Concept Design Software

Improve Your Concept Design: Tools and Best Practices

Improve Design with Better Concept Design Software

Most manufacturers want to generate more concept designs so that they can explore more options and introduce more innovative products—in the time they already have. Take a look at how designers see this challenge.

Creating more designs in the same amount of time seems straightforward. Why is it so hard to do? Two reasons: a group of designers rarely uses the same tools during the earliest phases of concept creation, and often companies use different software for concept and detailed design. So, time that might have been spent coming up with ideas goes instead to recreating.

Good news: Creo provides integrated concept design software solutions for concept and detailed design that can maximize the number of concepts you explore and save you from redundant work. We’ve also identified Five Steps to Better Concept Design.


Creo’s Concept Design Software

2D Sketching

To simply sketch out your ideas, as if on paper, use the aptly named Creo Sketch. It’s a no-cost, convenient tool that also includes color and special effects—so you can turn your digital drawing into a finished work of art – or take it right into 3D.

2D Conceptual Engineering

Many teams use 2D tools for conceptual engineering and then move to a 3D model for their final deliverables. This is common in machine designs that feature an axis of symmetry, such as engines, turbines, and rotors. With Creo Layout, teams can work in 2D and seamlessly transition 2D concepts to 3D models in Creo Parametric.

Freeform Organic Surface Creation

Using the Freestyle capabilities inside Creo Parametric, you can design concepts using freeform surface design. And since it’s a parametric CAD feature, Freestyle-created surface geometry can immediately be re-used to create a solid piece of geometry. So the design team can add engineering features just as with any other geometry.

Flexible or Direct Modeling

New concepts are rarely “new.” More often they’re offshoots or modifications of previous designs. That’s where direct modeling software can pay off. Creo offers a flexible modeling approach for editing existing geometry quickly and easily—without worrying about design constraints.

Organized Concept Designs

Most 3D CAD systems aren’t set up well for trying out and tracking alternative ideas. Too often, each variation on your concept design ends up in its own separate file, and concept design turns into a scavenger hunt.

With the Creo Design Exploration Extension, you can define a model as your baseline and try out different variations, create checkpoints and branches. No separate files needed. Just click to retrieve any stage of your design evolution.

Learn more about our Concept Design Tools.


Finally, for concept designs that need to “wow” your viewers, check out the newest rendering options available in Creo.