Author Archives: Geoff Hedges

Dallara Automobili: Why It’s Not Enough to Be a Great Designer

“You can be in love with designing things,” says Luca Pignacca, chief designer at Dallara Automobili.  “It is more difficult to be in love with organization.” Exactly. That’s why we enjoy images of a nicely rendered racecar more than, say, a screenshot of a nicely managed database. “Nonetheless,” Pignacca warns, “you can be the best […]

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Larsen & Toubro ETS Shares Designs Downstream with PTC Creo View MCAD

Just downstream from product design, you find tooling. Whether in your building or on the other side of the world, the tool makers share a lot of the same challenges as design engineers. They worry about form, materials, forces, and motion. And just like design engineers, they work closely with other teams—like manufacturing, assembly, and […]

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Jang Lih Speeds Design with PTC Creo to Meet Growing Export Demand

Exports in Taiwan are on the upswing, says last week’s Wall Street Journal. In fact, orders grew nearly 2% compared to March 2013, dramatically exceeding the newspaper’s forecasts of 0.1% for the period. And compared to February of this year, demand for exports grew 30% in March! That’s great news for PTC user Jang Lih. […]

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Profits from Processes at Actiw Systems with PTC Solutions

Often, when we talk about product development, we focus on the design cycle—from idea to manufacturing. We know most product lifecycle costs are committed during the design phase, and so product development designers and engineers generally add design for manufacturing and assembly to their long list of concerns. What we don’t talk about much is […]

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Simulation at Work: American Wave Machines

In some of our recent articles, analysts and industry watchers talk about simulation tools and how they might be used throughout the design process—from concept to validation. While Chad and Monica look at trends and approaches to simulation-driven design, I’d like to tell you a little more about the companies that use PTC simulation tools together […]

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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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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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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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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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Alcon: Empowering Teams with PTC Creo View MCAD

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According to its website, Alcon’s mission is to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better. It’s a clear and noble vision, and one the company carries all over the world. But if you’re involved in health care and manufacturing, you know how things can bog down behind the scenes. […]

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