Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

KeyCreator University - A wealth of training resources

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Nov 04, 2011
KeyCreator University website home page

Did you know that there is a free training resource available on the KubotekUSA website?

About midway through last year, Kubotek USA purchased the resources of Doc Walt University, and hired the President of the school itself, none other than the infamous Doc Walt.

We renamed the University KeyCreator University and soon it will be renamed again Kubotek University to reflect the ever expanding set of training materials in the university, covering not only KeyCreator but also KeyMachinist for KeyCreator, Kubotek ECO Manager, Validation Tool and our expanding set of engineering design and PLM tools.

Many sections of the University are completely open and free of charge to anyone with an internet connection. Other portions of the university require a Kubotek Software Maintenance Agreement in order to access the materials.

There are step by step PDFs covering practical how to design instructions as well as video instructions and previously recorded webinars covering a wide variety of topics.

Yesterday we made over a dozen recent additions to the KeyCreator University, including these:

Tips & Tricks: 2 Tools to create hole tables

KeyLessons: Creating a Cast Wishbone Linkage (Maintenance customers can access)

So, for all of you current KeyCreator users and even previous CADKEY users, please take advantage of this extensive 3D direct CAD training resource.

As usual, thank you for reading and your feedback is highly valued.






















Topics: 3D Direct CAD, KeyCreator Training, KeyCreator University, 3D Direct CAD Training, Kubotek University

Wright Flight & Kubotek USA

Posted by Chelsea Gammon on Mon, Oct 04, 2010

This past Saturday morning, I took a beautiful autumnal drive (attention leaf-peepers: you are bottlenecking the Mass Pike) about 2 hours west to Westfield Massachusetts. My destination was Barnes Airport, home to the Massachusetts chapter of the Wright Flight program. This wonderful program's mission is to use the inherent motivational power of aviation as a stimulus for students to set and achieve higher goals in their educational and personal development. Wright Flight partners with local schools to give students the opportunity to learn about aviation careers through an extensive academic program and orientation flight.

This Saturday was an important day for the program's Aviation II class, consisting of 9 high school students who aspire to be pilots and engineers in the future.

Bill Coughlen and Don Nicoletti of Wright Flight approached Kubotek USA several months ago, asking if we could make a special presentation to the students on the importance of CAD in aviation and in the aircraft design process. I jumped at the chance to work with the students and constructed an informative yet dynamic and eye-catching PowerPoint for the kids. The cool pens, pencils and bowl of Hershey's chocolate items never hurts either... I included some video footage I personally took at this past summer's EAA AirVenture air show up in Oshkosh Wisconsin. After my presentation, I let the students play around in KeyCreator themselves, which I had on three laptops I brought with me.IMG 1853 resized 600

I have a soft spot for aircraft, air shows and airports because my father is a pilot. I am no stranger to the truly lovely smell of aircraft fuel and large components of homebuilts in my basement.

Despite the fact that attention spans of high school students certainly rival that of a fruit fly, I was very pleased to see that these guys (and one lovely young gal) were quite interested, their eyes glued to the screen. There were multiple questions asked throughout the morning, including how exactly a 3D printer works, how to turn the 'spaghetti' (several long cylindrical extrusions I made during a live KeyCreator demonstration for them) green, how to put purple spaghetti sauce on them, how to rotate individual models on the screen and how I got my job here at Kubotek USA in the first place. I was happy to admit that it had nothing to do with my skills in the pasta-cooking department, although I had in fact eaten Kraft macaroni and cheese for dinner the night before.

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Ultimately, it was a success and I think the students' eyes were opened to the limitless possibilities inherent with CAD software and a future in engineering.

The maraschino cherry on top of the pumpkin cream cupcake for ME, though, was an invitation for a quick flight in an aerobatic Decathlon plane after the presentation. Bob Cipolli, an aerobatic pilot who works for Hamilton Sunstrand and is a volunteer for the Wright Flight program, had the Decathlon sitting around the back of Barnes Airport, nestled between a hangar and a few other aircraft. Across the runway, an F-15 jet was visible; Barnes is also a U.S. Air Force Base.

My bonus flight was great. This was my first experience in an aerobatic power plane, although I have had time in an aerobatic glider at Sterling Airport. After donning a parachute and running through some pre-flight tasks, we flew about 17 miles away from the airport, a requirement in order to do any aerobatic maneuvers. I requested Bob to put me under several G's, enough to get an adrenalin rush and very sparkly vision. Mission completed, we returned to Barnes and safely landed. Chelsea in Parachute resized 600

I am heavily considering returning for a follow up flight or two, to attack a few loops or rolls (though no stalls).

Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D Direct CAD, KeyCreator Training, 3D Software, 3D CAD, 3D CAD Training, Easy CAD, 3D solid modeling

KeyCreator 3D Direct CAD MicroSlices Training Sessions

Posted by Chelsea Gammon on Thu, Jul 15, 2010

Microslices logo

New KeyCreator MicroSlice Training:

This Friday, 7/16, Kubotek USA, Inc. is beginning the first of a long-term series of live mini-webinars, called KeyCreator MicroSlices.

Each of these webinars is a quick 15 minutes and covers focused topics related to our KeyCreator 3D Direct Modeling CAD software.

MicroSlices are ideal for a quick taste of great KeyCreator functions a user may have been missing, or perhaps just something that requires some more clarification.

During these mini-webinars, attendees may ask questions, to our application engineer and technical support representative.

MicroSlice topics will cover a wide spectrum of KeyCreator-related areas, and may address very pointed questions or concerns for users.

Some upcoming MicroSlice topics, are:

            Interface Set Up (This Friday)

            Dimension Driven Edit

            3D Mouse Set Up

            Transform Functions

            Imprint/Prune/Graft Use

KeyCreator MicroSlice training classes are free to attend and are held every other Friday at various times.

MicroSlices are very easy to register for; simply click here: MicroSlices Training, and select REGISTER NOW for the MicroSlice session you wish to attend.

So Grab a cuppa Jo and check out a MicroSlice Training session this Friday.  It may just super-caffeinate your design process!

See you there!


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