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CADENAS, Kubotek3D Join to Enhance KeyCreator Efficiency with Digital Catalogs of Purchased Components

MARLBOROUGH, MA, USA, Jul 1, 2022 – Kubotek3D and CADENAS announced a partnership to provide KeyCreator mechanical and manufacturing design users access to an enormous selection of 3D and 2D component geometry from, the technical search engine powered by CADENAS. From a function built into KeyCreator Pro, the data for millions of parts, from thousands of manufacturer catalogs, is available for download directly into an active KeyCreator session.

Free access to thousands of CAD catalogs speeds up design process

By incorporating accurate models of components from up-to-date catalogs directly into designs, KeyCreator users save hours and potential mistakes over drawing the components manually. The extensive catalogs, preview and search capabilities save further time over hunting for data across various component manufacturer sites. “KeyCreator users will appreciate the flexibility afforded by the integration,” says Ram Eswaran, CTO at Kubotek. “This integration will be a productivity boost for many KeyCreator users who will also appreciate the flexibility afforded by the simple implementation.”

Downloaded component data is opened into a new CKD file to allow users to insert it directly into designs and save into a library as needed with just a few clicks. Insertion could be as a simple copy of geometry onto a layer or as multiple linked part references to reduce assembly size. Either way, the user can quickly re-define the insertion origin point and orientation during the insertion/copy step using standard KeyCreator capabilities. The direct open of a CKD file also saves hassles with updating file paths or copying files from the browser’s download folder.

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Visual search engine helps to reduce time-to-market significantly

Engineers are often tied up with time-consuming non-constructive tasks. They spend approximately 27% of their time searching for product information., the search engine for digital component data, was developed to significantly reduce search times and to increase efficiency in engineering. “With inside KeyCreator, engineers gain intuitive search methods such as 3D Shape Search, Sketch Search, Color Search or Topology Search, making it easier to find the exact part they are looking for,” explains Jürgen Heimbach, CEO of CADENAS. The search functions are tailor-made to suit the needs of CAD users and therefore saves valuable time by enabling engineers to find and deploy approved parts instead of recreating them manually. “ ensures that users of KeyCreator can concentrate on developing innovative products instead of manually entering and verifying metadata,” explains Heimbach.

About is a visual search engine developed by the expert for digital CAD catalogs CADENAS. Engineers, purchasers, and architects worldwide use the search engine to find and download millions of manufacturers verified 3D CAD and BIM models. The site experiences over 600 million CAD downloads each year.


CADENAS is a leading software developer in the areas of Strategic Parts Management and parts reduction (PARTsolutions), as well as Electronic Product Catalogs (eCATALOGsolutions). With its customized software solutions, the company acts as a link between the component manufacturers with their products and the purchasers.

With its 380 employees at 18 international subsidiaries, the name CADENAS (Spanish: process chains) has been standing for success, creativity, support and process optimization since 1992. For more information, visit

About Kubotek3D

Kubotek3D empowers the supply chain with the right design information by delivering core precision 3D technologies and easy-to-use software products. This strategy allows product definition geometry, no matter where it originated, to be used to speed time to market, reduce costs and improve quality. Many of the world’s most advanced, complex aerospace component manufacturers rely on Kubotek3D to assure precise part definitions are exchanged correctly between engineering systems.

Kubotek3D is a division of Kubotek USA, Inc. with development and support staff based in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Kubotek USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Kubotek Corporation (7709.T Tokyo Stock Exchange) with headquarters in Osaka, Japan. Kubotek software brands include KeyCreator MfgCAD, K-Compare and K-Display multi-CAD utilities, and the Kubotek Kosmos 3D framework. For more information see  

Nitin Patil
Nitin Patil
Editor and Director of Content, Nitin completed his Master's in Mass Communication & Journalism and having 13 years of work experience as an editor, content writer with renowned international technical magazines and media companies. He is associated with CAD,CAM industry since 2008.
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