Written by David Newman
  • 1/4/2024
  • Read Time : 4 min.

What Happened with Mathcad in 2023?

Mathcad 2023 collage

PTC Mathcad had a breakthrough year in 2023. Thank you to both our new customers who joined the Mathcad community this year as well as our many existing customers who continue to thrive with Mathcad in their toolset.

To celebrate Mathcad's accomplishments this year, let's take a quick look back at the 2023 highlights.

Mathcad Prime 9 released

Mathcad Prime 9 officially released on March 21. The cumulative impact of the new updates and enhancements (such as internal links, text styles, the gradient operator, and pdesolve in the Solve Block) makes Mathcad Prime 9 one of the most substantial releases in a long time. We heard from product manager Andy McGough on what specifically is new and exciting about Mathcad Prime 9 as well as long-time legacy Mathcad user Brent Maxfield’s favorite usability enhancements.

On April 4, we aired the What’s New in PTC Mathcad Prime 9 webinar. Available on-demand at any time, it includes demos of Mathcad Prime 9’s new features as well as an extensive Q&A session with Andy McGough.

Who should watch it:

  • Anyone interested in an overview of PTC Mathcad Prime 9


Mathcad for Civil Engineers webinar

PTC has been publishing civil/structural engineering calculations content by Brent Maxfield on the Mathcad blog throughout 2023 as well as the civil engineering-themed Mathcad Community Challenge in July. But the centerpiece of our civil engineering theme was June 27’s Mathcad for Civil Engineers webinar (now available on-demand) with PTC’s Anji Seberino and Dr. Pat Heffernan of the Royal Military College of Canada.

After Anji’s explanation of what Mathcad is and the typical calculations that civil and structural engineers perform using Mathcad—as well as why Mathcad is more transparent and less risky to use than spreadsheet programs when designing for critical infrastructure—Dr. Heffernan showed two examples of how Mathcad can calculate the moment resistance of a doubly reinforced concrete beam and how Mathcad performs a plastic analysis of a T-beam section. The webinar concludes with a lively question and answer session.

Who should watch it:
  • Civil or structural engineers looking for an engineering calculation solution
  • Beginning to intermediate Mathcad users who are civil or structural engineers
  • People who want to download Dr. Heffernan’s Mathcad Prime 9 worksheet of the material resistance problem 


Mathcad Virtual Conference 2023

Our fourth-annual Mathcad customer celebratory event—the Mathcad Virtual Conference 2023—was held on Aug. 30. The event featured four sessions plus an opening speech by Mathcad general manager Brian Thompson, who announced PTC’s plans to develop a Mathcad software-as-a-service offering in the future.

Andy McGough reappeared to offer a sneak peek (with demos) into what will be in Mathcad Prime 10, due for release in 2024. Anji Seberino and Ioana Cernat of the Mathcad AE team showed how to power up your worksheets with both solve blocks and programming, and their worksheets are available or download. Mathcad R&D’s Oleg Reznychenko went in-depth into how Mathcad Prime 9’s numeric and symbolic engines were enhanced from the previous version, complete with many side-by-side comparisons. His worksheet is also available for download.

Haley Barnes of SRAM, making a return appearance from her talk at PTC LiveWorx 2023, concluded the conference by speaking about her customer story using Mathcad in conjunction with other PTC products so SRAM can configure and streamline different bicycle fork designs.

Who should watch it:

  • Anyone who wants a sneak peek into Mathcad Prime 10 and the Mathcad Prime roadmap
  • Beginning Mathcad users who want to explore Mathcad’s solving and programming capabilities and want sample worksheets to reference
  • Mathcad users who are passionate about how the math engines work, including heavy symbolic engine users
  • All Mathcad customers


Mathcad for Mechanical Engineers webinar

Similar to Mathcad for Civil Engineers in June, PTC hosted a Mathcad for Mechanical Engineers webinar on Nov. 7. This once again featured Anji Seberino with an excellent introduction, this time focusing on mechanical engineers’ common calculations and the Creo Engineering Notebook powered by Mathcad, which allows transferring values bidirectionally between a Mathcad worksheet and our parametric 3D CAD software Creo. CAD expert Dave Martin presented an example of calculating torque for fasteners and a second example of the Mathcad-Creo integration to design spline couplings. Both of Dave’s examples are fully available for download on the webinar replay page.

Who should watch it:

  • Mechanical engineers looking for an engineering calculations solution
  • Creo users wondering how Mathcad works with Creo
  • People who want to download Dave Martin’s Mathcad Prime 9 worksheets of the torque calculations and/or the spline coupling calculations (also includes Creo part models)


Coming up in 2024

We plan to hold a “What’s New in PTC Mathcad Prime 10?” webinar once that version releases later this year. With scripted controls, among other updates, Mathcad Prime 10 will be another exciting product launch. We also plan to continue our engineering discipline-focused webinar series with electrical engineering. 

We will continue highlighting and going in-depth on specific Mathcad functionalities so you can get even more value from the software and come away learning new things. We hope to see you at our future events!

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About the Author

David J. Newman is a Senior Marketing Specialist for PTC’s CAD segment. He works with PTC’s partners so they have the marketing assets they need, and he also is in charge of the strategy and execution for PTC Mathcad marketing.

What Happened with Mathcad in 2023?
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