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The program was first developed by Hewlett Packard in Germany. HP released the first version 1986. Hewlett Packard MDD (Mechanical Design Division) continued the ME10 development. The first product designed using ME10 was the original HP DeskJet printer at the HP Vancouver Division.(HP Journal Reference)
The program includes its own macro language. There are also several additional modules such as the module 'Parametric' for family-of-parts designs. Creo Elements/Direct Drafting is designed as an open system, i.e. contractors made the necessary application-specific solutions. For example, a standard_part eLibrary for mechanical engineering. A special feature of ME10 is working with a model structure (tree structure): this system in mechanical engineering maps better than working with layers. Another specialty is working with construction geometry, an appropriate method for the engineering designer. This technique has since been adopted by other CAD programs such as AutoCAD.
Creo Elements/Direct Drafting was originally developed for the operating system HP-UX. With the success of Microsoft Windows, a version was offered for this operating system. Some versions have also been developed for Linux. Today, MS-Windows is the standard platform for Creo Elements/Direct Drafting.
In 2010 the product was renamed toCreo Elements/Direct Drafting (as opposed to 3D product Creo Elements/Direct Modeling). Creo Elements/Direct Drafting is one of the most common 2D CAD programs for mechanical engineering in Germany.