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Last week I wrote about the Creo Illustrate 2.0 Part 1 video.  Did you have a chance to take a look? If not I encourage you to do so when you have a moment.


Today I would like to highlight part 2 in the Creo Illustrate 2.0 video series.


Creo Illustrate 2.0 provides you with 3D Technical Illustrations that clearly convey complex information to a global workforce, reduce translation costs, and increase illustrator productivity. You’ll also be able to automate parts list creation. 


In this 7 minute video, Tim Harrison, director of product management, continues to review enhancements for Creo Illustrate 2.0 which includes:


  • Item list enhancements
    • New API enables 3D interactive illustrations for supporting documents or webpages
    • Dynamic parts list table
      • Manually re-numbering items
  • Publishing
    • User-defined/configurable “recipe” files
    • 2D formats
    • SVG export
    • Publish preview
  • IP security
    • Additional security for illustration publishing


Take some time to watch the Creo Illustrate 2.0 Part 2 video and let me know what you think. I also welcome any suggestions and recommendations on future video topics.


Creo 2.0 is the release that everyone is racing to implement. One factor driving this adoption is the compatibility of Creo 2.0 with Windchill PDMLink 9.1, Windchill 10.0 and 10.1. Other factors are the compelling functionality as well as the widespread agreement that Creo 2.0 is ready for “primetime”.

With this article, we will dive into the ribbon interface in an attempt to bring everyone up to a common level of understanding as well as clarify several areas where early adopters of Creo have had questions.

Getting Started with the Creo 2.0 Ribbon Interface

The ribbon is a series of tabs and icons arranged horizontally at the top of the Creo application window.



Figure 1


On each tab of the ribbon, icons are arranged together into groups of related commands. (Figure 1) Each group of icons may also have an overflow panel that has additional commands that can be accessed by clicking the small arrow. (Figure 2)



Figure 2


The icons themselves may be different sizes. (Figure 3) For example, some icons are full size with a label, some are small with a label and some are small without a label. When Creo is used on smaller screens or if the window is made narrower, large icons will become smaller or icons with labels will have the label automatically removed so the entire ribbon can still be displayed. The “collapse priority” can be controlled by each user and it determines which icon groups will shrink first to accommodate a smaller window size.



Figure 3

Also, some icons drive only one function and other icons are referred to as “split icons” that have a flyout menu. (Figure 4)



Figure 4

The flyout menu is another way that related functions are collected into a common launching point. It is important to understand that clicking the icon will launch the main command and clicking the arrow will present the flyout menu.

Finding Commands on a Ribbon

When you first begin using Creo 2.0, you can dive in with the confidence that the Command Search function has your back. Think of this as a better and faster “menu mapper”. If you can’t find the command you want to use, simply click the Command Search icon and enter the item you are looking for. The key here is you do not need to use “wildcards”. Simply begin typing a portion of the command you are looking for and the system will dynamically present a list of functions containing the string you have entered. Figure 5 breaks down this workflow.



Figure 5

Several important things to note about this capability:

  1. Hovering your cursor over the item in the list will open the tab it is on and highlight the icon in yellow on that tab. Now you know where to find it next time!
  2. Clicking an item from the Search list will actually launch the command.
  3. Command Search will find mapkeys too!

Collapsing and Expanding the Ribbon

Experienced users may feel that the ribbon consumes too much vertical screen space. No problem, the ribbon can be collapsed to enlarge the viewing area for your model or drawing. This can be accomplished in two ways:

  1. Double Click On A Tab.
  2. Click the Minimize/Maximize Ribbon icon.



Figure 6


When the ribbon is collapsed, single clicking on the tab will temporarily display the ribbon overlapping the screen so you can select a command. Double clicking the tab again or clicking the Minimize/Maximize Ribbon icon again will return the ribbon to normal display. Even if you prefer to drive Creo with the ribbon maximized, understanding how the ribbon can become minimized will help avoid confusion while transitioning to Creo 2.0.

Take Advantage of the Quick Access Toolbar

Out of the box, there is a small row of icons above the ribbon, known at the Quick Access Toolbar. This toolbar can be positioned above or below the ribbon and can be customized to include the icons you would like to see all the time.



Figure 7

The Quick Access Toolbar is unique to each mode of Creo. In other words, the Quick Access Toolbar that is present when working on a solid part will be different than the Quick Access Toolbar for drawings, assemblies or sheetmetal models.

The Quick Access Toolbar is important as it provides a simple way to place small icons on the UI all the time.  For people that prefer the smaller icon arrangement of prior releases, this is your opportunity to develop something similar in Creo.

Customize the Ribbon to Make it Your Own

The Creo 2.0 user experience has been improved by providing simple ways for every user to tailor the ribbon to suit the way they use Creo. Consider the out-of-the-box arrangement a good starting point, and build what works for you from there. The two ways to customize the ribbon and its behavior are:


Customizing the UI using the right mouse button popup commands: This is a slick way to tweak the UI on the fly and a great place to begin to personalize Creo 2.0. Hover your cursor over any icon and press the right mouse button to use these commands:

  1. Add to Overflow. Move lesser used icons off the ribbon and into the Overflow panel to develop a simple and clean UI.
  2. Add to Group. Move icons from the Overflow panel to the ribbon if you use them frequently.
  3. Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Place a small shortcut icon for this function onto the Quick Access Toolbar.


Figure 8


Customizing the UI using the Options Dialog: Click File > Options and there is a nice, simple dialog box for customizing the ribbon. (Figure 9)



Figure 9


Within this dialog box you can:

  1. Set the order of the tabs from left to right.
  2. Remove a tab to simplify the ribbon if the functionality is not being used.
  3. Add a custom tab to the ribbon.
  4. Arrange the order of the groups on any tab.
  5. Remove any groups on a tab that you will not use.
  6. Add a custom group on a tab to suit your needs.
  7. Add, move or remove any icons from within a group or the overflow list.
  8. Rename any of the tabs or groups.
  9. Define the collapse priority.


You can also drag and drop tabs, groups, priority and icons while in the Options Dialog instead of using the dialog “up/down” arrows to change the sequence.


With Creo 2.0, PTC has brought the user interface up to the Microsoft standards and beyond. The larger icons and labels will be helpful to seasoned users with challenged eyesight as well as those that are new to Creo 2.0.


In addition, Command Search will allow users to remain productive during the transition and learn where their favorite functions are located. And the ability to easily customize the layout and behavior of the ribbon should allow the development of an efficient user interface aligned with how Creo is used in a particular organization or role.


The ODE and PDE routines don't like abrupt changes (i.e. corners) when the routine includes an error criteria.  One of two things may happen: the integration stops with an error, or the step size gets very, very small.  This can happen even when the change is just a linear ramp between two values, not a step change.  To most integration routines, the change to a ramp from a constant value is still an abrupt change in slope.  As has been mentioned elsewhere (can't find it now), the real world doesn't have as many abrupt changes as we often believe.  There is often a capacitance in the system or a lag in the controller elements that make the variable of interest change smoothly to the new value. 


Long ago I got tired of inputing a series of points that made the variable take on an "S" shape in the transition.  I finally settled on a cubic function that works well.  The function is dimensionless, so it can be applied to any system.  After using it for several years just to change a single variable, such as a flow rate to a pipeline or reactor, I decided to try using it to transition between two functions.  It worked!  Now I could transition between one viscosity relationship above the cloud point and another relationship below the cloud point.  Or, I could use it to transition between the laminar and turbulent friction factors.  This latter example is shown in the graph below and also in the document provided here.


This function can be used to come very close to a step change without causing a problem for the integration routine.  I use it so much I usually can copy it from the last worksheet that I built instead of going to my template folder.


The Member Showcase Roundup is a collection of PlanetPTC Community members' expert use of PTC software and things I think are cool, fun or inspiring for week ending 7/27/12.


In this issue, members show off their renderings, models, worksheets and how-to's.


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CPUG New Logoby Vladimir Palffy
Cube and Strut Assemblyby Paul Spencer
Dark Cinder Block Wallby TomD.inPDX
Mathematical Analysis of Biomechanical Systemby Vibron
Glue Stickby ptc-1441167
Oscillating Engineby ptc-1441167
Display Boothby KrisR
Automatically Adding Dynamic Relationsby Peter Kehoe
Harness Drawing Processby Gopi Ganesh


Feel free to comment, like, rate or reply to any of the above posts.


Have you had a chance to demonstrate your expertise of PTC software? Either with an image, video, worksheet, blog, document or file, let me know what you're up to and I'll feature your works in next weeks' roundup!


Have you heard about the latest Arbortext Video Series found right here on the PTC Community? These short videos from product experts review the newest features, functions and enhancements included in Arbortext products and our Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) solutions.


You will find step-by-step demonstrations and real-case scenarios highlighting the major advancements in the latest releases. 


The first movie I would like to highlight is on Creo Illustrate 2.0.


Creo Illustrate 2.0 Part 1


In this 10 minute video, Tim Harrison, director of Product Management, reviews three major enhancements to Creo Illustrate 2.0:


  • sBOM manipulation
    • Configure external/imported XML files

  • New Illustration tools
    • Measurement tools
    • Construction datums
    • Multi-point (full assembly path) explode lines

  • Animation – rework “unscrew” tool
    • Temporary groups
    • Preview unscrew
  • User-defined axis


Take a look at the Creo Illustrate 2.0 Part 1 video and let me know what you think. I would also love suggestions for future movies.


Well, hello all. I'm new to the Planet. No not earth, though some may think so at times. Nah, to  planet PTC. To be honest never even heard of it until yesterday and then I saw the logo on a coffee cup. So those things do work.

Been working and designing on Pro since 1996...wait got to pull out Mathcad to figure out how long that is....yep..16 years.

Spent most of that time working with a mix of just about everything. I typically tell people what I haven't worked That's about it.

Have done a lot of Contract work and have been able to see a whole lot of this Great Country of ours. Currently i'm taking a break from contract and trying the direct work again. Here at Carrier in Charlotte North Carolina.

As you will be able to read. I'm just a little bit Country. But not the stereo typical country boy type. I do have my teeth, no my car isn't on blocks..(yet), Yes I have youngins, love my cornbread and fried chicken. And I do wear a cowboy hat.

Have fun, enjoy and never let em see ya..wondering





Almost 50% of those who attended PlanetPTC Live in Orlando in June shared their feedback through the post-event survey.


The results have been extremely positive and we want to thank respondents for taking the time to participate. As you know, the information we gather through this survey is critical for us, the event planners. We also want to take this opportunity to thank all attendees, without whom this event would not have been possible.


These are some highlights of the feedback provided by respondents:


  • Over 93% rated the conference as “Very good” or “Good”
  • More than one-third of the respondents rated the value of the conference at much more than cost
  • The opportunity to meet other customers and content programming were the most desirable aspects of the event
  • 94% of the respondents said that the conference met or exceeded their expectations and over 92% would recommend the event to a colleague
  • Important networking enhancements were introduced this year, and attendees recognized it, rating this area at 4.14 on a five-point scale



These are great results, but we want to keep improving in future events. And there is certainly room for improvement. You gave us some suggestions like: more dedicated time to speak with PTC experts, more interaction with the keynote presenters or make it easier to identify other users by product, company size, etc. You can rest assured that the event team will analyze all the suggestions you have sent us and will work on them.


Finally, some respondents were kind enough to provide testimonials that we would like to share with you:


“Between hearing PTC experts and customer presentations, attending PTC University courses, participating in the User Experience Labs, and networking with professionals, there is no single event that can provide the value that PlanetPTC Live can.”

Garrett Alderson, ITT Corporation


“The event is very well organized and provides us with holistic information; I always get new ideas to improve processes and to widen my own vision. Keynote speakers are always an inspiration.”

Hugo Miranda Mabe, MABE SA DE CV



Thanks again for all this great feedback. This motivates us to work on another memorable event in Anaheim next year!


The Corporate Events Team





Main part of the mathematical work


Appendix 1,  contains theory of translation

Appendix 2,  contains theory of rotation

Appendix 3,  contains 3 sketches



Lost & Found in Hello, CAD!

Posted by BettinaGiemsa Jul 23, 2012

Best Practice Academy classI think it’s safe to assume that everybody who signs up for a training class is in search for knowledge. Some are looking for a generic introduction to a new piece of software, others sign up for a more specialized class on either a specific piece of functionality or a Best Practice Academy class to learn about optimizing their modeling methods.

I am hoping it is also safe to assume that everyone who signed up for our PTC University classes eventually finds the answers he has been looking for.
Today, I don’t want to discuss any of our training content or ask what you have learned. I want to hear about lost & found stories in a different context… in other words: Tell me your non-training-related training story!

I think this is the perfect topic to start off a summer workweek – don’t you agree?

Many people like to attend offsite training sessions, because this is often a great opportunity to meet with peers. Have you found new friends through attending a training class? Or unexpectedly met an old buddy from engineering school you hadn’t seen since graduation?

Unfortunately, traveling can sometimes be annoying – have you ever forgotten something in a hotel room or has the airline lost your luggage? Grrr – I hope not, but if you have, maybe you want to share. Luckily, with our huge network of training centers and partners, it is easy to find a training class in your area and you can hopefully reduce the amount of travel needed to attend an instructor-led class.

I personally remember a colleague from my former company, who was scheduled to travel to the Arabian Emirates to hold a training session for a customer there. He lost all his luggage on the flight and ended up holding the first day of training in a remote area right in the desert in his casual travel outfit as he couldn’t organize any new business clothes at such short notice. Yuck!

Do you have similar stories? I am looking forward to hearing them!


Have a great week!




Photo: Taken at a Best Practice Academy session during PlanetPTC Live in Orlando this year


New CPUG group on Planet PTC Community and here is new CPUG logo

Note: If you're in the Baltimore/Washington/Philadelphia area, please consider joining our group. Follow the CPUG group on Planet PTC Community by selecting Join This Group from the panel on the right hand side of this page. Feel free to respond to the blog with questions or comments.


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The Member Showcase Roundup is a collection of PlanetPTC Community members' expert use of PTC software and things I think are cool, fun or inspiring for week ending 7/20/12.


In this issue, members show off their small assemblies.



Ninja Cabling Quick Referenceby Brian Martin
How to Quickly Tell if Oracle Needs More Memory Configuredby vaillan
Teacher Showcase - Edge Hill Universityby Paul Spencer
Kit Assembly

by Paul Spencer

Gold Cube

by Paul Spencer

Gold Cube and Strut

by Paul Spencer

Corner Assembly

by Paul Spencer

Rendered Radio

by Paul Spence

Teacher Showcase KP - Birley Community Collegeby ptc-4493148
Assembled USB

by ptc-4493148

Animation of Air Flow with Creo Parametric 2.0by Vladimir Palffy
BM Logo Wallpapersby Vladimir Palffy


Feel free to comment, like, rate or reply to any of the above posts.


Have you had a chance to demonstrate your expertise of PTC software? Either with an image, video, worksheet, blog, document or file, let me know what you're up to and I'll feature your works in next weeks' roundup!


BM logo - your choice in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Jul 19, 2012

Wallpapers for you - BM (created with Creo Parametric)






So after a mere three posts in my own private blog "The Zone", I'm moving the blog! I asked Dan Marotta whether I could keep my private blog and have it appear under the new Cabling, Piping, and Schematics sub-group, too. Apparently it has to exist in one place or the other- but not both.


In the interest of reaching more people, I'll submit all new blog posts under the new Cabling, Piping, and Schematics group. I'll keep The Zone open for more personal items (like perhaps if go on a mini rant, I'll post it to The Zone).  The goal of starting a blog was always to create a forum for discussing routed systems topics. Now that we have a great new space, I'll dedicate my time to filling it with relevant, timely information, tutorials, videos, and training material.


To that end, I've been working on a new video to post to the cabling forum. I've been spread a bit thin this past week finishing up course work and taking final exams. I hope to have the new video and an "enhanced" version of my Ninja Cabling presentation ready for upload within the next few days.


In the meantime... please check out our new group using the links above.  Be sure to follow the new group to insure you'll receive the latest updates and postings as they're submitted!


From the ashes of the defunct MAPUG (Mid-Atlantic PTC Users Group) and the VA/DC area user's group, we're launching a brand new RUG- the Chesapeake Regional Users Group (CPUG).


This group will focus heavily on the Creo (ProENGINEER) and Windchill PTC products. Multiple meetings will occur each year with the first beginning in Fall 2012.


So what happened to the old groups? In my personal opinion, the previous RUGs in the mid-Atlantic region suffered from a severe case of "mission creep". Meetings lasted for hours on end and served no purpose other than as an extended sales pitch and a cash grab. At the last MAPUG meeting I attended, I paid admission at the door. This was followed by a torturous 2 hour demo of Wildfire 4 and 5 given mostly via an endless powerpoint slide deck. Eventually I was let loose to grab lunch but in the lunch area I was literally surrounded with vendors on all sides. After lunch, I gave a brief presentation and then sat down for another long demo and then finally... one more long demo. In the end, I took nothing from the meeting... and left about about $20 poorer. The meeting had no actual value to me as an engineer.


I can promise CPUG will not devolve into one long extended sales pitch. We'll focus on networking, practical tips, techniques, and training. At each and every meeting, we will provide value to the user community. When members leave a CPUG meeting, they'll go back to work with real, tangible, useful information to make them more efficient and better prepared to meet the demands of their job.


If you're in the Baltimore/Washington/Philadelphia area, please consider joining our group. Follow the CPUG group on Planet PTC Community by selecting Join This Group from the panel on the right hand side of this page. Feel free to respond to the blog with questions or comments.


As meeting dates, times, and locations firm up, they'll be posted here and announced to members via email. I expect some growing pains as we get the group off the ground. If you'd like to join the cause and help establish the group... please email me.


Thank you!



Once upon a time, back when PTC was still Parametric Technology Corporation, the company had only one product- Pro/ENGINEER. It looked like this...




Back in those days, users who wanted to learn more about the software had few options. They could read the printed user manuals or fiddle with the software until they figured it out. Eventually these pioneers of the parametric modeling frontier formed small groups. They'd meet in libraries, schools, local pubs, or other small venues to discuss modeling techniques, share tips and tricks, socialize, and learn from each other. This was the way Pro/ENGINEER User Groups formed and grew into dozens of larger Regional User Groups (or "RUGs").


RUGs sought to deliver on a core mission: Gather people. Share knowledge. Benefit the user community. For years, they thrived... but now they're on a definite (and rather steep) decline. So what happened?


In my opinion, it comes down to a simple truth that many of the groups strayed from their core mission. Over time, many RUGs simply disappeared. While we can debate the reasons why this happened, identifying the problem surely does nothing to solve it.  We need new leaders, industry support, and community involvement to start new groups committed to sharing knowledge and serving those who use PTC software.  Not to mention, we need a whole lot less of the indifference, condescension, and apathy that killed off many RUGs.


While I realize that vibrant, active, and thriving RUGs still exist, they're getting tough to find. If anyone takes exception to this assertion, I challenge you to search for them. You'll find under two dozen active groups in the entire United States. Conversely, performing a similar search of SolidWorks User Groups turns up almost as many (18) just within 100 miles of my house. I'd have to drive for over 250 miles to reach the nearest active Pro/ENGINEER RUG. This is unacceptable!


So what are we going to do about it?  Well... I'm just one guy but I'm rather tired of not having a user group. The last two in this region (Maryland/DC/Southern PA) went completely defunct a few years ago. So, I'm just going to start a new one! After kicking around name ideas for several days, I just decided to go with CPUG (for Chesapeake Regional PTC Users Group). I'll be sending out individual invitations to every company in the area and every individual contact I have. Our first meeting will be Fall 2012 (location to be announced).


I'm confident a new RUG can be successful if it stays true to the core mission of sharing knowledge and providing a benefit to PTC customers and individual users. With luck and the helpful support of others in the region, we'll do just that.


To join the CPUG group, follow this LINK and join. 


Render for fun


Morning meeting

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... and Sleepy beauty



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Wallpapers rendered with Creo Parametric and Creo Elements/Pro










HP buttons in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Jul 18, 2012

... or broken keyboard - rendered with Creo Elements/Pro


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Create your own design with Creo Parametric - Freestyle feature



Always C-C in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Jul 18, 2012

... or Rims from Cans - rendered with Creo Parametric




Reflection or Road? in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Jul 18, 2012

Beauty of reflection with Creo ARX






What time is it? in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Jul 18, 2012

... or create your own design of ''TIME''








Toroidal coil in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Jul 18, 2012

Created and redered with Creo Elements/Pro 5.0






Butterfly for you in Rendering

Posted by VladimirPalffy Jul 18, 2012

Created and redered with Creo Parametric












If you need to create Animation of Airflow you can use Creo Parametric :o)



Is there a need for design agility in your organisation? Have you had a chance to check out the new Design Agility Resource Center?


Whatever your projects entail it is worth having a look at the resource center... packed with eBooks, videos, design infographics and a host of other papers.


Click here for more: 


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Planning a summer break? in PTC Live Global

Posted by msimon Jul 16, 2012

I know that during this time of year, many people are planning their summer vacations (including me). If riding your bike is how you like to spend your free time, I encourage you to watch Joe’s Graney keynote from PlanetPTC Live Orlando before you lock the door of your office for 1, 2 or 3 weeks (if you are so lucky).


In his presentation, Joe showed us that training, passion and desire to win exist not just in racing field but also in the offices where these first-class bikes are designed, tested and manufactured. From its headquarters in Santa Cruz, California, which as Joe says, look more like a car garage, Santa Cruz Bicycles develops the highest performance mountain bikes in the world.


If you couldn’t attend Joe’s keynote live, now you have the opportunity to watch the recording. In this keynote, Joe confesses that “Bikes saved my life.” Maybe that’s too melodramatic, as he recognizes, but the truth is that bikes heavily influenced the way he is today. When watching this recording, you’ll feel the passion he puts into his work and his desire to excel. After watching it, you may want to share your passion for life with us and what influenced the way you are today. We look forward to hearing from you.


Enjoy your summer break!