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PTC Creo

The Industry’s Leading 3D CAD Software

Let’s assume you went into product design to create fantastic products. That’s your focus, what you want to do, and how you want to be remembered.

With the Creo product development software suite, you can take your product from concept to digital prototype and do so with efficiency, accuracy and a measure of grace. Our software is intuitive and all works together.

We’ve been at the cutting-edge of CAD for more than 30 years.  Come join us.

Creo Parametric

The flagship application in the Creo Suite, Creo Parametric is the only software you need for 3D CAD.  With Creo Parametric, you can seamlessly combine parametric and direct modeling; open non-native CAD data and collaborate with almost anyone thanks to Unite technology; and relax knowing all downstream deliverables will update automatically.  Combine this range of capabilities with ease-of use, and you have a product design accelerator.

Why Creo?

Our software doesn’t produce innovation: you do. But Creo can help by giving you powerful tools all within one environment as well as choice and flexibility in how you use them.

What can you design? One customer designed an artificial heart. Another created a 1.5 ton light sculpture. Maybe your next great product is that one on your desk.



From the comprehensive capabilities of Creo Parametric to applications specializing in direct modeling, Creo has what you need. Whether you need speed and flexibility to meet a deadline, or are in the initial stages of concept design, direct modeling lets you work with geometry quickly and easily.

Creo Parametric 3D Modeling Software


The Most Powerful, Flexible 3D Modeling Software in the Industry

Design smarter. Starting now.

That’s not just any product – it’s yours. Creo Parametric has the core modeling strengths you’d expect from the industry leader, along with breakthrough capabilities in additive manufacturing, model based definition (MBD) and smart connected design. Streamlined workflows and an intuitive user interface complete the picture.

Put Creo Parametric 3D Modeling Software to work for you.

Creo Direct: Direct Modeling CAD Software


An Easy-to-Use Direct Modeling CAD Software for Rapid 3D Design Creation

Our direct modeling software is a stand-alone application that enables infrequent computer-aided design (CAD) users to create new geometry or modify any existing 3D CAD design, regardless of file format. Direct interaction with the geometry makes it easy for anyone to learn and use. That’s why it’s the ideal tool for people in concept design, analysis, and manufacturing ― or for anyone who’s new to 3D CAD or uses it infrequently.

Working with Creo Direct is quick, flexible and intuitive. It is well suited for tasks such as generating proposals, defining the initial design for tooling fixtures or capturing design input from customers in the field. By furthuring collaboration with your extended team, the software encourages innovation and enables your company to respond better to changing customer needs.


Direct Modeling Features and Benefits:

  • Achieve faster design cycles by enabling more users to access and use 3D CAD data, including third-party design components

  • Empower infrequent 3D CAD users to contribute to the product development effort

  • Generate proposals more quickly and effectively by exploring alternative design concepts more easily

  • Streamline computer-aided engineering (CAE) workflows by giving analysts the ability to edit 3D CAD data prior to analysis and propose design changes directly on the model

  • Improve computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) efficiency by giving tooling designers an easy-to-use tool for editing model data and creating manufacturing jigs and fixtures that better meet their NC and tooling design requirements

Creo Options Modeler


Create Multiple Product Configurations


A configurable product is one for which different options are available.   

Every design variation, unsurprisingly called a variant, is its own product. Re-using platforms, modules, and parts makes sense: it costs less, uses what you already have and know, and lets you meet customer demand for ‘personalized’ products.  One bicycle can become a hundred different models thanks to modular parts.  

But you only benefit from efficiencies and lower costs if you can quickly produce product configurations that work.  Spreadsheets and CAD file-based approaches help for a while, but they’re relatively informal ways to associate potentially workable options with CAD models.  When’s the last time you sought to add informality to a key business process?  We thought so.

Creo Options Modeler, an extension to Creo Parametric or a stand-alone product, allows you to create and work with configurable structures.  When you combine Creo Options Modeler with Windchill, you can manage complex configuration logic easily, including content that comes from PTC or third-party applications.  

Learn more about Unite Technology, capabilities to address the challenges of multi-CAD environments.

Features & Benefits:

  • Achieve faster design cycles by creating and validating product platforms in 3D early in the design phase

  • Reduce process errors and engineering rework by directly reusing available 3D models from Creo and individual bill-of-materials (BOM) from Windchill

  • Automate the creation of any product by defining common architecture and product platforms and help manage how they interface and assemble

  • Optimize products earlier by automating manually intensive, error-prone tasks

  • Increase design and engineering productivity by improving communication with customers, suppliers and coworkers.

Creo Elements/Direct Modeling


The Most Comprehensive Direct Modeling Capabilities on the Market

With Creo Elements/Direct Modeling you can make the most of direct modeling in 3D CAD.

Direct modeling is a lightweight, flexible design strategy that’s fast. If you want to modify geometry, click and use the drag-handle, or enter a new numeric value. That’s it. You can modify with complete freedom as to design intent. Because of this, direct modeling can be a potent source of competitive advantage when you need to change a model in record time or when it’s imperative to get your product to market first.

Creo Elements/Direct Modeling is a mature product with the most comprehensive direct modeling capabilities on the market, as well as a full range of extensions to meet specialized needs. So bring on your most radical design change or that one-off product: the software is intuitive, robust and up to the task. Even with massive assemblies. Moreover, you or anyone on your team can pick up and work on a direct 3D product with minimal ramp-up time. Try it. And you can easily incorporate multi-CAD data from partners or suppliers and then go on to produce a digital prototype or proposal quickly.

When you’re facing down design challenges or in a race for time, you’ll appreciate how straightforward and flexible Creo Elements/Direct Modeling is. With Creo Elements Direct Modeling, the faster your product gets to market, the more rapidly revenue is generated for your business.

Benefits of Creo Elements/Direct Modeling:

  • Shave time off design cycles by repurposing, or radically transforming existing designs into new and completely different products

  • Rapidly iterate product designs to create better opportunities for market-winning products

  • Accommodate major, unexpected design changes at any stage of development while keeping the transition to manufacturing on schedule

  • Increase engineering productivity by eliminating resource bottlenecks and project delays via flexible design teams

  • Directly leverage multi-source CAD data from suppliers and subcontractors in the design process

  • Easily move from 2D to 3D and easily switch from other 3D CAD systems. All legacy 2D and 3D CAD data carries forward in Creo Elements/Direct Modeling

  • Accelerate your product development process by leveraging seamless integrations to downstream Creo apps and other PTC products for advanced CAE, CAM, enterprise-wide visualization and technical illustrations


Creo Sketch: Free 2D CAD Software


2D CAD Application for Capturing and Creating New 2D Freehand Concepts

End the tyranny of the cocktail napkin!

Creo Sketch is a free 2D CAD application that offers the easiest way for anyone to quickly sketch out product design ideas and share them electronically with customers, suppliers and coworkers. It lets you add color and other visual enhancements to transform quick sketches into finished artwork. What’s more, 2D images created with this app can be imported into other Creo apps and used as the basis for improved 3D CAD designs. By capturing ideas digitally that can be used as trace sketches and developed further in CAD, you can increase innovation, enhance collaboration and get winning product designs to market faster.

Creo Sketch Features and Benefits:

  • Replace traditional hand-drawn sketches for concept design, industrial design, illustrations and design reviews

  • Create compelling, finished artwork easily by adding color or other special effects to sketches

  • Leverage 2D sketch data in other Creo apps such as Creo Parametric

  • Use sketches in conjunction with tablet devices to further increase production speed, convenience and productivity

  • Enable marketing, suppliers, customers and designers to communicate their ideas more easily, including those using Apple OS

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