Adding the Top-Down Modeling to Your Seat of PTC Creo? Read This First!

Written By: Cat McClintock
  • 9/15/2015

If you’re using PTC Creo, you already enjoy great benefits from the ground-breaking parametric design solution. But you should also know that many companies don’t stop there. They add on tools that suit their specific company needs, refining and optimizing the software environment so that they can develop products that are even more innovative and efficient. They add on tools like PTC Creo Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX).

Massive oil refinery equipment at Jaraguá designed with the help of PTC Creo and advanced assembly features.

PTC Creo AAX is especially useful for any development team that works with large assemblies because it includes powerful specialized functions that make designing and managing the most complex designs much easier.

Use the extension for:

  • Top-down assembly design.
  • Assembly configuration rules management.
  • Assembly process planning.

If you’re ready to think about getting more value from your software, here’s what you should know first about PTC’s solution:

PTC Creo AAX is the answer for companies that are serious about concurrent engineering. Using the extension’s top-down design tools, it’s easy to plan out the skeleton of an assembly, so that designers can then use it to create individual components in the context of the overall structure. The extension also makes it easy to simultaneously share key geometry features among multiple design teams.  Learn more here (pdf).

PTC Creo AAX also makes design to order possible. The ability to quickly customize product designs to meet a customer’s specific needs can give you a powerful competitive advantage. With this assembly extension, creating infinite versions of your product doesn’t have to be a giant headache, though. You can automate designs based on on custom criteria with minimal effort. And here’s the best part: All the downstream deliverables, like production drawings and manufacturing information, update automatically, making customization simple, fast, and refreshingly error free. Learn more here.

PTC Creo AAX is integrated with PTC Creo Parametric. With these tools, everything is incorporated into PTC Creo Parametric. Using the same familiar interface, you use to create and modify parts and assemblies, you can set up skeleton models, simplify parts (because while everyone wants to work in the context of the larger model, almost nobody wants to download the whole thing!), share data, and more.  Learn more here.

PTC Creo AAX customers come from many different industries—consumer products, automotive, defense, transportation, machinery, etc. “PTC Creo has changed the entire design process and business strategy completely,” says an insider at Greaves Cotton Limited, a diesel engine manufacturer in India. “With the combined application of PTC Creo for 3D design and PTC Creo AAX for top down design, we have improved time to market.” Meet more here.

Looking for more explainers? Check out these two videos: One short…


And if you haven’t already, download the data sheet (pdf)  for a complete list of what else you can do with these added assembly tools.

Oh! One more tip before you buy: Ask your PTC sales rep or authorized reseller about package upgrades—you may be eligible to receive discounts on  PTC Creo add ons.

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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.