Creo Elements/Pro

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PTC Creo
(formerly Pro/ENGINEER)
Creo Elements Pro gray.png
Screenshot captured from Creo 1.0
Developer(s) PTC
Initial release 1987
Stable release PTC Creo 2.0 M080 / March 5, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-03-05)[1]
Operating system Windows
License Proprietary

PTC Creo, formerly known as Pro/ENGINEER is a parametric, integrated 3D CAD/CAM/CAE solution created by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). It was the first to market[2] with parametric, feature-based, associative solid modeling software. The application runs on Microsoft Windows platform, and provides solid modeling, assembly modelling and drafting, finite element analysis, Direct and Parametric modelling, Sub-divisional and nurbs surfacing and NC and tooling functionality for mechanical engineers. It features a suite of 10 Apps which are work within the same program. Versions for UNIX systems were discontinued with the release of version 4.0,[3] except Solaris on x86-64.[4]

The Pro/ENGINEER name was changed[5] to Creo Elements/Pro, also known as Wildfire 5.0 on October 28, 2010, coinciding with PTC’s announcement of Creo, a new design software application suite. Creo Elements/Pro will be discontinued after version 2 in favour of the Creo design suite.[citation needed]

Creo Elements/Pro and now Creo Parametric competes in the market with CATIA and NX (Unigraphics) and Solidworks.


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.

Created by Dr. Samuel P. Geisberg in the mid-1980s, Pro/ENGINEER was the industry's first successful rule-based constraint (sometimes called "parametric" or "variational") 3D CAD modeling system.[6] 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.

Companies use Creo Elements/Pro to create a complete 3D digital model of their products. 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.

Creo Elements/Pro is part of a broader product development system developed by PTC. It connects to PTC’s other solutions that aid product development, including Windchill, ProductView, Mathcad and Arbortext.

Summary of capabilities[edit]

Like any software it is continually being developed to include new functionality. The details below aim to outline the scope of capabilities to give an overview rather than giving specific details on the individual functionality of the product.

Creo Elements/Pro is a software application within the CAID/CAD/CAM/CAE category, along with other similar products currently on the market.

Creo Elements/Pro is a parametric, feature-based modeling architecture incorporated into a single database philosophy with advanced 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.

Engineering Design[edit]

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.

Screenshot captured from Creo 1.0 as an example of the FreeForm surfaces. Sub'D surfaces new in Creo 1.0 This geometry started as a square cube

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 tools.


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.


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.

Release history[edit]

Name/Version Build Number Date Internal version
Pro/ENGINEER (Autofact 1987 premier) R 1.0 1987 8.3
Pro/ENGINEER R 8.0 1991  ?
Pro/ENGINEER R 9.0 1992 9.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 10.0 1993 10.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 11.0 1993 11.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 12.0 1993 12.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 13.0 1994 13.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 14.0 1994 14.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 40 1995 15.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 16.0 1996 16.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 17.0 1997 17.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 18.0 1997 18.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 19.0 1998 19.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 20.0 1998 20.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 2000i 1999 21.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 2000i2 2000 22.0
Pro/ENGINEER R 2001 2001 23.0
Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire R 1.0 2002 24.0
Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire R 2.0 2004 25.0
Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire R 3.0 2006 27.0
Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire R 4.0 2008 29.0
Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire R 5.0 2009 31.0
Creo Elements/Pro R 5.0 (as of M065) 2010 31.0
Creo Parametric R 1.0 2011 32.0
Creo Parametric R 2.0 2012 33.0
Creo Parametric R 2.0 M080 2013 34.0
Creo Parametric R 2.0 M090(current) 2013 34.0

A ribbon interface is featured for the first time in the Wildfire 5 Drafting module. The same was reflected in Creo 1.0. Starting with Creo 2.0, each and every module is provided with a ribbon interface.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Software Update Availability (Advanced), PTC, 2012-06-06, retrieved 2012-06-06 
  2. ^
  3. ^ [1], retrieved 2011-12-06
  4. ^ Software Update Availability (Advanced), PTC, 2012-06-06, retrieved 2012-06-06 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Horgan, Jack (2004-06-21). "EDA & PLM?". Contributing Editor. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 


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