Software firm PTC has launched Creo 5.0, the latest release of its Creo 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software, which enables users to go from concept to manufacturing in one design environment.

Creo 5.0 introduces five new capabilities for the world of product design and features key productivity enhancements that PTC says enables companies to accelerate product innovation and build better products faster. These include an improved user interface, geometry creation with sketch regions, and volume helical sweeps.

Other enhancements include improvements to surfacing, sheet metal design, and the application of draft features involving rounds. Users can also now design in Creo while maintaining perspective display mode. 

"Product design is fundamentally changing, and Creo continues to evolve to meet the needs of our customers. With Creo, companies can go from the earliest phases of design to a smart, connected product," says Brian Thompson, senior vice president, CAD segment, PTC. "Improved functionality and new capabilities, like additive manufacturing, set Creo apart, and give companies a true competitive edge all the way from concept to manufacturing."

With the new release, concepts can be transformed into smart, connected products, bridging the physical and digital worlds with augmented reality (AR) capabilities, while the new Creo Topology Optimization Extension automatically creates designs based on a defined set of objectives and constraints, unfettered by existing designs and thought processes.

In addition, Creo allows users to design, optimise, print check, and additively manufacture parts without the need for multiple pieces of software; streamlining the process and reducing the need to recreate models. The new release also introduces the Creo Additive Manufacturing Plus Extension for Materialise, which extends these capabilities to metal parts, allowing customers to print production-grade parts directly from Creo.

Meanwhile, the new Creo Mould Machining extension provides dedicated high-speed machining capabilities optimised for moulds, dies, electrodes, and prototype machining, and Creo Collaboration Extension for Autodesk Inventor enables organisations to consolidate onto a single CAD system, enabling them to reduce the cost and effort associated with maintaining multiple systems and integrations, and enabling better data reuse and resource sharing.