Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

What about a Hand Shake

Posted by Jason Bassi on Sat, Oct 24, 2009

It is interesting to see how positive Social Media networking and marketing has impacted Kubotek.  I am a true believer that our voice is being heard more than ever.  From Deelip and Kenneth Wong to a customer contacting Cadalyst Magazine to write a review of our upcoming release as a result of a discussion on our user forum.  This is the center of a grass roots movement by Kubotek and we are having fun doing it.   

I received an interesting newsletter yesterday titled Nowhere To Run, Nowhere to Hide and it stated that your ability to separate the business you from the personal you is going away.  This made me think.  Are we going so far that a good old fashion face to face meeting is becoming a thing of the past?  I remember my father teaching me how to shake a person's hand and look into their eyes with firm a grip.  He said you can learn a lot about a person with your first hand shake.  Trust your gut! 

We are all busy and it is often much easier to plug into twitter, Facebook or Linkedin to get instantly connected, travel is expensive and goto meetings have changed the way we show our software, but when things really count, I still like to look someone in the eyes and trust my gut. 

I like my personal life personal and my business life to be business.  Through my work I have met a great deal of people and many have flowed into my personal life(read the newsletter above and you will know what I mean).  I believe to be successful isn't so much about tweeting that you are off to the dentist or to login to Facebook and read your salesperson's wife has a friend who visited their in-laws in Italy, but to provide solutions, develop trust and serve your customers. 

In ending, let's get together for a beer and talk things over! 



How Important is Speed in CAD Software?

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Oct 23, 2009

For version 9 of Kubotek's KeyCreator 3D Direct CAD modeler we just increased the speed over version 8.5 for many functions by doing some serious under the hood changes.  In terms of computing, I think its safe to say that faster is pretty much always better than slower. 

And in general, I believe its also true that 3D Direct Modelers, like KeyCreator have an inherent edge over history based modelers in terms of speed.   Since we don't store all of the steps required to build the model in history, we don't have to go back through and update each of those steps when changes are made to our models.  They are just updated directly. You will never see  "rebuilding" on your screen while you wait for your model to update.

Additionally the KeyCreator program itself is much smaller than large and complex history-based, constraint-based modelers.  For KeyCreator, the intelligence is kept in the file, not by the program.  So, we are not the memory hogs that our history-based friends can be. KeyCreator is delivered with one DVD with everything on it.  (KeyCreator alone could be on a CD.)  Other CAD programs are delivered on multiple DVDs. Just the documentation alone for one CAD program is four DVD's and another 2006 version of a popular history-based CAD package is delivered on 4 DVDs. The point is, that by taking up less space in memory, it is freed for computations required for modeling.

But how important is speed to CAD users?  Most people don't want to sit and wait for their computer to crunch through data. Many studies show that we are less and less tolerant of this.  But other than the frustration of the wait time I would like to understand the average amount of time people actually lose as a result of sitting and waiting for the CAD programs to either start up, rebuild or complete their operations.

To answer this question I have developed a simple one question survey on Linked-In. And if you are a CAD user, I encourage you to take this poll and view the results. 

Click here to View or Take the poll: Time lost due to waiting for your CAD program 

Thank you for participating. 


Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, CAD files, CAD users, Lost time CAD

Direct Modeling in Today's Manufacturing World

Posted by Mark Parent on Thu, Oct 08, 2009
I've been hearing a lot of discussions out on the blogs about how the manufacturing world thinks the vendors (like Kubotek) need to provide better tools to help them compete on a global market. I wonder how serious the manufacturers really are about adopting change to make their businesses stronger and more competitive on a global scale.

The Direct Editing and Direct Modeling tools that are available today are a tremendous help to any manufacturing company. Time to market is important, right? Altering the design to improve the product is important, right? Being able to use any geometry of any model is important, right?

Manufacturers are probably the most ingenious and effective businesses in the world. So how can we help them understand that there are tools out there today that can make them better.

Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, Manufacturing CAD, Direct Modeling, Direct Editing

A blast from the (Aerospace) past...

Posted by John Agoglia on Fri, Oct 02, 2009
B-17 Flying FortressTwo exciting things happened this week (exciting to those of us who have a love for old aircraft). A B-17 flew directly over my house on Tuesday night! I stood in my front yard and marveled at the sight and listened to that wonderful roar of the couldn't get any better. But it did. On Wednesday afternoon, a B-24 flew over our office building. We're located on the top floor of a building situated on top of a hill. I could watch the bomber until my eyes were simply too strained to follow it. To see the planes on the ground is one thing, but to see them in the air is fantastic! The aircraft were part of a Wings of Freedom tour that flies the historic planes into local airfields. In addition to the B-17 and the B-24, a P-51 Mustang was also part of the tour. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see that one in flight. But trust me, I kept looking for it!

Enter a little factoid I discovered when doing some web searches on the planes (you know, because I just had to see more). Did you know the P-51 was designed and built AND airborne in 117 days. (Thanks to Wikipedia for that info.) 117 days! 117 days? Can you imagine doing that today? Think you could? Oh, and by the way, you wouldn't be able to use CAD to create your drawings. And forget about using 3D CAD models.

So that brings me to this thought. Even though today's aircraft are so much more complicated, why does it take so long to get these state of the art programs into production? Especially when so many sophisticated tools exist and are available to the engineers of today. Could it be the tools are actually complicating the process? Do the aerospace OEMs need simpler and more flexible tools?

What do you think?

Topics: Flexible CAD, Manufacturing Design, Aerospace Design