PTC Creo DEX: In a Nutshell

PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension (DEX) is an app that we introduced with PTC Creo 3.0 and, by now, much has been written about the tool. So much, in fact, that you may be unsure about where to start or what you missed. That’s why we’re posting this article. It’s like the executive summary, but better because you can click through on any article that interests you without sorting through and reading everything… ever… written. Here’s what you should know about PTC Creo DEX in less than 700 words:

The problem. Before PTC Creo DEX, there was no quick way to build variants of a design, rejected ideas were doomed to be repeated, reviewing multiple ideas was cumbersome, and good ideas often arose when it was too late. Without the right tools, sometimes it was just easier not to present your ideas at all. Read more here: PTC Creo – Four Ways Your Design Software Discourages Good Ideas.

The solution. What is PTC Creo DEX exactly? It’s an add-on for your 3D CAD software that let’s you save variations of your designs in branches and with bookmarks, so you can quickly click from one alternative to another. Best of all, you don’t have to save and manage a file for every idea. It all remains in just one session. Several posts on the blog introduce the software. This is my favorite: PTC Creo – Increasing Product Innovation by Exploring More Design …

The data sheet. If you use PTC Creo products, PTC Creo DEX will probably work on your system and in your language. Read the datasheet just to be sure.

Who uses it. Now that you have a rough idea of what the software does, meet one of its earliest fans. Daktronics is a rural South Dakota firm that lights up stadiums, Times Square, billboards, and whole buildings all over the world with its amazing LED displays. In an industry where every customer wants to outdo the last, Daktronics needs to come up with good ideas fast. Company engineers saw early how PTC Creo DEX could help. Read more here: Daktronics Lights Up for the PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension.

The demo. In this <4 min demo, our narrator uses PTC Creo DEX to build a checkpoint tree and branches, each bearing alternative versions of the same model. Then, he easily clicks from one version to another for reviewers to evaluate. Best of all, everything remains in one session—so managing multiple ideas doesn’t have to be a confusing mess of separate files and folders. If you’ve got 3:47, this video is one of the best ways to learn about what the new extension can do:

The tutorial. When you’ve got a bit more time, and a few more questions, we’ve got a tutorial for you. Even if you don’t have the software installed, you can still see what really goes into using this new app. While normally you would have to go to PTC Learning Exchange and sign up for an account to see a tutorial like this, we’ve got a back door for PTC Creo DEX. Shhhhh! PTC Creo – PTC Creo DEX: The Tutorial

The webinar (includes live experts who can answer questions). When you’ve got a lot more time and a lot more questions, sign up for one of our webinars. They run for a half hour and allow you to interact with people who know the software. See the schedule and sign up for the next one here: PTC Creo DEX webinar schedule.

A use case for PTC Creo Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX) users. Up to now, we’ve focused on one or two use models of the extension—saving time on design reviews, better communications, etc. But if you also use PTC Creo AAX and skeleton models, PTC Creo DEX can be a big help when changes come from the top. Read this article for a different angle: PTC Creo – A Top-Down Design Interruption: Late Changes.

That’s all! If you’ve read this far, congratulations. You are now up-to-date with your PTC Creo DEX reading. To find out more, contact your authorized PTC partner or sales rep.