The latest edition of PTC’s Creo CAD software is purpose-built to solve design challenges encountered by engineering executives, managers, and end users. (Photo: PTC, PR Newswire)

Apr 28, 2021

BOSTON—The latest edition of an established computer-aided design (CAD) software is reported to empower users to be more productive, enabling them to “design better products faster.” Creo 8.0, developed and released by PTC Inc., does so through expansions to Creo’s model based definition (MBD), generative design, and Ansys-powered simulation capabilities, PTC said in a release.

Creo 8.0 is purpose-built to solve for key design pitfalls experienced by engineering executives, end users, and managers. Its features and functionalities empower the entire CAD value chain to optimize design efficiency and production, according to the release.

“Creo 8.0 is really a step forward, and I’m pleased to be able to incorporate it into my design process,” said Tiago Figueiredo, tooling engineer, MCG, in the release. “The new features, user interface, and tree management are all quite impressive, and I look forward to leveraging it further.”

The Creo 8.0 enhancements are said to boost usability and productivity through updates across numerous areas of the core modeling environment. Updates to the hole feature, routed systems, sheet metal, and Render Studio enable greater productivity. At the same time, improved dashboards and model tree interfaces make it easier to organize and manage complex designs, PTC said.

Improvements to MBD workflows support reductions in time-to-market, errors, and cost without sacrificing quality. Users can now leverage guided application of validated geometric dimensioning and tolerancing in assemblies, simplifying the design validation process. Also,  enhanced steady-state fluids capabilities and improved mesh controls in the Creo Simulation Live and Creo Ansys Simulation products are said to drive design innovation. The Generative Design function in Creo now automatically determines its own solution envelope while handling drafted and tight-radius manufacturing requirements more broadly, the developer said.

The updates also include enhancements for additive and subtractive manufacturing. Lattice structures can now be optimized using simulation results to minimize build time and part weight. Creo 8.0 also includes expanded high-speed milling toolpaths to five axes, enabling reduced set-up and machining time, according to PTC.

“The Creo team is proud to deliver a great balance of productivity improvements that every user will appreciate, along with expanded capabilities across the major technology areas of simulation, generative design, and additive manufacturing,” said Brian Thompson, divisional vice president and general manager, CAD, PTC, in the release.  “I’m confident that Creo 8.0 will help drive innovation and greater productivity.”

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