Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030 FAQ

What is the news with this release?
With this release of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030, PTC is introducing 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 customers?
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 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030.

Customers currently using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 can download a toolkit-based application allowing them to integrate Mathcad 13 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 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030, what additional software will be required?
No additional software is required for the integration of Mathcad 13 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030.

How do customers get the software?
Customers that desire the integration between Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad will need both products. Pro/ENGINEER maintenance paying customers can download or order Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030 from the Ordering Information section of the Technical Support Page on Customers interested in purchasing Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad need to go through the normal sales channels.

What service offerings are available for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030?
For customers on earlier releases of Pro/ENGINEER, Upgrade & Migration services are available to ensure a smooth transition to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0.

What training will customers require with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030?
There are a number of training courses available for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 and Mathcad. Users should consult the PTC University webpage and to help them identify the appropriate training course for their role.

Customers can also purchase custom on site Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad training.

How do I learn more about Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 M030?
Please contact a PTC sales representative for more information. For additional information online, please visit the Pro/ENGINEER product page.

How do I learn more about Mathcad?
Please contact a PTC sales representative or for more information. For additional information online, please visit the Mathcad product page.

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