Creo Parametric

Creo Parametric

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Creo Parametric provides a broad range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to accelerate the product development process.

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Creo Parametric review by <span>Justin J.</span>
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Plastics tooling and part design.

What do you like best?

Mold split interface is very in depth and detailed, with all of the features it should have. Surfacing and radii creation are a step above most software I've dealt with, especially Solidworks. Layers and other display features are very easy to use and add a lot of flexibility. Table and point patterns are the best I've experienced in a CAD software. Assembly functions and constraints are powerful and very customizable. Wireframe view and colors are the cleanest I've experienced which is very helpful in dealing with large, complex assemblies or parts to check interference and clearance.

What do you dislike?

Some of the user interface can be challenging for new users, especially the failure mode (yet it is very important to have it the way it is once you get used to it. It may be a hardware issue but it doesn't seem to handle very large assemblies very well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Customize your ribbons as much as possible and adapt to the concept. For Wildfire 5 and previous release users this may be a challenge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creo has a great surfacing interface along with the best calculation for fillets (radii) of any software package I've used which really comes in handy for both part and tool design. These tools greatly increase your ability to deal with imported geometry that is often times not clean. . Complicated surfacing issues that CATIA can't handle. It is my preferred CAD software over any of the 4 I've had some level of experience with.

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Creo Parametric review by <span>VIVEK A.</span>
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Creo - A user friendly tool !

What do you like best?

- Creo is quite use friendly and menu based software. Good in handling assembly features and that's why its used in most of the engineering companies who are in the field of design, assembly and manufacturing.

What do you dislike?

I have been using since last 13 years. No complain so far. Though I feel that the pro/mechanism is an area where improvements would be welcome. Its not that much user friendly I feel. IN today's world we have to simulate/visualize the mechanism/joints and it would be better if its improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Flexible tool

- Easy to use

- Good in handling assembly features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working as a user for creo and utilize this tool to work on day-to-day design activities. Top down assembly approach is the biggest benefits of Creo as compared to other design tools.

Assembly management is very much user friendly. We can make different representation based on our product variants. For ex..top level assembly will have all the options and based on premium service offerings, we could make different representation to select different attachements.

What Product and Machine Design solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Creo Parametric review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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Transitioned to Creo 4.0, and it is Super

What do you like best?

Creo 4.0 brings in some significant advances. The most useful for the company I work for is enabling minimizing material usage when creating 3D Printed parts. Creo 4.0 has the ability to "hollow out and automatically add lattice structure" to the inside of a solid model. This money-saving technique is necessary, and Creo's built-in functionality to do it for you is a huge time-saver!

MBD, or model-based definition, the latest attempt to leave 2D drawings behind, looks like it actually works this time - at least you can see the design intent applied by the user - but it still remains to be seen if suppliers outside our corporation will buy into the investment needed for their programmers/inspectors/operators to be able to view the 3D models with 3D-annotated tolerances and geometric tolerances. They all will need access and expertise to the 3D part files, whereas a 2D paper drawing still stands alone with no additional PCs or training required

What do you dislike?

Creo 4.0 has cut away much of the density of menus, overall a good thing - but getting used to the on-the-fly on-screen function buttons and difficulty of finding what you want quickly is, like all change to a learned UI, a challenge and at times frustrating!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stick with it! It requires diligence and perseverance, but the payoff is there!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am designing and/or modeling many small steel components for test lab setup needs. Most of these are one-offs, so the 3D printing functionality built in to 4.0 pays off time and again.

Creo Parametric review by <span>Gregory R.</span>
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Creo Parametric

What do you like best?

What I like about Creo is that it inherited and maintains most of the capabilities of Pro/Engineer.

I especially like the ease of creating detail drawings and visualizations, how easy it is to create top down relational designs, section an assembly without concern for what module you're in etc... I like how easy it is to perform analysis and get information.

At the part design level, Creo and CATIA are much the same. But a CATIA skillset takes much longer to develop then with Creo, requiring many more classes, dozens to get to the expert level.

But with design automation, Creo really outshines CATIA, as it uses a much more robust API and can be easily accessed and interfaced by outside applications and webpages, whereas with CATIA you're stuck with limited Visual Basic, which really sucks!

So Creo is really great software, but not any better then Pro/E was, and the PTC developers truly should all be tarred and feathered. They're probably already planning to repackage Creo again, or going to change the terminology... again, back to protrusion from extrusion maybe? Who at PTC approved terminology changes anyways?

What do you dislike?

I'm no longer a fan of CAD program interface changes. When you're first learning it's not a big deal, but for long time users we kind of get on auto-pilot, and when you make unnecessary changes to the GUI and repackage commands it really slows us down. Non-value added activity!

My biggest complaints about PTC Pro/ENGINEER and/or Creo would be with the software developers changing things. I've hated when they changed things... the mouse to conform Windows compliant or the attempts to reduce mouse clicks and eliminate nestled menus. ~Nonsense.

I'd also like for PTC to develop composites functionality into Creo SImulate, i.e. ply stack, fiber orientation, stiffness matrix, and virtual crack growth (VCCT) capability.

Recommendations to others considering the product

PTC product managers and developers are complete %@#! for making unnecessary changes, but Creo is still much better than Catia.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having reached high levels of proficiency using both Pro/E (Creo) and CATIA-V5, I'll admit that I prefer Creo for the ease of getting work done.

It's easier in Creo to create assembly automation, knowledge based product configurators (KBC). It's also easier to perform analysis and get accurate results using the analysis tools.

Creo Parametric review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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Negatives outway the positives

What do you like best?

Allows import and translation of almost any file type. Can modify the imported part using the Flexible modeling features.

What do you dislike?

User interface and commands are not user friendly. Having to hold down a key and click with the mouse to take a measurement is an example of the unfriendly user interface. Configuration editor menu is difficult to find the options that you are looking to change. File management portion of software is unusable without having a PDM software. Versions of files are saved and end up with a different file name every time you save which creates clutter with the folder. So many files with similar names makes it very difficult to use windows explorer to search for and open files. Changing a file name will prevent an assembly from opening. Organization to the online user support is terrible. Have had more luck with youtube searches than the actual PTC support website. Have to be set up with additional support package to be able to read some of the how to articles from PTC.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the opportunity look at other software with a friendlier user interface. Leverage the support from the reseller, they will be able to help you with tips and tricks for getting around within the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is the same software that most of our customers use and the other division of our company.

Creo Parametric review by <span>Mike H.</span>
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Robust modeling/assembly, unintuitive interface

What do you like best?

Robust handling of large assemblies.

Best-in-class feature solver.

Highly-disciplined constraint management.

Application stability.

Memory management.

What do you dislike?

Inability to choose geometric/feature references after initiating an operation.

Limited picker filtering.

Number of clicks/operations to accomplish many tasks.

Over-reliance on proprietary UI operations, where common, well-known Windows UI methods (keyboard shortcuts, mouse actions) already exist. Limited File Explorer feature support: right-clicking in file browsing windows in Windows 7 feels more like Windows 95.

Sparse dimension formatting options (would like to be able to color-code dimension text/background for routine inspection, FAI inspection, etc.).

Expensive add-ons; Creo ECAD costs as much as a core license, for example.

Inflexible file naming conventions - seems to only handle UNIX syntax.

Reliance on archaic DOS cmd operations to manage license sessions and file cleanup.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider in advance what add-ons you will be needing in the future.

Consider the size of assemblies that you will be handling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Large assembly modeling.

Thermal analysis.

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