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As we draw closer to the release of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 I wanted to provide the Community a quick update on specifics. We have been targeting the end of January for official release, but as of today we are still investigating one set of issues with the Engineering Notebook integration with PTC Creo. I expect that these issues will have some recommended fixes from R&D by the end of this week, so we should know a more accurate release date by mid-next week. Assuming that this work doesn't have a major impact on the PTC Mathcad development team, we should be close to launch. Should the impact be greater than anticipated, I'll provide an update at that time.




PTC Creo 3.0 introduced Unite technology, which featured breakthrough capabilities to improve productivity in multi-CAD environments. Now with the release of PTC Creo 3.0 M020, users can take advantage of even more robust multi-CAD data handling capabilities. PTC Creo 3.0 M020 introduces a new File/Open function, which allows you to easily open and manage files from CATIA, Siemens NX and SolidWorks without creating additionally business objects. Product Manager Marc Schuetz explains more about these capabilities below:

With Unite technology, it is no longer necessary to install any additional third party software or license to work with non-PTC Creo data. CATIA, SolidWorks, and Siemens NX files can simply be opened and referenced in PTC Creo. You can also use format specific profiles and templates to help load foreign data as easily as native PTC Creo data.

multicad_1_12815.pngWith Unite technology in PTC Creo, you can incorporate CATIA, SolidWorks, and NX files as easily as native

PTC Creo data and without creating additional business objects.


Under the options for Data Exchange, the default workflow (Open or Import) as well as existing format specific profiles can be controlled. Additionally, new profiles can be created and modified with the help of the Import Profile Editor.


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A look at the options under the Import Profile Editor, in this case with CATIA V5


Once defined, these profiles automatically control which information get into session without any additional dialogue or user interaction.


After the data is opened, users can start to work with non-Creo assemblies right away.

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A look at a non-native part opened in PTC Creo with Unite Technology


PTC Creo 3.0 provides support for all major CAD formats to integrate, develop, and validate complete product designs. Whether your goal is to improve collaboration between multiple formats or consolidate into a single CAD tool, with PTC Creo 3.0 and Unite technology it is easier than ever before to work in a multi-CAD design environment.


Check out our video tutorial on the PTC Creo University Learning Exchange (“Creating Profiles Using PTC Creo Unite Technology”)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!


In case you missed it, check out our recent Did You Know posts covering PTC Creo 3.0 enhancements:

  1. PTC Creo 3.0 Enhancements: Standard Hardware and Fasteners
  2. PTC Creo 3.0 Enhancements: Flexible Pattern Tool with PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension
  3. PTC Creo 3.0 Enhancements: Aligning Freestyle Geometry

After hundreds of hours reviewing sessions; dozens of discussions and in-person meetings with customers, PTC product management, PTC University representatives, partners and PTC/USER leaders; and a lot of time spent by our creative guys, website designers, logistics team and a few other folks, we are happy to announce that the 2015 PROGRAM IS READY.


With 330+ sessions and a lot of new content and features, you can’t miss this year’s event. Registration opens in a few days. Stay tuned!


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Creo Illustrate 3.0 M030 will ship in mid-February and this blog and video provides a sneak peak at what will be new in this latest release.


There are 3 major enhancements in this release and I explain each of these in the video below:

  • Externalize text from illustrations for translation; enabling multi-language illustrations
  • Export an image map file to enable hotspots on a raster image
  • Improve file performance for large models with many figures


There are also a number of smaller enhancements and it’s worth noting that these are now detailed in the regular Creo Illustrate documentation (any late breaking news will still be in the ‘read this first’ which ships with the product and is also on


I hope you find this information helpful – thanks for watching.



Creo Parametric Sweep Model in Creo

Posted by ptc-6846482 Jan 21, 2015

I a a new user of Creo Parametric and I need help opening the "Sweep" Model.  This option does not show up anywhere on my menu bar and the "Model Tree" tab will not open.   Thanks- Weaver


22.12.2014 uvolnila PTC novou subverzi produktu PTC Creo 3.0 (M020)

Tato subverze obsahuje například vylepšení modelového stromu, kde přibyla ikona pro skrývání sloupců modelového stromu. Jednoduše tedy můžete skrýt sloupce, ve kterých zobrazujete a editujete například parametry jednotlivých dílů v rámci sestavy.

Pro podrobnější seznam vylepšení neváhejte kontaktovat AV ENGINEERING.



Implementaci a technickou podporu systémů od firmy PTC v České republice provádí AV ENGINEERING, a.s.


Hi All,


I would like to retrieve  Classiffication  attribute details using



1.  Part (wt.part.WTPart)

2.  Classification Node (wt.csm.navigation.ClassificationNode)

3.  Reference Value (wt.iba.value. ReferenceValue)


1.  Reference Value- IBAHolder Reference- Part

2.  Reference Value- IBAReferenceable Reference- Classification Node


It gives "no rows selected" still attributes are available.


Does same query works in Windchill 10.2?


Hi Everyone,


I just want to know, is there any method to put my non native cad document into Windchill without using the WGM?

plsease suggest!!!


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Da oggi è possibile effettuare la registrazione gratuita al PTC Live Tech Forum 2015, che si terrà presso l’Auditorium Paganini di Parma, il prossimo 11 marzo 2015.

Il PTC Live Tech Forum è l’incontro da non perdere per scoprire le ultime tendenze in ambito sviluppo prodotto – anche attraverso casi reali e best practice – scambiare opinioni e incontrare i professionisti del PLM e per scoprire le ultime novità in ambito CAD, Service Lifecycle Management (SLM), Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Internet of Things e molto altro.

L’evento è l’occasione giusta per:

  • conoscere l’evoluzione della strategia aziendale e della vision di PTC;
  • scoprire come l’Internet of Things ed i prodotti intelligenti connessi costituiscano nuove opportunità per le aziende per generare valore;
  • ricevere informazioni sui più recenti aggiornamenti sui prodotti, tra cui PTC Creo e PTC Windchill;
  • scoprire nuove soluzioni per fronteggiare le sfide quotidiane, condividere esperienze e best practice con aziende innovative;
  • entrare in contatto con esperti di prodotto PTC;
  • incontrare i Partner PTC.


Inoltre, per gli utenti delle soluzioni PTC, sono disponibili sessioni gratuite di PTC University sulla piattaforma di e-Learning per PTC Creo e PTC Windchill.


La partecipazione al PTC Live Tech Forum è gratuita, previa registrazione online entro il 6 marzo o fino ad esaurimento posti.


Consultate subito l'Agenda dell'evento e il sito:


Per ulteriori domande, potete contattarci all’indirizzo:


Ringraziamo i primi Partner dell’evento, che potrete incontrare nella vasta area espositiva:

  • PLATINUM SPONSOR: CDM Tecnoconsulting, DDWay, SIT, Softech
  • GOLD SPONSOR: Cadlog, FirstSolution, Parametric Design
  • SILVER SPONSOR: 3Dconnexion, Advantage, Overmach

Over the past couple of months, there has been a lot of discussion around the PTC/USER – PTC Community forum merger we announced at the 2014 PTC Live Event. Some have been positive, pointing out that a merger will help to bring us to one source of information and have PTC Technical support and other useful information in one place, while also allowing for better archiving, searching, and a richer dialog.

But there have also been concerns brought up in the wake of this announcement around things like the merger not supporting a ‘reply by email’ function (similar to the Exploder which is currently available on the PTC/USER portal) and accessibility. In a previous post I outlined what some of the advantages of email communication was in order to bring that to the PTC/USER Board of Directors.

Your input, both positive and negative, has been taken very seriously, and was extensively discussed during a meeting last month between the PTC/USER Board and PTC management team. For two days we intensely deliberated the pros and cons and addressed the concerns that had been expressed about this merger.

In the end, we decided the community is best served overall by merging all the content to PTC Community. will remain as an online presence that will facilitate membership, event registration, event planning, and management of Technical Committees and Regional User Groups.

We all believe that this decision is a necessary one for the long-term success of our communities. Right now we are dealing with being fragmented by two sites. There needs to be one source of knowledge sharing, and a one-stop-shop for networking, project promotion, and support to help aggregate and provide easy, intuitive access to the experience, energy, and expertise embodied in our community.

The increased ability to share knowledge and the power to connect to even more members are only two of the many benefits of this merger:

  • Improved user experience: There is no argument against the immediacy of the Exploder; it is built to get questions and responses out fast. However, the broader user experience will be vastly improved on PTC Community. Search functions will be enhanced so that you can easily find things within the community for support, and the Technical Support team is working on setting up a federated search so that the results from the merged PTC Community also show up within the PTC eSupport portal, knowledge base, etc.
  • Easy posting: Posting will still be straightforward, and email notifications will be available for every product community and discussion that you are subscribed to.

Essentially, there is no change in function from how users catalogue conversations at PTC/USER; the only difference here is an extra step to login in and reply on the site. At the same time, when the new site runs on its upgraded platform, Jive 7.0, there will be an inbox feature that allows you to track all of your conversations, very similarly to an email.

I want to emphasize how strongly we believe in creating one community that will be able to gain significant individual and collective advantage from learning, networking, and collaborating to solve problems – and celebrate successes - with each other. The PTC/USER group has a strong and proud tradition of independence, and we will maintain that independence through this merger, and work hand-in-hand with the PTC team to maintain and support the PTC community.

You will soon see a call for “early adopters” to participate in beta testing, migration validation, and the feedback of these early adopters will be crucial in terms of creating a unified user community. Ryan will also have more updates on the PTC Community software upgrade project over the next couple of days.

I’d encourage you to continue the discussion and make your feelings about the merger known. Your ideas and comments will greatly inform the decision making process as it moves forward.

Dan Glenn


Hello to all;


I wanted to start this blog to share the success we have had over the last year leveraging Windchill's product structures bill of materials functionality and some customizations with our drawing publishing to provide a single data set for our type design documentation that would be viewable in both the client web browser and the mobile application. December 12th we went live with WTParts, doesn't sound like a big success with just that said. Over the next weeks I will  lay out our old documentation, configuration’s and the issues that surrounded that configuration.


How did the E-BOM help us transform into a single data entry point and single drawing artifact in Windchill? Thanks to the presentation in Boston, System Generated Drawings, I was able to use their concept and apply it to our drawings. Today in our production environment when a drawing is published at the end of the release workflow we are extracting the approver task name and date from the promotion request and the WTPart E-BOM and automatically appending it to the last page of the drawing PDF.


See Attached Drawing Example


One small thing that has an impact for the mobile applications is that we are also generating a PDF with watermarks along with the auto appended  page and attaching it to the drawing object in Windchill as an attachment. Note: The mobile application does not allow you to view the Creo drawings, only 3-D Models, Microsoft files and PDFs. This was not acceptable for our use to justify the deployment of  the mobile apps. With the appended PDF of the drawings  the mobile apps become a viable piece of technology.


Hopefully the following paragraphs will keep you interested. I know there are other companies out there working on this and others that are ready to implement, hopefully people will comment, ask questions and provide lessons learned from their experiences. I am in no way the expert on this topic.


2008 implemented Windchill 8.0 as Data Warehouse for all of our CAD data; (Including: Creo, Microstation, MS Word and MS Excel). At that time our configuration management group set states of files as they were manually released with a paper copy of the ECO. This was a migration from PTC Intralink to Windchill 8.0.


Our drawing package consisted of Creo Parametric 3-D models, 2-D drawings and an Excel spreadsheet for the Parts List fully revision controlled in Windchill. One area of concern with this was anyone viewing the data, had at a minimum, 2 artifacts displaying in the search results that had to be opened and viewed in Creo View to see the whole drawing packet and then had to navigate to the promotion request process tab to view the release information. Also any time a drawing packet was delivered to a supplier multiple artifacts were required to be exported from Windchill for each drawing. In addition when the engineering staff  Revised or Re-Numbered items, multiple artifacts needed to be updated and revisions keep in sync. This created an environment with multiple manual data entry of the same data into different software applications and Windchill UI's.


April of 2013 we worked jointly with the FAA to transition our CM manual paper ECO release processes into Windchill electronic workflows. Most of the workflows were re-configured from the out of the box standard promotion request workflow.


December 12th, 2014 we worked jointly with a consulting services organization and were able to implement WTParts for our 2nd conforming for flight test article aircraft, a new product offering planned for full production in 2015.


So what does this mean and who really cares?


Our aircraft products are world class and highly configurable at the point of sales. From a product structure architecture standpoint they are complex but not overwhelming. Over the next 6 months we will transform the Windchill E-BOM (WTParts) into a configurable product leveraging Windchill’s Options and Variants functionality to generate serialized E-BOMs for sold configurations from the overloaded E-BOM and manage serialized effectivity using Windchill’s Change Objects functionality. This is no longer a dream it will be a reality in a very short time.


The surprising thing is that my implementation team consisted of 1 full time individual (myself), 1 consultant 72 hours billed), 4-5 conference calls with a few of PTC's experts and a couple part time individuals (80 hours billed to project) and a management staff that allowed me to focus on this 100% of my time over the last year.


Below are bullet points of future blog additions I will cover. I will attempt to add these by the dates shown below.


    (12-27-14)   Project Overview, Planning & Actuals

                      Dissecting the System Generated-Appended Page

    (01-06-15)   Required Windchill Re-Configuration to implement WTParts (changes to existing Windchill configurations)

                      Windchill Customizations

    (01-06-15)    Handling Standard Parts, Material Specifications and Reference Specifications

                      Bill of Materials Expectations - how do you get consistency in your data?

    (01-09-15)    Decisions and Why

                      How did we enter 10,000 object line for top level structure

    (01-23-15)   Options and Variant

                      Prodcut Structure Architecture

    (02-13-15)   Configuration Management, Change Objects & Serialized Effectivity

    (03-06-15)   Enterprise System (MES, ERP, CRM) Integration Expectations


I encourage you to interact and ask questions, this is just one method we used and I am sure there are many ways to accomplish this.


Rendered Wallpapar and Creo data you can find here:

4K Wish You a Merry Christmas


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With the release of PTC Creo 3.0, PTC Creo Parametric users now have access to an expanded library of standard parts and fasteners as well as an intuitive user interface to speed up the process of adding hardware to your assembly design. Jim Barrett Smith, Product Manager at PTC, gives an overview of the new capabilities:


To define the position of a fastener, select the datum point, axis, or a hole. You can select two aligning surfaces to define a fastener connection with a thread. Or, you can select two opposing surfaces to define a fastener and nut connection.

Next, select a fastener from the comprehensive library of fasteners. Choose the size of the thread or measure the thread size using an existing hole.




Selecting a fastener from the standard parts library

You have the option to set the length of the fastener yourself, or to have it set automatically. You can also control the hole tolerance and choose whether to have a counterbore on the top, the bottom, or both.



Setting the length of the fastener



There is a 2D preview in the dialog which updates with as you define the fastener details. Furthermore, you can click Preview to see a 3D view of the fastener in the graphics area.



You can get a 3D view of the fastener by selecting Preview



When you are satisfied, click OK to assemble the fastener.

After a fastener is assembled, you have the ability to reassemble or redefine it. Furthermore, if you reassemble an existing fastener onto a pattern, you will have the option to pattern the fastener. This saves significant time and effort.  If needed, you can choose to delete all patterned fasteners by simply selecting one and clicking Delete.



Check out our video tutorial on the PTC University Learning Exchange (“PTC Creo Intelligent Fastener (Lite)”) 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!


In case you missed it, check out our recent Did You Know posts covering PTC Creo 3.0 enhancements:

Flexible Pattern Tool in the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension

Aligning Freestyle Geometry


Santa, Bring Me Skills! in Training

Posted by BettinaGiemsa Dec 18, 2014

Happy Holidays from PTC UniversityDid you know that the average wife spends 13 hours on finding the perfect present for her hubby? Who, by the way, only spends 4 hours on that task in return? Oh well…

Still trying to find the perfect present? The Holidays are near, so you better hurry…

For those of you, who are still on the search, why not invest in something with a huge return on investment, such as – drumroll – a PTC University instructor-led training class!

With a training class, you can advance your skills for your specific job and role which will ultimately

  • Make your day-to-day job tasks easier to complete
  • Make you more productive and thus more valuable for your employer
  • Or, if you are looking for a new opportunity, a training class makes you shine in front of a new employer


So why not put a training class on your wish list and share this blog with your spouse, or even treat yourself with a skill package for the Holidays?

And what a great investment! A training day for a PTC University standard class in North America, for example, is USD 490.00 – which is in the price range of what we spend for our loved ones. According to latest statistics, Americans are spending an average of over 700 USD on Christmas presents. And, its usefulness may even live longer  than a lot of the technical gadgets, tools, watches, etc we sometimes give.

To wrap this up – our Training Advisors will be able to help you find the right class or eLearning license.

Happy Holidays!!




Tip: If you are in North America, check out the class  we have scheduled specifically for those who would like to boost their PTC Windchill skills and leverage the rather quiet period between the Holidays:

December 29/30 – Virtual Class: “Update to PTC Windchill PDMLink 10.2 from PTC Windchill PDMLink 9.0/9.1 for the End User