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KeyCreator Pro interface.tif
3D solid model of a plastic part highlighted using the Verify Thickness function in KeyCreator Pro
Initial release2004
Stable release
2022 / October 19, 2021 (2021-10-19)
Operating systemWindows
TypeComputer-aided design
LicenseCommercial proprietary software

KeyCreator is a commercial software application for 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting available since 2004.


KeyCreator is a non-parametric, non-history based, "direct" 2D/3D solid modeling CAD program. Originally known as CADKEY,[2] it was first released in 1984, running on DOS, UNIX and Microsoft Windows operating systems. It was among the first CAD programs[3] with 3D capabilities for personal computers. Besides solid modeling, KeyCreator is also capable of wire-frame and surface modeling, as well as drafting.


File formats and versions[edit]

KeyCreator’s native file format is .ckd.


KeyCreator is available for English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese.[4]


KeyCreator is capable of translating and editing the following file formats from other CAD software:[5]

Add-On Software[edit]

KeyCreator has several additional software options for varying functions.

  • KeyCreator Machinist is a 2 and 3 axis CAM solution for Mold, die & tooling, wood working, rapid prototyping and general machining.[6]
  • KeyCreator Artisan allows 3D models to be turned into photorealistic renderings.[7]
  • KeyCreator Viewer is a no-cost program for reviewing 3D models and drawings stored in CKD files.[8]

Designed with KeyCreator[edit]

Aero Tec Laboratories used KeyCreator to design crash resistant, nonexploding fuel-bladder tanks for aircraft, race cars, and performance boats. They have made custom bladder tanks for NASCAR, Ferrari, Boeing, Lockheed, NASA and the U.S. Military.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kubotek3D". Kubotek. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Section 10: CAD/CAM/CAE/CADD". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  3. ^ "CADKEY Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia". 1994-12-01. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  4. ^ "Kubotek3D Homepage". Kubotek. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. ^ "KeyCreator Translation Capabilities". Kubotek USA. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  6. ^ "KeyCreator Machinist". Kubotek. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  7. ^ "KeyCreator Artisan". Kubotek. Retrieved 19 Nov 2019.
  8. ^ "KeyCreator Viewer". Retrieved 19 Nov 2019.
  9. ^ "Direct Modeler Builds a Better Fuel Tank". Machine Design. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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