Note taker: RonZ Ron Zabilski from Tech-30
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"The kick-off meeting of the Greater Boston Regional User Group Meeting was held at the Customer Experience Center in PTC’s headquarters in Boston Seaport District on Tuesday October 15, 2019. The meeting was attended by 18 persons from 10 customer companies. Thank you for all who attended.
The Meeting was started by Jamie-Lee Bunton, PTC Senior Community Manager, introducing herself, John McMahon, PTC Northeast Market Director and Ron Zabilski, solutions consultant for Tech-30 a Gold PTC value added reseller.
Jamie-Lee presented an overview of the days agenda and included the goal of finding several people from the user community to volunteer to run the user group.
John McMahon provided his thoughts on the benefits of and what it will take to start up a user group in the greater Boston area. He ended with that it is up to the end users to determine the vibrancy of the group but PTC and the partners will be here to help make it successful.
Debra Weich, Badgerland RUG leader called into the meeting remotely and addressed the attendees providing insight on how other RUGs are organized, funded, how often they meet and how they are run.
After lunch, Robert Morrison, Senior Product Manager of Windchill provided an overview of PLM and a user perspective of Windchill. Included in the presentation was the new functionality in Windchill 11.1, what was coming in 11.2 and future releases. Presentation attached.
Scott Morris, Windchill Platform Manager at iRobot presented lessons learned from iRobot’s upgrade from Windchill 10.1 to Windchill 11.1. Major take a ways were to do incremental upgrades to take advantage of upgrade functionality, tools and enhancements that are not readily available when doing a major upgrade and to practice the trial upgrade as many times need to get it correct.
Marty Markenson, IoT & AR Product Manager, presented an overview of ThingWorx and the Vuforia suite. He discussed Vuforia Studio for developing Augmented Reality experiences for developing equipment service instructions, manufacturing assembly instructions, training and marketing from available CAD models; Vuforia Expert Capture for service and assembly instructions when CAD models are not available; Vuforia Chalk for over the shoulder remote mentoring for services and trouble shooting and Vuforia Engine for development of AR experiences where complex motion or special effects are required. Presentation attached.
Paul Sagar, Vice President of Product Management provided a CAD overview of Creo which included discussions of Creo Simulation Live for real time analysis on native Creo parts and assemblies, topology optimization for generative design, additive manufacturing functionality, including automatic creation of lattice structures. Presentation attached.
After the presentations a tour of the Customer Experience Center was provided for the attendees to visit the various design, IoT, Augmented Reality displays and demonstrate how the PTC products are leading industry in digital transformation.
After the tours a wrap up discussion was held on moving forward, selection of a date for the next meeting and volunteering for a position to run the User Group. Jason Livengood of Axcelis Technologies and Scott Morris of iRobot showed interest in helping to get the RUG operating."