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    Creo Parametric 4.0 M010 – News



Creo Parametric 4.0 M010 – News

In my previous blog, I stated that I will come back with more information about functionality, in later maintenance releases of Creo Parametric 4.0, the top highlights are Clearance and Creepage Extension (CCX) and Augmented Reality in Creo Parametric. PTC has already made promises to release more functionality in the planned versions the year to come.

In maintenance release, M010, we can now create Augmented Reality Experiences directly from the Creo Parametric session. In M020 we will be able to connect the physical product with the digital product. Something new is also that PTC will release a new version of Creo Parametric every year in the future. This will support the new subscription license model.

Creo Parametric 4.0 M010 was released in the end of April and I have had the possibility to test the new Augmented Reality functionality. I have also taken a deeper look into the improved functionality for analyzing electrical current Creepage scenarios (Clearance and Creepage Extension) that was as a surprise in M010.

Clearance and Creepage Extension (CCX)

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In an earlier version of Creo Parametric (Pro/ENGINEER), PTC introduced a functionality to analyze how electrical currents can move between parts in a product. This analyze is to discover if currents will move over surfaces and jump over gaps to create short circuits in a component or product. The functionality was called Spark Analysis Extension (SAX). SAX is now replaced by Clearance and Creepage Extension (CCX). It is basically the same functionality, but the user interface has been remodeled and the functionality has been much improved. If you have tested SAX, this was possible with free version SAX Lite, you will now appreciate the new possibilities in CCX and enjoy that the performance of the solution has been improved for large nets.

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By adding information, parameter COMPARATIVE_TRACKING_INDEX, describing a materials conductivity. It is possible to see Creepage between components in nets and set options, for each net that is created automatically. It is also possible to define nonconductive components and isolated cables.

My impression is that PTC has really improved this tool and now it is a tool that more users should investigate and use. A lot of money and time is wasted today due to problems in electrical installations that could have been analyzed early in the product development process.


Augmented Reality in Creo Parametric

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One of the main focus areas for PTC in Creo Parametric 4.0 is extending the use of digital data in the real-world environment. One way is to enable 3D geometry in design reviews using Virtual Reality, or displaying work instructions on a screen mixing 3D geometry and the surrounding world through the device camera. The first step for Creo Parametric users come in M010, where there is a possibility to publish CAD models as an Augmented Reality experience, with a simple push of a button. The experience can be view using ThingWorx View. This is the free viewer available from PTC for Apple, Android and Windows 10. Augmented Reality is the technique to display 3D geometry on a screen, integrated with reality captured through the camera of the device.

Look for the option Augmented Reality in the Tools Tab in Creo Parametric. It is possible to add a ThingMark that will identify the model, orient it and set the size. When this is done it is easy to publish the experience to a PTC server using the basic PTC account login. The ThingMark can be distributed to any recipient using e-mail or paper and they can view it after publish on ThingWorx View in their device and in their environment.

Every Creo Parametric user can publish five different experiences using one ThingMark that is included. If you create a sixth experience, the oldest experience will be removed, and if you publish using the same name the old experience will be replaced.  Publishing to AR is free for all users of Creo Parametric.


This new functionality to publish Augmented Reality direct from Creo Parametric, is the first example of the future direction for product development in 3D CAD, and will evolve in later releases of Creo Parametric. Now I look forward for the M020 release, where smart connected product design will be launched as Creo Product Insight Extension.

If you think that the use of Augmented Reality to present your products is interesting I can recommend you getting a trial account for the PTC product ThingWorx Studio. This is a tool to create Augmented Reality experiences with more content and functionality. In this tool, you use lightweight data from Creo View and Creo Illustrate. It is possible to add buttons, interactivity, movies, sound and links to the experiences. It is also possible to display measured values live from physical products using Gauges and other widgets.

So the tip of the day: Get a free account for a trial of ThingWorx Studio!

There is a lot of free education material at PTC covering ThingWorx Studio. Getting started to create really cool experiences with your data is easy. A trial account for ThingWorx Studio also gives access to Creo Illustrate that is used to add animations and 3D Illustrations.

Choose AR experience and you are up and running.

Augmented Reality and the connection between the digital and physical product is part of the development of Industry 4.0 (or what you like to call it). This is a good time to get up on the train towards the future, and work with the tools developed by the company driving the train, and at the same time laying down the tracks as the developer for the pace setting products Vuforia  and ThingWorx.

Looking forward to Creo 4.0 M020 and Creo Product Insight. More about this topic after summer!

Best regards
Lars Björs