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Bradley Carman, a Mathcad customer, presented a session on how to use Mathcad as a data processor, and use a third-party tool for the data collection and management.  Below is a summary of the presentation.  You can download the presentation from SlideShare here.

 

  • Mathcad is an ideal tool for data analysis, but not for storage and management
  • Bradley searched for a way, didn’t find it – so, he created a way!
  • Initially, he started with an Excel add-in, and it evolved into a full application called SciData

 

  • One way to do this kind of data manipulation is to hard code the data… but that’s not ideal
  • But this is a tedious process – slow.  If values are spread across Mathcad files, the oppty for human error increases
  • Ideally, one needs to separate the data from the analysis
  • Use a separate file for data collection, and a (single) worksheet for the analysis … focus on batch processing
  • Each row is a bucket of information… it can hold arrays, strings, single values, …
  • Data files use the SDS standard (Scientific Dataset Library from Microsoft Research)

  • Throughout the presentation, Bradley uses an applied example of drag coefficients on a parachute

 

  • Step 1: importing the data
    • Data files use the SDS standard
  • Step 2: Categorize the Data set

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  • Step 3: Add Characteristic Values to the Data Set
  • Step 4 Link to Mathcad Analysis file
  • Step 5: Execute the link
  • Step 6: Setup inputs and outputs

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    • Leverages the WRITEPRN function; be sure to use the # symbol (that’s the tag to SciData)
  • Step 7: Batch processing
  • Step 8: Compile the results

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  • Bradley demonstrated this with a live demo

 

Audience Q+A

  • Q: Why Mathcad? Why not the native program in which this is developed?
  • A: “Because Mathcad is sexy!  The UI is made for easy manipulation.”

 

  • Q: Have you hit an upper limit with your data sets?
  • A: Well, this is why I moved out of Excel.  So, short answer – no.

 

  • Q: Have you done anything with photo data?
  • A: Yes, I have an example at the end of my presentation.

 

All in all, this is a great third-party enhancement to Mathcad.  This showcases the computational power of Mathcad while using another tool to handle the data collection.  This also lets another use (perhaps a co-worker who doesn’t have a Mathcad license) to participate in the process by getting data ready for processing.

 

Bradley’s SciData application can be download from sourceforge herehttps://sourceforge.net/projects/scidata/.  And you can get a copy of Bradley’s presentation on SlideShare here.

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Brian Thompson, Vice President of Product Management for Creo, led a session on the Creo product roadmap.  It was one of the most widely-attended sessions here at the PlanetPTC Live 2012 event. Brian packed a ton of information into his presentation.  The text summary below doesn’t do it justice, but it’s a good wayfinder.  Have it handy when you step into the Creo roadmap presentation replay to learn more details.

Agenda

  • Creo Strategy
  • Creo Roadmap Technology Roadmap
  • Creo 2.0

Landscape of CAD

  • Many Roles and Technologies Contribute to Product Development

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Creo Addresses Four Main Market Pressures

1: Hard to Use

  • - Parametric CAD is an abstract approach- fundamentally hard to learn, remember, and use for many casual users
  • - Using the wrong tool or mode is difficult and inefficient

 

2: Interoperability

  • - No interoperability between paradigms
  • - No interoperability within the 3D parametric paradigm
  • - Forced standardization

 

3: Technology Lock-in

  • - Difficult data conversion drives technology/vendor lock-in
  • - Drives up switching costs and limits innovation

 

4: Realistic Assembly Modeling

  • - No deep connection to PLM for CAD Assembly Modeling
  • - No validation or downstream use of order specific configurations

 

Creo Delivers 4 Breakthrough Technologies

AnyRole Apps: The right app, for the right task, at the right time…

 

Where we are…

  • - Consistent UX
  • - App interoperability
  • - 10 apps introduced

 

On the roadmap…

  • - Continue building out app spectrum
  • - Improved productivity and consistency across apps
  • - App switching

 

AnyMode Modeling

Design freely in any modeling paradigm

  • - Move data effortlessly between modeling modes
  • - Addresses Usability related to “Paradigm”

 

Where we are…

  • - Parametric and Direct “round trips”
  • - Change Tracking between Direct and Parametric apps
  • - Freely choose your paradigm for new designs
  • - Move data to another paradigm with no loss of fidelity and 100% reuse.

 

On the roadmap…

  • - Rapid expansion of Direct capabilities
  • - 2D Apps beyond Conceptual Layouts
  • - Change tracking between 2D and 3D Modes

 

 

AnyData Adoption

  • - Easily incorporate data from any CAD system
  • - multi-CAD product development process
  • - reuse data from legacy systems

 

Where we are today…

  • - open any 3D CAD data via Creo View files
  • - broad 3rd party format support in Creo Parametric
  • - Flexible Modeling Extension can modify/parameterize 3rd party CAD models

On the roadmap…

  • - Broader 3rd party CAD interoperability
  • - Better JT and latest STEP standard support
  • - More powerful in-context design and editing tools
  • - Expansion of variant design capabilities into the multi-CAD environment

 

AnyBOM Assembly Technology

Introduces an intelligent solution for the design and validation of modular products

  • - Utilizes Windchill for building and managing  configuration logic and product structure
  • - Enabled by new technology in Creo Options Modeler for building, visualizing and validating modular products

 

Increases productivity by reducing time to deliver product variants

 

On the roadmap…

  • - Expanded use cases, like configure to order
  • - More complex, compound configuration logic

 

 

Creo 2.0

 

Improved Workflows

Sketched-based features

Dynamic, fully attached preview

Improved sketching

 

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Creo Parametric User Productivity Improvements

  • - Improved Interaction Workflows
  • - Dynamic cross section
  • - Improved measurement

 

Assembly User Productivity in Creo 2.0

 

Quickly Get up to Speed with Creo

Integrated Learning Connector

  • - 200+ free in-context Creo tutorials
  • - Context sensitive access to:
  • - >2,000 eLearning topics
  • - Help Center
  • - Knowledge Base
  • - Customer eLearning Content
  • - Search for eLearning topics, tech support articles and help

 

Command Search Tool

  • - No more menu mapper!
  • - Just type the command, and find it anywhere in the UI

 

Instructor-led or Online Training

  • - Creo Adoption Training helps you reach full productivity faster
  • - Best practices training dives deeper into your areas of interest

 

Design Agility: Late Stage Design Changes with Creo Flexible Modeling Extension

 

Capabilities

  • - Geometry-based selection & editing
  • - Move, remove, attach, round, etc.
  • - Edit cylinders, cones, etc.
  • - Work with patterns, symmetry
  • - Edits recorded as feature

 

Benefits

  • - Make late stage design changes with ease
  • - Eliminate unnecessary rework of outdated design intent
  • - Easily edit “rigid” and poorly defined parametric geometry
  • - Modify imported data and add design intent by defining features and patterns

 

Creo Options Modeler

Desktop Design

  • - pro: Accurate regenerated 3D Design
  • - con: Very limited options and variant capabilities
  • - con: No business driven configuration logic

 

Enterprise Driven

  • - pro: Business and configuration logic drive the design
  • - pro: Extensive options and variations capabilities
  • - con: No or static 3D representation
  • - con: Poor integration into 3D Design leads to inaccurate positioning of components
  • - con: Additional effort for manual filtering and positioning of overloaded 3D Design

 

Creo Options Modeler

Capabilities

  • - Visualize the product architecture, models, BOM, choices, etc from Creo and Windchill
  • - Architect the product Top-down or bottom-up
  • - Accelerate assembly with interface tags

 

Benefits

  • - Create and validate modular products dramatically faster
  • - Reduce errors and rework by directly reusing models, BOM, and business logic
  • - Automate the creation of any product using common architecture and product modules
  • - Communicate precisely by sharing product design earlier

 

Go digital earlier and explore more alternatives during concept design

  • - Create and Validate Modular Products
  • - Concept Development in Creo
  • - Exploring Concepts with Creo
  • - Industrial Design
  • - 2D Conceptual Engineering
  • - Freestyle In Creo Parametric

 

Capabilities

  • - Rapid freeform surface creation
  • - Directly manipulate with the 3D dragger to create and refine surfaces
  • - Trim, merge, round, or even thicken or solidify to make the model solid
  • - High quality, curvature continuous, manufacturable surfaces

 

Benefits

  • - Quickly create the highest quality and most innovative products
  • - Accelerate concept design
  • - Increase quality of concept models

 

Creo Layout: Create 2D from existing 3D or use 2D layouts to drive 3D

Capabilities

  • - Sketch, edit, and import 2D geometry
  • - Create dimensions, notes, tables..
  • - Organize information: Tags, structure, groups, ..
  • - Leverage 2D Layout for 3D and updates made in 2D reflect in 3D

 

Benefits

  • - Efficiently engineer complex assembly designs in 2D
  • - Quickly explore design alternatives

 

Creo Direct: Direct modeling helps more 3D CAD users contribute to new concepts

 

Capabilities

  • - Fast, flexible 3D geometry creation and editing
  • - Intuitive parts and assembly positioning
  • - Change Tracking with Creo Parametric

 

Benefits

  • - Enables more 3D CAD users to contribute to the design process
  • - Easy, fast support for bid proposals
  • - Faster, more flexible concept and detailed design
  • - Accelerates CAE and tooling design workflows

 

Creo 2.0 is Compatible with:

  • - Windchill 9.1 M070
  • - Windchill 10.0 M030
  • - Windchill 10.1 F000

 

Creo 2.0 is Certified on:

  • - Windows XP 32-bit and 64-bit
  • - Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit

Creo Sketch 2.0 also runs on Mac OSX

  • - Creo 2.0 is available for download now!

 

 

These are just the high-level descriptions of the improvements.  Be sure to download a copy of Brian’s presentation to get more details, and watch the Creo roadmap presentation replay.

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Will Kohler, Senior Vice President of Product Management for Windchill, led a session on the Windchill product roadmap.  It was a widely attended session – no surprise, since it’s one of PTC’s flagship software offerings.  Will offered up a tremendous amount of detail.  We were fortunate to have live-streamed this event in case some of you couldn’t attend in person.  And we were even more fortunate to have recorded it.  Below is a text summary of the points Will covered in his presentation. Step into the replay to learn more details.

 

  • The Windchill software enterprise is broad and deep; will narrowed in on the core Windchill items, and set aside (for the purposes of discussion) some of the CAD features.

 

  • Early feedback on Windchill 10 has been positive.  At the risk of sounding like a commercial, it’s worthwhile to share some of the quotes, as an indication that PTC is responding to some of the specific customer features and requests – and you’re telling us that you noticed!

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  • To DO MORE with Windchill 10, there has been a focus on both the depth and breadth of the process-centric solutions.  For example, there’s a deeper integration with Creo to support real-time 3D product configurations (AnyBOM Assembly).  And the change and configuration management capabilities have been deepened and improved.

 

  • The Windchill integration with Integrity more deeply link the software requirement management and software traceability into the product development process.

 

  • Many documenting features have been incorporated into Windchill 10, including generating coversheets for .pdf reps and improved desktop application integration.

 

  • Enhancements for retailers and consumer product customers are available in Windchill 10, helping extend it as a solution across more and more product lifecycle environments.

 

In Windchill 10.1 …

 

  • The Product Analytics section alone is impressive…  Support for Conflict Minerals Regulations, and a host of acronyms: IMDS, ELV, and GADSL

  • The Cost Enhancements helps customers the true cost of a product, and see where swapping out materials can change the effective price.  And as a true global enterprise software offering, multiple currency support is baked right in. 

  • Will next reviewed a recently-released Customer Experience Management Offering.  This module permits a rapid intake of customer problems from a call center to aid in resolution.  This helps address the labor-intensive manual intake and reporting of such issues.

  • In July of 2012, PTC is planning on releasing some new closed-loop capabilities.  FRACAS, change management, and CAPA will take center stage, as well as examining Creo models from within risk + reliability products.

 

  • Some significant user experience refinements have been incorporated into Windchill 10.1: related objects in the thumbnail navigator, expanded ‘auto suggest’, and the ability to pin the navigator.

 

  • Enhanced reporting and charting are also part of the refinements, helping you understand more about your product-focused enterprise.

 

  • A suite of administrative improvements are in Windchill 10.1 as well, helping you get more faster.

 

  • Will touched a bit on the next release of Windchill, internally called X-24.  Planned (though not pinned down) for this release:
    • Enhance usability and navigation
    • Improved project planning
    • Expanded partner & supplier collaboration
    • Detailed design productivity
    • Better change and configuration management
    • Expanded Integrity Integration for Requirements Management
    • Improved Component Management / Part Classification administration
    • Improved MPM Productivity
    • Retail and Consumer “Technical Convergence” (FlexPLM)
    • Expanded Service Information Authoring, Publishing, and Delivery
    • Expanded Quality Solutions
    • Improved Product Analytics
    • New Windchill Small Deployment configuration
    • Expanded bulk migration
    • Improved support for deployments on server clusters
    • Expanded screen tailoring reduces need for customization
    • Enhanced data exchange and integration

 

These are just the high-level descriptions of the improvements.  Be sure to download a copy of Will’s presentation to get more details, or watch the replay.

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     I am at PlanetPTC Live speaking with our hardware and software partners about Creo.  It is great to talk with partners who are part of our Creo-Ready program.  Our partners love the program because of the response from you -- our customers.  There has been a bunch of folks going by the booths and learning how our partners support Creo.  These booths are a great way for companies to learn how our partners can help them get even more out of their use of the software.

   

     If you are at the conference make sure you check out the Creo Ready raffle at the Solutions Expo.  If you get stickers from the Creo-ready partners, you can win one of many exciting prizes.  Hope to see you at the booths later!

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PTC is conducting several presentations of “Why Move to Creo” at PlanetPTC Live this year.  There was a lot of interest in the session!  During the conference, I heard from several companies who told me that they are planning to move to Creo in the next few months.  We hope you learned some nuggets from the “Why Move” presentation – and hope you share them with us on the PTC Community!

One of the highlights of the session was the overview of a recent study that PTC commissioned with a 3rd party consultant to evaluate & document head-to-head comparison of Creo 2.0 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.  The study covered 8 commonly used areas to look at the productivity gains you would get from moving to the latest release.  I’ll try to hit some of the highlights here:

 

1. User Experience:  Creo has a major overhaul of the UI to have a Windows look and feel.  It includes an in-graphics toolbar, CommandFinder, LearningConnector, interactive 3D dragger, and streamlined workflows to increase your productivity.  The head-to-head tests from Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 vs Creo 2.0 show it takes 33% less time to perform these tasks.

 

2. Sketching:  Enhancements such as ability to sketch directly on models faces, reference 3D objects, and streamline editing yielded a 50% decrease in time. 

 

3. Assemblies:  The benchmarks show it takes 40% less time to do common tasks with assemblies due to the lightweight graphic representations, quick search across the assembly, and faster loading – which is up to ten times faster than before. 

 

4. Freestyle:  This is an area that has absolutely amazing performance improvements for you – the tests show a 92% decrease in time.  The Freestyle capabilities are included at no additional cost in every license Creo Parametric.  These capabilities were designed to help you quickly create freeform shapes and surfaces, refine areas, and directly work with 3D shapes.  

 

5. Sheet metal:  The performance benchmarks here showed a 49% decrease in time to perform these tasks.  Some of the highlights include new sketched forms, 2D flat pattern preview, and ability to create piercings and join disconnected sheet metal walls. 

 

6. 3D Cross Sections: Enhancements include ability to give you access sections directly from the model tree.  This aspect allows you to create offset sections from 2D sketches and 2D curves from cross sections.  You can now see a separate window that shows them the 2D view. This feature showed a 56% decrease in time.

 

7. Annotation, which showed a 58% decrease in time, includes pre-defined annotation planes, fast creation and automated placement of annotations, dimensions, and notes, and combined states to capture orientation, relevant annotations, and cross sections.  This feature provides a drawing tree to be used to access and manage annotations.  You can share annotated models and minimize the need for 2D drawings.

 

8. Measuring has upgraded to allow you to use multiple measures in one tool.  The tests show it takes 10% less time than before. This faster and easier measuring of the 3D model also encourages you to copy and paste any measured result to other commands and apps.

 

 

You can see the head-to-head benchmark videos on YouTube on the PTC Studio

 

Make sure you check out The schedule for the Productivity Forum – Why Move to Creo sessions are on:

  • Tuesday, June 5: 10:00-10:45 am in Wekiwa 6
  • Wednesday, June 6: 10-10:45 am in Wekiwa 6
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Very insperational Key Notes this morning.  I particularly enjoyed the NASA presentation - Living your dream and enjoying every minute of it.  The excitement he showed and the passion for what he does is so uplifting.  We so often dwell on the issues - he thinks out side the box and just looks for solutions.

 

MIT presentation hit home for me as well.  20 years ago I was intrduced the the words "What you are is where you were when..." and this looked and reviewed the current situation for that.  Where I see my children growing up in and how in the distant future (or not so distant) will change and if you think how fast things change today just imaging what the next 20/50/100 years will be like.  We cannot be narrow focused and only look at how descisions affect us today, we must learn to change our thinking to how it will affect the worlds future.

 

Thoughts?

 

Chris

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If I had to guess who the busiest people are during this conference, my bet would be on the PTC University instructors.

 

Windchill Training Session at PlanetPTC Live in Orlando 2012

 

This year at PlanetPTC Live, we are offering almost 100 training sessions and classes, which is more than in any of the years before.
Some of our instructors have extremely tight schedules - they literally do one session after the other, with only a short break in between to answer follow-up questions, move to another training room or grab a bite to eat.


I took another look at the statistics – I thought you might find these interesting!


Our Windchill sessions and classes have proved to be the most popular so far – many of them were booked out within a few weeks, including observer seats!

 

  • Effectively Administering Creo Parametric Data with Windchill
  • Alternatives to Customizing Windchill 10.1
  • Getting Started with Windchill 10.1


Among the most popular CAD trainings, we find the following topics:

  • Modeling with Creo Direct 2.0
  • Best Practice Academy - Creating Robust Models
  • Utilizing the Creo Parametric 2.0 Interface


Many of the classes had been fully booked even weeks prior to the conference.


Nonetheless, we have a few seats here and there available for both, the free 2-hour sessions, and the paid classes. If you are interested in a last-minute booking, please reach out to us:


Email us or swing by the Registration Desk at the event!


Are you attending or have you attended any of the sessions? Which one(s) did you pick and how did you like them?  Please comment below with your feedback!

 

Bettina

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The first day of the conference was hectic as usual, learning where everything is, catching up with old friends, etc.  Doubly so this year with Shari Sackett and I presenting the first day of the event.  The morning session went well, maybe a bit long, but as usual lots of good information was shared.

 

Great turnout this year (attendees as well as vendors)!  PTC's "vision" looks sound, and the Creo app set is growing.  The buzz among the users is a good one though I did sense some confusion about the short support cycle for Creo 1.0.  Given what I was able to glean it makes sense from PTC's point of view, with so many folks going direct to Creo 2.0, yet I understand how I would feel if I'd done a lot of work prepping for a move to 1.0 only to find it will have a short life cycle.

 

Networking as always is the key to this conference.  Talking to other companies about their successes and failures provides great insight into, and validation about our future plans while helping to avoid major pitfalls.  It's why I've kept coming over the years and provided great benefit to mY company, co-workers, and myself.

 

The afternoon presentation was, I think, well received.  Like many live demos it got choppy at times but we had good feedback on the information we covered, and interest in the supporting content.  I had several people asking about my book info so here you go:

 

Presenting Creo Parametric 2.0

524 pages covering a multitude of Creo Parametric topics, including solid modeling, assemblies, detailing, surfacing, and other topics

Publisher:  Lulu.com

http://www.lulu.com/shop/michael-brattoli/presenting-creo-parametric-20/paperback/product-20154650.html

 

If you purchase it let me know what you think!

 

Off to the morning sessions.  I'll post something later today.

 

Regards,

 

Mike Brattoli

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Audio Interview with Josh Mings and Adam O’Hern

 

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I got a chance to sit down with (literally) Josh Mings and Adam O’ Hern at #PlanetPTC12 this evening. I’ve listened to their podcast a bit, and I like what I hear: a nice mix of playful banter, along with some good, insightful conversations with industry luminaries.  I decided to turn the tables a bit and put a microphone in front of their face (thank you , SoundCloud).  I asked them three questions (each answered), as well as one bonus question.  In the end, it was a fun 10 minutes.  Read the questions below, and click on the recording image to listen to their answers.  You’ll be glad you did, and so will I.

 

 

Q1: Your podcast is titled “Engineer vs. Designer.”  Yet much of what Josh shares on SolidSmack.com features 'cool' stuff, with lots of curves and slick colors. Josh, are you a design guy under all those 0s and 1s?  And Adam – your site is titled CADJunkie.com – and you’re the design guy – what gives?!

 

 

Q2: Give me an example of a favorite item or product that is a good blend of both engineering and design.

 

 

Q3: What’s your take on the ever-growing fusion of mechanical and electrical?  Whether its called ‘mechantronics’, ‘ECAD/MCAD collaboration’ or something else – what do you make of it?

 

 

Bonus: How do you guys develop the  openings and closings of your shows, where you seemingly toss marital-esque  barbs at each other (“if designers developed doileys, …”)?

 

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2012.06.04: Mings And O'Hern Interview at Orlando, FL by abelniak

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Today, I spent some time in-between booth hours at the PTC University eLearning Lab at St. John’s 24. First of all, just in case this is your first time attending PlanetPTC Live, let me explain what the eLearning Lab is.


It’s basically a room where you can walk in at any time (during the official opening hours, of course), sit down at any of the workstations and get access to our eLearning Libraries to test and try eLearning by PTC University.

 

Precision LMS, our learning management system, is the backbone of our eLearning Libraries and beyond pulling up the courses and tutorials, it provides a lot of functionality to assess your skills, control your learning progress and manage the overall learning and development experience. We had just implemented Precision LMS 3.0, which is a major upgrade to previous versions earlier this year, so even if you had tried eLearning a while ago, it definitely is worth taking a second look!


The room is attended by a training expert at all times so you can get a guided tour and ask questions to the team. I talked to Kim Springston, who is one of our Product Managers here at PTC University, and asked what people were interested in the most today…

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BG: Kim, the Lab seems pretty busy today – is there a trend of what people were most interested in?


Kim: That’s hard to say – we had users of all levels come in. Pretty much all wanted to get an idea of our eLearning offerings available for the specific product they use. On top of that, if someone was an engineering manager or team leader, they were interested in the management capabilities of Precision LMS so we gave a lot of demos, too.


BG: Was LearningConnector a big topic at the Lab, too?


KS: Yes, we offered demos of LearningConnector to all of the CAD users who came in to show them how easy it is to access eLearning in a context-sensitive way right from inside Creo. This is a fast way of accessing the information you need right from your desktop, without spending time on searching for a specific tutorial. The LearningConnector application (built into Creo) offers you exactly the eLearning topics related to the functionality you are working with at the moment.


BG: How much time did people spent in the Lab today as an average?


KS: Hard to say! With the overall event agenda being so diverse and interesting, everybody had a tight schedule. However, we give every attendee at the lab a free trial license: The access information is printed out for them and they can take it home to access the Libraries for 14 days from any computer they like.


BG: Kim, that’s a great move and definitely a useful souvenir to take home!

 

So here’s our hot tip for the day: go to St. John’s 24 and try eLearning. Even if you can only squeeze in 30 minutes in your agenda, it is definitely worth it!  And to those who have attended today: Feel free to comment below and share your experiences!


Bettina

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Today's Service Lifecycle Management and Arbortext sessions theme has been around poor service performance. Everyone has a poor service experience. If you want to start a conversation at lunch tomorrow with the person sitting next to you bring it up. Service experiences can be a great conversational starter. Whether it is your car being maintained and serviced, appliance being fixed or maybe you sat on the tarmac for one minute too long due to the door being stuck (ok that is happening to me a lot lately).

 

The first thing I learned in marketing 101 is if your customer is happy they will tell one person if they are unhappy they will tell a minimum of eight. That was 17 years ago when social media didn't exist. Now they just tweet it and it goes to hundreds, maybe thousands.

 

What is the cost of poor service experience to the company?

Poor customer satisfaction when they lose faith in their investment and the ability to maintain and service their product.

 

Is the measurement loss in brand value for your company due to customer satisfaction with their service experience?

 

Maybe the measurement is lost revenue due to the inability to retain customers.

 

As Bill Berutti stated in today's keynote "Service is where customers are won and lost".  How is your company improving your customers’ service experience?

 

Stop by the Service Lifecycle Management  in the PTC Pavilion to learn how PTC can help.  And if you see me in the hallways tell me about your poor experience, I love a story.

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I have seen a lot and learned a lot on the first day in Orlando. My schedule today included the following sessions:

 

 

8:00 Opening General Sessions. These sessions were streamed live so I am not going to summarize them here.

 

10:15 Rounds Exposed.

     In this presentation, Justin Roegner from Kohler discussed the many options available during round creation, he suggested techniques like:

-    Creating rounds last in a part model especially auto rounds

-    Using shift and selecting edges from a tangent chain to add different radii to those edges and generate blends between those values the result is similar to a variable radius round, but can provide better looking results.

-     The various options for transitions were discussed and potential uses for those transitions were explained

-     Round pieces were also discussed and he demonstrated that the endpoints of the round pieces can be dragged to vary the way the round terminates.

-     The different options governing auto rounds were also shown such as the ability to have different values for concave and convex radii, excluding edges, and  creating the resulting geometry as groups of rounds.

 

11:15 Geometries That Delight -Exploring Advanced 3D Surface Creation

     During this presentation, different strategies for creating aesthetic surfaces we discussed.Vincent Haley, from Whirlpool, discussed strategies including:

-     Using freeform surfacing to split a surface into portions and then omitting portions of those surfaces and  selecting vertices to crease to create sharp edge.  He then pointed to the connect option to create a bridge between those two edges formed from the creasing of the vertices.

-    Vincent also displayed a model that was created by generating a shape for a prosthetic leg piece. This aesthetic shape was then flattened using flatten quilt. After flattening it, he was able to add other features including a pattern of hex shaped holes. After adding the holes, and edging features for durability, he then used the information from the flatten quilt to distort the model back to the original desired shape.

 

1:30 Quirky-Selling a Product That Doesn't Exist (Yet)

     This was an interesting discussion of how the Quirky business model works.(Quirky.com). The way i understand it, this community is made up of over 200,000 members and allows members to submit ideas for products or improvements in products. Using the community, the members then vote, add suggestion for further improvements, comment on pricing etc. Twice a week a product is selected to be brought to life. If the idea is of interest to businesses they work with like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond among others, the products manufactured and sold. The person who submits the ideas along with. Number of people  who have provided input are given royalties based on their involvement. Sounds like a pretty interesting concept.

 

2:30 Core Modeling in Creo Parametric: How the Design Engineer's Life Just Got a Lot Easier!

Don Breda talked about the benefits of Creo 2.0 and some of the changes that have been made to make the life of a designer easier. He talked about topics such as:

 

-     Sketcher enhancements

          Streamlined entry into the sketch mode

          Rorientation of the sketch made easy

          Adding references to the sketch shortcut using ALT key to select additional references

 

 

-Dimensioning improvements including:

          New object action dimensioning where you can select two edges and then RMB then select create dimension to see what types of dimensions can be created based upon the entities selected

           Dimension values can be changed while still in dimensioning mode. Looks like double clicking will allow input of a new value.

 

 

-Feature improvements including:

          Curves from cross sections

          Helical sweep improvements including the ability to to control pitch by ratio.

          Adding taper to extrude features as part of the extrude creation.

          Dynamic cross sections look to be a great improvement to the creation of cross sections. You can also preview a 2d window showing what the cross section looks like looking directly at the sketch

          Capping planes can be turned in and off in cross sections

 

-Improvements to the measure tools

          Functionality looked to be a good improvement to what was available in creo elements pro (WF5). it looks like you can now select entity(ies) and then you are provided with a dialogue box with information about those selections. One example of this was say two lines were selected. Initiating the measure tool would provide the length of both lines separately as well as the total length of both lines. Also the angle between the lines was provided in the same box. If a surface is selected then the area is provided along with other valuable information.

 

 

-Improvements to sheet metal were coved as well, but that is not something that I use on a regular basis, I did see heads nodding in approval with what he was demonstrating so it appeared as though it was a good enhancement.

 

 

 

     That is pretty much a summary of what I have heard in just one day, so I am looking forward to the rest of the conference.....hopefully I will time to provide more information from this wonderful venue herein Orlando.

 

 

-GAF

 

* - PTC offered three customer bloggers, who were sharing their experiences from the customers’ point of view with all others, a pass to the PlanetPTC Live event in June 2013 (Anaheim, California). As a customer of PTC products, I wanted to share my experience at PlanetPTC Live 2012. My blog posts are my thoughts and opinions from my own point of view, and were not in any way influenced by PTC.

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When you experience a keynote presentation sequence as compelling as the one PTC's leadership team delivered this morning, the speakers' content and the energy of their delivery dominate your attention. As they should. But those impressions make their way to you through an amazingly complex and highly-engineered audio-visual delivery system - from high-definition screens to concert-quality line-array loudspeakers, and the intricate signal chains that carry and control them. Behind those big screens are the wizards (of Needham and Nashville, not Oz...) that make such a memorable experience happen: PTC's event team, led by Pino Soro, and production partners Ovation. Occasionally, as you enjoy the experience, make note of its presentation quality - a lot of technology, planning and investment goes into delivering a production worth flying in for.

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Today at 2:30 Mike Sundquist, PTC is presenting on the topic of  Product-Centric Technical Information in Gatlin A-3. I asked him what his presentation will cover, take a look and I hope you can join us.

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When I heard Whirlpool Corporation, with headquarters only two hours from my hometown, was interested in exploring ways to better communicate their PLM initiative (the Constellation Program) I leaped at the opportunity to get involved.  I have worked with many customers capturing their stories, but this was a unique experience.

 

I could not have imagined how involved I would truly be able to get in such a short time.  Talking with Jeff Burk the PMO Director and Tami Brandt the Organizational Change Management Leader  for the Constellation Program, I was excited to hear they too were interested in creating marketing videos to communicate the program’s activities and vision with their global team.  This was similar  to projects I had done for communications teams at Volvo and Piaggio, but quickly I realized this would be so much more.  As we scoped the video within the first week I had spoken to and planned to meet more than 15 individuals from nearly every department across the organization, each willing to share their experiences on the positive impact of the Constellation program.   I had expected to hear from Engineering teams working with CAD, but just as quickly I heard from the Software and Electronics, Procurement, Manufacturing, Sales/Marketing, Service and IT teams all ready to share their stories as well.  And, not just from the US but also from locations in Italy, Germany, Brazil and India too. 

 

With each conversation I heard about exciting ways in which their teams were experiencing new levels of collaboration, reuse, innovation, quality and cost improvements. Some teams had already begun their transformation while others were engaged in planning and poised for the program to deploy in their area as part of the "PLM journey" as Jeff calls it.

 

I could not have been more delighted than when I heard the Whirlpool team agreed to allow PTC to feature their product and a peek into their Constellation program as part of this year’s PlanetPTC Day 1 Keynote presentation.  Now the whole PTC community will get a chance to see and hear how this world leading manufacturing organization - with 100 years of success - stays ahead of the competition, but more importantly how plans to continue to provide its customers with innovative world-class products and services for another 100 years.

 

Whirlpool is one of the many customer stories I’m looking forward to hearing this week.  I hope you all enjoy the experience as much as I am.   And, if you'd like to explore ways to share your story with your internal team or with the PTC community I'd love to talk - even if you aren't  a short drive from my home town.

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Great start to conference 2012. It is little warmer than california but love it, atleast for sometime.

 

I learnt today about the eLearning courses about Windchill performance tuning. It was a kind of a surprise for me to see this available that too in a detailed manner. I never thought that the such technical course would be so informative. Especially the Oracle tuning course was awesome. It atleast talked about the main important piece of tuning WIndchill system, which we all ignore it.

In a small to mid size implementations tuning database is totally ignored or poorly handled. This course atleast gives the background knowledge for Windchill admin. Trust me you do not need to be an oracle dba to tune it.

 

Also the PTC Unversity course on Alternative to customization on WIndchill 10 was decent. I could attend partways but still good pointers.

 

Deb S and Patti S were great in giving all of us tips about delivering presentation. thanks for that.

 

AT the end, Solution Expo always have exciting stuff. PTC booths are always an attractive place for me. I can get my questions answered one on one basis. Like new Change management enhancements in 10.1 demo by Jeff Z.

 

Looking forward Jim H session tomoroww!!

 

Now zzzz

 

Note:  I shared my perspectives on the event from my own point of view, and PTC did not in any way influence my content. These are solely based on my observation.

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This afternoon, we hosted an welcome session for nearly 80 international journalists, analysts and other "industry influencer" types at PlanetPTC Live in Orlando.  It is amazing to think that from the small conference room in which we met here at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel, the ideas we discussed will be transmitted around the globe.  With reporters from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Germany, France, Sweden, the UK and the U.S., it is clear that PTC's story is being heard - and transferred to customers and prospects the world over.

 

And what were the main points of our story?  Two key themes that people will hear and see over the next two days - transformation and inspiration.  For now, let's just look at the idea of transformation.

 

At PTC, we believe the manufacturing industry is at an inflection point.  For the past 30 years or more, global manufacturers have been locked in a struggle to take cost out of the business – investing massively in technology and process change aimed at improving operational efficiency.  At PTC, we see this ‘race to the bottom’ as nearing an end.  Manufacturers need to be operationally efficient to compete, but they can no longer gain meaningful advantage from it alone.  The time has come for a new race – this time to the top.  The new source of competitive advantage is technology and process improvements that help companies add value back into the business – by enabling smarter strategy decisions across the enterprise, from engineering to the supply chain to sales and service networks. 

 

This fundamental transformation creates tremendous new opportunity for our customers.  It also creates opportunity for PTC.  For those of us who work at PTC, we've become aware of our new organizational structure and our new focus on our internal business segments.  Based on what we're talking about at PlanetPTC Live, it's clear these organizational changes make sense.  When Jim presents his vision to the thousands gathered here tomorrow, the idea that we're at the cusp of an important transformation - for our industry and for our company - will spark an international buzz.

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The Florida Sunshine is nothing compared to the Hot News at PlanetPTC Live. Well, not everyone might agree here, but the more than 2000 attendees here at PlanetPTC Live in Orlando, Florida, obviously find this a compelling event.  The agenda has a ton of information for all users of PTC products, including exciting keynote speeches and customer presentations. In the following days, you can expect a variety of short blog posts from me highlighting the things that deliver value specifically to our CAD users.

 

Earlier today I had the opportunity to see the PTC University eLearning Lab and talk with Phil Murgatroyd, who is the Product Manager for LearningConnector.  In talking with many customers – both before and since arriving at the conference – I’ve heard a lot of praise for the learning tools that PTC has put into Creo to make it easy for engineers to get up to speed on the latest version.

LearningConnector is one of many free productivity tools for Creo users.  By launching it from the main menu, it opens an additional window on your desktop that suggests learning topics and helps files in a context-sensitive way. In other words, when you are rendering, it suggests you to related resources you can leverage if questions arise. With LearningConnector, you no longer have to interrupt your work to pull up a manual or go to a different interface for accessing help files; now, you can simply learn while you work.

The resources you can access as a Creo user through LearningConnector are:

  1. The PTC Knowledge Base
  2. Creo Help files
  3. Free Creo tutorials that come with the product

Also, if you have an eLearning subscription, you can access the full Creo eLearning Library with many more hours of training content

In the eLearning Lab here at PlanetPTC Live, you can go in, get a free 2-week trial account for the entire eLearning Library, and test eLearning through LearningConnector right away. Phil is here to answer any of your questions and give you an introduction, if needed. You get a paper slip with your login data, so when done here, you can still continue testing on your computer at home or at work. In short, the eLearning Lab is definitely a hot recommendation!

The eLearning Lab is located in St. John’s 24.

The schedule for the eLearning Lab is as follows:

  • Sunday, June 3: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 4: 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 5: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 5: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Here’s an additional introductory video you might like to watch! 

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Kaboom! in Hello, CAD!

Posted by BettinaGiemsa Jun 3, 2012

Folks, I am exhausted! This first day at PlanetPTC live in Orlando was just great – but as always at the end of a busy conference day, I am super tired and my feet hurt. Still, I would like to share a few impressions from the PTC University booth today.


As you may have heard by now, the PTC University theme for the event is “Be an Engineering Superhero”. Though we cannot provide you with x-ray vision, super strength, or warp speed, we can give you first-class training to help you improve your knowledge and skills so you can get the most out of the PTC products – and excel at your job.


At our booth, you can do a deep dive into the PTC University offerings – from watching a free tutorial to getting a demo of Precision LMS, our learning management system. Or go beyond the standard Picks & Clicks training and learn more about Best Practice Academy.


To make your visit a lasting experience, we offer you an instant metamorphosis into a superhero by having your photo taken in a superhero scene of your choice. Fly through the city with your super designed jetpack to free the population from evil, or go on a rescue mission with your streamlined glider…


Sound like fun? I can assure you the folks we had on the booth today loved it – we took tons of pictures and we are sharing some on our gallery on Facebook.

 

Take a look at the photo gallery!

 

PTC University Engineering Superhero

 

Make sure to reserve some time in between presentations and training sessions and swing by our booth in the Solutions Expo during the next few days. We look forward to shooting your picture, too!

 

Bettina

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I just arrived in Orlando for PlanetPTC 2012. This is my 6th PlanetPTC conference and as always it is still honor to attend.  This year brings new excitement with new role marketing for PTC’s Service Lifecycle Management Solutions. I am excited to meet some new faces and of course say hello to old friends.

We have a wide variety of activities planned this year around Service Lifecycle Management and Arbortext that you won’t want to miss. Here are a few highlights:

 

Solution Expo:

Come visit us in the Solution Expo where we have experts on Technical Information, Technical Information for FAD, Technical Illustrations, Service Parts, Warranty and Contract Management and Service Center.

 

Usability Labs

Sign up to provide us feedback on Arbortext Editor, Windchill Service Information Manager,  Windchill Service Parts, Service Center and PTC Tech Support website redesign.

 

Highlights of Monday agenda sessions you won’t want to miss:

1:30 in Gatlin A-3, PTC Service Lifecycle Management Strategy with Kevin Wrenn and Tom Sears

2:30 in Gatlin A-3, Product-Centric Technical Information with Mike Sundquist

4:00 in Panzacola G-2, Streamline and Improve Customer Facing Technical Information with Mary Craig from Trane Commercial Systems

 

If you are here in Orlando build your SLM and Arbortext agenda by going to PlanetPTC Live Connect Portal. I hope to see you in a few sessions.

 

If you were unable to attend this year, I would like to invite you to check out PlanetPTC Community for videos, blogs and discussions that cover the latest and greatest production information on SLM and Arbortext.

 

Stay tuned for more SLM and Arbortext highlights live from Orlando.

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Hello, Orlando! in Hello, CAD!

Posted by BettinaGiemsa Jun 2, 2012

Here I am now in Orlando. After months of preparation, the big event has come. I have just arrived, checked in to the hotel and taken a first sneak peek to the conference area.

 

While PTC University has always contributed to the event at a larger scale, this year is special – we have more training events scheduled than ever before. For me, personally, this is my first year attending the big North American event, and my first one since I have transitioned into my new role running Marketing for PTC University.


Am I nervous? Yes. However, we are in good shape, all hardware has arrived long ago, the booth area looks great and my colleagues who are running the trainings and co-hosting the booth with me are all experienced professionals.


So what do we have planned?


We have a motto – We want to turn you into Engineering Superheroes. But – hush – that’s all you’re gonna learn from me now. Visit me on the booth tomorrow to find out!

Visit the PTC University booth to become an Engineering Superhero

 

Looking forward to talking to you live!

 

Bettina

 

 

PS: Some core detail on the logistics…


The PTC University booth is located in Theater 4 of the PTC Pavilion of the Solutions Expo.
The eLearning Lab is located in St. John’s 24. For opening hours click here.
For information on the agenda and where to find the classrooms, take a look at the Onsite Guide.

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I have downloaded  the Creo1 educational media and the PIM. When I run the PIM, login in my account and enter the product code, It stop working and quit. Everytime I try again, it acts  like this.So,what should I do. Thank you.

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Abbiamo registrato oltre 160 iscrizioni al PTCLive TechForum del prossimo 14 giugno e per accontentare i nostri amici tifosi, a fine evento proietteremo in diretta la partita Italia - Croazia su schermo gigante e offriremo a tutti  nostri ospiti la possibilità di gustare un aperitivo insieme a noi di PTC e ai nostri Partner.


Quindi, PTCLive TechForum vuol dire:

  • Tutte le novità annunciate al PlanetPTC Live di Orlando (FL), USA: l’evento italiano è l’unico ad avere le stesse informazioni condivise con i partecipanti all’evento americano
  • Demo e presentazioni
  • Due speaker che vengono apposta dall’estero, disponibili a parlare con tutti voi personalmente, basta richiedere un meeting al vostro responsabile commerciale di PTC o VAR di riferimento
  • Uno speaker che arriva in Italia su nostra espressa richiesta ed espressamente per i clienti ex CoCreate, per presentare soprattutto a loro le novità di Creo Elements/Direct 18.1 e la garanzia PTC della protezione del loro investimento ora e in futuro
  • Due testimonial conosciutissimi: Elica ed Oerlikon Graziano, disponibili a condividere con voi esperienze e best practice
  • La presentazione accademica del Politecnico di Milano sul “perché” è necessario cavalcare proattivamente il cambiamento e non limitarsi ad assecondare le evoluzioni in atto sui mercati e perché il PLM è la risposta. E soprattutto: cosa si intende per PLM
  • Training offerti da PTC University sulle ultime release delle rivoluzionarie soluzioni PTC: creo 2.0 e Windchill 10.1
  • Scambio di esperienze, opportunità di creare contatti con i colleghi e gli esperti di prodotto condividendo le stesse passioni, non solo per la tecnologia, ma anche per lo sport!

 

 

Ora non avete proprio più scuse: registratevi subito!

 

Tenete d’occhio l’agenda e i contenuti delle sessioni sul sito: www.ptc.com/go/techforum-it.

 

 

Vi aspettiamo!

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Hole table help? in Creo

Posted by TomE Jun 1, 2012

I am crating a hole table, the system automatically creates the hole tag (A1, A2....B1, B2....), the holes are close together so they are on top of one another, I move them to a readable position. If I update the table they go back to the original position (on top of one another).

 

Is there a way to make them stay in the position that I want?

 

Can I create a leader pointing to the hole?

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Hi everyone

 

As with most things, there needs to be a compelling event to start something new.  And this is no different - with the compelling event being PlanetPTC Live 2012 kicking off in a few days in sunny, warm Orlando.  At least I hope it's sunny, because I'm tired of these cool days up here in Minnesota.

 

Who am I and why should I start this blog?  And why should you care? Good questions!  I'm a member of the PTC corporate communications team and my job is to help industry influencers - those editors, bloggers and other industry visionaires - understand and write about PTC and our industry.  Our team helps them understand what we are doing and where we are going.  We want them to see some of the inspiring things our customers are achieving with PTC technology.  And...gasp...we also need understand what our competitors are doing and where they want to go.  Because for the piece to be effective and educational, it really needs to have that all important 360 degree view.

 

At PlanetPTC Live we are hosting 80 international influencers - traveling from all around the globe - to watch, listen, understand and participate with customers, partners, PTC spokespeople and each other.  The goal is for them to share the stories they have gathered throughout the week with their audiences. 

 

And that got me thinking - how can we easily share those stories with you?  Which brings me back to why I started this blog.  My goal with this spot is to share pieces and opinions I find interesting.  From a variety of viewpoints.  It may not always be about PTC, but it will be interesting for the industry and, hopefully, you.

 

The process has begun.  Next week you'll see coverage specifically to PlanetPTC Live, but in the weeks that follow this blog will be expanded to general coverage that catches my eye.  Let me know if you want to see anything specific...it's a work in process and I want this to be useful to you.

 

Take care,

 

Beth Ambaruch

Director, Corporate Communications

PTC

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Day in and day out there is more information available to us over the various Social Media channels - what is your favouite?

 

Are you more a blog reader/follower?

 

Is Facebook your source for tipbits on what industries/your peers are working on?

 

Does Twitter give you just enough to keep going?

 

And what about Linkedin? Is that serious and factual enough for you to gather the intel you need?

 

Or do you just ignore them all and research in what is now a traditional method - on the company website?

 

Please share your thoughts....

 

 

Here are a few groups I can recommend (off course they are from PTC - I live and breath the place - what can you expect for a sunny Thursday :-) )

 

As always, stay curious

 

Ailbhe

 

Facebook:

PTC

http://www.facebook.com/pages/PTC.inc#!/PTC.Inc

 

PTC Retail & Consumer

http://www.facebook.com/pages/PTC-Retail-and-Consumer-Solutions/51731649845

 

Linkedin

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/PTC-Retail-Consumer-Products-1849717?gid=1849717&trk=hb_side_g

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Good afternoon everyone!  I hope you all saw the conference app message that Deb Shapiro sent out.  The first one is designed for our old friend the iPhone but Blackberry and Droid versions are on the way.  Having used the original versions in Vegas last year they are a great idea for keeping your time organized.

 

The versions last year were a little buggy at times - hope the ones this year are "best in class"!

 

Have to watch the airline reservations for the conference.  Already had my flight home bumped back a couple of hours to a later flight (the wife wasn't happy to say the least since she's traveling with me).  Wish the airlines were as easy to fix as a simple modification to a revolved super feature

 

Let's see, 2 days, 21 hours, and 37 minutes until Orlando!

 

Mike

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at Planet PTC Live again this year.  Each year I learn something new, find a resource for benchmarking solutions, gain insight to technical advancements, learn tips and tricks that I can use in my daily processes.  Feel free to follow my blog as I will post my thoughts and findings throughout the event.

 

As a starting point - on the social side - if anyone is looking to purchase Universal Orlando tickets - here is their recently setup Webpage for Converence Attendees - there are offers for After 2:00 PM Tickets (both Park Hopper and One Park Only) - these are a great deal if you want to work the day and then go to the park later.

 

http://www.universalorlando.com/convention/

 

Later,

 

Chris

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Programming symbolically in Mathcad

Posted by Vibron May 30, 2012

To community.

here I pose a simple question. To make mathemathical formalism compact I need

2 activ symbols:  Everybody knows  the operator  d/dx: It is called total derevative.

Derevation of a funktion with several varibles one needs the partial derevation and additionally

a time derevation , for example: p( point on top)

 

                                              d f( q )/dt = ∂f(q)/∂q *dq/dt...........further partial drevations, if q vector

 

I need not text symbols but I need an activ operator :  ∂/∂q  and  q( point on top)

I am working with Jacobi matrices but in Mathcad Prime 2.0   I cannot find anything.

Please,  if anybody will read this, give me some ideas.

 

Vibron,  answers to manfred.neubauer20@email.de