Tips and Tricks: Create a Shrinkwrap Feature in PTC Creo

A “shrinkwrap” collects and copies surface data from an assembly into a single, lightweight feature. With shrinkwrap features, much of the internal detail is excluded, so you can also use it to protect your intellectual property when you share an assembly. Plus, if you struggle with downloading and manipulating large assemblies (see the video below), […]

Why Best-in-Class Manufacturers Use 3D Modeling

In the age of conspicuous consumption, consumers are consistently seeking newer, better, and increasingly more complex products. And that creates stiff competition for manufacturers—especially those who still rely on 2D CAD systems. According to a report on small- to medium-sized companies from the Aberdeen Group, “3D CAD is a critical application with the promise to […]

Why CAD Companies Can’t Ignore Subscription Licensing

There’s a backlash brewing in the world of software and it’s been percolating for some time. Partly due to economic pressures, fueled by the wealth of vendor and software options and enabled by the juggernaut of cloud, the way software is purchased is undergoing a radical shift. While companies are not quite ready to cut […]

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Secrets of the Best-in-Class

The “best-in-class.” That’s what Aberdeen Research calls small- to medium-sized companies (SMBs) that outperform their competition, ranking in the top 20% of SMB manufacturers. These are the companies that most often meet their targets for product launches, revenues, costs, development budgets, quality budgets, and lifecycle costs. How do they do it? That’s what the Aberdeen […]

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How Four SMBs Cut Design Time and Increased Innovation with PTC Solutions

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that break from the competition have more than a few things in common, according to Aberdeen Research. These best-in-class performers report higher profit margins, get to market earlier, and spend less money on product development. We’ve talked in recent posts about how these companies are more likely to use 3D […]

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The Internet of Things: New Challenges, New Opportunities

In the last column, we talked about Big Data and the challenges that it might present the designer and engineer  in the near future (if not already). As part of that, we touched on how much of this might be driven by the Internet of Things. And the fine folks at PTC have asked me […]

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Creo Community: Creating Basic Extrusions in PTC Creo 3.0

[Ed. Two years ago, we posted a series of education recordings and articles offering advice to engineering graduates and schools . The series featured an article with Gary Lamit,  CAD Department Chair at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. Now, Lamit is back in the Creo Community with a “how to” video and  a new book on Amazon.] […]

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PTC Creo View MCAD: Why It’s More Than Just a “Nice to Have”

Design reviews are a way to find and address problems early in the design process. For example, give a manufacturing engineer a “quick peek” at your 3D model, and you may get tips for cutting production costs —long before physical prototyping. Show your ideas to purchasing, and you may find a more readily available fastener […]

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