Creo Elements View & Elements Pro

Creo elements View & elements Pro is a family or suite of design software supporting product design for discrete manufacturers and is developed by PTC. The suite consists of apps, each delivering a distinct set of capabilities for a user role within product development. Creo software runs on Microsoft Windows and provides apps for 3D CAD parametric feature solid modeling, 3D direct modeling, 2D orthographic views, Finite Element Analysis and simulation, schematic design, technical illustrations, and viewing and visualization.

Creo Elements/Pro and Creo Parametric compete directly with CATIA, Siemens NX/Solidedge, and Solidworks. The Creo suite of apps replace and supersede PTC’s products formerly known as Pro/ENGINEER, CoCreate, and ProductView. Creo has many different software package solutions and features. Creo Illustrate is a good example.PTC began developing Creo in 2009, and announced it using the code name Project Lightning at PlanetPTC Live, in Las Vegas, in June 2010. In October 2010, PTC unveiled the product name for Project Lightning to be Creo. PTC released Creo 1.0 in June 2011.

Creo apps are available in English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional. The extent of localization varies from full translation of the product (including Help) to user interface only.Creo is part of a broader product development system developed by PTC. It connects to PTC’s other solutions that aid product development, including Windchill for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Mathcad for engineering calculations and Arbortext for enterprise publishing software.

Creo Elements View & Pro:

Name/Version Version History Value Release Date
Creo 1.0 6/1/2011
Creo 2.0 27/3/2012
Creo 3.0 6/17/2014
Creo 4.0 12/15/2016 

ProductView, now Creo Elements/View, was originally developed by Object Logic, a small company in San Diego. In September 1998, Division Group, another vendor of visualization tools based in Bristol UK, announced the planned acquisition of ObjectLogic. However, before this acquisition could be completed, PTC acquired Division Group in January 1999 for approximately $48 million in stock and cash. PTC then completed the acquisition of Object Logic in March, 1999. PTC then marketed products from both companies using the names ProductView and DIVISION. In 2008, PTC changed its definition of ProductView to define the suite of products acquired from Object Logic and Division Group as well as products acquired in the purchase of OHIO Design Automation. As of 2008, the latest release is version 9.1. On October 28, 2010, PTC announced that ProductView is now Creo Elements/View. The name change applies to release 9.1.

Product View components:

Mechanical CAD (MCAD) Visualization:

  • Creo Elements/View MCAD Professional (formally called ProductView Standard) – This is PTC’s primary product visualization tool
  • Creo Elements/View Lite – A subset of ProductView MCAD professional capabilities that is included with Windchill
  • ProductView Composer 9.0 – Creates interactive assembly and dis-assembly sequences
  • Creo Elements/View PDF Collaboration – Manages document collaboration including annotation, viewing and watermarking.
  • ProductView Realizer 9.0 – Creates interactive animations of mechanisms
  • Creo Elements/View Toolkits – Used to create custom applications based on the ProductView technology
  • Creo Elements/View Express – Free, downloadable tool for simple viewing of Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) parts, assemblies and drawings
  • DIVISION MockUp – PTC’s primary digital mockup tool
  • DIVISION Reality – This tool builds upon DIVISION Mockup to create a higher-end virtual environment that is used to analyze product models

Electrical CAD (ECAD) Visualization:

  • Creo Elements/View ECAD Compare (formerly called InterComm EDAcompare) – Compare two versions of printed circuit board (PCB) designs
  • Creo Elements/View Validate (formerly called validation manager, a part of InterComm EDAcompare)– Steps through changes made between ECAD designs or across ECAD and MCAD design
  • InterComm EDAconduit – Automates electronic markup exchange between ECAD authors and non-authors
  • InterComm Expert– Verifies electronic design intent with multiple departments

PTC Creo, formerly known as Pro/ENGINEER, is a 3D CAD/CAM/CAE feature-based, associative solid modeling software. It is one of a suite of 10 collaborative applications that provide solid modeling, assembly modelling, 2D orthographic views, finite element analysis, direct and parametric modelling, sub-divisional and NURBS surfacing, and NC and tooling functionality for mechanical designers. Creo Elements/Parametric compete directly with Solidworks, CATIA, and NX/Solid Edge. It was created by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) and was the first of its kind to market.

The application runs on Microsoft Windows. The UNIX version was discontinued after 4.0, except x86-64 UNIX on Solaris. The name changed to Creo 1.0 after Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 (rebranded PTC Creo Elements/Pro), took place on October 28, 2010, which coincided with PTC’s announcement of Creo, a new design software application suite. Creo Elements/Pro will be discontinued after version 2 in favor of the Creo design suite.

Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER), PTC’s parametric, integrated 3D CAD/CAM/CAE solution, is used by discrete manufacturers for mechanical engineering, design and manufacturing.

Pro/ENGINEER was the industry’s first rule-based constraint (sometimes called “parametric” or “variational”) 3D CAD modeling system. The parametric modeling approach uses parameters, dimensions, features, and relationships to capture intended product behavior and create a recipe which enables design automation and the optimization of design and product development processes. This design approach is used by companies whose product strategy is family-based or platform-driven, where a prescriptive design strategy is fundamental to the success of the design process by embedding engineering constraints and relationships to quickly optimize the design, or where the resulting geometry may be complex or based upon equations. Creo Elements/Pro provides a complete set of design, analysis and manufacturing capabilities on one, integral, scalable platform. These required capabilities include Solid Modeling, Surfacing, Rendering, Data Interoperability, Routed Systems Design, Simulation, Tolerance Analysis, and NC and Tooling Design.

Creo Elements/Pro can be used to create a complete 3D digital model of manufactured goods. The models consist of 2D and 3D solid model data which can also be used downstream in finite element analysis, rapid prototyping, tooling design, and CNC manufacturing. All data are associative and interchangeable between the CAD, CAE and CAM modules without conversion. A product and its entire bill of materials(BOM) can be modeled accurately with fully associative engineering drawings, and revision control information. The associativity functionality in Creo Elements/Pro enables users to make changes in the design at any time during the product development process and automatically update downstream deliverables. This capability enables concurrent engineering – design, analysis and manufacturing engineers working in parallel – and streamlines product development processes.

Summary of capabilities:

Creo Elements/Pro is a software application within the CAID/CAD/CAM/CAE category. Creo Elements/Pro is a parametric, feature-based modeling architecture incorporated into a single database philosophy with rule-based design capabilities. It provides in-depth control of complex geometry, as exemplified by the trajpar parameter. The capabilities of the product can be split into the three main headings of Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. This data is then documented in a standard 2D production drawing or the 3D drawing standard ASME Y14.41-2003.

Product Design:

Creo Elements/Pro offers a range of tools to enable the generation of a complete digital representation of the product being designed. In addition to the general geometry tools there is also the ability to generate geometry of other integrated design disciplines such as industrial and standard pipe work and complete wiring definitions. Tools are also available to support collaborative development. A number of concept design tools that provide up-front Industrial Design concepts can then be used in the downstream process of engineering the product. These range from conceptual Industrial design sketches, reverse engineering with point cloud data and comprehensive free-form surface.


Creo Elements/Pro has numerous analysis tools available and covers thermal, static, dynamic and fatigue finite element analysis along with other tools all designed to help with the development of the product. These tools include human factors, manufacturing tolerance, mould flow and design optimization. The design optimization can be used at a geometry level to obtain the optimum design dimensions and in conjunction with the finite element analysis.

Surface Modeling:

Creo has a good surface modeling capabilities also. Using commands like Boundary blend and Sweep we can create surface models. Advance options like Style (Interactive Surface Design Extension – ISDX) and Freestyle  provide more capabilities to designer to create complicated models with ease.


By using the fundamental abilities of the software with regards to the single data source principle, it provides a rich set of tools in the manufacturing environment in the form of tooling design and simulated CNC machining and output. Tooling options cover specialty tools for molding, die-casting and progressive tooling design.

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