Wednesday, June 10, 2009

PTC User 09 and CoCreate – Day 2

John Abele from Boston Scientific was the keynote speaker for today. What a great story. He is a pioneer in many ways. Some of the statements that caught my attention included the following. “Pioneers have arrows in their back”, somewhat referring to the fact that innovation and progress is not without many trials. “Change agents don’t come from the establishments”, another interesting comment that can apply in many different ways. Another one I liked; “preparing to be lucky”, think about that for a minute. He also made some good statements about customers becoming family, salespeople, application developers, engineers, presenters and strategists – basically user groups.

John also told a most fascinating story about finding the submarine that his farther served and died on during WWII. I can’t begin to describe the story, so if you missed it, you just missed it. It was amazing.

I then participated in a meeting with PTC User representatives and other CoCreate users interested in trying to find ways to build up the CoCreate user community. One of the better ideas that came from this discussion was to encourage regional user group meetings. We are looking for a few customers that will step up and be willing to host such an event. I can tell you that if you do you will be well supported. These can be great events and platforms for some valuable collaboration between PTC User, PTC and our customers.

In the afternoon Brad Tallis taught a class on CoCreate Modeling advanced topics. We had several CoCreate users attend the class and even a few brave Pro/E users. He showed many productivity tips and tricks that are perhaps not so well known. There was even some other sharing from some of the attendees with their own tips and tricks. Brad went into some details on part and assembly structure management and then showed how this structure and organizing can be utilized in modeling operations as the design progresses. As CoCreate Modeling has no part modeling mode or assembly modeling mode, you can leverage this virtual 3D environment in some very useful ways. He also went into many other details about sectioning, clip planes, advanced blending capabilities, 3D curves and surfaces capabilities. He ended the class by showing many different ways to take advantage of Configurations to capture states, positions, exploded views, view settings and so on.

Brad and I both were doing demos of CoCreate Modeling in the exhibit hall. It is always enjoyable seeing the reaction of people when they start to realize and understand what CoCreate Modeling is. Several people kept coming back for more. I don’t think they believed it the first time.


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