What's New in Creo Elements Direct 20.5

Written By: Tiffany Bailey
  • 5/11/2022
  • Read Time : 4 min

The newest release of the industry-leading direct modeling software, Creo Elements/Direct, is now available.

In Creo Elements/Direct 20.5, you’ll find usability enhancements, along with enhancements to some of the most popular productivity modules, like Simplification, Sheet Metal and Annotation. Here’s a sampling of some of the enhanced capabilities in Creo Elements/Direct 20.5.


The Simplification module was enhanced with these 5 capabilities:

  1. More accurate merge results. Improved Simplification Results are available for merge operations in more complex situations.
  2. Occlusion Faces mechanism introduced. Occlusion Faces can be selected under the Simulation Options “Structure”. Selected faces will be closed by removing inner loops, and they are then considered occluding faces for the hidden part removal calculation.
  3. Special Pocket Removal option introduced. A new Special Pocket Removal option is available for larger, complex pockets.
  4. Simplification Containers concept introduced. New Simplification Containers are available as a way to set up simplification methods around merge, associate, and visibility analysis.
  5. Face Collection method introduced. A new Faces Collection mechanism is available as a way of collecting “outer” (visible) faces only, including support of “Occlusion Faces” and “Closing Faces”.


Sheet Metal

Creo Elements/Direct now supports Unfold 2D and Create Flat support for multi-level features in the Sheet Metal module. Additionally, sheet metal features can now be created on top of previously-created features and they are reflected as expected in the unfolding processes, even if the details-reporting option is turned off.



The Annotation module now supports multi-language drawings. You can create and share multi-lingual drawings easily with global teams and consumers. And, you can use a centrally-managed translation table for translation consistency.


To ensure your drawings comply with the latest industry standards, the surface finish symbol standards list now contains an additional item for ISO 25178 – 2016. This standard configures the symbol to represent an areal surface finish symbol.


Areal surface finish

Additionally, increased robustness of the DXF/DWG translator now provides improved stability and success rates during import and export of DXF/DWG drawings.

Modeling Usability—Working with Active Configurations

You can now immediately see whether a configuration is active or not. When a configuration is active, the background changes color dynamically. Thus, you can avoid making inadvertent component position changes in the wrong context.

Modeling usability 

The background color is configurable—use a single color, a gradient, or set the color to “none” to turn the indication off.

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Tiffany Bailey

Tiffany Bailey is a content writer and editor for PTC. She has more than a decade of experience as a technical writer/editor. And over 5 years of experience writing about mechanical engineering, 3D CAD, and PDM. Her work spans topics like data migration and management, IoT and big data, IT security, additive manufacturing, simulation, and SaaS. She especially enjoys interviewing customers, product managers, and thought leaders to uncover new ideas and innovations.