If you’re looking to complete anything easily in 2D in Creo, think again. Their 2D CAD option is unintuitive—remember, Creo (originally Pro/E) was developed first as a 3D CAD tool. A drawing option wasn’t added until much later.
Can you create 2D drawings in Solid Edge? Yes! You have the option to create 2D drawings, and you can also translate your 2D drawings and data over into a 3D environment. This allows you to make simple, quick sketches into full-blown parts.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re transferring parts over from SolidWorks, Creo, Inventor or another solution, you can still use those parts in Solid Edge, and they will be easily edited with Synchronous Technology like native CAD files.
Creo offers a pair of applications that change how you model in your CAD system—Creo Parametric and Creo Direct. Creo Parametric is history-based modeling with direct and freeform modeling capability. Creo Direct is history-free direct modeling that enables you to interact directly with 3D geometry. But these are two separate products—Creo Direct is only offered as an add-on solution.
But Solid Edge already offers those options, combined! With Solid Edge’s Synchronous Technology, you have the best of both worlds and you don’t have to make a choice. It offers the simplicity of direct modeling with the control you have in parametric design. Of course, should you choose to function with more history-based modeling, Solid Edge offers that—and you still have a feature tree, for greater flexibility and control.
Your CAD program is at the heart of everything you do, and it should be chosen wisely. Today, CAD tools can do so much more than just design. As a 3D CAD solution, Creo works well for mechanical design.
But, as a comprehensive solution for CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM and 2D drawing, Solid Edge gives you a selection of tools that can’t be topped.