Mark Walker, Director of Mathcad Product Management at PTC, shares the plan to enable direct utilization of Mathcad inside Creo models:
PTC has captured many related use cases in recent years, but we haven’t had the ideal foundational relationship between the two apps to best solve those use cases – until we embarked upon this initiative. In the Mathcad Prime 3.0 / Creo 3.0 timeframe, we’re planning to release the first stage of this solution.
So, will Mathcad become a Creo App?
Yes… well, sort of! See, the concept of a Creo App is to allow the application toolset to change based on the user’s role, while acting upon the same data set. Such an “App switch” requires adherence to some fundamental rules to ensure the model data integrity is not compromised while changing the entire environment around it.
With Mathcad in the mix, we challenged our development teams to employ a new solution. Why is that? The short answer is that the periodic transitions to leverage the calculation environment within the model does not really constitute role-based switching. For this new integration to be powerful and usable, we required that engineers be able to use Mathcad at will, during any stage of the modeling process, in order to support the goals of:
- Documenting design intent and assumptions
- Building live geometric relationships
- Ad-hoc solving and calculating
- Establishing theoretical or best-fit “models” (e.g. curves and surfaces)
- Optimizing solutions
In other words, we needed to establish Mathcad as an always-available “Helper App” to Creo – or what we like to call an Applet.
Will this Creo Mathcad Applet be different from Mathcad?
How will it work?
What use cases are being targeted next?