There’s a giant difference between hiring engineer #2 and hiring engineer #10

Last summer, we talked on this blog about when to hire new CAD help. A reader, Jason Thompson from Sparta Engineering, sent me a note with this observation: As you weigh the costs and benefits of hiring a new engineer, you also need to consider whether you’re adding your tenth engineer or your first or second. He’s right, and here’s why. Read more

The multi-CAD Thunderdome: everyone enters, no one really leaves

Speak another language? ¿Habla otro idioma? latlh Hol jatlh? Whether you hail from Austin, Santiago, or Qo'noS, knowing multiple languages is an indispensible asset. Driven by the growing importance of international business, multi-lingual skills are increasingly in demand to support a macro Globalization trend. But what in the name of Kahless does this have to with engineering design? CAD is the means by which we express the language of design. Read more

Workbench keeps Xenex engineers focused on designing germ-zapping robots, not managing file servers

Back in October, we wrote how impressed we were with the work Xenex was doing in the fight against Ebola. Two months later, Ebola is still very much in the news and Xenex has been right there with it. Here at GrabCAD, we’re proud to help engineers stay focused on doing important things as quickly as possible. If we save them time and money, that’s okay too. Read more

New eBook: Making Your Case For Product Data Management

You love the idea of Product Data Management (PDM) at your company. To say that you loathe unmanaged CAD files is a woeful understatement and only insults your passion for a single source of truth. Every night for the last two weeks you’ve stayed awake late into the night researching feature lists, supported systems, pricing, and word of mouth reports. You even built a buying framework complete with matching scorecard. Read more

ECOs Aren’t Dead, But They Are Slow and Stupid

In engineering, change is fundamental; product design is a highly iterative process. While change is necessary, it can also be quite costly. Most reasonable estimates place the cost of a single Engineering Change Order (ECO) in the thousands of dollars just in the design stage, with quickly compounding cost for changes later in the lifecycle. Ouch. Read more