[Editor’s note: Why are consultants telling their customers to upgrade to Creo 7.0? Just ask Tom McGuire. He has been working with PTC modeling solutions since 1993. Today he provides training, process design and implementation, and modeling services to the federal, aerospace, and defense sector, as well as several commercial customers seeking to maximize the return on their PTC software investment. Get step-by-step upgrade assistance at the Creo Upgrade Resource Center.]
I was perfectly happy using Creo 4.0 for my day-to-day design tasks with no real sense of urgency to move to a newer release of the software. Then I was asked to investigate Creo 7.0 to determine whether there were tools or workflows that could benefit the way our organization creates and leverages their solid models.
After working with Creo 7.0 for a couple of days, I went from little sense of urgency to upgrade to “How soon can we get this rolled out and into the hands of our users?”
In fact, I am encouraging all my customers to make that move as soon as possible, and the reasons for doing so are many.
The thing about these “Nice to Have” enhancements is that you didn’t know you needed them prior to working with Creo 7, but once you have used them for a few hours you will wonder how you were productive at all without them.
In an ideal world, everything that is typically shown in a mechanical drawing should somehow be embedded in a solid model and made available to a consumer of that information. Creo continues to close the gap between what can be accomplished in a 3D annotated model and what is spelled out in the standards that are being followed when it comes to MBD.
In newer releases, it is possible to start development of MBD deliverables in one standard and switch to another without issue. Creo continues to bring users closer to the solid model being a comprehensive “Single Source of Truth” for the products they design.
The most impactful addition to Creo 7.0, without question, is the introduction of multibody modeling.
Although this type of modeling technique has been available for some time in other modeling packages, this is new ground for Creo, and it works seamlessly within the existing workflows that users are accustomed to using every day.
What excites me the most about this new functionality is that it presents companies with the opportunity to fundamentally change the way they develop their products. After an hour of experimenting with this new workflow I could see how this will impact the customers I have supported. Some of the tools they will be able to leverage are:
These tools allowed me to quickly work through various use cases that include:
Overall, the tools available in multibody modeling make Creo 7.0 a product development game-changer.
In my estimation, Creo 7.0 is the most exciting release of PTC design software to be introduced in years. There are so many new tools and methodologies that can now be leveraged to streamline the design and manufacturing process and fundamentally change the way new products are developed.
I am guessing that by the time lunch rolls around on your first day of using Creo 7.0, you will feel the same.
Tom McGuire has been using PTC’s 3D modeling solutions since 1993 when he was a mechanical engineer for the US Navy. In 1995 he started a two-year stint at PTC’s Cleveland office as a Senior Applications Engineer, responsible for product demonstrations, benchmarks, and end-user support for a wide range of area customers. Since leaving PTC in 1997 Tom has been providing training, process design and implementation, and modeling services to the FA&D sector, as well as several commercial customers seeking to maximize the return on their PTC software investment. Tom has also shared his knowledge by presenting, on several occasions, at national and local users group conferences.
Tom is currently assisting BAE Systems with their initiatives to extend the reach of their Creo models into the areas of MBD, MBE, MBSE, and AR. Tom can be contacted at email@example.com or by visiting www.3DTrainingCamp.com.