The eSupport site changed last week, the main site in the past couple of days, probably to coincide with LiveWorx.
I heard that.
Not really sure why we need it. Until PTC woos Harley and Paccar away from ICEM./Surf and/or finally wins over an auto company G3 is overkill. I can always hold out hope!
Seems like it would be difficult to break in to that business at this point, unless PTC really has something that the other ones don't. It's just like convincing a company to change CAD software. They may know the other software is better or cheaper or ??? but the break even point is sooooo far down the line and the risk is high.
I would really like to know if it was internally or externally driven.
99.99% of the buying public will never see the difference between a G1, G2 or G3 boundary condition on a molded part. G3 is the acceleration node and for anything less that stamped, painted sheet metal or chromed parts it's just more math and complexity the software and computer has to deal with. In other words, unnecessary.
To be totally transparent, I am not privy to anything PTC is doing behind the scenes. It may be possible that 20 years after arrogantly losing Ford Motor Company, they realize that they had better get a major auto company to standardize on PTC products before Creo becomes even more irrelevant in the product design world.
True....the "need" exists somewhere. If I had to guess it is driven by Harley Davidson and Paccar using a competitor's product (ironically one they used to own) for Class A work. And of course, all the new products that will need true Class A ability in the world. But...and this is and has always been the Achilles heel of the software with regard to Class A. Nothing in the PTC suite is a true Class A tool. You can make pretty surfaces but for all that ability (at least up through Creo3) Style does not provide a robust path to product for that kind of work.
I would not want the task of ever having to reproduce a real vehicle BIW with the Style feature from a clay scan. Give me Icem/Surf, Alias Catia or NX before Style.
Icem/Surf....now owned by Dassault. Total business move back in the day when Dassault bought Icem and Solidworks. Two software that directly competes with their other software, Catia.
They announced it today at the keynote in Boston. The logo is a P and a D in a ying and yang symbol signifying the Physical And Digital worlds. Or something like that. Nice to see where they are spending all of our maintenance dollars....