VTube-STEP v2.9.17

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Version 2.9.17

Release Date: January 17, 2019
Build: 42

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Check.jpgNEW - Super fast AUTOBUILD PARAMETRIC Import of Solid Models

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The new Autobuild Parametrics feature speeds up importing and calculating centerline and bender data parametrics by 5 times or more by automating the calculation process with a single button press.

The new Autobuild Parametrics button is in the Parametric Tube Data menu.

Autobuild will automatically attempt to calculate the centerline from the imported STEP or IGES model. For Autobuild to work, it needs to follow these rules about the incoming model.

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The Rules for Autobuild

  • The model should be a single clean tube.

  • The model should formed as a segmented tube shape made up of cylinders and truncated-tori.

  • Remove all other geometry first.

  • The following are either handled or ignored:

  1. Inner walls are used to determine the wall thickness

  2. End wall rings are ignored

  3. Non-surface data, like lines and points are ignored

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Click on the video image to see a video of the Autobuild Parametrics feature working.

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Check.jpgNEW - Collected Features Menu Fine-tuned with New Buttons

We found that users intuitively seek to use the Collected Features menu on the left of the screen to start the collection process.

Since that is intuitive to users, and is consistent with our menu design, we placed buttons in that menu that allow users to show the Collect Features control window.

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Check.jpgENHANCED - PATH MANAGER - Clear Paths That No Longer Exist in the Path Manager

The new command allows you to clear paths that no longer exist in the list of Path Manager.

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Check.jpgENHANCED - Configure the PATH MANAGER

Now you can configure the Path Manager without importing or loading any files.

Load the Path Manager by pressing the "Configure the Path Manager" button in the System Options / File Setup menu.

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Check.jpgNEW - BLM VGP-3D Bender Data Report

This version now has a BLM VGP-3D bender data report with CW positive rotations.

Download the PDF Report

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Check.jpgNEW - Collect Control Changes

1) "Keep adding more surfaces" is now true by default.

2) End Trim from Surface now uses the middle radio button choice by default: Trim to Surface Furthest Point from Centerline Midpoint.

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Check.jpgOther Changes

  • For HTML reports, the screen-image bmp file is now only copied to the html export folder when it is present in the html report.
  • The export html report feature would display an error and would not save he html reports. This has been fixed.
  • The Language Editor reloads from the main user interface much faster than previous versions. (Build 32)
  • Optimized the STEP mode and LASER mode default settings to make VTube faster in its default state. (Build 33)
  • Fixed show unbend only in STEP mode (Build 39)
  • Added DOCS file import file checks

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