When you talk to Michael Trenkle, mechanical engineer, about his automatic tool changer design, you might lose yourself in the details.
He’ll tell you about speed and accuracy down to the micron, and about how he ensures his subassembly interfaces with others in this 5000-part 3D model. He’ll describe the challenges of laying out piping and cabling for the oil, coolants, and the pneumatic air that runs through the system.
All of it is fascinating from a design and engineering perspective.
The truth is, most of us participate in a larger supply chain, whether we’re the customer, the software vendor, the OEM, or the subcontractor’s subcontractor.
“By using PTC Creo, skeleton models, layouts, parametric family of parts, simulation and cabling features, we quickly create detailed models from concepts and ensure we minimize any need for physical prototyping,” says Trenkle. “We are more flexible in what ideas we explore.”
Creo model from DMG Mori (Source: Video)
And with , the engineering team no longer needs to create 2D technical drawings. “There’s no need for them,” says Reinhard Musch, head of manufacturing for DECKEL MAHO. “The 3D model is significantly easier for teams to understand, is precise, and can be directly used for manufacturing – it’s very efficient.”
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Cat McClintock edits the Creo and Mathcad blogs for PTC. She has been a writer and editor for 15+ years, working for CAD, PDM, ERP, and CRM software companies. Prior to that, she edited science journals for an academic publisher and aligned optical assemblies for a medical device manufacturer. She holds degrees in Technical Journalism, Classics, and Electro-Optics. She loves talking to PTC customers and learning about the interesting work they're doing and the innovative ways they use the software.