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Kubotek Releases KeyCreator 2017 V15, Announces openBoM Partnership

Kubotek KeyCreator
Kubotek's New Technology modeling kernel builds smooth, precise surface geometry (right) from the example 3D profiles and path (left). (Photo: Business Wire)

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.– The latest release of Kubotek's flagship CAD software, KeyCreator 2017, is reported to provide enhanced user control of several key surface modeling functions and significant performance improvements of drawing layout instance updating and resizing. KeyCreator 2017 V15 also includes customer-driven options for offsetting linear dimension text and settings for section view and file preview images, the company said in a press release.

The surface modeling enhancements in KeyCreator 2017 V15 come directly from expanded use of the proprietary New Technology geometric modeling kernel under development by Kubotek over the last nine years, Kubotek reported. KeyCreator also continues use of the 3D ACIS Modeler kernel from Spatial Corp. as the primary solids/surface modeling function set and database. Geometry generated using the Rail Sweep, Multi-profile Sweep, and Loft functions in KeyCreator 2017 V15 is built by this New Technology and converted to ACIS for storage.

"It's exciting to see significant results of our long-term investment in modeling technology starting to reach commercial use," said Robert Bean, chief operating officer of Kubotek USA, in a statement. "The New Technology-based surfacing enhancements in KeyCreator take full advantage of the modern 64-bit, thread-safe, multi-threaded processing architecture."

An integration with new solution partner openBoM allows KeyCreator 2017 V15 users to manage bills of materials (BOMs) by linking part and assembly property data and preview images in their CAD files in a collaborative cloud environment. Moreover, openBoM allows Kubotek users, such as engineers, job shops, contractors, and supply chain partners, to work together on the same BOM across teams, organizations, and locations.

"We are very excited to partner with Kubotek and offer KeyCreator users collaboration across the design and manufacturing value chain," said Oleg Shilovitsky, CEO and co-founder of openBoM, "and provide them with the benefits of openBoM cloud technologies, such as real-time 3D data access, tracking, editing, and an auditable history of all changes made to a BOM by anyone anytime."

V15 releases of Kubotek Spectrum viewer and Kubotek Comparison Suite software are also available. All three Kubotek 3D software product lines–KeyCreator, Spectrum, and Comparison Suite–are boosted with new DirectX 11 graphics capabilities in the V15 release. DirectX 11 is reported to have provided significant performance improvements in graphics display update and frame rates. Kubotek testing has reportedly shown an average 10 percent speed improvement across a large suite of models and drawings, with 400 percent speed improvement in some cases.

Kubotek ( seeks to "empower designers and manufacturers to work with any file given to them." In this vein, interoperability across V15 Kubotek 3D software programs has been updated with the latest versions of seven major CAD file formats, including ACIS SAT 2017 1.0, Parasolid X_T v29, SolidWorks 2017, Autodesk Inventor 2017, CATIA V5 R27 (2017x), Creo (Pro/Engineer; Drawing and PMI extended to Creo 4.0), and Siemens NX 11.

KeyCreator, Kubotek Spectrum, and Kubotek Comparison Suite are trademarks of Kubotek Corporation. All other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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