7 Killer Enhancements in Creo 5.0 (No Extensions Needed)

Written by: Cat McClintock

In Creo 5.0, we introduced some high-profile extensions with tools for topology optimization, computational fluid dynamics, and metal 3D printing. Which may leave you asking about the core CAD design product. What’s in it for someone who doesn’t use the extensions?


Creo 5.0 adds more than a hundred enhancements in the core product to make your work go faster and easier. Here are 7 we think you’ll love:

Enhanced User Interface and User Experience

You’ll notice an enhanced user interface with improved appearance of draggers and a smooth text display. We’ve expanded the mini-toolbar usage. Plus, search functions integrated in the model tree can help you find and perform actions on components or features more easily. Finally, updates to the Model Check reporting tool can help you more easily find, review, and address errors and warnings that arise.

Draft Features

Enjoy increased productivity thanks to faster, easier application of draft features to geometry (both native and non-native) containing rounds. After you identify the surface to which you want to apply a draft, Creo automatically adapts to rounds within the selection, as well as at the boundary of the selected surfaces.

 Draft rounds in Creo 5.0

You can select surfaces as references in the Draft surfaces collector of the draft feature, even if they have adjacent rounds or chamfers.

How does it work?

Creo removes the adjacent rounds, applies the draft, and reattaches the rounds. For rounds that are part of the selected surfaces (inlying rounds), you can control their inclusion or exclusion on the Draft tab.

Helical Sweep Tool

Now you can create accurate 3D geometry of parts machined with cutting tools, instead of relying on inaccurate 2D swept approximations. Use the Helical Sweep tool to specify a revolve profile and helical trajectory to sweep along, resulting in accurate geometry of grinding wheel operations.

 Drill bit showing effect of helical sweep

Volume helical sweep – calculate accurate geometry for a grinding wheel scenario.

How does it work?

Define and control parameters of the helical trajectory from the Volume Helical Sweep dashboard. Then, select, create, or edit a 2D profile that defines the cutting tool. Once defined, you can further control dimensions.

Design in Perspective

In Creo 5.0, you can work on your model in perspective without defaulting back to orthographic (a 2D drawing of a 3D object) mode. That means you can design and visualize your products as they would appear in the real world.

 Design in perspective in Creo 5.0

Design in Perspective view in Creo Parametric 5.0

How does it work?

New Design in Perspective button in Creo 5.0

Simply toggle between perspective and orthographic modes with the new Perspective icon in the in-graphics toolbar.

Sketch Regions

Creo 5.0 gives you the ability to quickly use sketch regions. With sketch regions you can create complex geometry with fewer clicks.

 Sketch regions in Creo 5.0

A Sketch Region is a closed contour defined by sketched entities and their intersection with coplanar 3D edges in the part geometry.

How does it work?

Begin by creating a single sketch with intersecting overlapping geometries. Then change the selection filter to Sketch Region (SHIFT + S), highlight, and select multiple closed regions to extrude or revolve.

Note: SHIFT + G switches the selection filter back to the default Geometry filter.


Choose from two new corner relief types—square and normal. Then quickly control their position and orientation. Plus, we’ve made it easier to create a flat pattern representation of your sheet metal part in just a few clicks. Once done, you can easily toggle between bent and flat state in either an assembly or in a drawing.

Sheetmetal corner relief

Corner relief showing a square rotated diagonally in Creo 5.0.

How does it work?

To reach the new corner relief options, click Corner Relief and choose from the Square or Normal types. Origin and orientation options are available from the Options dialog.

For a flat pattern representation, click Bends > Flat Pattern > Create Representation. From there, you can define a combined state that includes the orientation of the flat representation. Then, simply use the View Manager to toggle between views.

Subdivisional Modeling

Look for these two new Freestyle subdivisional modeling capabilities in Creo 5.0:

  • Align your geometry to existing Creo geometry without losing curvature continuity.
  • A new Box Creation mode allows you to toggle between shading b-spline subdivisional surfaces and shading control mesh only. This makes it more easily create control mesh topology.

Box creation mode in Creo Freestyle

Use box Creation mode to gain a clearer understanding of shapes and enable faster manipulation.

How does it work?

To align and connect geometry, click Align > Align Curvature in the ribbon.

Align Curvature in Creo 5.0

To switch to Box Creation mode, click the new display mode icon in the in-graphics toolbar.

 Box Creation button in Creo Freestyle

Try Creo 5.0 Today!

Ready to get started? Visit the Creo 5.0 page and download a free trial of Creo 5.0 today.

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About the Author

Cat McClintock

Cat McClintock edits the Creo and Mathcad blogs for PTC.  She has been a writer and editor for 15+ years,  working for CAD, PDM, ERP, and CRM software companies. Prior to that, she edited science journals for an academic publisher and aligned optical assemblies for a medical device manufacturer. She holds degrees in Technical Journalism, Classics, and Electro-Optics. She loves talking to PTC customers and learning about the interesting work they're doing and the innovative ways they use the software.