that you’re enthusiastic about?

Thompson: In the world of patterns, we’ve done some interesting things. For example, if you’re a long-time user, you may already know that when you make a change to the lead member of a pattern, you can propagate that change to all other members of the pattern. We’ve been able to do that forever. But in PTC Creo 3.0, you can pick any member of the pattern you want, make a change, and easily propagate that change to the entire pattern.

How can customers find out more about PTC Creo 3.0?

Thompson: Some of the best sources for information include the PTC Creo 3.0 Upgrade Center, and the tutorials located on the PTC University Learning Exchange. And with the release of PTC Creo 3.0, you can now access all of our Help files online.

Hear more about what Thompson says about PTC Creo 3.0 in this short video:


Originally Posted by Mark Brunelli on 10/6/2014

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