Product Designers: Learn to Create Dynamic Surfaces with PTC University

Written By: Tiffany Bailey
  • 12/5/2022
  • Read Time : 4 min
PTC University instructor Jucara Valino shares what students can expect from Creo Surfacing courses.

If you’re a product designer, you’re probably used to working with curves and surfaces. Are surfacing tools part of your design software toolbox? If they’re not, PTC University offers several courses to get you up to speed.

We recently met with PTC University Technical Training Senior Specialist, Juçara Valino, who shared a bit about what students can expect from Creo Surfacing courses. Keep reading to learn more.

Juçara, to start, can you talk about your background and how long you’ve been teaching courses with PTC University?

Yes, I graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and then started my work designing molds. I was approached by a friend about an opportunity where I would work in technical support. I decided to pursue that opportunity. Later, I went on to become a technical instructor at the same organization.

After several years, another friend asked me if I was interested in joining PTC as a learning consultant. I joined PTC at a time when PTC University was still being constructed. In fact, I think I was even the first PTCU instructor. As a learning consultant, I specialized in Windchill PLM, but I eventually started teaching Creo courses, and then also ThingWorx courses. I was really happy when I started teaching Creo courses, because my initial training and work experience involved working with CAD software.

It sounds like you’re extremely knowledgeable when it comes to PTC solutions. In your current role, what solutions do you teach courses for?

Today I teach a bit of everything. I teach about Creo Parametric and Simulate, Windchill, and I’m starting to teach more ThingWorx Fundamentals classes. I’m happy that I’m starting to teach some new Creo surfacing courses soon, too.

I bet that’s exciting for you since you have a strong background in working with CAD. Can you tell me what kind of students attend your surfacing courses?

Primarily product designers of all levels—both beginner and advanced. Some students are working their way through all of the training courses because they want to earn a Creo Certification. Other students might work for organizations who have been using another CAD application, but they’re moving to Creo. Or, they might be moving from, say, Creo 7 to Creo 9, and they take training courses to see what has changed.

What can people expect from PTCU’s Creo surfacing courses?

We talk about parametric surfaces. The Creating Surface Features 1 course is aimed at helping students learn to create great curves. This is because if you create a great curve, you can create a great surface.  Then, in the Creating Surface Features 2 course we focus on more advanced surfaces. And, like I mentioned, both of these courses focus on parametric surfaces. They do not cover modeling with Creo Freestyle.

There’s another course on Stitching, Editing, and Solidifying Surfaces. In this course, we look at how the surfaces created in previous trainings can be solidified into a model. Surfaces are simply representations. There is no thickness to them. So, after we create our curves and surfaces, we learn to apply thickness and materials to them, solidifying the model.

Those are the three courses that were previously available. There are also several new surfacing courses. For example, a course on Advanced Surface Modeling is now available. This course focuses on creation of high-quality 2D and 3D curves and to create complex, high quality surface geometry. Style allows control over curvature and surface geometry, while maintaining editability characteristics of a typical Solid Creo Parametric model. With Style we can create complex geometry much easier when compared to typical technical surfacing tools.

Another new course covers Fixing Imported Geometry. This course is helpful for users who work with files that are imported into Creo from another CAD software. We cover things like fixing surfaces—repairing geometry that has missing information, geometry gaps, and errors.

Finally, a course called Conceptual Design Using Subdivision Modeling will be available soon. This course will be helpful for those who want to learn how to speed up the process of creating high-quality freeform surface geometry.

Taking a step back, can you talk about what students can expect from the virtual classroom experience?

The course delivery looks very similar to a typical Microsoft Teams Meeting. I encourage students to turn on their cameras, but many are shy and prefer to have cameras off. Each student accesses their own virtual machine with a software instance they use to complete exercises.

At the beginning of the course, I ask students about their experience and familiarity with Creo and the specific topic we’ll cover in the course. If they have already used the features before, I encourage them to share use cases or other relevant information with the class.

Throughout the course, I ask if they have any questions about the features, the exercises, or anything else we’ve covered.

Can you tell me more about the exercises and how students know what to do on their virtual machine?

As an instructor, I have my own virtual machine. I share my screen and give examples and demonstrate how to use the technology. While sharing my screen, I show the steps of completing the exercises, too. Students can follow along and perform the same steps on their virtual machines. I often give them a few minutes to complete the steps on their own after the demonstration. Having access to their virtual machine means they can test all of the features we discuss.

The hands-on practice must help with the students’ ability to retain what they learn, which is great. One final question: What do you hope students gain from your classes?

I hope to make students’ lives and their work easier. If they don’t know how to do certain work or use certain features, they might be stressed. I hope to reduce that stress and make their lives easier. 

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About the Author

Tiffany Bailey

Tiffany Bailey is a content writer and editor for PTC. She has more than a decade of experience as a technical writer/editor. And over 5 years of experience writing about mechanical engineering, 3D CAD, and PDM. Her work spans topics like data migration and management, IoT and big data, IT security, additive manufacturing, simulation, and SaaS. She especially enjoys interviewing customers, product managers, and thought leaders to uncover new ideas and innovations.