The Best 3D CAD Tools Combine Parametric and Direct Modeling

Editor’s Note: Do you agree that the best product design strategies combine both parametric and direct modeling? Why or why not? We want to know! Be sure to submit your comments in the text box at the bottom of this page. The most innovative manufacturing companies today use a combination of parametric and direct 3D […]

Parametric vs. Direct Modeling: Which Side Are You On?

Editor’s Note: What’s your take on the parametric vs. direct modeling debate? We want to know! Be sure to submit your comments in the text box at the bottom of this page. Engineers have long debated the virtues of parametric versus direct modeling. Some like the freedom and flexibility of direct modeling, while others prefer […]

TESCO eagerly awaits the move to PTC Creo 3.0

Tesco Corporation is a big fan of PTC Creo and says the soon-to-be-released PTC Creo 3.0 will be a powerful tool for managing its CAD environments, accessing legacy data, and modifying designs using PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX). The company also has plans to use PTC Windchill. Tesco is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta and […]

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We live to write about the product development process, and we’ve been doing it for years now. But to do that well, we need feedback from you—the product design and development community. Our number one goal is to provide you with the stories you want to read about the most. So help us keep it […]

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How to Get Free CAD Software from PTC

There are a lot of legitimate reasons to want your CAD software for free. You might be new to product development or you might be uninterested in ever working as a full-blown design professional—but you still need to tinker with 3D models. You might want to try out a software you’ve heard about, to see […]

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Institute of Mechanical Engineers: Product review: PTC’s Creo 3.0 design software

By Michael Wendenburg “PE road-tests the new 3.0 version, which promises greater flexibility around the use of CAD models from third-party systems. Do you remember the initial release of the Creo strategy, which at the time was more of a vision than a reality? PTC announced four innovations to create a new basis for CAD […]

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From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise (Part II)

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In my previous post “From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise (Part I),” I talked about the cultural changes needed to realize a Model Based Enterprise (MBE). But culture isn’t the only thing that changes; processes and tools can look dramatically different by the time you transition your organization away from 2D drawings. Evaluating your processes […]

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Where Manager’s Get Product Development Wrong

The analysts have bad news: Some of your company’s barriers to success are coming from right within your own organization. The good news? You can do something about it. In a recent report from Aberdeen Research, analyst Reid Paquin identified a portion of companies that are successful in spite of the many challenges they face […]

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