Flexible Modeling

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Challenges of Working with CAD Models from Multiple Sources

Product developers need to effectively work with CAD data from multiple teams, design tools, and formats to thrive in twenty-first century business. According to a recent PTC study, 3 of every 5 CAD users struggle with the same challenges: accommodating late stage design changes, working with design data from others in the supply chain, and easily evolving concept designs from existing models.

As a result, many teams manually recreate existing data, diverting valuable time and resources from more productive endeavors—like creating superior products, decreasing time-to-market, or streamlining product development costs.

Industry experts have been aware of these challenges for a long time. Explore the links below as the pros elaborate on these and other “opportunities for improvement” in product design.

Infographic: The Need for Design Flexibility

Engineers weigh in on the top five challenges facing today’s CAD systems. Download this infographic, and see if any of these challenges sound familiar.

The Challenge of Late Stage Design Changes

Our favorite animated character, Brian the Engineer, explains the key challenges when trying to complete late stage design changes.

The Challenge of Evolutionary Concept Design

Brian explains the key challenges when trying to create new concept designs from existing models.

eBooks: Multi-CAD Data, Unified Design

In these independent eBooks, industry analyst Chad Jackson explores how recent CAD innovations improve the productivity of designers and engineers working with multi-CAD data and late stage design changes.

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The Solution: PTC Creo and PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension

PTC Creo Parametric and the add-on PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) give you more design flexibility and speed to overcome common design challenges in one tool.

You no longer need to rebuild a model that can’t be updated without breaking the original constraints. With PTC Creo and FMX, you can easily select and edit a range of geometry and features including rounds and patterns. The original design intelligence is fully retained. This saves time and reduces errors and frustration.

The resources below introduce these solutions. Stop recreating designs, and do more to create effective products.

Introduction to Flexible Modeling

Paul Sagar, Director of Product Management at PTC, introduces the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX), including core capabilities, in this quick online video (2:16).

The PTC Solution for 3D Parametric Modeling

Learn more about PTC Creo Parametric, the award-winning product design solution. In this short video (2:35), you’ll see why PTC Creo Parametric is the natural upgrade for Pro/ENGINEER users.

Demonstration: Driving Late Stage Design Changes

When you work with complex models, late stage design changes can be painful and time-consuming -- often requiring the model to be recreated. With PTC Creo, you can make quick, easy modifications to the model geometry, without losing the original design intent or the ability to make future changes.

Demonstration: Evolutionary Concept Design

In many cases, concepts don't start from a blank page. Instead, they’re based on one or many existing models. With PTC Creo, engineers can easily incorporate and modify existing models, both direct and parametric, in a new concept design.

Demonstration: Repurposing Multi-CAD Data

CAD tools are often incompatible with each other, and third party CAD files can be difficult to modify. See how you can add design intelligence in PTC Creo to an imported model. In this short 3 minute video, you’ll see how you and PTC Creo can incorporate and edit CAD data from other systems.

Flexible Changes with the Power of PTC Creo Parametric

PTC Creo and FMX can help you flexibly make direct changes to any design, preserve original design intent to PTC Creo Parametric models, and import data from other CAD systems. See how in this in depth 60-minute webcast.

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Visit the PTC Creo blog to learn more about PTC Creo and FMX. See use cases, customer testimonials, and more.

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Choosing the Right CAD Solution for Flexible Modeling

As you evaluate PTC Creo and the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX), think about the following:

  • What measurable impact will these tools have on your design process?
  • How does PTC Creo compare to Pro/ENGINEER?
  • How much time can Flexible Modeling save?
  • Is the return on investment (ROI) significant?

Use the resources below to answer these and any other questions about PTC Creo and the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension.

Buyer’s Guides

Globally recognized analyst firm CIMdata offers a series of guides you can use when considering how to best drive late stage design changes and effectively work in a multi-CAD environment.

Head-to-Head Comparison: Modifying Imported Models in PTC Creo and Pro/ENGINEER

How does PTC Creo and FMX compare to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire when you modify imported models? In this head-to-head comparison, we pit PTC Creo 2.0 versus Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.

Head-to-Head Comparison: Late Stage Design Changes in PTC Creo and Pro/ENGINEER

How does PTC Creo and Pro/ENGINEER compare when last-minute changes arise? In this head-to-head comparison, we pit PTC Creo 2.0 versus Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.

30-Day Free Trial

Try PTC Creo Parametric with the FMX, a parametric and direct approach to modeling. Create new designs; import CAD data formats such as IGES, DXF, and STEP; and use FMX to quickly and easily modify geometry.

Time Savings Calculator

Calculate how much time you can expect to save with PTC Creo and the FMX with our online calculator.

Personal PTC Creo Expert

Find out how PTC Creo can solve your challenges. Request a free consultation today. We will prepare a complementary ROI calculation to help determine the value of your investment.