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Creo Advanced Framework Extension (AFX) gives engineers and designers the power to create structural frameworks much faster using powerful, simple-to-use features that are tailored to specific framework design tasks.

An integral part of the Creo product family, Creo AFX provides designers and engineers with a means to dramatically improve the accuracy and productivity of defining structural framework assemblies. Because this module is native to Creo, you can quickly and easily share this intelligent 3D model throughout all phases of the project–design, detailing, analysis, fabrication, and final assembly. Now you can achieve faster structural framework definition and meet or beat even the most aggressive project deadlines. Add Creo AFX to your cache of design tools and dramatically reduce the time to create accurate structures, frames, or assembly lines compared to 2D CAD and traditional 3D CAD solid modeling methods.

Key Benefits:

Unified, integral design environment

  •  Fully associative modeling ensures that design changes are reflected throughout the design process
  • Single digital definition–incorporating all manufacturing information–eliminates management of additional files
  • Eliminate time-consuming data translation between software applications



  • Easy to learn and use
  • Automates many tasks, significantly reducing design time
  • 100% parametric definition speeds design of a wide variety of framework sections



  • Quickly define corner joints and nodes between virtually any section
  • Eliminate costly changes due to fit up problems or rework
  • Fully associative definition adapts instantly to any design change no matter how difficult
  • Seamless integration with Creo Simulate for structural analysis

The Creo Advantage

Creo is a 3D CAD solution that helps you build better products faster by accelerating product innovation, reusing the best of your design and replacing assumptions with facts. Go from the earliest phases of product design to a smart, connected product with Creo. Add augmented reality to allow everyone to visualize your design. In the fast-changing world of the Industrial IoT, no other company can get you to substantial value as quickly and effectively as PTC.

Wide variety of uses:



  • Industrial machinery
  • Cranes and elevators
  • Marine structures
  • Buildings Structures with standard aluminum extrusions
  • Handling and packaging machines
  • Conveyor systems
  • Assembly lines
  • Ladders and cages


Structures with custom beams

  • Windows and doors
  • Facades
  • Roofs


Designing connections between beams

  • Quick and easy assembly of connector elements
  • All necessary features and modifications are made inside the beam parts, not assembly features
  • Includes a library with connector elements including endplates, angles, brackets, and screws
  • Add company-specific connectors to the library


Other capabilities

  • Automatic BOM creation, including stock tables
  • Create weldments regardless of assembly structure
  • Automatic creation of engineering drawings

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