VTube STEP CNC Tube Bender Control Software

V Tube Step CNC Tube Bender Software

Say goodbye to barriers for CNC tube fabricators & solid model data

The new trend in data transfer is Model-based Defintion (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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V Tube Step Software can easily extract Cylindrical or Rectangular Tube Data Centerline from any Solid Model STEP or IGES File


Import Universal Tool & Engineering Bender XML File Data

VTube-STEP can import the centerline XYZ data from UTE XML files. The data imported is centerline XYZ data, diameter, linear unit used and radii.

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Compatible with Alpine Bender M3, M4 and M5 Controls

VTube-STEP can export to Alpine M3, M4 and M5 bender controls and can sent roll bending (push bending) setup to an M4 control.

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With a vast set of core features, VTube STEP can help increase your production efficiency.

Learn more about its core features in this introduction video.
(Version 1.96, October, 2014)

VTube STEP has a robust set of Data Input options that are easy to use.

Watch this video for a brief overview of all the available input types.
(Version 1.97, November, 2014)

Easily build solid models from XYZ Data

VTube builds new models from XYZ data that can be used to build reports or be exported as STEP files for transfer to other solid model programs like SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Pro/E, CATIA, etc.

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Build Rectangular Parts

VTube easily handles rectangular tube shapes, allowing you to easily draw, calculate and measure rectangular or square tubing.

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Send Reports to Excel

With VTube, you can send any report to Microsoft Excel to access and manipulate the data. Editing large amounts of data has never been easier.

VTube Step Excel Reports

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Easy to Turn Solid Into Centerline

VTube is designed to take generic data input 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.

VTube Step Collection

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Unbend with Components

VTube can unbend any bend and include the selected components in the transformation. All unbending includes tube elongation compensation. This means that tubes will unbend and the straightened arcs will shorten slightly to account for stretching.

VTube Step Tube Unbending Feature

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Automatically Build SolidWorks Tubes

Working between these two programs has never been easier now that VTube can build SolidWorks tubes automatically (Tested in v2011, v2012, and v2013). Build a tube on the screen, then press the SolidWorks button and that's it. Your VTube project will be exported into SolidWorks effortlessly.

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Extend an End Point

VTube STEP can easily extend end points 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.

VTube Step END TRIM End Points Feature

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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.

Save Data or Send Date Directly to Bender

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Extract Tubes from Assembly

Import entire assemblies and extract tube shapes to send to tube benders.

Sample Tubes from Assembly Program View

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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.

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VTube Step Customized HTML Report Feature

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