An Introduction to Creo View MCAD
Written By: Cat McClintock

On the list of uncomfortable meeting topics, a high-ranking contender is explaining to your boss why your design change cost the company so much time and money. This is especially true if the change was untested. What seems like a solid decision on paper – or in software – doesn’t always prove to work when it’s time to manufacture.

BAE Systems personnel vehicle. BAE and customers assess issues before the first piece of metal is cut with Creo View MCAD.

What else can go wrong without frequent design reviews? For starters, you might have dimensions that don’t match up. Parts interferences result in manufacturing pieces that don’t fit properly. You could end up designing for materials that aren’t cost effective for the product (think aluminum vs carbon fiber). Or a lack of simulations will hide flaws that only come to light after customers complain and you’re mired in warranty repairs.

We can help you avoid those embarrassing sit downs.

Introducing Creo View MCAD, a tool that brings design review and validation to every part of your organization. Through its simplified and familiar interface, data can be shared in the format best suited to individual reviewers. For a quick look at how it’s done, check out this introductory video.

The features built into Creo View MCAD save you work – and rework – in a number of ways.

Shares what you need to, when you need it. Why bog down your network sharing hefty CAD files? Creo View MCAD’s lightweight models are a fraction of the original file size while still allowing full visualization and interrogation. If your review only covers a specific assembly, you can hide all other portions of the design. Streamlining the data makes for focused and efficient reviews.

Welcomes markups and documents. Store your markups in the review environment. Step away from the old practice of annotations and action items scribbled on paper or spread across network folders. Your comments can be embedded in both 3D and 2D files and documents. And you can color code them for ease of reading and organization.

Within Creo View MCAD, you can view several document types simultaneously. Need to visualize an assembly while reading a PDF for reference? Put them side by side on the screen. And if you need to share the data outside the review suite, simply embed it into a PowerPoint file or export it as a PDF.

Plays well with others. A mixed environment shouldn’t worry you when it’s time to review design changes. Creo View MCAD supports a wide range of 3D and 2D file types, including major CAD formats like SolidWorks, CATIA, and Inventor. Of course Creo View MCAD also integrates seamlessly with Windchill and PLM Cloud, so you can work with markups and models directly in the PLM environments.

Accelerates your business. With Creo View MCAD, you’ll find your design reviews result in more accurate models and improved collaboration across the organization. Ultimately, you’ll enjoy faster product development with lower costs, and a time to market that outpaces competitors.

Ready to get more from your design review and validation process? Try the free evaluation version 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.