Frequently Asked Questions

Pushing Simulation through the Value Pyramid

Simulation pyramidIt’s the perennial question: Who does what? Let’s say you design industrial machinery, such as the device that shapes a potato chip, or a bottle capper, or, as Geoff Hedges recently profiled, a Wave Machine. A significant part of your job is designing the machine so that it’s efficient, it’s cost-effective to operate, and it […]

PDM Capabilities: The Right Fit for Small Organizations

Chad Jackson, Lifecycle InsightsTechnology can be a powerful thing. But is it always a good fit for every organization? The proposed advantages and benefits may sound appealing, but sometimes new tech can actually introduce more bureaucracy and disruption than it solves. In today’s post, I’ll look at what aspects of PLM and PDM systems make sense for smaller […]

Putting a Finer Point on Multi-CAD

Chad Jackson, Lifecycle InsightsMulti-CAD. Multi-CAD. Multi-CAD. It is all the rage today. You hear about it on webinars. You see it flashed at user conferences. It’s in many an eBook. But the more discussions I see on multi-CAD, the more I wonder if folks are really talking about the same thing. You see, there are many different facets […]

Is the New Year time for a new CAD? Five questions to consider

Monica SchnitgerThe beginning of the year often means new budgets, new projects, and for some businesses, a review of IT investment strategies. Does it make sense to continue paying maintenance for your current CAD solution, or is now a good time to consider something new? Deciding whether to stick with your current CAD or switch to another […]

Jeff Rowe, Creo Questions, and

Jeffrey Rowe, Contributing Editor for MCAD Weekly Review (from recently posted a review of Creo 1.0. In it, Jeff asks a number of questions about Creo 1.0. Here’s his original questions with our answers, and where possible, we’ve also included further links offering a more in-depth explanation. ‘What about the level of Creo integration with industrial design and CAM? Especially CAM, because it […]

Creo 1.0: How open is Creo? and Evan Yares’ recent blog posts ask the same great question about Creo - How open is PTC’s Creo file format? To help answer the question, Mike Campbell, DVP of Creo Product Development, recorded video answers over the last couple of months, so let’s listen to Mike clarify the points. For you skimmers, I’ve summarized the points in a short […]

Creo Reactions: The Unanswered Questions Answered

L. Stephen Wolfe, P.E. (contributing analyst with Jon Peddie Research), recently posted some great questions regarding Creo. Here’s his 8 questions with our answers, and where possible, we’ve also included video answers from Mike Campbell, DVP of Creo product development at PTC, offering a more in-depth explanation. I’ve summarized his answers in words (for you skimmers), but you’ll want […]

In one minute or so: How is Creo different from other vendors’ offerings?

It seems like every vendor offers a direct modeling option with their parametric solutions. In this group of video responses to your most frequently asked questions, Mike Campbell, Divisional Vice President of Creo Product Development, explains how we serve the non-parametric user as well. We’ve summarized his answers in just a few words (for you […]

In one minute or so: More answers about breakthrough technologies (Part 11)

We talk about several breakthrough technologies in Creo. In this group of video responses to your most frequently asked questions, Mike Campbell, Divisional Vice President of Creo Product Development, tells us more about the technologies and the new Creo user interface. We’ve summarized his answers in just a few words (for you skimmers), but you’ll […]

In one minute or so: Creo 1.0 apps and extensions (Part 10)

What’s the difference between an extension and an app? In this group of video responses to your most frequently asked questions, Mike Campbell, Divisional Vice President of Creo Product Development, explains the differences, what you can expect from extensions, and what apps look like in the Creo 1.0 release. We’ve summarized his answers in just a few […]


  1. miki raz
    Posted Oct 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    what will be the future of wildfire?
    is creo replace wildfire?

    i did not understood what will be the interaction between wildfire and creo?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Nov 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Miki,
      Thanks for your questions. We have renamed our existing Pro/ENGINEER®, CoCreate® and ProductView® products at this time under the Creo Elements sub-brand in order to unite the exciting future vision of CAD and the elements from which it was derived under one product family. So Pro/ENGINEER is now Creo Elements/Pro – you can find out more about this at

      Creo is PTC’s new product family of design software that is expected to be available in the summer of 2011 – we showed some early product demonstrations at the event on October 28th.

      The current products, Pro/ENGINEER, CoCreate and ProductView, are not being discontinued. These products are being renamed. Capabilities from these products are being further developed and will continue to live on as elements in future Creo releases.They will be upward compatible with Creo and will continue to be maintained in accordance with PTC’s standard maintenance service terms and conditions.

  2. Posted Oct 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Am interested in the specifics of the Creo data model — how it is intended to evolve through future major releases, the concurrency control mechanisms available, and how many object attributes are materialized per second (given different modes of concurrent access) through a standard set of use-case scenarios (author/consumer, replication modes, etc)

    • Webster Hendrix
      Posted Dec 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      I concur with the question submitted by Chase. Where can one find more detailed information on the Creo data model? A lot of focus has been presented on this site for the applications of the Creo suite. I do not see any presentations on the PLM/PDM applications that will be used to manage the output from these applications. Where can one get detailed information for the impact, influence, and pathway for evolving to Creo’s data model as the primary foundation? For most customers that will be leveraging the Creo suite will also couple that with the data management side.

      • Geoff Hedges
        Posted Dec 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

        Hi Chase and Webster,

        Thanks for your comments – the main thrust of your questions is around the topic of PLM. The Creo suite of design apps will connect into a PLM backbone, and that PLM solution is Windchill. Windchill then controls aspects like access control (author/consumer), replication mechanisms (for multiple sites), etc.
        While the PLM backbone is not mandatory, it is highly recommended in the complex scenarios you both describe. You can find more about PLM and Windchill by visiting:

        Thanks again for your comments.

  3. Viggo
    Posted Dec 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Is it possible for Creo to read (use) JT file created by NX. and yse it as JT file. Without convert it to a .prt file.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Dec 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi Viggo, PTC is a member of the JTOpen program and this enables us to JT-enable our existing and future products using the JTOpen Application Programmers Interface (API).

      The JT data can be very lightweight, holding little more than facet data, or it can be richer and hold precise model geometry, product structures, attributes, etc. As a result, JT files may contain either faceted (tessellated) data or both faceted and Brep (exact solid surface) data. If the JT file contains only faceted data, then it is read as scenery, and can be viewed, etc. If the file contains both faceted and Brep, then it can be either read and viewed or if the Brep form is read, interferences can be checked and Direct Modeling techniques could be used to edit the model.

      The current plans are for Creo 1.0 to support both the reading and writing of JT data files, and to handle the files as described above.

  4. Gab
    Posted Dec 18, 2010 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    I am looking to test creo elements/pro. I have tried to download a trial, but am not sure how to do so.
    Is there a website with the trial that I can download? Or do I have to receive the trial by mail?

  5. Posted Dec 23, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    We are electronic design company. We use Autodesk AutoCAD for designing the enclosures for our products. These are mainly plastic enclosures and parts. Which elements of Creo are most suitable for us?
    Can I convert AutoCAD 2004 drawings in 3D to Creo and then make further modifications to it?
    If I buy Pro/E today (Dec2010) will I be automatically entitled for Creo upgrade after it’s launch?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Jan 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Hello Devdatta, thank you for your comments. I definitely think it makes sense to consider Creo. As the design suite offers a broad range of design modes, from 2D, to 3D direct, to 3D parametric – I’m sure there’s a right approach to meet your company’s needs.

      With today’s releases Creo Elements we can leverage 2D drawings to create 3D models, so it makes sense to take a look at how we can also solve your needs today. Customers who invest in today’s products will receive the corresponding products and modules as they move to Creo, and data will be transferrable to the new releases.
      I hope this answers your questions,
      Best Regards,

  6. Posted Dec 24, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Will formerly CoCreate, now Creo Elements Direct 17.0 have a direct interface to mechanica?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Jan 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi Bruce, thanks for your post and question. Creo Elements/Direct 17.0 (and the earlier release of CoCreate 16.5) offers a tight intergration to Mechanica (the module is called Creo Elements/Direct Advanced Mechanica).