MCAD Tech News (#365)

25 Jun, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff

PTC Creo 3.0 Includes Game-Changing Multi-CAD Data Handling

New Unite technology said to be the first to allow users to open foreign CAD formats in their native environment without need for additional software, as well as export data in those same formats.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

When PTC launches PTC Creo 3.0 in mid-July, the company reports that the collection of 3D modeling applications will be the first ever to allow users to import foreign CAD formats into the native CAD environment, easily reusing existing CAD data as is, in its current format, without the need for a upfront data migration.

With the ability to import SolidWorks, CATIA, NX, Solid Edge and Autodesk Inventor files, as well as export and share files in those same common CAD formats, Creo 3.0 can eliminate the need to manage many secondary formats, according to PTC.

A long-time provider of software and services for product-development companies, PTC introduced Creo 3.0 in Boston last week at the PTC Live Global user conference and exhibition. In addition to the new Unite multi-CAD technology, Creo 3.0 offers improved concept design capabilities to support design innovation as well as efficiency boosts to increase user productivity. The new version is scheduled for release in mid-July.

Many CAD software developers offer tools to import foreign CAD data, including PTC itself. The difference with Unite technology, says Brian Thompson, vice-president of Creo product management, is its Open capability, which allows users to import foreign CAD formats into the native environment without creating any new business objects in the process and automatically manages changes as they come into your environment.

Assemblies in Creo 3.0, such as those shown in this shaver model, now can more easily incorporate legacy CAD data, supplier models, and data from project partners.
Assemblies in Creo 3.0, such as those shown in this shaver model, now can more easily incorporate legacy CAD data, supplier models, and data from project partners.

Thompson says that although many customers are currently implementing Creo 2.0, "we have a few customers where this multi-CAD problem is a big problem, so we gave them a bit of a preview that made them think they might wait for Creo 3.0. Customers that were thinking about moving to Creo 2.0 now are reconsidering," he says, after seeing the updates coming in Creo 3.0. Read more »

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Nancy Johnson is content director at Longitude Media, publisher of Cadalyst.

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