Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

Free CAD Viewer Downloads - Think Before You Click

Posted by John Agoglia on Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Problem:  You need to view a CAD file. 

More problems:  You need to view various CAD files. 

Problem magnified:  You need to view various CAD files day in and day out, but you can’t remember which program views which file. You have several to choose from, one for each file type. 

Okay, we get it. Most of those viewer programs you have were free downloads.  Everyone likes free, me included. Even Kubotek offers a free viewer called Spectrum Lite. In fact, our Spectrum Lite download page has been viewed 42,225 times in the last couple of years. It gets downloaded close to 3,500 times a year. In the last six weeks alone, it’s been downloaded 422 times.

What those numbers tell me is that a lot of people are looking for CAD file viewers.  It also tells me a lot of people are looking for a bargain - something cheap, preferably free.  But even though you aren’t spending money, you are spending something else just as valuable: time. While you might get your KeyCreator/CADKEY viewer for free (because that’s all Spectrum Lite will view), I have to make the assumption that you’re also searching for, and downloading, CAD viewers for all the other files that cross your desktop. Hour glass on computer keyboard

Using the hunt and peck strategy to find the appropriate CAD viewer can be disruptive to your productivity mojo. You have to shift gears from the work you were currently focused on to search for, download, install and then run your free CAD viewer software. By the time that was all done, good luck figuring out why you needed the viewer in the first place.

And you know what? This all gets compounded when new file versions are released. Need to view the latest format? Start your CAD viewer hunt all over again. 

It’s also true that not all CAD software vendors even offer a viewer for their file formats. I’m not going to name names (CATIA, UG/NX, etc.), but your searching just got a whole lot more complicated if you want to view some formats for free.

Oh wait. Lest we forget!  Are other members of your team also using CAD viewers for quoting or planning purposes?  Boom – that time-suck just drained more of your resources. 

Let me point out a solution to this rapidly expanding problem. Why not own a single CAD viewer that can view, manipulate and print the most popular 2D and 3D CAD formats like SolidWorks, AutoCAD, NX, CATIA, Pro/E, IGES, STEP and many others? Think of the time and sanity you’ll save if you have a single go-to product to do all your CAD viewing dirty work, including the ability to measure and calculate mass properties. 

The pros of owning a single premier CAD Viewer are evident. So what are the cons? I can think of two.  One, you’re going to have to spend a little bit of money - but not a lot.  When you add up the cost of those hours spent looking for free software, you break even pretty quickly.

Depending on your file viewing workload, you are looking at $199 - $599. These are the costs for Kubotek Spectrum CAD viewer. The difference in cost is based purely on your need to view CATIA V5 files. The Spectrum CAD viewer with CATIA V5 read abilities retails at $599, while the base viewer product that views everything else under the sun will only set you back $199.

The second con? When file formats are updated/added, you need to repurchase the software. That isn’t so bad when you consider that file formats typically only get updated once a year. Plus, you only have to update one software product, not ten.   

Spectrum CAD Viewer does its job like no other —and it does it for a very reasonable cost. Consider Kubotek Spectrum CAD viewer for all your CAD file viewing needs. Spend a little now, save a lot later.

Topics: CAD Viewer

Want to buy KeyCreator Direct CAD online? Now you can!

Posted by John Agoglia on Mon, Mar 09, 2015

We kind of slipped one past everyone a few weeks ago.  Did you notice? Kubotek Webstore

If you make a habit of checking out our website, you probably already figured out we officially launched our new webstore.  On it, you can purchase several of our available software products including our ever popular Spectrum CAD Viewer, as well as our flagship offering, KeyCreator Direct CAD.  Current customers can also use the webstore to renew their Kubotek Software Maintenance. 

The webstore is great for anyone who wants as little human interaction as possible. (You know who you are.) You can simply go to the store, and in a few clicks, make your purchase.

In fact, there a lot of good things about our new webstore.  The list prices are available for everyone to see.  You can quickly use your credit card to make a purchase. (Or use PayPal® - absolutely your choice.) You avoid having to play phone and/or email tag with anyone.  You get the satisfaction that only on-line purchasing can bring.

So what’s bad about our webstore?  We can’t deliver your product via a drone. Total bummer, I know.  In some cases, you might have to wait a business day to receive the proper licensing from our system. (Soon you will receive your purchases instantly.  Be patient.)  Not all our product offerings can be purchased on the webstore. If you’re looking to buy any KeyCreator Direct CAD add-on modules, you need to pick up the phone (1-800-372-3872) or email us

By no means is the webstore meant to replace our stellar sales and support team.  We just wanted to give our customers another way to interact with us.  We also hope that offering this mode of e-commerce simplifies some of the business transactions we make with our Direct CAD brethren.

Moral to the story:  Check our website often. You never know what we might slip in there.

Topics: KeyCreator, Direct CAD, CAD Viewer

Spectrum CAD Viewer $99 Sale - Freedom from Incompatible CAD files

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Wed, Sep 09, 2009


Dynamic Man Freeing the world from Incompatible CAD files

What problem is shared worldwide by product designers and the manufacturing supply chain?

Incompatible CAD files.  Just the ability to view "non-native" files would help productivity in most cases.  Entrenched CAD companies will tell you that there is no problem, just make sure that everyone in your company and your suppliers and consultants all use the same same (their) CAD package and tools - problem solved!

We all know that this is not the solution.  And honestly things get lost in translation - many times from one version of the same CAD package to the next - Airbus learned that lesson a few billion times... the hard way from their CAD vendor!

Kubotek is on a mission - to free the CAD designer and the supply chain from the tyranny of proprietary CAD files.  So in celebration of this and just because we are the opposite of German negativity day 9-9-9, we have put the Kubotek Spectrum Multi-CAD viewer on sale  - only $99!  This viewer views the most popular CAD packages including Catia, NX, ProE, SolidWorks, Inventor, DXF, DWG, IGES STEP and many more.

Its very easy to use to view, measure, print, get mass properties, manipulate the CAD files.

And if you want to be able to edit all of these formats - you can do this with our Multi-CAD CAD packages - Kubotek KeyCreator.

Need to compare or validate translated CAD data - you can do that with our Kubotek Validation tool.

Since we are the masters of geometry - our ability to read, edit and recognize features in CAD data (and edit them) has no equal.

So, celebrate 9-9-9 with us and download a free 7 day trial version and come back and purchase.  And give our CAD and other tools a try too.

As always - thanks for reading.  If you found this interesting and useful please pass this along.


PS - Who is that superhero fighting proprietary CAD formats?  It's Dynamic Man.  He's joined forces with Kubotek to free engineers in Design and Manufacturing from the constraints of history and proprietary CAD files.  Watch for him in the webisphere...

PPS - This pricing is from KubotekUSA and is for the US and Canada only.


Topics: CAD Viewer, Multi-CAD viewer, Incompatible CAD files, Dynamic Man

Manufacturing Productivity Tip - Multi-CAD Viewers for Manufacturing

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Thu, Sep 03, 2009

It's 5 O'clock and the deadline has passed for the RFQ that you have buried under a pile of papers on your desk.

Missed another deadline.

You've got capacity on the manufacturing floor.  You could really use more orders, but you can't afford to buy and get people trained on many expensive CAD packages.  And the CAD jocks you have are busy, getting jobs out the door. So they don't have time to stop and open the OEM's CAD files or even draw up a model to be included in the quote.

How can you increase the number or quotes you are completing on time without utilizing your valuable CAD resources.

One essential tool for today's contract manufacturers and job shops to do quoting and estimating is a Multi-CAD viewer.  Inexpensive CAD viewers are available that allow you to open, view, measure, get mass properties and print. These are easy to use - no need to bother your valuable engineers.

This is a two prong boost to your productivity.  You can complete more quotes, more quickly and for more customers and you can increase the amount of time that your engineers stay focused on your current projects. This easy to implement, low cost CAD tool will add to your top line and bottom line simultaneously.  For more easy ideas on how to reduce wasted time and to increase your profits download the following White Paper:

5 Easy Ways Manufacturers can turn Wasted CAD Activity into Profits



Topics: Manufacturing, Job Shop, Manufacturing CAD, CAD Viewer