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Direct Modeling is Better at Capturing Design Intent

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years, it’s that debate gives you new perspectives. Such was the case coming out of a webinar I presented in that was titled The Pros and Cons of 3D Modeling Paradigms: Direct Modeling and History-based Modeling. Brian Thompson of PTC and Dan Staples of Siemens […]

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Assembly Performance in PTC Creo Parametric Versus Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0

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The PTC Creo Parametric vs. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 blog series has covered cross sectioning, measuring geometry and sheet metal. This week I will discuss the major enhancements to assemblies. These feature improvements are available in the base license of PTC Creo Parametric. There is no need to buy additional extensions or applications to take advantage […]

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Sheet Metal in PTC Creo Parametric Versus Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0

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Our recent PTC Creo Parametric vs. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 head to head blog series has covered cross sectioning as well as measuring geometry. This week I’d like to discuss the greatly improved sheet metal capabilities in PTC Creo Parametric. As outlined in previous blog posts, these are core functionality improvements available in the base license […]

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Transitioning from 2D to 3D Design with PTC Creo Layout

Many manufacturing companies use 2D tools for their concept engineering efforts and then move to a 3D model for their final deliverables. This is common in machine designs which feature an axis of symmetry, such as engines, turbines, and rotors. Moving from 2D to 3D requires designers to either import the 2D information in an […]

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The Trend Towards CAD Consolidation, Not CAD Standardization

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This blog post has been licensed for hosting by PTC. The concepts, ideas and positions of this post have been developed independently by Industry Analyst Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights. © LC Insights LLC CAD standardization. CAD consolidation. They’re practically the same thing, right? Well, not exactly. Now, up until about five years ago, I […]

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Surfing for Fun and Profit: How PTC Creo Helps American Wave Machines Showcase the Perfect Wave

If the designers at American Wave Machines had their way, you could go surfing on a great wave – right now, no matter where you are.  Winter, summer, desert, prairie, mountains, or coast. The Southern California-based company specializes in designing surfing attractions for resorts, malls, and anyone else who wants an authentic experience for their […]

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Tips for Integrating Simulation Tools into Your Product Development Process

Finite-element analysis (FEA) tools are used to simulate the behavior of complex mechanical parts to external forces and stresses. The practice of analyzing parts using FEA involves building an accurate geometric representation of the component and breaking it down into discrete elements, or nodes. Material properties are assigned for the materials used in the part, […]

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Vitamix Rides the Smoothie Trend: World’s Most Reliable Blenders designed with PTC Creo

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One of the hot food and beverage trends of 2013 is that consumers are abandoning colas, and instead seeking “fresh” beverages such as smoothies and fruit-flavored carbonated beverages, according to Baum+Whiteman International Food+Restaurant Consultants. With words like “cleanse” and “detox” buzzing in the industry, juice and smoothie bars are on the rise –   industry market […]

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Deploy Battled-Tested Tools to Improve Your Innovation Strategy

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When companies embark on new product design, they do so by following many logical, sequential steps. First they gather market research and elicit customer feedback on previous products. Then they brainstorm, prototype, and test promising new concept designs. Next, they develop detailed engineering designs, meticulous financial models and solid marketing plans to support the product. […]

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Deconstruct to Instruct: Designing Products that are easy to Assemble

When I was ten years old, my dad gave me a small boat engine and asked me to take it apart and put it back together again. It was his way of teaching me to read instructions. Although the engine was “efficiently” reconstructed (as in, parts were left over), it didn’t start. Next time, I […]

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