Creo Design for Additive Manufacturing

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Streamline the Design Process for 3D Printing

Using Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) for production parts can be like running an obstacle course. Once you move your product data through several different types of software, stopping to fix glitches along the way, you still have to contend with printer errors in all their rich variety. In the middle of this disconnected, stressful situation, it’s only natural to ask yourself why someone can’t make the 3D printing process easier.

We agree with you. At PTC, our vision is to provide a single environment within the Creo product suite, to design, optimize, prepare and validate designs for 3D printing. We call it ‘Design for Additive Manufacturing’. We want you to get the most from Additive Manufacturing, a transformative technology for product designers, and experience 3D printing as a rewarding stroll rather than a punishing race.

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To realize our vision, we’ve partnered with Stratasys, one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of 3D printing equipment and materials used to create objects from digital data. We’ve also added new capabilities to Creo that streamline additive manufacturing, removing uncertainty and rework from the process. The result? You now can go from concept to validation for 3D printing all within Creo. When you’re ready, simply send the file straight to the 3D printer*.

When you use Creo for additive manufacturing, you can:

  • Define settings for multiple printers
  • Print parts and assemblies directly from Creo Parametric*
  • Identify printability issues on your design to increase accuracy
  • Scale, position, and show a clipped view of the model and probable support material on the tray
  • Assign materials, colors, and a glossy or matte finish to the model*
  • Automatically optimize the position of the model in the tray for printing*
  • Save the CAD data, model translation, and position in the tray as one STL file
  • Calculate the required amount of build and support materials*

* Requires Stratasys Connex Printer and Creo 3.0 M040

Download the Additive Manufacturing Datasheet