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i have created a circle in a rectangle. I want to reference the circle center (constraint) from the top of the rectangle. The dimension that shows up is from the bottom of the rectangle to the center. How can i switch the dimension to show from top to the center.


Quote Edward Ricardo Braithwaite on TeachingThis message popped up in my Twitter stream yesterday morning and I felt compelled to write up an answer immediately...


Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (born June 27, 1920), a novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, is best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination. In this context, the quote makes perfect sense. Of course, we are result-oriented people and as long as we acquire the knowledge we need to accomplish a task, we shouldn’t worry about the teacher’s ethnicity, social background, upbringing or anything.


However, if we port this quote into our context of product development professionals and software training, I think there are a few more things to take into consideration about picking your teacher.


The goal for any training engagement is to get from state A – being  “unaware” (or untrained) to state B – being an “informed” (trained) person. We would like to make this metamorphosis efficiently too, that is we would like to reach the highest possible result with the least investment. I believe there are three, if not more, factors you should consider when picking your teaching authority:



You want to make sure that the knowledge transferred to you is really the latest thinking. Often, there are several ways of accomplishing a task – in our engineering world, it could be about modeling a part or setting up an assembly with PTC Creo – but which is the best way that avoids running into downstream issues later? Is your technique really the fastest way of doing it or can the same result be accomplished more efficiently? I would want to trust that the person teaching me is really a subject-matter expert so that I can learn the best methods for doing my work.



Time is one of our most valuable assets. We often struggle to put sufficient mindshare into training. We would all like to advance our skills, but are so busy with our daily tasks that we tend to cut our development efforts short. Thus, the time it takes us to become efficient in using our software is a critical factor – we want to be fast to achieve maximum ROI on our training investment.


So when it comes to picking a teacher, we should put a lot of attention into his teaching skills to make sure we are not wasting time. Teaching skills depend on a variety of factors – the instructor’s communication skills, the ability to see things from others' perspective in order to teach exactly what they need to know, or the ability to ask the right questions to find out how much the student already knows. All this stems from experience, talent and subject-matter expertise.


Besides the actual skills of the teacher, a proven approach underpinning the course content and materials, will ensure the desired learning results are achieved with an efficient use of time. 



Does the teacher bring knowledge and methods that are used in other countries of the world, too? Would I be able to transfer my knowledge to colleagues? Can I be sure to learn the same features that our engineering teams on other continents have been taught on? Especially in our globalized world, it is very important that our teacher is able to provide a consistent training program so that my personal knowledge will prove to be valuable for our teams or potential future employers abroad.


These are just a few points that came to my mind – I would love to hear about your thoughts, too!


If you would like to discuss training options with one of our Training Advisors directly, you can reach out here.




iPhone 6: release date in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Sep 10, 2014

You'll be able to get your hands on the iPhone 6 on September 19th in the UK. That's the same date as the US, so there's no waiting around for a delayed UK release. You'll be able to get iOS 8 for any existing devices, on 17th September. (source)


... and I have created for you 4K wallpapers









Creo Parametric 3.0 model of iPhone 6 - Shaded with reflections:

iPhone 6 - creo_parametric_3.0 - a.png


... and Wireframe assembly:

iPhone 6 - creo_parametric_3.0 - wireframe.png


... and Shaded assembly:

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Have a nice iDay ,



One major enhancement in PTC Creo 3.0 has been the addition of chordal or constant width rounds. This new round option allows the creation of more aesthetically pleasing geometry by maintaining a constant width along the whole of the round length and eliminates the tedious process of having to construct round geometry using surfacing techniques. Users have the options of using circular, conic and C2 continuous rounds.


Paul Sagar, Director of Product Management, gives us an introductory overview of how you can use these new features:


In PTC Creo 3.0, we’ve added the chordal, or constant width round, option to give you an easy way to maintain constant widths for the entire length of the round.

In this example, we’ve applied  a round to the edge of the model. The transitions at the ends of the rounds blend toward a triangular patch. With chordal rounds functionality, this can be changed.


Inside the round user interface, click “Chordal.”


Then, when changing the value of the round you can see that the round maintains its constant width.


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Within the round user interface, click “Chordal” and you will see the round maintain a constant width.


In the next example, we will add another round to a transition which blends to a 3-sided patch or point.


Again, in the round user interface click “Chordal” results in a constant width round.


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An example of a constant width round formed from the transition of a 3 side point


From here, you could also select C2 continuous to change this round to curvature continuous. Changing the shape factor will alter the cross sectional shape of the round.

You can apply a reflection analysis onto the geometry by clicking “Analysis Reflection.” From here, you can see how cleanly the reflection lines transition across the patch structure.


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A look at the reflection lines across the patch structure using “Analysis Reflection”



You can also see clean reflections and highlights on the model by clicking “Shading with reflections.”

Check out our video tutorial on the PTC University Learning Exchange (“Chordal Rounds”) to learn more.

Stay tuned to our “Did You Know” blog series as we cover all of the exciting, new enhancements in PTC Creo 3.0.


For more in-depth product feature explanations, visit our Tech Tips area.


Have some ideas about what PTC Creo product features you’d like to learn more about? Send me a message or leave a comment below and we’ll write up the best ideas from the community. Thanks for reading, looking forward to all of your feedback!



PTC released Creo View 3.0 a few months ago in May 2014 and here are the next FIVE key updates/enhancements in this release. These are around Alternate formats, Creo View Adapters, Positioning Assemblies, Animation and CAE Visualization. This is the third post in a series of posts about What’s new in Creo View 3.0 M020.

Refer to my previous posts below for details about the other  things that are new in PTC Creo View 3.0 M020.

Creo View 3.0 M020 Part I -Zoom, Compare, Measure, Edit and Touch.

Creo View 3.0 M020 Part II - Selection, Drawings, Interferences, Markups and Publishing

Continue reading


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PTC released Creo View 3.0 a few months ago in May 2014 and here are the FIVE key updates/enhancements in this release. These are around Selection, Drawings, Interferences, Markups and Publishing. This is the second post in a series of posts that I plan to cover about What’s new in Creo View 3.0 M020. Stay tuned for my next post in this series….

Refer to my previous post here for details about the other 5 things that are new in PTC Creo View 3.0 M020. Those are around Zoom, Compare, Measure, Edit and Touch. Continue reading...


In Creo 1.0 this appears to be impossible to do due to crashing at very vulnerable positions during the proceedure.


You have a situation where you have a part that needs to be developed into a family table with sub instant parts that are related, but you may want to keep the original unharmed.


You are already using the part in assemblies and sub assemblies.


You rename the part to be the generic description, and add the part to the table, while having the drawing open. Save it before it crashes.

You save the drawing, but only to find dispite a message telling you it has saved, that it is still looking for the original part, next


You rename the ft generic description back to the original part to open the drawing. Replace the generic with the instance part, often crashes at this point,

save it again, the drawing is ok.


Next you open up an assemby with the original part, the whole thing fails because it cannot see the original part. You then rename the part so that the assembly can regenerate, next I have to rename it back and save it.


Next I have to replace the generic with the instant, hope it does not crash again.


I have tried by having the part, the drawing, and the assembly open all at once but things just do not update correctly before Creo suffers a fatal error.


Has anyone got any easier way to do this, and succeeded without Creo crashing at a point where it creates optimum damage?.


AV ENGINEERING a.s. uvolnila aktualizovanou lokalizaci na PTC Creo View a Illustrate 3.0

Lokalizace je k dispozici v rámci aktivní služby manintenance.

Pro bližší informace využijte kontaktní formulář na stránkách

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Dodávku a technickou podporu včetně školení PTC produktů v České republice zajišťuje firma AV ENGINEERING,


Jakarta, September 26, 2013 - PT XL Axiata Tbk. (XL) has agreed to acquire PT Axis Telekom Indonesia (AXIS), by entering into a conditional sale and purchase agreement (CSPA) with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Teleglobal Investments B.V. (Teleglobal), a subsidiary of STC. This action will drive industry consolidation, supporting a healthier telecommunications industry going forward and, more importantly, enable XL to provide improved network quality to customers.

This acquisition will provide significant benefits to customers and all stakeholders. Customers will experience enhanced service quality  across a broader, higher capacity and deeper network.

XL is paying as consideration a nominal equity value and only part of AXIS’ overall liabilities and indebtedness.

Key highlights of the CSPA are the following:

Teleglobal will sell (or procure the sale of) a 95% equity stake in AXIS to XL

AXIS is valued at 100% enterprise value of USD 865 million, on a cash  free and debt free basis.

The purchase consideration   will be utilized towards payment of a nominal value for AXIS equity and redemption of AXIS' indebtedness.

The completion of the transaction is subject to

All applicable regulatory approvals

XL shareholders’ approval at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

Spectrum retention

The acquisition will address XL’s current challenges and provide additional resources for XL whilst also benefitting other stakeholders.

Key Rationale for XL’s acquisition of AXIS:

Over 65 million customers will immediately benefit from the superior quality of service and wider coverage

Consolidates the industry further and paves the way for more prudent, growth focused expansion with a more efficient capex profile

Supports the government’s national broadband objective

Addresses XL’s current challenges - Provides additional spectrum capacity to XL, subject to regulatory approvals, leading  to:

Significantly enhanced quality of service and network experience on   both 2G and 3G

Enhanced asset utilization, particularly on XL's towers and network equipment, with tangible reduction in capex and opex spends

Further reinforces XL’s leadership position, with sizeable business operations and scale

Larger subscriber base and on-net community

Stronger and more effective data focus and traction amongst the youth segment

Complementary businesses with multiple areas of revenue and cost  synergies

President Director  of  XL, Hasnul    Suhaimi,  said, “XL  is  committed to  our  customers who  will significantly benefit from this transaction. With the acquisition of AXIS (AXIS launched its services in April 2008 and is available in many major islands of Indonesia), XL will reinforce its leadership in the Indonesian telecommunications industry with strong traction in mobile data services. I believe all industry participants are in agreement that the industry must consolidate. This will be driven by companies like XL who have the  will and ability to accelerate the development of high quality communication services in Indonesia. Furthermore, XL is committed to investing in the next generation of mobile technologies and to bring   back the broader industry ecosystem to healthier economics. We will fully comply  with the prevailing regulations, and will consult and work with the regulators throughout the approval process.”

As Indonesia’s GDP continues to grow at an impressive 6% p.a., the role of telecommunications has shifted more strategically for many Indonesians. Today, telecommunications services are not only important in providing for connectivity, but also for increasing productivity, especially in mobile data services which experienced traffic growth of approximately 100 percent last year. The acquisition will enable XL to become a stronger data-focused operator well positioned to capture the large and fast growing, mobile data opportunity.

Both companies have integration plans and teams in place, which, post regulatory approvals, will enable XL to drive integration and synergies with XL’s strong execution track record and cost leadership DNA.

Merrill Lynch (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.  (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) is acting as exclusive financial advisor to XL in respect of this transaction.

About XL

PT XL Axiata Tbk. is one of the major cellular providers in Indonesia. PT XL Axiata Tbk. is 66.5% owned by Axiata Group Berhad through Axiata Investments (Indonesia) Sdn Bhd and public 33.5%, and is part of Axiata


Beauty of Bump Maps in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Sep 2, 2014

Bump mapping is a technique in computer graphics for simulating bumps and wrinkles on the surface of an object.


This techniques I have used for my Rendered wallpaper in 4K resolution / Ultra high definition resolution for you:




Do not forget: with PTC Creo Parametric Bump maps are now realistically displayed in the graphics areas. More information  find here: PTC Creo Parametric 3.0 - Rendering Enhancements.







Recommended for you:

Creo Tutorial: How to... ADVANCED RENDERING with PTC Creo Parametric 2.0



WindChill Down in Creo

Posted by ptc-4647182 Sep 1, 2014

Hello Everyone,


     I know that the First Robotics Windchill server (, has been down since the start of August for an upgrade to Windchill 10.2 M020. The web page states that it should have been back on the 31st, but it's still down. Any updates on when Windchill will be back up and running, because I want to get my fellow CAD members that do not have too much experience with Windchill using it as soon as possible, but also to start working on group projects.



Patrick Youssef

Buchanan Bird Brains FIRST Robotics Competition Team

Chief Administrative Officer 2014-2015


When you first start using family tables well, you see the entire world open up. You can make thousands of parts in seconds. Everything is great.

Some time goes by, and you become more familiar with them. You have to change a parameter and realize you have to check everything out to propagate that parameter to every model. Maybe you start making family tables of family tables. Maybe you make family table assemblies.


It's not long when you start to realize the bigger and more complicated the tables, the more trouble they cause.

Especially when the people making them aren't as experienced and they are being used in many different uses.




So the situation we faced were some of our engineers were using family table assemblies to make items that were not tabulated items.

One example was a motor with different wire routing, Some were the same motor, some had different wiring options. Another case was using a family table assembly to create a simplified representation of a design assembly. The list goes on and on.


Tabulated items typically vary by a dimension, maybe even a material, usually some small parametric constraint. Tabulated items are not meant to be different configurations, different parts, different assemblies, etc.  Even shown and opposite, or left hand/right hand items can be trouble because sometimes you can't assume they will always be identical. Reassembling parts that are already symmetrical is another issue, but mirrored items is a topic for another post.


Family table assemblies can also be difficult with ModelCheck and Gatekeeper getting everything verified and without errors. We have a few open support tickets on this issue.


If it breaks the tabulated drawing rule of ASME Y14.24, then it's probably not a good use for family tables.

In our case we've recommended no family table assemblies except for certain cases that meet the tabulated rules, even then we ask our end users to ask us (Creo Admin/Experienced Users group) first. I'm not saying don't use family tables. All I can say is, use caution with family tables, and know what problems you can cause by using them. With great power, comes great responsibility.



-- My words are my own and do not represent any of the companies I work for. --


Wire or Cube?



- you can guess what it is, or you can apply this 4K / ultra high definition rendered Wallpapers on your workstation:






Note: for more 4K / UHD (ultra high definition) rendered Wallpapers check my 4K Gallery




Enhanced graphic performance and quality

PTC Creo Parametric continues to see significant improvement in graphics performance and capability. Shade with reflections has been significantly improved to support realistic materials with access to different material classes that will each be displayed appropriately, such as metal, glass, paint, and plastic. In addition, bump maps are now realistically displayed in the graphics areas. Full support has been added for HDR images that can now show realistic reflections interactively on the geometry, offering control over the intensity, location, and size of the HDR image.


All these changes allow users to work in an immersive environment and see a representation of how the product will look in the real world.


... I like Creo ... and... I have to created for you new Rendered Wallpapers with high resolution - 4K resolution (3840x2160) or UHD - ultra high definition rendered Wallpaper


Source Creo 3.0 model:


Final rendering with Creo 3.0:



Note: more info about the Creo enhancements you can find here - Top Enhancements in PTC Creo®  Parametric™ 3.0


Have a nice "Creo" day



%22Hartman of Purdue University, PTC University Authorized Training Partner.jpg%22.jpgWith the success of the PLM Center, Purdue University has expanded its footprint within PLM professional education. Purdue has joined forces with PTC and earned the distinction as a PTC University Authorized Training Partner (ATP). As an ATP, Purdue University’s PLM-centric professional development program leverages the PTC University eLearning platform to build their own courses on model-based definition, product data, and configuration management—all based on PTC solutions. The courses offered to students as part of Purdue University’s ATP affiliation also include PTC University’s solution-based curriculum for engineering professionals. We caught up with Dr. Nathan Hartman (pictured to the right), Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Director of the PLM Center at Purdue University for a quick Q & A:


[PTC] Why did Purdue University decide to become an ATP?


[Hartman] The PLM Center at Purdue decided to become an ATP after lengthy discussions with Alister Fraser (Senior Education Program Manager for North America at PTC) regarding the future goals of PTC Academic Program. Our goals of promoting PLM-oriented education in the academic arena and conducting industry-relevant research in the PLM space, as well as our high level of industry engagement through professional education, seemed to line up well with the goals PTC has for professional education. The PLM Center has delivered online PLM education for its industry partners for nearly six years, so becoming an ATP seemed to be a natural extension of our activities.


[PTC] How is Purdue University different than other training providers?


[Hartman] Professional PLM education at Purdue is different than other providers in a few ways. First, since we are an academic institution, the manner in which we teach will be different. Much of our most sought-after content focuses on best practices and good PLM methodology, in addition to feature/function training in a particular tool. Second, we are able to offer certificates and continuing education units (CEUs) for many of our training programs. Third, we have a world-class online training component that allows students to leverage virtual machine infrastructure in order to interact with CAD and PDM technology via a web platform so they can still experience using the PLM tools without having to install or purchase those tools themselves.


[PTC] Can you tell us more about your program and your instructors?


[Hartman] Our program will focus on three main areas at the moment: Introduction to Model-based Definition (using PTC Creo); Introduction to Product Data and Configuration Management (using PTC Windchill); and an Introduction to Product Lifecycle Management (using multiple PTC toolsets). These are all classes that Purdue has developed. In addition, we will offer a few different standard PTC course topics as well. See for a few more details.


Amy Mueller and Rosemary Astheimer are our instructors, whom are both highly trained academics and professionals who possess extensive knowledge of PTC products gained from hands-on experience in the classroom or on the job.


[PTC] What will this do for the surrounding community/students?


[Hartman] At the moment, the courses offered through the PLM Center at Purdue are geared for the incumbent workforce by allowing them to sharpen their knowledge and skills using current PLM technology. They are different than those offered in the normal academic curriculum. However, the ability to become an ATP is definitely part of the strategic vision of the PLM Center at Purdue, as well as the College of Technology. By providing this level of professional education at Purdue, it is yet another way in which we engage our industrial constituents in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.


[PTC] What will this do for the surrounding companies?


[Hartman] Several companies in our region have expressed an interest in our ability to offer courses using PTC products. Indiana and the surrounding states have a substantial install base of PTC products, which we intend to target. By providing this service, we hope to offer companies in our area another option for high quality professional education, for both classroom and online platforms, that they may not be able to get otherwise. Our expertise at Purdue in multiple PLM-related areas will translate into many other opportunities for our constituents. One such opportunity is IN-MaC (, which is Purdue's partnership with the State of Indiana around next-generation manufacturing research, technology adoption, and workforce education. The programs offered by the PLM Center via the PTC ATP will be instrumental in this effort.


[PTC] Thank you for your time Professor Hartman, do you have any final thoughts?


[Hartman] We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with PTC. While the first step of that relationship is through the establishment of our ATP status, this is simply another example of the focus on industry-relevant education here at Purdue, and within the College of Technology. Today's world demands translation of knowledge for new industries.  The PTC University ATP opportunity is one example of a new model for university/industry collaboration.  We have many other initiatives underway which use digital technologies to control cost and deliver excellent quality at the same time. Purdue is aggressively moving to embrace and define the land grant mission or the 21st century, and I am excited to be part of this effort.




To register for an upcoming course at Purdue University, please see here.


To learn more about their program, you can see more here: University, PTC University Authorized Training Partner.jpg%22.png