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PTC Delivers First Creo Apps

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PTC has announced the availability of Creo 1.0 and delivery of the first set of Creo apps.  

“Since we unveiled our Creo product strategy last October, we’ve seen incredible customer interest in Creo,” says James Heppelmann, PTC’s president and CEO. “Based on the reaction of the marketplace, we believe that Creo has the potential to deliver the renaissance in CAD innovation that we had predicted at the launch.”

Creo is designed to address usability, interoperability, assembly management and technology lock-in. PTC says Creo provides a scalable suite of interoperable, integrated design apps to meet the needs of the wide spectrum of users that form a company’s extended product development team. By more fully engaging these users throughout the product lifecycle, PTC says companies can increase productivity and improve operational efficiencies, getting better products to market faster.

The first set of Creo apps are designed to optimize engineering, manufacturing and service processes. Role-based packages are designed to help increase productivity for everyone from service planners, technical illustrators and industrial designers to engineers who have historically driven product design processes using 3D direct or parametric modeling, while also benefiting CAD users in the extended enterprise.

  • Creo Sketch for simple “freehand” drawing of ideas and design concepts in 2D
  • Creo Layout for capturing early concepts layouts in 2D that ultimately drive 3D design.
  • Creo Parametric for 3D parametric modeling capabilities currently available in Creo Elements/Pro (formerly known as Pro/ENGINEER). Extensions deliver a broader range of seamlessly integrated 3D CAD/CAID/CAM/CAE capabilities.  New extensions offer more design flexibility and support for legacy data adoption.
  • Creo Direct for fast, flexible 3D geometry creation and editing using a direct modeling approach. Provides interoperability with Creo Parametric for greater design flexibility.
  • Creo Simulate delivers capabilities an analyst needs for structural and thermal simulation.
  • Creo Schematics for creating 2D routed systems diagrams for piping and cabling designs.
  • Creo Illustrate for 3D technical illustrations, providing capabilities to communicate complex service and parts information, training, work instructions, etc. to improve product usability and performance graphically in 3D.
  • Creo View ECAD for viewing, interrogating, and marking up electronic geometry.
  • Creo View MCAD for viewing, interrogating, and marking up mechanical geometry.

Additionally, Creo offers an open solution designed to help companies obtain maximum business value from their CAD investments. For many companies, PTC says Creo provides the opportunity to divest from a heterogeneous CAD environment and consolidate on a single design platform. However, the “AnyData Adoption” technology of Creo ensures that consolidation is a choice and not a requirement. Creo enables access to data from any CAD system, according to the company.

“With the delivery of Creo 1.0, PTC is spearheading an unprecedented transformation of the CAD industry for the second time in history,” says Brian Shepherd, executive vice president, product development, PTC. “Creo’s role-based apps make a typically closed process open and inclusive, enabling more people to make a meaningful contribution to product designs. This is a huge advance that will help our customers create better designs, and ultimately better products.”

The majority of Creo1.0 apps are available now in 10 languages. Creo Sketch and Creo Layout are planned to be available later in late July and late fall 2011 respectively.

For more information, visit PTC’s Creo products pages.

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