Kubotek NewsletterMarch 2012  

March Madness is in full swing. No, we're not talking about basketball, we're talking about all the exciting things going on here at Kubotek!


Making its way into the winner's bracket is our new fully integrated Analysis option within KeyCreator, including the newest, fastest and sexiest technology (well, it's definitely easy to use).   Along for the ride is KeyCreator Compare which simplifies communication and management of design changes.   We're also getting ready to unfurl the KeyCreator 2012 banner quite soon. With all this, we're sure you'll be able to slam dunk your quality and cost goals for design and manufacturing!


It's been a year now since we transitioned to direct sales and support for the US & Canada. We continue to hear and see great things from our customers, and that leads us to...


Are you on LinkedIn?  Did you know we have a very active LinkedIn Group. Check it out and leave a post or start a discussion. Or just hang out and get the inside scoop from the Kubotek gang.


Let us know what's on your mind and thanks again for your continued support!

FEA/Simulation Survey


A few weeks ago, we sent out a customer survey asking you about how FEA/Simulation works in your process, if at all.   For those of you that took the survey, you totally rock.  For those of you that didn't take the survey, no fears.  There's still a chance to attain rock-star status (in our eyes, at least).  Best of all, we're still going to pick a lucky someone to receive a $50 American Express giftcard. 

New Generation of CAD Comparison Tools Confidently Identify and Communicate Change

Confidently Identify and Communicate Change Whitepaper
Let's not forget some of the other cool technology powering many Kubotek software programs.  In particular, our geometric comparison engine is behind some of the latest innovations to improve the methods used to implement engineering changes Download this whitepaper to learn more about the challenges and potential pitfalls many companies face today, as well as learn how an automated approach may be just the best solution to save you time and money.

KeyCreator Compare 

Our new KeyCreator add-on module, KeyCreator Compare, has created a lot of buzz in 2012 because of its unique capability and immediate benefit to KeyCreator users,  Just ask some of the industry bloggers who have written about it.

Special introductory pricing is still available!

Update on Activation Licensing 

After experiencing delays in 2011, we continue to test a new Activation Licensing system. We still expect to deploy the new system sometime in 2012.  One way or the other, users of v10 and above software will be getting new licenses before July 2012, either using the new activation system or through other means.  We will continue to be proactive in our communications to you, especially as we learn more about what to expect and when.   
Kubotek University 

Along with many new lessons, videos and tutorials, Kubotek University is also making available a new KeyCreator Essentials training course. This course is designed for all new and current users of KeyCreator Direct CAD.  It is broken into fours 3.5 hour sessions that run on Tue and Thu of two consecutive weeks.  It's offered every month.  


While astute customers can certainly develop a working knowledge of KeyCreator on their own, the structured training provided by this course slashes the ramp-up time and ensures that key productivity tools are not overlooked.  In addition, established users who have never had structured training can learn about dozens of powerful features and techniques that might have gone previously undiscovered. Since your time is one of your most important assets, this is a must-have investment.


Contact Walt Silva for more information on these opportunities, or to discuss your own training situation/needs.  


Maintaining Your Account 

Did you know that you can add multiple users to your account?  


In order to do this, log into your support page by going to Click on "Support" and then "Customer Portal." Log in using your account number, registered email and password. Once logged in, click on "My Account" and then "Add new employee."


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KeyCreator Tips and Tricks
by Doc Walt 

 This month we're going to look at a quick and easy way to instantly recreate any formed feature in a thin metal sheet.
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Frequently Asked Support Question

Q.  When trying to add details and dimensions to my layout, all of my entities vanish and I have to autoscale in order to bring them back.

A.  This issue is completely visual and caused by settings that may not work with your graphics card. Go to TOOLS>OPTIONS>DISPLAY>GRAPHICS CARD. And disable the four "Quickmove" options.

In This Issue
New KeyCreator Analysis
Sefea Technology Whitepaper
FEA/Simulation Survey
CAD Comparison Tools Whitepaper
KeyCreator Compare
Tips and Tricks
Support FAQ
Upcoming Events
Recent Blog Posts
The Official KeyCreator Analysis Press Release

New KeyCreator Analysis finally brings simplified, accurate and fast CAD Simulation software to the masses and true multiphysics simulation to expert Analysts.

Sefea technology and optimized auto-meshing simplify setup and reduce processing time.

Upcoming Events 


 WESTEC 2012 

Los Angeles, CA 

March 27-29 


MRO Americas 2012 

Dallas, TX  

April 3-5 

 COE Annual PLM Conference & Technifair

Las Vegas, NV

April 22-25 


Mfg 4 2012 

Hartford, CT 

May 8-10  


Collaboration & Interoperability Congress

Denver, CO

May 21-23


Amerimold Expo 2012

Novi, MI

June 13-14  



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Sept 10-15 


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