Thinking About Printing Your 3D Models? Start Here

Over the past few years, the world has become enchanted with the idea of 3D printing. What could be more liberating than designing and manufacturing your own products at home or in the office? Good bye Amazon. So long, hardware store. From now on, I’m making it myself.

If only.

Real-life product designers know that 3D printers doesn’t magically make you a skilled CAD user, or a manufacturing engineer. It won’t help you evaluate materials and forces. And it won’t tell you that your model is flawed until after you’ve spent hours of your day and a spool of ABS filament to build an artifact that turns out to be unusable.


Since 2013, PTC has been talking about 3D printing from an eyes-wide-open product development perspective. Yes, the technology is changing design and manufacturing. No, you can’t just click “Print” and go pick up your job from the printer.

We’ve collected the best of these articles to bring you up to speed with the industry, and how PTC Creo CAD software supports 3D printing. If you want to know more, explore these posts:

The Thought Leaders

In 2013, Barb Schmitz announced that 3D printing had arrived. “Prices of 3D printers have plummeted…and more and more manufacturers are bringing 3D printing technology in-house ,” she said in 3D Printing Comes of Age.

Soon, additive manufacturing was all over the press, leading Al Dean to warn readers not to be swept away in his post 3D Printing: Hype, Hyperbole, and Reality. “There are just as many rules for 3D printing as any other method of manufacture. They’re just different.

But if you only read one article about additive manufacturing from our thought leaders, read this one:

The Deal with Stratasys


Amid all the excitement, PTC formed a partnership with Stratasys, one of the foremost manufacturers of 3D printers. You can read the press coverage here.

The Insiders

With the announcement of the Stratasys deal, PTC unveiled new 3D printing capabilities for PTC Creo 3.0. What was in the new software? And where did the PTC and Stratasys hope to go together in the future? In these three posts, PTC and Stratasys management answered those questions.

The Demos

Enough talk. Readers were eager to see the new capabilities. As such, we offered two posts showing the software at work.

The Customers and the Students

Barb Schmitz was right. Since she wrote that article three years ago, we’ve heard an avalanche of stories about customers and students enlisting 3D printing to make prototypes and products.


In short, 3D printers are everywhere and PTC Creo is poised to make your design and manufacturing work smoother than ever.

You’ll be hearing more about PTC Creo and 3D printing in coming months as we add more capabilities. To make sure you don’t miss important posts, announcements, demos, customer stories, and tips and tricks, subscribe to our e-newsletter, PTC Express.