Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

#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. 

 

Want to hear how leading independent CAD designers tackle common obstacles? Register for our Online Roundtable by clicking below!

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

#TechTipTuesday Interface & Customizing Creating a User-Defined View in KeyCreator

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Did you ever wonder how to see the view you want when using KeyCreator? Well, today's #TechTipTuesday highlights  Interface & Customizing Creating a User-Defined View in KeyCreator. Leave your own Tech Tips below!


 

 

 

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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, Interface, Tech Tip Tuesday

Tech Tip Tuesday--Animation: X-Y Compound Travel Using a Ghost Body

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Jul 19, 2016

This #TechTipTuesday highlights Animation: X-Y Compound Travel Using a Ghost Body


 

 

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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, Tech Tip Tuesday

Manufacturers and CAD Designers Can Do More With Less

Posted by John Agoglia on Fri, Jul 15, 2016

I read the U.S. jobs and unemployment numbers every month — it’s the old business journalist in me. There is a lot of ID-10044536.jpginformation buried amid the numbers. In fact, the most recent report, which I read in the Wall Street Journal, showed that Manufacturing grew by 14,000 jobs in June. Pretty good; that’s lots of people getting hired in manufacturing. However, a deeper look shows that there were 16,000 cut a month earlier, and overall manufacturing jobs are down by 42,000 since the beginning of the year. That’s a lot of unfilled jobs.

Conversely, data shows that the ISM Manufacturing Index, which tracks U.S. manufacturing activity, climbed for the second straight month in June, hitting its highest level since February 2015. Great, that’s a positive trend for business.

Then I got to thinking, which I do on occasion. If work is up and jobs are down overall, it sounds like there is much room for growth of staff. It also sounds like there are many people absorbing the work of those unfilled jobs. It also sounds like manufacturing productivity may be less than optimal. Then I got to thinking about the people we talk to the most and it makes sense that part of that slack comes from the engineering design department, especially with contract manufacturers. Often, smaller job shops and CAD designers are asked to do more with less. Less time, less help and less money.

So, the question is, how can you and your designers do more with less? Here are four ways to get your job [and let’s face it, maybe the job of a couple of others] done with the resources you have:

 

More done in Less Time

Product development is constantly under a time squeeze. Shortened timelines often force engineers to pull the trigger on their first design to ensure they hit a deadline. This can lead to bad designs, or at the very least, lead to lost opportunities. The faster CAD designers can make and tweak designs on the fly, the shorter the design process is and the faster they can deliver top-notch models. This is where using Direct CAD to push, pull and drag geometry directly can help cut time and hit deadlines, rather than wasting it dealing with a history tree in traditional parametric modelers.

 

Simulation for Success

CAD simulation allows engineers to set up and run analysis independently. The advantage here is the ability to set up and execute simulations that provide direction for common design decisions and alternatives. Virtually testing product performance for supporting design decisions and exploring design alternatives is a time and money saver, allowing you to do more with less.

 

Printing Prototypes

Sure, you may add virtual simulation, but there is still something about being able to test something more tangible. The ability to test a product virtually doesn’t mean engineers can’t also improve how they build and test physical prototypes and build functional parts. As product designs become more intricate—and expensive to produce—the traditional build-and-break prototype process may prove too risky in today’s manufacturing environment. Additionally, organizations are moving away from traditional subtractive manufacturing and moving toward additive manufacturing to save time and costs [read more in our blog on 3D printing]. The idea is to build smaller scale partial prototypes more frequently to check performance progressively. 3D printing allows engineers to print parts and even assemble them into subsystems, within hours, depending on the complexity and printer. This dramatically cuts the time and costs of taking testing from your desktop computer to your actual desktop.

 

Cut Time Fixing Broken Geometry

Findings of Lifecycle Insights in our eBook:  Working with 3D Models: The Contract Manufacturer's Key to Profitable Growth showed that in general, 66 percent of engineers say they spend at least 4 hours a week fixing broken geometry. That’s a lot of wasted time for understaffed and overworked designers. This long-standing time drain is still a big issue for many contract manufacturers and independent CAD designers that work with files from different clients, each using different software. By utilizing Direct CAD to push, pull and drag geometry to make the necessary changes, many find that they are spending less time fixing and more time creating.

In contrast, a look at the results of the first ever weekly poll on our website [there’s one on the home page now, give it a try] showed that our poll respondents spent less time working on fixing broken CAD geometry then the industry average [could it be the KeyCreator Direct CAD factor?].

 

How many hours a week do you spend fixing 3D Models?

  • Less than 4 hours a week—55%
  • Between 4 and 8 hours a week – 41%
  • Between 8 and 24 hours a week – 0%
  • More than 24 hours a week – 3%

 

There are never enough hours in the day, especially when you are understaffed. However, using the right tools and tactics that can cut time and costs from your manufacturing design and production process can make the hours you have more profitable.

 

How has the economy impacted staffing at your company?

 

If you'd like to take KeyCreator Direct CAD for a test drive and see how it can help you do more with less, click the button below. 

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Topics: CAD, Manufacturing, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, contract manufacturing, 3d Printer

Tech Tip Tuesday--Animation: Using Collision with a Multiple Link Mechanism

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Ever wonder why your animation doesn’t always stop when it should? This #TechTipTuesday highlights Animation using the collision detection feature to make sure your parts don’t collide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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, Tech Tip Tuesday