Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

KeyCreator 4D is here!

Posted by Michael Cole on Wed, Apr 01, 2015

Here at Kubotek, we’re constantly working on giving you the best Direct CAD software we can. That's why we are proud to announce the launch of KeyCreator 4D! Step aside 3D CAD. Your time is over 2D CAD.  Make way for the future. Yes, that's right. Make way for 4D CAD.

KeyCreator 4D will be the world’s first ever 4D CAD solution, and it will be the last 4D CAD you’ll ever need.

So, what is 4D CAD?  It's quite simple, really. KeyCreator 4D takes all of the elements of KeyCreator 3D Direct CAD and adds the ability to travel in time.  Easily create eternal, timeless structures whenever you want.  Dynamic and dimension driven editing are very powerful design tools, but imagine the power your designs will have with the free, fully integrated fourth dimension of time. Thanks to true direct modeling technology, our software has always been a time saver. But now you can literally save all the time you need! That's because with KeyCreator 4D, there are no deadlines. You can use 4D editing on a timeline stretching back to the beginning of…well, time itself.

Have you ever heard of the Colosseum in Rome? We have a team who created that so it will be able to stand for more than 2000 years!  The Pyramids?  That's us too, thanks to KeyCreator 4D and a brand new 4D printer.

One of our beta testers said, “I was just playing with the 4D interface, and trying out some basic shapes. I didn’t have a particular design in mind, so I just made a few and scattered them around.  Later that day I was hearing about this thing called ‘Stonehenge.’ Apparently my design became a big deal. Thank you KeyCreator 4D!”

One fallback of 4D CAD is that in ten years from now, some of the history-based CAD software will begin dabbling in 4D as well.  Unfortunately these companies still can’t get their history timeline to run without rebuild errors. The result? The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Lost City of Atlantis. And because they cannot read native CAD file formats, the Inca Empire will still not exist.

It’s alright though, thanks to KeyCreator 4D’s translators we can easily import and fix those problems before they even happen.  Because really. Everyone knows that towers shouldn't lean.  And how do you lose an entire city (unless it wasn't built right in the first place)?  By the way, Atlantis really is the best aquatic city in the world.  We take all of our employees there for our yearly retreat, and it’s glorious.

Check out this new KeyCreator 4D video now!

Topics: CAD Software, CAD Software Revolution

CAD Software Revolution of 2010

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Dec 03, 2010

describe the imageEvents in the world of CAD as of the last 2 months or so indicates that the world of CAD software is in the midst of a revolution!

Pro/E no longer exists

AutoDesk Fusion is going after the DIY market

Detroit Automakers are making news with big changes with their CAD systems.

For a long while there didn't seem to be a lot happening in the CAD world.  Everyone was busy with Lifecyle Management, Product Data Management and everything other than the basic design/drafting tool.  It seemed that companies and suppliers had given up on innovation in design tools. 

About 5 years ago, Kubotek USA, makers of the CAD Software KeyCreator started a new paradigm.  The ability to change geometry with ease - using dimensions or push-pull tools, without the need to create history, and with the ability to edit any model regardless of which system authored it.  All of a sudden, CAD designers and companies had CAD freedom.

Not long after sharing the concept with some well known CAD industry analysts and veterans, another company started, Spaceclaim - waiving the new banner - no more history-based design.  Obviously their investors also believe in the message and continue to pour money into the venture.

The concept started to blur some and become a bit muddled, SolidWorks claimed, "we have direct modeling" within our history-based system, but in fact this "direct editing" is no more than a technique inside a history-based system that continues to handcuff the user by the design thus reducing its usefulness as a design tool.  The history-based modelers are merely 3D drafting systems - once the design has been "locked down," the drawings that they create are simply ways of communicating the design throughout the company and supply chain.

Next came a bold move by Siemens PLM.  They clearly stated that history-based modeling would be replaced by their new vision ST - synchronous technology design.  It has taken some time for Siemens to achieve this vision, but it is their clearly stated direction.

Last came the bomb-shell: PTC, completely obliterating their trademarked and beloved Pro/E - ProEngineer.  What a terrific name for a CAD Software Package.  Shouldn't a professional engineer be using a tool called ProEngineer - a brand that is clearly worth billions!  But as they say, in order to fully commit to a new path ,it is best to burn the bridge behind you so that you cannot go back.  So PTC announces a new way with new tools - Direct CAD Software Tools (and I believe history-based too - once again to lock down the design and communicate it) and they call them CREO.   WOW!  Gutsy move PTC!

So what is next - what will be the end result of all of these changes and what is Kubotek doing?

We quietly continue to invest in our world class 3D CAD software tools.  We are solving tough geometry problems for our customers and helping them to get their jobs done everyday with robust, 3D Direct CAD Software and tools. 

Back in January, I posted a short commentary about one of Paul Hamilton's Blog (from CoCreate - now Creo) I titled it 2010 the Year of Direct Modeling.

I believe that prophesy has come true - almost all of the major CAD software vendors with the exception of one,  have stated their intention to develop 3D Direct CAD.

What's in the wind for Kubotek for 2011? Keep an eye out for new developments, not just our latest version of KeyCreator : KeyCreator 2011, but exciting new developments in our technology as we keep pushing the envelope and leading the way of change in CAD software modeling, visualization and geometry management tools.

Thanks for reading,


Topics: 3D Direct CAD, CAD Software, CAD Software Revolution