Here lately, we’ve been asked, “What’s the difference between PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire product and Creo?” To answer this question, we turned to our subject matter expert, Mark Summer, Adjunct Professor here in A&E CAD. Here was his response:
May 13, 2012
It is complicated, but here is my understanding.
PTC purchased CoCreate a few years back, which is a direct (non-history based) modeler. Pro/E is (was) a history-based modeler. While I was at PlanetPTC Live in Orlando in 2009, PTC announced “Project Lightening”, which resulted in the release of Creo the next year.
PTC’s long term goal was/is to combine CoCreate, Pro/Engineer Wildfire, and ProductView into Creo so they use a common data model. I am still not sure how they do this since direct and non-direct modeling are completely different approaches.
Anyway, Pro/E Wildfire 5.0 will be the last version of Pro/E. It turned into Creo Elements Pro 5.0. They are identical except for the splash screen.
Currently, there are two Creo applications of concern to the ACC CAD department. Creo Parametric (replaced Pro/E Wildfire) and Creo Simulate (replaces Mechanica, which was formerly built into Pro/E Wildfire). Creo Direct (replaced CoCreate) is a third application, but I do not believe ACC offers any direct modeling classes. There are many other applications and many more will be added.
Many other companies are moving to this “one-model, two modeling approaches” software business model. Autodesk has Inventor (direct-modeler), and is developing Fusion, which is designed to do the same thing as Creo did to combine direct and history-based modeling into a single platform.
You need to ask Matt and Kim, but I believe the current plan is to upgrade to Wildfire 5.0 over the summer and to wait on Creo. The MCAD industry has not yet fully embraced the move to Creo from Wildfire, so I believe the thinking is to stay with Pro/E Wildfire until more MCAD companies move to Creo.
I suspect in the future, PTC will stop providing educational versions of Pro/E Wildfire and force educators to move to Creo. We had trouble this past semester getting PTC to provide educational versions of Wildfire 4.
Hope this helps.