Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

Are Manufacturers Safe Connecting to the IoT?

Posted by John Agoglia on Thu, Oct 27, 2016

The October 21, 2016, DNS attack which shut down websites across the country including Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Etsy, and Spotify, was reportedly delivered by hackers through devAs more industries and manufacturers connect to the IoT to increase productivity, they may be opening themselves up to security risks. ices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) leading some manufacturers to question security surrounding the booming technology.

And with worldwide spending on IoT technology expected to increase from $699 billion in 2015 to $1.3 trillion in 2019, according to IDC, you can see why security is such a pressing concern. In fact, in the United States, IoT spending is expected to grow to $357 billion in 2019. That’s a lot of money being spent, and a lot of opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of security holes.

Today’s connected factory is primarily a secure environment, where communication is confined within the plant rather than the outside world. But with the growth of the IoT and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gaining momentum, that limited world may be expanding, increasing the security threats to manufacturers.

The move to the Internet is tempting as it will allow managers, executives and others to check machines, productivity, design and other aspects of the process remotely and with increased precision as it will be the devices themselves with which they will be communicating.

But with that access, comes risks. Cybercrimals are a threat to manufacturers connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)

In fact, in this article, cybersecurity researcher, Craig Young, says that even as devices from sprinklers to machines on the job shop floor are increasingly connecting to the IoT developers are dropping the ball in securing the software.

“These companies sometimes have the intention of fixing a vulnerability like that through a firmware upgrade, but then never get around to it because they don’t want to disrupt the user base,” explained Young in the article.

Additionally, an  article from Sam Solutions points out that manufacturers themselves may be adding to the vulnerability as they strive to gather data from IoT devices with the “potential to create significant revenue streams, impact product development, streamline manufacturing and improve user experiences.”

The potential of the IoT and the IIoT for manufacturing is undeniable. It can help speed up processes, improve communications and in the end add to the bottom line. All stuff we totally believe in, just ask any KeyCreator Direct CAD user. But, if you are going to make a move to the IoT in your job shop –either slowly or all in – just be sure to take the time to make sure your security is lined up as well.

 

Have you taken the IoT plunge? Are you concerned about security? Let us know in the comments below.

Topics: CAD, Manufacturing, KeyCreator, Direct CAD, contract manufacturing, CADKEY, Business Solutions,, Engineering Design, IMTS, Business Success, Hacker, IoT, DNS Attack, Internet of Things, Cybercrime, security

#TechTipTuesday--Slicing and Dicing a Sheet Metal Part

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Today's #TechTipTuesday offers a modeling trick on Slicing and Dicing a Sheet Metal Part

 

 

 

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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, CAD Animation, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, sheet metal

[Infographic] Top 3 CAD File Management Challenges

Posted by John Agoglia on Wed, Oct 19, 2016

 

 

There are plenty of challenges facing companies every day. Some are unavoidable. Others, such as CAD file management, have some easy fixes if you have the right processes and systems in place. Here are three of the top challenges facing manufacturers when it comes to CAD file management. For some solutions to them [and 7 other hurdles] watch our On-Demand Webinar: 8 Ways to Better CAD File Management

 A look at the Top 3 CAD File Management Challenges. The solutions to them and 7 more can be found in our On Demand Webinar.

 

 

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Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, CAD files, Manufacturing, 3D CAD, Manufacturing CAD, Direct CAD, Engineering Design Changes, PLM, PDM

#TechTipTuesday--Using Quick Dimensions

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Today's #TechTipTuesday shows how Using Quick Dimensions can save you even more time while working in KeyCreator Direct CAD

 

 

  

 

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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, CAD Animation, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, animation

Free CAD Viewer Downloads - Think Before You Click

Posted by John Agoglia on Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Problem:  You need to view a CAD file. 

More problems:  You need to view various CAD files. 

Problem magnified:  You need to view various CAD files day in and day out, but you can’t remember which program views which file. You have several to choose from, one for each file type. 

Okay, we get it. Most of those viewer programs you have were free downloads.  Everyone likes free, me included. Even Kubotek offers a free viewer called Spectrum Lite. In fact, our Spectrum Lite download page has been viewed 42,225 times in the last couple of years. It gets downloaded close to 3,500 times a year. In the last six weeks alone, it’s been downloaded 422 times.

What those numbers tell me is that a lot of people are looking for CAD file viewers.  It also tells me a lot of people are looking for a bargain - something cheap, preferably free.  But even though you aren’t spending money, you are spending something else just as valuable: time. While you might get your KeyCreator/CADKEY viewer for free (because that’s all Spectrum Lite will view), I have to make the assumption that you’re also searching for, and downloading, CAD viewers for all the other files that cross your desktop. Hour glass on computer keyboard

Using the hunt and peck strategy to find the appropriate CAD viewer can be disruptive to your productivity mojo. You have to shift gears from the work you were currently focused on to search for, download, install and then run your free CAD viewer software. By the time that was all done, good luck figuring out why you needed the viewer in the first place.

And you know what? This all gets compounded when new file versions are released. Need to view the latest format? Start your CAD viewer hunt all over again. 

It’s also true that not all CAD software vendors even offer a viewer for their file formats. I’m not going to name names (CATIA, UG/NX, etc.), but your searching just got a whole lot more complicated if you want to view some formats for free.

Oh wait. Lest we forget!  Are other members of your team also using CAD viewers for quoting or planning purposes?  Boom – that time-suck just drained more of your resources. 

Let me point out a solution to this rapidly expanding problem. Why not own a single CAD viewer that can view, manipulate and print the most popular 2D and 3D CAD formats like SolidWorks, AutoCAD, NX, CATIA, Pro/E, IGES, STEP and many others? Think of the time and sanity you’ll save if you have a single go-to product to do all your CAD viewing dirty work, including the ability to measure and calculate mass properties. 

The pros of owning a single premier CAD Viewer are evident. So what are the cons? I can think of two.  One, you’re going to have to spend a little bit of money - but not a lot.  When you add up the cost of those hours spent looking for free software, you break even pretty quickly.

Depending on your file viewing workload, you are looking at $199 - $599. These are the costs for Kubotek Spectrum CAD viewer. The difference in cost is based purely on your need to view CATIA V5 files. The Spectrum CAD viewer with CATIA V5 read abilities retails at $599, while the base viewer product that views everything else under the sun will only set you back $199.

The second con? When file formats are updated/added, you need to repurchase the software. That isn’t so bad when you consider that file formats typically only get updated once a year. Plus, you only have to update one software product, not ten.   

Spectrum CAD Viewer does its job like no other —and it does it for a very reasonable cost. Consider Kubotek Spectrum CAD viewer for all your CAD file viewing needs. Spend a little now, save a lot later.

Topics: CAD Viewer

#TechTipTuesday--Detailing: Detail Formatting On the Fly

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Oct 11, 2016

At KeyCreator we are all about working quickly and efficiently. During this #TechTipTuesday you'll see how to do detail formatting on-the-fly. 

 

 

 


 


  

 

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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, CAD Animation, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, animation

#TechTipTuesday--Detailing: Using KeyCreator's Automatic Centerlines

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Oct 04, 2016

During this #TechTipTuesday you'll learn to use the Centerline tool to automatically create centerlines on holes in a drawing. 

 

 


 


  

 

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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, CAD Animation, CADKEY, #TechTipTuesday, animation