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Design Software Update Introduces New "App" for Modular Product Design

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Adding to PTC's family of a la carte, role-specific "apps," the company's newly-released Creo® 2.0 features a new tenth app and enhancements to existing apps, while continuing to build on its unique ability to adopt data from non-native CAD sources or multi-CAD sources.

The new tenth role-specific "app"--product application with a specific functionality--supports early-stage modular product design and speeds up time-to-market. Creo Options Modeler was built on the premise that there are many configurable products in the industry. "Instead of redesigning every product configuration from scratch, you can build a modular product architecture and quickly create new modular products," said Matt Geary, who works in the sales department for PTC. "Obviously, the time-to-market in a very competitive industry is extremely important, especially if somebody comes up with a very innovative design based off an existing one. There's urgency to get it out before your competitor, but also keep engineering and production costs as low as possible. Modular products help achieve this."

The Creo Options Modeler app was built for designers who need to create or validate modular product designs in 3D early in the design cycle. The new tenth app delivers a set of capabilities to build up-to-date and precise 3D-based product assemblies, irrespective of size or complexity. When teamed with the Creo Parametric app, Creo Options Modeler enables teams to validate precise mass, center of gravity, and even check and resolve critical issues like interference for modular designs, all before the product is ever manufactured.

By enabling easier reuse of existing 3D models and through innovative interface tagging of product modules, the new app can reduce process errors and engineering rework. The new app also leverages and shares data between other Creo apps and with other people involved in the design process, which increases detailed design and productivity.

Last summer, PTC ( introduced the first nine apps into its Creo family of design software, enabling a wider range of roles to contribute to the product design process with a set of integrated, purpose-built tools. With Creo 2.0, PTC also delivers more than 490 enhancements to the Creo app family, all designed to optimize the user experience and increase design productivity. Creo Options Modeler is also available as an extension of Creo Parametric, which automates common tasks, improves performance with streamlined workflows, and enables dramatically-improved overall design productivity.  The apps, like apps on a smart phone, can be added as an a la carte way to enhance specific software needs for roles across a company. "Instead of the traditional approach of everyone using the same monolithic CAD application, PTC provides role-specific apps enabling CAD experts and casual users of CAD to pick the apps that will allow them to do their job. We give you the right tool for the right task," Geary said.

The core app for 3D CAD experts is Creo Parametric, and is used by both large companies, like John Deere, and small job shops, he explained. The release of Creo 2.0 aims to solve the challenges customers face with traditional CAD tools, said Michael Campbell, divisional general manager of the MCAD segment for PTC, in a press release. "Creo rethinks the very nature of product design, increasing collaboration and protecting data fidelity across any user role, any design mode, or any design source," he said.

Unique to Creo is its ability to adopt data from non-native CAD or multi-CAD sources. "Most manufacturers live in a multi-CAD world. Even if they have standardized in-house on one system, their suppliers, partners, and clients are often using different CAD systems. Traditionally, it's been a challenge to not only import, but also change data coming from multiple CAD tools," Geary explained.

Creo 2.0 delivers many enhancements to the Creo app family, including new capabilities with the Creo Direct app. The Creo Direct app helps to accelerate bid-proposals and early concept design. Users can now modify models by reference to existing geometry of available parts and assemblies, or quickly and precisely place multiple parts and assemblies into position with the new intelligent snapping capabilities.

Creo Parametric includes enhancements in the areas of freeform surfaces, cross-sections, measure, and track changes. For example, with newly-enhanced freeform capabilities called Freestyle, designers can quickly and easily create more refined surfaces with higher levels of detail while still maintaining top-level control over the general freeform shape. This significantly reduces the time to move concepts to precise, highly-detailed, aesthetic product designs.

PTC, Creo, Creo Direct, Creo Operations Modeler, and Creo Parametric are trademarks or registered trademarks of Parametric Technology Corporation.

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