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Last week we teased the launch of a design contest where you will be able to demonstrate your superior design skills and now we’re ready to kick it off! Here goes:

The 25th edition of PTC Live Global is being held in Boston and we’d like to celebrate this anniversary by inviting our community members to create, using PTC software, a representation of the city of Boston. It can be a monument, an emblematic area of the city or just an abstract idea - anything that represents the spirit of Boston.

The winning design will be the one with the most likes as voted by the PTC Community. One grand prize winner will be selected and will receive:

  • A display of the winning design will be held in the General Session of PTC Live Global 2014 on Monday, June 16th
  • The creator of our winning design will be shipped a framed poster to be displayed in their office or home
  • The winning design will also be displayed on plasma monitors within the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center during the event
  • The winning design will also be printed into posters distributed to event attendees



You have from now until May 19 to upload your creation to our contest photo gallery. On May 20 and 21 we’ll allow members to vote and the winner will be announced on May 22. 

And now, let Boston inspire you!



  • The contest begins April 24, 2014 and concludes on May 21, 2014. All entries must be posted to the contest photo gallery 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on May 19.
  • Participants must submit a design, created using PTC software, by uploading it to the photo gallery.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions a participant can enter.
  • Attending the PTC Live Global 2014 event is not a pre-requisite to participate in this contest.
  • The winning design will be determined as the design that receives the highest number of likes by PTC Community members. In case of tie, the PTC Events team will decide the winner.
  • The winner will have to submit the design in high-res and JPG format.
  • This contest is covered within the PTC Community Terms of Use Agreement - Section #5 "Content – Submissions", available here.



I use Integrity 10.4 and I would create traces between a current document and another that is already baselined.

Is is possible to do that?


Our weekly Did You Know series focuses on providing users with informative, “how-to” tips to help them get the most out of PTC Creo. This week’s post is based off an intermediate level tutorial which answers the question: “How do I create a helical pattern of a spherical cut on the side of a cylinder?” After reading this post, users we be able to complete this task in 3 steps.

Step 1: Create a Sketch Plane on the fly


The secret to making the helical pattern is in how the sketch plane is set up for the feature that you want to pattern. The dimensioning scheme for the sketch plane must support the pattern that you want to create.


We will pattern a spherical cut which we will create with a Revolve feature. To begin, select Revolve and invoke the datum tool to create a datum plane on the fly.


Create the plane through the center axis of the cylinder and at an angle to one of the datum planes. The angular dimension will be used by the pattern as a dimension to increment when making subsequent instances, so the value here isn’t important, except for the placement of the first pattern instance. Accept the default value of 45 degrees.

Image 1 for Did You Know 9.Helical Pattern.pngCreating the plane after invoking the datum tool




Step 2: Create the Revolved Cut

Resume the Revolve tool. The datum that you just created will be used as the sketch plane for the Revolve. In Sketcher, select References and capture the silhouette edge of the cylinder as a reference.



Next, using standard Sketcher workflows, create the half circle for the spherical cut at the edge of the cylinder. Create a Geometry Centerline along the edge of the cylinder for the half circle to revolve around. Designate this centerline as the Axis of Revolution.



Complete the Sketch, and select the option to Remove Material from the Revolve dashboard to make a cut.

image 2 for Did You Know 9.Helical Sweeps.pngAfter creating the half circle, create a center line which will serve as the axis of revolution


Step 3: Create the helical pattern

After creating the first cut, you will have the dimensioning scheme needed to create the helical pattern. We will define the pattern to increment two dimensions in the same direction.



Select the Pattern tool for the revolve feature and open the Dimensions tab. Select the 45 degree dimension to rotate the feature around the shaft, and set the increment to 45 degrees. While holding the Control key, select the linear dimension from the end of the shaft to pattern the cut along the length of the shaft. Set the increment appropriately for the shaft size.



Finally, enter the number of instances you want to have in the pattern and complete the Pattern feature.

image 3 for Did You Know 9.Helical Sweeps.pngThe final product: a helical pattern on the side of a cylinder


PTC Creo Parametric gives you additional capabilities to define patterns. For example, the tutorial linked below demonstrates how to increase the number of revolved cuts that are patterned along the shaft by adding a second direction to the pattern.



In conclusion, creating a helical pattern on the side of a cylinder is simply a matter of setting up the sketch properly to get the correct dimensioning scheme and patterning two dimensions in the same direction.



Check out our video tutorial on the PTC University Learning Exchange (“Creating a Helical Pattern”) to see this advice in action. We’d also love to hear your suggestions for creating patterns in PTC Creo Parametric.



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, here are our recent Did You Know posts:
1) Creating a Square to Round Blend
2) How to Create a Family Table  
3) Tips and Tricks for Cable Design in PTC Creo Parametric Piping and Cabling Extension


The ‘Did You Know?’ series focuses on providing PTC Windchill users with informative, “how-to” tips to help them get the most out of their software. Today, PTC application expert John Peng shows us how to integrate features from multiple models using PTC Windchill PDMLink.


Before you begin, follow these five steps to ensure you are properly set-up.


  1. Have at least one saved version of the model in PTC Windchill 9.0 M030+ or higher.
  2. Create two workspaces that have the same version (in this example it is A.1) of the model added to them.
  3. Start PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 linked to one of the workspaces and save a newly modified or different iteration. Repeat for the second workspace.
  4. Check-in one of those iterations into PTC Windchill (in this example it is A.2) to make the iteration in the other workspace that is out-of-date.
  5. Have PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 tied to the workspace with the out-of-date model.


To help you follow along, shrink the “base model” (version A.2) dialogue box and move it to the upper left hand corner of your screen. Then take the “integrate differences box” and stretch it across the entire bottom half of your screen. Finally, take your current version (the one you are making the changes to), which we’ll call the “comparison model”, and drag it to the upper left hand corner of your screen. It should look something like this.




Now, let's begin the model integration process. First, you'll want to filter for geometry differences by checking “geometry” in the integrate differences box; scroll down to identify the main geometry differences between the base model and the comparison model.     




To bring a feature that's unique to the comparison model over to the base model, simply highlight the row of information for that feature. 


Note: When you highlight a feature row in the integrate differences box, that feature will also highlight in the actual model. 


To keep this change click the “Action” dropdown menu and select “take from comparison model”. Then click “Execute” found at the bottom right hand side of the differences box. You've now brought a feature over from the comparison model to the base model.   




Continue by going down the list - line item by line item - to look at all the differences between the two models. Remember to refresh your screen so that when you click to highlight features, any differences will be graphically pointed out for you in the model as well. As you do this you can decide which features you want to keep and which ones you want to move to the comparison model.  


To recap:


  • Highlight the unique feature in the comparison model that you want to keep
  • Click the “Action” list dropdown
  • Select option for “take from the comparison model”
  • Click “Execute” at bottom right side of screen
  • Refresh your screen before highlighting your next feature


To walk through these steps following John Peng’s video tutorial in action (“Quick Start to Creating Multiple Models into Single Design), sign-in or create an account on the PTC University Learning Exchange.


An abundance of partner exhibits, educational resources and networking opportunities await you in the Solutions Expo June 15-17. Whether you’re looking to learn something new, expand your network, win prizes or relax, the Solutions Expo is your must-visit destination while attending at PTC Live Global.

So, what can you expect at the Solutions Expo?


  • 50+ exhibits by PTC partners, who offer complimentary products and solutions
  • Access to 160+ PTC product experts that will help you save hours of work (and re-work)
  • The chance to test drive PTC Creo 3.0 and discover new functionalities in PTC Windchill 10.2.
  • A first glance at the innovative Internet of Things Pavilion – Powered by ThingWorx, where you’ll  discover first-hand the power of smart, connected products
  • More than nine hours of demos and opportunities to chat with peers and presenters –  and walk away with ideas to improve your product design and development


And there is room for some fun and relaxation in the Solutions Expo as well, through Father’s Day activities on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening receptions, and the PTC Creo Battle Royale. The PTC Creo Battle Royale is a new addition to this year’s event, where you can compete for prizes, showcase your PTC Creo skills and cheers on your friends (more on this in a future blog, stay tuned!)


Make sure you reserve some hours in your agenda to visit us in the Solutions Expo!


A great video of Caterpillar machines (designed using PTC Creo) playing man size Jenga!


Jenga for men.jpg



Uvolněna oficiální verze aplikace AV ScriBatch Tools 1.0 pro hromadné modifikace a exporty objektů v prostředí Pro/ENGINEER a PTC Creo Parametric.




Ve společnost AV ENGINEERING, a.s.vyvíjíme aplikaci pro dávkové zpracování modelů, sestav a výkresů, která podporuje operace s parametry, relacemi, přejmenování a přesouvání prvků, nastavení vlastností modelů (hustota, přesnost, materiál atd.), umožňuje export do PDF/DXF/DWG, nebo hromadný Backup dat projektu včetně navázaných výkresů. Aplikace navíc umožňuje napojení na PTC Windchill a provádět automatický check-out / check-in, tedy dávkově importovat data do Commonspace.



Na základě několikaměsíčního provozu aplikace v Beta režimu ve čtyřech desítkách společností využívajících PTC Creo Parametric, se nám ve spolupráci s uživateli podařilo aplikaci odladit do té míry, že jsme se rozhodli představit již její oficiální verzi:

AV ScriBatch Tools 1.0



Pro představu o nové podobě a funkčnosti aplikace jsme připravili prezentaci, kterou můžete shlédnout zde:




Přehled úprav a nových funkcí ve verzi AV ScriBatch Tools 1.0:

  • opravy a modifikace provedené na základě beta testování
  • překlad GUI a logování do angličtiny
  • dokončení funkcionality pro nastavení Jednotek modelu
  • možnost exportů do DXF i DWG
  • exporty do PDF/DXF/DWG lze provést do jednoho vícelistého souboru
  • rozšířené možnosti přejmenování PDF/DXF/DWG exportů
  • možnost nastavit přerušení zpracování po určitém počtu objektů
  • optimalizace Logování - násobné zkrácení doby zpracování operací
  • uvolnění funkcionality Batch-Backup
  • uvolnění demo a uživatelsky specifických funkcí:
    • identifikace skeletonu v sestavě
    • výpis obsahu všech výkresových tabulek
    • funkce pro zápis hodnot do buněk výkresové tabulky


Aplikace AV ScriBatch Tools je stále v procesu vývoje. Stále reagujeme jak na oznámené problémy, tak na různé požadavky dalšího vylepšení aplikace, které vyhodnocujeme a plánujeme v dalších verzích.


Věříme, že je pro Vás AV ScriBatch Tools užitečným nástrojem.




Více informací naleznete na stránkách AV ENGINEERING, a.s. o aplikaci AV ScriBatch Tools.



Dodávku a technickou podporu PTC produktů v České republice zajišťuje firma AV ENGINEERING, a.s.


Center console boat render by Alex McCarley

Center console boat render by Alex McCarley


Happy tax day to all our friends in the USA! Hopefully you've already filed your papers and are sitting back comtemplating what to do with the GIANT return you're due. Here is this week's Member Showcase Roundup, demonstrating our members' expert use with designs, 3D models, worksheets and how-to's:


How to create curve profile in Pro/ENGINEERBy Haris TS
Derivative of functionBy Sameer Fares
Everyone's favorite Plasticine dog! (Gallery)By Jeremy Connaughton
How to save calculated data for later useBy New Jap
Yet another Thread thread - UTS ImplementationBy Antonius Dirriwachter
Hourglass sand timerBy Jayanta Sarkar
Telescope Visual Limiting Magnitude (Mathcad worksheet)By Fred Lusk
Export Annotation by STEP or IGSBy Luca Carraro
Editing Reserved Parameters

By Gregory S Franks


Feel free to click on any of the links above to discuss, like, rate or reply to any of this weeks' posts. Congratulations to our highlighted members for their incredible contributions this week.


Have you had a chance to demonstrate your expert use of PTC software? Either with a photo, video, worksheet, blog, document or file, let us know what you're up to and we'll be sure to feature your work in next week's Roundup.


I will be retiring 8-1-14.

Currently setting up to provide hourly consulting services related to Windchill and Creo.


Hello everyone - I hope 2014 has been treating you well!


It's only 10 weeks until the start of the 2014 PTC Live Global conference in Boston - can't believe how fast it's coming up.  I was chosen to do three (3) presentations this year though I dropped one from the list - too much to do and not enough time.  I hope you will come to hear what I have to present:


  • CUST 113: "So you chose PTC Windchill - Now What?"
  • CUST 312: "Training and eLearning: Precision LMS and You"


These will be the 7th and 8th presentation I've done and the excitement of sharing what I've learned and experienced never gets old!


Having the conference in Boston this year is a great change of pace, and being there in the summer versus the technical committee meetings each January will definitely be warmer !


I'll be posting information and my thoughts in the coming weeks and while at the conference - hope to see you there!


Best regards,


Mike Brattoli


Think you’re the rock star of the engineer designers? You’ll have to prove it.  In a few days, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a contest to demonstrate your imagination, creativity and design ideas. And the prize will showcase your superior skills: The winning design will be featured at this year’s PTC Live Global.


More info to come soon. Start your engines!

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Bezpečnostní chyba v kryptografické knihovně OpenSSL neovlivní uživatele PTC Windchill.

PTC používá Apache Webserver, který používá OpenSSL 0.9.8, který není touto chybou postihnut.


Podrobnější informace naleznete zde:


The process of merging changes from a development path to the mainline is somewhat complicated, and dependant on if you utilize the Change Package functionality of Source, as well as what views and menu options you have set Visible in your Integrity Client. To aid in understanding the merge process, this blog goes over the specific steps you'd need to follow. This process requires knowledge of Change Packages.


Let's get started!


Step 1 – create a sandbox against the mainline
To merge your changes from a Development Path to the main line you need to first create a sandbox against the target location (the mainline). To do this:


1. Navigate to Project > View Projects

2. Select the desired project from the Projects View > Sandbox > Create Sandbox

3. The Sandbox Creation Wizard will ask you to specify a location for your Sandbox – select the desired location on your local disk, or create a new folder > Next

4. The Project Name will already be populated as we selected it in step 2 – click Next

5. Select Normal (mainline) > Finish
*Note: If any of the above menu options are not appearing for you, you need to go to Viewset > Customize and set the appropriate actions to visible.


Step 2 – use Resynchronize Change Package

The next step is to use the Resynchronize Change Package option to pull the changes from your variant (also called a Development Path) into that sandbox. To do this:


1. Select the sandbox we created from the steps above > Change Package > Resynchronize

*Note: When you select Resynchronize Change Package and you have a sandbox currently selected in the Integrity Client, the Resync operation will be performed for that sandbox. If you do the Resync with something other than a sandbox selected (for example a project), a dialogue box will pop up asking you to pick a sandbox.

2. If you know the ID’s of the change packages that contain the changes you wish to merge, type them in the Add to List box and click Add. If you don’t know the ID’s of the change packages, click Find – you’ll be presented with various ways to find the change packages (by the user who created them, by their summary, etc.)

3. At the bottom of the Resynchronize Change Packages window, click Create to create a Propagation Change Package. You will be prompted to specify a Summary and Description, and depending on your server’s configuration, you may also be asked to Choose an Integrity Item – this is used when you want to tie source code changes to Integrity items, for example a Defect (that way, when you look at the Defect item in Integrity, it has a list of CP’s that contain the code fixes for that the Defect, for visibility purposes). Click OK to create your Propagation Change Package. Take note of the ID of the Propagation Change Package.

4. Click Finish to Resync your change packages and bring the changes into your sandbox.


Step 3 – Submit the Propagation Change Package


1. If there are no errors or warnings during the Resync operation, we’re ready to Submit the Propagation Change package. Navigate to Change Package > View My Change Packages and locate the Propagation Change Package we created in step 3 above. Right-click the Change Package > Submit Change Package.

*Note: If you'd like to verify what changes will take place before comitting anythig, look over the propagation change package before comitting doing the Submit.


You have now successfully performed the merge from variant to main line!


You might have noticed that these instructions require the changes to your source members on the variant to be done through Change Packages – so what if you’re not using Change Packages? Well, then the ‘merging’ needs to be done entirely manually – as in, figure out what source members need to be updated and created, and manually add the archives and update the existing archives to match what’s on your development path. For any followup questions you may have, please open a case with Integrity Support.


Did you know that in 2011, the number of devices connected to the Internet surpassed the total number of humans on the planet? You’ve probably experienced (or are guilty of) more frequent use of these smart, connected products across all facets of your life.


There’s no question that the exponential increase of these connected products is going to change the way your organization designs and develops products in the future, both to drive greater value for the end consumer and to help you better evaluate your products’ performance, use and reliability.


So learning about the implications of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) will allow you to contribute to these discussions at your organization – and set you apart from others who are not aware of this significant transformation in manufacturing.


Here’s how you can learn more about smart, connected products at PTC Live Global, June 15-18:

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    • Opening Keynote (June 16): PTC’s Vision for How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Manufacturing, co-presented by PTC President and CEO James E. Heppelmann and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter
    • View a live demonstration of a real world example of how the IoT and Smart, Connected Products are transforming how manufacturers are delivering value and creating new, innovative service offerings. - presented by ThingWorx President and General Manager, Russ Fadel.
    • During several IoT-focused sessions and customer presentations which PTC Live Global attendees will have access to at the co-located LiveWorx – ThingWorx Innovation Exchange
    • In the Internet of Things Pavilion – Powered by ThingWorx in the Solutions Expo, where the latest IoT technology and solutions will be showcased by ThingWorx and its partners
    • By networking with LiveWorx attendees during shared meals, receptions and Solutions Expo hoursHelp your organization remain competitive by learning more about smart, connected products at PTC Live Global.


Help your organization remain competitive by learning more about smart, connected products at PTC Live Global.


All technology has benefits and limitations. 


3D printing is relatively new in schools so educators should be aware of the unexpected.


Warning - If you have a nervous disposition you may want to skip following the link below.