Engineering calculations are almost always the forgotten step when it comes to design or analysis. These calculations can predict behaviour early in the process or drive critical parameters and dimensions, yet we rely on flawed methods like hand calculations or spreadsheets. In fact, studies have consistently proven the alarmingly high error rates found in spreadsheets.
There is a better way!
Mathcad is the industry solution allowing anyone to easily perform, document and share their calculations. It not only allows users to perform calculations, but capture valuable knowledge, reuse existing work and easily validate design accuracy.
By combining comprehensive mathematics with an easy-to-use interface, Mathcad seamlessly integrates into existing processes to improve product quality and deliver them to the market faster!
Using Excel for engineering calculations? Think again
Excel was originally designed for tabulating basic accounting and finance figures and calculations using rows and columns. Since then, it has evolved over time to add math functions, but stayed true to its original grid format.
Excel is a convenient choice, but is it the right choice for engineers?
The big difference between Mathcad and Excel
Engineering math in Excel
This is what typical engineering math may look like in Excel. Your hopes of communicating engineering knowledge are easily lost in the chaos of cell references and parentheses. Spreadsheet math is error-prone, and it’s very difficult to check and validate your work. Excel also doesn’t have engineering units, so readers don’t even know what this formula is for.
Engineering math in PTC Mathcad
PTC Mathcad was designed to meet the needs of engineers. This is the same sample equation as what’s in Excel, but Mathcad’s natural math notation represents it like it’s right from a math textbook. Any engineer can look at and validate the formula. Plus, Mathcad keeps track of units, which lets you know that this is a formula for mechanical energy.