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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!




If you've visited the Creo Community today, you may have noticed two new additions to the line-up; a Rendering Community and a Piping, Cabling & Schematics Community.


Use the Rendering Community to learn the techniques of rendering your models or show and tell how you use Creo models in rendering. Feel free to discuss ARX (advanced rednering extension), external render applications and techniques for converting Creo models.


The Piping, Cabling & Schematics Community is for all your routed systems needs. Whether its techniques, tips or shortcuts, share and discuss them with fellow members.


Probably the most common performance adjust needed for Windchill systems is the adding of more memory for Oracle.  In memory access of Oracle blocks can be a 100 000x faster (fig #3) than retrieving from disk making the ensuring that Oracle is properly configured critical the overall health of a Windchill system. Having 'enough' memory will give the system the opportunity to generally perform well at the database level, although not all SQL statements will run quickly enough even when there is enough memory available.


How do you know if Oracle has been allocated enough memory for acceptable performance or your system is in need of tuning?  The SQL below can be run from SQL*plus as the Oracle 'sys' or 'system' user and will output recommendations based on rule of thumb guidelines.  If you are in doubt or have questions, opening a technical support case with the Windchill performance group and including either an AWR report, the output from gather_info_script, or System Configuration Collector (Windchill R10+) is the next step.




select name, block_size, ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS,


when (ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS >0 and ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS <10) then 'system is well configured'

when (ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS >10 and ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS <20) then 'system is ok but could benefit from memory and SQL tuning'

when (ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS >20 and ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS <40) then 'system is struggling, stability and performance are likely problems'

when (ESTD_PCT_OF_DB_TIME_FOR_READS >40) then 'system is under duress and immediate actions to tune the system are required'




If the memory needs to be adjusted this will usually mean in 11g increasing memory_target and memory_max_target settings and restarting Oracle ( if memory_max_target has been increased).  Adjusting adjusting Oracle 10g memory or when the sga_max_size is set to a non-default value complicates things a good explanation of these parameters can be found here


A note of caution, whenever possible do not set the sga_target parameter to zero, but this only recommendation only applies when an sga_max_size value has been specified i.e. some value other than '0'.  If sga_max_size=0, then setting sga_target=0 is also appropriate.  When Oracle sees a sga_target of zero (regardless of the memory_target setting) it appears to try and shrink the SGA to be as small as possible, flushing SGA blocks from memory more aggressively than is desirable and harming performance.  It is not clear if this same behavior occurs when memory_target is set to zero also, but it probably does.


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 7/13/12. In this issue, we continue to highlight some great 3D renders and models by students in the UK.


3D Logo Concurrent Engineeringby Vladimir Palffy
Guitar Detailby Vladimir Palffy
Road to Infinityby Vladimir Palffy
Teacher Showcase - P Johnson Easingwold Schoolby ptc-4496729
Virtual Reality to Actual Realityby David Eyre
Teacher Showcase - Nick Garner - Leek High Schoolby Simon Hooker
Teacher Showcase - Janet Wheat - Leek High Schoolby Simon Hooker
tag Templatesby Emil Meindl
Youby abelniak
Selection of Car Designs for Scalextrix for Schools Compby Simon Hooker
A-Teamby Simon Hooker
Lamboby Simon Hooker


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!


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 7/6/12. In this issue, we highlight some great 3D renders and models by students.


Assembly.png WaterBottle.png WoodenWhistle.png


Water Bottleby Harry Barnes
Wooden Whistleby ptc-4603145
Teacher Showcase - Maltby Academy - Martin Boler SHU Academyby ptc-4576141
Teacher Showcase - John Bowen - Sheringham High Schoolby ptc-4517326
Teacher Showcase - Dave Harrison - York Highby ptc-2627794
Teacher Showcase - Alan Glaves - Prince William Schoolby tbrotherhood
Teacher Showcase - Gary Glover - St Bede's Schoolby tbrotherhood
Land Speed Record - 1000hp Sunbeamby DavidEyre
Teacher Showcase - JSby ptc-2940731
Performance Definedby KenL.Nunn


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!


Got a great Mathcad story to share? Interested in showcasing your Mathcad chops? Consider this to be your official invitation to present your expertise to your peers.


We have select opportunities for presenters – we’re looking for Mathcad Champions – for a variety of slots. New Mathcad users and longtime experts have repeatedly told us that they find peer-to-peer presentations extremely valuable. Our presenters benefit too, from creating new networking opportunities to establishing themselves as thought-leaders in their organizations and industries.


Right now we have openings for brief monthly webinars as well as 45-minute speaking slots at PTC’s Mathcad Virtual Conference scheduled for autumn 2012.


If you’re a Mathcad Champion, or want to become one, email us at and tell us:

  1. Your idea or topic for your presentation
  2. What your audience would like about it
  3. Your discipline and industry
  4. Your Mathcad skill level (novice, intermediate, expert)


If your idea is selected by the Mathcad team, we’ll work with you to help develop your presentation.

We know there are tons of great Mathcad stories out there. Tell us yours!


Things are heating up here in the Central Valley, and not just the temperatures (108 today ).


FIRST Team 3970, the Duncan Dynamics, has recovered from an amazing rookie season and is meeting weekly.  Their getting new members up-to-speed, practicing for upcoming presentations and of course, training on PTC tools.  We'll be looking into Windchill for project planning and also using the 2012 season robot design for training new members on Creo 2.


FIRST Team 1671 is on fire as usual!  In addition to team meetings every Thursday that bring in up to 50 students, the design team is meeting every Wednesday at a student's home for training.  We're up and running on Creo 2 and just about have all the new members up and running on Windchill 10.1.  The summer's project will be designing a new "swerve drive" from the ground up.  This will give the team a chance to do a new product development project without the normal stress of the actual build season.  A couple of objectives include a true Project Management Plan, quality detailed drawings, mechanism design and hopefully some structural analysis.  This is all in addition to the primary objective of designing and testing a new drive train.


I look forward to hearing what everybody else is doing out there!


Stay cool ,




Ukázka některých funkcí Creo Parametric Flexible Modeling Extension.

Import, posuvy a jiná modifikace parametrické i importované geometrie.


Tag Templates in Arbortext

Posted by EmilMeindl Jul 11, 2012

I just discovered tag templates in Arbortext and strongly encourage any Arbortext user to start using them!


Where to find: Tools > Tag Templates


Use to create and insert frequently used sets of tags and content.  So far I have created tables where I only need to add cell information.


All my complaints concern large expressions and when worksheets are very expanded.

What bothered me in the course to develope my mechanical problem are

the following points:

The most important was the insufficient capability to mark large expressions at once.

Control +A works but was not ever wanted. Shift+click at the beginning and tracking  and shift and clicking and the end does not work

To mark expressions of 2-3 m in lenght can be marked only piecewise and copied piecewise.

A very boring work.

Mathcad dramatically slows down as soon as the worksheet enlarges and the expressions become bigger.

Deactivating great parts of the worksheet  will not accelerate Mathcad to work faster.

Derivating large expressions is very time consuming. Several times it did not work.

What has happened: Mathcad has not copied correcly.

For example. in an expression of 2 m in length I found  after several days instead of copying   sin(  )

I found  n( ) . The two charcters  si  of  sin( )  have been lost.  Derivating expressions of 2-3 m in length

could be done after  useing  the   "modifire"   simplify and lasted 20 minutes.

I assume internal storage areas are to small. One has to configurate these areas that multitasking is

possible, e.g. in the course of time Mathcad is controlling, and controlling and controlling I want to scroll

or copy or delete or scroll but it is not possible.

I work with Windows 7-64 and SSD 256 Giga, perhaps SSD  slows down after many writting cycles.

After deleting an expression scrolling is not possible for 2-3 minutes.

To copy large expressions is only piecewise possible.

Changing something in the middle of the worksheet lasts last 3-4 minutes. One has to wait, to wait,

to wait and so on.

I miss an error search algorithmus.  I have reached the limits of Mathcad :

At the end of my work I wanted to change some definitions at the beginning.  To enter about 40 characters

has lasted about 1 hour. Mathcad had nearly slowed down to zero.




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 6/29/12. In this issue, we highlight some tutorials, great 3D renders and models, tips, Mathcad worksheets and Creo files (worksheets and files are provided for free download).


Three Cornered Duelby Valery Ochkov
Cabling Tutorialby Pascal Raynaud
REX Tutorialby Pascal Raynaud
Bump, Texture and Decal Filesby TomD.inPDX
Reference Feature - Intent Object, Example with Query for Edgesby Hugo Hermans
AS Product Designby ptc-540098
Group Shot of Product Designby ptc-540098
Working Detachable LED Tent Torchby ptc-540098
Simple Lampby ptc-540098
Another Lampby ptc-540098
Children's Lamp with Rain Shower Tilt On/Off Switchby ptc-540098
GCSE Product Design iPod Dockby ptc-540098
Ripley St Thomas CE Academy A2 Product Designsby ptc-540098
Clear Glass to Demonstrate the Internal Structureby ptc-540098
Wind Up MP3 Playerby ptc-540098
Pill Dispenserby ptc-540098
Head Torchby ptc-540098
Back of Head Torchby ptc-540098
Solar Lightingby ptc-540098
Solar Lighting Backby ptc-540098


Feel free to comment, like, rate or reply to any of the above posts. Don't forget, files are free for you to download and reuse.


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!


This week I would like to draw your attention to Rob Leavitt the Director of Thought Leadership at PTC Global Services, the consulting arm of PTC. Rob is a long-time advisor to top technology and IT services firms and at PTC he works hand-in-hand with consultants, partners, and customers to advance understanding of key issues and challenges in product development, manufacturing, and after-market service.


Over the past couple of months Rob has been a regular on the PTC Product Lifecycle Stories Blog sharing the PLM insight he gathers through the course of the projects he works on and the people he works with.


Recently, I shared one of Rob´s pieces Slowing Down to Speed Up: 6 Steps to Effective PLM Planning but there are plenty of other pieces that are equally as valuable for companies looking to broaden their PLM knowledge in order to achieve greater business value for their organisation.


Follow Robs regular posts here: or follow Rob on Twitter at @PTC_Consulting.


Enjoy the read

As always, stay curious




Поздравляем наших подопечных, ребят физико-математического лицея № 30 из Санкт-Петербурга, которые приняли участие в международных соревнованиях Scalextric4Schools – разработка, изготовление трассовых автомоделей, прошедших 24 июня в Англии. Лицей №30 первый в России включился в международную академическую программу корпорации РТС год назад и начал преподавать основу инженерных знаний и 3D моделирование под руководством Дмитрия Павлова. Он же является руководителем всех команд лицея (их было несколько).

Команда ФМЛ №30 Ladoga во главе с Павлом Янушпольским взяла приз за лучшую инженерную разработку (автомобиля Ламборгини). На фото победители



А вот и и сама причина победы.



Всего номинаций было 4:
1. Лучшее инженерное исполнение (по результатам гонки машинки на трассе).

2. Лучшая инженерная разработка – наши ребята с Ламборджини (Впервые удачно была представлена переднеприводная машинка. А использование сложных поверхностей при проектировании в Creo всех поразило, так как ранее данный высокотехнологичный инженерный подход никогда не использовался школьниками, хотя соревнования проводятся уже пять лет, в проекте участвуют более 400 школ Великобритании. Очень удивилось жюри, что машинка была разработана всего за 1,5 месяца).

3. Лучший результат на скоростной трассе (специальные комплектации машин с дополнительными двигателями, пропеллерами и т.п.)

4. Лучшая команда по усредненному показателю.


Определялись только первые места, вторых-третьих не было.

Наши ребята также получили приз симпатий руководства Royal Air Forces Museum, на территории которого проходило мероприятие. За что получили особую награду, картину со стены музея с автографами самых известных посетителей (летчиков, первых лиц разных стран и пр.).


Групповое фото: ребята ФМЛ №30, Джон Стюарт, вице президент РТС по образовательным программам (с белозубой улыбкой справа), за ним Дмитрий Павлов, руководитель всех команд ФМЛ №30, и рядом Ольга Шартукова, представитель компании Ирисофт, системного интегратора, которые поддерживали лицей на протяжении всего пилотного проекта. А также директор ФМЛ №30 Алексей Андреевич Третьяков и завуч по ИТ Виталий Александрович Галинский (крайний слева), которые нашли возможность организовать в лицее впервые в России занятия по Creo и отправить школьников на соревнования в Великобританию.all-with-john.jpg


В рамках академической программы "Инженеры будущего" корпорация РТС предоставляет бесплатное программное обеспечение и методические материалы. Принять участие может любое среднее образовательное заведение. Пишите с вопросами на


We are currently in the process of uploading IPC1752A's to load the RoHS and REACH status of parts into WPA, and I find that the "Export to Excel" button gives me a spreadsheet that is not very useful.  From the View Upload tab it gives columns that are useful like: File name, Status Details and Date, but the Upload Option, and File Size don't have much application for us.  What would be helpful is Our Part Number and the Manufacturer's Part Number.  Right now I am using spreadsheet functions to take apart the file name and create the MPN so I can update our tracking spreadsheet using Vlookup.


I considered just doing an open ended dump of our part numbers, but we have too many and I get an "The record count exceeds the maximum rows (5000) configured to be exported to excel. The remaining records (2994) have not been exported." error, and again the columns do not have the data I really want.  I considered using WPA to handle the tracking function, but there are things I want to track that the software is not designed to handle.


Am I missing a tab or button that will allow me to customize the fields in one of these reports?


Attached is a spreadsheet containing all of the Windchill articles relating to Performance which have been published to the web along with their relative 'reuse' rate.  An article is considered reused when it is linked to a case.  It doesn't mean that article led to the case resolution but rather it part of the work done for that case.  One case can be linked to multiple articles.


Is having data in this format helpful, and would you have interest in seeing similar data for areas beyond Windchill Performance?  I'm interested in your perspective please leave a comment below or send me an email with your thoughts.


PLM systems were originally designed for use at a desktop or laptop computer which means that engineers disconnect from their primary link to product information and workflow processes whenever they leave their offices.


But often product development decisions can’t wait until you get back to your desk. You might receive a new task with an urgent deadline and waste crucial hours because you weren’t aware of the assignment. A designer may have an idea for a new feature but have to wait because she is unable to verify an important detail. A design project may get put on hold while waiting for a manager to approve a change.


Engineers often try to head off these types of problems by bringing printouts of product data with them while they are traveling. But paper is static while product models are frequently updated. Reliance on paper documents can lead to less than optimal decisions based on outdated information. Another limitation of printouts is that they communicate only in one direction. For example, a manager can review an engineering change based on the paper document but cannot communicate his approval or disapproval or comments until he returns to the office.


As an engineer you can partially overcome these problems by using email or phone to stay in touch with other members of the team while you’re on the road. But these methods provide only a partial solution. For example, a colleague might send you the latest copy of the model of a component she is working on while you are out. But you have no way of knowing if the component changes again soon after the email is sent. By disconnecting from the PLM system you lose both your primary source of information and also your ability to interact directly with the workflow of your organization.


Windchill Mobile addresses these problems by enabling you to participate in the product development process from your iPhone or iPad wherever you happen to be. PTC designed this new app by asking Windchill users what capabilities they need most when they are away from their desks. Of the eight top functions named by users, six have been incorporated into the first version of Windchill Mobile and the rest are planned for future releases.



Windchill Mobile enables you to connect to your company’s Windchill system through either WiFi or mobile broadband. You can search for a part by typing in the part number or the part name. You can browse through product structures to see product details and components and see related product data such as attributes, changes and documentation.


You can call up a 3D view of the part using the Creo View Plug-in and use multi-touch gestures—such as pinching your fingers together and apart—to zoom in and out. You can also pan across the model by moving your finger across the screen, or twirl the model around to a different view by moving your finger in a circle. Shaking the mobile device causes the assembly to break apart into its components and shaking it again re-creates the assembly.


Windchill Mobile allows you to review your assigned tasks and complete them from your handheld device. When the app opens, the home screen contains a list of assigned tasks. For example, one of these tasks might be to review an engineering change order. You can tap on the task to open up the engineering change order for review on the screen of your mobile device then go through the document and any associated models or drawings. Finally, you can take action such as approving or disapproving the change and making comments.


Windchill Mobile requires a server based license to work with your data set, but the app itself is free to download from the Apple App Store. It includes a sample data set so you can try out the app yourself for free.


The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has helped to enable a more mobile workforce that is capable of accomplishing tasks wherever they happen to be, at a customer’s office, in a manufacturing plant, traveling on a plane or train, or walking down the street. Windchill Mobile is the first in a planned series of applications from PTC that are designed to enable users to work from anywhere.


By enabling engineers and managers to access key Windchill functionality from a mobile device, Windchill Mobile helps improve the flow of information throughout the organization, streamlines the product development process and avoids errors by ensuring everyone has access to current information.


Try out the Windchill Mobile app now!