Tag Archives: Windchill

Grappling with ProEngineer

Getting through the ProE Learning Curve

Getting through the ProE Learning Curve

Team Duct Tape, joined by TechMasters coach KK Quah and student member Randall, worked together to master the basics of Windchill and ProEngineer. Windchill promises to be an extremely useful tool for integrating various aspects of the team experience.

Windchill enables teams to network, store and share files, and share product development data throughout the build season, at meetings and virtually from home, and can help manage an entire project including fundraising, marketing, and finance information.

It facilitates collaboration with web-based workspaces, alerts, discussion forums, and Microsoft Office integration. Hosted by PTC, web-based Windchill is easily accessible through a Web-browser. Team members especially appreciated the design workspace and planning, meeting, assignments and discussion areas within Windchill.

ProEngineer  proved to have a steep learning curve, from trying to figure out why Coach KKs work images repeatedly disappeared to

Arm Chair Tutorial

Arm Chair Tutorial

mastering view orientations. But everyone gamely carried on, making it through the basic overivew and assembly tutorials.   Team members are  tasked with creating a design of choice from the FTC kit of parts in the CAD library to bring to next week’s meeting.

We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Working out bugs

Working out bugs

PTC(R) Official Provider of 3D CAD and Collaboration Software for FIRST Tech Challenge teams

From Marketwatch:
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/PTCR-Selected-Key-Sponsor-FIRST/story.aspx?guid={914EA594-1FAE-4483-A312-68517CACCFE0}

MANCHESTER, N.H., Dec 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators and engineers, and PTC(R), The Product Development Company(R), announced today that PTC has agreed to a three-year sponsorship of the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program.

As the CAD and Collaboration sponsor, PTC will provide its Pro/ENGINEER(R), Mathcad(R), Windchill(R), and ProductView(TM) CAD and collaboration software to all FTC teams at no cost. This software will allow teams to build their robots in a virtual environment using models of parts supplied in the FTC Competition Kit. The groups will also be able to collaborate within their own teams, with other teams, and with mentors and industry sponsors using PTC’s Windchill.
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Read the entire release at the link above. PTC software is immediately available to all FTC teams. FTC teams can get access by visiting http://www.ptc.com/go/first/. This page also provides links to online tutorials to help teams get started.