Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

KeyCreator Version 9 Review

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Mon, Dec 07, 2009

The email came as a surprise.

Someone from Cadalyst Magazine had emailed us and said that they had a very enthusiastic KeyCreator user call them and say that he wanted to review KeyCreator Version 9 for their resurrected Print Edition of Cadalyst Magazine.

The person's name was Josh Stollar from Multi-Cast Corp in Ohio.

We checked around the office and no one knew Josh, so our VP of Sales gave him a call to discuss the review.  He needed a copy of KeyCreator 9 (Beta) to work with for the review.  We gladly supplied it.

We have a very active user forum in our KeyCreator support area and there was a subject about why we don't have a larger share of the CAD market.  The users know the power KeyCreator, and its 3D Direct Modeling capabilities.  They have seen Kubotek as a pioneer in direct modeling and editing they are seeing other companies trying to develop these capabilities in a partial manner, but how can you have a direct modeler on top of a history-based parametric engine?  it just doesn't work.   Even Inventor users know that Fusion still isn't truly fused!  I digress...

Well, enough talk about the article.  Thank you Josh, for being an avid proponent of 3D Direct Modeling CAD as implemented by Kubotek USA in KeyCreator version 9. Here is the review: KeyCreator 9 Review - Josh Stollar - Multi-Cast, Cadalyst Magazine Dec 2009

Thank you for reading,



Topics: 3D Direct Modeling, 3D CAD, KeyCreator, KeyCreator V9

3D Direct Dimension editing Technology gets better in KeyCreator V9

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Thu, Sep 17, 2009

Version 9 is almost here.  We have been working very hard to enhance the user's ability create and edit geometry in the most straightforward yet robust manner.

 While history based modelers have used this technique for some time, the problem has been that you are constrained by the history of how you build the model.  With Direct dimension driven editing there are no constraints.  The dimensions are a wonderful tool for making powerful edits to one feature or a set of features.  And when you are done using the dimensions, you just delete them.


This workflow is perfect for developing initial designs, where you don't want to get locked into all of the preceeding steps in developing your design.  It is also great for developing tooling or fixtures.

This tool is a must have for a manufacturing department or company that wants to quickly prepare models for manufacturing or to develop operation sheets or work instructions.

Please watch a short video on the direct dimention edit enhancements we have made for Version 9 of KeyCreator, which is scheduled to be released this Fall.  Direct Dimension Enhancements in KeyCreator Version 9 Video

Best regards,


Topics: Direct Dimension editing, Direct Modeling, geometry-based modeling, KeyCreator V9, 3D solid modeling, Explicit Modeling