3 Creo Extensions for Designers Who Need More Speed and Panache

Written By: Mike Gayette
  • 3/8/2018

Basic 3D CAD systems do a great job of helping you create simple geometry and design intent. But when structures get large and surfaces demand a little extra panache, you can make your job much easier with the help of Creo’s design extensions.

These extensions are specially designed to help you with time-consuming tasks, helping you turn out high-quality designs at the breakneck pace of today’s competitive markets.  

Creo Advanced Framework Extension (AFX)

The Creo AFX shortens the time it takes to create frames, structures, and assembly lines. Not only on your first time through, but also in new projects later when you need to reuse those parts and assemblies.

With Creo AFX, you can use extensive libraries of standard steel and aluminum elements like beams, brackets, screws, stairs, railings, and ladders. Anything you need to create steel machinery and structures, aluminum setups for manufacturing lines, or even buildings with standard windows.  

For example? Say you want to build a large, advanced beer bottle filling machine. Starting with a proper framework for sturdiness and function is important. It’s the foundation of the entire machine. Using Creo AFX saves you not only time, but also budget throughout every phase, from design, to analysis, fabrication, and assembly.

KHS bottle-filling machine, created with a Creo extension for large structures

Beer filling machine at KHS

Creo Interactive Surface Design Extension (ISDX)

Not every design looks like a Stealth Bomber. Sometimes you want svelte curves and melty edges. Adding a free-form touch to your geometry is easy with the Creo ISDX. The extension automatically verifies and validates the quality of those smooth, sweeping surfaces as you create them, too.

Now you can focus on the look and feel of your design without losing the intent and integrity. Create appealing curves and surfaces that demand customer attention.

Model in industrial design extension, Creo ISDX

Reflection plots simulate the reflection of light off of the model in Creo ISDX.

Creo Piping and Cabling Extension (PCX)

Why draw electrical schematics and manually route complicated piping assemblies? Creo PCX can help you design more efficiently for any industry that uses cables, wires, hoses, pipes, and other related attachments (wiring harnesses, for example). The intuitive and easy nature of Creo PCX makes learning a snap. Plus, it can help significantly reduce errors and rework, leading to a swift return on investment.


CNB yacht builders use Creo PCX extensively throughout their high-end boat designs. The extension helps the company automatically find the best paths for all routed piping and electrical wiring systems. The company starts with Creo Schematics to plan the wiring, then moves onto Creo PCX for the overall design of the  boats in Creo. Along the way Creo PCX also helps them capture information and document it to their specific standards.

Creo extensions are developed to revolutionize the way you work. They’re much more than a set of extra tool buttons. Using the Creo extensions for better design help you create frameworks that never falter, wiring that runs to code, and curves that draw oohs and ahhs.

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About the Author

Mike Gayette

Mike Gayette is a marketing professional and freelance writer based in North Dakota. He writes about engineering software, marketing technology, customer service, and team building. He also spends time at the local humane society as a dog walker and cat entertainer.