PTC targets key barriers to productivity with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0

Posted on 8 Oct 2009 by The Manufacturer

Released in September, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 represents the next release of PTC’s 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software and a key component of the PTC Product Development System.

Pro/ENGINEER, the world’s first parametric CAD solution, offers new capabilities and over 330 enhancements aimed at improving productivity, enriching the user experience, and providing the freedom to design without barriers. Features include:

Design changes made faster and with greater ease
Real time, dynamic editing, and disruption-free design enable users to overcome the traditional barriers to blueprint modification. As a result, Pro/ ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 allows up to 70% faster changes with enhanced direct surface editing.

Accelerate time to productivity by up to 10X
User experience enhancements such as graphical browsing, intuitive UI enhancements, streamlined tasks, and faster performance improve design efficiency and reduce time to market – from concept through production. Users can create simplified sub-assemblies, place forms, and create molded parts up to 80% faster; analyse weldments up to 10X faster; and create facing toolpaths 5X faster.

Similarly, the Pro/ENGINEER Advanced Rendering Extension includes high performance rendering technology from mental images – this new integration provides ease of use through quality material presets and real-world illumination models.

Design in a multi- CAD environment

Wildfire 5.0 sets high standards for CAD interoperability. With increased native support for other CAD systems and non-geometric data exchange, designers can address the time-consuming and error-prone challenges of working with CAD data from multiple systems.

Seamless integration of Pro/ENGINEER applications

Pro/ENGINEER Spark Analysis Extension is the only commercially available product that helps analyse and optimise the electromechanical clearance and creepage properties of designs, PTC claims. Continued technology leadership and enhancements to industry leading modules such as digital rights management, ECAD-MCAD collaboration, and the newly introduced digital human modeling solution will enable users to save significant time and costs associate d with wasteful physical prototyping, production rework, and field failures.

Increased collaboration efficiency with breakthrough social product development capabilities

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0, the first CAD solution enabled for social product development, will help users remove the communication barriers preventing them from finding the right people and resources at the right time. The integration between Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill ProductPoint — built on Microsoft SharePoint social computing technologies — will help users find and reuse their design community’s collective knowledge and improve process productivity.

“Particularly during challenging economic times, customers demand and expect technology leaders like PTC to provide solutions that will help them to address barriers to productivity that can inhibit them from efficiently creating great products,” said Brian Shepherd, executive vice president, product development at PTC.