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#TechTipTuesday-- V15 Surfacing Enhancements (Dual Kernel)

Posted by John McCullough on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

This week's Tech Tip video features the KeyCreator 2017 V15 enhancements to several surfacing functions and the addition of a new surfacing function. All of the modeling technology used in these enhancements comes from Kubotek's own New Technology modeling kernel which is being relied on in more and more functions across KeyCreator. 

 

 

 

Video TRANSCRIPT:

 New Multi-Profile Sweep

Create shapes from multiple profiles following along a given path

Create solids or surfaces in one function

Easily select profiles and path and KeyCreator will create a shape that morphs from one profile to another

KeyCreator quickly creates a seamless shape

Improved Rail Sweep

Rail Sweep with 2 profiles and 2 paths

In this example, we are using 2 profiles and 2 paths. The shape will morph from one profile to the other following both paths

In this example, we are using 2 profiles and 1 path. You can see how the shape morphs from a profile with multiple curves to a profile with just 1 curve

Improved Loft

Loft has been improved to create solids and surfaces in one function. Profiles can easily be selected using window select

Loft gives you the ability to create shapes through curves and points at one time

Using the Tangent Faces option in Loft allows you to create tangent shapes

 

For more information visit kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

  

 

Topics: KeyCreator, CAD Geometry, #TechTipTuesday, Surfacing, Dual Kernel

#TechTipTuesday-- Basic Surface Creation

Posted by John McCullough on Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Don't know where to start with building surfaces? This video from the Kubotek University library provides an example of creation of some nice looking surfaces from existing 3D profile curves. 

KeyCreator Basic Surface Creation

 

 

 

 

 

Video TRANSCRIPT:

We will be using surfacing functions to create the basic shape for the blue area in this model

We are going to use these curves to create our surfaces

Starting with the green curves then the blue. The red lines will be used as cutting curves.

Select Create, Surfaces, Edge Curves

Enter the Curve Fit Tolerance and then OK

Select the 4 curves you want to use for the surface boundary

When you select the 4th curve the surface will appear

Select Create, Surfaces, Curve Mesh

Enter the Curve Fit and then OK

Select the curves for the first direction

Select Accept to start the next direction selection

Select the curves or edges for the second direction

Select Accept when done with second direction to create surface

Select Create, Surfaces, Curve Mesh

Enter the Curve Fit and then OK

Select the curves for the first direction then select Accept

Select the curves for the second direction then select Accept to create

Select Create, Advanced Surfaces, Cover

Select Tangent then OK

Select the edge to be tangent to, then Accept

Select Non-tangent then OK

Select the curve(s) then Accept

Let’s use a Guide Curve. Select Curve then OK

Select the curve(s) then Accept

Select Done then OK in the next dialog

Now let’s trim one of the surfaces. You can use solid trimming functions to trim surfaces

Select Modify, Solid Traim/Break, Curve

Make sure Trim is selected then select OK

Select the curve(s) to trim to, then select Accept

Select the surface to trim and which side to keep

*Curves have been turned off to make viewing selections easier*

Select Advanced Surfaces, Bridge

Enter the Curve Fit Tolerance then OK

Select first surface and the edge

Select second surface and the edge

Select tangent directions. You can flip directions in the conversation bar

Select Accept when done with tangent directions

A preview of the bridge (blend) appears

You can use these buttons to fine tune the blend between the surfaces

Select Done to create the surface

  

 

For more information visit Kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

  

 

Topics: KeyCreator, CAD Geometry, #TechTipTuesday, Surfacing

#TechTipTuesday-- CAD Translation Validation for Quality Systems Compliance

Posted by John McCullough on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

 

When precise communication of 3D part data is critical, Kubotek has the tool. Leading aerospace suppliers are using Kubotek Validation Tool to test all CAD translations. Check out how in this overview video.

 CAD Translation Validation for Quality Systems Compliance

 

 

 

 

Video TRANSCRIPT:

  

The Kubotek Validation tool is the premier tool for validating translations

Geometric comparison options define the validation parameters

Authority and derivative data sets are specified for documentation

Results are listed for Master and Copy documents

Red light indicates differences

Differences can be reviewed graphically

The final output of the process is a quality document that can be used for quality system compliance

Certification block for tamper detection

Traceability for Master and Copy files

Traceability for options used

Summary of results

Special case scenarios for validation include handling parts in different orientations

The Kubotek Validation Tool includes an orientation wizard designed specifically for this scenario

Simple parameter selection ensures proper orientation prior to comparison

The result is synchronized orientation of parts

Another special case scenario that is adeptly handled by the Kubotek Validation tool is validation using points

Compare options have been specifically designed to handle the scenario which usually occurs when validating translations into inspection software

Green Light indicates no differences

For more information visit Kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

 


 

 

Topics: CAD Validation, CAD Geometry, #TechTipTuesday, CAD Translation

#TechTipTuesday-- Taking out the garbage geometry with KeyCreator

Posted by John McCullough on Tue, Jun 27, 2017

 

Have you been working with CAD files that need to be repaired or cleaned up? This week’s Tech Tip deals with fixing bad, or “dirty,” geometry within a design. In this video, you will learn basic tools to fill in gaps, verifying a solid and more using KeyCreator.

#TechTipTuesday-- Taking out the garbage geometry with KeyCreator

 

 

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Video TRANSCRIPT:

  

Simplifying a Solid

Select Tools, Maintenance, Simplify Body

Select solid to simplify then Accept

A dialog window will open with the geometry analysis information

Select the Show All Faces button to colorize the faces by type

Select Backup

Select Fix Body to simplify the faces

Select Show Changed Faces

This will colorize only the changed faces

Select Backup

Select the Show All Faces button to colorize the faces by type

 

Verifying a Solid

Select Tools, Verify, Body

Select only the first option in the small dialog window that opens. Then select OK

Select the solid or sheet body (open solid)

A dialog window will open with the results

If there were no problems with the solid then all these would be greyed out

Any openings in the solid will be highlighted

 

Now let’s fix the openings in the solid

Select Create, Surfaces, Ruled

Select OK in the dialog window

Select the 2 edges to create the surface

Select Create, Advanced, Surfaces, Cover

Select Non-Tangent then OK

Select Chain then Circuit

Select one of the edges and the entire opening will select automatically

Select Accept

Select Done then OK

 

Now let’s stick this into one closed solid

Select Modify, Topology, Stitch

Select OK in the dialog window

Select all the faces to stick together then Accept

Now you have a closed solid

 

Filling in missing faces

Select Create, Surfaces, Cover

Select Tangent then OK

Select Chain then Circuit

Select one of the edges and the entire opening will select automatically

Select Accept

Select Done then OK

A tangent surface is created

 

Adding thickness to a thin solid

Select Modify, Solid Face, Thicken Sheet

Enter thickness amount then select OK

Select the thin solid

Indicate direction to add thickness

 

Removing and Fixing Bad Geometry

Select Multiple Delete

Select what you want to delete

Select Create, Surfaces, Edge Curves

Select OK in the dialog window

Select edges to create a new clean surface

 

For more information visit Kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

 


 

 

Topics: KeyCreator, Direct CAD, CAD Geometry, #TechTipTuesday, Fixing Broken Geometry

#TechTipTuesday-- New Microsoft Windows XP Security Update

Posted by John McCullough on Tue, May 16, 2017

 

Monday May 15th Microsoft did something it repeated said it would not – it issued a new patch for Windows XP. Official support for Windows XP ended 3 years ago and Microsoft has repeatedly warned that Windows XP would be vulnerable to new computer viruses.  A recent major virus has been impacting Windows XP users, and Microsoft has done the right thing by helping to get them protected.

If you or someone you know is still using Windows XP, please spread the word. Kubotek recommends downloading and installing this small (700 KB) security patch:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55245

 

Of course, Kubotek is still also recommending moving off Windows XP as soon as practical. Windows XP PCs with Internet or network connections will remain vulnerable to other viruses. Also, the latest versions of Kubotek products are built with new technologies which the older and unsupported Windows platforms are unable to support. If you are looking at replacing an old Windows PC and need a quote for upgrading your Kubotek software please contact us:

http://info.kubotek3d.com/keycreator-request-quote

 

For more information visit Kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

 


 

 

Topics: #TechTipTuesday

#TechTipTuesday-- Creating a solid model from an image

Posted by Andy Beaupre on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

 

This week's TechTipTuesday video provides a detailed example of quickly creating a solid from a photo image of a physical part and a few measurements.  

 #TechTipTuesdsay: Designing from an Image

 

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Video TRANSCRIPT:

 

 

Create a 3D model of a razor scraper

Start with a few measurements...

... and an image file

Import and scale the image

The image should be approximately the same size as the actual part...

... adjustments can be easily made to the solid model 

Use a horizontal line to establish the centerline of the scraper

Draw 2D Profiles using the image as a template

The profiles will be used to generate the solid model

Profile 1/2 the part then mirror the profiles to ensure symmetry

Use blend splines to fill gaps in the profile that cross the centerline and are not vertical

Position and approximate the size on any holes

Actual sizes can be defined on the solid model

Use your elevation measurements to extrude the profiles into solid models

Use your profiles to cut and shape the design

Add chamfers and blends

Establish the thickness of the part

Cut out holes, slots and pockets

Use dimension driven edits to adjust the design

Complete the design

 

For more information visit Kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

 


 

 

Topics: Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, CAD Geometry, #TechTipTuesday

#TechTipTuesday-- Dynamic XForm - DynaHandle Alignment

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

 

Take a two-minute look at using KeyCreator's unique DynaHandle for easy and quick alignment while working on your 3D model. Buy KeyCreator Today and get FREE KeyCreator Essentials Online Training (a $1,150 value) or Targeted Technical Training (a $895 Value)! 

 

 

 

 

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Video TRANSCRIPT:

Here you can see that the movement of the DynaHandle is based on the construction plane.

You can change the direction of movement by selecting an X, Y, or Z arrow with the Right Mouse Button then select Align To Vector or Align to Plane

In this case, we are selecting a Vector (edge) for the direction

Now the DynaHandle movement is based off of the Vector selected and not the construction plane

You can also not only change the direction of the move but align the part at the same time

Select the X, Y, or Z arrow with the Right Mouse Button then select Align Move, then the Align Move to Vector or Align Move to Plane. In this case, we are selecting a Vector (edge) for the direction.

Align To Vector changes only the vector direction

Align Move To Vector changes the vector direction and adjusts part to the vector

For more information visit Kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

 


 

 

Topics: CAD Validation, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, CAD Geometry, Boeing, #TechTipTuesday

#TechTipTuesday-- Meeting & Exceeding Boeing's D6-51991 Requirements for Validating Translated CAD Data

Posted by Andy Beaupre on Tue, Apr 04, 2017

 

Take a two-minute tour of Kubotek's Validation Tool [which is on sale for only $2,995, including first year's maintenance] and how it can help you with quality compliance and standards such as  Boeing's D6-51991. [Transcript at bottom]

 

 

 

 

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Video TRANSCRIPT:

The Kubotek Validation Tool was built from the ground up for validating CAD data for quality system compliance.

It uses industry leading all-inclusive geometric comparison providing the most accurate method of validating CAD translations.

A flexible set of compare options lets you define the types of geometry to be validated and compare tolerances.

The MASTER and COPY (translated) data sets are identified and tracked throughout the validation and reporting process to insure complete traceability.

The simple step-by-step procedure facilitates a quick and efficient validation process.

Visual feedback and results indicate that the validation is complete.

The final output of the process is a quality document with complete traceability.

The document includes:

  • File Data;
  • Compare option data; and
  • A complete results summary

If you need help passing the Boeing D6-51991 or other quality standards, call us at 800-372-3872

 

 


 

 

Topics: CAD Validation, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, CAD Geometry, Boeing, #TechTipTuesday

#TechTipTuesday-- NURBS Curves - Curve Points vs. Control Points

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

In this tw-minute #TechTipTuesday video, learn more about the power of the NURBS Curve function for making quick curves using KeyCreator CAD software. 

 

 

 

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

#TechTipTuesday-- Part Modification Using Hybrid CAD Software Modeling Tools

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Mar 21, 2017

In this #TechTipTuesday video, we show the power of Hybrid CAD Software Modeling Tools for your toughest part editing and modification jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

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