Written By Dave Martin
  • 8/11/2020
  • Read Time : 5 min.

Why You Should Standardize Engineering Calculations with Mathcad

Why Standardize with PTC Mathcad?

Your company probably has standardized processes and tools for bug tracking, document management and retention, design, project management, and more. But if you don't have a standardized approach when it comes to developing, sharing, and storing design intent and engineering calculations, then you’re at risk of losing some of your most important intellectual property.

Your business depends on having accurate, accessible, and standardized engineering data.


No one wants to spend hours manually re-calculating formulas or searching through complex spreadsheet data.

In a recent presentation, Andy McGough, Mathcad Product Manager, explained how you can standardize your engineering calculations using math software, specifically, PTC Mathcad. According to McGough, there are 3 main reasons to safeguard your engineering data with Mathcad. Let’s look at them.


1. Using the right software for the right purpose drives productivity.

Using multiple tools spread across several departments to manage information leads to productivity issues. Information might be stored in different formats and locations. You might have engineering data in spreadsheets, reference manuals, text documents, programs, and more. The formats don’t play well together, and managing the information is difficult and time consuming. Not only is it hard finding and validating information that’s spread over several systems, but you might end up manually sorting through and combining information from various tools to create one deliverable.

Disparate systems also hurt productivity when it comes time to bring new resources into a project. Conversely, streamlined processes and tools keep things running smoothly and save everyone time and effort.


2. Communicating results is as important as calculating them.

Without a consistent system for creating and storing engineering calculations, knowledge transfer and collaboration are difficult or impossible. Flaws in communication related to engineering data could mean…

  • You can’t capture, share, and re-use design intent.
  • Designs aren’t validated early in the design process, which could cause late-stage revisions.
  • Designs aren’t tied to customer requirements.
  • Calculations contain errors that lead to poor design decisions and rework.
  • Capturing ideas is simple with a tool like Mathcad. Calculations are easy for an author to write and they’re easy for a reviewer to understand. Engineers can make notes on the fly and build models to test hypotheses. Then, the results can be verified.


    3. Engineering activities don’t happen in isolation.

    Engineering processes (and data created as part of those processes) should support business initiatives. Design intent and customer specifications need to be shared and used by stakeholders throughout the design process. As a result, engineering data needs to be accessible and consumable by those outside of the engineering department.
    With Mathcad, departments and entire companies can standardize their calculations. Mathcad was designed with the goal that any engineer could pick it up and create calculations within just 15 minutes. The Mathcad equation editor is intuitive and easy to use. But, better yet, the resulting calculations are easy to read by those outside of the engineering team.
    These worksheets are editable and automatically update to reflect changes to calculations—making collaboration and validation a breeze.
    Standardize Engineering Knowledge with Mathcad
    Safeguard your engineering data in one standardized system. With Mathcad, you can analyze, solve, document, and share your engineering data in a reliable and repeatable way. Mathcad acts as your digital engineering notebook. It’s one system that allows your whole team to create, validate, and share calculations and engineering intent. It combines the ease and familiarity of an engineering notebook with an intuitive user interface and powerful mathematical engine.
    See the Whole Presentation
    Check out McGough’s presentation, Mathcad – Get it Right. Besides discussing the reasons to standardize and safeguard engineering data, you’ll see the Mathcad calculation editor and worksheets in action.

    Can you duplicate this? PTC Mathcad makes engineering calculations both easy and fun. More importantly, PTC Mathcad Express makes it free, so what are you waiting for?

    Download PTC Mathcad Express free



About the Author

Dave Martin is a former Creo, Windchill, and Mathcad instructor and consultant. After leaving PTC, he was the Creo specialist for Amazon; and a mechanical engineer, Creo administrator, and Windchill administrator for Amazon Prime Air. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and currently works as an avionics engineer for Blue Origin. 

Martin is the author of the books Design Intent in Creo Parametric and Top Down Design in Creo Parametric--both available at www.amazon.com. He can be reached at dmartin@creowindchill.com.

Why You Should Standardize Engineering Calculations with Mathcad
Three reasons to standardize your engineering calculations using PTC Mathcad.