GrabCAD Workbench is a cloud-based file management platform that makes it easier for users to manage and share CAD files.

GrabCAD Announces Integration with PTC Creo and Workbench Summer 2014 Release

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It appears the folks at GrabCAD have been quite busy. The Cambridge-based startup is making two significant announcements today: the integration of its Workbench cloud-based file management platform…

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PTC Creo Elements/Direct 19 now offers support for multi-CAD environments, via Unite technology

PTC Releases Creo Elements/Direct v19.0

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Another announcement made at this year’s PTC Live Global event was the release of PTC Creo Elements/Direct 19.0, direct modeling software that now includes productivity enhancements in modeling,…

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The new release of Creo 3.0 will enable customers to work and consolidate data from any CAD source.

Creo 3.0 Announced at PTC Live Global

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Amid the excitement of users, partners, analysts and members of the press–along with hundreds of Boston-based employees, PTC announces the release of Creo 3.0. Among the most impressive…

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New features in KeyShot rendering software enable engineers to make their workflow more efficient and take their visual assets to the next level.

Luxion Releases KeyShot 5 Rendering Software

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rendering software is increasingly being put to use by design engineers to create downstream product collateral used to support, maintain and sell products–often before the product even exists…

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This concept design for Yamaha was created by a Alberto Agnari. It included concept boards, sketches and traditional and digital renderings.

Debating the Most Efficient Way to Go from Concept to Documentation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The conceptual phase of design is the only one within the product development window that must be inherently fluid, and in a sense, should be done in a…

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Design associativity is not exclusive to history-based 3D modeling approaches. Image courtesy of PTC.

The Role of Associativity in Direct Modeling

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When designers and engineers think about design associativity, they often think about history-based 3D modeling systems. CAD software that deploys a history-based approach to modeling requires engineers to…

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Preparing Models for Simulation: Which 3D Modeling Paradigm is Best?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Simulation technology has its origins in the labs of universities and specialists groups within the aeronautics and automotive industries. Today, however, simulation software has moved from research labs…

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Nearly half of all product development companies continue to struggle with how best deal with CAD data originating in other CAD systems. Image courtesy of Siemens PLM.

The Challenges of Model Editing in the Multi-CAD World

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In today’s world, most engineers and designers are now accustomed to dealing with CAD data created in other CAD systems. With design collaboration with suppliers, partners, and customers…

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Model reuse

The failed promise of parametric CAD, final chapter: A viable solution

Monday, November 18, 2013

What is the failed promise of parametric CAD? In short, model reuse. It’s a lot more difficult than it ought to be, for a variety of reasons. Several…

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The failed promise of parametric CAD part 5: A resilient modeling strategy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The model brittleness problem inherent with parametric feature-based modeling is a really big deal. And it’s something, honestly, that I don’t have a great answer for. I’ve even…

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The failed promise of parametric CAD part 4: Going horizontal

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the early 90s, Ron Andrews, a senior product designer at Dephi’s Saginaw Steering Systems Division, became fed-up with the difficulties of editing parametric CAD models. So, he…

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The failed promise of parametric CAD part 3: The direct solution

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Direct modeling—a syncretic melding of concepts pioneered by CoCreate, Trispectives, Kubotek (and many others)–has shown the most promise to cure the parametric curse. Direct modeling is today’s hot…

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The failed promise of parametric CAD part 2: The problem is editing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the previous post, I wrote about the failed promise of parametric CAD: problems such as parent-child dependencies and unwanted feature interactions, coupled with no easy way to…

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Rebuild Error

The failed promise of parametric CAD part 1: From the beginning

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The modern era of 3D CAD was born in September 1987, when Deere & Company bought the first two seats of Pro/Engineer, from the still new Parametric Technology…

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How would you design an electric motorcycle?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I often find myself looking at manufactured products, and wondering “how would you go about designing something like that?” For some things, the sheer scale of the problem…

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Rock and Roll industrial design

Monday, March 25, 2013

I’m always interested in how people use CAD software to do interesting projects. Nout Van Heumen is an industrial designer and engineer whose day job, so to speak,…

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PTC creo render

WEBINAR: What’s New in Creo Parametric 2.0? Up to Double Your Design Productivity compared to Pro/ENGINEER

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The latest version of PTC’s Creo family of design software is here! Come see what’s new inside Creo Parametric 2.0 and how you can double your design productivity!…

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Cheetah, Creo, and 2D geometric constraint solvers

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Last week, I wrote, in Solving the CAD concurrency problem, about 2D geometric constraint solvers. Solvers are one of the major components used in 3D CAD programs, and…

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Whirlpool PLM

How Whirlpool uses PTC CAD and PLM technology

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Home appliances aren’t what they used to be. Consider, for example, washers and dryers. At this week’s PlanetPTC conference, Fred Bellio, CIO of Whirlpool’s Global Product Organization, and…

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Autodesk provides real-time DFM for plastic part design

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

There’s a lot of benefit to be had by doing manufacturability analysis (DFM, Design for Manufacturing) early in the design process, rather than waiting until later, when design changes are far…

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Analysis linked to CAD

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Comsol’s latest update to its flagship multiphysics software Comsol 4.2a includes enhanced LiveLink capability. The new associativity to between Comsol and Creo packages means any changes to a…

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PTC congratulates Penske Racing team for unprecedented weekend of race track wins

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PTC congratulated its customer and performance partner, Penske Racing, whose cars are designed and developed with the help of PTC’s design software, on its banner racing weekend. The…

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New app helps you understand structural and thermal product performance before committing to physical prototyping.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Assemblies are as easy to simulate as individual piece parts. The biggest news at the PlanetPTC Live 2011 event was the launch of the first set of Creo…

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