CAD (or computer- aided design) is an essential part of additive manufacturing . As the name suggests, it involves the use of software computer to create, modify or analyze a model before it is ready to be 3D printed. Once the CAD has been used, the file is ready to go through the slicing process and can then be sent directly to the printer. This article will focus on this technology because a high-precision program makes it easier to create superior products for prototyping or for end use, and we can cite the example of Creo. The latter is a 3D CAD solution that is part of PTC, a digital software company that provides modeling solutions. Creo is used for discrete manufacturing (production where raw materials, materials, and components result in a finished product).
How does Creo work?
Creo runs on Microsoft Office and allows the design of structures with complex shapes. Advanced technologies such as generative design and real-time simulation are combined with traditional CAD software. Creo allows the user to design, optimize, run, and validate print control in one environment, reducing the risk of error. In order to print your finished design, you need to download the PTC Creo 3D printing application, with whichyou can print directly to a 3D printer supported by Windows 10. First, you click "Prepare for 3D printing". Then you can customize the resolution of the STL file using the STL Parameter Definitions panel. Finally, it's up to you to decide. After successful layer formation, you can export the file. Creo also allows the user to view the interior of the model and the required supports before printing by clicking Clipping. This whole process seems easy to use. You can also see how the software works below:
Technical details of the latest version of Creo
The first edition of Creo was created in January 2011 and the latest software, Creo 9.0, was released in May 2022. The latter is known for its customer-focused productivity enhancements that can make work even easier. In terms of technical updates, digital product definition tools help improve model-based designs and use semantic PMIs and symbols that conform to international standards to avoid confusion for design users. New weld symbols and drafting hatch patterns are also present in Creo 9, making it easier to produce fine details. Overall, the Creo 9 offers great clarity for the user.
All of these features are important for additive manufacturing because they can be used to produce detailed, quality designs that can be tested before printing, saving time and resources. According to Brian Thomson, Division Manager and General Manager of Creo at PTC, the ninth edition "is an important release, and feedback from our customers has been a big part of making it happen . "
Cost starts at $2,780 and all packages include: 3D parts assembly and design, management and performance, 2D drawing creation, direct modeling, additive manufacturing and more. The company offers a 30-day free trial for users to test the software before buying it. In terms of using Creo, the PTC website lists many industrial uses for the software, from designing helicopters to motorcycles. The software has been used with Volvo , KTM and more. Creo faces fierce competition as other major players such as Solidworks offer a similar product. However, the software is the only one with well-developed packages that offer simulation, augmented reality and much more.
What do Creo users think?
Reviewers suggest that Creo 9.0 is a useful tool, citing its success and features as strengths. They also suggest that this new version is useful for large files and has some useful features. However, some users suggest that the automation is limited as it follows less programming integrations. They also say that the interface is a weak point compared to other software.