PTC Creo 9 is here – Available via PDSVISION

Creo 9  has landed with a range of updates, new features, and options designed to significantly accelerate your product innovation and optimize your designs for better usability and end productivity.

PTC Creo is the tool that helps with the increasing advances and challenges within product design while providing features and functionalities that keep one ahead of the competition. And Creo 9 takes it to the next level!

Creo 9 is another strong release from PTC. The enhancements and new capabilities in core functionality will speed up the modeling process, enable the utilization of new technologies and deliver quality to design. The new capabilities include enhancements within:

Usability & Productivity
Model-based definition & Detailing
Simulation and generative design
Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing
Design for ergonomics, Manikin, and Vision
and more…

To see more on the latest improvements and developments just visit our dedicated Creo 9 product pages or read about what our Customer Success Manager Mikko Hinkkanen thinks about the new release in his blog post – PTC Creo 9 – What’s New?

PTC Creo 9 – What’s New?

There has been an addition to the PTC family of Design Solutions; PTC Creo 9 has arrived!
PTC Creo 9.0 is the tool that helps with the increasing advances and challenges within product design while providing features and functionalities that keep one ahead of the competition. And Creo 9 takes it to the next level.

Let’s start with the new capabilities coming with Creo 9. In the bigger picture, one could say that this release will concentrate on the following areas:

Usability & Productivity
Model-based definition & Detailing
Simulation and generative design
Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing
Design for ergonomics, Manikin, and Vision

For the advanced users, we suggest PTC knowledgebase articles CS357304 and CS361457, which cover all versions, applications, and enhancements in a condensed format.
The CAD user view
[caption id="attachment_33417" align="alignright" width="380"] Divide Surfaces and Unify Surfaces features enable splitting and uniting the geometry. The user can split the surface to have different semantic references for PMI.[/caption]

Divide surface

The Creo Parametric has its way of handling geometry so that surfaces are kept as large and “clean” as possible. This, however, has a downside if one wants to split the surface into two or more distinct areas. Previously one could circumvent this by using Designate Area, surfaces, or sketches. With the introduction of Divide Surface, it is now possible to:

Divide surfaces to create new regions
Isolate constraints and loads to specific locations on the model in simulation
Greater control of PMI references while making MBD annotations
Create surface markings for design communication


The general usability of multibody has been enhanced by introducing a new Quilt/Body Evolution tree, which will display the structure of all active bodies/quilts and their contributing features. Additionally, the Design Items Tree now supports features in Custom Groups and Grouped items.

These enhancements will help you, mainly while working with large and complex models where the parent-child relationship can get complex. A clear understanding of incrementally built geometry is key when modifying design.


Freestyle is a modeling feature where one creates C2 continuous surfaces based on control mesh manipulation. The sub-divisional control mesh can be connected to external geometry, which will then drive the overall dimensions of geometry.

Additional features exist with Reverse Engineering licensing. Then one can import tessellated geometry, which is used to map the Freestyle surface. This feature is highly automated and fast – great for those who create organic shapes based on scanned, x- ray or MRI data. Application possibilities in the medical devices area are remarkable.

Creo 9 will extend the functionality by introducing a new brush toolset, where control of sub-divisional mesh can be applied in a new way. Additionally, possibilities to mirror geometry are brought to the users’ fingertips.

[caption id="attachment_33419" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Freestyle makes it easy for users to select and manipulate the sub-divisional control mesh through new Brush tools. Here the rabbit is getting smooth C2- continuous surface. This wabbit sure is a smooth operator.[/caption]

Hole Features in Patterns

Hole features in a pattern now have more flexibility since one can redefine the hole type and adjust pattern generation options. The latter will help you with massive patterns, where generation times can play a role.

Geodesic Curves

Creo 8 introduces geodesic curves to ensure that the shortest path between two points is represented. With Creo 9, there is new functionality to define the geodesic curve on surface starting from a point and angular direction. This will thus provide additional level of control when geodesic curves are placed on top of complex surfaces.

[caption id="attachment_33420" align="alignright" width="224"] Periodic surface with four curves.[/caption]


The Interactive Surfacing environment now supports draft tangent connections for COS (curve on the surface) curves. This will help capture the design intent and improve the geometry reconstruction in Generative Design while keeping the parting line manufacturing constant.

Additional tools for simplifying and smoothing curves are provided as well. The support for periodic loft surfaces has been added as a new capability. These are created with three or more curves.


There are various assembly enhancements in Creo 9 as well. The component replacement and retrieving of missing components features have been enhanced. For those who need the Session ID of models in their assembly relations, it is nice to find them in the Model Tree.

[caption id="attachment_33421" align="alignright" width="250"] Manikin Editor enables the fast generation of custom population.[/caption]

One of the many Product Ideas posted in the PTC Community implemented to Creo 9 is the ability to group explode offset lines. This is just a hint that active participation to community discussions pays off.

New Manikin Editor allows the creation of custom manikin populations. This will help you to evaluate where one can reach and what one can see in our use case. What is the maximum and minimum size for a safe operation, etc. For positioning the manikin to assembly, the 3D dragger brings a new level of control. The Visual Field feature helps visualize visibility cones where obstructing objects have been trimmed off.

Model-Based Definition (MBD) and 2D drawings (Detailing)

With Creo 9 comes some powerful MBD and detailing tools. The surface finish symbols have been modernized to the most recent standard, and the workflow for their creation, placement, and editing is updated. Particularly, at PMI annotations, the ability to indicate semantic definitions is improved with STEP AP242 support for downstream applications and importing such information to Creo Parametric.

Extensive support for parameters in PMI symbols and weld symbols has been added.

Working with cross-sections, the new streamlined workflow is a joy. The hatch gallery with preview contains numerous ANSI/ISO and user-defined hatching patterns. A quick review of all hatched items of a drawing sheet is available in the tree view. Additionally, one can use the new Hatch Designer to create and edit custom hatch patterns with multiple lines.

[caption id="attachment_33422" align="aligncenter" width="276"] Hatch Gallery helps to find and set proper hatch in cross-section views.[/caption]

Simulation and Generative Design

Here is a quick summary of the enhancements in the simulations tools.

Creo Ansys Simulation now supports mid-surface geometry for shells, bearing loads and inertia relief, and multiple usability enhancements.

[caption id="attachment_33423" align="alignright" width="300"] Lattice geometry brings new possibilities to the design of heat exchangers. This is now fully supported in Creo Flow Analysis.[/caption]

Creo Simulation Live has taken the first steps toward Multiphysics simulation with thermal stress computation. In fluid studies, the Additive Manufacturing users will benefit from gyroids and lattice geometry. As a promise for “future ware,” the contacts should be available with Creo

Creo Flow Analysis now supports multiple projects, lattice geometry, and integrates with Behavioral Modelling (BMX). This BMX integration will help to optimize heat transfer and fluid flow. All this, with usability improvements, elevates CFD to the reach of every engineer.

Generative design used previously strain energy-based optimization for mass reduction while generating geometry. Now one can use Safety Factor as the target, which guarantees that stress levels are kept reasonable.

Additional functional enhancements to modal optimization, support of boll joints, and validation of starting geometry are helping engineers to reach the goals.
The Manufacturing view
Creo 9 will bring new possibilities to additive and subtractive manufacturing. Both are fully embedded in the Creo design environment, thus enabling unparalleled associativity, familiar user interface, and connection to Windchill PLM.

[caption id="attachment_33425" align="alignright" width="300"] 5-axis finish toolpath with undercuts requires careful tilt control and collision avoidance.[/caption]

Subtractive Manufacturing

Creo 9 will continue making NC approachable for every engineer by various usability enhancements from sequence parameter sorting, MFG dashboard update, toolpath visualization, new configuration settings, and enabling user-defined CL data parameters.

The quality of toolpaths is enhanced in HSM by adaptive feed and cutter compensation features for faster machining and enhanced tool life.

The multithreading in material removal simulation will help verify the toolpaths faster. The ability to create in-process stock for all NC sequences helps with gouge and collision avoidance.

The geodesic 5-axis finish toolpath in the 5-axis HSM extension adds capabilities like automatic hole filling, containment curves, and multiple tilt controls. The toolpath is optimized for spherical tools in collision avoidance and generating smooth toolpaths with constant stepover on complex parts with undercuts.

[caption id="attachment_33426" align="alignright" width="300"] Lattice geometry in formula-based approach. This provides new means, for example, for heat exchanger design.[/caption]

Additive Manufacturing

Stochastic lattices now allow creation based on individual surfaces or quilts. These can also contain open areas. Variable wall offset and baffle generation is available to formula-based lattices. These allow one to design efficient heat exchangers and guide fluid flow.

The additive manufacturing of these lattice designs requires support structures and population, checking printability, and building optimized tray assembly. These can be done and set in Creo 9, which has extensive tooling for plastic and metallic materials.
The system admin view
Now let’s look at the hardcore, but necessary, system administration updates and changes.

Maintenance Period

The concept of Creo Enterprise Releases was introduced with Creo 4, and the idea was to have much more extended maintenance periods for specific releases of Creo Parametric to enable companies to implement the program without having to plan for another upgrade within the following year. The Enterprise Releases of Creo Parametric are Creo 4 and Creo 7, while Creo Parametric 5 and 6 are so-called standard releases with a shorter support plan. However, this changes with Creo Parametric 8. To better support multiple Creo releases as requested by Creo users, PTC is changing the support cadence for all new Creo releases beginning in April 2021.

All new Creo releases will be supported for four years, starting with the release of Creo in April 2021. Maintenance releases will be delivered quarterly for the first two years of Creo 8. For subsequent years, maintenance releases will be delivered at a reduced cadence.

Creo 9 continues with the same maintenance release plan as Creo 8.


The default embedded browser of Creo Parametric is now Chromium instead of the previous Internet Explorer. This change is related to the official end date for Internet Explorer: June 15, 2022. This change will occur to older releases of Creo and – the user can continue to use IE by setting the config option windows_browser_type = ie_browser. With Creo, there is no IE support.

Small easter egg

In software, the meaning of “easter egg” is a hidden feature, image, or message. To encourage readers of this block to investigate Creo Parametric 9.0 release even deeper, please try out the following:

Shift- key and arrows on the keyboard
Shift+Alt keys and arrows on the keyboard

You’ll find the related config option rotation angle to be handy for finetuning this feature.
All in all, Creo 9 is another strong release from PTC. The enhancements and new capabilities in core functionality will speed up the modeling process, enable the utilization of new technologies and deliver quality to design.

The enhancements made in simulation, additive and subtractive manufacturing, generative design, and more are highly appreciated.

Powerful. Innovative. Easy to use. That is what Creo Parametric 9.0 is.


Compliance within MedTech and the medical device industry


Today’s product development faces several challenges, and one of the biggest challenges is regulatory compliance. It is crucial to prove compliance with standards and regulations when developing a product. What was previously seen only as a prerequisite for medical device manufacturers is now a reality in most domains.
Keeping up with medical device industry regulations
Without the proper tools and system support, a constantly changing regulatory landscape can be hard to comply with, especially within the medical device industry. Rules and laws are affected and shaped by trends and innovation but still mandatory to comply with.

Regulations are determined by increased pressure on high-quality products while keeping costs down and decreasing time-to-market. And most importantly, improving patient outcomes and surveillance is never something we want to compromise with, even if that means we most likely should expect and be prepared for continuously increasing regulatory requirements and risk management.

So how do we handle the ever-changing demands on the medical device industry? How do we have time to innovate within the MedTech industry without facing risks of decreased quality, increased lead times, and reduced efficiency, all because of changes in regulations?
The challenges within medical device product development
[caption id="attachment_32303" align="alignright" width="350"] Silos of processes and information in the medical innovation cycle[/caption]

The most common challenge in the MedTech industry is having a siloed and document-based product lifecycle. The typical issues that come with a document-centric approach are:

Discrepancy between “approved product” and product in the field
Frequent quality events
Quality events don’t reference correct product versions/parts
Manual and error-prone synchronization efforts
Lack of or struggles to achieve collaboration

All along the medical innovation cycle, we must collect information on and prove compliance, handle complaints and act on them. In a document-centric lifecycle, that would result in more paperwork.

The problem with paperwork is that it commonly does not end up in the right hands – in this case, the engineering team designing the next product release. And even if they do have access to quality information, that information is typically unrelated to the actual products, versions, and parts they are working on. Something is needed to tie it all together and connect the silos of information and development.
Regulatory compliance with a digital thread
As it stands today, enterprises that want to remain competitive must move forward on their digital thread initiatives. Many companies, however, seem to lack a digital thread roadmap and a strategic plan for digitalization. Changing regulations might be a factor as the focus is on being compliant in product development, and the overarching holistic goal of digitalization is consequently not prioritized. With all trends pointing this way, especially from what we experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is apparent how important digitalization is.
Medical device industry solution – accelerate your digital transformation in four steps
Having the right tools and system support is essential in compliance with regulations while increasing quality, reducing cost, decreasing time-to-market, but without compromising innovation. The regulations will change, and requirements for high-quality products will increase. That is why you need to have a system that is flexible and capable of accelerating your digital transformation.
Here are four steps to a successful digital thread within the medical device industry:
1.   PLM as the foundation
A stable and reliable foundation is needed to ensure quality in all stages of a product’s life cycle and throughout the digital thread. An example of a good foundation for the digital thread is a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system, such as Windchill. With PLM, you can manage products throughout their life cycle stages, enable efficient engineering change management processes, and provide the correct information to the right people at the right time. In Windchill, support for compliance and quality assurance can be found in the out-of-the-box version, which means medical device companies can apply processes and safely share information between stakeholders across the enterprise in no time.
2.   Best practices as an integral part of the product lifecycle
[caption id="attachment_32304" align="alignright" width="442"] A joint digital thread for an effective medical innovation cycle[/caption]

Another important aspect of a successful digital journey is adopting best practices for design and document control as an integral part of your product life cycle. By unifying engineering, quality, and regulatory teams in a shared, product-centric view, you can accelerate your medical innovation cycle and make it more efficient.

Tailor the foundation of your digital thread to achieve what you want. Add integrations and add-ons to suit your needs and the regulations you must comply with. If you are using Windchill, you can add the Windchill Product Quality to extend your PLM solution with compulsory practices for medical device manufacturers. There is support for integral risk, CAPA, non-conformance, and complaint management – all linked to your product. Windchill Product Quality provides a hub for all information shared across the whole production chain.

[caption id="attachment_32306" align="aligncenter" width="451"] Windchill Product Quality extends the industry’s leading PLM solution with best practices for compulsory ISO processes for medical device manufacturers[/caption]
3. Augmented Reality for medical devices
With a good foundation in place, it is time to extend and add to the digital house. With Augmented Reality (AR) tools, you can leverage the digital twin of your product in virtual demonstrations and offer customers close to a real-life experience with the product. AR tools can also be used for spreading expertise within the company by creating interactive work instructions for assembly, service, and support.
4. Smart connected medical devices – IoT VS. IoMT
Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the pillars of Industry 4.0. Smart, connected products bridge the gap between operational technology (OT), your products, and IT to allow for innovation, increase operational efficiency, and improve customer experience. IoT is a modern, connected model of a physical product and can be anything from connected appliances and autonomous farming equipment to wearable health monitors and biometric scanners.

From IoT and connected products, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is rising for connected products within the medical and health care industry. By connecting medical devices, such as monitors and sensors, to the internet, health care personnel can receive data and information about a patient from anywhere in the facility. However, there is, of course, a security aspect to consider with IoMT.

Having smart products, whether categorized as within IoT or IoMT, means you can run analyses on data and performance, alert technicians of devices at risk of malfunction, or alert health care personnel of patients who need medical attention. It allows users and maintenance personnel to work proactively, thus reducing downtime while keeping the patients’ safety the highest priority.
Key benefits of the MedTech digital thread
World-leading companies have already embraced digitalization leveraging the power of IoT and IoMT together with a solid foundation of a PLM system.

With a PLM system, you can move away from the document-centric challenges and instead have a product-centric approach with high-quality medical devices without compromising regulatory compliance, innovation, time-to-market, or revenue. Add the layer of connected products, and you achieve full integration between the physical and digital world to shorten improvement cycles and increase the ability to adapt to regulatory changes.

The key benefits of a digital thread for the MedTech industry:

Access data at the right time by the right person – all teams share the same information, thus eliminating the risk of disinformation
Automatic regulatory compliance – everything is defined in the Digital Definition
Ability to quickly adapt, improve, and innovate using real-time data input from the medical devices out in the field

Now is the time to join in and start building your digital thread!

Best regards,
Per Ekholm

For more than 20 years, PTC has partnered with leading life science companies to advance medical technology. Today, five of the top ten medical device manufacturers rely on PTC products to help them design, manufacture, and provide service for medical devices. The company Weinmann in Germany works to improve the quality of life for patients through excellent medical technology. Watch how they do it in our customer reference video (in German) – here.

If you want to read more about the topics mentioned in the blog post, click the links below:

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – Windchill
Internet of Things (IoT) and Thingworx

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