Creo, the shorthand name for Creo Parametric, (formerly known as Pro Engineer) is a powerful and intuitive 3D CAD software optimized to address the challenges organizations face as they design, analyze, and share information with downstream partners.

Developed by PTC, the original pioneers of parametric CAD, Creo is a powerful foundational software supporting an integrated family of product design tools used by thousands of manufacturers worldwide.

The Creo family of design applications, modules, and extension speak a common language, meet the needs of different stakeholders, and truly combine parametric and direct modeling techniques. Creo helps build bridges instead of barriers between you, your ideas, your teammates, your partners, and your customers.

Creo Parametric 3D CAD software can easily be customized and extended through the addition of modules and extensions, but the product family also contains stand-alone purpose build design applications such as Creo Simulate, Creo Direct, Creo Layout & Creo Options Modeler. Each stand-alone app serves a different purpose in the product development process.

From concept to design to analysis, to effectively sharing your information with downstream partners (such as manufacturing and technical publications), Creo is a rock-solid foundation for any design group. It supports the needs of modern manufacturing and product development organizations.

What makes Creo Parametric such a powerful product design and development tool in your company’s quest for a competitive advantage?

There are many unique aspects of the innovative Creo product family – Here are my top 4.


For designers who are involved in multiple phases of the product development process, PTC Creo provides scalable access to the right capabilities. Subscription licensing enables to adjust and right-size their software over time.

For those involved in specific aspects of the product development process, there are apps tailored to meet individual needs. Regardless of your role in the product development process, you can use the right tool at the right time.


All of the products in the PTC Creo family speak the same language. Because of this common language, your data flows seamlessly between different apps. This means no more recreating work as you move through the design process and no more walls to throw your data over.

Combined benefits of both parametric and direct modeling

PTC Creo integrates the power of both 3D CAD modeling approaches into a single system, so you get the power and control of parametric modeling combined with the speed and flexibility that’s only available through direct modeling.

Multi-cad Data Handling

PTC Creo includes an incredible convince ability to work with and edit data from any CAD source. This means no recreating designs because of incompatible data, and no need to ask your partners or customers to change CAD software systems.

Want to learn more about what PTC Creo Parametric 3d CAD software can do for you? Download the Creo Parametric Datasheet or contact us to talk with a technology specialist today!

Download the Creo Parametric Data Sheet

PTC is changing the way Creo Design software is being sold. As of January 1st, 2018 new 3D modeling software licenses for PTC’s core solutions are only available by subscription in North America.

This makes it easier for users to utilize new functionality and keep up with the latest release of PTC Creo Parametric CAD software. It also gives organizations the flexibility to choose a 3D CAD package according to specific needs at a given time, and ensures access to the latest capabilities and premium support.

Changes in PTC Creo CAD Packaging

PTC has retired and consolidated the following CAD packages into one of 4 new tiered PTC Creo Parametric Design packages: Essentials, Essentials Plus, Essentials Premium, Engineer 1, Essentials Team, Engineer 2, Engineer 3, and Engineer 4.

You can see from the table below that Creo Design Essentials (T1) replaces Essentials, Essentials Plus, Essentials Premium, and Engineer 1; Creo Design Advanced (T2) replaces Essentials Team and Engineer 2; Creo Design Advanced Plus (T3) replaces Engineer 3; Creo Design Premium (T4) replaces Engineer 4; and Creo Design Premium Plus (T5) is an entirely new package that becomes the fifth tier for the new Creo packaging.

New PTC Creo Design Packages

With Creo Parametric and its extensions you can create, analyze, view, and share designs using 2D CAD, 3D CAD, parametric design and direct modeling capabilities along with additive manufacturing, model-based definition (MBD), and smart connected design. Every package includes the industry’s most comprehensive set of 3D CAD tools to allows you to design with maximum potential.

Every package comes with the Core Capabilities and the power to publish, share, and create augmented reality experiences right inside of your 3D CAD models. This allows you to add value to your customer experience because they can now visualize your design with AR.

Here’s a breakdown of what is included in each package:

Creo Design Essentials

  • Creo Parametric
  • Design Exploration Extension
  • Flexible Modeling Extension
  • Human Factors
  • Human Factors Analysis
  • Advanced Framework Extension
  • Collaboration Extension for Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks
  • Intelligent Fastener Extension
  • Legacy Data Migration Extension
  • Piping and Cabling Extension
  • Render Studio Extension
  • Mathcad Express
  • Simulation Elite (Linear Structural Analysis)

Creo Design Advanced

**includes everything in Design Essentials and also includes:

  • Prismatics and Multi-Surfaces Milling Extension
  • Advanced Assembly Extension

Creo Design Advanced Plus

**includes everything in Design Advanced and also includes:

  • Interactive Surface Design Extension II
  • Behavioral Modeling Extension
  • Mechanism Dynamics Extension
  • Additive Manufacturing Extension – Standard
  • Tolerance Analysis Extension
  • GD&T Advisor Extension
  • Tool Design Extension
  • Expert Moldbase Extension
  • Mold Machining Extension
  • Layout Extension

**includes everything from Advanced Plus and also includes:

  • Collaboration Extension for CATIA V4 and V5
  • Collaboration Extension for NX
  • Simulation Extension
  • Fatigue Advisor Extension
  • Flow Analysis
  • GD&T Advisor Plus
  • Production Machining Extension
  • NC Sheetmetal Extension
  • Mathcad

Creo Design Premium Plus

**includes everything from Design Premium and also includes:

  • Advanced Simulation Extension
  • Complete Machining Extension
  • Flow Analysis Plus
  • Options Modeler Extension
  • Topology Optimization
  • Additive Manufacturing Extension – Plus

For more details on the extensions in each of the new packages, watch our webinar replay, “New PTC Creo Design Packages Overview.”

FAQ on New Packaging

Q: What is the price for existing customers upgrading to the new packages?
A: If you already have a subscription license, then you may upgrade to the new packaging through a contract amendment. If you are still on a perpetual license, then you may convert and upgrade at the same time and pay the subscription conversion price.

Q: Do the new packages contain PTC Windchill?
A: Creo Design Advanced (Tier 2) contains Windchill PDM essentials. Design Advanced Plus, Design Premium, and Design Premium Plus is bundled with Navigate Author, MCAD Data Management I, BOM Management, and Project Management at no increased cost. These three packages will also be available without PDM.

  • Q: Do we offer node-locked licenses?
    A: We offer a locked license for Design Essentials and Design Advanced only.

Q: Can I still buy Creo extensions that are now bundled in the new packages?
A: Yes, all extensions will still be available to be purchased separately. If you are subscribing to a new package that does not contain an extension that you need, that extension will be available separately.

Q: Are trials for the Creo software available online?
A: Yes, you can download a free 30-day trial here

Q: How would upgrades work if I already have subscription license?  Do I pay the difference on the remaining contract?
A: Subscription upgrades are handled through a contract amendment. You would pay the difference between your current package and the upgraded package.

If you have more questions or would like to talk to us about the new Packages and Pricing, then contact us and we’ll give you more information.