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One of the strengths of PTC Creo is its flexibility. A deployment can be as simple as a free 2D sketching app or as sophisticated as an enterprise-wide installation of 3D design, simulation, and visualization tools. The solution an organization chooses may depend on company size, industry, and even the roles of the people who will use the software.

As an example, look closer at how Certum Engineering fashioned its own unique environment for product development. We told you about Certum last spring on this blog. The company says that “By using PTC Creo software, we have achieved a time-gain of 25%.” Here’s a more in depth look at the PTC products the company chose and why.

PTC Creo Essentials is a package available from PTC authorized resellers (Certum works with CADCorner). The bundle combines PTC Creo Parametric (powerful 3D CAD software) and PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX).  Designers and engineers use PTC Creo Parametric to quickly and easily create 3D models of any part or assembly. Shown in the video below, it is the standard in 3D CAD software.

PTC Creo FMX adds direct modeling capabilities to the design environment. Engineers use the extension to easily select and edit geometry and features, no matter the source of the original design. The design intelligence is fully retained. This direct modeler is especially useful when late changes arise during product development.

Buying both together saved Certum money compared to acquiring the tools separately. To enhance its core design software, the company then picked up several add-ons, buffet style.

PTC Creo Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX). In the automotive industry, assemblies are large and teams have to work fast. PTC Creo AAX supports concurrent engineering with tools for setting up top-down design and for sharing geometry features, configuration rules, and other CAD data. Products can be quickly customized to meet customer needs, and changes automatically propagate downstream to associated deliverables like manufacturing information.

PTC Creo Advanced Framework Extension (AFX). A must-have for anyone manufacturing machinery and equipment, PTC Creo AFX simplifies structure design. The extension includes an intelligent component library and can help designers complete frame design up to 10 times faster than using standard design techniques.

PTC Creo Mechanism Dynamics Option (MDO). Physical prototypes are expensive, especially when they fail. With PTC Creo MDO, Certum can simulate the forces and accelerations in the moving components of its assemblies. Engineers incorporate dynamic influences such as springs, motors, friction, and gravity digitally, and then optimize the performance of their models, long before work begins on physical models.

PTC Windchill PDM Essentials. To complete the picture, Certum added professional data management. PDM software centralizes and secures the company’s CAD designs, including structures and relationships. Powerful search tools ensure team members can quickly find parts and assemblies when they need them. The software also maintains engineering BOMs. Access controls and viewers make released design information easily available to organizations beyond design engineering, like manufacturing and purchasing.

Best of all, PTC Windchill PDM Essentials provided a lower price way for the engineering company to pick up everything it needed to get up and running, including Microsoft SQL Server, in one easy-to-install package.

Certum offices (screen capture from Certum corporate video)

On its website, Certum Engineering describes itself as “progressive and future minded.” It further says that it designs exclusively in 3D using the most advanced software available. PTC Creo packages and add-ons help the company stand up to those statements. And at the same time, the firm never has to buy more tools than it needs.

PTC Creo is easy to expand, but impossible to outgrow. Download the data sheet and find the combination of add-ons and packages best-suited for your business. And keep an eye on our webcasts for opportunities to see demos of PTC Creo capabilities.