Concept Design Best Practices

Learn why concept design is crucial to product development and how to optimize your processes

A recent survey conducted by PTC uncovered significant opportunity for efficiency gains and process improvements during the Concept Design phase of product development. This page offers resources to help you better understand the common challenges related to concept design and how to improve them.

View the resources in the Learn More section below to:

  • Discover how technology advances can improve processes
  • Read analyst recommendations for selecting tools & vendors
  • Download free tools & product trials
  • Hear customer tips for improving concept design

Concept Design Study Uncovers Opportunities for Improvement

PTC recently conducted a global survey of current trends in concept design. We heard from designers, team and process managers, and even company and business leaders. Find out what they said about concept design in this free research brief.

  • Research Brief
    Covering topics such as time & costs, risks, tools, inefficiencies and best practices.
    Download Research Brief

Is it Time to Rethink Concept Design?

Concept design, the earliest phase of new product development, helps determine whether your products are innovative and marketable, and how much they’ll cost to manufacture. This eBook, written by analyst Chad Jackson, highlights technology considerations for improving your concept design processes.

  • Making the Case for Modernizing Concept Design
    In this eBook, learn how technology advances can support an improved concept design process.
    Read eBook

Analyst Recommendations for selecting a Concept Design Solution

Not only does concept design impact your product innovation, time-to-market and associated project costs, it can dramatically impact your overall product development business. When thinking about your concept design solution, consider the following capabilities.

  • A Buyer’s Guide to Concept Design Solutions
    Analyst recommendations for selecting tools, vendors, and more.
    Download Buyers Guide

Concept Design Solution Considerations

If you're ready to put together a strategy for more effective concept design, learn how PTC technologies and solutions can improve your processes.

  • Develop 3-D report
    Develop 3D Special Report reviews PTC's Concept design tools.
    Download the Report

  • Tools for digital authoring
    Get your ideas digital earlier in the process to more easily share your designs with an extended team.
    Watch Movie

  • Interoperable tools from a single vendor
    Using concept design tools from just two vendors increases your need for data re-creation 3x. Interoperable tools allow data to move seamlessly between applications.
    Watch Movie

  • Ability to reuse design data – seamlessly
    Concept designs are rarely built from scratch. Concept design tools that can re-use existing designs and leverage vendor parts from multiple sources minimize your work.
    Watch Movie

  • Calculate your ROI
    Calculate your personal productivity gain and time savings from using PTC's concept design tools.
    Calculate your ROI

Concept Design Product Downloads & Free Trials

If you're ready to put together a strategy for more effective concept design, consider these technologies and solutions:

  • Creo Sketch
    Capture ideas with 2D sketches. Seamlessly share and reuse data more effectively by sharing digital sketches created in this intuitive 2D CAD app.
    Download Free 2D Sketching

  • Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express
    Combine the simplicity of 2D with the benefits of 3D with this lightweight, easy-to-learn free software.
    Download the Free Version

  • Creo 2.0
    Create advanced designs that build off your early sketches and simple models.
    Try Creo Parametric

  • Mathcad
    Capture engineering calculations and notes associated with your early concepts, so that they can be leveraged later in the design process.
    Download the 30 day Trial

Customer Stories

Customers with a passion for concept design make a real difference with the help of PTC’s solutions. Share in their success:

  • RKS Concept Design: Kor Water Bottle
    RKS Design shares secrets to great concept design and the tools that make it possible.
    Watch the Webcast

  • Quirky Concept Design
    Putting the social into product development.
    Watch the Video

  • RKS Concept Design: Guitar
    RKS design harnesses emotion and Creo to build a hot guitar.
    Watch the Video

  • Ram Racing Formula SAE Concept Design
    Student Racing Team develops new wheels with Creo.
    Watch the Video

  • Creo Concept Design Blog
    Read more customer stories on the Creo Blog.
    Read the Blog

Request a Demo of PTC Solutions

It’s too simplistic to imagine that all the resources on this page can answer all your questions, so why not reach out to PTC to discuss how we can help improve your concept design process.

  • Request a Product Demo
    Learn more about how PTC solutions can address your concept design needs.
    Request a Demo