Author Archives: Geoff Hedges

Designing Gear Boxes for Stealth Ships with PTC Creo

In 1999, the Indian Navy ordered a set of warships. The 5000-ton stealth frigates would incorporate technology to hide their thermal and acoustic signature. They would accommodate a crew of up to 250. And, for the first time ever, they would be designed and manufactured domestically. The new Shivalik class of ships incorporated many more […]

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Vincent Systems Brings High-End Design to Prosthetic Hands with PTC

The human hand is a complicated piece of work. Fingers bend in three spots, they work with the thumb to pinch and grasp, or they can ball up together to make a fist. To make a replacement as sophisticated, you’d not only have to create a machine with a outstanding flexibility, but you’d also have […]

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Callaway Cars Speeds Product Development with PTC Creo

In 1977, as new cars were being manufactured under the stranglehold of new emissions regulations and fuel economy pressure, Reeves Callaway envisioned a world in which performance cars were not underpowered.  From his home workshop, he began to produce innovative, new turbocharger systems for BMW, VW, Porsche, Audi and Mercedes-Benz applications. So began Callaway Cars, […]

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Sklostroj Turnov Speeds Field Service with PTC Creo Illustrate

Between soda, beer, and prepared food, the demand for glass containers worldwide is immense. For example, Europe produced 21 million metric tons of glass bottles, jars, and flacons in 2013 alone. Anybody in the business of producing all those bottles needs high-speed machines that deliver good quality containers reliably and consistently. That’s what Sklostroj Turnov […]

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PTC Creo Package Upgrades: Add more Capabilities without Breaking the Bank

If you’ve been thinking about adding more capabilities to your CAD software, like simulation, direct modeling, or integrated PDM, why not explore a package upgrade? These software upgrades are a popular, cost-effective way of adding new capabilities to your existing seats. Plus, they offer a broad set of options to choose from. Here are some […]

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Designing Locomotives for Global Markets with PTC Solutions

Last spring South African cargo company Transnet ordered 232 new diesel locomotives for its massive freight-carrying operation from CNR Dalian Locomotive. The new trains would need to be specially designed and equipped with enough muscle to haul freight, but at dimensions suitable for operation alongside South Africa’s existing electronic locomotives. Only a few weeks before, […]

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PTC Live Global: Lessons from 2014’s Best Presentation

A while back, Cook Medical asked Leonard Erickson, the PTC Creo and PTC Windchill PDMLink Administrator, to produce some inspection drawings from production drawings. Easy enough. Within a little more than six minutes the first drawing was complete. Then the company asked him to do the same thing with 2000 more drawings. Erickson estimated the […]

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Bicycle Components Maker Streamlines Product Teams with PTC Windchill

In 1990, a Japanese giant that dominated 85% of the market effectively locked up the bicycle component business. From the drivetrain to the wheels, Bike Magazine writes, “Most bikes were little more than a steel or aluminum pony used to showcase Shimano’s parts.” That didn’t worry a startup called SRAM. The Chicago-based company had a […]

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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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Blue Star Designs Cool Air Conditioners with PTC Creo

More than 70 years ago, a company in India called Blue Star began manufacturing machines for making ice candy—better known as ice pops in the US. Over time, the founders realized that their core competency wasn’t childrens’ treats. It was the vapor compression cycle! The vapor compression cycle is a four-step approach to cooling. It’s […]

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