Are you looking to pursue a career in industrial design or related field , and you need to choose between PTC CREO and Solidworks, but you’re still unsure and ambiguous.

PLM Central offers you a brief comparison of “PTC Creo Vs SolidWorks “ !

Conceptual Design

With Creo Parametric users have access to numerous and flexible tools to quickly turn Ideas into concepts and models into detailed designs. Creo Parametric Freestyle allows users to quickly and easily create 2D conceptual geometry, generate variations of proposed concepts and best of all the ability to easy work with other subdivisional modelling tools that have been integrated very well into Creo, such as: Simulation live which allows the use of simulation early in the design phase to shape initial surfacing. Generative Design, AR Design Share and Additive manufacturing are among other tools that allow the user to bring their conceptual Ideas to reality with ease and effectiveness.

SolidWorks has its vulnerabilities when it comes to conceptual design modelling, particularly in the areas of quick creation of multiple complex proposal models and complex concept ID models. With basic surfacing and freeform tools – PTC Creo have a plethora of tools to DO IT BETTER!

Large Assemblies

Creo is the recognised leader in Large Assembly Management and Top-Down Design. Creo has the capability for multiple people working with large assemblies which allows for efficiency and productivity, the usability and performance scales as assembly size grows, any significant changes to assemblies have a predicted outcome and can be resolved with ease. All in all, Creo has the strongest performance in loading and working with large assemblies, some of the tools that allow for this performance and concurrent engineering are: Creo Advanced Assembly, Simplified Representations, Shrink-wraps and substitution models.

For many industries performance is key for working with Large Assemblies, SolidWorks has performance constraints when loading large assemblies, meaning constraints on stability and poor responsiveness of a full assembly when changes are made. There is no functionality or limited capability for Top-Down Design and concurrent Engineering.

Robust Modelling Functions

Creo offers a single, comprehensive suite of integral solutions supporting CAD/CAM/ and CAE, users can design without compromising on their ideas and worry not – about complexity. The world-class tools available in Creo include Advanced Surfacing, Multibody Design, Piping & Cabling and 3D Direct & Parametric Modelling.

The SolidWorks solution lacks robust capabilities for Sheet Metal, Direct Modelling, Multibody, Top-down Design and complex surfacing. Scalability is important for businesses as changes occur over time to create more innovative and complex products.

Late-Stage Design Changes

Only in Creo is there a solution that allows users the ability to make latestage changes comfortably & conveniently to their designs. Creo’s Flexible Modelling introduces powerful capabilities for latestage design changes. This means users can Move complex geometry including adjacent surfaces, the flexible modelling tool intelligently adapts based on the given use case. When data is imported from other CAD formats: flexible modelling allows the user to edit rounds direct copy and paste of geometry and a flexible pattern tool.

SolidWorks does not provide the framework for late-stage design changes to complex geometry. In addition, late-stage design changes often mean rework and fixing geometry, all features of the of the model will be affected negatively impacting performance and productivity. Often Moving surfaces and various parts of the model may require a complete rebuild or importing/exporting external CAD Data, this makes changes to dimensions, geometry surfaces and patter features very difficult reasonably achieve.

Emerging Technologies

PTC are unmatched when it comes to emerging technologies shaping the next evolution of product development, these new technologies are deeply integrated into Creo negating the need for multiple CAD/CAM & CAE solutions, all the tools you would need are in one place – Generative Design, Simulation Driven Design, Model Based Definition MBD, Augmented Reality, IOT, and Additive Manufacturing.

Creo provides a truly complete Generative Design solution that automates the design of products based on the users’ functional objectives, constraints loads and manufacturing processes. Not only that! Generative Design is fully integrated into Creo which allows for creation of multiple conditions per model. You can create unique conditions that define specific loads and constraints or create design criteria specifying unique optimization goals, manufacturing constraints and material properties.

Also embedded deeply within Creo is the Ansys Technology – accessible directly into the modelling environment to provide real-time feedback on design decisions while the user creates and modifies the 3D Geometry. This enables any designer to use real-time simulation to iterate faster, improve product safety and quality, leveraging the power of simulation to eliminate problems early, validate design integrity, function and performance, allowing you to design with greater confidence.

SolidWorks lack a dedicated, fully integrated solution for generative design, optimisation is limited to a single part within larger assemblies, this presents challenges with generating optimal designs for different manufacturing processes.

 Design Engineers using SolidWorks will also struggle to find robust simulation and analysis tools and find that it is also limited in scope and functionality. The CAD System is simply lacking the necessary tools for verification and validation of design ideas.

Key Takeaways

Overall Creo is an easy-to-learn 3D CAD solution that has the capabilities and more to “accelerate product design to manufacturing and beyond”. It leads the field in new and emerging technologies, encompasses proven technology and combines the power to iterate faster, reduce costs and improve product quality.

“Design and Innovate Better with Creo”

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16th August 2022
Stefan Dornescu