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Four tricks to reduce your engineering calculation times

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 27-Jul-2016 09:30:00

“So, what are the timescales for engineering?” How often have you been asked that by those above you or by an expectant client? One of humanity’s greatest downfalls is its inability to provide accurate estimations of completion, so if your answer to such questioning is usually rather woolly, you’re not alone.

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Why Bad Product Designs Can End Up Costing a Fortune

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 21-Jul-2016 15:30:00

Bad design choices can lead companies to waste both time and money. Even good choices that take a little too long to come out of the design process can lead to costly delays.


The exact figure will never be known, but bad designs are known to cost companies dearly, particularly when they lead to product recalls (in the consumer-goods sector) or come out of the tax-payers’ pockets (in the building sector).


This was a problem faced by Dr Richard Simmons when he was Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) in the early 2000s, and was summed up well in his 2005 study.   


He concluded in ‘The cost of bad design’; “decision makers need to be alert to the dangers that poor design poses and to the financial cost of failing to anticipate what we know to be the case.


“Bad design costs. Good design adds value.”


After opening and closing the design file for the eighth time in a row, it’s likely that any designer would agree with him. If nothing else, it is costing them their time.


Trying to consider every possible iteration takes long enough, without having to save all the relevant files in appropriate places and then find them again so that they can be screenshotted and presented to colleagues.


This time-consuming process means that not only are designers unlikely to consider all possible design iterations, but may lose some good ideas along the way because they forgot to label the file properly when they saved it.


PTC have developed their Design Exploration Extension (DEX) in order to streamline the design process, leaving designers with more time to consider more iterations and stop them losing any files.


DEX allows designers to work on multiple designs in one session and automatically saves any changes to models that are made so that no iterations or modifications are lost.


In both the Sandbox and the Freestyle setting DEX allows users to play around with a single design whilst saving all of the changes for you. In Freestyle, users can also add checkpoints to a particular design development. These are all saved in one place and can be returned to during the evaluation process so that designers can remember how they reached their final iterations.


The programme also snapshots these developments so that they can be presented more easily during the evaluation stages, as well as compressing files so that they can easily be shared for others to make changes or add notes.


Another added extra allows users to compare design iterations with each other and incorporate design changes from old iterations in to new ones.


All of these changes are designed to both make the design process easier so that designers can create more options and to make the comparison and evaluation of designs easier. Having more time to create and evaluate means that companies can be more certain that the design they are developing is a good one and reduce the chances of companies creating ‘bad’ designs that cost them and their customers time and money.

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The Straightforward Guide to Mathcad Gateway

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 18-Jul-2016 10:00:00
Mathcad Gateway holds a considerable amount of important company data on an open  platform. In order to be reassured that this information is safe and that your intellectual  property is protected, it’s important to know how it is put together.

How does Mathcad Gateway work?

Gateway is hosted on a secure calculation server and is compatible with Mathcad Prime 3.1  or above worksheets. The use of a server means that anybody can access your calculations anytime without a license or any special hardware or software.

Are there any controls over who sees the worksheets?

Although your worksheets are stored on the server, you can manage each users access so  that only those who are designated can access them.  If a user is not allowed access to the worksheet, then they can still use the calculation by  filling in their variables and choosing their units on the calculation hub and pressing  ‘calculate’. Every time the ‘calculate’ button is pressed a new worksheet is created for the user to refer back to.  

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Formula Student 2016: Helping Students Get Practical Experience

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 14-Jul-2016 15:00:00
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Four benefits of a CAD software upgrade

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 06-Jul-2016 10:00:00


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A Short Introduction to Functional Usage Reports in Creo Performance Advisor

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 14-Jun-2016 16:00:00


A new dashboard is shortly being released in Creo Performance Advisor. The Functional Area Usage dashboard (which you will be able to access in the drop down list at the top ofthe programme) will offer you an overview of functionalities that you are currently using in your enterprise.

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Webinar: Impact of Emerging Technologies on Product Development

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 13-Jun-2016 12:30:00

It’s no surprise that emerging technologies (such as 3D printing, Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality) are going to change the way we all think about product development. Chances are you’re already starting to think about how these technologies will change the way you work and what they’ll mean for future product development.

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Two common challenges to standardising engineering calculations

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 12-May-2016 16:30:00

Engineers spend a lot of time working on engineering calculations, coming to solutions and collaborating with their teams to get the results they need to drive forward product development. 

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Three characteristics you need to embrace Internet of Things

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 25-Apr-2016 14:21:00

We are in the middle of a transformation. It’s been a big topic of conversation for all of us in our world right now. We’re in the middle of what is being called the third revolution of the last 25 years. First we had the automation of the supply chain. Then we had the Internet. Now we have the Internet of Things.

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Why smart, connected products need different problem solving approaches

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 22-Apr-2016 13:31:00

IOTValueChain.pngBack in the 1950s, everyone who was engaged in moving goods from one country to another knew there was a crisis. Everyone was fully aware that there was a massive bottleneck in the docks and it was strangling the world economy. The system couldn’t cope. It was under pressure and at breaking point. 

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