Tips and Tricks: Create a Shrinkwrap Feature in PTC Creo

A “shrinkwrap” collects and copies surface data from an assembly into a single, lightweight feature. With shrinkwrap features, much of the internal detail is excluded, so you can also use it to protect your intellectual property when you share an assembly. Plus, if you struggle with downloading and manipulating large assemblies (see the video below), […]

Why Best-in-Class Manufacturers Use 3D Modeling

In the age of conspicuous consumption, consumers are consistently seeking newer, better, and increasingly more complex products. And that creates stiff competition for manufacturers—especially those who still rely on 2D CAD systems. According to a report on small- to medium-sized companies from the Aberdeen Group, “3D CAD is a critical application with the promise to […]

Why CAD Companies Can’t Ignore Subscription Licensing

There’s a backlash brewing in the world of software and it’s been percolating for some time. Partly due to economic pressures, fueled by the wealth of vendor and software options and enabled by the juggernaut of cloud, the way software is purchased is undergoing a radical shift. While companies are not quite ready to cut […]

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Design Best Practices Are a Big Deal for SMBs

Building better products at less cost in a shorter time-to-delivery cycle is a universal challenge, regardless of the size of the company or the complexity of its products. Industry leaders in sectors like automotive, high-tech electronics, and ship building have made great strides leveraging cutting-edge technologies to turbocharge their engineering processes and optimize designs. Among […]

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3DPrint.com: This LEGO Tractor (Designed with PTC Creo) Is Constructed Entirely of 3D Printed Parts

We have seen 3D printed LEGO parts before, but when those parts are printed using a standard FDM 3D printer they are rarely ideal building blocks. Unfortunately the resolution on FDM printers is limited by the basic laws of physics in relation to the surface tension of the material being used. Most plastics, at least […]

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New Webcasts: Better Design Validation and Reviews for Your Entire Team

How many design reviews have you been involved in this month? According to PTC’s 2014 Study on Design Validation and Reviews, you probably participated in anywhere from 17 to 57. That breaks down to almost one per day, but can reach almost three per day. Multiply that by the number of people in any given review, […]

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SMS Siemag: All Clear with PTC Creo View MCAD

SMS Siemag is a global player in the plant construction industry. Whether it’s an integrated solution for making iron, hot or cold steel rolling, or furnace technology—SMS Siemag has been putting together the machinery and mills companies use to process metals for decades. Here’s just one (very watchable) example: A hot strip mill designed for the Turkish […]

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HC360.com: Innovating Steering Systems for Aerial Platforms Developed with PTC Creo

An aerial work platform is the equipment used to lift workers. You may know these as “cherry pickers” or  “scissor lifts.”  They generally help maintenance and construction personnel who need a stable platform dozens of feet in the air, or firefighters for emergency access into tall structures. The video below provides a great example (with appropriately dramatic music) of an articulated […]

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