Author Archives: Geoff Hedges

Simulation at Work: GE Healthcare

A little over a week ago, the US Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to GE Healthcare’s new imaging product, the Revolution CT. Like a typical computed tomography scan machine (more commonly called a “CT scan”), the Revolution uses X-rays to capture cross-section images of a body. But now it does it faster, with […]

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Design Validation and Reviews: Empowering the Review Team

In the typical design validation and review process, more than half of participants aren’t CAD experts. That’s not surprising as stakeholders come from everywhere, like manufacturing, marketing, and even customer offices—each with his or her own unique background and goals. What is surprising, though, is how we fail to accommodate those team members effectively. In […]

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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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