VTube STEP CNC Tube Bender Control 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.)
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.
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.
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.
Build Rectangular Parts
VTube easily handles rectangular tube shapes, allowing you to easily draw, calculate and measure rectangular or square tubing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.