I think all of us are eager to know what to expect in Creo 4.0, the next release of our 3D CAD software. And in a few weeks, we’ll be previewing the software at LiveWorx 2016. But I asked Paul Sagar, vice president of product management, for a few hints before then. A “sneak peek of the sneak peek,” if you will.
Here’s what he said:
On Model-based Enterprise
Model-based enterprise is the first big theme we’re addressing in Creo 4.0.
Companies want to move away from 2D drawings because they consume a lot of time. Plus they’re always open to interpretation. However, a 3D model, if annotated correctly, can provide all that information and more; it’s also easier to distribute and share within your organization.
So we’re introducing new tools to help you accurately annotate a model in your 3D environment with correctly displayed geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME or ISO standards.
You’ll be able to validate that your model meets the necessary standards and is fully constrained.
On 3D Printing
Creo 4 will offer tools that allow you to design and optimize parts for 3D printing.
People have been using 3D printing for rapid prototyping for more than 20 years. But more recently, they’re starting to use it for final production parts.
That’s in part because you can use the technology to build ultra-light components that simply can't be manufactured with traditional manufacturing techniques. Specifically, with 3D printing, you can build in lattice structures that provide all the strength, with a fraction of the material.
So, in Creo 4 we're adding capabilities so you can design and analyse these highly complex lattice structures directly inside your model before sending to your printer.
On Productivity Improvements
One of the biggest improvements you’ll see in Creo 4.0 is a change in how you interact with your model. We have switched to geometry-based selection and introduced a new mini toolbar, providing context-sensitive commands right at your fingertips, reducing mouse travel, and allowing users to be far more productive.
Fundamentally, Creo 4 is going to be an extremely exciting release. We've tackled a lot of big areas with model-based design and the drive towards design for 3D printing. In addition to all that, we’ve continued to evolve the core capabilities in the product, many new capabilities, while improving the workflows to improve the overall productivity of the tool.
The feedback that we’ve received so far during testing has been unanimously positive. Creo 4 is going to be an exceptional release, one of the biggest releases we’ve had in a very long time.
[Ed. We hoped you liked our sneak peak. Get even more insight on what’s next in Creo 4.0 and attend LiveWorx next month. If you can’t attend, keep your eyes on the blog – we’ll have a full roundup of what’s new.]