It’s time for our monthly look back at what you’re reading here at the PTC Creo blog. Last month, viewers joined us in record numbers, and that tells us that whatever we’ve been doing, we need to do more of it going forward.
In March, we saw the most robust traffic on posts about new product capabilities. At the same time, a little technical advice from a long-time PTC University instructor became an instant hit. Here are the most read articles of March. Peruse the list and see if there’s anything interesting you might have missed the first time. And if there’s something you’d like to see in an upcoming post, drop us a comment at the bottom of the page.
5. Cloud PLM: A Big Return with a Smaller Investment. In February, we introduced PTC PLM Cloud, a product lifecycle management solution for small- and medium-sized businesses. In this post, industry analyst Jim Brown talks about barriers to PLM adoption for the little guy, and how offering the software over the cloud overcomes many of those obstacles.
“The thing is, most believe that implementing traditional PLM has to cost a lot and take a lot of time,” writes Brown. “We’ve researched it, though, and that just isn’t the case. PLM can be implemented efficiently and cost-effectively despite what many have heard.”
4. A Top Down Design Interruption: Late Changes. Many of our posts over the past several weeks focus on PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension (DEX), a tool for trying out alternative design ideas easily and in one place. But in this story, Gavin Quinlan describes a scenario in which an engineer has both PTC Creo DEX and PTC Creo Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX) available.
“With the new PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension (DEX), there’s a better way to understand and manage late changes to a model that’s been set up with a top-down structure. When you combine PTC Creo DEX with PTC Creo AAX, you get Update Control,” writes Quinlin. “Update control supports the engineer in four ways: Provide notifications of a change to the reference model, visualize what’s changed compared to the original, manage how these changes are handled, and see the impact of changes and explore alternative design proposals through PTC Creo DEX.”
3 Too Small for Product Lifecycle Management? Look to the Cloud. The second item on our list highlighting PTC PLM Cloud, this article talks more about how small- and medium-sized businesses benefit from using the cloud for their lifecycle management software. Plus, it includes a demo, giving readers a peek at PTC PLM Cloud in action.
2. Directly Open SolidWorks, CATIA, and NX in PTC Creo. It took a long long time for a CAD tool to reach the market that could work effectively with files from multiple native formats. So it’s no surprise that our article about Unite technology, published in early January, is still one of the hottest reads on the PTC Creo blog.
“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,” reads the article. “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.”
The story describes scenarios where users can use the software to collaborate with people using different systems, consolidate all your models into one format. If you don’t have time to read the whole article, here’s an informative demo:
1. Scott Barkman: Tips for Loading Large Models Faster. And the most popular post of the month? PTC University instructor says many people who use PTC Creo and PTC Windchill together aren’t getting the most from their systems—especially when it comes to loading a lot of data.
“With PTC Creo and PTC Windchill together, you can create simplified representations of a model and then vault them as a separate assembly file—an external simplified rep—in PTC Windchill,” he says. “Unlike standard simplified reps, these standalone files can be created without requiring you to load the entire product assembly. External simplified reps are searchable in PTC Windchill too.”
Barkman will be available at this year’s PTC Live Global in Nashville in June with more to share with PTC users.