Tebis CAD—simpler than ever

Made for manufacturing

Tebis CAD functions are customized for manufacturing. This delivers clear advantages: When you prepare parts with Tebis CAD functions, the subsequent NC programming is highly automated so your programmers can quickly generate optimal, collision-tested toolpaths. The outstanding surface quality also ensures excellent milling results.

Tebis Version 4.1 represents the next key milestone. Parametric/associative design capabilities are integrated—and these new functions are also optimally customized for manufacturing requirements. Equipment design and manufacturing preparation are even faster and simpler.

The sooner you integrate Tebis into your CAD/CAM process chain, the more you will benefit. 

Parametric/associative design—is it worth it?

Is parametric/associative design worth it for everyone? Changing a dimension, rounding an edge, extending and cutting surfaces, expanding topologies—many employees in design and manufacturing preparation will say that they can quickly complete these tasks without using parameters. Collectively, however, these seemingly minor tasks require a great deal of work. For example, Johannes Grosch, managing director at Johannes Grosch CAD/CAM-Dienstleistungen, Germany, is currently testing the Tebis prototype and can now position the dial indicator supports on his test gauges three times faster than before. Another advantage: The overall design is automatically checked for plausibility, ensuring that nothing important is forgotten and that surface transitions and connections still fit together after changes are made. Potential collisions can also be detected sooner. And with the right templates, it is very easy to design and subsequently change the model. All steps are saved in the structure tree and can be reproduced at any time. 

Quickly achieve goals with individual templates

In addition to Grosch CAD/CAM-Dienstleistungen, ten other Tebis customers in various industries are currently testing the prototype, including Modellbau Nachtigall GmbH and Schürfeld Umformtechnik GmbH. Testing the software is not the only goal of this project partnership: Special templates to easily automate repetitive tasks are being developed for each company so that users don’t have to worry about design logic or the development history of the part. In a nutshell: Parametric/associative design is useful for receiving modifications, automating repetitive design process steps and working with different variants and intermediate design status—nearly every company meets at least one of these criteria.

Practical examples

Reducing radii for a core box: Reduce the radius in the context menu. The radius changes all around; all transitions fit together.

Positioning dial indicators


Breaking up a topology, extending surfaces, combining flanks in a topology and round—none of these steps is necessary anymore.

Positioning dial indicator supports: Import templates for dial indicator supports with probes, mounting bushes, indicators and subtraction bodies for the support and base plate …
… adjust angle according to specifications …
… transform dial indicator support: done.

What our project partners are saying

We use layer blanks to mill the 3D models for a mold. In the past, we had to create levels for them, adjust the level separation distance if necessary, smooth, offset and round the curves, create the bottom and side surfaces, and finally copy the bottom surfaces for the cover surfaces and create a topology. All of this is now partially automated using the template we developed with Tebis. We can easily change the design of the layer model blank at any time.

 Marcel Wanders, CAD/CAM department head, Modellbau Nachtigall GmbH

Our initial impression of the Tebis prototype is positive: If we change engravings or parts, we can now achieve our goal faster. For example, we can now reduce radii with a few clicks without having to extend the surfaces again. Another advantage is that 2D contours can be easily created using the "Sketch" function. This enables us to quickly modify the 3D geometries derived from them.

 Andreas Kaltefleiter, head of CAD/CAM and machining, Schürfeld Umformtechnik GmbH

Instead of four minutes, I only need one minute to position a dial indicator support on a test gauge.
Adding up the tasks, this means: What used to take me a day and a half now takes just four hours.

Johannes Grosch, managing director,Johannes Grosch CAD/CAM-Dienstleistungen

So what exactly is parametric/associative design? "Parametric" simply means that element parameters like length, radius and direction can be changed later. "Associative" describes the mutual interdependence of the elements: If one element is changed, the other elements are immediately adjusted automatically, with no additional design effort. All components of the part are interlinked—there is no faster way to set up and modify a model.

  Tip: Learn from Peter Obermaier, Overall Coordinator Version 4.1, and Klaus Borchert, Product Manager at Tebis, how you can use the new design functionalities to quickly and easily prepare your components for NC programming. Here is the webinar recording (Only available in German).

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