In the CAD world today “2D” seems to be considered a dirty word. But it doesn’t have to be. Many concept engineers create detailed 2D concepts in one 2D CAD tool, then either switch to a separate 3D CAD system or hand-off the 2D design to a colleague to create the 3D model. This requires spending considerable time on data recreation and could introduce errors.
Creo Layout is a stand-alone 2D CAD app which solves this problem by enabling you to leverage the best of both 2D and 3D worlds in your design process. You can quickly create detailed design concepts in 2D, add detailing information such as dimensions, annotations, etc. and then leverage the 2D data in your 3D design using Creo Parametric. Your design data moves seamlessly between apps, and 2D and 3D approaches, and the design intent is fully retained- even if you subsequently make changes to the 2D design, the 3D design can be automatically updated.
In the new video below, see another real world example of how Creo allows you to work in the design paradigm you prefer while keeping 2D and 3D completely in synch. Creo preserves the associativity between the 2D data and the 3D data and enables any changes made to the layout in 2D to be automatically propagated to 3D
Here are some other interesting posts around revisiting the 2D and 3D design relationship worth a look:
- Facilitating the Migration of 2D Drawings to 3D
- Building a Case for 2D Design
- Creo and “2D to 3D Conversion”
Do you or your colleagues see the value in designing in 2D? I’d be interested to hear!