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Did you know that with PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) it's possible to modify design geometry anytime without having to touch the design intent? PTC Creo FMX’s direct modeling technology allows you to edit geometry regardless of whether it is independent or constrained, and provides multiple selection criteria to quickly handpick the desired geometry for editing.


Upstream process improvements. Dutch designer Nout Van Heumen uses PTC Creo FMX upstream to make real-time changes to concept models during design review sessions. Van Heumen is a freelance industrial designer who's work includes the world’s first electric motorcycle, the Orphiro, and the Artisides OIO, an electric guitar made from space-age materials with leading-edge design.


Van Heumen creates concept designs for many products and presents these to clients in review meetings. But the clients frequently request changes, perhaps wanting to move a feature or make a dimension longer or shorter, and this can be a challenge for Van Heumen.


In the past, Van Heumen made these changes by altering the design intent of the model – a process that took too long to perform in a client meeting. So he would go back to his office to make the suggested changes and typically brought many versions of the design back to the client at the next meeting a week or two later. Often, while viewing these versions, the client would have additional ideas for changes, which again required additional design modifications back at Van Heumen’s office, followed by additional meetings.


This time-consuming process was solved for Van Heumen when he discovered PTC Creo FMX. Now, he brings his laptop to design meetings and displays the model on a projector. When a customer suggests a change to the concept design, Van Heumen uses PTC Creo FMX to select the right geometry and the quickly makes the changes by overriding the design intent.


To save time, Van Heumen often changes just enough to enable to the customer to envision what the concept will look like with the change. For example, if the customer is considering making the product longer, Van Heumen might increase the length of the enclosure during the meeting without worrying about updating the internal components.


The end result is that the client is able to make decisions much faster than in the past and Van Heumen saves huge amounts of time by not having to go through the complex process of changing the design intent for multiple design alternatives and travel back and forth to the customer to present these ideas.


Downstream process improvements. KTM, a leading manufacturer of motorsports vehicles, uses PTC Creo FMX direct modeling technology downstream to make changes to different CAD data files sent by suppliers.

KTM focuses on sports-oriented motorcycles, including both production and racing bikes. The company purchases many components from suppliers who use a variety of CAD systems and typically provide the geometry for parts in neutral file formats such as IGES or STEP. These neutral files are stripped of the design intent that exists in their native file formats.


KTM engineers bring these component models into the assembly models used to define their design. Often, they discover that they can improve the design of the motorcycle by modifying suppliers’ components. For example, the component as it currently exists might not fit a new design, but with a slight change it works perfectly. In the past, editing the neutral files would have required specifying design intent. A common workaround was to mark up the drawings with redlines or text, but these were subject to errors when interpreted by the supplier, resulting in extra work and delays.


Now, KTM engineers use PTC Creo FMX to modify the neutral files and sometimes native CAD files without having to specify the design intent. These files can then be sent to suppliers to request changes in a format that is nearly impossible to misinterpret. The modified models can also be incorporated into assembly models.


PTC Creo FMX provides an easy-to-use, fast and powerful set of geometry editing tools that enables users to make the changes they want without having to worry about the design intent.


By providing the ability to modify 3D CAD geometry without having to address the design intent, PTC Creo FMX substantially increases the efficiency of both the upstream and downstream design process.

PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 enables you to solve complex problems even faster. Its powerful new capabilities include templates, math integrated in text, math formatting, global definitions, and custom functions.


Watch an over view of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0


Structured content re-use. The new template capability in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 saves time and effort by providing the ability to define, format and organize desired content for simple and structured re-use of worksheets. Documents and calculation workflows can be standardized and intellectual property can be captured and re-used as often as you need. The templates in the new release are analogous to templates in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.


Users can create templates simply by opening a worksheet and adding content and formatting. For example, you can add regions containing both math and text (another new feature), company logos, headers and footers, margins, etc. A default template can also be created that will serve as the default template for all new worksheets. You can create, edit and store personal or company defined templates in locations that are easy to access and configure. Companies can easily set up a repository of shared templates to standardize both the appearance and the methodology used in Mathcad worksheets across a company or team.


Math integrated with text. In the previous version of PTC Mathcad Prime, text and math were contained in separate regions of a worksheet that could be combined only by lining up separate text and math blocks. PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 allows math and text to be seamlessly integrated, providing a natural flow that increases the readability of worksheet definitions, design notes and explanatory text. Live math can be inserted, pasted and moved anywhere within text to augment the worksheet PTC Mathcad 15.0 also provides math in text, so the addition of this feature to PTC Mathcad Prime improves the convertibility of worksheets between the two versions.


Another new feature, math formatting, makes it possible to change the font, size, color and highlight of math. This capability can be used to clearly emphasize important input and results, separate specific calculation elements by assigning different colors to them, and formatting math to match the surrounding text. The combination of math and text formatting provides a full suite of formatting options for all your documentation needs.


Custom functions. PTC Mathcad offers hundreds of built-in functions that cover a wide range of the most common engineering problems. But many companies have to solve specialized problems that these functions do not address.


PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 enables these users to write their own functions in C or C++ or FORTRAN, compile the functions and then call them from a worksheet in exactly the same way as any other function.


Defining a custom function is similar to defining a variable, except that the name of the function is followed by brackets containing one or more parameters that are evaluated by a mathematical expression when the function is called. The custom function capability in Mathcad Prime 3.0 makes it possible to utilize the many open source and commercial Mathcad functions, re-use functionality already coded in in C, C++ and FORTRAN, modify existing functions to suit special cases, and write totally unique functions to address niche applications.


In the past, variables had to be defined prior to the calculations in which they were used. PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 offers a new global definition operator that allows users to define and evaluate a variable anywhere in a worksheet without having to worry about calculation order.


Variables can now be defined anywhere and evaluated anywhere in the worksheet. A key advantage to this is you can put the parameter definitions in the most convenient location—which is often near the end of the worksheet where the results are evaluated—as well as for clear and concise presentation of the work.


PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 also offers a wide range of other new capabilities. New matrix decomposition functions LU, QR and Cholesky are up to 100 times faster than the functions they replace and provide extended capabilities such as pivoting and complex number support.


All in all, PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 provides significantly improved calculation and documentation capabilities that enable every engineer to solve bigger problems faster.

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Small and medium sized engineering teams face a unique set of challenges. Product development processes are increasingly subdivided among contributors with specialized skills, designs require more collaboration with stakeholders, and teams must wrestle with growing regulatory compliance issues.

These kinds of challenges really require a product data management (PDM) solution, but small businesses need a simple, nimble, and easy-to-deploy system that will allow them to efficiently organize and manage product content, improve design reuse, and get control over CAD information.

A PDM solution to address design process complexity. Small and medium sized engineering teams are designing ever-more complex products, and smaller teams often have to rely on specialists who have to collaborate closely with each other for the project to succeed.

Engineers must communicate the design intent to stakeholders and accept their input into the design process. They must also take into account regulatory and legal risks that may require increased documentation of the product development process, proof of due diligence, and detailed reports on product composition.

PTC Windchill PDM Essentials helps small engineering teams address these challenges by providing engineers, stakeholders and supply chain participants with access to a single source of product information and data. It helps coordinate the work of the team by ensuring that only one user at a time can make changes to the model and by keeping track of who made what changes and when and why they were made.

PTC Windchill PDM Essentials provides visualization of CAD data, enabling stakeholders to view, interrogate and markup 3D models for design review or other purposes. It also provides documentation of the product development process that can greatly simplify the process of complying with regulations and managing legal risk.



Companies that have succeeded with PDM. Narae Narotech is a South Korea based manufacturer of coating and printing equipment for the display industry. Its flat panel display coaters place a layer of material just a few microns thick on a surface for liquid crystal displays (LCD), touch screen displays and semiconductors. Narae Narotech has invested in PTC’s PDM solutions to manage CAD data, documents, and large assemblies. The solution has helped compress the design approval process by 67 percent and reduced time to market by 25 percent.

Vitamix is another company that uses PTC’s PDM solutions to manage product data complexity challenges. Vitamix is a leading manufacturer of blending products used to mix fruits and vegetables into creamy, drinkable beverages. Sales at Vitamix have grown by 30 to 50 percent over the past five years.

The company is currently focusing on streamlining its engineering and industrial design processes in order to accelerate product innovation and deliver top quality products with high levels of reliability. It uses PDM to manage all product and project data and interface with the company’s ERP system. The PTC PDM solution has already helped increase collaboration between industrial designers and engineers, and has improved efficiency, resulting in a 25 percent reduction in design time, while maintaining strict quality targets.

PDM designed for small teams. Designed for companies with two to 25 engineers, PTC Windchill PDM Essentials makes it easier and more economical than ever before for small and medium sized companies to implement PDM. The software can be installed in three hours by a Windows administrator without requiring the services of a consultant, saving the $500,000 to $2 million cost of deploying a conventional PDM system.

Installation can be accomplished simply by selecting options without having to write any code. Users can be trained in a single day. If a company grows to the point that a more comprehensive system is needed, PTC Windchill PDM Essentials can easily be upgraded to PTC Windchill PDMLink to add additional project collaboration capabilities, more CAD integrations, and more viewing solutions.


PTC Windchill PDM Essentials includes integration with popular CAD systems including Pro/ENGINEER, PTC Creo, AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor. Users can access data management capabilities—such as check in and check out of files—without leaving their native MCAD environment. PTC Windchill PDM Essentials securely controls the content each participant sees and can edit.

Parts can be reused across product structures and when a part is changed it will automatically be updated in all the structures in which it appears. Organizations can automatically manage promotion and approval processes to save time while making sure that every required approval is obtained.

All in all, PTC Windchill PDM Essentials provides the ideal tool to enable small and medium sized companies to get products to market at less cost and in less time than ever before.

Parametric modeling technology has dramatically improved the productivity of engineers designing mechanical products over the past several decades by allowing them to embed design intent in their models. Yet there can be cases when design intent creates delays, such as when a designer or engineer is assigned to create a new model based on an older model that contains unfamiliar design intent.


PTC Creo and the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) provides the ideal solution by making it possible to change the design without having to take the design intent into account and while leaving the original design intent in place so it can be used in the future if needed.


KTM, a manufacturer of motorsports vehicles, and Specialized Bicycle Components, a manufacturer of competition and recreational bikes, both use PTC Creo FMX to overcome design intent bottlenecks and reduce the time required for product development.


Leading motorsports manufacturer. KTM is a leading international manufacturer of motorsports vehicles with a special emphasis on sport-oriented motorcycles that underscore the company’s “Ready to Race” philosophy.


“We are driven by constant innovation, week after week, race after race,” says Philipp Hapsburg, head of research and development at KTM.


This philosophy has been enormously successful. In 1991, KTM had two engineers and two Pro/ENGINEER licenses. Today it has 350 designers and engineers and 250 PTC Creo licenses.


The company is growing so fast and has so many new models that it’s unlikely that the person who is working on the new version will be the same one who originally designed the model. In the past, this led to problems.


The person working on the new model naturally wants to start with the existing design. The design has a considerable amount of embedded design intent, primarily in the form of parametric constraints. In the past, when an engineer or designer tried to update the geometry, he or she might have bumped up against this design intent. Often, they were unable to change a feature because it was constrained to another feature. The designer or engineer was left with the choice of either closely studying the history tree to understand and work with the original design intent or rebuilding the model from scratch.


Change existing geometry without worrying about design intent. Now KTM designers and engineers use PTC Creo FMX to make changes to existing geometry without being obstructed by the design intent. Direct modeling technology makes it possible to edit geometry regardless of whether it is independent or constrained while providing multiple selection criteria to quickly handpick the desired geometry for editing. When designers and engineers are on a tight schedule, they can quickly make the changes they need by overriding the design intent, while preserving it. Yet, they have the option to go back later when they have more time and formally revise that design intent.


“Design and engineering at KTM are better because of PTC and their products,” Habsburg says. “The PTC technology has grown right with us to support our needs, helping us reduce time-to-market by 15 percent for this year’s models.”


Rapidly growing bicycle producer. Specialized Bicycle Components, known as Specialized to most cyclists, introduced the first mass-produced mountain bike in the early 1980s and today offers numerous models for cross-country, trail, fixed gear and road riding all designed with PTC Creo.


“We work closely with our suppliers, sharing design and data freely to reach an optimized result for our customers,” says Robb Jankura, mountain bike engineering manager and power PTC Creo user. The company’s suppliers often provide 3D models of components in the form of neutral files with design intent removed, often called dumb solid models. Specialized engineers and designers bring these component models into the assembly models that define the evolving design.


In the past, editing the neutral files would have required specifying design intent, which would have been very time-consuming. So engineers typically specified the changes with text or redlines that were open to interpretation and sometimes resulted in errors when the supplier sent back the revised model.


Edit dumb solids provided by suppliers. Specialized engineers and designers now use PTC Creo FMX to edit dumb solids provided by suppliers without having to take the design intent into account. They can even modify native CAD models without having to understand their design intent. By directly modifying the geometry, Specialized engineers and designers can define exactly what changes they would like to make to the suppliers’ existing components. This greatly reduces the potential for errors which in turn saves time by enabling suppliers to deliver designs that meet requirements the first time.


“Since I don’t have to be concerned about file types or which supplier component is in which format, I get the overall bike developed much faster than before,” Jankura says.


The 2013 Specialized Ruby women’s endurance road bike was developed 20 percent to 30 percent faster with a significant improvement in torsional stiffness and weight compared with the previous generation.


“The pace and amount of innovation we can introduce in each year’s models is a direct result of our design team and PTC Creo,” concludes Specialized creative director Robert Egger.

In this article, we will share some tips, tricks and techniques you can use while working with PTC Creo Illustrate 2.0.


1. Editing the SBOM


From time to time you will need to edit the SBOM (Service Bill Of Material) and make changes to how the structure is organized. To do this, go to the Tools tab and click the Edit Structure icon.


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2. Phantom Display


There are certain illustrations where it is preferred to show the component inside or around other components, but those surrounding objects would clutter or confuse the view. Components in phantom are rendered in a pale, transparent style which is different than the traditional transparent display that has been used with other tools. When this is used with the Thick/Thin Display option, a very nice, unique graphic is produced.


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3. Customizing Thick/Thin Display


The Thick/Think display option can really make your illustrations look awesome. Components are outlined with a “thick” black line and internal geometry is shown with a “thin” black line. There are several ways this can be further tailored to suit your preferences:


Line Weight: The weight of the “thick” or “thin” line can be adjusted.

Thin Line Tolerance: The number of internal “thin” lines can be increased or decreased.


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The differences are subtle but it is always good to have additional control. Try it on your illustrations to determine what settings are best for your products.


4. White Shaded Rendering Style


The White Shaded Illustration rendering style will “lighten up” model coloring as compared with several other rendering styles available in PTC Creo Illustrate. This will compensate for any “darkening” of the image when it is printed. Also, performing this inside PTC Creo Illustrate is more efficient that having to take care of it in another application.


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5. Published Data from Creo


It is possible to import either native PTC Creo Parametric models (PRT, ASM) or PTC Creo View models (PVZ) into PTC Creo Illustrate. The PTC Creo View models are preferred since they can be published with the Cross Sections, Explode States and All States in them. They are accessible from within PTC Creo Illustrate and easy to find, except that All States are listed under the New Figure drop down, as shown below.


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NOTE: Having these available can save the illustrator a lot of time!


6. Balloon Numbering


Working with balloons has proven to be very simple and powerful. Placing balloons manually allows the illustration author to create balloons on certain components instead of all components. Also, the balloons can be created in any order and reordered at any time.


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7. Using Multiple Figures in One CD3I File


You should be creating many Figures in each PTC Creo Illustrate C3DI file. You can add more models to the SBOM as you discover you need additional tools, fixtures or components shown. Since each PTC Creo Illustrate file can have only one SBOM definition, you will need to begin a new PTC Creo Illustrate file when your SBOM is not configured correctly for the next set of illustrations.


8. Sequences


Working with assembly sequences is different than creating an animation. Animations are created using a key frame approach. Sequences are created by specifying component visibility, motion and effects happening in a percentage of time for that step. For example, a specific step in a sequence may be coded as follows:


  • Components fade in from 0% to 20%
  • Components translate into position from 20% to 60%
  • A note appears from 60% to 100%

If the duration of the sequence motion is changed from 4 seconds to 10 seconds, all of the motion will automatically adjust, since it is defined as a percentage of the total time for that step.


These start and end percentages are entered manually. To quickly enter the same value for several components:


  1. Select the components in the Edit Step dialog
  2. Enter the value for the first component. All selected components will receive this value as well


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9. Output to Creo View


Content authored with PTC Creo Illustrate can be saved to a PTC Creo View PVZ file using File > Publish > Publish. This will allow the figure, animation or sequence to be viewed using PTC Creo View MCAD, Standard, Lite or Express. This opens the door to providing this content to assembly line operators on the manufacturing floor as well as end users of your products via the internet.




PTC Creo Illustrate is a capable tool that plays well with PTC Creo Parametric, PTC Windchill, PTC Creo View and PTC Arbortext. It saves illustration authors a lot of time because they can perform all of their work in one tool and reuse the work performed in Design/Drafting. Also, interest in this tool is growing quickly in areas outside of technical publications, such as training and manufacturing. In the end, with more people using PTC Creo Illustrate, there will be a greater opportunity to share content across roles and improve efficiency for everyone.

When you create a new concept design, the question on your mind is, will it work? One way to find out is to fully define the detailed design, build a prototype and perform physical testing. The problem with this approach is it takes a lot of time, it's expensive, and, in the likely event that the first-pass design doesn’t meet everyone’s expectations, you are back to square zero.


Another option is to send the design to an analyst who will convert the CAD model to the simulation environment, check the model and correct if necessary. This approach is usually faster and less expensive than the build-and-test approach, but it still typically involves considerable delays in communicating the details of the design to the analyst, exporting and importing the CAD model, and communicating the results back to the design engineer.


PTC Creo Simulate improves on both these methods by providing design engineers with everything they need to simulate the performance of proposed designs while working with their existing PTC Creo model in the familiar PTC Creo environment. This approach saves time and avoids the risk of errors by eliminating the need to translate the model between the CAD system and the simulation environment and for multiple communications between the analyst and engineer.


College Park Industries, an early adopter of PTC Creo Simulate that manufacturers customizable prosthetic foot and ankle systems used PTC Creo Parametric to design and model its products and PTC Creo Simulate to predict stresses and strains, find failure modes and optimize designs prior to building physical prototypes.


“PTC Creo Simulate enables us to evaluate a larger number of alternative designs at an earlier stage in the product development process than was ever possible in the past,” says Aaron Tasreak, engineering manager at College Park Industries. “For example, we recently optimized a new design to reduce weight by 10 percent and increase strength by 40 percent while cutting many months off the design timeline.”



Common user interface. PTC Creo Simulate has the same user interface, workflow and productivity tools that are standard throughout the PTC Creo family. The new app is based on the same underlying methodology as the PTC Mechanica solver. The adaptive P method solver provides converged results, eliminating the need for the user to be an analysis expert.


It can be used to perform the most common types of analyses including linear status, modal, buckling, contact and steady state thermal. Users can select solids, shells or beam elements and also incorporate springs, masses, pin constraints, bearing loads and bolt connections into the analysis. The software offers support for plasticity, large displacement and sliding contact with load stepping all fully coupled in a single analysis.


Eliminating data translation. The use of a common data model for both design and analysis eliminates the need for data translation, enabling engineers to evaluate new designs in minutes as opposed to days using conventional simulation and weeks or months using the build and test method.


The use of a common data model saves additional time by leveraging meta-data, such as material properties, that can be used by both the design and analysis tools. The common model also makes it possible to preserve the design changes that are made during simulation without having to go through an additional step of exporting or communicating the design changes made during simulation back to the design model.


PTC Creo Simulate presents results overlaid directly on the design model in the form of fringe patterns, iso-plots, vector plots or graphs. Overlaying the results directly on the design geometry saves additional time by providing visual feedback on which areas of the design offer the most potential for improvement.


The PTC Creo Simulate model and results are integral part of the CAD model. The analysis results can be optionally uploaded to PTC Windchill and automatically associated with the model so they are easily accessible at any stage in the product lifecycle.


PTC software also offers the user the ability to perform a parametric study by specifying a range for a design variable or variables. PTC Creo Simulate will then automatically evaluate all of the design alternatives within the specified range and return the results.


It goes one step further by exploring a range of design variables and identifying the design that best achieves the goal defined by the user, such as minimizing the weight of the part. The user can also set constraints on the optimization routine such as keeping the maximum level of stress in the part below a defined value.


The value added by PTC Creo Simulate is that it enables design engineers to perform simulation with very little additional effort as they are designing a product. By running the analysis himself or herself, the engineer gains instant feedback on how the design performs and can quickly evaluate as many alternatives as are needed to ensure that it excels in the marketplace.

Until recently, PTC customers had to use PTC Creo Parametric or PTC Creo View for developing images for use in product service documentation. Creo Illustrate is a tool that is built on the PTC Creo platform but has functionality that is intended for illustrators to develop clear images of the design in various stages of assembly or disassembly.


This article offers some first impressions of PTC Creo Illustrate 2.0.


Familiar User Interface. PTC Creo Illustrate shares the same user interface as PTC Creo View and PTC Creo Parametric. The skin, window layout, ribbon and other elements are very similar. This means you may already know how to use the base functionality and can focus entirely on learning how to develop illustrations and other deliverables.


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Engineering BOM Vs Service BOM. The Engineering BOM (eBOM) represents how the assembly was modeled in PTC Creo Parametric. This may not be arranged how the illustrator would like to work with the models. One of the first tasks you should perform when working with PTC Creo Illustrate is to develop the Service BOM (sBOM). You can:


  • Choose which components from the eBOM will be present in the sBOM.
  • Create new subassemblies and move components into them. This will allow you to easily select all of the components by simply selecting the subassembly.
  • Combine several components into one. This will take a subassembly and represent it as a single node in the Illustration Structure. This is a great way to simplify complex assemblies.


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True Isometric Views. Illustrate has three true isometric orientations that are not present in PTC Creo View or PTC Creo Parametric. Having the model in an isometric orientation is preferred as it puts the model in a more familiar orientation for the consumer of the documentation.


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Model Display. There are two very nice options in PTC Creo Illustrate that will allow you to make phenomenal illustrations for your documents and deliverables:


The Thick/Thin Display Option. This option will remove many of the internal “isolines” that are present on the faces of the models such as surface patches and tangent edges. Also, the outer edges of the components will be defined with a thick black line and the interior edges will be defined with a thin black line. This will update dynamically when the model is rotated or during an animation.


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Eight Render Modes. With any of these Render Modes, you can change the colors of the components to further enhance the look of the model.


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Explode Lines & Balloons. PTC Creo Illustrate allows you create explode lines between components in a very simple manner. You can also edit the explode line to drag it out longer, adjust the location of jogged explode lines or change the path of the explode line. Balloons can also be added to provide the consumer of your documentation a way to reference the corresponding parts list.


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3D Symbols. PTC Creo Illustrate allows you to add 3D symbols into the design. It comes with several consumables and arrows out-of-the-box. You can add additional models that are in the ProductView .OL file format.


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Figures. A “figure” in PTC Creo Illustrate is similar to an “annotation” in PTC Creo View. The figure saves the exact configuration of the model as it is shown on the screen. This includes:


    • Which components are visible
    • View orientation
    • Display setting
    • Component color change
    • Explode lines and balloons


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Figures allow you to return the exact display configuration at a later time to make changes or save it out as an image file.


Animations. The animator in PTC Creo Illustrate is identical to the animator in PTC Creo View with the exception that there are several additional animation effects that can be added to the timeline:


    • Shake
    • Pulse
    • Flash
    • Fly In
    • Fly Out


You can also have explode lines and balloons appear during the animation.


SVG Export. PTC Creo Illustrate allows the figures to be exported in a Scalable Vector Graphic format. This file format is not pixel based like JPG or PNG files. It uses mathematics to define the text and geometry. This means that the user of the image can zoom in without having the image quality degrade. Also, these files can be edited by other software.


Sequence Definition. A new component to PTC Creo Illustrate is the ability to define a manufacturing or assembly sequence as a series of steps. Each step can contain movements and effects similar to an animation, such as having a component highlight on the screen, translate to a new location and faded out.


Summary. PTC Creo Illustrate has become the preferred tool to use for generating images of 3D Creo Parametric models for several reasons. First, the process to isolate the components needed for a specific figure is easier when using the sBOM functionality. Second, the display of the geometry is an improvement over other solutions we have used. Lastly, the ability to add explode lines, balloons and 3D symbols will raise the bar on service documentation.

As companies upgrade blocky legacy designs to make them more stylized and ergonometric, they more than ever need specialized tools capable of defining the flowing surfaces that usually distinguish cutting-edge industrial design.


But traditional industrial design tools are not capable of producing mathematically-precise, functional and manufacturable designs. It’s usually necessary to use separate tools for industrial design and engineering - either starting from scratch when moving the design from one tool to the other, or else going through a time-consuming and error-prone translation process.


Combining design with engineering. The freestyle design capabilities in PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 bridge this gap by providing the ability to work interactively with free surfacing capabilities comparable to leading-edge industry design tools within PTC Creo Parametric mechanical design environment.


PTC Creo Parametric combines the surfacing capabilities needed to turn out a stylish product with the mechanical design, design analysis, and documentation tools needed to define a manufacturable product.


For example, PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 allows you to import a 2D image, such a sketch from the back of a napkin, scale it and position it in 3D space. Using the image as a guide, you can then create a solid primitive using the freestyle capabilities with a control mesh outside the primitive.


Simply by dragging control points you can move faces and edges and extrude surfaces in 3D space to modify the design while the software automatically maintains continuity between the product’s surfaces. With a few clicks you can add features to the design—such as holes, bosses, fillets, chamfers and lips—and pull on the new control points that appear with the feature to interactively modify its size and shape.


Whirlpool saves times. Whirlpool Corporation—the world’s leading manufacturer of kitchen, laundry and home appliances—is one of the early adopters of the freestyle capabilities of PTC Creo Parametric 2.0.


Vince Haley, principal studio engineer within Global Consumer Design (GCD) at Whirlpool, explains: “By leveraging the full breadth of tools in PTC Creo Parametric 2.0, our Studio Engineering team has met with increased success in delivering and maintaining the original design intent as we move along the development process. Our engineering counterparts appreciate our efforts and the value we bring to the process by assuring that manufacturing and engineering considerations have been ‘baked in’ as preliminary considerations.


“One way that PTC Creo 2.0 is adding efficiency and saving time is related to what you might call the picks and clicks,” Haley says. He estimates that there’s about a 15 percent time savings when working within the Creo sketcher environment and as much as 20 to 25 percent time savings with PTC Creo Parametric from a surfacing standpoint.


“The freestyle design capabilities are a real breakthrough,” says Nout van Heuman, Dutch freelance industrial designer who is creating award winning designs with the freestyle capabilities. “Most of the products I work on are highly ergonomic and require very smooth shapes and transitions. With PTC Creo, I can easily and quickly create and change those curves and surfaces, saving substantial time.”


Starting with eye-catching sketches from Jansen Creative Design, van Heuman created the complex design of the Ophiro electric motorcycle in just eight days using PTC Creo Parametric. “I created the smooth continuous body shape as one part using advanced surface options in PTC Creo and then I sectioned it to produce the different manufacturable parts,” Heuman says. The motorcycle won Accenture’s Innovation Award in the Energy category and All About Bikes magazine says it may be the world’s best looking electric motorcycle.


Another highly regarded van Heuman project is the Artisides OIO electric guitar which started with specs from Aristides Instruments and a beautiful 3D design from design bureau Bouwmeester van Rens. The guitar’s body and neck are designed as one piece. This helps create a streamlined look and ensures the guitar vibrates with maximum intensity. As a result, each note or chord fades away very slowly and continuously in a leisurely sustain.


“I created all the main parts of the guitar, including strings and tuners, in PTC Creo Parametric,” van Heuman says. “By using the parametric modeling approach, I can simply change the scale and neck angle of the guitar and the whole design correctly updates.” The production mold was also created in PTC Creo Parametric.


PTC Creo Parametric 2.0’s freestyle capabilities also gives van Heuman the ability to respond to client s’ design requests in real-time. “If a client suggests a design change during a meeting, the new freestyle capabilities help me drive any change to the design quickly and easily by pushing and pulling geometry.”


The freestyle capabilities are included at no extra charge with PTC Creo Parametric 2.0. Users of earlier versions such as Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 or 5.0 or any other CAD software can download a fully powered version of PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 for a 30 day free trial.


Experience the new freestyle capabilities by downloading the free trial.

In this article, we will dive deeper into PTC Creo Parametric and take a look at enhancements and additions that are now present in version 2.0.


Sheetmetal Flat Pattern Preview Window

When working with a Sheetmetal part, there is a new Flat Pattern Preview icon on the Graphics Toolbar that will open an additional window with the flattened model shown. The Flat Pattern of the model does not need to be present in the model. This is a “preview” of what the flattened model will look like.



Figure 1


There are additional icons in the preview window:


  • Flatten Forms
  • Show Overlapping Geometry
  • Bounding Box



Sheetmetal Sketched Form

In PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 there is a new Sketched Form feature that allows you to develop formed geometry from a 2D sketch. The section is extruded to produce the basic forming geometry.



Figure 2


Options for this feature that can be used to further develop the geometry are:


  • Exclude Surfaces
  • Add Taper
  • Add Rounds on Placement Edges
  • Add Rounds on Non-Placement Edges


You can also flip the forming direction or the material side.


Thin Feature Workflow Improvement


Have you ever intended to create a Thin, Extruded Solid feature but forgot to activate the Thicken option before entering Sketcher?



Figure 3


An open sketch used with a solid feature is not acceptable in some scenarios. In prior versions of PTC Creo, several workarounds exist but will take the Designer off track for a moment. In PTC Creo Parametric 2.0, if an open section is used for a solid extrude and you exit Sketcher, the system will prompt if it is acceptable to toggle it to a Surface.


This will allow you to exit Sketcher without any hassles. When you toggle the feature back to Solid, the system recognizes the section is open and forces the Thicken option to be active.



Figure 4


This is a time saving enhancement that will benefit everyone!


Shaded Edges For Drawing Views

Shaded drawing views can now have the Shade With Edges display style. This will make the geometry in the views “pop”.       



Figure 5


Drawing Table Gallery

Predefined drawing tables can be placed on a drawing using the Quick Tables gallery. This is  a nice, visual way to access a library of standard table files for use throughout the company. Frequently used tables can be “pinned” to the gallery, forcing them to the top of the list when the All Tables filter is used or only listing the pinned tables when the Pinned filter is used.



Figure 6



The Measure function has been significantly improved. Measurements are displayed in a collapsible panel with a leader. This panel can be moved around and reoriented to suit your preferences. For measurements that require two references, such as an Angle measurement or a Distance measurement, additional dimension annotations are shown to make it very clear exactly how the measurement is calculated. For example, in Figure 7 there is no question that the 0.625 distance is measured tangent to the hole.



Figure 7


Cross Sectioning

Cross sections have been changed significantly in PTC Creo Parametric 2.0.



Figure 8


Some notable changes are:


  • Dynamic Drag: You can dynamically drag the section plane through the model by dragging the red arrow in and out.
  • Section Window: You can now open an accessory window that will show only the geometry intersected by the section plane. There are also nice tools for flipping the orientation of the section in this window.
  • Highlight Interferences: You can choose to highlight component interferences in red. This is a great way to review interferences in design reviews.
  • X, Y and Z Directions: It is no longer required to choose a Datum Plane to define the section plane location. You can simply specify to section the model normal to the X, Y or Z direction and then dynamically reposition the plane.
  • Section Surface Color: You can color the cut surface of the section all one color to make the geometry stand out.
  • Free Manipulation: You can dynamically rotate the section plane about the X, Y or Z direction to reveal more.


There are other cool changes to Cross Sectioning in PTC Creo Parametric 2.0! Dive in and check it out!


Model Tree Search

There is now a search field at the top of the Model Tree that can be used to quickly find components that match the search string. The system will highlight the found components in the Model Tree and on the model. It is important to note that the searching string will need to contain the “wildcard” character if you are searching on a portion of the component name.



Figure 9


Additional controls are present to filter the Model Tree to only show the found components and to add the found components to the selection buffer so you can then jump into an action such as Hide.


Assembly View Changes

A new function is available that will summarize the changes that have occurred in your assembly while in session. In addition to color coding the 14 types of changes that are tracked, you can also customize the display to only show the components that have changed. This can be useful for reviewing what has changed prior to moving the data into the PTC Windchill Commonspace or into your company’s data storage vault.



Figure 10


Assembly Compare

You can compare two assemblies and the system will provide a summary in the embedded browser listing the differences, such as components that were removed from one assembly, components only found in one of the assemblies, components that were moved, different component revision numbers, etc. This will prove useful when looking back at older iterations of a design or managing the work performed by other members of your team.



Figure 11

The rise of evermore complex supply chains, stretching in many cases around the world, has greatly increased the number of different CAD systems involved in the typical project. A recent Aberdeen Report survey showed that 82 percent of respondents were using three or more CAD formats in their design process.


But working with data from multiple CAD systems is often challenging because CAD systems strip out the feature definitions and other design intent when they import 3rd party CAD files, making them very time-consuming to work with. When engineers cannot make full use of legacy or external CAD data in the design process they need to spend time re-creating it which lengthens design cycle times and creates the potential for costly errors.


PTC Creo provides greatly improved capabilities for working with multi-CAD data. You can import CAD files from multiple CAD systems into a single assembly and dynamically section and detect interferences between parts in real time. Creo intelligently recognizes geometry so you can modify it quickly and efficiently. It’s also easier than ever for teams working with different CAD tools to communicate design proposals and changes.


PTC Creo lets you open and import a broad range of file types from other CAD systems. You can preserve or re-arrange the original assembly structure and also combine files from multiple CAD systems into one master assembly. But what really sets Creo apart is what it can do with the data once it is imported.



Identifying errors. Most CAD systems provide the ability to detect interferences and identify other problems in assemblies created in 3rd party CAD systems by generating a textual list of problems. The weakness of this approach is that it can take a considerable period of time to generate this report and you’re left with the tedious task of locating and understanding these errors in the CAD model.


PTC Creo, on the other hand, can identify design issues in multi-CAD environments much faster because it lets you dynamically section the model and then PTC Creo highlights interferences in red.


In its review of PTC Creo, Cadalyst Magazine said: “Real time interference detection within a section, together with 2D visualization, helps designers to visualize the design and design changes, and to detect and address potential issues early.”


Intelligently recognizing geometry. When 3rd party data is imported into a CAD system, all of the parametric and feature information is lost. With CAD systems other than PTC Creo, it becomes very time-consuming to make even minor changes to the imported CAD data. For example, if you want to move a boss, you need to select each of the individual entities, move them to the new location, blend the entities into the surface of the new location, and repair the surface left behind.


PTC Creo’s Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) uses pattern recognition to intelligently recognize geometry by understanding the meaning of the geometry that makes up a boss, chamfer, hole pattern, counterbored hole, etc. With this intelligence, you can operate on the geometry as if it were a feature. You can perform operations such as move, remove, attach, change, round, and others on a group of entities with full understanding of the design intent.


PTC Creo recognizes a boss in a multi-CAD file for what it is so you can drag it to another position on the part without having to deal with all the individual geometric entities. If the part has six holes of the same diameter, the software will recognize them as a hole pattern that can be moved or changed in diameter in a single step. Likewise, a series of ribs that are symmetrical with another series of ribs on the opposite side of the flange are recognized as symmetrical. You can move or resize a rib on one side of the flange and the symmetrical rib on the other side will automatically be updated.


Managing multi-CAD data. Windchill provides tools including secured vaulting, control access, version control, notification and visualization for managing and synchronizing multi-CAD data across the complete supply chain. You can create associative links that automatically adjust to design changes and provide updated information to downstream users. For example, CNC machining programs can be automatically updated when the design changes.


In conclusion, PTC Creo makes it easier than ever to detect problems in, make changes to and manage multi-CAD data. Rather than wasting time re-creating data provided by third parties, your team will be able to fully utilize data provided by suppliers, customers, and partners, as well as your own legacy data to get products to market faster with less chance for error.

Since Creo 2.0 was released almost six months ago, thousands of companies have upgraded to the latest generation of PTC’s product design software, and the number of individual users of the software has doubled every two months. This article highlights the productivity gains that have been achieved by two companies that were among the first to make the switch.


Hensley Industries, one of the first companies to try Creo 1.0, recently moved to Creo 2.0. The U.S.-based company manufactures ground engaging tools, buckets, and specialized attachments for excavation, reclaiming, mining, trenching and other earth-moving equipment.


Damian Castillo, CAD and administration manager for Hensley says users have experienced a 50 percent improvement in productivity when working with large assemblies because the new lightweight graphics representation increases the speed of loading, navigating, and exploring assemblies. For example, users can retrieve a large assembly in one-tenth the time required in the past.


Another assembly modeling enhancement in Creo 2.0 is the ability to locate a selected component in the model tree. The right mouse button automatically expands the model tree and scrolls it to the selection. The speed of editing assemblies has been increased by the ability to drag and drop components into the target assembly. The subset command makes it possible to design in the context of a part of the complete assembly without iterating on the top-level model. The 3D sectioning tool can be used to dynamically drag and plane to section the model, eliminating the need to create datums or construct a datum plane.



Castillo says that Creo 2.0 is considerably easier to use than the previous generation. “Users really appreciate the improved user experience, streamlined workflows, and modern ribbon user interface,” he says. “Our users already had experience with the Microsoft ribbon user interface, so the Creo user experience is very familiar to them. In the few cases where they can’t find a command because of the new user interface, they’re using the Command Finder tool to quickly find a command, and once the command is presented to them, they simply continue working.”


The ribbon user interface presents all commands needed to perform the task at hand on the current tab rather than being distributed throughout the menuing system. Users can add and remove menus from ribbons to match their own style of working. Commands that previously required a considerable amount of mouse travel, clicks and menu opens can now be executed with a single movement of the mouse and a single click. “New users say it is a lot easier to use Creo than other CAD products—SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor—they’d previously been using,” Castillo concludes.


Stettler Kunststofftechnik, a German injection molding company, is another Creo 2.0 early adopter. The company manufactures close-tolerance polymer components for world-class clients such as Bosch, Delphi, ZR and Cherry. Stettler also designs and develops injection molds capable of handling up to 50 components and three kilonewtons of pressure.


One of the company’s biggest challenges is that customers provide geometry files for parts that they want Stettler to produce in a number of different formats including CATIA and Unigraphics. The company’s engineers use these files as the basis for designing the molds used to produce the parts. The mold design process requires many edits to the geometry including adjusting the part shape for shrinkage and defining the details of the mold.


In the past when the company’s engineers imported the geometry either as native CAD files or in a neutral file format such as STEP all of the parametric and feature information was lost. From that point on it was very time-consuming to make the necessary edits. For example, if an engineer needed to delete a pattern of 16 holes that would normally constitute a feature, he would have to delete each hole entity by entity one after another.


The Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) available with Creo 2.0 has substantially reduced the time required to design molds. Creo FMX pattern recognition automatically recreates the design intent, making it possible to easily select and edit a range of geometry. In the example mentioned above, the software will recognize the 16 holes as a single feature, enabling the user to delete or move or resize all of them in a single operation. Features such as bosses and chamfers are recognized for what they are so they can be operated on with a single mouse click rather than having to modify each individual entity.


FMX feature editing options include move, remove, attach, change, round and others. Besides restoring the intelligence to CAD files that have been imported from other formats, Creo FMX is also useful in making design changes, especially late stage changes, in applications where design intent and parametric constraints might ordinarily be constricting.


Karsten Dempert, product development manager at Stettler, concludes: “We receive a lot of external data from our customers, particularly CATIA or Unigraphics CAD models. The flexible modeling capabilities of Creo 2.0 help us modify those models to meet our needs while we are creating the molds. Creo is very good at working with models from other CAD tools and formats.” 

Creo 2.0 is the release that everyone is racing to implement. One factor driving this adoption is the compatibility of Creo 2.0 with Windchill PDMLink 9.1, Windchill 10.0 and 10.1. Other factors are the compelling functionality as well as the widespread agreement that Creo 2.0 is ready for “primetime”.

With this article, we will dive into the ribbon interface in an attempt to bring everyone up to a common level of understanding as well as clarify several areas where early adopters of Creo have had questions.

Getting Started with the Creo 2.0 Ribbon Interface

The ribbon is a series of tabs and icons arranged horizontally at the top of the Creo application window.



Figure 1


On each tab of the ribbon, icons are arranged together into groups of related commands. (Figure 1) Each group of icons may also have an overflow panel that has additional commands that can be accessed by clicking the small arrow. (Figure 2)



Figure 2


The icons themselves may be different sizes. (Figure 3) For example, some icons are full size with a label, some are small with a label and some are small without a label. When Creo is used on smaller screens or if the window is made narrower, large icons will become smaller or icons with labels will have the label automatically removed so the entire ribbon can still be displayed. The “collapse priority” can be controlled by each user and it determines which icon groups will shrink first to accommodate a smaller window size.



Figure 3

Also, some icons drive only one function and other icons are referred to as “split icons” that have a flyout menu. (Figure 4)



Figure 4

The flyout menu is another way that related functions are collected into a common launching point. It is important to understand that clicking the icon will launch the main command and clicking the arrow will present the flyout menu.

Finding Commands on a Ribbon

When you first begin using Creo 2.0, you can dive in with the confidence that the Command Search function has your back. Think of this as a better and faster “menu mapper”. If you can’t find the command you want to use, simply click the Command Search icon and enter the item you are looking for. The key here is you do not need to use “wildcards”. Simply begin typing a portion of the command you are looking for and the system will dynamically present a list of functions containing the string you have entered. Figure 5 breaks down this workflow.



Figure 5

Several important things to note about this capability:

  1. Hovering your cursor over the item in the list will open the tab it is on and highlight the icon in yellow on that tab. Now you know where to find it next time!
  2. Clicking an item from the Search list will actually launch the command.
  3. Command Search will find mapkeys too!

Collapsing and Expanding the Ribbon

Experienced users may feel that the ribbon consumes too much vertical screen space. No problem, the ribbon can be collapsed to enlarge the viewing area for your model or drawing. This can be accomplished in two ways:

  1. Double Click On A Tab.
  2. Click the Minimize/Maximize Ribbon icon.



Figure 6


When the ribbon is collapsed, single clicking on the tab will temporarily display the ribbon overlapping the screen so you can select a command. Double clicking the tab again or clicking the Minimize/Maximize Ribbon icon again will return the ribbon to normal display. Even if you prefer to drive Creo with the ribbon maximized, understanding how the ribbon can become minimized will help avoid confusion while transitioning to Creo 2.0.

Take Advantage of the Quick Access Toolbar

Out of the box, there is a small row of icons above the ribbon, known at the Quick Access Toolbar. This toolbar can be positioned above or below the ribbon and can be customized to include the icons you would like to see all the time.



Figure 7

The Quick Access Toolbar is unique to each mode of Creo. In other words, the Quick Access Toolbar that is present when working on a solid part will be different than the Quick Access Toolbar for drawings, assemblies or sheetmetal models.

The Quick Access Toolbar is important as it provides a simple way to place small icons on the UI all the time.  For people that prefer the smaller icon arrangement of prior releases, this is your opportunity to develop something similar in Creo.

Customize the Ribbon to Make it Your Own

The Creo 2.0 user experience has been improved by providing simple ways for every user to tailor the ribbon to suit the way they use Creo. Consider the out-of-the-box arrangement a good starting point, and build what works for you from there. The two ways to customize the ribbon and its behavior are:


Customizing the UI using the right mouse button popup commands: This is a slick way to tweak the UI on the fly and a great place to begin to personalize Creo 2.0. Hover your cursor over any icon and press the right mouse button to use these commands:

  1. Add to Overflow. Move lesser used icons off the ribbon and into the Overflow panel to develop a simple and clean UI.
  2. Add to Group. Move icons from the Overflow panel to the ribbon if you use them frequently.
  3. Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Place a small shortcut icon for this function onto the Quick Access Toolbar.


Figure 8


Customizing the UI using the Options Dialog: Click File > Options and there is a nice, simple dialog box for customizing the ribbon. (Figure 9)



Figure 9


Within this dialog box you can:

  1. Set the order of the tabs from left to right.
  2. Remove a tab to simplify the ribbon if the functionality is not being used.
  3. Add a custom tab to the ribbon.
  4. Arrange the order of the groups on any tab.
  5. Remove any groups on a tab that you will not use.
  6. Add a custom group on a tab to suit your needs.
  7. Add, move or remove any icons from within a group or the overflow list.
  8. Rename any of the tabs or groups.
  9. Define the collapse priority.


You can also drag and drop tabs, groups, priority and icons while in the Options Dialog instead of using the dialog “up/down” arrows to change the sequence.


With Creo 2.0, PTC has brought the user interface up to the Microsoft standards and beyond. The larger icons and labels will be helpful to seasoned users with challenged eyesight as well as those that are new to Creo 2.0.


In addition, Command Search will allow users to remain productive during the transition and learn where their favorite functions are located. And the ability to easily customize the layout and behavior of the ribbon should allow the development of an efficient user interface aligned with how Creo is used in a particular organization or role.

PLM systems were originally designed for use at a desktop or laptop computer which means that engineers disconnect from their primary link to product information and workflow processes whenever they leave their offices.


But often product development decisions can’t wait until you get back to your desk. You might receive a new task with an urgent deadline and waste crucial hours because you weren’t aware of the assignment. A designer may have an idea for a new feature but have to wait because she is unable to verify an important detail. A design project may get put on hold while waiting for a manager to approve a change.


Engineers often try to head off these types of problems by bringing printouts of product data with them while they are traveling. But paper is static while product models are frequently updated. Reliance on paper documents can lead to less than optimal decisions based on outdated information. Another limitation of printouts is that they communicate only in one direction. For example, a manager can review an engineering change based on the paper document but cannot communicate his approval or disapproval or comments until he returns to the office.


As an engineer you can partially overcome these problems by using email or phone to stay in touch with other members of the team while you’re on the road. But these methods provide only a partial solution. For example, a colleague might send you the latest copy of the model of a component she is working on while you are out. But you have no way of knowing if the component changes again soon after the email is sent. By disconnecting from the PLM system you lose both your primary source of information and also your ability to interact directly with the workflow of your organization.


Windchill Mobile addresses these problems by enabling you to participate in the product development process from your iPhone or iPad wherever you happen to be. PTC designed this new app by asking Windchill users what capabilities they need most when they are away from their desks. Of the eight top functions named by users, six have been incorporated into the first version of Windchill Mobile and the rest are planned for future releases.



Windchill Mobile enables you to connect to your company’s Windchill system through either WiFi or mobile broadband. You can search for a part by typing in the part number or the part name. You can browse through product structures to see product details and components and see related product data such as attributes, changes and documentation.


You can call up a 3D view of the part using the Creo View Plug-in and use multi-touch gestures—such as pinching your fingers together and apart—to zoom in and out. You can also pan across the model by moving your finger across the screen, or twirl the model around to a different view by moving your finger in a circle. Shaking the mobile device causes the assembly to break apart into its components and shaking it again re-creates the assembly.


Windchill Mobile allows you to review your assigned tasks and complete them from your handheld device. When the app opens, the home screen contains a list of assigned tasks. For example, one of these tasks might be to review an engineering change order. You can tap on the task to open up the engineering change order for review on the screen of your mobile device then go through the document and any associated models or drawings. Finally, you can take action such as approving or disapproving the change and making comments.


Windchill Mobile requires a server based license to work with your data set, but the app itself is free to download from the Apple App Store. It includes a sample data set so you can try out the app yourself for free.


The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has helped to enable a more mobile workforce that is capable of accomplishing tasks wherever they happen to be, at a customer’s office, in a manufacturing plant, traveling on a plane or train, or walking down the street. Windchill Mobile is the first in a planned series of applications from PTC that are designed to enable users to work from anywhere.


By enabling engineers and managers to access key Windchill functionality from a mobile device, Windchill Mobile helps improve the flow of information throughout the organization, streamlines the product development process and avoids errors by ensuring everyone has access to current information.


Try out the Windchill Mobile app now!

Creo Parametric 2.0 offers more than 100 major enhancements and capabilities not found in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0. Head-to-head comparisons show the enhancements in Creo Parametric 2.0 can double design productivity by dramatically reducing the time taken to complete tasks, primarily by streamlining workflows and reducing the mouse travel, mouse clicks and menu opens required to perform common tasks.



Improved user interface. The new ribbon user interface in Creo Parametric 2.0 is easy to understand because it’s similar to the user interface in Microsoft products such as Word and Excel. All the commands needed to perform the task at hand are presented on the current tab rather than being distributed throughout the menuing system. You can also add and remove menus from ribbons to match your own style of working. So with a single movement of the mouse and a single click you can execute commands that previously required more mouse travel, clicks and menu opens.


Finding commands from the menuing system is easier too. With Creo 2.0, you can simply start typing the name of the command and a list of commands matching those letters will appear (think Google). Frequently accessed commands for changing views now display continuously in the modeling window while in the past it was necessary to find them in the menuing system.


The Learning Connector provides easy-to-access tutorials. The measure tool can be used to select a series of items and get information on the selections as opposed to having to select items individually. Measured results can be easily used in other operations.


In a direct comparison, Creo Parametric 2.0 reduces mouse movements by 33 percent, mouse clicks by 18 percent and menus opened by 33 percent.


Freestyle modeling. Creo Freestyle reduces the time required to create freeform shapes and surfaces by 92 percent compared with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.


Creo Freestyle provides intuitive freestyle modeling within the Creo Parametric 2.0 platform. Users start with primitive shapes and surfaces and drag vertices, edges and faces to create the desired geometry. A face can be extruded with a command found by a right mouse click. You can select two faces and use the connect function to bring them together.


Additional time can be saved working with symmetrical parts by using the mirror command to work only with one-half of the part while the changes are mirrored in the invisible half. If a flat surface is needed, the planarize command can be used to orient a planar mesh even though the surface was not part of the original design intent.


Faster sketching. Creo Sketch, found in Creo Parametric 2.0, provides additional productivity improvements. Only two mouse picks are needed to get into the sketching environment without having to open any new windows. You can create basic 3D shapes such as cubes and cylinders without having to define any extra entities. Material can be added or removed by pulling on the edges while the shape changes dynamically.


Additional time savings come from the ability to extrude shapes with taper or draft angle as opposed to having to go back and create them later in a separate operation. Creo Sketch also makes it possible to use the alt key to pause sketching and switch to construction mode where construction geometry can be created without having to add entities and convert them to construction. When the construction geometry is completed, you can hits alt again to toggle back to sketch mode.


Assembly time savings. Creo Parametric 2.0 provides superfast handling of large assemblies. Users can retrieve a large assembly using new lightweight graphics representations that load up to 10-times faster. The subset command makes it possible to design in the context of a part of the complete assembly without iterating on the top level model.


A direct comparison of assembly modeling tasks shows that Creo Parametric 2.0 reduces the number of mouse movements from 501 to 221, reduces the number of mouse clicks from 98 to 54, and reduces the number of menu opens by 50 percent – that’s an overall 30 percent time savings.


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A critical part of product development is identifying and prioritizing the requirements of customers and other stakeholders, deriving technical requirements and tracking the ability of the product to meet those requirements through the development process. Today, product requirements are often managed in Word or Excel files, disconnected from the product design data. This makes it difficult to communicate requirements to engineering and verify that designs meet customer needs.


Integrity delivers on this need with robust support for requirements reuse and persistence, versioning and baselining and integrated change management within a highly flexible authoring and approval environment. Together with Windchill 10.1, you can have  traceability of requirements at every stage of the product development process, dramatically improving the ability to capture and manage requirements and trace related changes.



Integrity’s requirements management capabilities. Built specifically to address the requirements management challenges of the product development process, Integrity keeps all stakeholders informed of changes to requirements throughout the development process. Integrity’s flexible workflow and robust integration technologies simplify collaboration between engineers, stakeholders and other participants working with systems, electrical, mechanical, software engineering and other requirements across multiple product lines and variants. Integrity manages requirements integrally with product data and establishes traceability between all levels of requirements and the design data that describes the implementation and testing of those requirements.


Users can seamlessly trace and navigate between documents and through various levels of requirements to design features and specifications, assign tasks, testing and deployment activities and view activity in context with associated source code changes, all within a single system and user interface. Even when requirements evolve, branch or change, Integrity maintains a complete audit trial.


By integrating this rich collaborative requirements authoring and management capabilities of Integrity with the powerful flow-down traceability offered in Windchill, you have a powerful tool to help better understand and manage any relationships between requirements and product components. This can result in improved product quality, reduced rework and accelerate time to market.


Windchill can also integrate with the software change and configuration management capabilities of Integrity to allow Windchill  to manage even more kinds of MCAD, ECAD/EDA and software content in a single product structure, improving collaboration efficiency and data quality.


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