PTC Creo

PTC Creo

Score 8.4 out of 10
PTC Creo


What is PTC Creo?

PTC offers Creo, the company's line of computer-aided design (CAD) products that support the product lifecycle management (PLM) process with 2D and 3D design kits (Creo Elements and Creo Direct), an augmented reality module, Creo Illustrate for technical illustrations, Creo...
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What is PTC Creo?

PTC offers Creo, the company's line of computer-aided design (CAD) products that support the product lifecycle management (PLM) process with 2D and 3D design kits (Creo Elements and Creo Direct), an augmented reality module, Creo Illustrate for technical illustrations, Creo Sketch, Creo Schematics and Creo View for diagramming and sharing information, Creo simulate for running simulations, and other modules.

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Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This software is being used to create different types of 3d models like sheet metal parts, .assy of child pars, surfacing modeling, and 2d drawing of various parts.
  • User interface
  • Solid cad modelling
  • 2d drawing creation
  • Surface modelling
  • To deal with large .assy files
  • Support to customer
This software is capable enough to fulfill all requirement of 2d drawing and 3d cad data using extraordinary features.Its less cost make this software as best choice in market.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is one of the best in industry CAD software. Our organization uses PTC creo as CAD software. The primary uses of this software in our organization [are] creating 3D models of our product & creating detailed drawings. [PTC] Creo is only used by our design department which has 30 plus members. As we have [a] large variety of products in our organization, [PTC] Creo makes it easy to design & create detailed drawings & their storage with integrated PLM software.
  • Parametric Modelling
  • Supports all CAD formats like STEP, IGES, shrink-wrap, etc.
  • Detailed drawings
  • Provides automatic tolerance in accordance with general tolerance standard
  • Cannot make changes to a child part in assembly process
  • Changes [have] to be made individually in a child part or else it will not reflect
  • Sometimes DXF file gets corrupted
For multinational corporations with [a] large range of products [PTC Creo] is best in industry software available. For industries in [the] automotive sector like OEM's or TIER 1 industries it is best suited. For small-scale industries with [a] small range of products, it is not recommended as it is very expensive. Technically it has no issues.
September 10, 2021

PTC Creo for designers

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We used PTC Creo for teaching undergraduate students part modeling, and assembly. This product varied from department to department. Started with basics of using a CAD software and basic approaches for modeling, then creating simple geometry, and finally taught best approach to deal complex geometries. Further, taught how to use assemblies to bring different part models to create a product. For example, a dove-tail joint was initial assignment and car scissor lift was more complex and large assembly that was taught using PTC Creo.
  • Large Assemblies handled really well and is faster and stable for processing the designs
  • User have more control over the design
  • CAD files from other software can be directly opened even without converting the files
  • Some selection for switching between advanced control and default user controls while designing. This can help speeding up the design process and give freedom to improve design at specific locations if user needs
PTC Creo has a very stable and fast interface. It is well suited for handling large assemblies. For example, I used it for updating utility truck bucket assemblies. It was simpler and faster to update parts. With such assemblies small parts like fasteners can get tricky to update, but Creo was great. However, Creo can get tricky when designing parts. It takes more steps to create a geometry than necessary. This reduces the speed to design and user sometimes need to keep track of steps order to design.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use ptc creo for modelling of 3d mechanical engineering products. Creo helped me to create from simple model to complex products. Its is very flexible software out ther le present in world. It is very easy to change your view from 3d view to 2d view or vice versa.
  • 3d products design
  • Real time simulation
  • Flexible software to make innovative 3d model
  • User interface
  • Price of software is little bit high
  • More automation in software
I was designing a new bike for a client from scratch. It helped to create a fluid body design with the help of its tools, but sometimes I have repeated tasks to design products which I think they should have a feature where you can copy certain drawing step in a different area of the model.
Isaac Cogdill | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The engineering department at each plant uses [PTC Creo] to model/draw products and manufacturing machine designs. We use PTC Creo for everything from small brackets on the production line machines to entire machine assemblies, forging dies, grinding wheel design, and even product drawings and quality lab gauging and fixtures. We also use PTC Creo with Windchill to organize all our models, drawings, and assemblies company-wide.
  • Part import from 3rd party models like fasteners and machine components is super fast.
  • Deriving new parts from another part's geometry is nice when using PTC Creo's parametric relations features.
  • Revising models and drawings while retaining the old version is great when using PTC Creo.
  • The STL model output is not always as smooth as some other software usually can do.
  • There are not many 3D full solid file type export options that are not exported as surface-only.
  • Importing sketches is kind of difficult sometimes depending on how the source sketches are drawn.
PTC Creo is great for assemblies that multiple users are collaborating on. Models can reference other models that someone in another department has released and when those models are changed, the referenced parts and assemblies are changed. These changes are very helpful when working on collaborative machine designs and comparing forging dies with the final parts.
Randy Speed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PTC Creo is one of many tools we use to support our clients. When we have a choice, we prefer to use PTC Creo. Clients using PTC Creo are usually forward thinking and more creative thinking than most. They made the decision to implement PTC Creo as a productivity tool, not as a CAD system. That philosophy aligns with ours.
  • PTC Creo is based on a single database for product definition
  • PTC Creo is designed to anticipate your intentions
  • PTC Creo is supported by a diverse user base from diverse industries, encouraging cross-pollination of design approaches
  • PTC Creo could grow a help-line staff of highly experienced individuals to aid the existing knowledge base article searchers. It would include experts with deep knowledge of certain Creo modules (SMEs) and provide help staff a go to for deeper levels of help when it is needed.
PTC Creo is well suited for ideation of competing design concepts, especially with use of fast FEA simulation, sensitivity studies of design variables, optimization, and the integration of disparate analysis types--stress, thermal, dynamic, mechanisms, and CFD, for example.
Karee Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it to help students create prototypes and teach engineering and CAD skills in STEM.
  • Modeling.
  • Ability to make templates.
  • Rendering sometimes crashes.
  • Putting in backgrounds is difficult sometimes.
I know that it was great for us with our 3D printers and modeling. We made classroom prototypes with students but also used it to make classroom materials, solve problems in our organization, create images/models, etc. I also know many engineers who use this software. Overall we were able to tailor it to our 4th-6th grade students but would be great if there were some modifications that we could make for students.
I liked the training manuals I used to learn some, as I didn’t have CAD background in college or before this job. My coworkers were able to share with me what they learned in PTC training and I was able to get support online and through reading.
Aravind Dirisipo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PTC Creo has been used as our main work software for our Transportation business unit. We use it in Siemens offshore projects, for creating 3D models as well as 2D drawings. PTC Creo is a parametric software, so it gives us flexibility in creating part models. The software used by us is custom-built by PTC for our needs, which contains specialized tools for Siemens projects. Siemens' Creo is way different from the normal PTC Creo in interface and usage.
  • PTC Creo contains many advanced tools with better optimization for creating part models and other production related drawings.
  • The initial concept designs can be done more adequately.
  • The parameters of 2D drawings can be changed easily by editing the 3D model.
  • The productivity can be increased by customized tools for modeling.
  • The user interface needs to be improved in a lot of areas where the selection of tools and information related to them can't be accessed.
  • The views creation for 2D drawing is a bit difficult when compared to other design software.
  • You need a lot of knowledge to create the 2D & 3D models in Creo for beginners.
  • Working on large assembly files sometimes leads to unknown errors.
PTC Creo is flexible software for part modeling, which helps in solving real-time problems we encounter. Design models can be created more effectively for complex shapes with freestyle capabilities. Sometimes though, while working on large installation files, finding out the small missing parts is difficult and takes a lot of time.
July 06, 2019

My PTC Creo Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
My team is using this software for various mechanical engineering projects. Its a great software for 3D modeling and making 2d drawings.
  • We are using it with PTC windchill and working on 3D modeling of various mechanical products like an automobile, valves, etc.
  • We creates engineering drawings with this software which is used for manufacturing of products.
  • Drawing creation is bit difficult for the user.
  • User interface can be more user-friendly.
It is best suited for automobile and valve products, working on large assemblies is very easy to control in PTC Creo. It is not really suitable for surface modeling and surface creation.
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PTC Creo's main advantage is its ability to work well (remain smooth) with large assembly files with 1000+ parts. I had to "pick up" PTC Creo for one project, in which we knew that we were going to have an absurd amount of part files within the assembly. From my experience, this seems to be one of the only main advantages of Creo over other CAD programs. The software does allow one to get mechanical/product development work done, but I've never found the user interface to be intuitive.
  • Large assembly files with 100+ parts.
  • Creo provides more simulation and analytics tools in an integrated environment.
  • Creo provides better management of external references.
  • Cost of Creo is a bit pricey compared to some of the alternatives (SOLIDWORKS).
  • Ease of use and learning (especially for new employees who have no previous experience in PTC Creo).
PTC Creo is well suited for complex assemblies with a large number of files. If you're not familiar with Creo, then you'll likely find it to be a steep learning curve compared to some of the alternatives. Normal functions and the navigation are a bit harder to use when compared to SOLIDWORKS and Inventor. Creo also really shines when it comes to simulations. The advanced simulation and analytics tools that are integrated within, make the process seamless. Whereas, in other scenarios, you have to use a third part simulation tool and are constantly required to re-export your files. Creo also makes it easy to share files with others using another program, as the file structure can easily be translated into varying file types.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our mechanical engineering department uses PTC Creo to design mechanical components of electronic products. For us, a lot of the time this means an enclosure, but we also design mechanisms as well. The bulk of our designs will be molded plastic parts and we occasionally will design with sheet metal or other cast metal materials as well.
  • Extrudes are easy in Creo, you can start with the tool or with a sketch and either way it doesn't get confused.
  • Sweeps with Creo are better than in some of the other software packages. While sometimes other CAD packages will let you do the impossible, Creo simply gives you an error, which is how it should be.
  • Assembly is very intuitive with Creo.
  • Providing guidance through using tools is lacking in Creo. There is a small area where the text is displayed at the bottom that is supposed to help guide you, but many times the guidance doesn't make sense.
  • Layers are a hassle in Creo. Unless you know how to set up your config file to do it automatically, you have to add each item to the appropriate layer.
  • There is a lack of automation in Creo. In some other CAD packages, you can add holes or the like on a pattern of features. Not so in Creo.
If you have very complex designs and you want to make sure that the CAD package isn't allowing you to create impossible geometries, Creo is appropriate. For simple everyday designs, other CAD packages are more user-friendly.
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