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     Earlier today I had the opportunity to talk with Mark Walker, Director of Product Management, who is giving the Mathcad roadmap update at PlanetPTC Live.

     He told me that he is getting a very positive response from Mathcad customers – especially those still using Mathcad 15.0 – on the Mathcad Prime 2.0 that was released a few months ago.  Some of the things customers indicated they liked best include the new user interface and symbolics.


I was able to get a sneak peek of his presentation – unfortunately I am presenting at the same time – but here are some of the highlights…

  • The failures across diverse engineering teams can be solved with units-managed, self-documenting calculations.  Combined calculation and documentation features offer one single authoring solution.  Also, multiple unit systems and supported languages ensure applicability across geographies. 
  • The slow and inaccurate development of new designs can be solved using Mathcad.  Mathcad offers simple, exploratory interface for solving the desired solution. 
  • Engineers often deal with inefficiency or duplication during derivative designs.  This problem is avoided by using Mathcad to create and re-use clear, readable and traceable calculations. 
  • The loss of expertise and competitive advantage is a growing problem that decreases productivity.  Mathcad’s readable and active capture of intellectual property helps users avoid this problem.


     Walker will talk about Mathcad Prime 2.0 and how it ultimately helps engineers boost productivity.  Users can create complex documents quickly and easily because they can interact with worksheet content.  New feature details, such as collapsible areas, an Excel component, 3D plots, and symbolics, provide users with easier navigation and support to their designs.  Mathcad Prime 2.0 supports both Windchill 10.0 M030 and Creo, a feature many engineers consider a blessing.  Users can search text and math content from within Windchill 10.0/WGM.

     Walker will close his presentation by talking about the future of Mathcad.  Mathcad Prime 3.0 is planned for release in the first half of 2013, and will contain templates, math-in-text support, plot layout improvements, and new filtering options.  This product will also be integrated with Integrity as well as Native Creo.  Mathcad Prime 3.0 promises to give users more capabilities that will allow them to create stronger, better designs more quickly and easier than ever before.


Today is final day of Planet PTC Live - it has been a great learning and networking experience.  But it doesn't have to end here.  In fact I had an opportunity to speak as a Customer of Geometric during their DFMPro Presentation.  My discusion was only 10 minutes, but since doing this on Monday Morning I have been engaged in over 3 hours of conversations on the topic and 2 of these have lead to potential Benchmarking opportunities, offers to assist other organizations source their issues and find solutions.  The networking never has to end, this is where PTC Live explodes and those relationships become crutial to business success.  Remember you don't have to re-invent the wheel everytime an issue arises - just like an open book test - you just need to know where to go to get those solutions and the relationships started here lead to those opportunities.


So for those heading out, have a safe trip home, for those sticking around for Training or the TC Meetings, see you around and to everyone remember you releationships are only a click away


Signing out


Chris McKee


Tuesday afternoon, visionary engineer and entrepreneur Dean Kamen paid a visit to PTC Studio to preview a key topic from his inspiring keynote address this morning.  With industry-changing inventions under his belt in arenas ranging from personal transportation, to prosthetics, to efficient power generation and water filtration for underdeveloped regions, Kamen nevertheless reserves his most passionate advocacy for advancing an early engagement between kids and science. Discussing the FIRST organization he founded in the early 90s to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders, Kamen noted the cultural dominance of professional sports idols as role models. But every kid on a FIRST team, he then pointed out, "can go pro." Great point.  


Yesterday at PlanetPTC Live, I hosted a customer panel of 3 companies who have moved from earlier versions of Pro/ENGINEER to PTC Creo.  They talked about their experience and shared advice with others who were planning to make the move.

Our customer speakers were:

  1. Stephane Lepage, VP of Design and Engineering at Tamaggo.  His company designs an incredibly cool 360 degree camera. They have 18 product development professionals, including 3 Industrial Designers who switched from SolidWorks to PTC Creo.
  2. Damian Castillo, CAD & Administration Manager for an industrial equipment company. They have 23 engineers currently using PTC Creo to design ground engaging tools, buckets, and specialized attachments.  They moved from Pro/E Wildfire 5.0 to PTC Creo 1.0.
  3. Jan Stothfang, Senior Application Engineer for a consumer products company. They have 250 engineers using PTC Creo.  They moved from Pro/E Wildfire 4.0 to PTC Creo 1.0.

Here are some highlights of the questions & answers from the panel

Q:  How did users get up to speed on PTC Creo?

Damian:  When they moved to PTC Creo, he created a five minute video on the basic UI layout for users.  He said that the search command tool was used extensively by his team.  They had recently hired some engineers who had been using SolidWorks and Inventor, and they easily made the transition to PTC Creo.

Stephane: Their company, Tamaggo, did not roll out any training to their users.  He said they just set up the software and let the users just play around with the software to understand how it worked. 

Jan: They have a much more extensive deployment, including CAD users located in US, Germany, Singapore, and Shanghai.  They moved to PTC Creo 1.0 and PTC Windchill 10.0 at the same time.  They provided around five hours’ worth of hands-on training and a virtual presentation for everyday users.  In the training he emphasized the command finder search tools so that users could search for answers on their own, rather than asking Jan questions. 

Q:  What did your users think about PTC Creo?

Stephane:  noted most of his designers loved PTC Creo, but one Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 user felt out of his comfort zone until he spent a few days using the new software.  A few weeks after they made the move, they were looking at something in the older version, and all his users agreed that they did not want to go back.

Damian received a lot of positive feedback and praise, noting the Ribbon UI is easier to navigate. 

Jan, who prefaced his answer with the fact that he primarily works with German users, said he had not heard negative feedback.   One of the audience members asked a follow up question on how the users responded to this move compared to previous versions.  Jan had said that the move from Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 to PTC Creo 1.0 was received as well as their past move from Pro/E Wildfire 3.0 to 4.0 [implying that the move to PTC Creo went pretty well.]

Q: Did your users see any performance improvements with the new version?

Damian said he polled his users before coming to the conference and the stat they told him was that it was 50% faster to do assemblies vs. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.  He noted that his users saw enough value & improvements in PTC Creo 1.0 (like in Drawings) that his company would have been worse off not buying PTC Creo right away.  He stated moving from PTC Creo 1.0 to PTC Creo 2.0 will not require additional training and he will do a “silent” update after one of the next maintenance builds.

Jan said they had not tracked or measured this.

I would like to thank all three panelists for sharing their experience with us.  We recorded some of their stories on video at the event & hope to have those posted soon!


If you thought that yesterday's tech talks were inspiring, hopefully you had the opportunity to check out Dean Kamen's presentation this morning. Not to diminish the presentations given yesterday, but to expand on what they brought us.


I was impressed with the things that DEKA has been working on and the passion that Dean has for what he does to help other people. From the prosthetic arms that can pick up raisins and grapes with 14 degrees of freedom , to providing water to those in areas where it is desperately needed.


I like the vision he has had for inspiring the youth of this world to get active in science and technology. It was very inspriring to see how the FIRST program has grown exponentially from the original 23 teams. I am not sure how anyone can watch his presentation without getting excited about these kids' futures.


If you didn't get the chance to see his presentation live, hopefully you will get the opportunity to view his presentation in the near future.


And if you missed the coolest slogan ever..."FIRST...Like the WWF, but with smart people!" George H. W. Bush




I had a great time at the universal city walk outing. The bus rides were very well organized and took the worry out of getting there and back. I enjoyed the legendary burger at the Hard Rock Cafe. Anybody else think this was a great addition to the conference experience?


For the first time, the Retail and Consumer BoCA was held at the same time than the PlanetPTC event.  More than 40 people representing 32 companies meet during 2 days in Orlando.  This was the opportunity for the newly created PTC Supply Chain segment to share PTC Retail and Consumer product strategy and roadmap and facilitate networking between key strategic customers learning more about best practices and lessons learned

In my case this was the first time I was directly involve with this community, very different from my traditional Manufacturing background.


The two days agenda included presentatiosn from both PTC and customers such as Charming Shoppes, Reitman's, Decker's and a representative of the Sustainability Apparel Coalition. 


Today I was first inspired by the Key Note Speakers (see my other post).  Then went on to learn more about advancements made in Large Assembly Mangment - like the idea of using Product View Files to ehance the speed of the tool and then have the ability to drill down into the file and extract the "real" Creo Part when needed.  Looking forward to their plans to move this functionality into Drawings on future releases.


Also attended the Creo View MCAD session - WOW Can't PTC make up its mind - ANOTHER name change - get it together and be done with it.

Product View Standard became Product View Professional and then Creo View Professional now they changed it again to Creo View MCAD.  This is a Users nightmare - as there will need to be more lists of comparing tools - can we not go more than one release without a name change...whats in a name?


Had a chance to participate in the UX lab - I know it is all booked up but this was the first time I did it here and well worth it - from the dicussions I had with them the solutions will be seriously taken under consideration.


I also suggest everyone take a minute and drop into the ELearning Lab (St. John Rooms) you get 2 week FREE access to ALL the online traininig courses.  I did some specific searches and was able to concentrate on areas where I had questions without having to take the full course.


Looking forward to tomorrow.






I got a chance to sit down with Develop 3D’s editor-in-chief, Al Dean.  Many readers likely know Al – he’s been covering the CAD (and related) space for some time now, always offering a fresh perspective. I kept this light on text (much like I did with my interview with the Engineer vs. Designer guys).  The questions are below – to hear the answers, click on the embedded audio player.



Q1: Making an honest buck (or pound) in the publishing space is tough. Margins are tight, advertisers are fickle, readership can vary...  How do you hedge against it?  How do you grow your readership and how are you sensing what they want to read or sensing what's current/news worthy?



Q2: Do you see 3D printing as temporary hype, or a long-term change that will help product designers?



Q3: 2D, 3D, direc, history-based, ECAD/MCAD iving together....  lots of changes in the industry.  You've been to countless of these kinds of conferences in the past three years.  Based on that, and your own intuition, what's in store in the next six years for 3D CAD?



Bonus: I'm not a native of the UK (but have visited).  What's the fascination with bangers?  And how did they get their name?



If the audio player isn’t appearing, click on the hyper link text labeled ‘2012.06.05 - Al Dean Interview at Orlando, FL’


  2012.06.05 - Al Dean Interview at Orlando, FL by abelniak



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This year's event has been amazing! We've really enjoyed interfacing with both customers and prospects, the Passport to Prizes and CREO Ready drawing programs have been great for driving our booth traffic.  Being identified as Creo Ready  has really made it extremely easy to start some very promising dialogs with visitors to our booth.


On Monday, we launched our GD&T Advisor product.  Reaction to this software been phenomenal!  The live demonstrations in both the booth and our private suite have kept our technical team members and the rest of the booth staff really busy - just the way they like it! 


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Updating to Creo? in GAF's Blog

Posted by GregFrankland Jun 5, 2012

     Set in on a session this morning called Creo Admin 101. In this session, David Haigh of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, pesented a lot of useful information regarding upgrading to Creo. He went through issues that he had discovered in upgrading their system to Creo. He went through how to customize the Ui, pitfalls to watch for when installing and also covered information regarding startup scripts for launching the software.


This presentation contained a lot of detailed information that anyone going to Creo might find useful.


I am definitely going to download this presentation for review when I get back to the office.




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


  • 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


    • 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



  • 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 here  And you can get a copy of Bradley’s presentation on SlideShare here.


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.


  • Creo Strategy
  • Creo Roadmap Technology Roadmap
  • Creo 2.0

Landscape of CAD

  • Many Roles and Technologies Contribute to Product Development





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




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



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



  • - 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


  • - 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



  • - 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



  • - 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



  • - 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


  • - 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



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


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



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



  • - 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.


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!


  • 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.


     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!


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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Listen to John Jacobsen, Head of Engineering, speak about Quirky and what he and the community are working on today.



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.






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!




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



If you purchase it let me know what you think!


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




Mike Brattoli


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 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 – 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, …”)?





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


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…


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!



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.


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.( 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.





* - 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!