VTube Communications with a Transfluid Bender
Important tProject and tBend Software Update Notes
- October 6, 2023 - As of version 4.2.1324, the Transfluid SVNET protocol in VTube-STEP and VTube-LASER will communicate with tBend to correct the bend setup.
- October 24, 2023 - tProject version 4.76.1 properly imports parts in either millimeters or inches. Previous versions will only import parts in millimeters properly. You must have at least this version to handle linear units properly.
See the tBend corrections video to learn the overall communications principles:
Also see the video on Vimeo.
There are two software packages in Transfluid software that are used for setting up a bender.
All Transfluid Programs Use a Regular Network Connection
- The VTube-LASER connection is through a standard network that shares a read/write location anywhere.
- The VTube-LASER Transfluid SVNET protocol uses a modified Supravision network protocol that will only work with the Transfluid benders.
How to Setup VTube-STEP and VTube-LASER for Communications with Transfluid
You can perform this setup from VTube-STEP or VTube-LASER.
STEP 1: Enter the SYSTEM OPTIONS Menu in VTube
How to Configure Transfluid for Communication
- Ask your IT department to connect the Transfluid control to the network.
- Use a File Explorer in the Transfluid control to be sure that you can access the same network path that VTube-LASER will save data to.
How to Correct tBend (Note: Corrections Are Sent Only to tBend - not tProject)
This will allow VTube to compare the bent tube to the master tube.
This menu allows you to communicate with any bender in the VTube-LASER network.
If there is now data in the window like shown in the previous image, then click on "Copy the Master Part Setup Values into these fields" button.
Find and click the "Correct the Bender" button in the lower right corner of the accordion menu.
Press the Auto SEND Bender CORRECTIONS button. This will save a file to the preconfigured location.
The file will have an S2B filename extension, and will include the bender number like this:
(This example is for bender #5.)
Click on the open folder button (see 1), then click on refresh (see 2).
The corrections have been applied to the bender.
Be careful to only apply any correction one time.
Now bend the part!
Allowing VTube to set up tProject is no longer the standard way to receive new parts in tProject. tProject can import STEP files independently of VTube-LASER. However, if you still want to use VTube to setup tProject, follow these steps in Transfluid tProject to set up communications for VTube-LASER and VTube-STEP.
How to Setup for Transfluid tProject for Communications (For NEW Parts)
STEP 1: Enter Options Window
Click on the blue button wrench/screwdriver button in the upper right corner of the user interface.
STEP 2: Enter the Import/Export Tab
Click on the Import/Export tab.
STEP 3: Set the Import Box Settings
Enter the set-up data in the Import box.
STEP 4: Check for a Green LED in the Main User Interface
Close the options menu with the OK button and check for the Supravision communications LED in the lower right corner of tProject. The LED should be green.
How to Prepare tProject to Receive New Data from VTube
STEP 1: Clear the tProject Project
STEP 2: DO NOT Enter a Project Name
This allows VTube to control the new incoming name.
STEP 3: Click on OK
How to Send New Data to tProject from VTube-STEP
The Transfuild tProject program can receive data for a part that has never been sent to it before from VTube-STEP. This allows a user to import a solid model of any tube, and then send it to tProject.
STEP 1: Import the Model
Import the part using standard VTube-STEP procedures
STEP 2: Bender Output Menu
Click on the Bender Output button in the navigation pane.
STEP 3: Bender Number
Select the bender number for the Transfluid bender.
STEP 4: Send
Click Send to Bender. VTube will show "Send to Bender Complete" if it is able to save the output data for Transfluid.
STEP 5: tProject Will Update
STEP 6: Save the tProject Project
It is important to save the new tProject project file using the disk button on the left. tProject does not automatically save the incoming data to disk.
- See also the Transfluid communications video.