Beyond PTC Creo Simulate

Written By: Aaron Shaw

We’ve written a lot about PTC Creo Simulate in this blog lately because it’s a great tool for conducting  structural, thermal, and vibration analysis of your 3D CAD models. As an extension of PTC Creo Parametric, it provides a comprehensive set of finite element analysis capabilities. However, it’s not the only simulation or analysis extension available for PTC Creo users.

In fact, there are seven more options that can help you understand how your model will perform under various conditions. Will your plastic part stand up to injection molding? Are your electromechanical components safe in real-world conditions? What happens when a human tries to work next to this conveyor? There’s a lot you may need to know to craft a great product design.

If you’re ready to go beyond PTC Creo Simulate, browse the list below to see what else you could be using to get the best from your 3D models.

PTC Creo Parametric Extensions

The following extensions complement PTC Creo Parametric:

PTC Creo Advanced Simulation Extension

Use this extension to see how advanced, nonlinear effects influence the performance of your products and more. With PTC Creo Advanced Simulation Extension, you can:

PTC Creo Mold Analysis Extension

For anyone who designs plastic parts, this extension provides insights into the manufacturability of your models. By optimizing parts for injection molding during the design phase, you prevent mold rework, excess material use, and mold debugging trials. Best of all, PTC Creo Mold Analysis Extension requires no translation between CAD, CAM, and CAE systems—it all works within PTC Creo. Use this extension to:


PTC Creo Tolerance Analysis Extension

PTC Creo Tolerance Analysis Extension lets you quickly analyze and document geometric tolerances (GTOL) directly on 3D CAD models, so your products fit together correctly on the shop floor. Use this extension to:

PTC Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension

With PTC Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension, engineers embed real-world design requirements, even for multiple objectives, within the digital model. That ensures criteria remain satisfied throughout development. Use this extension to:

PTC Creo Manikin Analysis Extension

Add a digital manikin into your 3D CAD model using the PTC Creo Manikin Extension, and start analyzing human-product interaction scenarios. Test your designs against a number of quantitative human factors, as well as workplace standards and guidelines. Use this extension to:

PTC Creo Mechanism Dynamics Option

PTC Creo Mechanism Dynamics Option (MDO) can virtually simulate real-world forces and analyze how your product will react to them. Use this tool to:

Bear in mind, a number of mechanism design features are available right within PTC Creo Parametric too:

PTC Creo Simulate Extensions

These extensions complement PTC Creo Simulate:

PTC Creo Spark Analysis Extension

As more and more products incorporate electromechanical components, PTC Creo Spark Analysis Extension automates the process of clearance and creepage analysis. Use this extension to:


PTC Creo Fatigue Advisor Extension

Using PTC Creo Fatigue Advisor Extension, you can predict the life of metal structures that are prone to fatigue failure under cyclic loading and investigate the impact that design changes have on their endurance. Use this extension to:

By optimizing your designs with PTC Creo simulation and analysis tools, you can save time and money as you prevent errors, rework, and production delays. See a demo of how easy it is to streamline design with simulation tools in this short video:

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About the Author

Aaron Shaw

Aaron Shaw joined PTC in 2013, currently he is the Senior Manager, CAD Demand Generation. He is responsible for the CAD marketing strategy and execution worldwide. He enjoys playing golf, eating spicy foods, reading, traveling, and rooting for all Boston teams. Aaron is a graduate of Penn State, you can follow him on Twitter @AaronEShaw.