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#TechTipTuesday-- V15 Surfacing Enhancements (Dual Kernel)

Posted by John McCullough on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

This week's Tech Tip video features the KeyCreator 2017 V15 enhancements to several surfacing functions and the addition of a new surfacing function. All of the modeling technology used in these enhancements comes from Kubotek's own New Technology modeling kernel which is being relied on in more and more functions across KeyCreator. 

 

 

 

Video TRANSCRIPT:

 New Multi-Profile Sweep

Create shapes from multiple profiles following along a given path

Create solids or surfaces in one function

Easily select profiles and path and KeyCreator will create a shape that morphs from one profile to another

KeyCreator quickly creates a seamless shape

Improved Rail Sweep

Rail Sweep with 2 profiles and 2 paths

In this example, we are using 2 profiles and 2 paths. The shape will morph from one profile to the other following both paths

In this example, we are using 2 profiles and 1 path. You can see how the shape morphs from a profile with multiple curves to a profile with just 1 curve

Improved Loft

Loft has been improved to create solids and surfaces in one function. Profiles can easily be selected using window select

Loft gives you the ability to create shapes through curves and points at one time

Using the Tangent Faces option in Loft allows you to create tangent shapes

 

For more information visit kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

  

 

Topics: KeyCreator, CAD Geometry, #TechTipTuesday, Surfacing, Dual Kernel

#TechTipTuesday-- Basic Surface Creation

Posted by John McCullough on Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Don't know where to start with building surfaces? This video from the Kubotek University library provides an example of creation of some nice looking surfaces from existing 3D profile curves. 

KeyCreator Basic Surface Creation

 

 

 

 

 

Video TRANSCRIPT:

We will be using surfacing functions to create the basic shape for the blue area in this model

We are going to use these curves to create our surfaces

Starting with the green curves then the blue. The red lines will be used as cutting curves.

Select Create, Surfaces, Edge Curves

Enter the Curve Fit Tolerance and then OK

Select the 4 curves you want to use for the surface boundary

When you select the 4th curve the surface will appear

Select Create, Surfaces, Curve Mesh

Enter the Curve Fit and then OK

Select the curves for the first direction

Select Accept to start the next direction selection

Select the curves or edges for the second direction

Select Accept when done with second direction to create surface

Select Create, Surfaces, Curve Mesh

Enter the Curve Fit and then OK

Select the curves for the first direction then select Accept

Select the curves for the second direction then select Accept to create

Select Create, Advanced Surfaces, Cover

Select Tangent then OK

Select the edge to be tangent to, then Accept

Select Non-tangent then OK

Select the curve(s) then Accept

Let’s use a Guide Curve. Select Curve then OK

Select the curve(s) then Accept

Select Done then OK in the next dialog

Now let’s trim one of the surfaces. You can use solid trimming functions to trim surfaces

Select Modify, Solid Traim/Break, Curve

Make sure Trim is selected then select OK

Select the curve(s) to trim to, then select Accept

Select the surface to trim and which side to keep

*Curves have been turned off to make viewing selections easier*

Select Advanced Surfaces, Bridge

Enter the Curve Fit Tolerance then OK

Select first surface and the edge

Select second surface and the edge

Select tangent directions. You can flip directions in the conversation bar

Select Accept when done with tangent directions

A preview of the bridge (blend) appears

You can use these buttons to fine tune the blend between the surfaces

Select Done to create the surface

  

 

For more information visit Kubotek3d.com or call 800-372-3872 Option 2

 

  

 

Topics: KeyCreator, CAD Geometry, #TechTipTuesday, Surfacing