4 Creo Extensions for Expertly Manufacturing CAD Designs
Written by: Mike Gayette

Creo is best known as 3D CAD parametric modeler. In fact, it’s used by companies all over the world to design things as diverse as medical devices, mountain bikes, and rocket launchers. We talk about that a lot, obviously.

At the same time, we all know that product development requires more than a detailed design. No matter how genius or accurate, eventually, models must find their way into the real world. That is, they need to be manufactured.

So how do you ensure the transition from digital to physical runs smoothly?

For companies that want to expertly manufacture designs, PTC offers a number of CAD/CAM extensions for Creo Parametric. These software “boosts” integrate seamlessly into Creo, so you never have to translate a design from one software package to another again. You can simply create NC Programs for parts, tooling, molds, moldbases and so on.*

Best of all, if the digital model changes, the machining software automatically adapts to your work.

If you’re just getting started, here are the three with the broadest appeal. They’re powerful. They’re comprehensive. And they will equip your company to manufacture high-quality and accurate products quickly.

Creo Tooling Design Extension (TDX)

Intricate casting cavities, mold inserts, and patterns take time to get right. The Creo Tooling Design Extension cuts down that time by automating many of the complex, arduous processes that affect quality and threaten deadlines.

Automated, you say? Yes. And best of all, you don’t have to be a tool design expert to use it. Casual 3D CAD users can tool like a pro because the extension helps you through the entire process, giving you advice on the design as you go.

Creo TDX helps you create parting lines, design parting surfaces, check mold lock conditions, calculate full volumes, and create solid molding parts like cores, cavities, and sliders.

Creo Complete Machining Extension (CMX)

The precision removal of material in machining needs tight control and zero mistakes. Rework and scrap add up to busted budgets and uncomfortable meetings. There is a better way.

The Creo Complete Machining Extension provides basic prismatic milling options as well as advanced NC programming capabilities for your model. In fact, you’ll find tools for multi-axis machining, 2.5- to 5-axis mills, 2- to 4-axis lathes (synchronized or not), multi-task machines programming, and 2- to 4-axis wire EDM. Plus it includes extensive tool libraries, and proven manufacturing templates.  

If you want to develop machined products like a pro, from design to production, this is the extension for you. 

Creo Expert Moldbase Extension

Start your mold layouts in an easy-to-use 2D environment, and watch your work automatically transform into a 3D model. Creo Expert Moldbase Extension comes with a full complement of standard and custom parts, with the ability to add new components you define. All the automatic functions you need for water lines, ejector pins, and fittings are there, too.

Creo Mold Machining Extension

With Creo 5.0, we’ve added the Creo Mold Machining Extension. It contains high-speed machining tool paths so you can machine complex designs for one-off and low-volume production more easily. And, again, because it is all in Creo, when the design changes, it's easy to regenerate the tool paths.

Creo Mold Machining Extension

“100% Accurate” with Creo

Companies report impressive results with Creo CAD/CAM extensions. For example, JB-Konstruktion—a company that specializes in plastics manufacturing, producing plastic-compatible injection molds. JB-Konstruktion leans on Creo Expert Moldbase Extension when it needs to produce specialized assemblies. The user-friendly interface and toolset help the team reduce mold construction time by up to 50%, in part because fewer movements and clicks are needed to get the same amount of work done. Best of all, the tools and molds designed with Creo are 100% accurate!

The Creo CAD/CAM extensions are easy to use and handle every aspect of the machining process, from mold/cast design to advanced NC. Use them to quickly pivot from design to manufacturing, without delays.

Learn more about how Creo can make your products a success. Click here to download the eBook Top 7 Reasons to Design with Creo.

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*Creo also provides additive manufacturing extensions for teams that want to send optimized designs straight to the 3D printer. Click here to read more about 3D printing in Creo

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About the Author Mike Gayette

Mike Gayette is a marketing professional and freelance writer based in North Dakota. He writes about engineering software, marketing technology, customer service, and team building. He also spends time at the local humane society as a dog walker and cat entertainer.