Kubotek Announces Availability of its KCM Geometric Modeling Kernel

Kubotek Creation Engineering announces the immediate availability of its KCM geometric modeling kernel. KCM solves the CAD interoperability problem and supercharges compute intensive 3D modeling applications. KCM is available for integration into current and existing CAD/CAM, ray tracing, robotics or other 3D modeling applications.

Software developers using KCM can now take full advantage of multiprocessor technology available on all modern computers. The KCM modeler is written from the ground up to be truly thread-safe, unlike older modelers whose thread-safety measures were added after multi-core processors became the norm.

Older modelers programmed their thread-safety after the fact by using mutexes, severely limiting the speed at which the computer can utilize multiprocessor capabilities. Mutexes severely limit data flow while ensuring integrity of data in a multiprocessing environment. With KCM’s mutex-free thread-safe code, one customer’s application achieved an almost 100% increase in speed for every processor added to its application, boosting their application's speed by 10x. This has given the company a significant competitive advantage in its market.

Paul Stallings, PhD., Vice President of Development at Kubotek, and Chief Architect of the KCM geometric modeler, compares mutexes to the classic gas station bathroom key: “Imagine a service station that serves hundreds of travelers per day, and in that service station, there is only one restroom available.  In order to access that restroom, you must wait in line for the key to unlock the door. And of course, the line grows longer during peak times. The frustration and discomfort felt by the travelers waiting in line is the same as software users who need to wait for their data to compute. Anyone using software powered by KCM will need not a key because data will flow freely, quickly and safely.”

Interoperability has been a decades-long problem in the CAD industry. As the only modeler architected with the express goal of working with other people’s data, Kubotek’s KCM solves this issue for CAD developers. As a variable precision modeler, it works exceptionally well with other CAD file formats, even if the file formats haven’t been written to that format’s exact specifications. This means when other modelers fail to import foreign geometry KCM will succeed. And in the rare case where there is an issue, the KCM translators provide application developers clear feedback on the points of failure.

Stallings says “Parasolid® and ACIS® have served the CAD and 3D software communities well over the last 20 years. They are solid, mature modelers and were great for their day. It is now time for the KCM modeler to bring software developers to new levels of speed, interoperability and a future of new possibilities. KCM is the next generation modeler.”

Kubotek is also announcing KCM options that can be purchased with, or separately from, the KCM modeler including:

  • CAD Translators, including these read/write options: ACIS®, Parasolid®, IGES®, STEP®, STL, OBJ, and read-only options of CADKEY®, CATIA®, Inventor®, ProE®/Creo®, KeyCreator®, NX®, SolidWorks®
  • KCM Display to create display views for the KCM modeler which supports different rendering modes and creation, selection and modification of objects and view manipulation, and
  • KCM Dialog – a very simple yet powerful way of creating dialog box interfaces in a cross-platform environment.


The KCM geometric modeler and options are available immediately.

For more information, visit: www.KCM3D.com

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