PTC Mathcad

PTC Mathcad

Score 8.9 out of 10
PTC Mathcad


What is PTC Mathcad?

PTC offers Mathcad, the company's engineering analytics engine including Mathcad Prime, for managing complex mathematical calculations inherent in solving engineering problems. Additionally the software includes Area Protection and Locking, which limits access to information based on role so that work...
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Worksheet Library - Applied Math


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Worksheet Library - Civil & Structural


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PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0 Subscription


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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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What is PTC Mathcad?

PTC offers Mathcad, the company's engineering analytics engine including Mathcad Prime, for managing complex mathematical calculations inherent in solving engineering problems. Additionally the software includes Area Protection and Locking, which limits access to information based on role so that work can be shared without fear of losing proprietary information.

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Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PTC Mathcad is being used by several engineers in the engineering department to document the calculations, assumptions and the design process of a project. It is much more intuitive than the alternatives such as Microsoft Excel. It is very easy to verify the calculations, check the measurement units and include pictures in Mathcad worksheets.
  • Conversion of measurement units (Imperial and Metric)
  • Easy to use for writing detailed engineering worksheets
  • Formulas can be written in the expanded form which facilitates verification
  • Spell Checker feature is life saver.
  • The feature to add pictures can be improved. The pictures do not align easily. Overlapping of text and picture should be prevented automatically.
  • Possibility to add customized units
It is definitely a must have for every design engineer. The formulas can be written in the expanded format which facilitates the process. The measurement unit feature is very useful and helps prevent errors in formulas. Mathcad is now equipped with a decent spell checker which is also very helpful.
  • Ability to write formulas as we write on paper
  • Measuring unit change
  • Spell Checker
  • It definitely helped me document the projects more efficiently in a way that is usable for other teammates as well.
The most obvious and frequent alternative is Microsoft Excel which allows entering formulas. I certainly prefer Mathcad as it permits writing the formulas in the expanded form inside a detailed worksheet. Excel does not offer the same report writing functionality as Mathcad does. There is no measuring unit feature built in Excel. Besides all this, Mathcad allows importing the Excel tables into its worksheet.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[PTC Mathcad] is used in the engineering department for any "hand calculation" that is done.
  • Iterative calculations
  • Calculation templates
  • Documentation of design process
  • Attaching support material, such as pictures, is a bit simplistic
  • Automatic equation solving would be nice.
  • The new free version (as of 2020) has a intrusive watermark that can't be removed.
It is great for any manual calculation. You can lay it out as you would on paper, but the math is calculated instantly, similar to how it is in excel. It is superior to either method for most engineering calculations. Being able to copy-and-paste is very helpful for considering multiple scenarios.

In some situations where you need to do the same calculation on an array of numbers, Excel is still faster.
  • Speeds up calculations (especially when corrections need to be made near the beginning).
  • Ability to re-use old calculations as a template can save significant time.
  • You can use consistent formatting for all calculations, allowing for more organized, clear calculations.
I have not found an alternative that is as useful as [PTC Mathcad]. In fact it is exactly what I've been looking for for some time.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PTC Mathcad is used in various engineering departments within our organization. It is used for engineering calculations and design reviews.
  • PTC Mathcad has an easy to use interface.
  • PTC Mathcad offers templates that can be used to start projects.
  • PTC Mathcad has extensive math tools and functions for complex engineering analysis work.
  • Some of the math and text formatting aspects are a little cumbersome.
  • Converting from older Matchcad versions to the newer Mathcad Prime platform could be made easier. It should be a direct import function.
Mathcad is a great tool for engineering calculations. It is extremely flexible and easy for new users to learn. Its powerful functionality make it a great software for complex engineering problems and designs. It provides a quick and easy way to document your designs. The results are easy to format and share with other members of the design team.
  • Mathcad has allowed us to take legacy hand written calculations and document them in an electronic format. Now we can quickly run different design scenarios using the legacy calculations. It allows us to quickly vet new design options.
  • Sharing new design concepts is quicker and easier within our various design groups.
I have only used a freeware version called SMath Studio. It has similar functionality but lacks the full experience MathCad offers.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
MathCad is our department's engineering calculator. We have built a library of common equations to be solved for our products which we employ with the development of each and every new product we design. It is presently used only within our Engineering Team at our Design Center as it contains proprietary functions built on years of testing and experimentation.
  • MathCad has a relatively easy to learn and easy to use programming language.
  • It is easy to deploy and manage seats of MathCad.
  • Documentation and support are reasonably strong.
  • Since Prime, MathCad has improved its user interface. It still, however, lacks the visual qualities that could make it more efficient.
  • While able to integrate and pass values back to solid 3D models, this process isn't always reliable or easy.
MathCad is well-suited for the documentation and execution of engineering mathematics. However, as a program becomes more complex the coding structure decreases in efficiency and one may wish to write custom code using an established machine language. Scenarios where copious amounts of data need to be transferred in and out of MathCad also are less efficient than other means but better than, say, MS-Excel.
  • Positively, MathCad works extremely well as an easy-to-program engineering calculator for most basic equations.
  • The learning curve for someone new to math-based software isn't terribly steep. But custom functions and techniques are not intuitive.
Unlike MATLAB, MathCad has an interface that resembles more like a sheet of paper rather than a line-by-line coding tool. This enables are more intuitive math building process. However, some may argue that debugging a complicated MathCad program takes more effort than something written in MATLAB as the lack of a linear progression of thought could be lost in the MathCad program. Yet, the use of symbolics makes MathCad the go-to choice for new users in our organization. In fact, legacy MATLAB programs have been re-written in MathCad for this very reason.
  • Basic equations/functions
  • Interlinear documentation
  • Matrices
  • Nested statement.
Higher-order math, despite symbolics, become tedious and variable nomenclature isn't as forgiving as other programs. Due to it's sheet-like nature, the greater the complexity the more bothersome the screen usage becomes. But it's a trade-off between a sketchpad-like interface or lines and lines of code. Pick your poison but MathCad was our choice.
Yevgen Gorash | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It plays a role of advanced engineering calculator. It is used mostly to analyze a data quickly. I don't know how intensively it is used at the department or organization. MathCAD has been my own long-term preference when it comes to a basic processing of engineering data and graphical visualization.
  • Fitting the experimental data with an arbitrary fitting function and visualization of the results
  • Writing a technical document with lots of mathematical calculations, that should look a kind of professional
  • Operation with arrays and matrices, processing of raw data with arbitrary methods
  • A limited number of file formats for export, especially those that support visual graphics in vector format
  • Interfaces for mathematics and equations with MathType and LaTeX / MikTex / Tex
  • Limited functionality for visualization of data in a 3D format
In most cases, MathCAD is good for basic express analysis of data and creating professionally looking express reports incorporating mathematics, text, and graphics. It is not much use for analysis for complex mathematical calculations like a solution of advanced differential equations or system of ODE. I miss very much the functionally from good old MathCAD 15. It would be nice to move it completely to MathCAD Prime.
  • It accelerates issuing reports and writing documents
  • it improves the visual quality of the reports/documents
  • It helps to make the decisions faster
MathCAD is easier to learn and faster to start with. It has more user-friendly interface and conventional style toolbox and GUI. It is really good for the beginners and those who are afraid of complex math.
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