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Vtube-step logo 2.png Import tube data from solid models, then produce reports, and send data to benders.

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Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Fourth Quarter - 2017

October 4, 2017 VTube-STEP v2.9
  • New ASSEMBLIES feature allows you to enter and manage several parts in one project
  • New Part Number edit box on top of menus
  • Updated graphics engine
  • Many internal enhancements and debugs

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Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Third Quarter - 2017

July 19, 2017 VTube-STEP v2.8.4
  • New SEARCH in Path Manager
  • Press Enter after enter point count

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Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Second Quarter - 2017

June 12, 2017 VTube-STEP v2.8.3
  • NUMALLIANCE output now handles 180-degree bends and springback compensation
  • Improved DOCS file import
  • Improved Supravision import
  • Fixed imported model deletion issue during parametric model build
  • Now works with multiple monitors
  • The Report window always displays now.

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April 19, 2017 VTube-STEP v2.8
  • Unbend Anchor Straight - unbend around any straight
  • Reorganized Control Menus
  • Orbit to True Control
  • Transform to True Control

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Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2017

February 11, 2017 VTube-STEP v2.7
  • NEW Snap to Axis Transformations
  • NEW Bender formats: CRIPPA, SOCO, BLM, HVAC OMS
  • NEW MIL-D-9898C Import
  • NEW Shortcut key popup help
  • NEW Shortcut key commands
  • Verified SOLIDWORKS 2017 Compatible
  • Significant User Interface Enhancements
  • Several important debugs
  • Memory and Speed Optimizations
  • NEW Import BENDTECH BTTX Files
  • NEW Import Alpine and CSM M4 MBF Files

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Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Third Quarter - 2016

July 27, 2016 VTube-STEP v2.6 New multi-selection for collection of component surfaces, export to IGES also, debugging for collecting objects Vtube-step v2.6 components unbend.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Second Quarter - 2016

June 22, 2016 VTube-STEP v2.5 New SAVE banner, fixed collect object delete feature, new multiple drill cylinder selection VTS2 SplashScreen.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2016

March 25, 2016 VTube-STEP v2.4 Added new accumulated length values for reports, fixed the automatic image update in the reports window. VTS2 SplashScreen.png


February 10, 2016 VTube-STEP v2.3 Multi-elongation Setup for multiple elongation, Springback-compensated grids, Springback-compensation output for benders fixed, Automatic Image Refresh state storage fixed Vtube-v2.3 multielongation setup.png


January 21, 2016 VTube-STEP v2.2 UTE XML Import, wire-frame on solid, improved Path Manager, XYZ Spans in reports, short straight calc precision increased, optionally save VTP files in older versions, fixed collection entities erasure issue during calculation, Save Project is smarter about when to switch to Save As, installation no longer overwrites previous VTube persistent configuration Vtube-step-2.2 wireframe feature.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Second Quarter - 2015

June 12, 2015 VTube-STEP v2.1.3 The VTube Supravision import is improved to handle incorrectly formed Supravision files that add extra rows in between the data. Vtube-step-2.1.3 ImportSupravsion.png
June 12, 2015 VTube-STEP v2.1.2 VTube STEP EXPORT speed is much improved. Vtube-step-2.1.2 screenshot.png


June 9, 2015 VTube-STEP v2.1 MAJOR RELEASE: VTube can now UNBEND tubes and components around the tube. Vtube unbend model2b.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2015

February 16, 2015 VTube-STEP v2 The new VTube Path Manager makes using complex file paths much easier. The CSM and Alpine conversions are enhanced. Supravision network protocol now allows for inverted rotations. Reworked file path logic inside VTube. Vtube-step-2 screenimage closeup 2.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Third Quarter - 2014

November 25, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.99 Export to CSM M4 Data Files, Alpine M4 and CSM M4 have a new springback switch that allows for a choice of springback on or off. Vtube-step-1.87 screenimage.png
November 7, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.97 Two new import types are added to VTube: Laservision CSV and SolidWorks 3DSketch Vtube-step-1.97 import SolidWorks 3DSketch.png
October 27, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.96 Improved the centerline calculation engine for imprecise parts, point labels draw more efficiently, updated languages Vtube-step centerlinecalc coping closeup.png
September 8, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.95 Repaired and enhanced import / export button arrangement feature. Added True Radius output features for the Alpine M4 bender (for undercut dies). Added button HINTS to translations. Vtube-step-1.87 screenimage.png


September 1, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.94 CRITICAL Enhancement: The cylinder centerline calculation engine for projections improved significantly. The STEP mode cylinder calculation engine is enhanced to handle imperfect cylinder surfaces automatically. Starting projection tolerances for cylinder calculations are now set to a 10th of a micron.

New END TRIM MODES - now use the nearest or farthest border of any solid point cloud as a trim datum for end lengths.
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July 21, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.93 Import CSM M3 files. Added End A and End B values in VTube-STEP Part Setup menu. Added default tolerance to the Part Setup menu. Updated the Chinese and German user interface translations. Vtube-step-1.93 screenshot.png
July 15, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.92 New export to Eaton Leonard Laservision spreadsheet. Other minor fixes. Vtube-step-1.92 screenshot.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Second Quarter - 2014

June 30, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.91 Automatic entry of thin wall thickness if set to zero when calculating centerlines. Automatic calculation of Cut Length during calculation of centerline. Vtube-step-1.91 screenshot.png
April 15, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.90 Roll bending output to Alpine M4 benders, improved math loop label tells you which straight is being calculated, comma-delimited batch file output for all projects, saves model data to project file Vtube-step-1.89 screenimage.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2014

March 25, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.89 New spinner wheel for collection type, colored guide boxes Vtube-step-1.89 screenimage.png
March 8, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.88 Added Chiyoda EX File Output Vtube-step-1.87 screenimage.png
February 25, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.87 New VTube Project QuickLoad Window, Radius output to Winton ECNC4 Benders Vtube-step-1.87 screenimage.png
January 20, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.86 Fixes to extracting 180 degree Split Bends, other user interface enhancements Vtube-step-1.86-userinterface.png
January 5, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.85.1 Same as 1.85, but with fix to SolidWorks Builder Vtube-step-1.85 screenimage.png
January 1, 2014 VTube-STEP v1.85 SolidWorks Builder: New UNISON Unibend file output, End offsets are included in the diameter extrusion, fixes to Import/Export panel button ordering, new export windows with new options Vtube-step-1.85 screenimage.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Fourth Quarter - 2013

November 19, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.84 New Alpine M4 file export, SolidWorks Builder: constrained end and intersection points, and constrained centerlines in SolidWorks 3DSketch Vtube-step-1.84 buildsolidworks.png


Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Third Quarter - 2013

July 29, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.83 Function shortcut keys, new right side menus are grid-based, can collapse, can change font sizes, can change widths, TubeCalc elongation converter, Supravision export repaired, much more... Vtube-step-1.83 screen.png

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Second Quarter - 2013

June 19, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.82 New square and rectangular tube feature, new automatic build to SolidWorks Vtube-step-1.82.rectangulartube 7points.jpg
April 19, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.81.6 Automatic switch from Orbit to View mode during collection. SV export repaired. Vtube-step-1.81.4.graphicpointlabels2.jpg


April 2, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.81.5 Enhanced Language Editor, and repair to an issue with the Point Label Balloons Vtube-step-1.81.4.graphicpointlabels2.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2013

March 28, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.81.4 MANY new features - like balloon point labels, new reports, new copy/paste grids, new copy model to clipboard as bitmap Vtube-step 1.81.4.jpg
February 22, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.81.3 New UNDO feature, better multi-user handling, bug fixes Vtube-step 1.81.3.jpg
January 8, 2013 VTube-STEP v1.81 New export to Winton ECNC4 programming software, new Supravision fields imported and exported Vtube-step 1.77.4.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Fourth Quarter - 2012

November 20, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.80.1 Resolved grid text header draw issue, silenced error when no sound drivers present Vtube-step 1.79.jpg
November 20, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.80 Add TRUE BEND transformation, fixed bugs. Vtube-step 1.79.jpg
November 9, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.79 Added calculation of 180 degree bends using Split Bend feature in STEP mode. Includes Split Bend construction model on the screen. Vtube-step 1.79.jpg
October 12, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.78.0.1 Added Overbend Calculator to the installation Vtube-step 1.77.4.jpg
October 3, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.78 New springback variables in STEP, export bender files with springback Vtube-step 1.77.4.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Third Quarter - 2012

August 28, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.77.4.4 Added new Chinese items to interface for 1.77. Vtube-step 1.77.4.jpg
August 20, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.77.4.3 Minor revision: Works better with foreign date/times. Vtube-step 1.77.4.jpg
August 14, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.77.4 Modified the SMI TXT output file to includes the two comment fields. Added Crippa SFP file output. Allow for radii value of zero in model. New pulldown menu with recent project list. Vtube-step 1.77.4.jpg


August 8, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.77.3 Material now changes length with new End Adjustment Length Values, brand new orientation control with axis images, repaired cut length calculation. Vtube-step 1.77.3a.jpg
August 4, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.77.2 New adjustable import and export interface with more options, reset XYZ to Zero, new report items, new polar calcuator Vtube-step 1.77.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2012

March 31, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.76.3 Reverse calc orients the first bend leg up like in TubeCalc, User interface adjustments Vtube-pro 1 76.3 TwoBend White Leg Up.jpg
March 15, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.76 User interface adjustments Vtube-step 1.76.jpg
February 07, 2012 VTube-STEP v1.75.3 Export TubeCalc Files Vtube-step 1.75.3.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Fourth Quarter - 2011

October 20, 2011 VTube-STEP v1.73 New Ribbon Stripe Excel file import Vtube-step ribbonXLS.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Second Quarter - 2011

May 27, 2011 VTube-STEP v1.66 New save changes dialog Vtube-step screen 1 66.jpg
May 19, 2011 VTube-STEP v1.65 New navigation pane, new TubeCalc import, new report templates, removed the tab menu in the header. Vtube-step 1 65.jpg
April 1, 2011 VTube-STEP v1.63 Improved graphics performance, enhanced 180 degree extraction Vtube-step 1 63.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2011

March 8, 2011 VTube-STEP v1.62 Improved Outer Diameter and Wall Thickness value detection, new User Guide and Help File Vtube-step 1 62.jpg
February 21, 2011 VTube-STEP v1.6 Improvements to VTube-LASER mainly Vtube-step 1 6.jpg
February 10, 2011 VTube-STEP v1.59 Change the linear units button



Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - Second Quarter - 2010

April 20, 2010 VTube v1.4 Added automatic 180-degree bend support Vtube180degbend.jpg

Gears view small.png VTube-STEP - First Quarter - 2010

March 23, 2010 VTube-Step v1.31 Language fix in edit controls Vtube-step diametereditboxes.jpg
March 22, 2010 VTube-Step v1.3 Support for export to CSM bender data files Vtube-step multi to csm.jpg
March 19, 2010VTube-Step v1.2Projection tolerance decimal places increase to 5
March 18, 2010VTube-Step v1.1
March 15, 2010Original VTube-STEP released