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This video compares and contrasts the measuring capabilities in Creo Parametric 2.0 with equivalent capabilities in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.



This head-to-head comparison shows a range a typical tasks and activities, carried out using out-of-the-box versions, on the same hardware platform. The user has completed standard product training for both releases.


The measuring tools in Creo Parametric 2.0 help users work effectively and interactively while measuring. In this comparison, the user dramatically increases design productivity thanks to the unified approach to measuring, spending 10% less time performing the activity with Creo Parametric 2.0 compared to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.


Creo Parametric provides the broadest range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to help you address your most pressing design challenges including accommodating late stage changes, working with multi-CAD data and electromechanical design. Creo Parametric is part of PTC's Creo suite of design software.


Request a free copy of Creo Parametric and conduct your own comparison.


I sat in on Rob Leavitt’s presentation, titled Delivering on the Promise of PLM.  What I like about this was that Rob summarized the comprehensive and directly-applicable research he and his team recently conducted.  The findings are interesting, and I’ve summarized the presentation below.



The PLM Promise Keeps Growing

PLM is becoming a tool of business transformation

No longer a cookie-cutter set of issues.  No longer “just inside one country”.  No longer a patient approach to product development.


The Expanding Promise of PLM Makes Delivery Ever More Challenging

Speed, scope, sequence, long-term value vs. short-term value, resource limitations, …

“PLM applications rank among the most vital for accelerating delivery and supporting new innovative products, and they rank among the most complex to deploy.” – Gartner Research


Tech-Clarity, PTC Global Services, and ITSMA Research Explores PLM Goals, Strategy, and Results

PLM definition: “Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the set of processes and software tools that help companies improve product innovation, development, production, service, and support to improve innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, competitive advantage, and profitability.”


Survey questions revolved around key areas:

  • Strategy and approach to PLM
  • Scope of implementation
  • Challenges
  • Implementation and adoption techniques
  • Results


The Research Focused on Business and IT Leaders With Direct PLM Experience

A sample size of 190 people on the PLM space, who are directly related to their PLM deployment

All interviews were conducted via phone




One audience member comment: “It appears from the slide that half the survey responses had PLM for less than 2 years.”  Rob replied that yes, indeed, that was the case, and that point plays a role later in the conversation.


Here’s the Headline: Great Expectations, Mixed Results


Companies Look to PLM to Help Advance a Broad Range of Business Objectives

Ranging from most-commonly answered (41%) to least-commonly answered (24%): improve time to market, improve product development efficiency, reduce product cost, improve product quality, improve sourcing or supply chain performance, improve service operations or profitability, increase product innovation, and develop more sustainable/green products


Operational Objectives Are Similarly Broad

Ranging from most-commonly answered (34%) to least-commonly answered (19%): automate/streamline manual processes, standardize business processes, integrate development + Execution (PLM + ERP), make it easier to find information, support distributed/global teams, provide a single source of information, consolidate IT systems, improve external communication and collaboration, improve internal communication and collaboration


Most Companies Have Achieved Their Goals for Operational Improvements



This is interesting, given Jim Heppelmann’s slide in the Monday keynote about “operations” vs. “strategy”


Overall, However, Companies Have Achieved Only Modest Improvements in Key Business Metrics (a sobering note)

Time to Market (3%), Product Development Efficiency (4%), Reduced Product Cost (2%)


However, A Group (22%) of “High Performers” Stands Apart from Other Companies

Selected a subset and examined them more deeply


They were high performers because they substantially

improved their time to market (8.9% vs. 1.5%)

improved their product development efficiency (13.3% vs. 1.3%)

reduced their product cost (5.8% vs. 1.1%)


They were intentionally sub-segmented to tease out the results, and compare their results back to the remainder of the study


Audience question: “Are these results for PTC only?”  Rob indicated “It’s not all PTC in the high-performing group, though there certainly is a PTC presence.”  Excellence is brand-agnostic in this study.




Digging in to the data a bit…


High Performers Have More Experience With PLM, And Tend to be Larger Companies

More likely to be at PLM longer (4+ years)

… yet 24% of the high performers have only been at this for 0-2 years

Size of company plays a role, too - of the responses, 46% were in the $500m-$999m annual revenue range

What might be the reason? 

     One audience member speculates: “better planning, better stage gate mechanisms”

     Another audience member speculates: “for the smaller companies: less red tape, easier to get things through”


High Performers Have a Broader Scope of Implementation Across Processes and Departments

Number of processes implemented: 5.3 v 4.3

Number of departments using PLM: 4.4 v 3.1


There are Significant Differences Related to HOW Companies Plan, Implement, and Adopt PLM

strategy planning

solution design

software implementation

learning and adoption


High Performers are More Likely to Align Strategy and Use Detailed Roadmaps and Scorecards

Aligned PLM strategy with business strategy (63% vs. 46%)

Developed executive agreement on value (49% vs. 41%)

Created detailed implementation roadmap (76% vs. 36%) – wow!

Managed implementation with value scorecard (51% vs. 34%)


High Performers Prioritize Business Process Improvements and Use Software to Enable Change

“Is the software you enabled for PLM actually affecting a change in your business?  Is it enabling the change?  Or hampering it?”


The results were calculated along a range/continuum of possible responses…

Processes + Software Improved Concurrently; Processes Improved Independently; Software-defined Processes Adopted; Existing Processes Drove Customization


High Performers Customize Their Software Less



High Performers Take a More Strategic Approach to Learning and Adoption

Categories include:

strategic plan for training and adoption

built awareness of need for change

custom training for different roles

training or ‘sandbox’ test environment

Key Take-away: PLM Takes Time, but HOW you Plan and Manage is Critical to High Performance

Key areas:

strategic planning and alignment

process-based solutions

off-the-shelf configuration

role-based adoption



Rob graciously offered his information, if anyone would like to contact him.  Rob Leavitt can be reached by addressing a message to the domain and putting RLeavitt with an ‘@’ sign in front of that.


Welcome to The Zone.... in The Zone

Posted by BrianMartin Jun 12, 2012

Well, after numerous starts and stops, I've finally decided exactly how and why to write this blog.


My recent presentation on Ninja Cabling at Planet PTC Live 2012 gives me the perfect platform from which to launch a new blog devoted to Cabling, Piping, and other Routed Systems concerns. In preparing my presentation for the PPL 2012 event, I discovered I had far too much information to discuss in only 45 minutes. Even if I had two hours, I wouldn't have been able to cover everything. So instead of trying to jam everything into my presentation, I hope to direct people here to the Planet PTC Community. I'll share my presentation here along wtih all reference documentation, templates, videos, and other files. I also want to start a new group devoted solely to routed systems (cabling/piping) to build an online community where users of all skill levels can collaborate and share information.


But first... the presentation from  Planet PTC Live 2012. Originally the plan was to record this presentation so others could replay it on YouTube or Planet PTC Community. Given that I was actually playing videos during the session, I didn't attempt to record myself. My laptop isn't powerful enough to handle the rigors of simultaneously playing video and recording it (with audio) at the same time. Now that I'm safely back at my NASA cubicle, I'm going to go back and re-record the session and edit it together into one final video.


For now, I wanted to get the final presentation posted here on the Community website. This is the NATIVE powerpoint file with all of my notes. Turn on the notes option to see the speaker comments for each slide. Most of my dialogue is contained in these speaker notes. Although I didn't read from these notes during the presentaton, I did go back and re-create everything as closely as possible to create an accurate record of what was said (including any bad jokes I attempted to tell).


Please take a look at the final Powerpoint Presentation. If the videos don't come through, I'll upload them and link to them here. I'll also work on uploading the templates and other files.


Thanks everyone! More to come...


UPDATE (5/9/13): The missing videos are HERE


Going thru my notes and reflecting back on the week's worth of insight, tips and tricks, new enhancements, conversations and business relationships I can see why PTC Live can continue to be a great success.  From what I have found is that as long as you are willing to engage in discussions and ask questions you will find that in many cases you are not the only one with these issues or that you can find solutions that others have successfully incorporated.  Building a portfolio of Business Relationships gives you and your organizations a huge advantage because for every person you are able to connect to, they are able to gain from you as well.


Already looking forward to next year.







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).  I shared my perspectives on the event from my own point of view, and PTC did not in any way influence my content


In case you missed it, Rosemary Astheimer presented at PlanetPTC Live 2012 a topic called New Idea Submission Process.  I caught up with Rosemary prior to her session to ask a few questions and pry some sneak peek-like information out of her.  I wasn’t able to attend – so, if you’re like me, you might want to see the slides.  You can do so here




I was interested in more about the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the New Idea Submission process.  So I asked Rosemary a few questions.



What prompted PTC to undertake this?

Customers have been voicing their concern to PTC about the existing enhancement request system and the lack of feedback they were receiving from it.  The PTC/USER organization helped PTC to understand the dissatisfaction the customer base had with the existing process and PTC launched an initiative to investigate.


Our products are pretty complex and layered.  Surely our backlog is sufficient.  Why ask for more requests?

Sure, we have plenty of work in our backlog but at the end of the day the customers are the ones who make PTC products successful so it's important to hear their feedback and consider their feedback during our release planning.


Did you involve customers in the creation of the tool?  If so, how?

PTC/USER Technical committee members were involved from the start.  They provided feedback when we were investigating new tools and were involved in beta testing the new system in January before it was launched.


Walk me through a bit of the process… So, I submit an idea – does it get implemented in the next release?  Or something else?

Maintenance-paying customers submit an idea that is visible on the PlanetPTC community.  Through the power of crowd-sourcing, other users can vote ideas up or down and provide additional comments.  On a regular basis, PTC will review these ideas and will provide feedback on the idea in PlanetPTC community regarding those that were voted highest or most discussed.


Aside from the voting, is there anything else?  Commenting on the initial idea extension, ability to attach images or videos, etc.? Do other members see vote count, view count, things like that? 

All the above!  Members can insert images, videos, and links to examples.  Anything they need to make their idea more compelling and clear to product management. Depending on how members want to view Ideas, they can filter by the most recently submitted, most popular, most discussed and highest score.  The process is completely transparent, members can even see which members casted a vote (up or down). 


Why the emphasis on the ecosystem and customer base?

There are over 61,000 users on the community so we wanted to leverage that community rather than require users to have yet another login or another place to go.


Are there any side benefits to this tool?

In terms of PlanetPTC Community, yes.  Idea submission is only one of the benefits of the PlanetPTC community.  Users should be encouraged to explore all areas of the community which will allow them to start discussion threads, host a blog, or simply showcase their work, amon other things.  It's kind of like Facebook for PTC products!


In terms of the idea submission tool, sure there are.  Imagine the following: customer A submits an idea, and customer B submits a follow-on point to that - now you’ve created an implicit friendship/connection through mutual/common ground: they each have passion about (and presumably a problem with) this idea.  So person A and B  get to talking, and lo and behold – their jobs are similar, they face the same challenges, A solved a problem  that B had a little while ago, B knows someone else who can help out with A’s current issue, … If members come across a great idea, the author of that idea is perceived as a subject matter expert and therefore may be sought out for additional help or further networking opportunities.


It looks like this is poised to generate some really good feedback. So much that I suspect you’ll need to update the tool.  What’s on the horizon for future releases of the New Idea Submission Process?

Since the tool is new we don't have any definitive plans on what will come next.  We first have to prove that the tool will be successful, which means that customers have to actively submit ideas and vote, and PTC has to actively review and respond to those Ideas.  As the process matures and we see how it goes we will determine which enhancements will help make it more effective.


Concepts from Existing Models in Creo

Posted by DanMarotta Jun 11, 2012

In Episode 2, Brian is back to discuss where concept ideas come from (other than your wildest dreams) - and the challenges of working with models from others.



Don't forget to catch up on Epsiode 1, "Challenges of Late Stage Design Changes."


More information on Design Agility can be found here.


Rosie the Bloggerphoto © 2007 Mike Licht | more info (via: Wylio)

Hi, everyone!


I’m looking forward to Planet PTC Live! 2011 in a few weeks, and I hope you are, too.  We’ll have lots to talk about, share, and showcase.  I hope you’re attending, and if so, I’d love it if you could come up and say “hi!” to me while I’m there.


I’m also writing to see if not only are you attending, but if you are attending – are you interested in blogging while at the event?  We had a handful of customer bloggers last year (see that, and more, here: ), in addition to some industry analysts and PTC folks.  My favorite posts, though, were from customers sharing your real reactions and perspectives on the event!


I’m making that same request again this year.  We’d like to round out a customer blog roll for the event.  If you didn’t blog last year (and you wanted to), and your chief reason for not doing so was setting up a blog, then have no fear.  Each member of PlanetPTC Community has the option to blog right within community itself.


We’re not looking for super-long narratives (though that’s OK).  Just some customer reactions to the keynote events, what you think about the Product Update Briefings (PUBs) on the major product families, what you’re learning while at the event.  You can even use it as a way to take notes on your sessions – a dual win (plus a digital record to justify why you should attend next year).


So, please give it some thought, and let me know please at your earliest convenience (post a comment here or send me an email message by putting after abelniak).  I’m also happy to give you all a refresher or pointers on blogging (on your existing platform or from within PlanetPTC Community).




-Alan Belniak / @abelniak


Here we go!!! Providing whip-around coverage of PlanetPTC Community members' expert use of PTC software and things I think are cool and inspiring for week ending 6/8/12. This week's roundup is quite a bit larger than previous editions because it contains highlights, recaps and takeaways from our customer event down in Orlando, PlanetPTC Live 2012


Material Wood Mahoganyby CamiloParraPalacio
Material Metal Powder Coatedby CamiloParraPalacio
Four-Bar Coupler Mechanismby ValeryOchkov
Advanced Assembly and Clearance Checksby PrashantChandanapurkar
Steam Engine with Oscillating Cylinderby ValeryOchkov
Creo View 2.0 - Sectioning Enhancementsby TheRealAndyBurke
Automatic Hole Creation and Screw Connectionsby SamuelBrantner
Hello, Orlandoby BettinaGiemsa
Welcome to Orlandoby StaceyClement
Kaboomby BettinaGiemsa
Hot News from the PTC University eLearning Labby SherryFairbank
Watching an Idea Become "Buzz"by EricPeterSnow
PlanetPTC 2012 Day 1by ptc-810938
My Exciting Whirlpool Opportunityby vkellersohn
Product-Centric Technical Informationby StaceyClement
A Day at the eLearning Labby BettinaGiemsa
Lots to See in Orlando at PlanetPTC Liveby GregFrankland
What is the cost of a bad service experienceby StaceyClement
Three Questions with the Engineer vs Designer Guysby abelniak
Fridge with Freestyle Featureby VladimirPalffy
What an Awesome Keynote Tuesday Morningby ChrisMcKee
Thinking of Moving to Creo?by SherryFairbank
Have you checked out "Creo Ready?"by SherryFairbank
Training, Training, Trainingby BettinaGiemsa
Product Roadmap Summary: Windchillby abelniak
Customer Presentation: Using Mathcad to Get Organized For Data Managementby abelniak
Another Day - More Brain Power Gainedby ChrisMcKee
Product Roadmap Summary: Creoby abelniak
Updating to Creo?by GregFrankland
Great Being at PlanetPTC Liveby ptc-4245228
Three Questions with Develop 3D's Al Deanby abelniak
It's not a rock show. But it BillHeggie
Retail & Consumer BoCA Meets for the First Time During PlanetPTC Liveby flamy
Creo Airforceby DavorGranic
Aerospatiale Soko SA 341 Gazelleby DavorGranic
F-7PG Chinese Take on MIG21by DavorGranic
Mirage 3Eby DavorGranic
Dean Kamen and FIRST - WOW!by GregFrankland
Customer Panel: Insights From 3 Companies Who Have Moved to Creoby SherryFairbank
An Inventor for the Whole Planet, Visits PlanetPTCby BillHeggie
The Final Day…But It's Never Doneby ChrisMcKee
Walker's Update on Mathcadby SherryFairbank
My First Pro/E Designby ptc-4594446
PlanetPTC 2012 - Day Threeby MikeBrattoli
Raw is Betterby HarveyHensley
Back At Home - Quick Review of PlanetPTC Liveby BettinaGiemsa


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!


OK, it’s Friday and my first workday after a busy conference week. Time for a review of PlanetPTC Live, huh?


I don’t want to come up with “hey, what a great conference this was” – though I think it was a great conference.


Instead, let’s take a look at the most memorable, unique or funny aspects of PlanetPTC Live 2012!

I saw a lot of praise for the food when following #PlanetPTC12 on Twitter or the commentary here on PlanetPTC Community. But most memorable to me were these super cookies – one cookie can make a full meal.

Super cookies at PlanetPTC Live 12
The PTC Maintenance group even had popcorn – Lucky us! We had the booth next to them ;-)

PTC Maintenance Popcorn



If you compare an exhibition to a party, what would you expect?
Interesting people, cool fashion outfits?
We had that!




Wild animals are also always a good attraction!
We sure had that, too!


I didn’t really have much time to go around and take a closer look. But I am sure, you got satisfied when looking for swag to take home.

Our own PTC University "Engineering Superhero" t-shirts seemed to be very popular – many folks were wearing them right the next day...

Be an engineering superhero with PTC University


BTW: We do have a couple left, so let’s do a little raffle here and now!

Please comment below with the most memorable impression or thing you took home and we will randomly draw three t-shirt winners from all commenters.


End of raffle: Friday June 29.



See you next year in Anaheim, CA!!




Attached are the slides from the PSM training delivered at PlanetPTC.  This training is the first two hours of the educational services 'TRN-3171 Monitoring Windchill Performance using the PTC System Monitor' class.  This class is usually delivered virtually over two days four hours per day.  If you are interested in taking the full class please use 'Request a Class' on the class description page. 


Pokud jste střední, popřípadě vysoká škola, můžete se zapojit do několika studentských programů, které jsou sponzorovány PTC (Formula SAE, FIRST,..)

Pro detailnější informace kontaktujte PTC, popřípadě partnera PTC pro Českou Republiku firmu AV ENGINEERING a.s.

(nebo pište zde )




I took some time out from the blog to submit the videos, "ATeaser" and "A Teaser in 3D" to the Chemical Engineering space.  So far, the process depicted in the videos has been identified, but I have posted some new questions.  If you are familiar with chemical reactors, please join in the challenge!


Now for the subject of this posting, model validation.  Whenever possible, the predictions of a model should be compared directly to the raw data obtained from experiments instead of compared to calculated experimental results.  If calculated results are used for the validation, then there is the possibility that they are incorrect.  Another possibility is that the method of calculating the "validation data" may actually be part of the model.  An example will show what I mean by that last statement.


A university project was studying the deposition of wax in an oil pipe that was being cooled by glycol in an outer pipe, i.e. a pipe-in-pipe heat exchanger.  The objective was to develop a model of the rate of wax deposition as a function of the oil properties and the operating temperatures.  The double pipe experiment circulated oil through the center pipe and glycol was fed either co-current or counter-current in the outer pipe.  Inlet and outlet temperature of both fluids were continuously recorded, along with flow rates and pressure drop of the oil through the pipe.  In addition, temperatures were measured in the oil and glycol at numerous locations along the pipe.  The thermocouples for these locations were paired...for every oil temperature there was a glycol temperature at the same location.  These paired temperatures were used to compute the local wax thickness based on heat transfer resistances.  The predictions of wax thickness from a model was then compared to the calculated thickness from the data.


Do you see the problems with that approach?  The models being developed also included the heat transfer calculations used to generate the "data".  Thus, the heat transfer calculation was in a sense a subpart of the overall model.  So two wrongs (i.e. an incorrect heat transfer model being used twice) could make a right!


In order to eliminate these possible errors, I modeled the entire experiment.  Instead of using the paired oil/glycol temperatures along the pipe, I used the outlet oil and glycol temperatures as the raw data.  The model used the inlet temperatures and flow rates for input, predicted the deposit thickness, and also predicted the oil and glycol outlet temperatures.  Pressure drop was also predicted by the model.  The model validation program required the symbolic parametric solve block capability of Mathcad for a solution of the countercurrent heat exchanger portion of the model.  This symbolic solution was then used in the ODE solution of the wax deposition model.


The comparisons of model vs. data for a single run are shown in the figures below for two of the models.  The curves all represent outlet temperatures as a function of time.  The large changes in the curves are due to changes in inlet temperatures or flow rates.




It's not hard to determine the better model.  The original approach using calculated "data" could also show "B" as the better model, but the "raw" approach eliminated the possible errors mentioned above.


As I said above, I ignored the paired temperatures along the pipe.  In order to use that data, I could have predicted the local oil temperature based on the model's prediction of the wax thickness using the local glycol data as a given input.  This would also allow me to compare model vs. raw data.  Since there is more relative error in the small temperature differences at a local site, I chose the integrated, outlet temperature approach.


Next: Using a cubic function for smooth transitions


During my presentaiton at PlanetPTC, there was concern with the lack of training available to come up to speed on using the PSM.  I did some checking and found out there is a two day (4 hours per day) virtual class planned for the end of June although I don't see it listed on the website. 


If you are looking for the class on the title of the class to search for is 'Monitoring Windchill Performance using the PTC System Monitor'.   Also, based on my information using the 'Request a Class' on the class description page is one of the main ways eductional services judges demand for a class and when they get enough requests they hold the class.  Since this class is generally delivered virutally I suspect classes might be scheduled regularly if there was enough interest.


Attached is the presentation I gave at PlanetPTC live titled 'Understanding the New PTC System Monitor (PSM/Dynatrace) Application’s Capabilities and Advanced Usage'.


Good evening my friends!


The conference is done, now the technical committees begin.  It was a well attended event with a full house at many of the presentations and the general sessions (my guess, probably 1,500 plus were here in Orlando).  Over 80 presentations (users, vendors, and PTC) made this one substantially better than the Las Vegas one last year.


Sooo, what did we learn?  The Creo product line is being well received by the user community - they like what they see, and the like the capabilities PTC has added to the software.  From personal experience I have been impressed with the new toolsets, functions like the new 2D section tools, the dramatic improvement in drawing tables, dynamic dragging/placement of dimensions, the continued transition from pulldown menus and the old Menu Managers to the ribbon menu U.I., and most of all, the integration between the various tools (Creo Parametric, Flex Modeling, Creo Direct, etc...)


What didn't I like?  I'm not a Windchill user, wasn't an Intralink user before that, so the PTC PDM / PLM products are still part of a learning curve for me.  I've sat through lots of demos, multiple user and PTC presentations, and I still have to determine how/where it fits in my organization.  I keep thinking about the options (Windchill Lite versus Windchill Heavy licenses).  I almost wish there was something like "Windchill Medium" - I hope it will be a good fit .


The opening sessions on Tuesday were okay but seemed to lack energy - not sure why.  The two this morning (Dean Kamen, founder of the FIRST program and President of DEKA Research and Development and Mike Leydet, Inventor, Design Engineer, and Director of Research at College Park Industries) were a totally different story.  Kamen has a wonderfully complex and intuitive approach to life and invention.  The Segway, the insulin pump, and the iBot mobility device are just some of his inventions (over 440 patents) but perhaps his greatest focus is on the FIRST organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  What started in 1989 as a small event now has over 250,000 students participating in events from more than 50 countries around the world.  Amazing man and amazing program - he got a standing ovation for his presentation.  Here's a link to FIRST


Mike Leydet is involved in the develpment of bionic foot and ankle prostheses amongst other areas of interest.  The stories he told of individuals who have been helped by these prostheses, and how far they have come since their original design/invention was something to behold.


Was the conference worthwhile?  In my opinion, yes, absolutely!  The learnings from the presentations combined with the networking with other users, vendors, and PTC staff are worth their weight in gold.  I'll give you a perfect example - one of my co-workers went to the solution hall to talk to the IsoDraw / Arbortext / Creo Illustrate PTC product managers.  Tim Harrison of PTC was kind enough to spend time with us, explaining new functions and futures related to the new Creo Illustrate product.  Jeff Coon of PTC (we've worked with him previously) showed the latest IsoDraw 7.3 release and some functions that will dramatically improve the ability to add color for assembly method sheets.  How long did we spend with them yesterday - maybe 15 to 20 minutes.  What was the value of what we saw/learned?  PRICELESS!


I'm still parsing my notes and putting together my learnings - I'll share what I can in the coming days.


Last note - the 2013 conference will be in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center June 9-12, 2013.  I hope to see you there!


Best regards,


Mike Brattoli


Hi guys,

I was looking to create my first file, I was looking around the house for simple wooden arcitecture and I came across this cutlery holder. I worked out some basic features of the program and here is the final product.



     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’


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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.