Use Creo Elements Direct? Read This
Written By: Cat McClintock

Our Expert Highlights Three Changes You'll Want to Know About in Creo 4.0

The recent update to our powerful 3D CAD software platform—Creo 4.0—includes hundreds of enhancements, along with notable capabilities in additive manufacturing, model-based definition (MBD), and augmented reality.

So, given the extensive list of enhancements, you might be wondering which are most important, and which are just small tweaks.

To get to the bottom of this question, I’ve been asking each of the Creo product managers to list the top 3 enhancements in their respective area of Creo 4.0. For those who use Creo Elements/Direct and Creo Parametric, you’ll be most interested in these picks we got from our product manager, Berthold Hug. 

Product Manager Berthold Hug specializes in Creo Elements/Direct

Product Manager, Berthold Hug, specializes in Creo Elements/Direct

Unite Technology for Creo Elements/Direct

In Creo 3.0, Unite technology clearly stood out as a top enhancement. For the first time, CAD users could directly open SolidWorks, CATIA, and NX files in their Creo software.

With Creo 4.0, Unite technology extends to Creo Elements/Direct. Now, when moving from a CoCreate database to Windchill, Unite offers a smooth transition from Creo Elements/Direct Modeling to Creo Parametric. Creo Elements/Direct Modeling can still be used in parallel on existing Creo Elements/Direct data, while Creo Parametric can leverage this data without creating an additional business object.

Associative Drawings Imported from Creo Elements/Direct Modeling

When you import a Creo Elements/Direct 3D model with a drawing into Creo Parametric, you can now use drawings associated with the Creo Elements/Direct 3D model. After being imported, the drawings maintain full association with the 3D model. That saves time since you don’t need to manually create drawings every time the 3D model changes.

Automatic Recognition of Rounds and Chamfers Created in Creo Elements/Direct

When you import 3D model data from Creo Elements/Direct Modeling to Creo Parametric, you can keep the design intent for rounds and chamfers created in Creo Elements/Direct Modeling. If you use Creo Flexible Modeling Extension in Creo Parametric or you work in Creo Direct, the system automatically recognizes rounds and chamfers.

Automatic detection of the design intent of rounds and chamfers supports direct 3D model modifications. Model modifications are more predictable.

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To learn more, visit the Creo 4.0 page to find out more about this exciting new release and start using it 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.