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Being able to create a virtual 3D representation of components for product design allows engineers the ability to visualize the object as it would appear when manufactured. Kubotek has been on the leading edge of this technology for the past several years. With the very latest in modeling technology, Kubotek open 3D solid modeling software is able to support virtually all methodologies of solid construction, allowing engineers the ability to work in-context, sizing/mating parts without the need of introducing complex relationships. Something other solid modeling packages do not offer.
The capability to build solid models using simple primitives combined with our advanced sweeping and surfacing technologies give designers and engineers new methods to create very precise solid models. Our tools add even more value over other modeling mediums when creating detailed drawings for manufacturing.


The most commonly used method for initial definition of solid bodies involves selection of a closed planar profile which is swept through space a specified distance along a defined path. The solid that is created is then locked, or dependent on that profile. Kubotek's comprehensive path/profile solids functions support advanced interface options, allowing engineers the flexibility to define the solid body many different ways, such as definition of distance to position, extrusion to a face, or offset from face or to body. This decreases the number of steps needed to generate the complete model and allows more freedom when designing. Unlike many other solid modelers, profile definition does not require setup of a definition plane and special sketch entity types. Profiles can be defined by any planar closed boundary such as edges from other solids, surfaces, or wireframe entities.


KeyCreator solid modeling provides for the creation of standard types of features such as edge blends (a.k.a. rounds, fillets), edge chamfers, machined holes, and thin wall shells. Features like ribs, keyways/slots, bends, notches, reliefs and weldments can also be easily created and will be recognized as features. Advanced interface options support face-to-face blends and multiple wall thickness shells. Machined holes are linked to parameters in customizable tables of standard-sized holes. Kubotek technology makes it easy for manufacturing to locate the holes to be machined and for the inspection team to ensure the holes were machined in the correct locations.

Model in-context using solid primitives and surfaces for a hybrid approach

Primitive solids are types of basic geometric shapes like cylinders, cones, spheres, torus (doughnut), and blocks. The solid modeling toolset from Kubotek includes functions to generate these building block shapes quickly and easily saving time over other methods, such as using profiles. The construction of primitives can be done numerous ways including sketching and alternative base point toggling during positioning.


Boolean functions allow engineers the ability to combine or cut solids using other solid bodies. Allowing 3D solids to be trimmed or glued together, this simple concept provides a powerful way to quickly build precise models using accurately positioned building block shapes. Advanced interface options support keeping a copy of the original solid and/or tool solids used to modify another solid.

Demo Video: Add more detailed features and trimming using other in-context bodies

Every part to be designed has relationships to its environment. Most times a solid body's location is defined by a specific orientation in space. However, sometimes the location of a solid in 3D space is defined by its connections to other parts. How a part mates with another solid determines its design. This is sometimes referred to as function and fit. Kubotek solid modeling interfaces provide simple mechanisms to locate and size models against each other in 3D space. When needed, engineers can define and manage associative connections between parts using file references.


Specialised Technical Services Pty Ltd
Specialised Technical Services P/L
CAD CAM Solutions, Training and Support for Mechanical Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Industry
45 Fairway Drive, DROUIN VIC 3818, Australia
Tel: +613 5625 5200

Mob: 0416 188 479
Email: cadcam@sts.com.au