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Viewing STEP files with CoCreate Personal Edition

Note 3/15/2012: CoCreate PE has been replaced by Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express. I haven’t tried it yet.

CoCreate Personal Edition is the free version of the CoCreate CAD program.  CoCreate PE requires an Internet connection every 3 days, can import IGES, STEP, DWG, and DXF files, export STL and VRML files, and is limited to a maximum of 60 unique parts per assembly.

You can drag and drop STEP files onto CoCreate.  It has a pretty complete set of pre-defined views.  Performance on my system is snappy.  I found measuring easy.  Hmm, so far pretty short and sweet – that’s because I like it.  It’s my favorite of the four programs I’ve tried (CoCreate, Alibre, PowerSHAPE, IDA STEP) – it seems the most intuitive to me, and was definitely the easiest to use to measure parts.

Note that like all other free CAD programs, the terms may change in the future.  For example, PTC (the current owner of CoCreate) had a free CAD program called Pro/Desktop that was later dropped (IIRC, the current users were given a five year license).

Measuring HD26M with CoCreate

Measuring HD26M with CoCreate

1 comment

1 Hans-Georg Emberger { 09.17.10 at 4:19 am }

CoCreate Modeling PE is not only a viewer, but a complete and free for lifetime use 3D CAD program. Best of all, there is a new version 3.0 available, which doubles design efficiency. See http://www.ptc.com/go/modelingpe

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