Creo Elements/Direct 3D Access

A CAD Viewer Which Allows All Users to See 3D and 2D CAD Data

Creo Elements/Direct 3D Access is a CAD viewer for sharing 2D and 3D product design concepts securely across extended product design teams.

Users inside and outside of the organization can see up-to-date designs in detail, provide review input and access both neutral and native CAD data (including 3D IGES and Autodesk DWG and DXF), without jeopardizing intellectual property. These capabilities enable risk-free design collaboration that can greatly accelerate your product development process. The viewer also lets team members explore “what if” design alternatives for modifying, restructuring, or repositioning of parts and assemblies without accidentally corrupting or overwriting the original design data file. Moreover, Creo Elements/Direct 3D Access manages product data seamlessly in combination with Creo Elements/Direct Model Manager.


  • Share high-quality 2D and 3D designs: View, inspect, and print 2D and 3D CAD design data created with Creo Elements/Direct Modeling™, Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, and other 2D and 3D CAD systems
  • Save CAD license costs: Make models and drawings accessible to anyone in the organization, with a cost-effective viewing application
  • Explore changes risk-free: Users are free to explore and even try some changes to the design, without the risk of corrupting the original design data file
  • Improve the review process: Provide departments outside of engineering with controlled and up-to-date access to released product design data using Creo Elements/Direct 3D Access and Creo Elements/Direct Model Manager
  • Multi-CAD collaboration: Work effectively in a multi-CAD development environment where you can share, view, and inspect designs created in other 2D and 3D CAD systems


  • Measure and inspect precise 3D solid models, lightweight graphic models, surface parts, wireframes, and 2D drawings
  • Visualize 3D designs with real-time rendering, including textures, shadows and mirror planes
  • Interactively define 3D sections, inspect designs in standard or cross-sectional views and measure physical properties, including cross-sections, distances, mass and volume
  • View non-geometrical information, including manufacturing, inspection, analysis, engineering notes, 2D and 3D dimensions and GD&T symbols
  • View part and assembly structure by rotating, panning, zooming, and sectioning in real time
  • Unicode Standard – See multiple languages, including Chinese and Japanese, on a single drawing
  • Inspect design properties such as lend radius, constant and variable chamfer
  • Produce high-quality printouts with freely definable print resolution and background printing that is fully integrated with Windows®
  • View all major 3D standard and native file formats

    • STEP, SAT, and IGES 3D
    • Native PTC Creo Elements/Direct Modeling package and bundle files
    • DXF, DWG, and IGES 2D
    • Native Creo Elements/Direct Drafting .mi files

Learn more about how companies are using PTC's suite of CAD software products to their best advantage.

KTM (motorsports)
College Park (prosthetics)
University of Tokyo (artificial heart)
Aston Martin
Aristides Guitars

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