Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PTC Introduces PTC Creo 3.0

PTC Introduces PTC Creo 3.0 with Unite Technology, Delivering Unparalleled Multi-CAD Data Handling Capabilities

Enabling customers to work with and consolidate data from any CAD source; providing new tools to foster innovation in concept development; and making everyday design tasks easier

NEEDHAM, MA - June 16, 2014 - PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today announced the latest release of its PTC Creo® revolutionary 3D product design software.  With PTC Creo 3.0, PTC introduces new UniteTM technology which significantly enhances the ability to use CAD files from a variety of systems directly in PTC Creo.  PTC Creo 3.0 also empowers innovation through more powerful, seamlessly integrated concept design tools ensuring efforts undertaken in concept design can be fully reused in the detailed design process.  Key productivity enhancements within the release further add to customers' ability to focus on higher levels of innovation and product quality.
"With PTC Creo 3.0, we continue to deliver on the PTC strategy.  Our ground breaking Unite technology addresses the data and process-related challenges of CAD consolidation.  By enabling designers to convert data ‘as needed, when needed', and only converting the data that requires modification, organizations can save a tremendous amount of effort and cost," said Michael Campbell, Executive Vice President CAD Segment, PTC.  "In situations where development teams need to collaborate across CAD formats, Unite technology enables designers to create and protect design intent between PTC Creo and other CAD data.  This both significantly reduces the efforts needed to maintain design integrity and enables collaboration to take place earlier and more often in the design process."
"With Unite technology, richer and truly integrated concept design tools, and a continued emphasis on day-day productivity gains, this new release empowers our customers to bring greater efficiency to their product development process," continued Campbell.
Unite Technology
Unite technology in PTC Creo 3.0 enables CAD data of varying formats to be used directly in the PTC Creo ParametricTM, Creo DirectTM, Creo SimulateTM, and Creo Options ModelerTM apps.  As a result, this release enables significant efficiencies to be achieved when consolidating multiple CAD systems onto PTC Creo, as well as when collaborating with others using different CAD tools. These efficiencies enable improvements in on-time delivery, product quality and desirability by allowing design teams to spend more time innovating and less time on non-value add tasks such as recreating design intent and redundant file management.
How Unite Technology supports more effective CAD Consolidation:
  • Easily reuse existing CAD data as is, in its current format, with no need for a costly upfront migration
  • Convert existing legacy data to PTC Creo easily, on demand, and only when modifications are actually needed
  • No need to convert entire assemblies to modify individual parts, simply convert parts as changes are required

How Unite Technology supports more effective CAD Collaboration

  • Open SolidWorks®, CATIA® and NXTM files directly in PTC Creo without the need for additional software
  • Import SolidWorks, CATIA, NX, Solid Edge® and Autodesk® Inventor® files into PTC Creo without the need for additional software
  • Enable higher levels of concurrent engineering between the product development teams and suppliers/partners/customers by allowing designers to quickly and easily incorporate CAD data created in other systems earlier in the process, create design intent across CAD formats and, as new versions of the non-PTC Creo data are updated in the assembly, ensure that any design intent build between the original part and the PTC Creo parts are protected when the part is updated.
  • Support on-time delivery by ensuring that consistency and integrity are maintained between in-house and outsourced design data over the course of product development
  • Promote the reuse and sharing of data
  • Eliminate the need to manage many secondary formats, and significantly reduce the need to export data in neutral formats. Data can be shared in customer/supplier's native format
Empowering Innovation
PTC Creo 3.0 delivers new and enhanced concept design tools that give product development teams the flexibility and control they need to develop higher quality, better designed products.  PTC Creo also continues to ensure that efforts undertaken at the concept design stage are fully reusable in later stages of the product development process.
Specific benefits for concept design from the PTC Creo 3.0 suite include:
  • AlignTM FreestyleTM design functionality (part of PTC Creo Parametric) enables designers to create and drive freeform designs parametrically, combining organic geometry creation and modification with associative parametric design intent.
  • Greater scalability and richer tools in PTC Creo Layout to support 2D concept engineering activities with seamless re-use in the 3D parametric environment
  • A more powerful and easier to use 3D direct modeling app (PTC Creo Direct) for quickly creating concept designs that are fully reusable in PTC Creo Parametric
  • PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension provides a dedicated environment in PTC Creo Parametric for developing design alternatives, investigating modeling approaches and safely understanding the consequences of design changes. It significantly reduces the current level of manual effort and overhead required to undertake these activities.
Productivity Enhancements
PTC Creo 3.0 introduces new and enhanced capabilities and workflows to make everyday design tasks easier.  This enables productivity increases and enables individuals and design teams to focus on driving the development of more innovative and higher quality products, while supporting on-time delivery.
Some of the most significant improvements in the core aspects of the PTC Creo suite include:
  • New graphical realism support
  • Extensive hardware libraries and automated fastener assembly workflows
  • New and improved help system with dedicated tools for new users
  • New flexible modeling capabilities
  • New and enhanced analysis tools
  • Core modeling enhancements
  • Sheet metal modeling enhancements
"We are pleased to see PTC's commitment to enabling its customers to increase product development efficiency and output through all of the new productivity enhancements in Creo 3.0," said Andrew Hermanson, CAD Administrator, Daktronics. "In particular, our team is eager to utilize the Design Exploration Extension. We expect it to give us great flexibility to explore multiple design concepts and the ability to keep those sets archived for future design iterations or as a historical document to remind us why we made a decision - and then move forward quickly."
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Massive Machines: Maquiaridos Delivers for the Mining Industry

Companies that focus on products for mining and construction can produce anything from crane systems that can reach 100m up in the sky to hydraulic roof supports that keep open mines deep in the ground.
No matter their solution, they all share many of the same challenges. For example, how do you design a product that’s too big to physically prototype and yet also too expensive for do overs if you get it wrong?
Over the next few weeks, we’ll try to answer questions like these as we explore companies from all over the world that use PTC products for building equipment that’s massive.
Let’s start in Spain, with a company whose conveyor systems are found all over the world.
Maquiaridos specializes in manufacturing conveyor belts for the mining industry, transporting tons of heavy materials from the mine to crusher to stockpile.
Like many companies in big machinery, Maquiaridos has to create products flexible enough to meet diverse customer needs. Clearly, every mine setup is unique, so no one solution fits every job, or even more than one job.
Not wishing to design each product from scratch, Maquiaridos developed a modular system for its conveyor belts so that its solutions are “totally versatile and functional and allows [Maquiaridos] to equip customers with a whole range of accessories.”
Head and Tail sections of a converyor designed in PTC Creo
Head and tail sections of a conveyor designed in PTC Creo

Using modular design enables design re-use adn competitive pricing
Using modular design enables design re-use, lowest cost, and helps drives competitive pricing
Your custom conveyor system can come with walkways, top covers, side protection, and more. And, amazingly, everything can be assembled using just nuts and bolts, so there’s no need for welding out in the field.
All that takes a bit of engineering, as you might guess. From the company website:
Our Engineering department calculates everything from motor power to belt width, as well as parameters such as speed, slope, belt type, etc., to make our conveyor belts more operational, safe, and useful inside any material treating and processing system. 
To ensure all that engineering doesn’t delay projects unnecessarily, the company decided to select the best CAD tool for its needs. Maquiaridos evaluated various 3D design software tools. The result? The company selected PTC Creo because of the ease with which engineers can work with large assemblies using the software.
The decision paid off. By using PTC Creo, engineers found that they were producing fewer errors and designing more efficiently. In fact, they say they can produce new designs 50% faster than before.
Flexible hinges enable full customization of conveyors
Flexible hinges enable full customization of conveyor systems
And as the software simplifies engineering designs, the team says they can create more sophisticated solutions.
“We have streamlined the process of designing parts and assemblies,” says Álvaro Pozo.  “This allows us to increase design complexity while reducing errors in manufacturing.”
And according to Mark Edward, one of Maquiaridos’ clients in Australia: “They’ve put a lot of smart engineering into the design of their equipment. They come in modules and flat pack into containers. Typical systems are designed and assembled using modules from 1m to 12m in length, so they all fit in a 40 foot container. They get pre-assembled, pre-commissioned and then flat packed and sent to site. They use European quality components: SEW gear boxes and motors, Sandvik rollers and belt cleaners, Schneider Electric switching, belts are Dunlop and Continental – so they don’t cut any corners.”
Here’s an example of an animated conveyor belt in PTC Creo

In coming weeks we’ll introduce more companies that are building big with PTC Creo, including a company that makes equipment for brickyards and another that says it provided much of the muscle that helped give rise to China’s spectacular economic development.
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Campbell to discuss PTC Creo 3.0 at PTC Live Global

Campbell to discuss PTC Creo 3.0 at PTC Live Global

Attendees of next month’s PTC Live Global in Boston will get see how PTC technologies like the soon-to-be-released PTC Creo 3.0 will help companies design great products.
PTC Live Global, one of the biggest CAD industry events of the year, is being held Sunday–Wednesday, June 15-18. On Tuesday June 17th, Michael Campbell, the Executive Vice President of the CAD segment at PTC, will take to the stage with Brian Shepherd, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Segments at PTC, to explain how PTC Creo 3.0 will help companies continually evolve their product development efforts in an increasingly interconnected world.
Campbell and Shepherd will be joined by representatives of from industry leading PTC customers like Raytheon, Daktronics, and Toyota. Here’s a preview of what to expect when Campbell and Shepherd take the stage:

While PTC can’t reveal too many details about the anxiously awaited PTC Creo 3.0, attendees of last year’s PTC Live Global heard how the upcoming release will focus heavily on helping users be successful in multi-CAD computing environments.
“As you’ve seen, a lot of multi-CAD capabilities already exist today,” Campbell told the audience at last year’s PTC Live Global. “But [PTC Creo 3.0] will fully deliver on this promise of any data adoption. Right out of the box with [PTC Creo 3.0], at no additional charge, you’ll be able to use native files from all of the different major CAD systems.”
Just imagine the time that will save. To hear the rest of Campbell’s comments from last year’s PTC Live global, be sure to watch this video:

Visit our PTC Live Global event page for more information about Campbell’s keynote address and other sessions. And be sure to read this list of “Ten Things to Look Forward to at PTC Live Global.”

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