30 New Technologies to Transform Your Design Process

Written By: Tiffany Bailey
  • 8/3/2020
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If you’re looking for ways to kick your design work up a notch this year, look no further than the D3D 30 for inspiration. Not familiar with the award? It’s a list of 30 new technologies that DEVELOP3D says could “transform the way products are designed, developed, and manufactured. The D3D 30 is picked entirely on merit from an even lengthier list of contenders...”

Scrolling the list, you’ll see Creo 7 made the cut this year. [humblebrag]

DEVELOP3D’s Editor in Chief, Al Dean explained why in this review of Creo 7. Dean said Creo 7 "demonstrates how a company can continue to mature a robust toolset and make smart partnerships (with companies such as Ansys and Luxion), rather than attempting to reinvent the wheel.” He went on to say, “Creo is a system that is experiencing a rebirth.”

Dean praised several Creo 7 capabilities, including enhanced simulation, generative design, visualization and Augmented Reality (AR), machining, and more. (You can read about those enhancements here.) However, he spoke most highly of our new multibody modeling functionality.

For anyone who’s not familiar, multibody modeling allows you to create parts with several bodies. As explained by Dean, “multibody modeling describes the ability to have more than one solid body contained in a single ‘part’ file. This isn’t a question of part versus assembly: it’s about explicit and individual chunks of geometry, embodied in a single part.”

Multibody isn’t new, of course, but it is new to Creo -- and its seamless integration into our already robust toolset is what earned us a spot on The D3D 30.


Transform Your Design Processes with Multibody Modeling and Creo 7

The multibody modeling workflow is special in that it empowers you in the areas of generative design, additive manufacturing, and simulation. Having separate bodies within your design allows you to manage, visualize, and design geometric volumes separately.

Dean pointed out a few ways the multibody approach found in Creo 7 is unique:

  • Any body can be defined as a ‘construction’ body. He explained that means a body can be used to support reference and feature-creation, but that body can be excluded from mass calculations during export.
  • Different  bodies can be assigned with different material definitions. He said this benefits those working with “master model approaches” and parts made out of several materials. He said, “I’m thinking [of over-molded or two-shot molded] parts and inserts, rather than additively manufactured multi-material parts.”

Dean said, these benefits will also be felt "when you then follow up with documenting those individual ‘parts’ in BOMs and drawings (where hatching will differ for separate bodies).”

As you can see, you’ll want to add multibody modeling to your toolkit. You can learn how to adopt it into your current processes and transform your design workflows here.

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About the Author

Tiffany Bailey

Tiffany Bailey is a content writer and editor for PTC. She has more than a decade of experience as a technical writer/editor. And over 5 years of experience writing about mechanical engineering, 3D CAD, and PDM. Her work spans topics like data migration and management, IoT and big data, IT security, additive manufacturing, simulation, and SaaS. She especially enjoys interviewing customers, product managers, and thought leaders to uncover new ideas and innovations.