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PTC’s Integrity Modeler

If you’ve been following some of the latest on new tools that help engineer’s design and develop products, then you’ve seen system engineering come up again and again. Processes and standards have been around for some time for system engineering. However, it has only been in the last few years that we’re seeing a growing …

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Creo Illustrate and Vuforia: A Easy Shortcut to 3D Service Instructions

A couple weeks ago, PTC held their user conference, LiveWorx, in Boston. While the IoT is interesting and compelling for a number of reasons, many manufacturers are still trying to figure out how such technological capabilities translate to business benefit. Going to the event, I was looking at how their vision for IoT would mesh with …

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PTC Unveils Cohesive and Grand IoT Vision

This last Thursday, up in Boston, PTC hosted an event where they shared their vision behind their multitude of acquisitions. Let’s jump in. The Vision PTC has always been good at delivering a clean message with powerful examples of their technology, sometimes to dramatic effect. They are very good at telling their story. But in …

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

A Single Source of the Truth for the BOM Still Doesn’t Exist

It is crazy how time flies. Blink and 2015 is gone. I guess that’s what happens when you get busy. I hope that 2016 decides to pass by a little more slowly. But I don’t think I’ll have much luck with that. Regardless, I have a topic that I’ve wanted to touch upon for quite …

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Four Contemplative Takeaways from LiveWorx

Yes. Yes. I know. It has been a solid six weeks since PTC’s LiveWorx. The wave of posts and articles on the event has come and gone. So why publish my thoughts on it now? Well, I try not to leap onto the bandwagon for the latest technology trend unless it is truly warranted. So I …

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Technology Concept Cloud Digital

Onshape: Is It Worth Checking Out?

For the past couple of years, there’s been some intrigue in the MCAD industry. Ever since Jon Hirschtick and John McEleney, veterans in this industry, pulled together a new startup to focus on the remaining challenges with MCAD, there has been plenty of speculation. Well, yesterday, the speculation is over. Onshape has officially launched. In this post, we’ll …

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PTC’s Design Exploration Extension: Acknowledging Comparative Design

At practically every software user event, there’s an overwhelming number of activities. In the rush to catch user presentations, keynotes and product updates, its easy to miss a thing or two. At the PTC Live event in June this year, that was definitely the case. PTC was talking about the Internet of Things, Service Lifecycle …

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3D CAD Model Small Engine

The Stalwarts of the 2014 CAD Landscape

The landscape of CAD application providers, like many tech areas today, is prone to big changes. This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll be providing my perspective on the state of things with respect to CAD. Strap in and read on. Where do we start this ride? The logical place is …

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3D CAD Model Software

Creo to Open Native CAD Files: A Promise Finally Fulfilled

October 28th, 2011 started with such promise. There I was, sitting in this cavernous castle in the middle of Boston at the super secretive event that PTC was hosting. I sat through a skit that was… well… I guess the word interesting is most appropriate. But there was Jim Heppelman up on stage talking about serious industry problems that included:

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