Simulation Tools in Computer-Aided Design

See how your product design will perform in the real world with these simulation tools


The Creo family of simulation software and capabilities lets you perform simulations on your products throughout the development process, helping reduce physical prototyping costs, design cycle times, and analysis department backlog. When you resolve basic design problems earlier, the analysis department can focus on higher-level issues when they get your prototype. The result is an optimized product developed at lower cost and taken to market earlier.

Real-world condition analysis simulation tools

When you keep in mind how a component or product will behave in the real-world, you design and build a better product. PTC equips you with tools that allow you to catch problems sooner, produce fewer prototypes, and develop more innovative designs.

Creo Simulation Live

Creo Simulation Live provides design engineers with real-time feedback on their designs within their CAD environment. With this real-time design guidance, engineers are able to try more innovative concepts and iterate more. Explore Real-Time Design Guidance

Creo Ansys Simulation

Improve productivity and decrease costs with Creo Ansys Simulation. Seamlessly integrated into Creo and powered by Ansys, this fully featured, high-fidelity thermal, structural and modal simulation tool is built specifically for designers and engineers. With Creo Ansys Simulation you have a seamless design refinement and validation process, providing early insights into product behavior to improve product quality, reduce costs and speed time to market. Explore Creo Ansys Simulation

Enhance your CAD software with simulation extensions

Creo Fatigue Advisor Extension: Analyze how your product performs under repeated loading and unloading. Creo Human Factors Analysis Extension: Insert digital human models into your designs to investigate ergonomic and human factors issues. Mathcad: Using PTC Mathcad’s rich array of mathematical functionality, you can document your most critical engineering calculations as easily as you can write them. Creo Flow Analysis: This is a computational fluid dynamics tool used to easily simulate fluid flow. This helps predict the performance of a system or product involving internal or external fluid flow and heat transfer.
Creo Clearance and Creepage Extension: Increase the safety and reliability of your 3D electromechanical designs. Creo Mechanism Dynamics Option: Analyze how your product will behave given real-world forces such as gravity and friction.

Creo Simulation Extension: Evaluate structural, thermal and modal product performance on your digital model before resorting to costly, time-consuming physical prototyping.

Creo Mold Analysis Extension: Simulate the injection molding of plastic parts.

Creo EZ Tolerance Analysis Extension: Visualize geometric tolerances (GTOL) to be sure all components of your product fit together.

Creo Advanced Simulation Extension: Creo Advanced Simulation expands the capabilities of Creo Simulation and allows the study of how advanced, nonlinear effects should influence the product design.

Simulation tools and capabilities

Designed parts, assemblies, and mechanisms need to be analyzed so that real-world effects and their behavior during intended use can be predicted. In order to do this, PTC offers several capabilities, some of which are listed below:
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Structural analysis

Incorporate structural analysis into the design process in order to avoid failure because of static and dynamic loads on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms. Learn More
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Modal analysis

Perform modal analysis on your designs to determine the effects of vibrations. Learn More
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Thermal analysis

Incorporating thermal analysis into the design process lets you gain insights into how the physical properties of materials change with differences in temperature. Learn More
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Computational fluid dynamics

Explore computational fluid dynamics within Creo Simulation Live and Creo Flow Analysis. Learn More