As engineers seek to do more with additive manufacturing while leveraging advanced capabilities in areas like topology optimization and augmented reality (AR), PTC hopes to streamline their design experience with the latest version of Creo, which packs many of these new capabilities into the company’s core CAD system.
Creo 5.0 delivers new functionality in five areas:
- Topology optimization,
- additive and subtractive manufacturing,
- integrated flow analysis,
- productivity enhancements, and
Peter Sutton, PTC’s senior director, CAD marketing, says the idea behind the Creo 5.0 upgrade is to streamline what’s often a disjointed design process, allowing users to go from concept to manufacturing in a single design environment.
“Designers have accepted that the tools worked that way because there was nothing they could do about it,” Sutton says. “You no longer need to have multiple, disconnected pieces of software when everything can be solved in one [platform].”
Rather than working with a separate topology optimization tool, Creo 5.0 now includes the Creo Topology Optimization Extension, which enables users to create optimized designs based on a defined set of objectives and constraints. This is the first time topology optimization has been married with the core Creo CAD platform, serving as a gateway, Sutton explains, for the new area of generative design. Not only are early customers using the new topology optimization capabilities for optimizing AM practices, they are also leveraging the tools for concept design. “They’re putting in loads and getting an idea of how things can look even if they don’t use the output,” he says. “It’s a great tool for helping them think outside the box.”
Creo 5.0 also introduces the ability to design, optimize, validate, and print-check complex designs for AM. The new additions allow for lattice creation and have direct connections to popular 3D printers from Stratasys and 3D Systems as well as Materialise-enabled offerings in both polymer or metal solutions. Also new is Creo Mold Machining, an extension which delivers dedicated high-speed machining capabilities optimized for molds, dies, electrodes, and prototype machining.
“We’re streamlining the AM workflow so everything is all done parametrically,” Sutton says, explaining that today much of the work in prepping designs for AM is done outside the CAD environment, requiring duplication of effort. “In Creo 5.0, all the work is done parametrically so you don’t have to spend all that extra time recreating work you’ve already done or spending money on additional pieces of software.”
Other new areas in the Creo 5.0 release:
- Creo Flow Analysis, an extension that integrates computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities directly into the CAD package, creating a seamless workflow designed to encourage simulation earlier in the design process to understand product function and performance.
- Creo Collaboration Extension for Autodesk Inventor supports bi-directional exchange of parts and assemblies between Creo and Autodesk Inventor.
- Productivity improvements, including a streamlined user interface, support for augmented reality (AR) experiences, and enhancements to surfacing and sheet metal design.
For an overview on the entire Creo 5.0 feature set, check out this video.