Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

#TechTipTuesday--Detailing: Text to Geometry Basics

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

This #TechTipTuesday is a primer on how to turn text to geometry with  KeyCreator 2016. 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, CAD Geometry, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday

7 Things to Do in Chicago During the IMTS Show

Posted by John Agoglia on Mon, Sep 12, 2016

 

Let’s face it. Often the most exciting part of tradeshows is what goes on around the tradeshow. That’s not to say we aren’t excited to head to IMTS this week because we are. But, we may be just a tad bit more excited to head to Chicago and experience some of the best things the Second City has to offer to visitors from across the globe.

But, like most travelers, we hadn’t a clue as to what to do this week. So, we did a bit of digging –OK, we asked Siri and she did a Google search. Here are a few of the great activities and attractions we found while visiting Chicago.

 

 

 adler_pl.jpgAdler PlanetariumNo science fan’s trip to Chicago would be complete without virtual-reality trips through time and space in the Sky Theater. 

 

 

 

  

360 Tilt.jpgChicagoIf you haven’t been to the Windy City in a while, the name may not be familiar, but the building will be. Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago offers dining, sights and Tilt, which offers unique, downward facing views from 1,000 feet above the bustling Magnificent Mile. 

 

 

LP_Zoo.jpg Lincoln Park ZooSome 1,200 animals from apes to zebras call this free zoo [one of the oldest remaining] home.

 

Millennium_Park.jpg Millennium ParkIf you want to get your walking outside the show hall, or just get a bit of nature, this park features 24.5 acres of artwork, wildlife and flower gardens.

other-free-navy-pier-and.jpg Navy PierThe 100-year-old tourist hot spot features shops, restaurants, an IMAX cinema and a boatload [yup, that’s a pun] of sightseeing boat tours in addition to the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel it is famous for.

Shedd_aquarium.jpg Shedd AquariumFeaturing species from the Amazon to the Caribbean, this 75-year-old institution [which is younger than the Australian lungfish that calls it home] provides sea life lovers a break from walking the show floor.

Wrigley.jpg Wrigley FieldThese aren’t your dad’s Cubbies. The team is leading the league and expected to compete for the championship. They play the Brewers Thurs. – Sun.

 

There you have it. Of course, there is plenty to do at the show and, while walking the show floor, feel free to drop by booth E-3027 and visit us and see how KeyCreator Direct CAD can help you Improve Productivity, Reduce Costs, and Deliver More.

If you, can't make it to the show, you can still learn more by checking out our Interactive Guide to Direct Modeling by clicking the button below. 

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Topics: CAD, Manufacturing, KeyCreator, Direct CAD, contract manufacturing, CADKEY, Business Solutions,, Engineering Design, IMTS, 3d Printer, Business Success

#TechTipTuesday--Creating a Groove Pattern on a Cylinder with KeyCreator

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Sep 06, 2016

This #TechTipTuesday gives a modeling tip that shows how easy it is to create a grooved pattern on a cylinder using KeyCreator 2016. 

 

 


 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday

#TechTipTuesday--Watch The KeyCreator Direct CAD 2016 Update Training

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Aug 30, 2016

This #TechTipTuesday is a bit different. Instead of one tip, why not watch the free on-demand version of our KeyCreator 2016 Online Update Training with our resident expert "Doc" Walt Silva. It's chock-full of great tips to make the most of the latest update. Even if you haven't upgraded to it yet, why not watch and see what you are missing! 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday

#TechTipTuesday Creating a Hyperlink to a Website with KeyCreator [Update 8/24/16]

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Aug 23, 2016

In today's #TechTipTuesday, get a sneak peek at creating a hyperlink to a website when using KeyCreator, one of the many tips you'll learn during the replay of KeyCreator 2016 Online Update Training with our resident expert "Doc" Walt Silva.  

 

 

Learn more about using KeyCreator 2016 v. 14.0 in our free On-Demand recording of our Update Training with our resident expert "Doc" Walt Silva.

 
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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday

#TechTipTuesday Modeling Trick-- Removing a Full Blend

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

In the latest #KeyCreator #TechTipTuesday #video, we show you how to remove a full blend quickly and easily. 

 

 Learn more about using KeyCreator 2016 v. 14.0 in our free Online Update Training happening August 23, 2016. 

 
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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, animation

Keeping Your Eye on the Prize

Posted by John Agoglia on Fri, Aug 12, 2016

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Coors Rocky Mountain Sparkling Water. The Newton MessagePad. Crystal Pepsi. The Edsel. New Coke. 

What do these, and hundreds of other examples, have in common? Well, since they were all part of Time’s 10 Worst Product Fails of All Time list, the easy answer is failed products [if that was your answer you get 1 point]. The better answer is that they are all signs of a company that lost focus on its main product at that time [if that was your answer you get two points].

However, take it one step further. These are all case studies of companies that in the light of day and deep introspection, realized they were a bit off course. They are also examples of companies that refocused their energy and resources on flagship products and helped make their current and new customers very happy [if that was your answer, we might have a corner office with your name on it].

We recently released KeyCreator 2016. While, at first blush, not as big or robust of a release as we would like due to having to pull some enhancements back after issues were identified in the final few weeks of testing; it actually may be our biggest release ever.

This release signals a renewed focus on KeyCreator Direct CAD that was missing the last couple of years as we tried to extend our product offerings and took our eye off the engine that makes our company go and our customers more successful.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some useful new features in Version 14.0. The new version includes enhancements/upgrades to the translator sets, new hyperlink functions, compatibility with AMPS 7.0, and free access to the Trace Parts library. You can learn more by checking out What’s New in KeyCreator 2016 Version 14.0 or attending our Online KeyCreator 2016 Version 14.0 Update Training on August 23 –don’t worry, if you can’t make it you can still sign up, it will be available on demand as well starting August 24.

Our development team is reinvigorated and armed with suggestions from current and former users and ready to put their energy, time, passion (and big brains) into KeyCreator; don’t worry, we’ll still be working on new and existing products, just not at the expense of our bread-and-butter. We are planning our next release in January 2017 and are committed to delivering new features and enhancements twice annually moving forward.

Add in our partnerships with companies such as Synergis, TraceParts, XMD, QBuild, and Reverse Engineering (see the full list here), and KeyCreator is poised to bring contract manufacturers and independent CAD designers the most complete Direct CAD design software solution, allowing them to increase productivity, decrease costs and deliver more.

If you’re a current customer, we encourage you to upgrade to the new version and see the changes first-hand [and give us feedback so we can keep making KeyCreator better]. If you’re not a current customer, why not take us for a spin? Click the button below to get a free trial and see for yourself how KeyCreator Direct CAD can make your life a little easier and your business a little better.

Now, about that Coors Sparkling Water….

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Topics: CAD, Manufacturing, KeyCreator, Direct CAD, contract manufacturing, CADKEY, Business Solutions,, Engineering Design, 3d Printer, Business Success

#TechTipTuesday-Drive the DDE Tree with an external EXCEL spreadsheet.

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Aug 09, 2016

In this week’s #TechTipTuesday #video, you’ll learn how to drive the DDE Tree with an external EXCEL spreadsheet which is now available in KeyCreator 14.0.

 

 

 

 Learn more about using KeyCreator 2016 v. 14.0 in our free Online Update Training happening August 23, 2016. 

 
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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, animation

Tech Tip Tuesday-Animation: Ejecting a Part with Gravity

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Aug 02, 2016

In our latest #TechTipTuesday video we'll show you how to eject a part from the tool set and use gravity to animate the rest of the travel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, animation

[Infographic] Top 5 Challenges Facing Independent CAD Designers

Posted by John Agoglia on Thu, Jul 28, 2016

 

Independent CAD designers are a mash-up of an engineer, creative artist, geometrician, and businessperson. Here is a snapshot of some of the common challenges facing them day-to-day and tips to get over the hurdles. For a more detailed look, read our blog from March and register for our Online Roundtable: Overcome These 5 Common Challenges Facing Independent CAD Designers.

 

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What challenges are you facing in your independent CAD design business? We'd love to know. 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, CAD Validation, Manufacturing, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, Independent Designer, Freelance Designer, CAD Designer