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AR on display at 2019 Avalon Airshow

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Auckland Hackathon sparks problem-solving with emerging IoT and AR technology

Digitalisation of product development and the advent of Industry 4.0 is transforming the way engineers and designers create a new generation of smart, connected products – with impacts seen across the entire product lifecycle: from product conception and detailed design through to sourcing and servicing.

LEAP Australia is the leading engineering software solutions provider in Australia and New Zealand, for over 20 years we have assisted thousands of companies with their design and engineering problems.

LEAP’s support team has unrivaled expertise with PTC software, covering Computer Aided Design (CAD)Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)Service Lifecycle Management (SLM), Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT). Our expertise enables process transformation and delivers closed-loop lifecycle management for smart, connected products and operations across your entire enterprise: from engineering to manufacturing, sales through to service.

LEAP achieves PTC Advanced Partner Status for PLM and AR

Learn more about the PTC Advanced Partner Program (APP) which provides a key point of difference for PTC partners such as LEAP – demonstrating proven competence in particular technologies (such as PLM & AR).

Novel Uses of Augmented Reality (AR) in Aviation / Transport Safety education

Learn how the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) & RMIT University used Augmented Reality to deliver a world-leading Transport Safety Investigation course for remote students during 2020, despite the challenges of COVID-19 disruptions.

Black Lab Design: How Onshape helped our shift to a fully integrated design and manufacturing facility

Learn how Black Lab switched from Solidworks to Onshape, driven by a need for greater flexibility with their CAD system and the challenges of documentation management and working with remote design teams – which have been uniquely satisfied by Onshape’s cloud-based solution.

Exploring Creo 8 – New Features & Enhancements

Explore the raft of new improvements in Creo 8 – designed to help you create better products, faster than ever – from LEAP’s live Creo 8 web launch. We explore the enhancements to usability and productivity in Creo 8, including new tools for model-based definition (MBD) and additive and subtractive manufacturing; plus new simulation and generative design capabilities.

Improving Internal and External Collaboration with Windchill

In the final installment of our 6-part Windchill PLM webinar series, we discuss how Windchill’s core content management capabilities and the ability of organisations to utilise them as a ‘single source of truth’ facilitates collaboration across departments outside of engineering and beyond.

Closed Loop Quality with Windchill

In the 5th installment of our 6-part Windchill PLM webinar series, we discuss the importance of quality management, the implications of problems with quality occurring and how Windchill can be utilised as the foundation for closed loop quality.

How to Manage your BOMs in Windchill

In the 4th installment of our 6-part Windchill PLM webinar series, we explore how BOM management works within Windchill, how to configure various BOMs for both upstream and downstream use and how Windchill can integrate with other enterprise systems to share engineering data with the wider organisation.

Sharing Information Outside of Engineering with ThingWorx Navigate

In the 3rd installment of our 6-part Windchill PLM webinar series, we explore ThingWorx Navigate which allows non-expert PLM users to access Windchill data without having to deal with the complexities of using the fully fledged PLM system.

Windchill for Product Data Management

In the 2nd installment of our 6-part Windchill PLM webinar series, we take a deeper dive into Windchill’s object-based digital data model and how it manages product data and give a live demonstration of Windchill’s core PDM functionality including tracking down in which assemblies a particular part is used, connectivity between Windchill and your CAD system, workflows and tasks and much, much more.

Introduction to Windchill PLM and the Digital Thread

In the 1st part of our 6-part Windchill PLM webinar series, we recap highlights including Digital Transformation and the Digital Thread, PLM for Data and Process Management and How PLM is the backbone of the Digital Thread.

Guest Blog – Monash University: Using AR to improve learning outcomes in Wind Engineering

A guest post by Monash University summarising the outcomes of a Final Year Project combining Ansys CFD simulations with PTC’s Vuforia AR software – with the aim of using CFD simulation results conveyed in Augmented Reality to help improve student comprehension & learning outcomes in Wind Engineering classes.

Learn about Onshape – the complete cloud-native product development platform

Learn more about Onshape and whether it is the right fit for your CAD and product development needs. LEAP recently ran a series of webinars to help showcase how Onshape can be used to empower your team to collaborate more effectively, accelerate time to market, eliminate silos, and provide a product development process that better suits the nature of modern design teams.

Using AR to capture process knowledge & accelerate worker training in a post-COVID world

In the final session of LEAP’s 3-part IoT & AR webinar series, we present the highlights on “Using AR to capture process knowledge & accelerate worker training in a post-COVID world”. 

Guest Blog by Monash Motorsport – Benefits of 3D Rendering with Keyshot during COVID-19

Monash Motorsport talks about how they’ve used Keyshot for 3D Rendering during a challenging period where COVID-19 disrupted their design workflows and stopped all physical access to their workshop & facilities.

Using Augmented Reality for marketing, training & maintenance in a post-COVID world

In this blog we offer the highlights from our 2nd webinar in our 3-part series – this time focused on on “Using Augmented Reality for marketing, training & maintenance in a post-COVID world”.

US Navy chooses Windchill PLM for MBPS Digital Transformation initiative

The U.S. Navy has selected PTC’s Windchill Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) SaaS platform to form the backbone of their digital transformation initiatives. We review their selection criteria and discuss the key reasons why Windchill was selected as their preferred PLM platform, following an extensive evaluation process.

Using IoT for remote monitoring of assets & operations in a post-COVID world

In the 1st part of our 3-part IoT & AR webinar series, we recap the highlights from our recent webinar on Using IoT for remote monitoring of assets & operations in a post-COVID world.

Introduction to Windchill 12

Following the recent release of Windchill 12, LEAP Australia presented the following webinar outlining the latest updates and enhancements to Windchill. In addition to a deeper dive into functionality such as data management, visualisation, BOM management and traceability. Windchill users from both Russell Mineral Equipment and Ellume provided short presentations where each explained how Windchill...

Tips for working from home with PTC Software

In these unprecedented times, many businesses are encouraging workers to work from home to help ‘flatten the curve’ of new cases from the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Indeed, at LEAP Australia the majority of our staff are now working from home, but we are committed to providing our highest levels of customer support and high-quality software demonstrations to our valued customers throughout Australia and New Zealand using online tools.   PTC...

Auckland Hackathon sparks problem-solving with emerging IoT and AR technology

In September the University of Auckland was abuzz with a NZ-first – a hackathon focused on the emerging industrial applications for technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR). The Hackathon was held in collaboration between Callaghan Innovation, LEAP Australia, and the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering and gave six multidisciplinary...

The State of IoT and AR/VR – what have we learnt travelling to recent events across ANZ?

Over the last month the team at LEAP has really clocked up the frequent flyer miles, travelling to a range of events across Australia and New Zealand, including a Hackathon in Auckland, government facilitated technology seminars across Queensland, an IoT conference/exhibition in Sydney and student showcase in Melbourne. September saw the LEAP PTC team head...

LiveWorx 2019: Harnessing New Technology for Industrial Innovation

LEAP had the pleasure of attending PTC’s LiveWorx 2019 held last month in Boston & bringing together over 6,500 attendees to learn about the latest advances in PTC’s Digital Transformation technology. PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann opened proceedings with help from senior representatives of Volvo, Rockwell Automation and Howden, providing high level insights into the digital...

AR on display at 2019 Avalon Airshow and Australian F1 Grand Prix

See examples of augmented reality (AR) helping to engage and educate at these two high profile events. In conjunction with RMIT University, in recent months LEAP has taken the opportunity at the 2019 Avalon Airshow and Australian Formula One Grand Prix to showcase the many benefits of Augmented Reality (AR). Many of our customers, students...

Guest Blog – Monash University – FYP brings together best-in-class technologies to create a functioning Digital Twin

Guest Post by Shikhar Gupta, final-year student in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Shikhar was a full-time intern at LEAP Australia over the summer of 2017/18, then completed his Final Year Project using LEAP & PTC software during 2018. The result of Shikhar’s work was presented last...

Guest blog: Student perspective endorses valuable skills gained at RMIT IoT/AR Hackathon

At LEAP, we were very proud to play an important role in mentoring the student teams from RMIT to help them deliver their IoT/AR-based solutions to 10 real-world industry problems across 2 exciting days of the Hackathon.  It was certainly inspiring to us to see their creativity and ingenuity emerge using Vuforia Augmented Reality (AR)...

PTC’s IoT & PLM technology Leading the Pack – awarded “Leader” status across successive independent reports

Here at LEAP Australia, we already know how good the IoT and PLM tools from PTC are - Thingworx and Windchill - after all, we work with them every day! But how do they stack up when reviewed by completely independent third-party researchers such as Gartner, Forrester and ABI Research?   Well we’ve put together...

Industry problems confirmed – Countdown begins for RMIT IoT/AR Hackathon

RMIT University students are eagerly getting ready to tackle the 10 real-world industry problems submitted by companies from a diverse range of industries for the 2018 IoT/AR RMIT Hackathon, starting this Thurs Aug 30th and concluding Sat Sept 1st. RMIT, PTC & LEAP are excited to unleash the power of the leading Industry 4.0 technologies...

LiveWorx18 – Innovation Velocity

Watch the highlights from PTC President and CEO, Jim Heppelmann’s Keynote presentation at LiveWorx 2018 – Innovation Velocity: From A Place To A Pace, including announcements and discussion about strategic partnerships with ANSYS, Microsoft and Rockwell Automation and demonstrations of several exciting new AR based technologies. Jim Heppelmann announces the new partnership between ANSYS and...

Don’t miss LEAP’s session at MaD2018: Manufacturing and Design Conference in New Zealand

MaD2018: A Collaborative Future for NZ Manufacturing and Design (#MaD2018) – May 21- 22, 2018 The Second National Conference for Innovation in Manufacturing and Design Join us in Auckland, NZ, next week for MaD2018 & learn about exciting, new manufacturing and design research and be inspired by examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers. What…

What is Industry 4.0 and what does it mean for us as engineers?

Initially devised as part of a German government-led strategy to promote digitalisation in manufacturing, the term Industrie 4.0 (aka the fourth industrial revolution) has arisen in recognition of the significant value that can be realised in transforming manufacturing from traditional techniques to a fully connected and digitally managed process, often known as cyber-physical systems. This...

Guest Blog by RMIT: “How to Train the Next Generation Workforce?”

In this guest post, Mark Raphael, Industry Engagement Manager at RMIT University, provides his insights from the AMTIL 2017 National Conference – “Manufacturing’s Future in a Digital Age”. On Tuesday 14 November I took part in a panel session at the AMTIL 2017 National Conference to respond to the question: “How to Train the Next…

Augmented Reality (AR) draws attention at MMS 2017 launch night

[Editorial Note: from June 2018, the AR app referred to in this blog is now known on all app stores as Vuforia View]: Thanks to Monash Motorsport (MMS) for the invitation to their 2017 Launch last week. The team at LEAP is proud to be a long-standing partner of the MMS team, and we were...

How will Augmented Reality (AR) change the way engineers in industry design the next generation of smart, connected products?

Augmented reality (AR) is generating much excitement amongst technology enthusiasts worldwide, but it is also worth considering how AR may disrupt the way companies do business by enabling engineers, technicians and consumers to experience their products in a completely new way. Historically, it has been challenging for manufacturers to develop and deploy AR if they...

Digitalisation Initiative establishes RMIT University as an educational leader in Industry 4.0 skills in Australia

RMIT Students to Gain Real-World Experience with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) Technologies You may have already seen this week’s exciting announcement from PTC that RMIT University has expanded their partnership with LEAP Australia and selected the ThingWorx® IoT Platform, Windchill® software, and ThingWorx Studio technology from PTC to establish itself as an educational leader in the teaching...

LiveWorx 17: Physical Digital Convergence – The New Frontier of Innovation

The LiveWorx 17 Technology Conference is underway this week in Boston, USA and it kicked off with a bang as PTC President and CEO, Jim Heppelman, gave the opening keynote presentation in which he outlined and demonstrated PTC’s vision for ‘true’ Product Lifecycle Management in the IoT age. Jim provided a brief history of PTC’s…

National Manufacturing Week & EMEX 2016

LEAP Australia recently exhibited at the largest manufacturing trade shows in Australia and New Zealand; National Manufacturing Week (NMW) in Sydney and the Engineering, Machinery & Electronics Exhibition (EMEX) in Auckland. NMW 2016 Event Video from Omniscope on Vimeo. A live demonstration of PTC’s Internet of Things enabled ‘Digital Twin’ was a big hit on...

PTC LiveWorx 2016

PTC LiveWorx returned to Boston in 2016 and a major focus was the power and potential of the Internet of Things which was showcased through use cases, demonstrations and industry speakers. PTC announced a number of new connected service solutions at the four-day event including the PTC Remote Service which enables service and support technicians...

Introducing the 3DConnexion SpaceMouse Enterprise

3DConnexion recently unveiled the SpaceMouse Enterprise, their latest (and greatest) 3D motion controller offering to date. The SpaceMouse Enterprise boasts a built-in, high-resolution display that presents actual icons from your application, putting your preferred toolbar ribbon at your fingertips! These configurable on-screen buttons automatically update as you change applications or environments so you will always...

Introducing KeyShot 6

KeyShot is the fastest and easiest to use 3D CAD renderer available. With industry leading render speed, Keyshot is several times faster than most native render engines of CAD software and other 3D rendering software on the market. Unlike most other 3D renderers, Keyshot does not have a steep learning curve allowing CAD users to...