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How Much Does Creo Cost? Pricing Explained

Updated Feb 2, 2020
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Creo, also known as PTC Creo, is a multifaceted 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design), CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing, and CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) software for everything product design, development, and manufacturing. The powerful features of Creo include modeling and design, simulation and analysis, smart connected design, model-based designed, augmented reality, manufacturing, rendering and animation, and product data management. Thanks to its features and ability to get the job done, Creo is the preferred choice of many industry professionals.

Before also choosing Creo, there is another factor aside from capability and functionality that you must consider. This factor is cost. So, how much does Creo cost? As straightforward as the question may seem, it does not have a straightforward answer. This is because there are varying factors, such as license type and functionality, that determine the cost of Creo. In this article, however, we will be providing you with a comprehensive answer to this question. We will be exploring the different Creo packages, license types, how and where to purchase the software, cost, and everything Creo pricing.

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Additive manufacturing process

How and where to buy Creo

For most people looking to purchase this software, the first port of call is usually the official website. However, going through the site, you will discover that not only is there no product for sale on the site, but also very little information on the cost of the software. The reason behind this is that PTC, the makers of Creo, believes that every customer has unique preferences and requirements. Therefore there needs to be a discussion between the customer and a sales representative about the customer’s location, company, job function, and job category before a package is recommended to you. To purchase Creo, you have to either fill a form on the website to have sales contact you, or buy from an authorized reseller.

Creo packages

There are five Creo packages that differ by level of functionality. Before we proceed to the different license types for Creo and their costs, it is essential that we first familiarize ourselves with these packages. This way, you know what exactly it is that you are getting for your money. In ascending order of functionality, the five Creo packages are Creo Design Essentials, Creo Design Advanced, Creo Design Advanced Plus, Creo Design Premium, and Creo Design Premium Plus.

Creo Design Essentials

This package is the most basic of the five. However, there is absolutely nothing basic about its features. Creo Design Essentials comes with complete industry-standard 3D capabilities, as well as augmented reality design and visualization. These capabilities include 3D part & assembly design, sheet metal and plastic parts design, additive manufacturing, rendering, piping and cabling, core simulation, and augmented reality.


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Simulation analysis in Creo (source)

Creo Design Advanced

In addition to the features of Creo Design Essential, this package has top-down design, convenient engineering, and prismatic and multi-surface milling features.

Creo Design Advanced Plus

This package has all the features of Creo Design Advanced, as well as GD&T (Geometric Design and Tolerancing), tolerance analysis, advanced surfacing, mold design and machining, and additive manufacturing features.

Creo Design Premium

This package comes next in terms of functionality and has all the features of the previous package. It also has production machining, simulation, basic CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), fatigue advisor, and extended collaboration features.

Creo Design Premium Plus

This is the most complete and advanced Creo package. It has all the features of all the packages lists above, in addition to the following features; advanced simulation and CFD, topology optimization, options modeler, metal printing, and complete machining.

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Highly advanced 3D modeling (source)

Creo license and subscription options

PTC used to offer perpetual licenses for their products. These licenses required only a one-time payment and optional yearly upgrades. However, from the 1st of January 2018, PTC stopped the sale of perpetual licenses. All PTC products, including Creo, are now only available through subscription licenses. Owners of perpetual licenses may either continue to use them without upgrades or trade up to a subscription. PTC encourages owners of perpetual licenses to switch to subscription.

There are two major types of licenses for Creo. They are locked licenses and floating licenses.

Locked licenses

A locked license allows Creo to run on only one device (independent work station). It restricts the use of the application to a particular device. With this type of license, you do not require a license server.

Floating licenses

Using a floating license, you can run Creo on any device that is connected to a local network. Provided that the device is connected to the license server. However, there is a limit on the number of simultaneous users, depending on the number of seats purchased. The license server keeps count of how many licenses are checked out and assigns or denies licenses to users based on license availability.

Creo pricing

Having gone through the different Creo packages and license options, we will now go into the actual Creo pricing. The table below shows some of the prices for both locked and floating licenses for the five Creo packages. These prices are for a one-year subscription plan. For more subscription periods and more information, contact the Creo sales team. As stated earlier, prices are not available on the PTC website. All prices were sourced from resellers and may vary slightly. Prices are in USD.


Price for one year locked license 

Price for one year floating license

Creo Design Essentials



Creo Design Advanced



Creo Design Advanced Plus



Creo Design Premium



Creo Design Premium Plus




Creo discounts and freebies

Creo offers a few discounts and free package. Some of these are as follows.

Creo free trial

PTC allows new Creo users to test run the software for 30 days at no cost. During this period, the user will have access to fully functional features of Creo. After 30 days, users are expected to have made up their minds, whether Creo suits them or not.

Creo educational license

PTC offers free licenses for a highly functional but limited version of Creo to students. Administered through the PTC academic program, this license is for students and teachers in primary school, secondary school, university, and college. Students do not need to go through their school to get this license. All they need is a valid student email address. Note that educational licenses expire and have to be renewed yearly.

Alternatives to Creo

In terms of capability, Creo ranks among the best CAD software available today. However, considering its cost, you may wish to consider some alternatives. The following are some strong industry rivals of Creo.

  • Inventor – Inventor by Autodesk is a professional 3D modeling software for design and manufacturing. Its features include design and modeling, simulation, visualization, and collaboration.
  • SolidWorks – Developed by Dassault systems, SolidWorks is a solid modeling and analysis CAD software. This software is excellent for mechanical/electrical design, simulation, visualization and rendering, and manufacturing.
  • Solid Edge – Solid Edge is a 2D drafting and 3D modeling software for product development. It is developed by Siemens PLM for design, manufacturing, data management, and technical publications.

For other suitable alternatives, check out our list of top 10 CAD software.


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