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PTC Introduces Creo 3.0 With Unite Technology, Delivering Unparalleled Multi-CAD Data Handling Capabilities

Enabling customers to work with and consolidate data from any CAD source; providing new tools to foster innovation in concept development; and making everyday design tasks easier

Needham, MA, USA, June 16, 2014 – PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today announced the latest release of its Creo revolutionary 3D product design software. With Creo 3.0, PTC introduces new Unite technology which significantly enhances the ability to use CAD files from a variety of systems directly in Creo. Creo 3.0 also empowers innovation through more powerful, seamlessly integrated concept design tools ensuring efforts undertaken in concept design can be fully reused in the detailed design process. Key productivity enhancements within the release further add to customers' ability to focus on higher levels of innovation and product quality.

"With Creo 3.0, we continue to deliver on the PTC strategy. Our ground breaking Unite technology addresses the data and process-related challenges of CAD consolidation. By enabling designers to convert data 'as needed, when needed', and only converting the data that requires modification, organizations can save a tremendous amount of effort and cost," said Michael Campbell, Executive Vice President CAD Segment, PTC. "In situations where development teams need to collaborate across CAD formats, Unite technology enables designers to create and protect design intent between Creo and other CAD data. This both significantly reduces the efforts needed to maintain design integrity and enables collaboration to take place earlier and more often in the design process."

"With Unite technology, richer and truly integrated concept design tools, and a continued emphasis on day-day productivity gains, this new release empowers our customers to bring greater efficiency to their product development process," continued Campbell.

Unite Technology

Unite technology in Creo 3.0 enables CAD data of varying formats to be used directly in the Creo Parametric, Creo Direct, Creo Simulate, and Creo Options Modeler apps. As a result, this release enables significant efficiencies to be achieved when consolidating multiple CAD systems onto Creo, as well as when collaborating with others using different CAD tools. These efficiencies enable improvements in on-time delivery, product quality and desirability by allowing design teams to spend more time innovating and less time on non-value add tasks such as recreating design intent and redundant file management.

How Unite Technology supports more effective CAD Consolidation:

  • Easily reuse existing CAD data as is, in its current format, with no need for a costly upfront migration
  • Convert existing legacy data to Creo easily, on demand, and only when modifications are actually needed
  • No need to convert entire assemblies to modify individual parts, simply convert parts as changes are required

How Unite Technology supports more effective CAD Collaboration:

  • Open SolidWorks®, CATIA® and NXTM files directly in Creo without the need for additional software
  • Import SolidWorks, CATIA, NX, Solid Edge® and Autodesk® Inventor® files into Creo without the need for additional software
  • Enable higher levels of concurrent engineering between the product development teams and suppliers/partners/customers by allowing designers to quickly and easily incorporate CAD data created in other systems earlier in the process, create design intent across CAD formats and, as new versions of the non-Creo data are updated in the assembly, ensure that any design intent build between the original part and the Creo parts are protected when the part is updated.
  • Support on-time delivery by ensuring that consistency and integrity are maintained between in-house and outsourced design data over the course of product development
  • Promote the reuse and sharing of data
  • Eliminate the need to manage many secondary formats, and significantly reduce the need to export data in neutral formats. Data can be shared in customer/supplier's native format

Empowering Innovation

Creo 3.0 delivers new and enhanced concept design tools that give product development teams the flexibility and control they need to develop higher quality, better designed products. Creo also continues to ensure that efforts undertaken at the concept design stage are fully reusable in later stages of the product development process.

Specific benefits for concept design from the Creo 3.0 suite include:

  • Align, a new freestyle functionality (part of Creo Parametric) enables designers to create and drive freeform designs parametrically, combining organic geometry creation and modification with associative parametric design intent.
  • Greater scalability and richer tools in Creo Layout to support 2D concept engineering activities with seamless re-use in the 3D parametric environment
  • A more powerful and easier to use 3D direct modeling app (Creo Direct) for quickly creating concept designs that are fully reusable in Creo Parametric
  • Creo Design Exploration Extension provides a dedicated environment in Creo Parametric for developing design alternatives, investigating modeling approaches and safely understanding the consequences of design changes. It significantly reduces the current level of manual effort and overhead required to undertake these activities.

Productivity Enhancements

Creo 3.0 introduces new and enhanced capabilities and workflows to make everyday design tasks easier. This enables productivity increases and enables individuals and design teams to focus on driving the development of more innovative and higher quality products, while supporting on-time delivery.

Some of the most significant improvements in the core aspects of the Creo suite include:

  • New graphical realism support
  • Extensive hardware libraries and automated fastener assembly workflows
  • New and improved help system with dedicated tools for new users
  • New flexible modeling capabilities
  • New and enhanced analysis tools
  • Core modeling enhancements
  • Sheet metal modeling enhancements

"We are pleased to see PTC's commitment to enabling its customers to increase product development efficiency and output through all of the new productivity enhancements in Creo 3.0," said Andrew Hermanson, CAD Administrator, Daktronics. "In particular, our team is eager to utilize the Design Exploration Extension. We expect it to give us great flexibility to explore multiple design concepts and the ability to keep those sets archived for future design iterations or as a historical document to remind us why we made a decision—and then move forward quickly."