Engineering calculations shape the world around us. It is at the heart of product design and it is a very important step in the design process. Engineering calculation enables an engineer to know for sure the size of a product or component that is just sufficient to meet a particular requirement. No wonder, engineering courses in the universities are characterised majorly by calculations.

Furthermore, Growing competition in product designs, marketspace and complexity in the field of engineering has further ignited the need for faster development and higher efficiencies in almost every industry in today’s world. As the design projects proceed, calculations become the basis of decision making.  Any calculation mistakes can affect the entire project. Also, when an engineer who authored a design leaves for vacation or changes position, there would be a need for other team members to understand what he designed with little or no explanation. Therefore, to achieve excellence in the engineering and analysis of systems, teams need reliable and user-friendly software that performs calculations with ease and accuracy. One such application is PTC Mathcad.

There are several reasons why PTC Mathcad is a vital tool for all engineers. Some of which includes but not limited to:

Unit Intelligence:  PTC Mathcad has all your engineering notebook’s functionalities including mathematical notation and units’ intelligence.  History has it that NASA lost a $94 million orbiter due to fault in design where some groups of engineers reportedly used metric units in their calculations while another group used English units without accounting for the shortfalls. This fault cannot occur when designs are carried out in Mathcad because all equations in Mathcad must be dimensionally consistent for a calculation to proceed. Even if variables are defined using two different types of units, Mathcad automatically converts them to SI units or whatever unit is specified as the base unit in the design worksheet. This is amazing as engineers all over the work can collaborate with fewer worries about unit conversion. 

Repurpose standardized calculations: Engineering design is iterative and interwoven hence can be very time-consuming.  One of the most important time management strategies for an engineer is to automate and create design templates for all completed designs in the industry of interest. To streamline next-generation product development and avoid the need to recreate calculations all the time, engineers can repurpose standardized calculations for reuse. 

Securely communicate design intent and engineering knowledge: Engineers often work in teams and most often, different tasks are assigned to each team member. Aside from the team leads, team members must have a general picture of whatever is being designed while still focusing on the specific assigned task. With PTC Mathcad, design assumption and description can be stated precisely in the worksheet using the text capabilities. Both text and math formula can be arranged together to form a concise and very comprehensive worksheet which team members can go through and understand with ease even in the absence of the author. Unlike most applications and spreadsheets, equations and formulas appear in Mathcad the same way they will appear in textbooks making it easy to understand the relationships between variables.  

Easily integrated with Microsoft Excel and Creo parametric: With the powerful excel component in PTC Mathcad, you can add data from excel into your Mathcad worksheets and make changes in both excel and Mathcad environments.  In addition to the excel component capability, you can also read and write to most file formats including, the various forms of images, sounds and data formats. Creo parametric is a parameter-driven drafting and simulation software, hence most of the parameters needed have to come from the design. With PTC Mathcad and Creo Parametric integration, design, drafting and simulation can be done live and a change in parameters will show how the product is performing in real life and in real-time. Isn’t that amazing! 

Relatively easy to learn and use programming language: PTC Mathcad is relatively easy to learn and use. You don’t need specialized skills to make or use PTC Mathcad data. Besides, it has very comprehensive tutorials in the resource section and 

Using PTC Mathcad’s rich mathematical functionality, you can create and document your engineering calculations as easily. You can also present your work using rich formatting options with plots, text, and images in a single, professionally formatted document.

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