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3D CAD Software Introduces New Capability for Design of Smart, Connected Products

NEEDHAM, Mass.–The latest version of Creo® 4.0 3D CAD software, recently announced by PTC, introduces new capabilities for Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and model-based definition (MBD). Creo 4.0 is said to enables smarter design and greater productivity with a vast array of core modeling enhancements and new functionality that allow designers to create the products of the future, according to a company press release.

In the era of IoT and smart, connected products, product development is changing. According to PTC, Creo 4.0 represents the future of product design. With this latest release of Creo, product designers can design smart, connected products and capitalize on new technologies, such as additive manufacturing and augmented reality, PTC said in the press release.

Creo 4.0
Creo 4.0, released by PTC to enable smarter design, introduces new capabilities for IoT, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and model-based definition (MBD). (Photo: Business Wire)

"With PTC's commitment to enabling model-based design, my customers can focus on the 3D model without having to generate any 2D drawings," said Scott Carmichael, CEO of NxRev, a PTC partner serving customers in Silicon Valley. "PTC's vision and leadership around augmented reality and 'Design for IoT' has a powerful impact on my customers. These customers are developing the next generation of smart, connected products and want to take advantage of these emerging technologies throughout all phases of design."

Creo 4.0 is said to provide the ability to pull real-world information back into the design process. It enables a design for connectivity strategy where developers proactively design products with custom data streams by integrating sensors into the design process, PTC said in its release. It is also said to remove barriers to efficient design of production parts built with additive manufacturing techniques. It delivers "design for additive manufacturing," enabling designers to design, optimize, validate, and run a print-check in a single environment: Creo. With the ability to create parametrically controlled lattice structures, it enables designers to optimize models to meet multiple design objectives or constraints.

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