2D technical drawing is the act and discipline of composing drawings to a precise scale that visually communicate how something functions or is to be constructed.
It’s a rare engineering project that doesn’t use 2D drawings in some form. Sketch pads, for instance, are time-honored places for first ideas.
It’s tempting to think that 3D CAD should supplant 2D drawing creation, but the truth is that product developers as a whole get a lot of value from their drawing tools. The problem comes when trying to move from one environment to another. Many concept engineers, for example, create their detailed 2D concepts in one CAD tool, then either switch to a separate 3D CAD system or give the 2D design to a colleague to use in creating the 3D model. Every hand-off takes time and invites error both in building the 3D model and in maintaining accurate drawings. Simply put, it’s risky. And few designers want to add a large dollop of risk to their workflows.
With the Creo product suite you can easily generate a 3D model from a 2D design. Updates to both are automatic: any changes made to one appear instantly in the other. The result? No chance for translation or interpretation errors to creep in to the 3D model and picture-perfect 2D drawings whenever you want them with a few clicks. Now you can get back to optimizing your designs.
PTC’s solutions for automated 2D drawing creation return time and money to your product development process while streamlining your workflow and reducing stress. Our solutions give you the ability to think rapidly and constantly as if on paper, lay out schematic diagrams which can serve as the basis for the 3D models, or iterate on 2D designs before moving to 3D model creation. The end result is a better product designed at less cost with accurate, easily available documentation for downstream users.
Creo Sketch: Set your primary ideas down in minutes and then share them with suppliers, customers and coworkers. Better still, it’s free!
Creo Layout: This standalone application lets you create 2D conceptual designs and reuse them as the foundation for 3D models in Creo Parametric.
Creo Schematics: This standalone application gives you a complete set of 2D schematic design tools for documenting electrical, cabling, piping, HVAC and hydraulic systems. Creo Schematics drives the creation of the 3D design in Creo Parametric and ensures adherence to the logic defined in the schematics.
The ease of use, speed, flexibility and interoperability of Creo 2D solutions helps users achieve maximum design efficiency and productivity.
Creo Sketch gives users the ability to quickly draw and communicate their product ideas. This fast, easy-to-use freehand 2D sketching application helps more people get involved and contribute to the product development process.
Raphael Nascimento, Product Management Manager for Creo Layout, introduces and demonstrates the highlights of PTC Creo Layout. Creo Layout is a stand-alone 2D CAD app enabling teams to leverage the best of both 2D and 3D worlds.
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