The Best 3D CAD Tools Combine Parametric and Direct Modeling

Editor’s Note: Do you agree that the best product design strategies combine both parametric and direct modeling? Why or why not? We want to know! Be sure to submit your comments in the text box at the bottom of this page. The most innovative manufacturing companies today use a combination of parametric and direct 3D […]

Parametric vs. Direct Modeling: Which Side Are You On?

Editor’s Note: What’s your take on the parametric vs. direct modeling debate? We want to know! Be sure to submit your comments in the text box at the bottom of this page. Engineers have long debated the virtues of parametric versus direct modeling. Some like the freedom and flexibility of direct modeling, while others prefer […]

TESCO eagerly awaits the move to PTC Creo 3.0

Tesco Corporation is a big fan of PTC Creo and says the soon-to-be-released PTC Creo 3.0 will be a powerful tool for managing its CAD environments, accessing legacy data, and modifying designs using PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX). The company also has plans to use PTC Windchill. Tesco is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta and […]

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From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise (Part II)

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In my previous post “From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise (Part I),” I talked about the cultural changes needed to realize a Model Based Enterprise (MBE). But culture isn’t the only thing that changes; processes and tools can look dramatically different by the time you transition your organization away from 2D drawings. Evaluating your processes […]

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Where Manager’s Get Product Development Wrong

The analysts have bad news: Some of your company’s barriers to success are coming from right within your own organization. The good news? You can do something about it. In a recent report from Aberdeen Research, analyst Reid Paquin identified a portion of companies that are successful in spite of the many challenges they face […]

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Tools and Resources for FIRST Student Engineers

It takes more than a few seats of free software to engage students in science and technology. So, as supporters of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), PTC has been developing webinars and workshops that students can stream, attend, or download to make sure they’re successful in their earliest ventures into engineering. […]

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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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The Truth about Direct and Parametric Modeling

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The PTC folks have asked me to give you lovely people a few of my thoughts over the course of each month. For my first outing, I’d like to tackle one of the oft covered, but rarely dissected subjects in today’s 3D modeling community — that of direct modeling. Specifically, how it can operate in […]

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