Did You Know: New Engineering Notebook in PTC Creo, Powered by PTC Mathcad

In the most current release of PTC Creo (PTC Creo 3.0 M030) and PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1, we’ve enhanced the integration between our flagship CAD and calculation tools. If you’re not familiar with PTC Mathcad, it’s math software that allows you to solve, analyze, and share your most vital engineering calculations. Here’s what you need to know about it.

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Once you’ve downloaded the software, open a blank PTC Mathcad worksheet and you’ll notice the familiar feel of graph paper. Its open environment allows you to create diagrams, charts, and graphs, and write thorough documentation about your models. The ribbon interface at the top makes features easy to find, and the point-and-click nature of the software makes clean formatting a snap. Most importantly, PTC Mathcad has all the formulas you need, along with hundreds of templates to give you a head start.

What does PTC Mathcad do for your models? The calculations can push dimensions to your model, driving the geometry in real time. Make a change to an equation in PTC Mathcad, and PTC Creo adjusts the model. Try a change that doesn’t add up, and PTC Mathcad flags it for you. The relationship between notebook and parametric environment keeps your models and documentation accurate and in sync.

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Keeping track of your files is easier, too. Once you attach algorithms or annotations to your models, they’re stuck together. Digitally stapled, if you will. Gone are the days of looking for documents in directories far removed from your PTC Creo files. No more flipping through binders or wading through Excel spreadsheets. You save time building, testing, and reviewing when engineering notes are embedded in the model file.

Many engineers keep documentation in other, less readable or accessible formats. That’s why we’ve designed PTC Mathcad so that you can embed Excel spreadsheet information directly into PTC Mathcad. The data can be passed bidirectionally, and can even drive the changes in equations within the PTC Mathcad file. Additionally, charts and graphs from the notebook are effortlessly used in other applications. Need a diagram for your PowerPoint slide? Simply copy and paste.


Excel spreadsheet embedded in PTC Mathcad worksheet.

Find out more about linking PTC Mathcad data and PTC Creo designs in Tom McKeown’s recent How to post on our community forums, and learn more in these PTC Mathcad video tutorials on PTC University Learning Exchange. (Did you know PTC Mathcad can export algorithms to several third party CAD tools?)

Note that you may need to create a Learning Exchange account if you don’t already have one. The good news is that it’s free and after creating your new login, you’ll find hundreds and hundreds more in-depth demonstrations and tutorials for PTC products.