Designing in a Multi-CAD Environment

Creo thrives in multi-CAD environments, allowing you to improve design collaboration and consolidate your company’s CAD applications

Creo makes it easier to work in multi-CAD

Few manufacturers have the luxury of a homogenous CAD environment anymore. Even within their own firewalls, companies use an average of 2.7 CAD systems. But beyond your own firewall, you have customers to impress, supply chain dynamics to comply with, and legacy systems that hold old designs. Here’s the big problem: everyone’s using a different CAD system. And with different systems come inefficiencies and redundancies. Data needs to be recreated, translation problems arise, and design intent is easily lost.

It may seem like working with multiple systems is unavoidable. Chances are that at least some members of your product design supply chain create files in a format different than your preferred system. What does that mean to product developers? Lost time and more errors as they exchange, then fix or recreate, models among supply chain partners and vendors.

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Make working in multiple CAD systems a breeze

Good news: Creo thrives in multi-CAD environments. If you're thinking about improving design collaboration or consolidating your company’s CAD applications, Creo is the ideal suite of design software. Designers can open 3D models from other systems and edit geometry directly. Creo supports in-house consolidation of 2D, 3D, and other legacy systems that are still resulting in multiple formats within your own four walls.

Better news: Every seat of Creo has augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Now, everyone can see your product at scale against a real-world backdrop from wherever they are—without needing a seat of CAD software. All recipients need is a phone, a tablet, or another mobile device. Considering design alternatives? Make the change on your CAD model, hit "Publish" and invite the team to review. AR means easier, faster, and even more meaningful collaboration.

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Creo’s Unite technology


Realize the potential of multi-CAD collaboration.

Multi-CAD collaboration need not be a productivity-killer—just the opposite. Creo’s Unite technology makes it easy to work with CAD models created in other applications and saves you considerable time.

That non-native CAD file could come to you from within or outside the company. It doesn’t matter. With a few clicks, you can open those CAD files directly into the Creo software suite and start working. Meeting your targets for product quality, appeal, and on-time delivery will be easier than ever now that you don’t have to recreate the model or do other redundant work.

There’s no "catch." Creo’s Unite technology makes the process seamless. Moreover, you can incorporate CATIA, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks data directly into your designs without creating additional business objects and without the presence of licenses from these software systems.

The Creo Collaboration Extensions further enhance Unite technology’s capabilities. These extensions allow designers to quickly and easily integrate updates to non-Creo data directly within Creo.


Features and benefits of Creo’s Unite technology

  • Reduce the number of CAD platforms and the associated costs
  • Increase engineering productivity and IT efficiency
  • Enable higher levels of concurrent engineering through effective multi-cad collaboration
  • Reduce the need to create and manage neutral file formats
  • Support on-time product delivery by ensuring data integrity throughout the design process


Anyone running a CAD consolidation effort has an intimidating to-do list: user adoption, training, and the many costs of data migration. Unite technology makes the job easier. You’ll spend less time, effort, and budget on data migration because you will convert only the parts and parent assemblies you need, not the entire assembly.

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