Upgrades? It’s About Learning and Earning

Let’s talk about upgrades. Not the “just got a fancy seat and a free gin and tonic on a transatlantic aeroplane” type, but rather those times where you look at your current tool-set and wonder what else is available to assist with your day to day process.

I think it’s perfectly natural to stick with the tools that you know, that you work with, and that you’re comfortable with. It, after all, makes perfect sense – if you’ve got a tool that works, why change it? Or as they say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

The reality is that while maintaining your toolset as a static fixed set is perfect for the accounts (no extra expenditure, no sign off processes, no grovelling to the boss man), you might be missing a trick.

As with many things in life, the workhorse software we live and breathe with is evolving. Each release brings new tools, new ways of working, new methods of automating or adding intelligence to our processes, tasks, and workflows. The issue is that quite often when the really beneficial tools are released, they’re often a paid add-on to what we already have. Modules mean money, after all.

So many times, I’ve been in conversation with a designer or engineer and that usually ends up nerding out about the CAD design process – what works, what doesn’t, how to do something with one tool that you can’t in another.

And more often than not, the end result is that we both up discovering that the latest versions of a tool actually solves an issue or that there’s an add-on that’s available, from their existing vendor, that could save them hours of work or automate a task enough to let them focus on the more challenging aspects of the day to day.

It’s human nature to be change averse. To stick with how you’ve always done things. The problem is that design tools advance rapidly and often we get left behind with older workflows.

A good example is, of course, PTC Creo. If you’re still out there using Pro/ENGINEER (the predecessor), then PTC Creo should be your first upgrade step – you’ll discover a modern user interface as well as hundreds of new capabilities, from Freestyle modeling, better handling of CAD data from other sources through Unite technology, etc.

Once you have PTC Creo running on your computer, look at PTC’s package upgrades. These cost-effective add-ons offer more capabilities, from simulation, integrated PDM, direct modeling, top-down design, and so on.

[Ed. PTC Creo Piping and Cabling Extension is one example of capabilities you can add on to PTC Creo.]

All of these capabilities are bullet proof and essential for many companies looking to further optimize workflows and their overall product development process.

If you can work more efficiently, explore new areas of your projects in new and interesting ways. Then all that effort and investment is worth it.


Al_DeanAl Dean is Editor-in-Chief of DEVELOP3D Magazine (http://www.develop3d.com).

This blog post is paid for by PTC. The concepts, ideas and positions of this post have been developed independently by Al Dean.