PTC Creo Elements/Direct Drafting
The program was first developed by Hewlett Packard in Germany. HP released the first version 1986. Hewlett Packard MDD (Mechanical Design Division) continued the ME10 development. The first product designed using ME10 was the original HP DeskJet printer at the HP Vancouver Division.(HP Journal Reference)
Creo Elements/Direct Drafting was originally developed for the Hewlett-Packard 98xx workstation family (also referred to as the Series 200) on their proprietary Pascal based operating system / development environment, followed by a move a few years later to the operating system HP-UX. With the success of Microsoft Windows, a version was offered for this operating system. Some versions have also been developed for Linux. Today, MS-Windows is the standard platform for Creo Elements/Direct Drafting.
In 2010 the product was renamed to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting (as opposed to 3D product ). Creo Elements/Direct Drafting is one of the most common 2D CAD programs for mechanical engineering in Germany.
- Parametric Technology Corporation website
- Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Personal Edition (free 3D CAD)