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The Benefits of Digital Engineering Notebooks in PTC Creo

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 19-Apr-2016 14:30:00

Digital_Engineering_Notebook_in_PTC_Creo.pngDesign intent of a CAD model and the logic behind specific design decisions are often documented in numerous locations, including paper notebooks, emails and Excel spreadsheets. But, since this documentation is disconnected from the CAD model, it can easily be lost over time. 

With the significantly improved integration between PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 and PTC Creo, this documentation can be at the heart of the design.

This means that engineers and designers can create a digital notebook that can be embedded into their CAD models. It also enables them to drive bi-directional communication between the applications.

This ensures that the design intent and history of decisions are not lost. This saves the organisation both time and money.

With the ability to embed and edit a PTC Mathcad worksheet directly within a Creo CAD model, at the part or assembly level, engineers can:

  • Perform analysis driven design
  • Quickly and easily share calculation results with the CAD model to calculate and update parameters automatically

This means that if the analysis dictates a change is needed, the CAD model seamlessly regenerates. This allows engineers to focus on the design, with the confidence that if requirements driven by the worksheet calculations change, then these changes will be reflected in the CAD model.

At the same time, the Creo model can also share dimensions and measurements with the Mathcad worksheet, to verify and validate the design.

By having the worksheet embedded into the CAD model, it ensures the supporting calculations are available to the engineering team for verification requests or additional design iteration.

PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 new capabilities enable PTC Creo users to create and maintain a digital engineering notebook, ensuring that there is a single source of design intent, fully connected to the CAD model, which also providing capabilities for analysis driven design and supporting validation efforts.

This digital engineering notebook will ensure that the design intent of the engineering team and organisation is protected and accessible for the future, reducing rework and saving both time and money.

PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1