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  • Siemens PLM Software's Latest Release of Fremap
    -Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the latest release of Femap™ software, the PC-based finite element modeling component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio of PLM solutions. Femap 10.2 is an easy to learn and use high-performance solution with a 25 year history of excellence. Femap 10.2 makes it faster and easier to create the meshed models used by engineers to simulate and analyze product performance using finite element analysis (FEA). The latest release includes unique features to help ensure model accuracy and to visually evaluate analysis results. The productivity enhancements in Femap 10.2 are aimed at streamlining the processes required to create accurate models that can determine the structural, dynamic, and thermal performance of complex engineered parts, assemblies, and systems.  “Femap is recognized throughout the global engineering community for its in-depth finite element modeling functionality and its best-in-class integration with the industry leading Nastran solver,” said Bill McClure, vice president of product development for Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software. “Today’s announcement builds upon the usability of Femap with extended interactive modeling and analysis capabilities, and increased program performance. The combination of Femap with the industry standard solver NX Nastran software, delivers a world-class, easy to use analysis solution, or what we call ‘real FEA made easy’.” Faster, easier, more accurate modeling and analysis Femap 10.2 adds a wide variety of customer-driven enhancements and exclusive new features to improve the entire computer-aided engineering (CAE) process from pre-processing model creation, to solver integration, to post-processing data handling, visualization and analysis. The Interactive Meshing Toolbox introduced in Femap version 10 has added functionality that enables faster, interactive creation of the finite element mesh model. It also includes a new feature editing capability that allows the user to move features, such as holes or surfaces, while the meshed model is automatically updated to reflect the change. A new topology optimization capability allows the user to apply loads and constraints to material encompassing the entire available design envelope, minimizing weight, and maximizing stiffness by removing unnecessary material to create an optimized shape. The suggested shape can serve as a starting point for successive iterations, significantly reducing the time needed to arrive at a final design. Femap 10.2 contains several enhancements that improve the speed and accuracy of the post-processing analysis process, including a powerful new feature for working with beam elements. Users now have the ability to quickly and easily view the stress contours in beam cross sections, eliminating the need for time consuming iterative analysis and dramatically improving the ability to detect areas of concern. Faster data handling also enables Femap to process recovered output data in significantly less time, and a new post-processing toolbox consolidates functional elements in the user interface for enhanced ease-of-use. Consistent with Siemens PLM Software’s open business model, Femap works with all of the industry’s leading finite element analysis (FEA) solvers. With Femap 10.2, the company further expands its already unsurpassed integration with Nastran® software with the support of a new edge-to-face contact feature for NX™ Nastran software. This level of solver integration and support help ensure accurate analysis results and interoperability in a broad range of engineering environments. Femap 10.2 is scheduled for availability in October. For more information, please visit About Siemens PLM Software Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 63,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit About the Siemens Industry Automation Division  The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. # # # Note:  Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG.  Velocity Series, NX and Femap are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.
    SOLID EDGE ST3 DELIVERS DRAMATIC NEW WAYS TO PRODUCE BETTER DESIGNS FASTER Siemens PLM Software’s Latest Solid Edge Release Breaks New Ground, Leveraging Synchronous Technology to Improve Design, Validation, and Collaboration PLANO, Texas, October 13, 2010 - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Solid Edge® software ST3 (Solid Edge ST3). With this latest release, Solid Edge delivers new functionality – enabled by synchronous technology – that significantly accelerates product design, streamlines revisions, and makes importing and reusing third-party CAD data easier. The new release also includes a variety of enhancements related to simulation, design data management, and more than a thousand customer-driven improvements. “We believe Solid Edge ST3 marks a major milestone in advancing the technology while still catering to customers’ specific needs,” said Dr. Ken Versprille, PLM Research Director, CPDA. “Synchronous technology has the capacity to perform a wide variety of design tasks in a fraction of the time it takes with a traditional approach. This could provide engineers with more time for creativity and innovation, resulting in better product designs produced faster.” “With the levels of productivity improvement reported by customers all over the world, we are seeing real proof of the revolutionary breakthrough of synchronous technology,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager of the Velocity Series and Solid Edge business, Siemens PLM Software. “The time savings are significant, but even more importantly is the fact that Solid Edge with synchronous technology allows users to shift their focus to the actual design task versus thinking about how to use software.” Fulfilling the vision of synchronous technology Siemens PLM Software has extended the availability of synchronous technology by making it pervasive throughout the product. In addition to support for part modeling and sheet metal design delivered in earlier versions, synchronous-based models can now be used directly with all assembly applications – such as piping, frames, wiring, and assembly features. Also delivered is a first-ever synchronous-based part-to-part associativity that lets users establish and alter design intent before, during or after the assembly design process. Solid Edge ST3 also provides a ground-breaking capability to work with both synchronous and non-synchronous (ordered) features in the same integrated design environment. Users can leverage synchronous features for accelerated design and flexible edits while adding ordered features for designing process-type parts, such as cast or machined parts. Ordered features in existing models can be selectively moved to the synchronous environment, providing designers with maximum flexibility and ease of use. As more companies move from other 3D systems to Solid Edge to take advantage of synchronous technology, the new capability to merge 2D drawings with existing 3D models further expands opportunities for productivity. Manufacturing dimensions on 2D drawings can now be automatically transferred to the corresponding imported 3D model. The resulting “as-manufactured” 3D dimensions can be immediately edited, modifying the imported 3D model using synchronous technology. “Solid Edge ST3 really fulfils the vision of synchronous technology by making this revolutionary capability available throughout all areas of the software and enhancing its versatility,” said Dan Staples, director of Solid Edge product development, Siemens PLM Software. “Our number one goal when adding functionality to Solid Edge is to create business value for our customers, and we believe this release definitely achieves that objective.” Embedded Simulation Building on its integrated simulation application, Solid Edge ST3 includes new torque and bearing loads, user defined constraints and new ways to connect assemblies such as bolt and sheet metal edge connectors. Faster results can be achieved with model simplification tools and better visualization capabilities that allow you to see inside the model. Refinements can be made using synchronous technology or ordered methods. Solid Edge allows design validation of parts and assemblies earlier in the product development process for quicker time to market and reduced physical prototyping costs "Once we added Solid Edge Simulation, the bill from our outsourced professional engineer went down," says John Fillion, Mechanical Engineer at Modern Mechanical Fab, Inc. Scalable data management Continuing our long history of working with Microsoft SharePoint® products, Solid Edge ST3 with Insight™ data management solution now takes advantage of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 to further expand its scalable data management strategy. Leveraging the latest SharePoint platform extends collaboration to a wider range of CAD and non-CAD users by expanding project management, business analytics and social media capabilities. In addition, a standalone bill-of-materials (BOM) editor delivered with the embedded client in Solid Edge lets CAD and non-CAD users create product structures that can be opened in Solid Edge, Teamcenter® software or Teamcenter Express software. The result is an accelerated design process as initial BOMs can be established and refined before the product design begins. “Inergi uses (Solid Edge with) Insight to manage over 105 thousand files for 30 different clients,” said James Bullington, Director of Engineering, Inergi. “Insight is very transparent to our users. They don’t know they are working on a remote sever anymore than their desktop. Insight is a key part of Inergi’s product development process and any design firm would benefit from its use.” Listening to the voice of the customer Delivering thousands of customer-driven improvements, Solid Edge ST3 provides even stronger business value throughout the product development process. New functionality was added in a wide variety of areas, including sheet metal, piping and frame design, assembly management, and drafting. Advances in sheet metal include new closed corner types, etching of part numbers and other geometry, and manufacturing-only features, such as tabs added for production or transportation purposes. Solid Edge continues to raise the bar in drawing creation, with the ability to embed all manufacturing dimensions and annotations, including item numbers, in the assembly, and even carry part colors through as line styles in the drawing. New multi-cultural drawings allow mixing of character sets from multiple languages on a single drawing or even in a single annotation. The streamlined user interface includes a fully customizable radial menu, drastically reducing mouse travel. Transparent feature and part management dialogs and reduced-size command interaction dialogs provide maximum graphics workspace area. “We have been using Solid Edge for 10 years,” said Olivier Pellerin, IT R&D Manager for Group SEB. “Solid Edge ST3 is the best release we’ve seen. The big benefit for Solid Edge is to be able to create and modify models very fast.” “Solid Edge ST3 advances our award winning synchronous technology and maintains a strong customer focus,” said Bill McClure, vice president of product development for Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software. “We take great pride in our business philosophy of putting the customer first, and Solid Edge ST3 embraces this philosophy throughout all areas of the product. With several new capabilities and thousands of customer-driven enhancements, Solid Edge ST3 incorporates the voice of the customer and demonstrates our ability to quickly respond to their product development needs.” About Solid Edge Solid Edge is the most complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse. With superior part and assembly modeling, drafting, transparent data management, and built-in finite element analysis, Solid Edge, a core component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio, eases the growing complexity of product design. About Siemens PLM Software Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 63,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit About the Siemens Industry Automation Division The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. # # # See how synchronous and ordered features are integrated into a single design environment in Solid Edge ST3- See how manufacturing drawing dimensions can be automatically applied to associated imported 3D models  
  • Configuring FlexLM for PTC on Laptop Wireless Network
    NOTE Before proceeding to try the suggestions outlined in this tip, remember that PTC strongly suggests configuring FlexLM licenses to use the computer's ethernet interface. We have given these steps testing in a limited number of environments and they may not work for all systems or versions of Windows. PTC FlexNET licenses are issued in a text file. These license files are configured to run on one "host" (network name of the PC) and encoded for the hardware address ("MAC address" -  no connection to Apple) of the primary network card. FlexLM needs to be able to "ping" the license file's designated host, and have that host resolve to an IP address assigned to a local network card having the encoded hardware MAC address. In other words, the IP host name having the needed MAC address needs to match the host configured in the license file. This scheme runs into big problems with unconfigured ethernet ports on a laptop, ergo these instructions for setting it up on a wireless interface. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire will only look at FlexNET services configured for the AVAILABLE network device having the LOWEST numerical value for its key name in the Windows registry at:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\NetworkCards The good news is that you can safely "rename" say, the wireless adapter in this list from its original designation of perhaps "13" to the lowest value listed, say "1", without affecting its service. This may be required in situation where a laptop primarily uses the wireless network card but occassionally still plugs into an ethernet connection as well. This suggestion was found from Laptops usually employ the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), in which no IP address will be assigned if a laptop is not connected to a network. This makes the license manger unable to find the vendor daemon on the network via TCP/IP. The solution is to add the machine's real name to /etc/hosts (in Windows C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts) as an additional loopback. For example, given the hostname "goon", add a line in the file, "hosts", as following: localhost loghost127.0.0.1 goon # Added for the license manager!## Do not forget to remove any existing entry for goon!### goon Continue with any other host entries However, even with this change some systems require an administrator's manual stop and restart of the "Flexlm Server for PTC" Windows Service (via Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services). The final solution to the problem is explained on the PTC website support section: When disconnected from a network Windows machines may disable certain network cards resulting in licensing errors from Pro/ENGINEER and the PTC License Server. Pro/ENGINEER may return the error:"(-96) License server host is down or not responding" or error: "(-15) Cannot connect to license server system" if configured to a license server or error:"License request failed for feature PROE_Foundation: -9: Invalid host." if configured to a locked license. This issue is related to the 'media sensing' feature of Windows 2000 and later (including XP and Vista) and disabling this 'media sensing' feature will resolve the issue. For more information on 'media sensing' see http:/­/­support.­microsoft.­com/­support/­kb/­articles/­Q239/­9/­24.­ASP Start Registry Editor (regedit or Regedt32 from the Windows "Run" menu). Locate the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters Add the following registry entry to the Parameters subkey:     Name: DisableDHCPMediaSense    Data type: REG_DWORD (Boolean)    Value: 1 A post on the MCADFORUM adds further information: Run, type regedit, then select OK. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters.Double click the Parameters folder then right click on the right side of the Registry Editor window and select New, DWORD Value and change the new value name to DisableDHCPMediaSense. Right click on the new entry and select Modify and set the Value to 1 to disable the Media Sensing feature. Reboot the computer. This will maintain the bound protocols when the computer is disconnected from the network.  
  • Displaying your own Custom balloon symbols for BOM in Wildfire 5.0
    Following on from last week, we will now take a look on how to use those custom made balloon symbols that we designed. Now go into the BOM file in which you wish to create and set the repeat regions for BOM Balloons. This is done by going to the Table tab in the drawing ribbon, selecting the BOM balloons from the balloons group and then going to BOM balloon menu manager, select Set region to custom. Once you have done that select anywhere within the repeat region as shown. Next from the GET SYMBOL menu, you will need to select name and then the balloon option. This will acquire the custom symbol which was named balloon. To show the BOM balloons in the drawing view, click create balloon and show by view. After that select the view from the graphics window. Click OK from the custom balloon height dialog box to accept the default height values for the symbol used. Once you have done all of this, you should be able to see that the BOM balloons are now displayed on screen. Now to use a different user-defined BOM symbol, go to the BOM balloon menu manager and select Alt Symbol. Once this is done select the balloon whose symbol is to bre replaced and then click okay from the select box. from the get symbol menu click on the appropriate name of the custom BOM balloon symbol. Click okay once you have completed adjusting the balloon height. NOTE: In order to replace a BOM Balloon with a different symbol, the repeat region parameters displayed by the new symbol must match the old symbol. That is, if the original only displays the index in the balloon, the new symbol cannot display the index and the quantity together; only the index. Congratulations, you have successfully use your own custom BOM balloons in PTC Pro/E Wildfire 5.0
  • Two Sheetmetal CAD Programs back to back
    As demand for more complex sheetmetal designs increase, the need to have the correct CAD system with the required features becomes ever more critical. Alibre Design Version 12 was released at the same time as Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0. Both of these platforms have the capability to create sheetmetal designs, but which one stacks better in the long term? Which one is easier to use?Well let us view some critical points in both of these CAD systems and see how they compare:Feature Design: Alibre Design Version 12 has  few new features such as Contour and lofted flange support.  sheet metal designs can include tapered corners or profile flange with variable radius along its length. These "lofted flanges" are nicely flattened in Alibre (along with the rest of the part) for the initial pattern stamp or cut-out. Also Alibre has a refined and enhanced interface compared to its previous version , however the design process still remains the same with a simple dialogue box with preset options and a limited amount of features which could be added. Any custom features will require importing into the catalog feature and then defined in the design. A bit of a long way about of adding custom designs for companies who require to add new features on the fly. However, where Alibre Design falls short, PTC Pro/ENGINEER NC Sheetmetal design picks up the pieces. Pro/E NC Sheetmetal provides a rich amount of sheetmetal features such as punching and die casting, creating various "notch/stress" reliefs on the design as well as creating sheetmetal designs for 3D solids. Require to import a custom design or edit the flange walls? No worries PTC allows for quick and efficient design change and importing from various CAD software to the Design process. Ease of use/Workflow:Alibre Design is still using a tweaked interface of their previous sheetmetal design CAD System, so the ease of use is still quite simple and easy to use,however the work flow of the Alibre Design is still somewhat staggered still, in the sense that the need to select multiple features and options to do the same task as Pro/E NC sheetmetal will do in one feature, providing all the necessary options to customize the feature to suit the needs of the design. Hence saving time and allowing the user to become more proficient in design more complex sheetmetal designs.Nesting/Toolpath:For Alibre Design, nesting function does not exist in their Sheetmetal CAD system, a serious flaw in making sure that the design data doesn't get lost in migrating over to other platforms to do the nesting and tool-path. This also adds in the necessary requirement to get another CAD system to do the nesting as well as the tool-path required for the manufacturing of the design. Pro/E NC Sheetmetal however looks after the nesting process as well as the tool-path creating a seamless integration from designing to manufacturing of the sheetmetal design. Also with a NC sheetmetal comes with a NC player which is design to show a preview of the path in which the tool will cut and the amount of time require for design to be cut from the stock material. A definite advantage in providing ways in saving money as well as time for PTC Pro/ENGINEER NC Sheetmetal. Summary:With everything weighed up, PTC Pro/E NC Sheetmetal is a clear winner by far in providing a seamless,feature rich CADCAM software for Sheetmetal design. However it doesn't meant that Alibre Design isn't worth buying. Alibre Design provides the  solution for sheetmetal CAD design system for Users wants an cost effective Sheetmetal CAD system without the bells and whistles attached. But for those who want to be serious about their sheetmetal design, PTC provides a clear- no compromise solution of NC Sheetmetal Addon.  
  • Creating you own custom balloon Symbols for BOM in Wildfire 5.0
    When creating Billing of Materials Sheet, it is important to create a different BOM balloons are displayed for a repeated region on the sheet to save you confusion or to make it stand out. This post will look at how to create and use custom BOM symbols. You will to firstly retrieve the file with .drw you want to customize for the session. Next you will need to go the Annotate tab from the drawing ribbon and expand to the format group and select the symbol gallery.From the SYM GALLERY menu manager Dialogue box, click define and type in balloon as the new symbol name and press enter. Next click insert and then note. from here you are able to change the justification to Center and then click make note. Select the appropriate location to make the note and then type in \index\ in the Enter NOTE input window.  Press enter twice to confirm the changes. Click Done/ return once you see the new note appear in the window. Sketch the symbol Geometry as required using the sketch tools.Note to remember: If text notes are enter with a backslash before and after them, they will become variable text notes. This means that you can arrange for preset values to be defined as symbol attributes and selected when placing the symbols on drawings. However if you want to use the same preset text in the symbol, do not add in any backslashes.If text notes are entered with a backslash before and after them, they become "variable text" notes. Variable text allows for preset values to be defined as symbol attributes and selected when placing the symbols on drawings. Preset values may be used for each of these notes. If the text in a note is to remain constant when placed, do not use any backslashes. Now that you that have finished creating you new balloon symbol you will need to configure the symbol General Attributes. By clicking on the Attributes from the SYMBOL EDIT menu manager, this will open up a new dialog box with the name Symbol Definition attributes. Make sure that you define the free, left leader and right leader placement types. Next Select the variable -drawing units as the symbol instance height option is available.Now you will have to configure the symbol Variable Text. This is done by going to the Var Text tab in the dialogue box and type in rpt.index in the preset values for index box text box.Now complete the symbol configuration by clicking Ok, done with symbol edit menu and done with SYM gallery menu. The Var Text tab in the Symbol Definition Attributes dialog box is used to define the parameter that will be called out by the variable text note. When the symbol is placed, the system will replace the variable text with the corresponding information being called out by the parameter. Any of the system parameters for drawings or user-defined parameters can be used. For example, if one would like to call out component names in a BOM Balloon, the variable text can be defined to something like "\comp_name\", and the preset value/variable parameter would then be "".NOTE: Note parameters cannot be used for the value of variable text. Hopefully that will get you on the way of creating customized Balloon Symbols, Next week we will take a look on how to use that in the billing of Materials.
  • Design in Pro/E Wildfire 5.0 with the need for speed.
    Yeah it is true everyone wants to become faster and faster at any CAD platform that they wanna use. Only problem is, that many people are not to sure how to. One way in which you can gear up the designing and drafting process is using the shortcut keys which are available. In this case we will be looking at some of the key shortcuts that are commonly used in Pro/E Wildfire 5.0: Regenerate = Crtl+ G New Files = Crtl+ N Open File = Crtl + O Save File = Crtl + S Find = Crtl + F Undo= Crtl + Z Redo= Crtl + Y Repaint = Crtl + R Standard View = Crtl + D For those of you who have known these, may think that is pretty basic knowledge. Another tip to increase your design/drafting speed in Pro/E using the ribbon tabs. Now that is all pretty basic, but you will be amazed on how much time is saved by arranging and customizing the ribbon tabs during the design process. Another tip is the using the Key Tips within the Ribbon tabs. This allow for quick and easy access to the functions and modes of ribbon toolbars.To activate this function simply press the Alt tab button and you will notice your tabs will lettered with appropriate keystrokes for each of the toolbar various functions   It will take time to remember all the functions of Pro/Engineer Wildfire 5.0 but remembering the shortcuts as well as utilizing the Ribbon toolbars to your advantage will cut the learning curve as well as give you that speed edge in the drafting and design side of Pro/E.
  • Some quick tips and Tricks for Pro/E wildfire 5.0 NC Sheetmetal
    There many easy tips that will save you time and effort in Pro/E Wildfire 5.0.As i was working in Wildfire 5.0 today, i stumbled across some tricks which i found to be quite handy to have in mind the next time you run about in NC Sheetmetal Extension.Here are just three that i found particularly useful. Tip 1: Use mill windows Still using mill volumes? Mill windows are the fastest to collect geometry for creating volume milling and face milling sequences. In fact, for roughing, re-roughing, corner finishing, and finishing sequences, mill windows are the only way to collect the geometry. Mill windows allow for faster geometry collection, easier referencing for use in other models (via templates) and more robust updates when the underlying part geometry changes. Mill windows are: faster to create, more flexible, faster to regenerate, used in more types of sequences, and can do almost anything that mill volumes can do. Tip 2: Reuse existing tool paths There are more ways to reuse existing NC sequences than can be described here, so it will suffice to mention three. First of all, if you want to quickly reuse one or more NC sequences in the same model, select the NC sequence(s) and pick Edit > Copy then Edit > Paste. You will be prompted for each of the required references (coordinate systems, surfaces, mill windows, etc.) and there you have it, the NC sequence is created and may be redefined if desired. Second, manufacturing user-defined sequences(MUDF’s) provide a great way to copy manufacturing features into other models. MUDF’s can create any number of features, including datums, manufacturing geometry such as mill windows or turn profiles, and NC sequences. Common applications for MUDF’s include hole-making (especially auto-drilling), pocket roughing and finishing, and lathe programming. A third way to capture and reuse NC sequences is by creating templates in the NC Process Manager. This is a very fast and powerful way to create programs very quickly, especially when used in conjunction with the mfg_auto_ref_mfg_template option. Tip 3: Use the correct post processor Ideally, you should be able to create a program in Pro/NC, post process it, and send it straight to the CNC machine without ever needing to manually tweak the codes. PTC offers around two hundred post processors for free download from our website, but while most of them are in use by someone, somewhere, that does not guarantee that they will provide you with the output that your machines (or your operators!) require. The posts may need some editing, or perhaps you will need a completely new post. To that end, every seat of Pro/NC comes with the ability to create and edit NC post processors. These three tips will help you to be faster and more proficient with that design or project in Pro/E Widlfire NC sheetmetal!
  • Pro/ENGINEER Standard Part Libraries & Pro/LIBRARY
    Checking the latest Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 software kit, it appears that the only component of what was once the Pro/LIBRARY standard part library for Pro/E was the Mold Base. There is an online part library available from the browser favorites at but each part needs downloaded individually. After some checking, we discover that active account holders at with support access can download most of Pro/LIBRARY in eight parts at (filter for "Pro/ENGINEER" related downloads; scroll to the bottom of the page) and listed under "WILDFIRE LIBRARY DATABASES". Although published with the original release of Pro/E Wildfire there are forward compatible with all releases and operating systems. Installing these local part libraries require that we set up: Pro/LIBRARY needs to be manually downloaded and configured as follows:1: Create SYSTEM VARIABLE PRO_LIBRARY_DIR pointing to very top of library "tree"    i.e. PRO_LIBRARY_DIR=/usr/local/ptc/libraries2: Add matching lines in master (/usr/local/ptc/.../text/    pro_library_dir /usr/local/ptc/library    search_path_file /usr/local/ptc/objlib/bin/    SHOW_ALL_MOLD_LAYOUT_BUTTONS   YES3: Create a top-level menu (Top-Level "index.mnu" File):LIBRARIES##/objlibBASIC LIBRARY#/mfglib... About .mnu files: The .mnu files configure "navigation" for browsing the library from Pro/E assembly component-insert, 2D detailing symbol-insert, etc. Subdirectories listed in an .mnu file will be shown with the description from the .mnu file, unlisted directories (like installation directories) will stay hidden. Folders in the library without .mnu files will show all directories present in that folder without any further descriptions. ( can be updated by a utility in the bin subdirectory of each part library. A few are not part libraries but symbol libraries which may find a different location) At last look the LIBRARY files still available are: MED- When we download and install one, we are asked to chose a target directory (should be a new directory that doesn't currently exist, directly under the library "root" location if we will be installing more than one under PRO_LIBRARY_DIR) in a dialog box: Click next and we can choose what sub-libraries to install: The library should install without much drama. Depending on which library we are installing, it can be used within Pro/ENGINEER design in a variety of ways. More information about configuring Libraries in Pro/ENGINEER can be found in "Introduction to the Libraries" (U00590197).
  • Comparing CAD
    I'm Phil, I will be working on a couple projects involving two mechanical engineering CAD programs. We use multiple CAD based programs and compare their features, it is quite interesting to see the differences and the packages which are offered between them. For example, PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 Pro/NC and Pro/TOOLMAKER are both CAD/CAM programs that meet the needs of CNC machinists in widely different areas. You may have already read about the articles on the 4 Myths of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and A preview of Alibre CAM 2.0 CNC software, the high end and mid-low range of CAD/CAM manufacturing and CNC machine programming. Where do I stand in all of this? Well as the weeks go on, I will provide some details blogs post of each of the CAD Programs and the new changes they have made as well as how to use the features. I will keep you posted with new features here. Phil Signing off for now.
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