Pros / This software offers powerful rendering tools.
Cons / It has a steeper learning curve since it is an advanced program.
Verdict / While it isn’t the easiest software to learn, PTC Creo gives you the advanced tools and features you need to create complex, high-tech designs and its simulation abilities can help you save money on your projects.
PTC Creo, also known as Pro/Engineer or Pro E, is an advanced CAD software that allows you to create complex designs and simulations in little time. This software isn’t as easy to learn as others in our comparison, but it provides some of the most powerful results and a wide feature set that is best suited for high-tech designs. The 3D rendering abilities are powerful and look very realistic so you can help your clients visualize your designs. You will be able to get plenty of help from PTC’s knowledgebase and from the many user-created tutorials you can find online. If it didn't cost so much, it would have scored higher in our comparison.
If you want to purchase this software, you will need to request a quote by filling out the form on PTC’s website or by contacting a sales rep through email. This software is one of the more expensive options on the market but the exact price will depend on how you plan on using it. You can test the software by downloading the free 30-day trial. PTC offers a free student edition for grade school and college level students as well as educators. You will simply need to fill out a form and provide proof of the school you’re attending. Creo’s technical support is subscription based so you will need to pay additional money if you want access to it.
PTC’s learning curve used to be really high, like CATIA, and while it still isn’t super intuitive, the interface and tools have become much easier to navigate and use. That being said, this is advanced CAD software, so it takes a good deal of training and dedication to become proficient. If you are a beginner, we suggest you start with easier to use software like AutoCAD. You’ll be able to create and quickly render models complete with lighting effects and photorealistic rendering. These rendering tools are impressive and create professional looking finished designs. You can employ both parametric and freestyle surfacing to create your projects.
This software employs Creo Simulate, a feature that helps you recognize and fix design errors before prototypes are made, which can help save money. This feature is especially helpful when dealing with tricky materials like plastics or for identifying how physical human interaction can wear out your designs in ways you might not have initially anticipated.
The program’s snap tools can be turned on and off to help you align your elements exactly where you want them. As all good CAD software does, Creo uses a layer manager so you can select, arrange and edit various sections as you wish without manipulating the entire design. A popular feature in recent years is the ability to extrude 3D models from 2D images as well as create 2D images from 3D models. This program can help you do these actions in little time so you can be more productive.
The command line and ability to create macros helps make the creation process more efficient since you can quickly make actions happen instead of painstakingly repeating every little step. The measure command will help get exact dimensions between various elements of your designs so you can keep everything accurate and spend more time creating. Like many CAD software today, PTC Creo uses drag and drop functionality, which helps your work flow seamlessly.
Creo works with DWG, DXF, STEP, STL, PDF and image files so you have a wide range of importing and exporting options when using this software, plus the ability to 3D print your designs. PTC also offers Creo View Mobile, an app that allows you to view and showcase your designs on your smartphone or tablet. This app can be especially useful when interacting with clients and customers as it allows you to access your designs wherever you are.
Should you need help, you can contact the company via email but there is no phone number. You can also find a decent number of video tutorials both on PTC’s website and on YouTube. As stated previously, technical support is limited and requires you to pay for a subscription if you plan on using it long term. However, you can also get help from other users through the official community forum.
Creo is a more advanced software that is best suited for high-tech designs like aerospace and defense systems. It has become a more accessible program in the last few years with the interface being more friendly and usable. However, it will still require a decent amount of training to know how to use this software.