Creo Power User: The Best of Creo 4 Extensions

Written By: Cat McClintock
  • 9/5/2017

**Guest post from PTC Partner, Novedge

Andrew Leedy is a “virtual technical specialist” at PTC, which means he carries out demos. Lots of them. Whether someone needs to see how the basic Creo package works, or wants insights on the new additive manufacturing extension, Leedy delivers.

Andrew Leedy, PTC

As a result, he’s come to know Creo better than most people. And in fact, he’s host of Novoedge’s webinar focusing on the new Creo Extensions this month.  You can learn more about it here.

Here’s a quick peek at what Leedy thinks everyone should know about Creo 4 and its extensions:

NOVEDGE: What are your favorite new features in Creo 4?

LEEDY: There are a lot of features in Creo 4 that I was very excited to see. At my office we do a lot of 3D printing, so the ability to add in lattice structure with the Additive Manufacturing Extension has been very beneficial. We also have the ability to set up our trays and print directly from Creo to our Stratasys printer with the new printer integration.

 I also have to give a special shot-out to some of the new ui enhancements. Box-select and the left click mini-toolbar, just as two examples, make things a lot faster!

LEEDY: There many new improvements on some older extensions as well as some new extensions everyone should know about.

Flexible modeling can now be used with sheet metal parts, and you can now identify sheet metal-specific features. This allows you to easily change the types of bend reliefs in your part or a bend radius and puts them in your design objects tree, regardless of whether your part is an import or a Creo-built part.

.Obj files can be imported into Creo Freestyle as a primitive, allowing them to easily work with other sub-divisional modeling tools.

 A new Creo extension called GD&T advisor supports guided creation of semantically valid GD&T. This allows users to fully constrain their model geometry while also lending a helping hand on how to apply the GD&T to comply to ASME or ISO standards.



The Intelligent fastener extension supports the ability to control your hole creation. It can be set to either make the whole an assembly cut, a part cut, or even has an option to create no hole at all.

Creo Interactive Service Design Extension supports the ability to apply G3 acceleration connections for curves and surfaces in Creo 4, allowing the curves to be a lot smoother than before.


Learn More about Creo Extensions: Watch the Webinar

Leedy has a lot more to say about Creo, as you might imagine. What else can you do with new and updated extensions in Creo 4? Watch the recorded webinar below. You’ll learn about how the following extensions can unlock value for your business: Interactive Surface Design Extension (ISDX); Piping and Cabling Extension (PCX); Simulation Extension; Additive Manufacturing Extension.

  • CAD
  • Retail and Consumer Products
  • Connected Devices

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.