PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) announced the release of the latest version of its Creo 4.0 3D CAD software. Creo 4.0 introduces new capabilities for Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and model-based definition (MBD). Creo 4.0 aids smarter design with an array of core modeling enhancements and new functions.
With this latest release of Creo, product designers can design smart, connected products and capitalize on new technologies, such as additive manufacturing and augmented reality.
Key enhancements include:
Smart Connected Product Design
For the IoT, Creo 4.0 provides the ability to pull real-world information into the design process. It enables a design for connectivity strategy where developers proactively design products with custom data streams by integrating sensors into the design process.
Said Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, “Connecting Creo’s 3D model with ThingWorx’s sensor model is key, as it allows organizations to virtually prototype sensor placement and emulate data streams without having to build anything physical.”
Creo 4.0 removes barriers to the efficient design of production parts built with additive manufacturing techniques. It delivers “design for additive manufacturing,” enabling designers to design, optimize, validate, and run a print-check in a single environment. With the ability to create parametrically controlled lattice structures, it helps designers optimize models to meet multiple design objectives or constraints.
Creo 4.0 allows for more engaging and informative visual experiences of designs by bringing the digital product into the physical world. Designers can seamlessly reuse CAD data to easily create engaging and informative visual augmented reality experiences of a design with a realistic sense of size, scale, and context.
Model Based Definition
Creo 4.0 enables designers to implement MBD and increase efficiency in product development by reducing dependency on 2D drawings. Designers can reduce errors that result from incorrect, incomplete, or misinterpreted information by guiding and educating designers in the proper application of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) information. Creo 4.0 also validates that the GD&T is captured in the 3D CAD model in a fully semantic way, that the model is compliant with ASME and ISO standards, and that it constrains model geometry to enable efficient and error-free downstream use in manufacturing and inspection.
“Realizing the potential of the IoT is not just about getting more product usage data, it means you can use, refine, and analyze that data to design better and smarter,” said Brian Thompson, senior vice president, CAD segment, PTC. “Creo 4.0 helps designers replace assumptions in the design process with real-world data to make better product design decisions, and along with model-based definition, give designers a more complete digital definition of a product. The enhancements in Creo 4.0 not only enable designers to increase productivity, but also help designers leverage the IoT to support their digital engineering journey.”