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Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1
Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops

cad tutorial cocreate  integrating them with multiple CAD and related software solutions, thus fostering openness and interoperability. At the same time, the vendor continues to integrate its PLM products more tightly and make them easier to deploy, as it believes that these capabilities will create significant added value for its customers. Using PTC's tightly integrated CAD and enterprise PLM solutions, organizations are better able to create and manage product information throughout the lifecycle for optimal product

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Dematic Selects aPriori for Product Cost Management


Dematic, a supplier of automated warehouse logistics and material handling systems, selected aPriori to control new product costs by providing real-time insight to cost projections in design and sourcing.

cad tutorial cocreate  cost feedback on 3D CAD drawings and continuous visibility into product cost performance as designs develop and change. The aPriori software leverages 3D CAD files and intelligent cost models to quickly and automatically generate detailed manufacturing analysis and cost estimates that quantify the impact of changes to product design, materials, manufacturing processes, volumes, and location in real time.   The software also enables users to leverage product cost data hosted in other critical enterprise Read More

PLM as a Strategic Weapon: An Underlying PlanetPTC Live 2011 Theme - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series talked about the major (blockbuster of a sort) announcements at PTC’s PlanetPTC Live 2011 annual user conference, which was held in mid-June 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. These announcements were as follows: General availability (GA) of nine PTC Creo 1.0 design applications. Showcasing the Windchill 10.0 product lifecycle management (PLM) suite. The acquisition

cad tutorial cocreate  with outsourcing and unique CAD needs lend themselves best to PLM systems’  product data management (PDM)  capabilities. In addition, if the company owns an Oracle or SAP ERP, the chief executive officer (CIO) will often push for integration with that vendor’s PLM offering. But where the company is not an Oracle or SAP shop, a best-of-breed PLM option should win. SAP and Oracle beg to differ when it comes to definitions about what “ERP” is in this debate. They rather offer business suites that Read More

Dalian Shipyard Transforms Shipbuilding in China with PTC Product Development Tools


After adopting two-dimensional computer-aided design (2D CAD) in the 1990s, Dalian Shipyard discovered that 2D technology didn’t meet the real-world challenges facing ship designers. For example, 2D CAD could not graphically reproduce real ship design challenges, such as collisions. Dalian Shipyard needed better product lifecycle management (PLM) tools. The solution: CADDS 5i—a complete 3D CAD tool for shipbuilding.

cad tutorial cocreate  designers. For example, 2D CAD could not graphically reproduce real ship design challenges, such as collisions. Dalian Shipyard needed better product lifecycle management (PLM) tools. The solution: CADDS 5i—a complete 3D CAD tool for shipbuilding. Read More

Facilities Management is Moving Forward with Technology


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cad tutorial cocreate  working with GIS and CAD rapidly evolves, new opportunities emerge for facility and property managers: Expand visibility and oversight into all aspects of building operations and asset management Allocate space efficiently Prepare for emergency or preventive maintenance measures Forecast and budget for maintenance Manage & Track Assets Plan for relocations   Just there & be Prepared for more... Facility Management folks are entering an era where practically everything is converging in their direction Read More

If There's One Thing CRM Tells Us: Don't Do PLM the Same Way


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cad tutorial cocreate  2: Choosing between the CAD and ERP Vendor Both CAD and ERP vendors will attempt to sell you PLM—the middle piece between CAD and ERP—using similar fear, uncertainty, and doubt arguments. ERP vendors will argue that you should choose their PLM because their ERP controls the commercial data, and is also the system that has the largest user population; users who are going to provide the valuable feedback and input to the design process. CAD vendors, on the other hand, will argue that they control the Read More

PLM Coming of Age: ERP Vendors Take Notice


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cad tutorial cocreate  management (PDM) systems. While CAD involves the use of high-resolution graphics in product design activities, allowing the quick evaluation and modification of the designer's intent, PDM systems were originally developed as merely vaults for storing and updating data. These on-line vaults replaced paper-based processes and information storage with a single, centralized data repository that enables authorized users throughout a company to access and update current product information, while ensuring they Read More

Customization Drives Complexity - Why It's Hard to Design, Sell, and Produce "Simple" Products


It seems counterintuitive, but the process of selling, designing, and producing what appear to be "simple" products becomes surprisingly complex when manufacturers introduce high levels of customization. How can manufacturers of configured products address this complexity to streamline their processes, reduce cost and increase customer responsiveness?

cad tutorial cocreate  customer-specific requirements. By developing CAD product models that incorporate design rules and flexibility, the order-specific design work can be more easily automated. For example, the number and spacing of the grids in a window should be calculated based on the window dimensions, as should the number and location of the window latches. If three-dimensional CAD models are used for these calculations, the engineering automation can also include the dynamic generation of production-ready drawings and Read More

PTC Live Global 2013: All About Design for “Servitization” —Part Two


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ANSYS Acquires SpaceClaim 3D CAD


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cad tutorial cocreate  Acquires SpaceClaim 3D CAD ANSYS , a global provider of engineering simulation software, recently acquired SpaceClaim Corporation , provider of 3D modeling software for engineers. Concord, Massachusetts-based SpaceClaim offers a 3D modeling tool that can be utilized by any engineer during the product development process. SpaceClaim and ANSYS have partnered in the past to offer customers ANSYS SpaceClaim Direct Modeler . SpaceClaim's flagship product is SpaceClaim Engineer, a fast 3D direct modeler Read More

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems: A Tutorial Part One: Challenges and Features


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cad tutorial cocreate  Maintenance Management Systems: A Tutorial Part One: Challenges and Features Introduction Saying that a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is just another scheduling tool is tantamount to saying that the Titanic was just another boat. While maintenance scheduling is arguably its most important aspect, CMMS has many additional features that can help a company manage its maintenance function. CMMS is using software to effectively and efficiently plan and execute tasks meant to Read More

Lectra Fashion PLM Becomes the First TEC Certified Solution in PLM for the Fashion Industry


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Aras Innovator 9.4 Release Is Available


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