Take an honest assessment of your environment

Take an honest assessment of your environment

What are the common excuses you hear for holding onto outdated software?

“It still works. Why replace it?”
“We’re too busy.”
“You’ll burst the budget.”

Okay, maybe the fourth one isn’t an excuse, but it usually accompanies the top three. Too bad, because product development is changing, fast. Real-time simulations lower physical prototyping costs. Augmented reality transforms the way companies conceptualize and build new products. Collaboration and integration are baked into the software itself.


Keeping up with technology can be a headache—and expensive. The good news is that Creo is now available in a variety of CAD packages. Subscribe to the package that meets your needs today. All offer Creo Parametric with the basic tools everybody needs to produce professional 3D CAD work. You’ll also get the ability to turn your models into augmented reality experiences. Plus every subscription comes with premium support.


The following information can help you choose the best package for your business. Read on to discover the most helpful capabilities for anyone in product design.

Take an honest assessment of your environment.

1. Simulation

Can you easily simulate the forces your model will meet in the real world?

Your design software should help you find flaws and correct them even before prototyping begins. Early simulation and analysis saves you from endless physical prototypes, and also reduces rework downstream. [Available in DP, DP+*.]

Creo includes tools for finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and more.

2. Augmented Reality.

Can you summon a fully immersive 3D tour of your work with a single click?

Augmented reality experiences should be easy to generate and share. Plus, they should be secure from unwelcome viewers.
Click video to see why Harvard Business Review says“…Every Organization Needs an Augmented Reality Strategy.”

[Available in all packages.]

*Key: DE=Design Essentials, DA=Design Advanced, DA+=Design Advanced Plus, DP=Design Premium, DP+=Design Premium Plus.

3. Advanced Assembly

Are teams working concurrently to build your complex products?

Top-down structures and skeletons ensure that anybody can create and modify components and
subassemblies without stepping on other’s work.

[Available in DA, DA+, DP, DP+.]

4. Fasteners

Work with screws, nuts, bolts, washers, pins, and dowels?

A library of common fasteners and automatic, intelligent tracking, and placement can help you avoid errors (and tedium) while building complex models.

[Available in all packages.]

5. Rendering

Can you create photorealistic geometry?

For those in consumer products, seeing a model under good lighting and in everyday settings shouldn’t be an afterthought.

Render tools add life-like materials, lighting, and backgrounds to models.

[Available in all packages.]

6. Engineering Calculation Software

Are your calculations driving your designs and vice versa?

PTC Mathcad provides a true digitized engineering notebook, tracking and communicating your calculations. Now, nobody ever has to wonder, “How did you get that number or dimension?”

Calculations from PTC Mathcad look like they came from a text book.

[Available in DP, DP+.]

7. Direct Modeling

I’ve found direct modeling fast and easy for making changes to a part, modifying imported geometry, and making changes under extreme schedule pressure.

[Available in all packages.]

8. Design Exploration

The design exploration capability simplifies the process of generating multiple design concepts. Create branches in a part model or assembly - and branches on those branches. The model remains in its original state, until you commit to a branch.

[Available in all packages.]

9. Prismatics & Multi-Surface Milling.

No STEP files necessary.

In Prismatics & Multi-Surface Milling, toolpaths automatically update with changes to the design model. [Available in DA, DA+, DP, DP+.]

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