CAD Software Blog: The 5 Best Stories of 2016

Happy 2017! We hope your year is full of interesting work, meaningful design challenges, and ingenious solutions.

Here at the CAD software blog, we look forward to talking more about the areas of product design and development that Creo 4.0 will support you in, like 3D printing, model-based definition, rendering, and augmented reality not forgetting to ensure that you’re more productive than ever. We’ve also lined up more interviews with design engineers and more video—and that’s just January.

But before we go any further, we took a few minutes to look back at 2016. Last year, this blog shared dozens and dozens of tips and tricks, step-by-step instructions for using all the features available in Creo. We covered PTC news about new partnerships and community participation. We told you about customers who use Creo software every day. And we started delivering product design shorts—interesting news in the design and engineering community. 

You probably didn’t see it all.

That’s okay. We combed through them all, and picked the 5 we think you’ll like best. Most involve customers doing cool work, and one is the biggest announcement of the year.

Unno Bike: The Pursuit of the Perfect Ride: What’s a sure-fire way to get the best mountain bike frame? Get the best to design it, of course. Or, if you happen to be a champion cyclist and an engineer, like Cesar Rojo, then you do it yourself.

Rojo, with his company Cero, created a next-gen carbon fiber mountain bike frame, Unno, entirely in house—from concept to manufacturing. The result is one of the smoothest rides you’ll ever have on a bike.

Contest Winner: A Wooden Bike Designed with 3D CAD Software: Speaking of bicycles. What happens if you design something as classic as a bicycle, but switch up the frame’s material—using wood instead of metal? You win a design contest, that’s what happens.

Wooden Bike winner of Creo Product Design Contest

Wooden bicycle designed by PTC Product Design Contest winner, Milos Jovanovic.

Last year we launched our Product Design Contest and received entries from all over the world. In this post, we introduced the grand prize winner, Milos Jovanovic, who submitted a new take on a standard bicycle. Jovanovic’s wooden creation features both sound construction and classic dovetail joints. Contest judges said of the design, “He mixed old-fashioned furniture making with a modern use case, resulting in a very elegant and complete design.”

Wooden bike winner of Product Design Contest, shown in Creo

A Parametric Human Spine That Could Simulate Scoliosis for Medicine: Creo was used to design more than bicycles last year. ITT-Dublin honors student, Ioan Valentin Descalescu, sat down with Creo and Mathcad to create a model of the human spine that could be used by medical professionals to simulate a patient’s spinal curvature. His spine model could prove to be helpful in diagnosing and treating scoliosis.

Spine models modeled in Creo CAD software

Dascalescu’s spine assembly adjusted for different stature and curvature.

In this detailed article, you learn about his impressive system that helps doctors accurately model their patients’ spines by seamlessly drawing on the strengths of both 3D CAD and engineering math software.

Mars Needs Mechanical Engineers: Five years ago, with the retirement of the space shuttle program, many were predicting the demise of the US space program. They couldn’t have been more wrong. In this post, we looked at the state of space exploration overall. Not only is NASA investing heavily in its Mars program, but now more contractors and commercial providers are pushing space exploration forward. We predict that’s very good news for mechanical engineers.

Space arm designed by MDA

MDA’s system includes the Canadarm2, the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator, and the Mobile Base System.

Download Creo 4.0 Now! Of course the biggest story of the year was the launch of Creo 4.0. With hundreds of core enhancements and breakthrough capabilities in additive manufacturing, model based definition, and smart connected design, the newest release supports tomorrow’s designers and design processes.

Creo 4.0 is packed with features you’ll need to build tomorrow’s products.

  • Adopting model-based definition? Creo 4.0 will make sure your global dimensioning and tolerancing is complete and meets standards.
  • Need to sell your ideas? Use the new rendering capabilities to make your models look better than real.
  • Want lighter weight designs? Want them faster? Try our tools for creating and optimizing lattice structures (which you can then send to additive manufacturing with the push of a button). In fact, you can design, validate, optimize, and print-check all your 3D printed models all within Creo.

The post also touches on upcoming features coming later in 2017, including the ability to create augmented reality experience directly from Creo and to use the Internet of Things by connecting digital designs to physical products.

Are you Creo 4.0 yet?

Variable lattice assistance available in Creo 4.0

Variable lattice structures are now easy to manufacture with new additive manufacturing techniques introduced in Creo 4.0.

Jumpstart 2017, Download Creo 4.0

No matter what you want to create in 2017, Creo 4.0 will support your efforts to develop stellar designs. Visit the Creo 4.0 page to find out more and start using it today.

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