Mathcad 6.0 is the newest release of PTC’s engineering calculations software for engineers. The release is meant to help improve your productivity and overall usability to make your job easier every day when it comes to math notations in product development.

This new version has adapted to the feedback of legacy Mathcad 15 users who were missing a few functionalities with the switch over to Mathcad Prime. PTC still plans on releasing a new version of the Mathcad software every year with technology updates and the newest functionalities. Learn more on our PTC Mathcad webpage.

Let’s see what’s in store for Mathcad 6.0.

Mathcad 6.0 New Functionalities Include:

  • Customization of margin dimensions, including headers and footers
  • Spellcheck can be enabled and supports multiple languages based on your installed system keyboards
  • Add hyperlinks in your worksheet
  • Access an expanded list of print options and find/replace subscripts or individual parts of identifiers
  • 2D ChartApp options such as exporting your plot as an image file
  • New symbolic calculation engine

Mathcad 6.0 Improvements Include:

  • New Symbolics Engine
  • Documentation Enhancements
  • Custom margin sizes
  • Custom header/footer sizes
  • Productivity Enhancements
  • Spellcheck
  • Hyperlinks in text
  • Usability Enhancements
  • Find/Replace updates
  • Save as API
  • Expanded print options
  • ChartApp Enhancements
  • Save as .PNG
  • New default chart templates
  • Direct Help links
  • ChartApp zoom
  • Critical Bug Fixes

New Symbolics Engine

The legacy version of the symbolics engine will remain in the Mathcad 6.0 version and (eventually) in the Mathcad 7.0 version so that customers can use it along with the new symbolics engine. The legacy symbolics engine will stay for these two releases so that users can get used to the newer version while still working on worksheets made from older versions they’ve used. Once Mathcad 8.0 is released, the legacy symbolics engine will go away and the new symbolics engine from the Mathcad 6.0 version will be the new norm.

To learn more in-depth on why there is a new symbolics engine in Mathcad 6.0, read our blog called, What’s with the new symbolic engine in Mathcad 6.0?

Documentation Enhancements

There are no more limitations with custom sizes! Left and right margin dimensions can be custom set as well as header and footer dimensions. There is now a legacy margin setting you can convert to in the new worksheets, so if you’ve created worksheets in Mathcad 15 (or older versions), you can now match the dimensions that you’re building in Prime to be the same as those you used to build out.

Legacy margins have been added as well as more customized settings headers and footers

Essentially if you have a large company logo and you need a larger header or if you would like the smallest margins possible to fit the most you can on your worksheet – then you can do these things with the new settings.

Productivity Enhancements

Mathcad has added the ability to spellcheck to accurately document the worksheet along with your math notations. Spell check can be turned on or off for the entire worksheet as well as be customized to your language (or keyboard language) setting. The optimal platform to use the spell check on would be Windows 10 and .Net Framework because developers of Mathcad work with Microsoft to add this ability.

You can now do things like add words to your dictionary using Spellcheck and add hyperlinks

You can add words, ignore words, and to change the proofing language to the dictionary settings. Mathcad 6.0 allows you to add two different proofing languages – for example you can add U.S. English and U.K. English which would allow you to write in both dialects with no underlined errors.

Set proofing languages in Spellcheck to edit your worksheet in your preferred language

You now also have the ability to add hyperlinks to any text region whether it’s a raw URL, text, webpage, mail client (pre-populated email), or file location.

Usability Enhancements

You can now use find/replace to find/replace subscript independently of the identifier. Parts of identifiers that are not subscripts can also be found/replaced if ‘Match Whole Word’ is de-selected. The new API command ‘Save As’ allows worksheets to be programmatically saved in a number of different formats. Print options have also been expanded to allow selection and page range printing.

ChartApp Enhancements

The image in ChartApp can now be saved as a .PNG file to embed it in another application, more chart templates with pre-defined settings have been added, and users can now zoom in and out of the plot display within the ChartApp. The ChartApp Help can now be accessed directly from the ChartApp window for easier access.

Use PTC Mathcad for your engineering calculations

If you haven’t used Mathcad yet and you need to use it to test out the functionality of the product before purchase you can download the latest version with Mathcad Express. (What’s the difference between Mathcad Express and Mathcad Prime?)

If you’re already using Mathcad and just would like a quick overview of the new functionalities and improvements in Mathcad Prime 6.0, you can download the datasheet.

If you’re ready to purchase the Mathcad Prime software to use right away in your engineering calculations, you can purchase by filling out our contact form or calling us at 1-888-225-7579.

We’re all challenged to get as much work as possible done within limited timeframes. One of the easiest ways for engineers and designers to get more done is by re-using design knowledge. I understand the obstacles between reuse. It can be difficult to capture and re-use engineering and design knowledge when captured on whiteboards, notebooks, and napkins. The ideal process takes advantage of effective and efficient knowledge capture using tools digital like Mathcad to communicate:

  • Design intent
  • Engineering critical values
  • Optimized parameters
  • Compliance with performance
  • Validation analyses

When engineers are not using the right applications that they need to do their job, then mistakes can happen. Steps get missed. Products don’t get designed the way they need to. Finding the best math software for your product designs can be difficult.

We can help you build your products better and eliminate errors by giving you a better solution to engineering calculations. With PTC’s engineering calculations software, Mathcad, you can manage your intentions, capture your thoughts, and share it with others.

PTC Mathcad enables enterprises to:

  • Prevent loss of intellectual property captured in uncontrolled paper form
  • Improve ability to digitally capture and share knowledge
  • Optimize critical design and engineering processes
  • Speed up time to market
  • Improve compliance with regulations

PTC Mathcad allows engineers to quickly and easily:

  • Solve, document, share and reuse vital calculations
  • Combine text, math, graphs, and images in a single worksheet
  • Enable knowledge capture, data reuse, and design verification

Why is PTC Mathcad the best math software? It’s:

– Easy-to-use, whiteboard interface
– Natural math notation

-Combines live math, text, graphics, and programs in a single readable form
-Powerful numeric and symbolic math
-Manages units automatically

-Traceable, readable form
-Knowledge capture, verification, and re-use

-Complex, professional engineering design documents
-Intuitive, quick, easy

-Usable, learnable interface
-Explore complex engineering calculations in a familiar environment

Advanced Technology
-Display, manipulate, analyze, and plot 2D and 3D data
-Full unit support
-Access hundreds of built-in functions or create your own

PTC Mathcad allows you to automatically calculate, capture, and communicate design intent and critical calculations. This math software gives you the ability to standardize engineering methods, approaches, and workflows. Eliminate mistakes by performing validation and verification throughout the design process and dramatically lower calculation errors.

Price of Mathcad

Get PTC Mathcad, the best math software, at an affordable price: Check out the latest prices on our Mathcad webpage.

Contact us if you would like to purchase a seat of Mathcad or download the free trial today.

PTC Mathcad is an engineering calculations software that allows you to perform, analyze, document, and share calculations easily. To put it simply – Mathcad Express is a free version of Mathcad Prime with lifetime limited functionalities.

When you download PTC Mathcad Express, you are able to access full capabilities that you would with the licensed version of PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0 for the first 30 days. At the end of 30 days, you’ll lose the advanced math notations but will still have lifetime access to PTC Mathcad Express.

PTC Mathcad Capabilities

*Available for the first 30 days in Mathcad Express

PTC Mathcad ExpressIndividual/Multiple Licenses
New in Prime 6.0
Spell Check**X
Hyperlinks in Text**X
Custom Margin, Header, Footer Sizes**X
Write Equations using Natural Math NotationXX
Basic Math
Automatic update of calculationsXX
Algebra and trigonometry operators and functionsXX
Comprehensive documentationXX
Standardize engineering process using templates**X
Content Protection**X
Equation Wrapping**X
X-Y PlotsXX
Advanced plot types: Polar, Contour, 3D**X
Advanced Math
Solve systems of linear, non-linear, and differential equationsX
Evaluate expressions symbolically**X
Embed Excel directly in your worksheet**X
Advanced Engineering Mathematics: e.g. Design of Experiments, Differential Equations, Solving Regression**X
Advanced Numeric Functions: e.g. Fourier Transforms, Signal Processing, Statistics & Data Analysis**X
License Options
Centralized IT management and administrationX
eLearning LibrariesX

PTC Mathcad Express includes:

  • Natural math notation
  • Automatic update of calculations
  • Algebra and trigonometry operators and functions
  • Comprehensive documentation (integrating live math, text, plots, and images in one spot)
  • X-Y Plotting
  • Automatic unit checking and conversion
  • Basic numeric functions and operators

Mathcad Premium (licensed version of Mathcad) includes:

  • Spellcheck, hyperlinks, and customized margins, headers, footers
  • Excel component (integration with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets)
  • Content protection (protect content with passwords, locking, and degree of access)
  • Solving and optimization
  • Programming (customizing your environment to meet your specific requirements)
  • Templates (simply use templates as a basis for your new worksheets)
  • Advanced plotting
  • Symbolics engine (analytics/theoretical approach to math)
  • Export to Microsoft Word (ability to save as word document file)
  • Advanced math functions (perform linear algebra, non-linear algebra, or matrix manipulations)

Mathcad Free Trial

Download PTC Mathcad Express for a 30 day trial of what you can expect from a fully licensed version of PTC MC Prime 6.0 and when you’re ready to purchase a license, contact us.


Can a Mathcad Prime file be opened in Mathcad Express?

Mathcad worksheets that are created with the fully licensed version of Mathcad Prime can be opened in Mathcad Express. In MC Express, edits can be made to the text. In MC Express, any edits made to the math that utilizes a premium feature will issue a message to the user indicating that the feature requires a license. Math created with premium features will not calculate in MC Express. Accordingly, math created with Express/non-premium features will in-fact recalculate in MC Express.

PTC’s Technical Specialist for Mathcad, Anji Seberino, joined us on today’s webinar called “Plotting Your Success with Mathcad Prime 5.0” to demonstrate how 2D plots have evolved in PTC Mathcad. This information technology and leading engineering calculations software is the number one tool for designers and engineers in the industry. Download the PTC Mathcad Prime 5.0 brochure.

Let’s talk about plots. PTC listened to their customers and responded to suggestions and requests needed for Mathcad Prime. The old plotting method is still available for those that need to use it, although the new improvements gave plots the abilities to add a title, a legend, gridlines, axis labels, a 2nd y-axis, and richer formatting options. 

Anji demonstrates how you can calculate stress using input variables of force and area on your Mathcad worksheet:

 calculating stress in Mathcad | EAC Product Development Solutions

The original way to create a plot in PTC Mathcad Prime 4.0 was to go to the ‘plots’ tab and click ‘insert plot’ – this function is still here.

With the old way (which you can still use), you would follow these instructions:
-insert plot
-x-axis= force
-y-axis= σ2

2D plot chart in Mathcad | EAC Product Development Solutions

You can see that ‘force’ and ‘σ2’ are names of variables that store our mathematical data – but they are NOT labels. You cannot add the labels using this old method (but you can with the new).

The new way is NOT on the plots tab – it’s on the math tab – called the ‘chart component’.

-go to ‘math’ tab
-click on ‘chart component’
-right click on the chart, click on ‘insert x-axis expression’
-right click on the chart, click on ‘insert y-axis expression’

On previous version of Mathcad you could not enter a 2nd y-axis. Now you can:
-right click on the chart, click on ‘insert y-axis expression’

In the chart component you can access all the rich format options in one place with a lot more room to make the plot the way you want it to look with styles, the legend, a title and where you’d like the location of all of these components to be while being able to change background, text, and line colors, borders, and opacity settings.

PTC Mathcad helps you calculate and solve engineering problems. Much more can be done in charting your 2D plots in Mathcad Prime 5.0 – watch the webinar replay here.


PTC Mathcad Prime delivers powerful engineering calculation management to help predict design behavior, drive critical parameters and dimensions, and enhance the visualization of your data with 2D plotting. Since there was a lot of feedback from users that there needed be improvements to the plotting features in previous Mathcad releases, Mathcad Prime 5.0 is almost entirely focused on enhancements to 2D plots.

New Capabilities of Mathcad Prime 5.0

The new capabilities dramatically improve user’s ability to customize the look and layout of their charts and graphs to better convey information to stakeholders. Prime 5.0 adds a new button under the Math tab called the ‘Chart Component.’ The plots tab will look the same as previous versions of Mathcad because nothing has been removed, only augmented for the addition of the new chart component.

This image shows users where they can find the new charting component in Mathcad Prime 5.0

This image shows users where they can find the new charting component in Mathcad Prime 5.0.

Previous to the new release, users were unable to fully control a title, a legend, gridlines, a 2nd y axis, or custom formatting when creating a plot graph under the plots tab. These capabilities are now available in Mathcad Prime 5.0!

Using the new ‘Chart Component’ in Mathcad

Insert a chart component under the math tab – this will insert an empty embedded charting object. If you double click on it, then you can activate the charting application.

This image shows users the activated charting application once the embedded object is double clickedThis image shows users the activated charting application once the embedded object is double clicked.

The user can now access all the functionalities of the application that help customize the chart under the plot tab, the x tab, and the y tab such as the title, a border, gridlines, a legend, font, and colors.

Once you close this tab you will see your document again and notice that there is an area above your chart component that says ‘Inputs’. This is where you define the data or function that is needed for the chart to be plotted. You can define either functions or variables that store data. If you click on this section you will see a dropdown of various options in which you can choose to either ‘Insert X-Axis Expression’ or ‘Insert Y-Axis Expression’.

This image shows the user where they can access the insertion of an x and y axis expression in their chartThis image shows the user where they can access the insertion of an x and y axis expression in their chart.

Once you’ve entered your x and y axis data, you can double click on the plot again to access a preview of your plot and customize the chart details.

To see what else you can do with Mathcad Prime 5.0, watch PTC’s Anji Seberino demonstrate the advanced chart options available to users by clicking on the video below.Create more complex 2D plots with Mathcad Prime 5.0