Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

How the Royal Wedding is like Direct Modeling

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Apr 29, 2011

royal wedding

OK, I know what you are thinking - one of these things is not like the other: Royal Wedding And Direct Modeling?

Like many other red-blooded males in this country and others, I have been getting sick to death of hearing about the royal wedding.  And I had a brief conversation about it yesterday with a colleague at work.  Basically our wives and significant others are extremely excited about the event, while we could care less or are even annoyed by it.  I even tried to confirm our sentiments by issuing a linked in poll on many of the design and engineering sites on linked-in and, well, there are many more males than females on the sites and nobody cared enough to even take the simple one question poll.

So this AM - the alarm went off as usual at 5:45 and the TV went on.  What was on every channel? The royal wedding.  When we turned the TV on, Kate was just arriving at Westminster Abby.  So the wedding was about to take place.  We watched on.  I actually found it quite fascinating... go figure.  I've never been to Westminster Abby and I was quite impressed by the size and magnificence of the cathedral. And then Kate herself, well do I need to say that she is quite a strikingly beautiful woman, and Pippa looked pretty hot in her form hugging dress.

So like Direct CAD, many of you may be dreading the prospect of learning to use a different type of CAD tool.  But once you get exposed to it, you may very well get drawn into its simplicity and flexibility and actually find it quite fun, yes fun, to use.

I also learned that the last royal wedding, of Prince Charles and Princess Dianna was in 1981, a whole generation before. In 1981, History-based Parametric programming was the king of CAD.  Today in 2011, there is a new generation of CAD; Direct Modeling is the "Prince" of CAD and soon to be the King.

So, as much as I tried to avoid the royal wedding, I could not, and happily it drew me in and I embraced it.  And I guess I was foolish. Why poo-poo such an important worldwide celebration?

And as much as you might try to avoid Direct Modeling, it's probably best to embrace it.  It is here to stay and will make your product development experience much easier, smoother and yes, enjoyable.

So I was pleasantly surprised by the Royal Wedding today and I know you will be pleasantly surprised by Direct Modeling.

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Topics: Direct CAD, Direct Modeling, royal wedding, Direct Modeling Royal Wedding

6 1/2 Reasons to Ignore the Trend in Direct CAD Technology

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Mon, Apr 25, 2011

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Direct CAD technology is getting more powerful and prevalent in the design and manufacturing supply chain, but many managers in Engineering and Manufacturing are "playing it safe" by sticking with the tried and true.  Here are 6 1/2 reasons to ignore the trend toward Direct CAD technology:

1. We are already using the most popular CAD technology, if our CAD vendor decides to move to Direct CAD technology we will look at it then.

With that logic, you're probably using the same technology as Ron Swanson on "Parks & Recreation."

2. We are in the middle of a project, we don't have the time to evaluate new technology.

So when aren't you in the middle of a project?  Never, we hope.

3. We need to be able to make changes quickly to the model and have everything update like we saw in the demo of the CAD software.

When was the last time that happened.  The more complex the model, the more likely when the model updates it falls apart.  Starting from scratch can be so time consuming.

4. We don't have new CAD software in the budget.

Have you looked at the maintenance fees you have been paying, or the education line item?  How much does it cost you to recruit a new CAD jock that is trained in your software?

5. We already support 3 CAD software packages, we can't support another one.

Some direct CAD modelers import a wide range of native CAD files. You can actually save money by purchasing a Direct CAD Modeler by reducing the number of systems you are maintaining and training for today.

6. Our customer's using Brand "A" CAD.  We are using the same CAD as our customer. 

There is some comfort in using the same system as your customer, but does it truly improve your ability to work with them? Does your CAD system give you flexibility and the ability to use and reuse your customer's data.  And what about other customers?  Will you buy their system and train your personnel to drive multiple systems?

6.5 Our people are comfortable with the tools that they are using today.

Really?  Please reread number one and watch the video again!

Thanks for reading and if you want more information on Direct CAD technology download this white paper: Direct Modeling 101.

Topics: 3D Direct CAD, CAD, 3D CAD

Direct Modeling - So What?

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Apr 22, 2011


The debate continues, the blogs flourish, the analysts analyze and fight over the correct terms to use, history-based, parametric, direct, explicit, direct editing, direct modeling ... And the CAD companies expound on the virtues of their new technologies, with theatrics like men being sprung from prison cells.  It may make some say, so what?

So what? 

Why should you care about Direct Modeling?  Doesn't your current CAD work just fine?

If you are like most companies, CAD is relgated to the few CAD jocks that are handling all of the CAD needs from creating designs and drawings, to making edits or even reading other people's CAD files for quotes or preparing them for analysis.

Traditional CAD requires large investment in staff trained in a particular vendor's CAD.  The help wanted ads read:  CAD Operator trained in _______.  This tells you nothing about their design ability, only that they have learned to drive a certain software.

What if CAD software didn't require, weeks/months/years of training? What if the CAD file could be easily shared and edited by others?  What if you didn't have to specify training in a particular type of CAD to add or replace manufacturing or design engineers.  What if almost anyone in the organization could open up and edit a CAD file as easy as they open up and edit a Word Document?

This is the promise of Direct CAD technology.describe the image

Want to learn more?  We wrote a white paper that explains the ins and outs of Direct Modeling.  We call it Direct Modeling 101.

Here is a link to download the white paper

Direct Modeling 101  - check it out.

And, Thanks for reading,