Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

#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

 

 


 

 

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#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

 

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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

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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

Direct CAD as Part of the Lean Manufacturing Environment

Posted by John Agoglia on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

three ways Direct CAD can help streamline your design and engineering to match the rest of your lean manufacturing process

Many manufacturers have embraced the principles of lean manufacturing on the shop floor and in the back office. Unfortunately, many small contract manufacturers have not taken the lean and efficient approach to their engineering and design departments.

Derived from the Japanese manufacturing industry, there are two ways to look at lean manufacturing. First, many typically see lean as the toolset that assists in the ID and continuous elimination of waste. Eliminating waste as quality improves while cutting production time and costs improve overall output and profitability. Secondly, and most famously put forward by Toyota, the focus is on improving the flow or smoothness of work, steadily eliminating mura ("unevenness") through the system and not upon waste reduction. While both take different avenues, both lean theories aim to help manufacturers run more efficiently.

Contract manufacturers are often under the gun to produce quickly to keep their shop floor busy and profitable. Too often, though, broken geometry and designs not ready for the manufacturing process can slow down the works — and time is money. That’s where direct CAD, and KeyCreator — in particular — can help manufacturers run their engineering and design process a bit leaner and more efficiently.

three ways Direct CAD can help streamline your design and engineering to match the rest of your lean manufacturing processHere are three ways Direct CAD can help streamline your design and engineering to match the rest of your lean manufacturing process:

  • With direct CAD you can quickly produce 3D design concepts without constraints. So, if you are working with a customer on developing a prototype of a part or assembly, you can just start creating, even if you’re not sure exactly where you are going. Additionally, Direct editing tools allow you to modify nearly any geometry as if sculpting in clay, without the limitations put on the design process by parametric CAD software. This not only speeds up the initial design phase but eliminates rebuild errors as you are creating geometry in real time.

 

  • Successful contract manufacturers are dealing with multiple customers using various CAD software such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD. KeyCreator allows manufacturers to easily import CAD models from other software packages and make edits directly to the geometry as if they were created natively in KeyCreator. This eliminates the need for owning multiple software seats and allows manufacturers to get the designs ready for production quickly and easily while saving time and money.

 

  • Integrated CAD comparison ensures data accuracy, product quality and improves the communication of designs. Identify, organize and communicate changes in the design and manufacturing process with the standard KeyCreator Compare feature. Almost nothing can waste more time than communication problems. KeyCreators’ CAD Comparison technology graphically compares two CAD files and identifies all of the changes in the geometry and/or the Product Manufacturing Information contained in the files. Once changes have been identified, automated PDF reporting makes it easy to communicate changes and value-added work. Save time and money lost due to rework, and reduce the risk of manufacturing errors and the potential for scrap.

Sure, lean manufacturing is still growing. But, by helping to take your CAD design to a leaner place with Direct Hybrid CAD software, you may get a step on the competition, win more bids and produce more while spending less.

 

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Topics: CAD, Manufacturing, Direct CAD, contract manufacturing, Business Solutions,, Engineering Design, Business Success, CKD, Lean Manufacturing

#TechTipTuesday-- Healing CAD Models with KeyCreator

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Mar 14, 2017

A 5-minute look at the tools and techniques to identify, heal and verify fixes to solids, faces and more when using KeyCreator CAD software. 

 

 

 

 

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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, 3D CAD Software, 3D CAD System

#TechTipTuesday-- 3D Labels and Part Marks Made Easy

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Try these time-saving tips when making 3D Labels and Part Marks when working in KeyCreator CAD software. 

 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D CAD Training, CAD Geometry, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Tool design, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, 3D CAD Software, 3D CAD System, Improve CAD Speed, Work Faster In CAD

#TechTipTuesday-- Using DynaHandle Dragging and Numerical Input

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Take less than 2 minutes out of your day watching today's #TechTipTuesday video to learn how DynaHandle Dragging and Numerical Input can save you time when designing and reworking models in KeyCreator CAD. 

 

 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, 3D CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, 3D CAD Training, CAD Geometry, 3D solid modeling, CAD for Tool design, CAD for Manufacturing, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, 3D CAD Software, 3D CAD System, Improve CAD Speed, Work Faster In CAD