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Five reasons to throw out your notebook and switch to Mathcad

Posted by Concurrent Engineering on 28-Oct-2021 10:15:00

Incorporating Mathcad into your engineering workflow can seriously speed up your workflow. Let’s find out more.

Pens and paper have served us well for hundreds of years, but all good things must come to an end. If a paper notebook and a biro are still part of your engineering toolkit, you’re missing out on several significant benefits. 


With Mathcad from PTC, you can turbocharge your engineering workflow, including:

  • Enter equations quickly, correcting errors as you go
  • Allow others to collaborate on your calculations
  • Create worksheets to drive models in your CAD solution


In this article, we’re going to examine in more depth five more ways that Mathcad beats a plain old pen and paper.


1 – Instant plots and charts


A graph is the most effective way to bring your calculations to life and easily convey them to others. When you incorporate Mathcad into your workflow, you can document your work with images, as well as instantly bring up 2D and 3D graphs of your results. Even when there are a large number of complex calculations involved, you can rely on Mathcad to take the strain.


2 – User-friendly mathematical notation


You need your colleagues (and sometimes yourself) to be able to read and understand your calculations quickly and without further explanation. Mathcad supports the English and Greek alphabets (including subscripts) and displays your equations in a simple, user-friendly way. When showing calculations involving division, Mathcad uses a horizontal bar to display the numerator and denominator, instead of a line as you would see in Excel. It makes it so much easier to understand. 


3 – Automatic unit conversion


Mathcad automatically understands units. This is extremely useful when working between Mathcad and PTC Creo. Creo can handle parameters with units, with unit sensitivity for relations as a default setting. Mathcad will automatically convert your units, reducing the likelihood of errors as you use your Mathcad calculations to drive your Creo CAD models.


4 – Add images to text


When you add drawings to text (or vice versa), you create something that others can easily understand. It may even help you months or years later when you have to revisit designs you have long since forgotten about. Mathcad allows you to simply combine text and images and create something easy to take in.


5 – Creo compatibility


By default, your Mathcad worksheets are automatically embedded into your Creo models. Wherever you are, you can access your notes with just a few clicks and share them with others. This is one of the features Mathcad users really love – and why they threw out their paper notebooks!


Get moving with Mathcad


Now you have five great reasons to add Mathcad to your engineering workflow. Mathcad is simple to get started with, so what are you waiting for? Start utilising the incredible power of Mathcad engineering notebooks today.


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