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Dear PTC Community,      We would like to inform you that some of your favorite Creo extensions and packages have been renamed. You will ask “What does it mean?” but no need to worry – it is just a simple name change; the content will stay absolutely the same (amazing!)     Here is a short overview of the changes:    Extensions   Creo Simulation Live Plus - Creo Simulation Live Advanced    Creo Flow Analysis Plus - Creo Flow Analysis Advanced   Creo GD&T Advisor Plus - Creo GD&T Advisor Advanced   Creo Additive Manufacturing (AMX) Plus - Creo Additive Manufacturing (AMX) Advanced   Creo High-Speed Milling Plus - Creo High-Speed Milling Advanced    Packages    Design Advanced Plus - Design Advanced Professional   Design Premium Plus - Design Premium Professional    Creo Parametric Essentials Plus - Creo Parametric Essentials Professional   Creo Essentials Plus - Creo Essentials Professional    University Plus Campus Pack - University Campus Pack    
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Do you work in the engineering department responsible for product design?   We know that designers and engineers must address issues around cost, compliance, and product redesigns. In many cases, this requires pulling data from different systems. We have created a solution vision that we want your feedback on. Through this approach, we would collect data automatically and deliver it via Windchill (PLM) to help you make data-driven design decisions and speed up the process of collecting and analyzing this data.   The call will be hosted remotely using MS Teams or Zoom, and last approximately 45 - 60 minutes. You will be rewarded with a $50 honorarium in the form of an e-gift card.   Interested?  Register here:  https://www.userinterviews.com/projects/6g1pRnFf_A/apply
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Well-known community member, Stephen, tells us he has two interests: Creo - and saltwater fishing with his wife in the bays along the Texas coast for red drum, black drum, flounder, and sea trout. Below, a good day with a 30-pound black drum he released. Stephen is Texas born and raised, spending most childhood summers on his grandfather’s hard-working farm.  He’s been involved in Pro/Engineer-Creo community since the mid to late 90’s, well before PTC had an integrated community.   He says:  “I enjoy helping other users learn how to use Creo but mostly I like learning things about the software I didn’t know. There is likely not a week that goes by that I don’t learn something on the Community that I can put to use.  I absolutely know that without the community, I wouldn’t be as good of a Creo user.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!   Right now, Stephen makes parts/assemblies and drawings although he said that he used to do a lot with Creo’s routed systems and sheet metal capabilities. He and his team directly support manufacturing and customer integration for everything his employer builds. He kindly shared with us a photo of a project on which he works.    Here’s how he describes the photo below:  "The yellow part is a Subsea Blowout Preventor that is shipping out from our manufacturing facility here in Houston. This is ½ of the product we manufacture here in Houston. This part is about 750,000 pounds of steel. The other ½ is another 500,000 pounds and is not pictured. It ships separately but are used together for offshore drilling as passive safety devices.   It took 3 days for this trailer to get from our manufacturing facility to our port facility near Baytown TX (about 50 miles)." Thanks to Stephen for his contributions to the Community.  Better together is what it's about. 
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Applicable Release:  Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will learn how to set the number of decimal places for for one or more dimensions displayed in a drawing.
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Applicable Release:  Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will be executing a Mapkey stored in Config.pro through  Creo Distributed Batch Tool The mapkey operations include performing Hide and Save status of All model Layers The mapkey is setup to save the modified model after execution ( <save_model>true</save_model> )
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Applicable Release:  Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will be configuring Creo Parametric ModelCHECK to add missing relations to Parts and Assemblies. Configuration works for both Parts and Assemblies.
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Applicable Release:  Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will be configuring Creo Parametric ModelCHECK to remove unwanted relations from Parts & Assemblies. Configuration works for both Parts and Assemblies.
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In this video, we will learn to customize the system color set background color to display a gradient between two colors
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Applicable Releases: Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will be using "Active Layer Object Selection" option to: Control the display of features or datums in a drawing view Control display of items in layers on specific drawing view Hide/Unhide the features added in layer in specific drawing views
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Community Profile: Mike Lockwood If you spent any time in the PTC community over the past couple decades, you’ve likely found good answers to your software questions from @MikeLockwood especially in the Windchill Community! According to our system, this user has posted 2241 times! “I’ve carefully read pretty much all postings in my areas of interest daily for all these years – and can reply to many with useful info,” he says.   That explains the 41 community achievement badges!   At the same time, he’s finding answers to his own questions. “I’m grateful that so many people are willing to voluntarily provide such good info. Within a day, I generally receive many good answers to whatever problems I’m facing.” But just to be sure, he admits that sometimes creates a tech support case in parallel with posting questions to the community.   Who's behind this prolific account?     Meet Mike Lockwood. Mike earned a BSME in college, and then began a career as a mechanical engineer for various medical device companies, including a startup. He focused on complex automated machines early on, and found that programming those machines awakened his interest in the computer/software side of his profession. As you might guess, it didn’t take long for his career to turn to CAD and PLM work. “I trained on Pro/E 15 in 1993 and have been using some version of it ever since,” says Mike. “I fell in love with parametric CAD, and by 1998, I accepted the CAD admin role at my company.” He’s been administering and supporting CAD and Windchill ever since, first for Alcon and, most recently, for Edwards Lifesciences. Plus he’s been a member of the Windchill technical committee for the past 15 years. When he’s not troubleshooting an Oracle database issue or explaining the nuances of parent/child relationships to new users, Mike enjoys getting outdoors. Skiing, snowboarding, surfing, and, lately, lots of long walks and exercise. Then there’s the music. Mike plays piano and can even blast out a saxophone solo (but just for fun, he says). Lockwood is retiring from his full-time job early next year but plans to remain available for contract projects (and hopefully for community members here). My Creo wish list After all these years, Mike knows Creo’s strengths, weaknesses, and workarounds—especially as it relates to Windchill. And since everybody has a wish list, we asked to see his. “Creo is superb and keeps getting better,” he assured us. “But there are a few things I’d like to see.” Modelcheck, when configured from the UI, resets all the tabs and it’s hard to read the text files. Modelcheck should make it easy to sort / filter for those configured as Error / Warning / other. The naming of the various Creo apps that are not Creo Parametric (e.g., Creo View, Creo Illustrate) is confusing to users, especially when these are used with SolidWorks data. Family tables continue to be great for CAD but challenging for CAD in PLM (Windchill).  Would like to see more info and recommendation on alternatives (like maybe inheritance). Autonumbering with Windchill is the default and works for some.  It is of great value to have drawings and the model(s) on them share a root CAD Doc Number / filename.   On behalf of the whole community, thanks Mike for your efforts, insights, and help over the years. We wish you a long, healthy, and invigorating retirement and look forward to your next 2000 posts here on the community!
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Today, we’re launching the Creo edition of the PTC Community Spotlights which launched last month in the ThingWorx Community.    Here’s where we have a chance to learn a bit more about our most active community members:  who they are, the products they use, and what they like about being a member of the PTC Community.  I, Ruth Morss, am your guest host on this Creo Parametric Tips board.  Normally, I write Creo product collateral, but when Cat and Jaime Lee gave me the chance to get to know a community member, I grabbed it.   The first community member in our Creo Community spotlight series is Thom Braxton who goes by the handle @tbraxton.  He is most active on the Creo Parametric 3D Part & Assembly Design Forum.   Thom has been a member of the PTC/USER industrial design and surfacing technical committee  through 2002 and got involved again in 2019 to have the chance to influence Creo’s development. This TC is responsible for core surfacing, ISDX, Freestyle and ReStyle tools.  He currently maintains the list of open issues for core surfacing functionality.   Above, Thom enjoys his favorite hobby – cycling.  Grand Traverse trail in Vail, CO   The first non-Creo thing to know about @tbraxton is that he’s a native Floridian.  He swears you can get used to the heat but not the humidity.  Not surprisingly he enjoys the outdoors whether it’s the earth or the ocean.  One caveat: Assume any body of water has a gator in it. “Alligators invade any body of water they can swim in. There are tons of them!”    He started using Creo back in the mid-90s in its Pro/Engineer days.  He enjoys turning to the Community when he’s got a detailed technical question.  “We’ve got community members who are invaluable resources and happy to respond to questions.”     Professionally, he used to run R&D groups at Motorola – thus the magazine cover highlighting his article ‘Mapping Your Good Intentions’.  He now works as a consultant on products from medical devices to sporting goods to consumer electronics and even high-end chronometers.    A good day for him is working with people who are not technical by nature to define a problem to be solved – and then working to solve that novel technical problem. “I love the flexibility and the range of projects.  I’d get bored quickly if I were working on the same thing for my entire career.”   He continues to provide engineering and design support to a leading manufacturer of respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE). It is satisfying to see product designed and manufactured in the USA being used to fight the effects of COVID-19 globally.  Pro/E and Creo were integral to the development and manufacturing of these products.   On his wish list?  Economical 3D metal printing suitable for mass market production parts. He said Motorola had one of the first 3D printers sold commercially in the early 90s and so he had the chance to work with the technology just out of college.  “It’s evolved. It’s cool – but it’s not quite there for production parts in most applications.”           
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I thought that the trial period was 30 days but I got a popup saying "Time Remaining - Your Creo Parametric8.0 trial will expire in - 18813 days, -19 hours and -9 minutes.", is it an error or whats "18813 days" mean? Also, after 30days I wont be allowed to use trial anymore or will be able to use some of the functions still?    
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Applicable Release:   Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will be enabling DEBUG Logs For Creo Parametric by setting environment variables from Command Prompt window If the CMD window is launched with Admin Privilege (Run as Administrator), the variables will be set as system level. Else, will be set at user level. The user may need to log off and log-in for the variables to take effect.
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Applicable Release:   Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will be enabling DEBUG Logs For Creo Parametric by using Parametric.psf file Parametric.psf file exists in <Creo load point>\Parametric\bin The PSF file could be any custom PSF file configured for users to launch Creo Parametric
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Applicable Release: Creo Parametric 1.0 to 8.0   Description: In this video, we will be enabling DEBUG Logs For Creo Parametric by using Parametric.bat file Parametric.bat file exists in <Creo load point>\Parametric\bin The batch file could be any custom start batch script file configured for users to launch Creo Parametric  
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We are bringing the Liveworx UX Lab to you this year! Contribute to the design and development of PTC’s CAD products from the comfort of your home.   Participate in online 1:1 session with PTC Researchers and Designers to take our prototypes & conceptual designs for a spin, share your expertise to directly impact the experience of our future products.   For all Liveworx 2020 UX Lab sessions, click here   CAD/Creo session links: CREO: Cross Hatching in Drawings CREO: Generative Design CREO: Component Placement Enhancements CREO: ANSYS (Analysis System) Simulation CREO: Composite Design CREO: Additive Manufacturing CREO: Symbol Modernization Generative Design Futures ONSHAPE: CAD Workflows CREO: Software-as-a- Service (SaaS) CREO: Core User Experience CREO: User Experience Pain Points CREO ILLUSTRATE: Advanced Animation Timeline Editing CREO & WINDCHILL: Windchill Replace Assembly Action in Creo
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Meat Grinder rendering in Real-time with Creo 7 is so easy:
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Do you need to render your models? Here is the tutorial: Rendering from scratch with Creo 7.
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Understanding of model intent
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How to setup custom template
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Here's the next set of tutorials in the series of Creo tips from our expert product managers.   Below you’ll find about 15 minutes of video how-tos to help you improve your CAD proficiency—whether you just started using Creo or you've been using it for years.   Ready to get started?   Make External References Independent of Their Source, by Default   Feature dependencies can be either local or external references. Local references relate to geometry in the model in which they were created. External references (or external dependencies) occur when you reference geometry (parts, subassemblies) outside the model in which they were created.   By default, external references depend on the model containing the geometry being referenced. The external feature depends on to the assembly where it was created, and every time you regenerate the parts or the assembly involved in the external reference, Creo Parametric looks for this feature’s references in the source part of the external reference.   In the tutorial below, Arnaud van de Veerdonk, Creo Product Manager, shows you how to configure Creo Parametric so external feature references are created without a dependency on the source model.   Watch the tutorial:   Create Standard Profile Configurations in Creo AFX   Those working with Creo Advanced Framework Extension (AFX) can quickly assemble, modify, and move profiles, creating joints between profiles, as well as creating, modifying, and copying connector or equipment elements.   In this tutorial, our Creo Product Manager, shows you how to quickly place standard profile configurations into an assembly using Creo AFX.   Here's the tutorial:   Handling Annotation Elements in MBD: 2 Tips   In model-based definition (MBD), getting annotations traditionally requires careful attention. You'd rather spend that time designing. That's why you need any tricks you can find that'll improve your efficiency when you're working with annotations.   In this tutorial, Creo Product Manager, Michael Fridman, shows two tips for working more efficiently with annotation elements in annotation features.   Watch the tips:     For more tips from our experts, watch the Tips from the Creo Masters main page.    
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