VTube-STEP

Extract Cylindrical or Rectangular Tube Data Centerline from any Solid Model STEP or IGES File.

The new trend in data transfer is Model-based Definition (MBD). MBD uses solid models to transfer data between customers and vendors - and it is the new standard in the industry that is here to stay.

VTube-STEP is the tool that lets tube fabricators take advantage of using MBD from generic solid model data.

 

(Read the details of the benefits of MDB in the VTube knowledgebase.)

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See How VTube-STEP Sends Solid Model data to CNC Benders

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Build Solid Models from XYZ Data
VTube builds new models from XYZ data that can used to build reports or exported as STEP files for transfer to other solid model programs like SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Pro/E, CATIA, etc.
Build Rectangular Parts
VTube handles rectangular tube shapes. Click on the image below to see a closeup of the Part Setup menu on the left that shows the controls for the rectangular tube shape.
Send Reports to Excel
You can send any report to Microsoft Excel to access and manipulate the data in any report.
​Easy to Turn Solid Into Centerline
VTube is designed to take in generic data and then allow you to find the tube shape from that data. You collect the geometry for each straight by selecting it, then press "Calculate XYZ Data", and the math engine does the rest.
Unbend with Components
VTube can unbend any bend and include the selected components in the transformation. All unbending includes tube elongation compensation
Automatically Build SolidWorks Tubes
VTube can build SolidWorks tubes automatically. (Tested in v2011, v2012, and v2013). Build a tube on the screen, then press the SolidWorks button to allow VTube to create the tube in SolidWorks.
Extend an End Point
with VTube to any solid model entity. The VTube END TRIM feature allows you to extend the end point of the tube to any trim surface or point.
Configurable Reports
Since VTube uses HTML-based templates, you can create custom reports to display exactly as you want them to.Since the report is HTML-based, you could even put the report on the web.
Save Bender Data or Send Data to the Bender
VTube saves bender data in the Supravision format. It can even send data directly to your bender using the well-known SVNET protocol. If your bender does not use that protocol, then we have other Benderlink modules that can get your data there.
Extract Tubes from Assembly
Import entire assemblies and extract tube shapes to send to tube benders.
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What customers say...
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"The UTE XML file import works like a charm and imports perfectly. Thanks for a great product. We will be adding another machine soon, and I plan on using your products. Thanks again."

Nicholas Snowdon, Manufacturing Support Specialist, BAUER COMPRESSORS, INC.

VTube-STEP Quick Start Guide

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