Key Advances in Our 3D CAD Software, Creo 5.0

Written By: Cat McClintock
  • 3/19/2018

In 2017, PTC announced that we would start dropping new releases of our flagship CAD software every spring. “This allows us to respond to the market as it’s becoming more and more competitive,” said Paul Sagar, Vice President of CAD Product Management.

For companies that want to be at the forefront of innovation, this means they no longer have to wait more than a few months to embrace hot trends or start using simple productivity enhancements. Which leads us to our 2018 offering, Creo 5.0.

Creo 5.0 focuses on 4 major themes: Modeling and Design, Simulation, Manufacturing, and of course, those Productivity Improvements with Collaboration enhancements.  Look for these advances in Creo 5.0:

Modeling and Design

Topology Optimization

Creo 5.0 introduces Topology Optimization.  Now you can save time and boost innovation by creating optimized shapes directly on Creo geometry.  You specify objectives and constraints, and Creo does the rest. Best of all, your 3D model retains all its original design intent! One system, all parametric geometry.

 Topology optimization in Creo 5.0

Faceted output from a topology optimization.


Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Creo has long offered extensive finite element analysis tools. But now, Creo 5.0 also adds the ability to evaluate how liquids and gasses flow past your model. The new Creo flow analysis packages offer a complete set of CFD tools intended not just for expert analyst, but for everyday design engineers too.

 Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis in Creo 5.0

A flow analysis in Creo 5.0.


Additive Manufacturing

Creo already enables you to design, optimize, print check, and additively manufacture your parts without the need for multiple pieces of software. No more disconnected process, no more time spent recreating models, just more time to spend on what is really important—your design. Creo 5.0 further extends these capabilities.

 The new Creo Additive Manufacturing Plus Extension for Materialise extends Creo’s additive manufacturing capabilities to the Materialise library of 3D printers, including the ability to generate and customize the support structures needed for metal printing.  Additionally, you can manage your print drivers, access printer profiles, and direct print to some 70% of metal printers on the market.

 Metal part modeled in Creo

Part appears in print tray with support structures generated.

Mold Machining

To help those who build one-off and low-volume designs, we’ve introduced the Creo Mold Machining Extension.  Objects like molds, tools, electrodes, and dies only need to be produced once in a while. As such, a rapid tool path creation may be more practical to product developers than the processes used to produce hundreds or thousands of products. 

 Mold machining for one-off or low-volume manufacturing in Creo 5.0

Creo Mold Machining Extension provides high-speed sequences, multi-threaded for fast computation. 

Productivity and Collaboration:

Every year, Creo adds enhancements aimed at improving productivity and collaboration. In Creo 5.0, don’t miss:

Volume Sweeps

Create accurate 3D geometric representations for parts machined with cutting tools instead of 2D sweep approximations.

Volume sweep in Creo 5.0


Sketch Regions

Easily select multiple regions in a drawing, reuse a sketch to create more than one feature, and create complex geometry faster than ever.

Sketch regions in Creo 5.0


Design in Perspective

For a more realistic look as you design, switch out of orthographic mode and into perspective mode.

Design in perspective in Creo 5.0


Draft Rounds

Easily apply drafts to models that contain rounds and chamfers.

Draft rounds in Creo 5.0


Unite for Autodesk

A few years ago, we introduced Unite technology for product developers who work with files from CAD systems like CATIA, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks. With Unite technology, designers can work more effectively and establish design intent with data from other CAD software formats.

In Creo 5.0, we have enhanced our multi-CAD capabilities for working with Autodesk Inventor.  Now, designers can open Inventor files in Creo Parametric without an Inventor license.  And with the new Creo Collaboration Extension for Autodesk Inventor, stay up to date as changes are made to the original file.


And if you haven’t updated your Creo 4.0 installation lately, don’t miss these hot features that slipped into Creo 4.0 late last year:

Augmented Reality

You’ll find several new augmented reality capabilities to the software. With just a few clicks, you can turn your models into an immersive 3D experience that people can see on their smart phones or tablets. And most recently we’ve introduced the Creo Design Share Extension, which lets you control who can view an AR experience. 

“With Creo Design Share Extension, you now have a great tool to share your vision with potential vendors for example,” says Sagar. “And when you’ve chosen your preferred supplier, you can simply remove the others from your viewing list.”

Design for Connectivity

Finally, in Creo 4 we also added the ability to embed sensors directly in your CAD model. We also introduce Creo Product Insight, which you can use to stream data from those sensors back into your digital designs.

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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.