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Daktronics Lights Up for the PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension

Nothing reminds us that we live in the twenty-first century more powerfully than mega-LED displays. They fill Times Square in New York City, wow Super Bowl fans in the desert southwest, and turn whole buildings into living art. Check out this insane display from Phoenix Island in Sanya City of Hainan Province in China, and […]

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Navigating the New Frontier of Product Complexity

Complexity is the new normal for most engineers. From the sensors and embedded software now liberally baked into smarter products to the new materials and freeform shapes associated with light weighting efforts, engineers are faced with daily challenges that call for deeper, more thoughtful design exploration. It wasn’t long ago when cranking out a couple […]

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My Take on Permanent vs Subscription Licensing

There’s been a distinct shift in the last couple of years in the engineering and design production software technology industry. For many years, the technology vendors have relied on the steady, predictable nature of permanent licensing. When you adopt a tool set, the theory is that you acquire the number of licenses you need, then […]

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How Design Reuse Will Take Us to Mars: Inside Orion and Space Launch System

When the United States retired its space shuttle program in 2011, it marked the end of a 30-year commitment to low earth orbital space travel. Since 1981, space shuttles had flown missions to launch satellites, conduct low-gravity experiments, and build the international space station, all 200 miles or so above the earth.  Now, NASA said, […]

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Customers Make the Move to PTC Windchill 10

PTC’s Will Kohler knows just about everything about PTC Windchill. His official title is Senior Vice President of Product Management, but many customers know him as a long-time PTC Windchill product manager. I recently asked him about the feedback he’s hearing as customers upgrade to PTC Windchill 10, as well as the benefits of upgrading […]

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Designing Clean Lightweight Diesel Engines with PTC Creo

India produces the third highest emissions in the world, next to only China and the United States. But while U.S. and European regulations are becoming more and more stringent, Indian standards have remained several years behind. Particulates fill the air from the burning of biomass  (like farm fields), fuel adulteration, and vehicle emissions. And it […]

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Toy Maker Creates 2.7 Billion Playmobil People With PTC Solutions

Germany’s largest toy company, Geobra Brandstatter (maker of Playmobil), is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. But the colorful family of interchangeable, clip-grip, helmet-haired models shows no sign of old age. Over 2.7 billion little plastic people have been made since 1974. The company started with just three figures: a knight, an American Indian, and […]

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Bicycle Components Maker Streamlines Product Teams with PTC Windchill

In 1990, a Japanese giant that dominated 85% of the market effectively locked up the bicycle component business. From the drivetrain to the wheels, Bike Magazine writes, “Most bikes were little more than a steel or aluminum pony used to showcase Shimano’s parts.” That didn’t worry a startup called SRAM. The Chicago-based company had a […]

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Aberdeen Reveals BOM Management Tips for SMBs

Aberdeen Research has conducted a study which shows that increasing complexity tends to complicate and delay product development processes. The top performing companies – or the Best-in-Class — were almost 40% more likely to be using a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to enable BOM (Bill of Materials) business processes. The study, which is entitled […]

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