On Our Way to a Better Fruit Bowl: Top 10 Free Tutorials from PTC

When we launched the PTC University Learning Exchange in 2011, we boasted 150 free expert tutorials for our users. Today, there are 250 for PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 alone and over 330 including PTC Creo Parametric 1.0. You can also find these 2- to 5-minute instructional videos for PTC Creo Direct, Layout, Options Modeler, and everything else.

Where does one start?

Of course the PTC University Learning Exchange is searchable and you can probably find instructions for whatever problem you’re trying to solve in minutes. But if you’re just a little bit curious about what other people are looking at, here are our top 10 most popular PTC Creo 2.0 tutorials:

10: 制作手柄. If English isn’t your first language, you should know that the Learning Exchange includes hundreds of tutorials in Italian, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese—Simplified and Traditional. One of our most popular tutorials is this instruction for knurling a cylindrical surface in Chinese.

Bowl with PTC Creo

Creating Complex Bowls with PTC Creo

9. Create a beautiful fruit bowl using variable section sweep tool. More than 3000 PTC Creo users so far have looked around and said to themselves, “I want to build a better fruit bowl.”  So, they fired up PTC Creo and sought out a tutorial.

Okay, I’m just guessing. They might have viewed this tutorial because they were curious about how to use variable section sweep tool with the sophisticated trajpar parameter and sin function. No matter their reasons, this advanced step-by-step video shows how it’s done.

Variable Section Sweep with PTC Creo

Variable Section Sweep with PTC Creo

8. Variable section sweep with trajpar equation. Much like the fruit bowl tutorial, but without the fruit bowl. “Trajpar” is a term that comes from “trajectory parameter” and it’s used to create complex geometric and non-geometric shapes that vary in dimension along the length of any given path.

Cabling with PTC Creo

Cabling with PTC Creo

7. Basics of cabling.  It comes as no real surprise that a tutorial on creating harnesses, designating connectors, and routing cables is one of our most popular.  A significant percentage of our customers integrate electrical components into their designs—whether they’re building yachts or manufacturing equipment

6. Creating a helical spring around a nonlinear trajectory. Just like the fruit bowl and auger projects, the helical spring tutorial uses variable section sweep and makes use of the trajpar parameter. Here’s a fun fact: “trajpar” is specific to PTC Creo and it has its own Wikipedia entry.

Mountain Bike with PTC Creo

Mountain Bike Concept with PTC Creo

5. Mountain bike concept using PTC Creo Layout. With big-name customers like Santa Cruz Bicycles and Specialized using PTC Creo, we think mountain bikes make great tutorial demos. More than 4000 of you seem to agree. This tutorial explains the workflow to create an associative design using trace sketch in PTC Creo Layout.

4. Introduction to Top-Down Skeleton Models. The skeleton model is a must for anybody working with large assemblies –especially those with teams designing different parts of a large project at the same time. PTC Creo Customer J.R. Automation is a master at this approach. Check out the Product Design Show describing how the assembly line manufacturer works with skeletons.  Then view the tutorial and build your own room-filling assembly with your friends.

3. Learning Connector Introduction. From the crane we learn grace and self-control. The snake teaches us suppleness and rhythmic endurance. The praying mantis teaches us speed and patience. And from the PTC Learning Connector, users can connect to context sensitive learning and training resources (With apologies to Master Po).

BOM balloons with PTC Creo

BOM balloons with PTC Creo

2. Creating BOM Balloons. Almost 10,000 people have sought out this tutorial to add BOM balloons to an assembly drawing. Those little circles with numbers and arrows make sure others clearly understand what they’re looking at when they look at your work. This intermediate-level tutorial explains how.

Knurling with PTC Creo

Knurling with PTC Creo

1. Create knurling on a cylindrical surface. Don’t speak Chinese? There’s a knurling tutorial for you too. In fact, the English version is our number 1 most popular Learning Exchange tutorial. Have you seen it yet?

Interested in the top watched PTC Creo Parametric tutorials of all time? Irrespective of version? Click here.

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