Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

Aberdeen Study: Your CAD system should import other's Native files

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Feb 11, 2011

Did you see the latest multi-CAD research from Aberdeen group?

It says that the most productive companies, Best in Cbest in class trophylass performers, the ones that are kicking their competitor's butts, use CAD software that supports working with multiple Native CAD formats as their primary CAD modeler. 

This just published study says that says Multi-CAD is a fact - 82% of companies are using more than 3 different CAD systems to get their jobs done, but Best-in-class companies primary CAD solution is Mutli-CAD friendly.

So next time your friendly CAD rep tells you to just standardize on their system, if the system doesn't play nice with other vendor's native file formats - you may want to go looking for a solution that does!

What result do Best in class companies produce?

  • 90% of their projects are completed on time.
  • 91% are meeting quality targets.
  • Plus, they are reducing costs and man hours on their projects.

Impressive huh?

Furthermore - the more successful companies use a CAD tool that  will recognize geometry from the imported data - a hole is recognized as a hole.

Multi-CAD import of native geometry that also has the inteligence to recognize the features in the model allows companies to truly reuse data.  Whether a design firm is collaborating with their customers, or a manufacturing company is receiving revisions of an assembly this mutli-CAD capability saves time in having to remodel from scratch.  This abity to reuse, is the key to the Best-in-class companies performace gains over other companies

Click here to  download the report, but do it soon, it can only be downloaded for free until March 4th.

Thanks for reading -

Kubotek USA - Masters of Geometry


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Topics: CAD Software, CAD data reuse, Multi-CAD, Aberdeen CAD report, CAD reuse, CAD Geometry

Using the Offset Solid Tool in KeyCreator

Posted by John Agoglia on Mon, Feb 07, 2011
Blog content provided by Doc Walt's

KeyCreator Offset Solid 1 resized 600One of the most powerful tools in KeyCreator's extraordinary face manipulation menu, Offset Solid instantly modifies an existing solid or creates a copy of an existing solid that is either larger or smaller by a defined offset distance. You can think of it as a magic tool that quickly plates every surface on a body to increase the volume or conversely etches every surface to decrease the volume. The resulting solid is a perfect model that can be used for any purpose, including driving NC machining operations.  

Some of the typical uses for this function are:

Tooling Design

Creating nests with clearance for mechanical parts keyCreator Offset Solid 2 resized 600

You can quickly make a copy of a complex mechanical part that is slightly oversized. You then use the Boolean Difference Function to subtract the oversized part from a tooling block.

This produces a perfect nest that has clearance so that the part will not bind when inserted or removed!

This approach can also be used to quickly add a heavy plating layer to a cast part design. Save both models to show mass properties and dimensions before and after plating!

Interference Checking

keyCreator Offset Solid 3 resized 600You can quickly check for interference in assemblies and fixtures by creating “gauge parts” that represent the upper tolerance limit of manufacture.

In this illustration, the blue gauge part was created using offset body to represent the upper tolerance limit of the part. Using the Boolean Intersect Function instantly shows you all interference locations and the exact amount of interference!

Resizing Containers

Container designers use the Offset Body Function to quickly resizekeyCreator Offset Solid 4 resized 600 models to adjust volumetric capacity.

Combined with the powerful Cutting Plane Function and the Prune Function, the new cross-section is instantly visible and the adjusted volume can be calculated with the Mass Properties Function.


Spotlighting KeyCreator's Productivity

The freedom to quickly modify both native and imported models provides a KeyCreator user with the power to get the job done quickly, without interrupting important creative flow.  Using the Offset Solid function in KeyCreator is just one of the many productivity enhancing tools provided in the world's best 3D Direct CAD system.  

Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, KeyCreator

Duplicating Features in KeyCreator

Posted by John Agoglia on Fri, Feb 04, 2011
This blog courtesy of Doc Walt

Imagine that you’re working with the manifold part illustrated at Duplicate Feature Powerplaythe top of the illustration to the right. It could be a model that you previously created or something that you imported from another CAD system.

You need to duplicate the complex boss that is located at the upper, left end of the part and position the copy at the lower, right end, rotated as shown.

In KeyCreator, whether the model is yours or imported doesn’t matter.

With a few mousestrokes you can quickly make a copy of the feature and reposition it in the new location.

First, the powerful Prune Function is used to instantly make a duplicate of the complex boss with one mousepick!

The copy can be used as is or duplicated to make additional features. You can even store the copy in a library of features for use at a later time!

Then, the Graft Function is used to reposition the boss at the new location.

The powerful DynaHandle makes it easy to manipulate the copy of the feature and position it at the new location.

After locating the feature it is automatically added to the model of the original part.

That’s the power of KeyCreator-easy manipulation of features without the hassles of feature-based modeling!  Direct modeling at its best.

Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, KeyCreator