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Highly flexible CAD - TCT Magazine Kubotek KeyCreator Review

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Mon, Aug 17, 2009

Kubotek KeyCreator CAD Model Mower

Here is a recent review of Kubotek KeyCreator CAD by Time Compression Technologies.

 

Highlights:

  • KeyCreator is a Steal
  • Model Defeaturing
  • Healing & Repair
  • NC
  • Part Validation
  • Price
  • Data Translation

Thank you for reading

 

Topics: Flexible CAD, 3D CAD, Feature recognition, geometry-based modeling, CAD Review, Open CAD

Recognizing Features

Posted by John McCullough on Wed, Aug 12, 2009
Someone pointed out to me today a list of academic papers on feature recognition dating from 1988 (http://asudesign.eas.asu.edu/projects/geofearegres.html). It is interesting to consider the early work done with geometric models and other directions mainstream modeling might have gone if more interest was paid to these ideas back then. It seems that most of this work with feature recognition was in the context of automating the creation of or feeding parameterized construction history trees which was the popular trend in 3D design at that time. Secondly feature recognition was widely seen as a benefit for generating parameterized machining operation lists.
To me a central part of Kubotek's novel idea that has sparked the CAD industry's recent trend toward geometry-based modeling is that the largest benefit of feature recognition is not in the automation of design. Like other projects from the late 80s and early 90s, Kubotek's software can find patterns of geometric faces and in appropriate cases create parameterized features from them. What is different is that Kubotek software knows that one view of the features is only useful for some of the users of the geometry. Whether original construction steps or recognized from geometry, features are not the central definition of the model, they are always disposable.
This outlook on features prevents Kubotek software from locking designs down to just one user's view of the features. This translates into valuable design freedom and agility. There certainly are occasions in which design can be locked down and automated but more often difficult problems require constant adaptation to insights gained as the project progresses. Besides does locked down and automated sound like any fun to you?

Topics: agile manufacturing, 3D CAD, Feature recognition, geometry-based modeling

Retooling Manufacturing Business in Downturn and Upturn

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Mon, Aug 10, 2009
So there was good news on the job front today, sort of, in the US, not as many jobs were lost this month and the numbers for the last 2 months were revised on the positive side. It looks like we may have hit the bottom and we are on the way back up again. On the down side, many are still out of work and it may take years to get them back to work again.

Companies in times like these spend time figuring out how to do more with less. They get lean and implement agile strategies. As spending goes up and people get back to work we sometimes get lax and stop focusing on the things that increased our profits and productivity.

I encourage all of our partners, customers and friends to continue to look at lean and agile strategies and also strategies for increasing revenues, becoming more vertical, and expanding offerings to your present and potential customers.

Some value-added services I have seen companies working on include:

* adding the ability to do FEA, finite element analysis, for customer's product designs
* adding translation capabilities to their software to improve their ability to quote, collaborate and edit customer files
* improve marketing and collaboration with the addition of photo-realistic rendering
* remove paper from the manufacturing floor and replace it with computers and viewers to eliminate costly errors
* adding the capability to geometrically compare and validate CAD files to reduce waste and scrap
* train engineers in the latest features of their software, thereby speeding design and editing from 20% to 10x
* add low cost integrated NC capabilities to the CAD software to replace high-cost complex NC software.

These are all great strategies for improving productivity and increasing revenues and profits. Which strategies would provide you with the most immediate and substantial positive net results? Be sure to determine that and work them into your plans for the remainder of the year.
As the economy makes a comeback, remember to continue your continuous improvement programs and prepare yourself for both the upturns and the next downturn.

I'd like to hear other strategies you are using to improve your sales, profits, reduce costs and waste.

If you'd like to know more about the above strategies, please call, email or tweet us and we can share more with you.

Here's to an improving economy and improving our businesses.

Thank you for reading and commenting,

Scott

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Topics: CAD, CAD training, Manufacturing, Optimize, agile manufacturing, 3D Software, retooling, 3D CAD, FEA