Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Splintering Needs of Engineering Simulation

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A couple weeks ago, I found myself in an interesting conversation. I was talking with a software executive who was considering starting up a new software company in the simulation space. His most basic question was “where is the greatest need in simulation today?” I’ll be frank; I struggled to answer. Not because all of […]

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Dealing with Late Stage Design Changes Using the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension

Dealing with late stage design changes using PTC Creo FMX

Last week, I discussed how the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) makes working with imported CAD data much easier. Today, I will discuss the challenges of accommodating late stage design changes and how PTC Creo FMX can help. Product Development teams everywhere need to deal with late stage design changes. These can come from […]

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Emer SpA Turns Engines Green with PTC Solutions

Since I’m on the subject of green energy this week, I want to tell you about a PTC customer that’s making it easier to adapt to cleaner, alternative fuels. Emer SpA, based in Brescia, Italy, designs and manufactures the parts OEMs need to convert their gasoline-powered automobiles and trucks to use compressed natural gas (CNG). […]

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New video offers solutions to CAD interoperability problems

CAD technology analyst Chad Jackson, a frequent contributor to this blog, has launched a new video series entitled “Perspectives from Lifecycle Insights.” The debut issue delves deeply into the problems that engineers face as a result of dealing with too many CAD systems. It also discusses recent technology advances that can help engineers overcome those […]

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Making Solar Energy Useful with Fronius and PTC Solutions

Solar energy is one of the cornerstones of green energy. It’s free. It’s limitless. It’s clean. The main problem with it (besides cloudy days) is that it delivers its power as direct current (DC), just like a battery. Most significant appliances, the ones you plug into a wall, feed on alternating current (AC). And in […]

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Rethinking CAM: Let’s Go Back to Where It All Began

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Why do we model things in CAD, anyway? Before there was collaboration, visualization and analysis, CAD models were developed to support computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and numerically controlled (NC) fabrication machines. NC machines carry out subtractive process like milling and turning, while additive technologies like 3D printing build shapes out of layers of material. Whether additive […]

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Working with Imported CAD Data Using the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension

Working with Imported CAD Data in PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the Import Data Doctor capabilities within PTC Creo Parametric, a task-based repair tool designed to repair, modify or featurize geometry imported into PTC Creo Parametric from external sources. But what if you’re looking to make further changes to your imported data? Such as editing the geometry? Working with […]

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Dabel Group Responds to Global Challenges with PTC Solutions

The Dabel Group knows something about competition. Back in the mid-2000s, the thriving Spanish manufacturer lost a major client when the OEM decided to move its air freshener subcontract to China. Dabel reacted quickly. “We had to think of a solution that would allow us to adapt to this new situation,” said company president, José […]

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Webcast: Increase design agility with PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX)

The world moves fast these days. Just about everyone works in a 24/7 environment that is spread across multiple geographies and languages. To remain competitive, engineers need design agility – the ability to make changes to designs on the fly and while increasing productivity. That’s where PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) comes in, according […]

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Making the Machines That Make the Machines at DMG MORI with PTC Creo

When you talk to Michael Trenkle, mechanical engineer, about his automatic tool changer design, it’s easy to lose yourself in the details.  He’ll tell you about speed and accuracy down to the micron, and about how he ensures his subassembly interfaces with others in this 5000-part 3D model. He’ll describe the challenges of laying out […]

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