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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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