I would be interested in hearing about the advantages of Creo as well, since we are going to be switching to Creo in the next couple of months.
You might want to ask this question in the General forum as well.
Why you want to change to creo? What are the problems you facing in SolidWorks?
See the creo forums to see about the features in it.
I don't particularly want to change to Creo, but my boss has decided that it is the right thing to do and I don't have any really good arguments to dissuade him. We have recently merged with another division in New Zealand and they run Creo Parametric, as do most of the other divisions. Our ODM partners also run Pro/E, so it seems like a good idea for us to make the switch.
We are also evaluating different options.
Concerning Creo (direct) vs Solidworks here are some links
I tested Creo, Ironcad, Kubotek, Spaceclaim, Solidedge and Autodesk Fusion.
In my opinion Solid Edge is the best as you can import any geometry
and add constraints and dimensions afterwards if needed.
Only Kubotek could also do this but their user interface
feels like end 80' and there is not as much intelligence
in the program when editing non history parts.
You can also stretch in a usefull way directly on 3D geometry
in Solid Edge.
When you edit a hole pattern it automatically finds the pitch
and allows you to change the non history geometry, both pitch
The intelligence is in the software instead of the geometry.
The non history approach would work for machinedesign and former
Autocad users but I think it would not work as good for molds and plastics.
SolidEdge also has history based modelling so you could do
plastics and molds there.
Spaceclaim has a good editor but just like Creo and Fusion it does not
allow you to add constraints and driving dimensions in non history parts
and this is an important disadvantage in non history modellers.
But even without being able to make dead geometry parametric users
are still making performance improvement when compared to history
feature based, it depends on the type of work. Development and doing
many different designs with few time to lose would be better without
Jerry, Please let us know what you think of Creo, I guess you will
first hate it before you like it. Are you switching to Creo direct?
I think it is better to wait what Solidworks direct modelling will bring before
switching to another direct modeler at this moment, but what I heard is that it
did have some delay again. It would suprise me if Solidworks would ever
catch up with SolidEdge in direct modeling
Check out some of the Creo forums to see what users are complaining about.
Are you going to be using Creo Direct for the importing or are you using Creo Parametric?
I don't know why one would be any different than the other for exporting.