Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

All you really need to know about Direct CAD you learned in kindergarten.

Posted by John Agoglia on Sun, Jan 18, 2015

I’m going to borrow a few ideas from Robert Fulghum’s book.  That’s because I think these words of wisdom apply not only to how you live your life, but are quite appropriate for the users of Direct CAD software. kindergarten crayons resized 600

  1. Share everything.  Direct CAD users aren’t stingy, and they expect others to share with them.   That’s why Direct CAD uses a bevy of file translators to import, and export, design geometry and manufacturing data.  Direct CAD programs aren’t out to collect the most users, get them locked in to a single system/format and then never let them go.  Nope.  They want to stay open and let everyone share whatever it is they got.

  2. Play fair.  CAD isn’t an exclusive club that only lets card-carrying members join the fun.  Or, at least it shouldn’t be.  Don’t exclude someone just because they aren’t using the same software as you.  That’s just not nice.  Direct CAD users always play fair.

  3. Don't hit people.   As in hit them up and make them over-pay for software.  CAD doesn’t have to break the bank.  And Direct CAD doesn’t, especially when you look at companies who maintain several CAD packages at once just so they can play fair, too.

  4. Put things back where you found them.  Someone hands you a file to work with.  What do you do?  Translate it? Hack it up?  Defeature? Hide entities?  Doesn’t matter what you do with them, just as long as you put them back where the original owner wanted them.  Not sure if you did that?  Use Direct CAD with integrated CAD Comparison just to make sure what you started with is what you ended up with.  You don’t want to make any unintentional changes that could have huge consequences, do you?  

  5. Clean up your own mess.  Did you make a mistake in your design?  Or royally mess it up? Direct CAD users know you can always clean up your own mess (without ever having to start over from scratch).

  6. Don't take things that aren't yours.  Or do and then make them your own.  Direct CAD users know they can start from nearly any CAD file, native or otherwise, your own or someone else’s, and make changes to it, regardless of who or what created it.

  7. Wash your hands before you eat and remember to flush.  For all sorts of reasons, okay?

  8. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some, draw some and paint some, sing and dance and play and work every day some.  Don’t spend all your time working on a CAD model when you could have gotten the project done much faster with Direct CAD.

  9. Take a nap every afternoon.  Just don’t tell the boss. 

  10. Believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.   With Direct CAD, you’ll be able to transfer your idea onto the screen and into a product design quicker.  And as you go, you’ll be able to improve on your design.  Think of it like sculpting, only without the clay, mess or Patrick Swayze sitting behind you making you mess up. 

  11. It doesn’t matter what you say you believe - it only matters what you do.  A lot of CAD companies say they are about increasing productivity and helping engineers.  But only Direct CAD does both by allowing engineers and designers to design and work the way they want to without needless worry.

What did you learn in kindergarten that applies to Direct CAD?

Topics: CAD comparison, KeyCreator, Direct CAD

The Joy of CAD Comparison

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Thu, Feb 02, 2012

Blogger's note - there are 3 links to blogs about Kubotek's new CAD comparison software KeyCreator Compare, below.

You know what's really fun?

Getting a new CAD model with revisions from your customer when you are already starting to manufacture the tool/mold/die or the product itself.

Yeah, that is really fun.

Especially when it comes on a Friday afternoon, say around 2:45 PM and you need to determine what the changes are and make sure that the evening and weekend shifts are making the right product.

Yeah, that's really a blast!

And if the CAD model is in Step or IGES and yours in is some other format, that makes it even better.

And let's say its in inches and you modeled in millimeters. 

Especially killer.

I love translating files... and then trying to figure out if the translation changed anything...

That's the bomb.

Then once your done figuring all that out...   (Sorry guys I can't go out for a beer after, I'm trying to get rid of the beer gut anyway.)

And then trying to figure out if they actually told you about all of the changes.  CAD Comparison, manual process...Fun!

Let's color the old CAD file Red (pretty, but Red is dead, they say) and then make the new CAD file Blue! (Blue New! - how poetic!)

Now comes the very most fun part!  All the stuff that is the same is, you know, Purple. But what about the red and blue areas?  Did you catch them all? This is even better than playing Where's Waldo! 

(Guess I'll be late for dinner again- but this is so worth it!)

 And what about Product Manufacturing Instructions?  You know - those kind of important things about how to make the part and the tolerances stuff?   Those aren't going to be purple or blue or red are they?   That's the real challenge...

That's what I live for, that's why I spent all of this time in school, learning to design and manufacture things, to enjoy hours comparing one old CAD file to another, just so we don't screw up and lose money on the job.  Yeah way cool!

OK, by now I am sure you get it. Manually comparing CAD files is about as much fun as taking an ice pick and jabbing it into your eye.

But, you don't have to do that anymore, there is a better way.

Yes, really.

Kubotek just came our with some really cool CAD Comparison technology.  The Kubotek Comparison suite.

KeyCreator Compare Is/Was comparision

And some really smart people (let's call them CAD Guru's) are getting their hands on it and telling you how useful and easy it is.

Don't take my word for it.

Read what these CAD gurus wrote about KeyCreator Compare:

Ralph Grabowski - KeyCreator Compare

John Evans review KeyCreator Compare

Matt Lombard review - KeyCreator Compare CAD software

Just think - no more time wasted making sure that the CAD file revisions were communicated properly and no more getting yelled at for missing a change and no more Friday afternoons missing beers with the guys (well, we can't promise that!)

Thanks for reading.

And we would love to hear from you.

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Topics: CAD Software, CAD comparison, CAD Validation, KeyCreator Compare Reivews

8 Reasons to Use ECO Manager to Communicate Engineering Design Changes

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Aug 26, 2011
1. Your engineers are more valuable doing engineering work than looking for changes to designs.
  • What would you rather have your engineers doing? Checking stuff or optimizing designs and processes to make more money on your products and services?  ECO Manager frees time for your engineers to work on value-added projects.        
2. You will most likely miss a change or two every once in a while using manual checking processes and that may cause lost profits, increased costs, delayed product launch or all of the above.
  • Manual processes increase the likelihood of human error. The old "lay one model on top of another" and check for changes just doesn't cut it anymore.  Maybe it worked in a 2D world, but today's 3D files with built in Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) demands automated tools that fit in with your engineering and manufacturing processes.ECO Manager Compares PMI data
3. ECO Manager integrates with your current PLM system - you don't have to add any complexity to your current MIS system to use it.
  • Using Enovia SmarTeam, Teamcenter, or another PDM/PLM system - the data can be easily stored and accessed from your system.
4. Its so simple to use.
  • Open two versions of the file.  Set your parameters.  Run the comparison.  Changes are shown to you in color on the models.  Easily capture the data and create your reports all within the system.
5. You can use ECO Manager to document changes throughout the supply chain that need to take place as a result to an ECO.
  • You can organize the change data using the difference tree for different parts of the organization to use.
6. It standardizes your ECO documentation processes.
  • Implementing ECO Manager gives you one standard process and reporting system throughout the organization to manage and communicate Engineering design changes. 
7. It creates reports in PowerPoint with clear pictures of what has changed.
  • No more manual word docs with screen shots cut and pasted to create ad-hoc reports that are stored in various places throughout the organization.
8. It works with most CAD formats, including JT, Catia, NX, KeyCreator, Inventor, SolidWorks, and many others...
  • You can even compare disparate file formats with ECO Manager: JT to IGES, NX to Catia.  The system is extremely accurate and flexible.
Want to learn more?  Click here ECO Manager

Topics: CAD comparison, ECO Manager, Engineering Design Changes, PLM, PDM