"What's important about this 18.0 release is that we've made tighter integration for our legacy customers so they can continue using the core engineering system, but still benefit from the other Creo Apps, like advanced FEA tools," says Teague. "Data can now move back and forth Ö and we're creating a process that enables both direct and parametric modeling whereas before they were separate tools." To create this tighter integration, PTC leveraged its Granite kernel so solids can be sent back and forth between the two systems.
While Creo 1.0 users can take advantage of direct modeling capabilities in Creo Direct, Teague says he doesn't see that platform as a replacement for long-time CoCreate users yet because it doesn't provide the equivalent feature set. Creo Direct is a completely new direct modeling engine and currently doesn't have the advanced sheet metal, cabling, and advanced simulation capabilities offered by the standalone Creo Elements/Direct 18.0 tool.
"Creo Direct was born in the Creo data model and paradigm," Teague says, explaining PTC's decision to start its direct modeling capability from scratch instead of modifying CoCreate for the Creo platform. "That gave us an opportunity to simplify some things that you just can't do with a product in its 18th release."
Stay tuned, though. Teague says Creo Direct will have that functionality over time and at some point, may be robust enough for long time CoCreate users to cross over.