PTC Creo Elements/Direct 19.0 Is Available

At its PTC Live Global 2014 conference, PTC announced the availability of PTC Creo Elements/Direct 19.0, its direct modeling computer aided design (CAD) software, formerly known as CoCreate. The release’s productivity enhancements in the core areas of modeling, drafting, and data management are complemented with greater interoperability with PTC Creo 3.0 and other non-PTC CAD systems, via PTC’s novel Unite CAD technology (also announced at the conference; look for my analysis on that in a separate post on the TEC Blog).
Support for direct import of SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor data enables teams to quickly and easily incorporate design information without the need for additional software. The use of optimized design workflows for regularly used features increases productivity. In addition, the introduction of template-based drawing creation enables the reuse of existing drawings as a starting point.
New 2D and 3D concept–design capabilities, new sheet metal capabilities, and more scalable data management are other major features. See a comparison table of features from versions 14 to 19.
It is worth noting that PTC has two direct modeling CAD products—the former CoCreate is now called Creo Elements/Direct, while the more recent product is simply called PTC Creo Direct. The reason PTC has two direct modeling tools is that CoCreate has its own data model, which is different from that of Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/Engineer). The new one—Creo Direct—is based on same data model as Creo Parametric, and thus offers better synergies over the long term on the PTC Creo CAD platform. However, as a novice offering, Creo Direct doesn’t have as much functionality yet. But eventually, Creo Direct will replace Creo Elements/Direct.
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