June 20, 2011
PTC Delivers First Creo Apps
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I'm anxious to try out some of the Creo apps and judge for myself.

 

The Week’s Top 5


At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.


 

PTC acquired MKS Inc., developer of MKS Integrity, a platform for software application lifecycle management (ALM). MKS Integrity coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with developing software-intensive products, including requirements, models, code and test, ensuring comprehensive lifecycle traceability. Software has become an integral, embedded component of most products manufactured today.


Thule has standardized on SolidWorks to design products for transporting bicycles, boats, skis, snowboards, and luggage. Thule tests its racks to be strong enough to carry the appropriate cargo, plus whatever the customer has loaded on top of it, at 90 mph, in buffeting crosswinds, and on bumpy, twisty roads. A recent breakthrough product developed with SolidWorks is a new “foot” – the piece of the carrier that attaches to the car. The foot includes an integrated AcuTight Tensioning Tool , a built-in torque gauge, to ensure the rack is tight enough without over tightening. Thule saves time by sharing designs with business areas around the world in the SolidWorks native
file format those units use. At its headquarters in Sweden, Thule’s product development department has used SolidWorks since 1996. Thule engineers further ensure quality by efficiently communicating with product managers and other non-CAD users by creating animations in SolidWorks and by sharing designs over email using eDrawings software.

 

Magnuson Products manufactures superchargers for car, truck, motorcycle OEMs and for the automotive aftermarket. The company has been manufacturing superchargers for over 40 years and uses the SolidWorks to design, analyze and manufacture its products. One of Magnuson’s customers uses CATIA and routinely provides large data files in CATIA format to Magnuson. Magnuson uses CCE’s CAT5Works product to exchange CAD files between SolidWorks and CATIA. CAT5Works is a bi-directional SolidWorks/CATIA data translator, which allows file translation from within SolidWorks. The latest version of CAT5Works is compatible with SolidWorks 2009, 2010 & 2011 on 32-bit and 64-bit versions
of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. CAT5Works enables design collaboration between CATIA V5 / CATIA V4 and SolidWorks systems. CAT5Works can import CATIA V5 Release 6 to 20 part (*.CATPart) / assembly (*.CATProduct) files to SolidWorks, and export SolidWorks files to CATIA V5 part (*.CATPart) / assembly (*.CATProduct) files. CAT5Works supports batch translations for handling bulk data. It supports transfer of CATIA V5 FT&A entities into SolidWorks. CATIA data can be filtered by entities and layers before conversion into SolidWorks.

 

Altair Engineering announced that it has signed an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace under which the aircraft manufacturer will expand its use of the HyperWorks suite of CAE tools for computer modeling airframes and conducting finite-element analysis. Bombardier Aerospace will expand the use of HyperMesh and HyperView, two technologies within the HyperWorks suite, for finite-element modeling of aircraft structures, from the component level to the full aircraft. In addition, Bombardier will join other aerospace manufacturers who use Altair's OptiStruct and HyperStudy to optimize aerospace structural designs for weight reduction, robust design and design efficiency.  

 

CIMdata 2011 Executive PLM Market Report, the first of five modules of the CIMdata PLM Market Analysis Report (MAR) Series was released and provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market during 2010. It contains analyses of major trends and issues, leading PLM suppliers, revenue analyses for geographical regions, industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth. The CIMdata PLM Market Analysis Report Series is packaged as five modules:
  • The CIMdata 2011 Executive PLM Market Report provides an overview of CIMdata’s complete global analysis.
  • The CIMdata 2011 PLM Industry Review and Trends Report is mainly qualitative in nature, and focuses on key issues facing the global PLM ecosystem of solution providers and end user organizations.
  • The CIMdata 2011 PLM Market and Solution Supplier Analysis Report details measures of and forecasts for the overall PLM market and key segments, including Tools, cPDm, and Digital Manufacturing.
  • The CIMdata 2011 PLM Market Geographic Analysis Report provides an additional view of the 2010 market results, by major geography.
  • The CIMdata 2011 PLM Market Industry Analysis Report provides an industry segmentation view of the 2010 market results for eight different industry sectors: aerospace and defense; automotive and other transportation; electronics/ telecommunications; fabrication and assembly; process-packaged goods; process—petrochemical; utilities; and construction, infrastructure and shipbuilding.

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    Reviews:
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    • Questions and Answers around Creo 1.0 June 28, 2011
      Reviewed by 'Geoff Hedges, PTC'
      Hi Jeff,
      thanks for taking the time to review Creo 1.0 and to post your top questions. We've taken your questions and answered them on creo.ptc.com, please visit:
      http://creo.ptc.com/2011/06/28/jeff-rowe-creo-questions-and-mcadcafe-com/
      We're definitely convinced Creo brings excitement to the CAD industry, addressing the top challenges, and delivering the next generation of design software to manufacturers. The reactions from our customers have been very positive, and now Creo 1.0 is here, we're seeing terrific interest in deploying Creo.
      Thanks again for taking the time to review Creo 1.0.
      Best Regards,
      Geoff Hedges
      PTC


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    • Direct & Parametric capabililities June 21, 2011
      Reviewed by 'Ron Keeley'
      I certainly hope that they don't end up going back to one monolithic app in the future. I'd like to see a Direct Modeling focused app with some parametric capability (heck, CoCreate has had that for years, actually) and the other a parametric-focused app with some direct modeling capability. That way, users wanting/needing to start from either end of the direct-parametric paradigm can do so, plus get some of the other end-of-the-spectrum capability. I'd really like to see the Direct Modeling tool (Creo Direct) make the existing parametric capability in that tool be something that's also usable (i.e. user interface is fairly simple and understandable and elegant to use, but perhaps doesn't do everything that the high-end Pro version of parametrics does.) This has been a long-standing wish of mine (many years, actually), so I don't really expect it to happen...

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