Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad Integration FAQ
What release can you integrate Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad Out of the Box?
With the release of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030 (or greater), PTC introduced the first formal integration between Mathcad -- PTC's engineering calculation software - and Pro/ENGINEER -- PTC's integrated CAD/CAM/CAE software. This integration allows customers to associate Mathcad files with Pro/ENGINEER parts and assemblies, enabling unique predictive engineering capabilities.
How does this release help you design better products?
The combined strengths of Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad deliver an integral solution that enables companies to automate the process of leveraging critical engineering calculations to drive product design models.
This integration improves productivity and design quality by enabling users to reduce errors from manually transferring dimensions and parameters between files, reduce time needed to update changes to parameters, verify that correct versions of the files are being used, and perform what-if analyses and instantly visualize results.
What is predictive engineering?
“Predictive engineering” is a product development process capability enabled by using Mathcad early in the product design and development process. Mathcad can be used to apply scientific and mathematical principles to engineering design problems at the beginning of the design process in order to determine the critical dimensions and parameters used downstream in the CAD model. By calculating the parameters required and “predicting” the performance of the design up front, instead of guessing key dimensions and parameters, product designers can produce an optimized design more rapidly and with less iteration than the traditional methods used today.
What are the capabilities of the Pro/ENGINEER - Mathcad integration?
The integration between Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad is a bi-directional link between the two applications. Users can easily associate any Mathcad file with a Pro/ENGINEER part or assembly using the Analysis feature in Pro/ENGINEER. Critical values calculated in Mathcad can be mapped to parameters and dimensions in the CAD model to drive the geometric design. Parameters from a Pro/ENGINEER model can also be input into Mathcad for downstream engineering design calculations. The integration offers dynamic updates to calculations and the CAD drawing when parameters are changed.
Which specific builds are integrated?
This release delivers an integration between Mathcad 13.1 (or greater) and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030 (or greater).
Customers currently using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 can download a toolkit-based application allowing them to integrate Mathcad 13 or 14 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0. This less formal integration will enable the use of Mathcad parameters in Pro/ENGINEER models.
In addition to Mathcad 13 or 14 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030 (or greater), what additional software will be required?
No additional software is required for the integration of Mathcad 13 or 14 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030 (or greater).
How do customers get the software?
Customers that desire the integration between Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad will need both products. Customers interested in purchasing Mathcad can contact 3HTi
or order it online at www.mathcadsales.com
What training can I obtain for Mathcad?
There are a number of online training courses available for Mathcad through PTC Univerity. A two year subsciption to all of the Mathcad course material can be purchased for as little as $405.00 at www.mathcadsales.com