Creo Makes it Easier to Work in Multi-CAD

Written by: Geoff Hedges

One of the big game changers in Creo 3.0 was the new multi-CAD functionality. Called “Unite,” this breakthrough technology tackles the challenge of working in an environment where not everybody has the same CAD system.

While Creo has worked toward better multi-CAD performance for years, this release amplified the vision of a world where engineers no longer find themselves locked into a single file format. Now, there are no intermediate translation steps and no fixing and repairing models. Best of all, you’ll have fewer reasons than ever to recreate parts from scratch.

Creo Parametric with Unite helps manufacturers collaborate more effectively across teams and drive the consolidation of CAD systems.

Here are some of the ways you benefit with Creo Parametric 3.0 when you work with multiple CAD files:

  • Import or open both neutral and common CAD file formats without an additional translator or license of the original CAD software.
    • Open or import models from other CAD systems in Creo Parametric without time-consuming conversion efforts
    • Open CATIA, SolidWorks, and Siemens NX files without creating a secondary model format.
    • Import SolidWorks, CATIA, Siemens NX, Solid Edge and Autodesk Inventor files direcly into Creo Parametric without the need for additional software
    • Import neutral file formats, such as STEP, IGES, and DXF, directly into Creo Parametric
  • More easily collaborate with others, even when they use other CAD systems or still changing their designs, using new Creo Collaboration extensions.
    • Receive automatic updates when geometry changes in CATIA, SolidWorks, and Siemens NX right inside of Creo Parametric.
  • Speed up the design cycle by skipping the steps you normally take when receiving neutral file formats like STEP. Others can now send you their native or neutral CAD data—in a broad range of source formats—and you simply open it.

You can learn more about Unite technology in our free eBook, Designing in a Multi-CAD Environment. This eBook looks at the problems designers face when they work with CAD data from multiple systems. It explores the problems engineers encounter when they exchange and translate designs between 3D CAD software packages. It then gives insight into recent advances that address these problems and how these advances help engineers and their collaborative partners involved in the product development cycle. Download your free copy today.

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About the Author

Geoff Hedges

Geoff Hedges is the founder and major contributor to, a CAD focused blog that’s reached over 1 million visitors since launch.

In his current role as Program Marketing Director for the PLM and ALM businesses, he is responsible for demand marketing, including developing and executing demand generation campaigns, web site experience and product launch.

Geoff has more than 30 years of experience working in the areas of CAD, PLM, and PDM software; he holds an Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany.