Who Uses This Software?

Businesses that need to be able to react quickly to new projects and unpredictable design changes.


Average Ratings

22 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $3,495.00/one-time/user
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Kubotek3D
  • kubotek3d.com
  • Founded 1979
  • United States

About KeyCreator

KeyCreator is unconstrained CAD/CAM built for fast and flexible design and manufacturing - the tool of choice for parts suppliers, tooling engineers, and independent designers. Exhaustive translators combined with history-free modeling allow designers to open and edit any file as if they created it and quickly re-use design data from anywhere. KeyCreator's functions enable users to solve unpredictable problems quickly as initial unstructured concepts to gradually grow into complex assemblies.


KeyCreator Features

  • 2 1/2-Axis Milling
  • 3-Axis Milling
  • 4-Axis Milling
  • 5-Axis Milling
  • Database Connectivity
  • Hole Making
  • Simulate Cycles
  • Spiral Output
  • Toolpath Simulation
  • User Defined Cycles
  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Bill of Materials
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Component Library
  • Data Import / Export
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Reference Management
  • Simulation

KeyCreator Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Keycreator review

Nov 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There are a few very powerful features in Keycreator which I use constantly one being box move the other being dimension driven editing these two features save me a lot of time in the kind of design work I do. I also like the fact that it comes with translators built in, enough of them so that I have never had an issue importing files from my customers.

Cons: For the kind of work I do I can not honestly say I have run into any cons with Keycreator I have been using it since about 1998 it was called something else back then but it is the same program and despite all the other CAD software out there I never considered switching to anything else. Keycreator is a perfect fit for the kind of design work I use it on it is very reasonably priced tech support has always been awesome. I really can not say I have any complaints about it.

Overall: I have seen many benefits from keycreator and one that really comes to mind is the translators built in. I have been able to take work from many different customers using many different CAD programs. Most all documentation these days must be in electronic format so the ability to send files back to my customers which they can easily open I think has been a big plus. I use Keycreator on a daily basis for many different kinds of projects and it has never failed me. I have to say that there are many design projects I would have never been able to take on if it was not for the ability to work with just about any format out there as well as the ability to send back files to my customers that they can work with. Kubotec is constantly updating and improving Keycreator and over the years I have seen great new features added which save me a lot of time and that is kind of the whole point saving time since we all know time is money.

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User for over 20 years!

Nov 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have been making models and prototypes for over 35 years and have been using KeyCreator for over 20 years, starting with CadKey. I receive files from my clients who use a wide variety of CAD programs and I seldom have issues with translation. When I do, KeyCreator technical support will help me figure out the issue promptly. I have seen the program make leaps and bounds in ease of use over the years, from editing poor quality imported files to creating our own complex files. The Dynamic move and face handles are awesome and are used constantly in my work.

Cons: We do tons of 3D printing, which requires working with stl files. Importing and editing stl files is not a strong suit for KeyCreator, but exporting them for printing works perfectly well. Though the initial cost of KC is comparatively low, the annual maintenance is a bit frustrating, but I guess that is the cost of program up keep.

Complete Control and Fast!

Oct 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Complete control! This software doesn't take anything for granted. If you want to do something you tell the software exactly what you want to do and that is exactly the results you get. KeyCreator makes no assumptions! NO mating constraints required. Place a part and move it instantly, you dont have to search through an endless feature list, to find a specific sketch to modify. If I want to edit something I just edit it! Simple, Fast, Easy!

Cons: Even when a new feature is introduced, if the bugs aren't worked out there is always some work around that you can figure out! So even the bad things about this software are a testament to how good it is!

Overall: I have used KeyCreator to design parts, prints, and assemblies for just about any idustry you can think of, as well as for a fast calculator, a translation software, and have been able to exploit just about every aspect of the capabilities of this software. I love KeyCreator!!!

CadKey - KeyCreator Functionality

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Having used KeyCreator since the 1980s when it was called CadKey, I appreciate the consistency of the platform and the power of the drawing components. Although the user interface evolves with new versions, it is always possible to set up a new installation with previous interfaces.

We also use other CAD/CAM software, but find that KeyCreator is preferable for coding waterjet and laser programs.

Cons: The odd glitch in the program can be irritating, but customer support has been able to provide work-arounds.

The cost is a major consideration, and in the last couple of years we have moved to a 2D version to compensate.

Overall: CadKey was the first CAD program I used, and I am partial to it. We use it for 2D drawing and 3D projections, as well as output for CAM programs (primarily waterjet and laser) and it works very well for us. It also provides a very quick means of checking machining trigonometry and jig/fixture design.

Kubotek Review based on the past 3 revisions

Nov 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User friendly - anyone can learn easily.

Simple layout/ atmosphere.

Best for designing solids like the die and tools.

Cons: Some of the Cads received from customer doesn't load that easily - takes lot of time compared to other softwares.

I see transition errors with some of the assembly cad files.

Doesn't interpret magenta/mating surfaces on some cad files.

Overall: We use cad for differentiating engineering changes between old and new CAD models, KeyCreator does the perfect job on that part. Can see very minute differences too.

Most of the time we use Keycreator for creating gd&t and roadmaps for the assembly and stampings which does the job pretty well.

If you ask me to suggest, I prefer some default gd&t/drawing pages and title blocks for the organization. Also, it would be awesome if you include a tool for tolerance stackups.

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Keycreator great package, reasonable price

Nov 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It can handle any drawing/ modelling task that I have had do. The feature editing capabilities and the dimension driven editing. It is also easy to customize and generate macros or programs to help me be productive.

Cons: I don't have any major dislikes that come to mind. It does have a bug or two but any package as complex as this is not going to be perfect. The main issue would be long delays in layout processing for the first time in large assemblies and it really gives you no idea where it is 5% or 95% or is it hung.

Overall: My overall experience has been pretty good. But to be honest, the problem has to be major before I will contact them. I usually figure out a work around and keep working.

Software with a Purpose

Nov 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Fast

Easy to navigate and understand

Easy to edit geometry (no history tree)

Multiple ways to accomplish tasks

Customization of the interface

Dynahandles for dynamic changes to geometry

Good support and teaching tools

Great Translators

Cons: Could have better graphics for High res monitors

Icons appear outdated

Locks up too often

Lack of a CAM software

Price compared to what's available today

Overall: I've been a user for about 30 years and have used every version. With a few exceptions each version has been a great tool for me. Never understood the benefits of a Parametric (history based) software. I like the direct approach for what I design.

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Key Creator - Simply Powerful

Nov 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: KeyCreator - for me has been a powerful intuitive easy to use and customize software for my Tooling designs. Strong translators allow me to read all customer files . Freeform modeling with out constraints of a history tree are a designers dream.

Cons: I feel the " older " functions ( Draft Pak ) are lacking severely for functionality - needs a major overhaul - to many steps required for screws and fasteners - should be automated.

Overall: Keycreator has been my go to software for Tool and Die design for over 25 Years

Strong teaching tool

Nov 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The Old menu driven system was a great system for teaching. It reinforced terms of geometry and helped in problem solving at the student level. All the new icon driven systems are great for the experienced Engineer, but are overkill and discouraging for the beginning students. Icon driven systems can become a video game where students can make all kinds of neat objects without understanding the geometry behind them.

Cons: My least favorite part is when a new edition is released, and all of the icons have been changed and its like starting over with lesson plans and handouts.

Overall: Started with Cadkey 1.49 I think, taught KeyCreator through version 12. Its a great tool, but got to be harder to teach. A scaled down version for introductory classes, with steps to work up to a full blown version would be an improvement in my opinion. Taught Pre Engineering classes for 39 years, and Cadkey / KeyCreator for about 20 years to Juniors and seniors in high school.

Key Creator from the stand point of a new user

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the way your program thinks, if you will, in my opinion it is more intuitive than most other CAD programs.

I like that I can open just about any drawing, but lately I have had a problem opening some new .DWG files.

Cons: 1) When an issue arises the pop up dialogue is usually useless and gives you no idea or direction of what is wrong.

2) Dimension Driven Editing should work on 2D as well as 3D.

3) Sometimes when I dimension a part, the dimension has only one extension line, and I have no idea how to fix it.

4) The program could be more stable, there have been times while making changes to a drawing that I have had to close and reopen the drawing before continuing with the edit.

Overall: My overall experience has been good as a new convert from Autocad.

Great Product

Nov 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, as long as you have had some training in drafting (this in my opinion),

you will enjoy this product. From R&D to your final parts book. the libraries are really helpful.

Cons: the only CON I have, is in the industries no longer giving you a key to type-in, to use there program.

Overall: I have been using this program since it use to be called CADKEY, I have seen it grow, and help it's users. it has worked well for me and the company I work for.

KeyCreator - Great for Contractors (and everyone else)

Nov 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 3D modelling (and 2D drawing and detailing) in a very natural, unconstrained, intuitive manner that is not only easy to use, but very quick in execution in most circumstances.

Cons: Bugs (but they all have those) and those few things in which I think I have a better idea than the programmers (you might call them idiosyncrasies).

Overall: It has been the central plank of my contracting business for well over twenty years.

ease of use

Nov 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: I have used other CAD programs doing my 35 year career. No other program has come close to providing the power, function and ease of use.

Cons: NO SPELL CHECK, kEYCREATOR is the only program that I know of that doesn't have spell check, engineers are notorious for being bad spellers.

MARK-2 REVIEW

Nov 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: EASY TO USE

VERY REASONABLY PRICED

IT DOES EVERYTHING OTHER SYSTEMS DO

Cons: AT TIME THE PROGRAM GETS JAMMED

NOT A GOOD NX UNIG. TRANSLATOR

Overall: I USE IT TO DESIGN TOOLING AND PROGRESSIVE DIES IN 2D AND 3D FORMAT.

al

Nov 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: easy to use and is very functional. bringing in other cad programs is easy

Cons: the angle dimension should have a datum line to work from a zero

Overall: work good with smart cam

Lee's Keycreator review

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, and power to create large tooling assemblies.

Cons: The software isn't as surface friendly as some other packages.

Overall: Never had any issues.

KeyCreator

Nov 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Importing solid models and sheet metal unfolding

Cons: The help system is always behind the new versions

Overall: It works well for what we need to do here

Good software

Nov 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: direct modeling , easy to use. reliable,

Cons: surface modification a little pain, extend surface can't only on one direction.

Overall: very good

From my point of view

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The possibility of using in a classic mode

Cons: I´m positive that its price is relative to its value, but the customers think its expensive

Overall: Previous the crisis it was used by ingeneering companies. For instance, a bridge is not more than a huge mechanical part.

Old Engineer's View

Nov 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I like the ability to construct models the way make the part.

Cons: I have issues with imported files, maybe not KeyCreator's problem.

Overall: I am a part time consultant, using the program infrequently. It is easy to be productive quickly as actions can be accomplished thru several menu paths.

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V. P. of Engineering

Nov 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I've learned it from the original Cadkey with NO training!

Cons: Can be difficult learning with no support.

Overall: Great customer service when I have problems using my maintenance agreement.

Screams obsolete

Nov 09, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
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Pros: it is direct modeling.

Cons: very little money being put into making it modern or enhanced

Overall: Its a dos interface and a dos program.

What more can I say?