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What Performance Gains Will Creo 2.0 Give You?

by Bill Martin-Otto on 23 May, 2012 in Creo

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If you’ve been following this blog—or if you’ve read any of my white papers—you know that I’m a big believer in regular software and hardware upgrades. I know there are cynics who think that these are just an excuse for software and hardware manufacturers to make money, but people who think like that are missing out on very valuable performance gains.

Human beings are always progressing—that’s our nature. And, in my experience, the people who dedicate their lives to improving CAD software and hardware—so designers and engineers like us can work smarter and solve bigger challenges—are, for the most part, incredibly sincere.

I recently wrote about an AutoCAD study that showed a performance gain of 44 percent by moving from AutoCAD 2008 to AutoCAD 2011, using a new workstation with greater processing power and a 64-bit OS.

That’s a pretty impressive improvement in performance, and I’d venture to say that you can achieve similar, or even better, results by upgrading to Creo 2.0. PTC claims that you can actually double your performance by moving from PRO/Engineer Wildfire 4 or 5 to Creo 2.0. … Double!

If you’re not upgrading, I believe you’re being penny wise and pound foolish. CAD operators need to continually increase their productivity. Engineering firms and their clients continue to expect designers to do more with less. And our products need to do more with less, too. We need to make stronger structures with thinner and lighter materials. We’re continually challenged to create products that are more sustainable and that can be manufactured more affordably—and that requires increased performance.

Given the pressures that today’s CAD operators face and the productivity gains that are sure to follow from an upgrade to Creo 2.0—plus the multiplier effect of upgrading your workstation to something like Lenovo’s just-released ThinkStation S30— the only question is, why wouldn’t you upgrade?

Now, I’ll get off my soapbox and let you know a little bit about what you can expect in Creo 2.0, including new capabilities for designing modular products, exploring concepts and doubling your design productivity.

Modular Product Design

Creo Options Modeler is a dedicated app in the Creo 2.0 release that lets you develop, create and validate modular products. It can be used as a standalone app, or as an extension of Creo Parametric. It’s the first application to feature PTC’s AnyBOM Assembly, which will let you drive your CAD from a bill of material (BOM).

Exploring Concepts

I’ve been writing a lot about concept design in this blog, and it continues to be a PTC priority. The company says that Creo 2.0 gives you more tools to explore more concepts more quickly, so you can get your design right much earlier in the process.

Double Design Productivity

With more than 490 enhancements, Creo 2.0 is PTC’s most significant CAD release ever. With Creo 2.0, you can load large assemblies up to 10 times faster than in Pro/E. A built-in learning connector lets you find information faster. A new, Microsoft Fluent-based UI in Creo Parametric provides easier access to commands.

The list goes on and on, and you can watch Paul Sagar, director of product management for Creo Parametric, discuss his personal favorite enhancements below:

If you haven’t made the move to Creo yet, now’s a great time to do it. Let us know what you decide to do. And be sure to clue us in about how often you generally upgrade your software and hardware, and how those upgrades enhance your performance.

Image: PTC.

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