Reinventing Design

Getting Started with PTC’s Visualization Services and Products

PTC recently published a fantastic document called PTC Windchill and PTC Creo View Visualization Getting Started Guide. Think of this document as the ever expanding, annotated book of bookmarks for anything you ever wanted to know about PTC Windchill Visualization Services, or WVS. It starts off with a simple publishing example of PTC Creo data and […]

Hardware Guide for the 3D CAD User

It’s that time of year where the media is filled with Festive Gift Guides, so I figured I’d give it a whirl and come up with some goodies that designers and engineers using 3D CAD might want to stick on their wish list and pop off to the big man with the white beard in […]

Six Technologies Mechanical Engineers Need to Watch Now

It’s not so far-fetched to say product engineering has become an extreme sport. To stay on top of the game, engineers need the requisite understanding of mechanical principles and the know-how to navigate design tools like CAD, but they also need to master other domains, many outside of their comfort zone. The push isn’t just […]

Lessons that the Design Pro can learn from the Maker Revolution

Everyone likes a revolution. There was all that tea business in Boston. There’s the spawning of a million t-shirts featuring Che Guevara in a beret. Then there’s Luke, Han and Leia and their struggle against the evil empire. If you’ve been watching the media, you might have heard about the Maker Revolution. According to some, […]

Concept Design vs. Concept Engineering

Concept_1I’ve had a few conversations over the last several months about the conceptualization process. What those conversations revolve round is that while we’re all familiar with the term “concept,” it often means different things to different folks and never is there a more stark difference than between designers and engineers. In the world of product […]

Communicate the Essence of Designs Better with Color–Coded Search

Stakeholders across the extended organization use product data to analyze and visualize designs from their perspectives. So it’s important for them to easily and quickly filter complex and vast amounts of information related to the design. Traditional text-based search serves as a good starting point for finding that data. But here’s another option: visual, color-coded […]

Aberdeen Research Roundup: What Top Performers Know

Aberdeen_5No matter what field or industry you work in, you can’t help but wonder how everybody else is faring. What challenges do they face? How do they solve their problems? Do they have “secret weapons,” and do those weapons work? Luckily, we have industry analysts like Aberdeen Research to find answers for us all. They […]

3D Printing: Hype, Hyperbole and Reality

Unless you’ve been in a cave for the last two years, you’ll have seen the explosion of hype surrounding 3D printing. Depending on who you believe, it’s sparking the next industrial revolution, or it’s just another technology bubble. We’re all used to seeing this in periods of extended warfare (hello Radar, GPS), but now it […]

Comparing Drawings, Models and PCBs with PTC Creo View

compareAs the design of your product evolves, it gets more and more difficult to understand what has changed from one iteration to the next—especially when other team members may have modified the data. With PTC Creo View, you can easily determine the differences between two versions of an MCAD or ECAD design. You can see […]

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

Madhavi_4In 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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