Engineering Notebook Tutorial

mathcad blogIf you have the latest versions of PTC Mathcad Prime and PTC Creo Parametric on your computer, you will notice a new icon in PTC Creo on the Applications tab. The new PTC Mathcad icon, which appears if both PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 and PTC Creo Parametric 3.0 (M030) are installed on your system, is the gateway to connecting your engineering calculations directly to your PTC Creo models.

This connection between PTC Mathcad worksheets and PTC Creo models allows design documentation and calculations to be embedded within a PTC Creo model, traveling with it wherever it goes. In addition to simply storing calculations relevant to each model within the model itself, data can be shared bi-directionally between PTC Mathcad and PTC Creo. PTC Mathcad definition and evaluation regions can be pushed into the PTC Creo parameters table, and PTC Creo parameters can be pushed back to PTC Mathcad to drive input regions, and ultimately calculations.

To help users learn the basics of the new integration, an exercise was built on the basis of the existing five PTC Creo Parametric beginner tutorials. This exercise should take you about 15-20 minutes to complete and will teach you the following for each piece of software:

  • PTC Mathcad
    • How to use the equation editor
    • Solve block structure
    • Tagging regions as inputs and outputs
  • PTC Creo
    • Using the measure tool
    • Navigating through the model tree
    • Entering relations

The exercise simplifies the design of a piston head and crankshaft assembly, but demonstrates the power that a PTC Mathcad – PTC Creo integration enables; connecting vital engineering documentation and calculations to a PTC Creo model and sharing data to create powerful, dynamic relations.

Try out the exercise yourself.

See What’s New in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1.

Try it out for free in PTC Mathcad Express.