“Visualization in Creo View is 23 times faster than Creo Parametric” says Bill Ryan from PACCAR. I had the pleasure of speaking with Bill about Visualization and publishing technologies at the recent PTC Live event in Boston.
Here’s an interesting perspective from Bill about How, What and Where of Visualization technology.
Madhavi: How does Visualization Technology help companies?
Bill: Visualization technology can play a vital role in reviewing large assemblies during development due to the advantages in load time performance and capability to include the latest content in a large assembly structure. Also, visualization software can provide efficiencies for downstream business departments such as Parts, Service and Publications by reusing the lightweight viewables. As an example, visualization in Creo View is 23 times faster than Creo Parametric when communicating with Windchill to retrieve the latest components. It’s about the speed and increased efficiencies.
Madhavi: What’s the first step? Where should one start?
Bill: The key to enabling visualization is taking advantage of the free publisher offered by PTC with Windchill. To get started, I recommend reviewing the presentation given at PTC Live Global titled – “Advanced PTC Windchill Visualization Topics” given by Steve Dertien and Michael Rygol.
Visualization technology will benefit customers in two distinct ways where the:
- Development of the latest iteration of assemblies needs to be available as changes are being made.
- Downstream availability of content such as drawings, MBD output or even STEP files for a supplier need to be quickly and easily accessed.
The beauty with Visualization from Windchill is that both needs can be satisfied with automation in the publisher for every CAD object checked in by the user community.
Madhavi: What are companies missing out by not using Visualization technology?
Bill: While at PTC Live Global, I heard from a few companies trying to manually generate PVZ files using a Creo Parametric Session outside of Windchill. This approach will not yield the downstream benefits of the Windchill publisher, such as the ability for lightweight images to be linked to the native CAD data and the ability to open an assembly in Creo View using the latest configuration to see the same information as Creo Parametric connected to Windchill in a collaborative environment (imagine if you had to manually maintain a full vehicle assembly when an engineer changes a door handle!).
Additionally, it provides the ability to create representations in Creo View (also called simplified representation in parametric) that can be carried forward as the Parametric Assembly is iterated – again, saving significant time. Imagine spending hours in Creo View to create the vehicle assembly for a design review at iteration A.1. If the assembly is iterated in Creo Parametric to A.2, Windchill will carry forward your image into A.2 to be made available in Creo View.
About Bill Ryan
Bill is a Mechanical Engineer, currently managing the structure of large development CAD assemblies. He also provides support to development engineering for current PTC applications of Creo Parametric/View and Windchill PDMLink along with evaluating new capabilities within MPMLink and Creo Illustrate. He has been involved with the Creo 2 Beta testing group along with an active membership in the Visualization Technical Committees to enable Creo View to be used in Development environments. He has presented on publishing strategies using positioning assemblies at PTC Live Global 2013 & 2014.