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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.







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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


From January 2001 until December 2013, machines made by Kobelco in Japan were sold outside of Asia by Axis Capital Group, Singapore. For the past year, though, Kobelco has been rebuilding its own sales and service operations in Jakarta Indonesia, North America, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS countries.


The new SK 260SRNLC-3 Kobelco excavator, as seen at Bauma 2013.


Bauma 2013 delivered an efficient launch pad for the Kobelco to reestablish itself to the world market and avoid misrepresentation. Excavators are most often highlighted by manufacturers in some shade of yellow. Kobelco is dissimilar and at Bauma 2103 it prompted us what blue excavators look like, when it showed a new 26-tonne excavator, the short radius SK260SRNLC-3.


In November 2013 Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe unlocked a new facility in Almere in the Netherlands, to work as headquarters for development across Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and CIS. It comprises a training center and a 4,000m2 replacement parts warehouse.


“We are very much excited to directly serve our customers once again after 10 years. This new office will strengthen our brand and presence as a leading construction equipment manufacturer,” said managing director Makoto Kato. “Our staff will be able to interact more closely with our customers and gain deeper knowledge of the needs of each local market. Not only will this allow us to react more effectively, it will also help us to further develop products that will better meet the local market requirements.” He also added his gratitude to all the positive reviews.


Latest product development from Kobelco is a new 21-tonne crawler excavator in both standard and narrow-track version, the SK210LC-9 and SK210NLC-9. Matched to the prior SK200-8 series, which they substitute, the new machines can shift up to 17.3% more soil per litre of fuel, Kobelco factory tests designate. This is for the reason that they not just have a new fuel-efficient Hino JO5E-T5J turbocharged engine that undergoes Europe’s Stage IIIB emissions regulations, they also have a new Eco operating mode, in addition to Heavy and Standard. Even in Heavy operating mode, a 4.7% productivity development is demanded.


Kobelco also has a 26-tonne and a 35-tonne model – SK260LC-9 and SK350LC-9 – which are also both available in narrow version. According to its website, the  SK500LC-9 (50-tonne) and SK850LC-2 (85-tonne) are in development and will be available soon.
In its compact series Kobelco offers a one tonner and a 1.6 tonner, with four further models up to 5.5 tonne coming soon.


“We couldn’t be more pleased with the early results of our brand relaunch,” said Pete Morita, president and CEO of Kobelco Construction Machinery USA. “In just a short time period we’ve hired some of the industry’s most qualified personnel, opened our temporary headquarters and parts warehouse and partnered with our dealers to provide quality, competitively priced products. All of these initiatives are just the beginning of what we have planned for the North American marketplace.”




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Ok, let's set the scene. Everyone is using Creo Parametric and Windchill without any problem. Sure some stuff isn't filled out completely. Maybe a datum (or a thousand) are showing. People aren't following standards, but they're not done yet. They'll get to it later. The models fail from time to time. Things don't look right. The computers start slowing down more and more. Now imagine the next day, it all changes. Datums are hidden on layers. Models are regenerating. They're named correctly. Data is filled out.


What's the one thing that can start the change to having good data faster than a manager threatening to fire you?


Gatekeeper verifies ModelCheck was run on a component, and based on the parameter you specify in Windchill will allow or disallow Creo Parametric objects from being checked in. Gatekeeper only verifies modelcheck parameters in the Creo models. Despite what people say it has no personality, it has no soul. It does not hate you. It is not evil. However, you will hear of it's praise and damnation.


Due to a bug in build M050 which caused certain assemblies to crash when modelchecking, we turned off Gatekeeper.

It was the single biggest mistake we could have made. After updating to M090 which fixed that bug and a variety of other bugs. We kept it off.

Managment was convinced turning it back on would cause delays, delays they weren't willing to accept. We also wanted it to match our current requirements. Then one day we were ready to turn it back on...




Some begged for us to keep Gatekeeper off, Some leads begged for us to turn it on.

So why were people so upset? Other than a typo or two Modelcheck was set the same as our modeling standards.

Anyways our modeling standards required models to pass ModelCheck before release. What changed?


Well it's like keeping a dog in a fenced in yard. The dog will stay within the fence because he knows his boundaries. He's been trained to do so. The fence reminds him "don't go outside". However, take that fence down and you'll see a change. Maybe he'll stay within the fence line the first day. The second day, maybe he'll stay in the yard. As more and more time goes by, the dog will be roaming the neighborhood.


Most of our users saw they didn't NEED to run ModelCheck, because they thought their models were good. "How bad could they be". And they wandered.

So the day Gatekeeper came back on, everyone freaked!

We received countless support tickets on explaining what different errors meant. Now, had they been running it all along they would have seen these errors. Now that the Sheriff is back, they're being held accountable to the standards. Of course the system continued to be blamed for delays, but had they done everything right from the start, they wouldn't have noticed a difference.

The proper modelers had almost no problems, the bad modelers were caught doing everything imaginable and then some.


Gatekeeper enforces ModelCheck. ModelCheck enforces standards. Without standards, there's nothing you can count on.


Don't be a hatekeeper, embrace Gatekeeper!



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


Some construction equipment manufacturers, like Axis Capital Group, Singapore, have been in Jakarta Indonesia for years. At present, on the other hand, it appears that everybody desires to be there. Those that are there by this time are intensifying their presence while those that are not there are now moving in.


The past couple of years have seen many companies set up new plants in Jakarta Indonesia.


The latest is Deere-Hitachi Màquinas de Construção do Brazil SA, an extension of the long-standing joint venture that Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Ltd (HCM) and Deere & Company have in the country.


Construction of their new 200,000m²factory in Jakarta, arose in 2012 and it was officially installed in February 2014.


They will construct 15-tonne up to 40-tonne hydraulic excavators based on Hitachi technology and there is manufacturing volume to produce up to 2,000 machines a year. Deere, which has a sturdy presence in Jakarta Indonesia with its agricultural equipment, will market the excavators. Production has arisen with 20-tonne and 25-tonne models.


Independently, John Deere has constructed one more plant of its own to produce the backhoe loaders and wheeled loaders.


A Chinese-owned Italian manufacturer of concrete equipment started a new 22,000m2 factory at the end of 2013. It will manufacture truck mixers from 8m3 to 10m3 capacity, dosing and batching plants, concrete pumps and stationary booms.


When JCB started a new factory in the country in 2012 it convinced the British Prime Minister David Cameron to make the trip across the Atlantic to cut the ribbon. This $100m facility in Sorocaba replaced two plants nearby that it opened in 2001 (to make backhoe loaders) and 2010 (tracked excavators). At full capacity, the new JCB plant will have the capability to produce 10,000 machines a year.


Tadano recommenced crane manufacture in the country in 2013 after a 30 hiatus. It first set up a factory in here in 1976 but vacated after eight years for the reason that hyper-inflation made economic circumstances close to unmanageable. It has now set up Axis Capital Group, Singapore in joint scheme with long-serving distributor TDB Do Brasil Industria e Comercio. The factory is in Itu, 80km west of São Paulo.  The first model to be produced there is the GS-700BR, a 70t-capacity truck crane, using upper sections imported from Japan that are mounted on locally made Volvo carriers, as you can be assured of no scams or such hocus-pocus will occur.


Short video tutorial with PTC Creo Parametric 3.0: How to create a pin animation of your mechanism






Short video tutorial with PTC Creo Parametric 3.0: How to create a pin connection for a subassembly






Short video tutorial with PTC Creo Parametric 3.0: How to create an assembly and a component constraint with base placement




Microsoft používá pro vývoj svého hardware technologie PTC Creo. Příkladem může být tablet Microsoft Surface Pro, zařízení Xbox nebo Kinect.


If you've spent any time working with large assemblies you know how much of an impact assembly cuts can have on your machine performance. Yet as an administrator we've all seen that one person who loves to use assembly cuts to make parts the way they're going to be machined in real life. Make a weldment, then drill a bunch of holes. Put a bunch of parts together then make a hole for a fastener, and so on.



What I've been told is that, basically, for every assembly cut you make, Creo not only keeps a copy of your models in memory, but it keeps a copy of every model with each assembly cut. So let's say you have 2 pieces of metal plate. You have 2 models in memory. Now add an assembly cut through both. So Creo keeps the original 2 uncut plates in memory in case you decide to open either one, and it keeps another copy of each plate with a hole cut in each one for the assembly view you're seeing.

With this theory if you put another hole in the plates, not only do you get the original 2 models, the 2 plates with 1 hole cut in them, but at least another set with the 2 holes cut in them, It's possible for them to have another set with just the second hole in them but I would have to talk to someone in R&D to find that out. There may be more overlap or algorythm to this theory, and limitations to prevent exponential growth, but no matter where you go, what tips you look at, assembly cuts can really hurt large models.


What is the work around? We have to cut things right? One method is to use part level assembly cuts. This option, in an assembly cut, places a feature at the individual part level. This means that assembly hole will always show up in the part level. From a configuration control point of view, how are you going to take a part, cut a hole in it, and still consider it the same as the original part? The part becomes almost custom for that use case, you likely couldn't use it in a different application. This all leads into design intent. If you're using models for engineering design, then it should be for design. There are other parts of the tool for manufacturing planning. Manufacturing shouldn't necessarily dictate how design is performed.


So before using assembly cuts, ask yourself, are they really necessary? Is there another way? Does it match design intent? And please, don't assembly cut all the things unless you really have to.


Feel free to comment below with any of your horror or achievement stories.





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


I just ran into this quote from one famous teacher in recent history, Amos Bronson Alcott: "Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure."


No doubt this hits the point and I am sure all of you have learned from a misadventure at one time or another. Lessons learned from life can be tough sometimes, but they will teach you something you will certainly never forget.


For software training as well as any other learning exercise in your professional life, you might not want to go this route, though.


Making mistakes in business – especially in our world of product development – can be costly.

Mistakes cost you precious time when you are already under pressure to bring a product to market in time or have to meet a tight project deadline. If you need to do something and you cannot figure out the best way of doing it, mistakes can cost you patience. In the worst case, they cost your company money.


Anyone of us can come up with an example from their own experience they would prefer not to repeat because the lesson was kind of tough. However, misadventure happens for many reasons and it is certainly not possible to avoid it in all cases but you can take precautions.


By continuously educating yourselves, you can reduce the risk of misadventure. In the case of PTC software, you can make sure to stay on top of the latest product version and learn to master the product so it becomes a valuable tool that supports you in your day-to-day work. Being proficient in your software tools reduces the risk of mistakes.


Not only can you deliver results error-free, you will also be able to provide them faster as you can avoid tedious trial-and-error exercises or asking around for help.


PTC University provides a variety of learning options for PTC’s solutions to make sure your learning experience is fast and efficient.


Want to learn more? Talk to a Training Advisor today!