In Case You Missed It: The Most Read Blogs in December

It’s time for our roundup of last month’s most popular blog articles—this time with a slight twist. Instead of counting down the top 5, we’re counting down the top 6. Why? Because 5th and 6th place were so close, we couldn’t stand to play favorites.

Peruse last month’s countdown of popular posts, and make sure there’s nothing you missed:

6. Microsoft Tablet and 3D CAD Used to Design Next Gen Microsoft Tablet

Last month we conducted a couple surveys to take the pulse of PTC Creo blog and PTC Express newsletter readers. To entice participants, we offered them a chance to win a Microsoft Surface, designed by PTC Creo on a Microsoft Surface! That led the curious to find out more, making this one of December’s most popular posts.

5. New Release: Tackling Mold Analysis Issues with PTC Creo

Making sure designs work for injection molds is no easy task. How best to fill the mold to ensure correct wall thickness, the best plastic injection points, and other considerations need to be integrated into the design before manufacturing to avoid shoddy products.

With PTC Creo Mold Analysis Extension, designers simulate the injection molding of plastic parts, analyze problems, and improve the product. This post finds itself among our top posts for the second consecutive month.

4. PTC Creo Parametric 3.0 Makes it Easier to Work in Multi-CAD Environments

With the release of PTC Creo 3.0, we introduced Unite technology, a breakthrough in multi-CAD product development. Unite technology tackles the challenge of working in a world where not everybody uses the same CAD system. That means engineers no longer find themselves locked into a single file format. And best of all, there are fewer reasons than ever to recreate parts from scratch.

Readers throughout the world keep coming back to see how it works, keeping this post consistently one of our most popular.

3. Why Top Innovators Use Direct and Parametric Modeling

Despite Al Dean’s declaration that the direct versus parametric modeling discussion is over, more than a few of you weren’t quite finished with it. This recent article introduces three companies that already use direct and parametric modeling together.

Medical device maker Digi02, optics manufacturer Calin Technology Co., and engineering firm IMA, all use PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX)—a direct modeling app fully integrated with PTC Creo Parametric. If you haven’t read their stories yet, revisit this popular post to see what they make possible with PTC Creo FMX.

2. The Truth about Direct and Parametric Modeling

There is no shortage of articles comparing the merits of direct and parametric modeling. But in this post, Al Dean digs deeper and discovers that, with direct modeling in a history-based environment, there’s really nothing more to discuss.

“That’s when [direct modeling] just becomes another tool, rather than a technology,” Dean writes. “And that also where it becomes truly useful.”

1. PTC Academic Program Offers Free Downloads of PTC Creo Student Edition

This article from June of 2014 was a huge hit –three times more popular than the number 2 most popular blog article in December! Were readers just hungry to relive their summer blog reading in the darkness of winter? Probably not.

My guess is that the sudden popularity of this post has everything to do with the kickoff of the new robotics season on January 3. This post links to a primer on how to get started with PTC Creo Parametric, geared especially for students preparing to get a jump on their 2015 build.

Best of luck to all the teams competing in this year’s Recycle Rush FIRST competition, as well as those in junior high (FTC) and elementary (FLL) groups. Keep watching this blog for inspiring stories of teams using PTC solutions to design, build, and bring to competition their own robots, all while experiencing some real-life business and engineering challenges.