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Creo+ SaaS CAD

Creo+ combines the power and proven functionality of Creo delivered via SaaS, with new cloud-based tools to enhance collaboration and simplify CAD administration


CAD Software as a Service (SaaS) is a model for licensing, delivery, and management of engineering CAD software for improved accessibility, scalability, collaboration, and security. In many instances, SaaS also enhances existing software capabilities and functionality.

While in-office communication software like Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) have embraced the SaaS model, CAD SaaS is just reaching its inflection point, with widespread adoption expected in the coming years. PTC is well positioned to help customers when they are ready to make the transition to SaaS, with cloud-based CAD and PLM solutions.

What are the CAD advantages of SaaS?

Software as a Service (SaaS) offers a wealth of opportunities for companies, especially when it comes to CAD solutions. Ultimately, your CAD system will be more powerful and efficient as a SaaS product.

Software as a Service (SaaS) offers a wealth of opportunities for companies, especially when it comes to CAD solutions. Ultimately, your CAD system will be more powerful and efficient as a SaaS product.

Increased productivity and innovation

SaaS customers can expect to see productivity and innovation gains in terms of a rapid delivery of the latest CAD capabilities, access to cloud-computing technologies, and real-time design collaboration.

Efficient license management

SaaS CAD systems are also easier to manage, with better access control, license deployment, security, and scalability upgrades that are automatically pushed to users.

Better user experience

CAD software is automatically updated with SaaS, so the user experience is better and more consistent for all. CAD SaaS is also more easily accessible and available.

Introducing Creo+

Creo+ combines the power and proven functionality of Creo, delivered via SaaS, with new cloud-based tools to enhance collaboration, improve accessibility, and simplify license management. In addition to all the capabilities of Creo 10, Creo+ includes collaboration tools to enable multiple team members to review, explore, and edit part design—in real time.
CAD administrators will appreciate the cloud-based desktop tools for license management, deployment, and telemetry services. Creo+ is compatible with on-premises versions of Creo, for better interaction with engineering colleagues and suppliers. Get the best of both worlds—proven Creo technology, combined with cloud-connected collaboration and license management tools.

Features of Creo+

Real-time collaboration

Creo+ features cloud-based collaboration tools that enable multiple people, both inside and outside of your organization, real-time access to review, explore, and edit assembly design all at once. Changes are automatically synchronized across all users, ensuring that everyone is working on the latest design. This collaboration improves communication and enhances innovation throughout the product design lifecycle.

Simplified CAD administration

PTC Control Center helps you reduce the time and effort of license management, configuration management, and deployment. Deliver required licenses to groups and users efficiently, and at scale. Creo+ is always up to date, and automatic software updates ensure that all users are on the same version and have access to the latest improvements. PTC Control Center also provides rich, centralized telemetry to better understand how your software is being used.

All the benefits of Creo

Easy-to-learn Creo+ uses a model-based approach to seamlessly take you from the earliest phases of product design to manufacturing and beyond. With innovative technologies, including generative design, real-time simulation, advanced manufacturing, IIoT, and augmented reality, Creo+ helps you iterate faster, reduce costs, and improve product quality.

Real-time collaboration Creo+ features cloud-based collaboration tools that enable multiple people, both inside and outside of your organization, real-time access to review, explore, and edit assembly design all at once. Changes are automatically synchronized across all users, ensuring that everyone is working on the latest design. This collaboration improves communication and enhances innovation throughout the product design lifecycle. Simplified CAD administration PTC Control Center helps you reduce the time and effort of license management, configuration management, and deployment. Deliver required licenses to groups and users efficiently, and at scale. Creo+ is always up to date, and automatic software updates ensure that all users are on the same version and have access to the latest improvements. PTC Control Center also provides rich, centralized telemetry to better understand how your software is being used. All the benefits of Creo Easy-to-learn Creo+ uses a model-based approach to seamlessly take you from the earliest phases of product design to manufacturing and beyond. With innovative technologies, including generative design, real-time simulation, advanced manufacturing, IIoT, and augmented reality, Creo+ helps you iterate faster, reduce costs, and improve product quality.

Frequently asked questions

What other industries and business functions use SaaS?

SaaS has been around for nearly two decades, but more recently, adoption has accelerated to become standard across all industries and most business functions. For example, SaaS represents over 80% of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and over 70% of Human Capital Management (HCM) software solutions.

How is SaaS Creo+ different from on-premises Creo?

Creo+ combines the power and proven functionality of Creo, delivered via SaaS, with new cloud-based tools to enhance collaboration, improve accessibility, and simplify license management. In the future, PTC plans to introduce more cloud-based capabilities that will only be available with Creo+.

Will CAD files created with Creo+ be compatible with on-prem Creo?

Creo+ is upwards compatible with on-premise versions of Creo, meaning it can open and read these 3D models. Creo+ will always contain the latest functionality. As such, only the latest on-premises Creo version will be fully compatible with Creo+.

Is Creo+ SaaS CAD secure?

Creo+ runs on Atlas, our foundational SaaS technology. Atlas supports the needs of modern work: flexible collaboration between colleagues, faster innovation for your products or processes, and secure and scalable digital transformation solutions, all at a lower cost of ownership.

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