Neither Mr. Kubo, nor the Beans, nor Pete and Livingston could deliver the CADKEY paradigm (ease of use 3D interface and database) to the market with a compelling message. Neither could I. That takes: trust, money, vision, cooperation, ability, and luck if you arenít talented. The good news is that few other CAD companies deliver anything better for the price. This is not a criticism, it is just a challenge to do better.
Having been in the foxhole during the hottest CAD development ever - aerospace during the Regan era, Iím discouraged the troops canít pony up better progress toward the utopian CAD/CAM product.
Had the Evil Empire held out a little longer to challenge our US defense establishment we would have developed defense projects that would have eventually proliferated into the retail market with:
1. Photo recognition of geometry with automated translation into a fully surfaced data base. (I had inquiries from the CIA and US Navy while at FastSurf whether this was possible for: photo replication of look alike disguise (masks) of dignitaries, and photo analysis and repair while under route to port of nuclear battle station damage - and of course it is possible).
2. Automated machining of same, with the only input from the designer, machine operator, and other humans of when to schedule breaks and weddings.
The most remarkable and essential and simplest technology I ever witnessed as a software developer of a system yet to be developed was a photo at JPL in 1990 projecting a laser grid (2D graph paper) on a distant body (complex 3D object) while scanning the projected grid and body with photogrametry (remote sensing) and converting that 2D pixel image to 3D coordinates (thank you Frank L.).
We are de-evolving.
We canít re-land on the moon anytime soon (imagine forfeiting knowledge of Calculus in favor of command over Numerical Analysis).
And, commercial CAD/CAM wishes it had vision.
So, No, there are no KeyCreator or other CAD users out there who can say the progress of any CAD system withstands comparison to what we are capable of.