The first MCAD direct modeler to be acquired by a larger firm continues to be a popular tool in automotive design.
Kubotek has added its CAD comparison technology to the 2015 release of KeyCreator. The KeyCreator Compare module was formerly distributed as a separate product.
The inclusion of CAD comparison technology makes KeyCreator the only CAD system that can import, edit and compare dozens of native CAD files produced from other systems. This CAD comparison technology expands the use of KeyCreator’s existing proprietary pattern recognition technology to provide users a way to graphically identify, automatically organize and communicate changes to model data via automated PDF reporting.
CAD comparison can be used in numerous ways to help designers and manufacturers, including but not limited to:
- Is/Was comparisons for quoting manufacturing jobs and changes
- Design collaboration with customers
- Revision management for design updates.
KeyCreator CAD comparison users can also document and share their own design work with clients through automated PDF reporting.
Other new features in KeyCreator 2015 include include animation enhancements for rack & pinion constraints, universal joint constraints, point-on-curve constraints and intermittent motor dialogs. Users can also capture the animation replay and export it as a movie file for use in presentations, collaboration or for marketing purposes. Animation updates provide users a simple, fast and straightforward way to diagnose any issues with an assembly model and then quickly solve problems.
KeyCreator started as Cadkey in the 1980s, and was acquired by Kubotek in 2003, making it the first MCAD direct modeler to be acquired by a larger company. Since then, direct modeling has proven to be a popular side tool for many parametric MCAD users, with several other products being acquired by the largest CAD vendors.
KeyCreator Artisan, the photorealistic rendering module also includes improvements in the release of KeyCreator 2015, including an updated user interface and the ability to export standard KeyCreator light sources into the Artisan package.
Kubotek says KeyCreator Analysis will receive improvements and performance enhancements in upcoming KeyCreator 2015 releases, including an improved mesher.