Updates to Kubotek Validation Tool and ECO Manager are also available.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2015 — Kubotek USA has officially released the newest version of KeyCreator 2015. KeyCreator Direct CAD, arguably the fastest CAD modeling solution currently available, adds several new features and functions for even more dynamic modeling and editing. The release also includes many customer-driven enhancements for a better user experience. In addition, the speedy design-to-manufacture prowess and legendary CAD data reuse KeyCreator Direct CAD is known for is further enhanced by new design import options for 2D file types.
The latest release of KeyCreator 2015 provides an optional 2D/Drawing Translator package for the import and editing of native CAD drawing file formats. Many companies exchange 2D/Drawing information throughout the supply chain and must convert their native CAD drawing files into other usable 2D/Drawing file extensions for manufacturing purposes. KeyCreator, however, will quickly accept native 2D/Drawing files, and if needed, allow users to make any necessary modifications before completing their manufacturing tasks. Reading and editing native 2D/Drawing data means that manufacturers can avoid communication delays, as well as possible translation issues. The 2D/Drawing import option can read most major CAD drawings regardless of file formats, including SolidWorks, CATIA, NX and many others.
Scott Sweeney, Vice President of Marketing, Kubotek USA suggests that, “KeyCreator is the Switzerland of CAD. In addition to providing our users a depth and breadth of direct editing tools that no one can match, we continue to expand our technology so that people, like contract manufacturers, can easily work with anyone and everyone’s files for faster project turnaround time. Why have the expense of maintaining multiple CAD systems when you can have one CAD solution for all your needs.”
KeyCreator 2015 also contains a new dynamic sketching tool called DynaSketch which gives users the option to quickly draw irregular, complex shapes. Dimensions and values can be added on the fly, and the function can be invoked in both the 2D and 3D environments of KeyCreator. DynaSketch is just one of the many dynamic tools in which KeyCreator users can bring their designs to fruition.
Other new dynamic editing tools in this most up-to-date release provide unique flexibility in design creation and editing. Functions like Dynamic Extrude or Dynamic Revolve let users build their model as they move their mouse. This real-time visualization makes for easier design conceptualization. Several new highlight videos are available showing these new dynamic functions at work.
Additional productivity-minded functionality inside of KeyCreator 2015 includes a brand new Quick BOM function, as well as the ability to search text inside a part and all its associated layouts. Quick BOM makes the automatic creation of a Bill of Materials a snap. In a few mouse clicks, users can easily build their Bill of Materials using either customizable or standard templates. The text search options include general, match case and regular expressions and results are made available for any active part. Video highlights of these functions are available, as well.
Matt Carr, Vice President of Sales and Support states, “So much time is wasted in the supply chain trying to make CAD files usable. We’re not focused on things like cloud computing or complicated PLM systems. That stuff only handcuffs users and locks them down. That’s why we are, and will continue to be, focused on rapid design creation, and equally rapid and open design editing. We want CAD to be more intuitive and provide the tools necessary so that anyone can reuse CAD data regardless of whom or what created it. We believe that Direct CAD is a more open approach to modeling that will enhance your productivity, not hinder it.”
KeyCreator Analysis, the optional multi-physics FEA package for KeyCreator, gains significant improvements and performance updates. A faster, more accurate solver and improved meshing technology helps users create better quality meshes for superior simulation results. Current KeyCreator 2015 users who update to the most current KeyCreator release will be able to run a free, fully functional 30 day trial of KeyCreator Analysis. This trial will include all levels of simulation. Following the conclusion of the 30 day trial, KeyCreator Analysis will continue to work with limited nodes for one full year. KeyCreator customers are encouraged to contact their Account Managers for more details.
Several new CAD viewer options are available with this release, as well. The new Spectrum KeyCreator will read all version of KeyCreator and is available as a free download. Spectrum CADKEY is a new viewing option that will view all legacy CADKEY files, plus all KeyCreator versions. Trials of Spectrum CADKEY are available or it can be purchased directly from the Kubotek webstore. Additionally, the popular Spectrum Viewer, which can read all legacy CADKEY files, all KeyCreator versions and over two dozen native and standard formats, also has the option of viewing the newly introduced 2D/Drawing formats.