Top 5 Most Read Posts in April

We post something new every weekday here on—customer stories, tips and tricks, new product updates, analyses, and so on. In April, we saw overwhelming interest in our new integration of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 with PTC Creo. Technical tips, customer stories, and some old favorites continued to draw in readers too.

Did you see all of them? If not, here’s the top 5 most read articles from April. Consider it your shortcut to keeping up with your PTC Creo blog reading. And, as always, if you’d like to see us cover a topic in an upcoming post, drop us a comment at the bottom of the page.

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5. Calculations vs. 3D CAD: A Historical Curiosity. Author Al Dean, Editor-in-Chief of DEVELOP3D Magazine, says “When you consider the level of intelligence, automation, and frankly, jaw dropping amazingness of most of today’s 3D design and engineering tools, it’s perhaps a curious thing to note that most systems don’t provide much in the way of support for one of the most fundamental parts of the design and engineering.”

By which he means math.

In this article, Dean looks at how integrating PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 worksheets directly into geometry data creates a “powerful combination” in which calculations drive geometry and geometry drives calculations.

4. Five Things PTC Creo Has Built Lately. In the journalism and blogging world, we call this a listicle—an article that’s also a list. (In fact, you’re reading one right now.) The Five Things PTC Creo Has Built Lately provided us a way to talk about some very, very cool things we’d been seeing on the Internet. From an art installation in London’s Heathrow airport to a renaissance of classic motorcycles, PTC Creo products are getting a lot of publicity these days. Like the Harley-Davidson Low Rider featured in this video:

By the way, this roundup of stories also led us to Chris Alvarez, a high school student in Halifax county, VA. In May, he became the subject of this post from our educational series.

3. Mark Ganzer: Doctoring More Than Imported Data. A few months ago, Mónica Simón, regional project manager at PTC, began contributing regular posts focused on a PTC Creo or PTC Windchill tip you can use today. The article series generally features a presenter for this year’s PTC Live Global, to be held in Nashville in June. It’s been a wildly popular series, with each new post garnering enough reads to make it into the Top 5 Most Read each month.

In April’s installment, veteran PTC user Mark Ganzer explains the secret to using PTC Creo’s Import Data Doctor with imported and home-grown geometry together. That makes it easier to make the repairs you need to the imported files.


Mark Ganzer

2. Directly Open SolidWorks, Catia, and NX in PTC Creo. This is the oldest among the most read articles in April, dating back to January. But its popularity doesn’t surprise us at all. Unite technology is a breakthrough innovation introduced in PTC Creo 3.0 that makes using files from other software vendors more straightforward.

“While other CAD systems allow you to import files created with other CAD systems, only Unite technology’s File Open capabilities give you the ability to work with that data without any conversion effort. So you can now incorporate CATIA, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks data directly into your designs without creating additional business objects or having to repair imported geometry,” reads the article.

The article also details ways Unite technology provides options you didn’t have before. Consolidate all your CAD systems into one that can handle files from any source. Or use it to collaborate more broadly with diverse partners and clients.

1. Where’s the Math? Link Calculations to Model Geometry with Embedded Worksheets. When it comes to popularity, this article outshown everything else we posted in April. The post introduces the PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 integration with PTC Creo. The integration is free with the most recent release of PTC Creo, and so naturally people were curious.

“You use PTC Mathcad to solve, analyze, and document essential engineering calculations,” reads the article. “The tool produces easy-to-read textbook-like equations, plots, graphs, and images. But don’t be fooled. Under the covers there’s an engine that can solve some of engineering’s most complex problems, with 700 built-in functions, and the capacity to save functions you create yourself.”