Dear GrabCAD Community,
Today is an exciting day in GrabCAD history - I’m happy to announce that GrabCAD has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Stratasys. Once the transaction is closed, subject to the fulfillment of customary closing conditions, GrabCAD will be joining the Stratasys family. Read more
Ask the Internet about the job outlook for people in ME, and two things become clear. First, we are alarmingly short of mechanical engineers in this country. Second, mechanical engineers are flooding the market. Read more
What do you do when you need a highly detailed and fully functional 3D printed movie prop in a hurry? You look for experts in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, of course. Read more
So that last article was rather frightening for some, you know, with the zombies and the whole thing with engineering drawings not being alive and all that. For some, it was downright traumatic. Many have rightly pointed out that cost constraints and the limitations of today's tools make Model Based Engineering (MBE) seem like an impossibly far off dream. Yet the value of evolving engineering documentation to its logical next step seems clear. So the question remains: how can we possibly get there from here? Read more
Product design changes are inevitable. In fact, they are an essential part of the product lifecycle. Changes to a product design are triggered and implemented mostly (but certainly not only) during design, prototyping and test iterations in response to a new market requirement, a cost take-out campaign, changes in cost or availability of a critical component, issues discovered in manufacturing or even in field repair, and myriad other reasons. Read more
A couple of weeks ago, a senior design engineer at a mid-sized engineering services company did a perfectly reasonable thing. He asked the Internet to recommend a PDM solution based on specific criteria. The recommended solution should: 1) be cloud-based 2) support Inventor, SolidWorks, and Solid Edge files.
GrabCAD spoke to Shannon Holt, co-founder of Oregon Manifest and creator of The Bike Design Project. A crowd-sourced competition and exploration, the cycling public decided which bike was the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike in their collective eyes. Since Oregon Manifest is an independent innovation platform for utility cycling that asked teams to create a new product outside the larger bicycle industry, it felt most appropriate to allow the general public to decide which bike they'd like to see on the retail floor. The competition included 5 teams from Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle and the winning design will be manufactured by 2015.
Product development experts seem obsessed with "getting it right the first time," and grand statements about failure and options. But the truth is, all teams experience setbacks. The difference between the winners and the losers is that one team plans for it, while the other team can't believe this is happening to them (again).
Let’s just admit it, CAD files are messy, especially when we get into assemblies. Although reusing parts is generally beneficial, it can cause problems if you’re not prepared. Read more