At a loss for words? Not a problem with sketches in the 3D Viewer!

When we announced our 3D Viewer a few months ago, we were excited to introduce a new way to collaborate with other engineers. Now we bring you the next evolution of our 3D Viewing Experience – sketches.

The Power of Pins, Comments, and Sketches

You already use pins in our 3D viewer to communicate right on the geometry. While comments are great, there are some things words cannot fully express especially when dealing with 3D models.

Ever have problems describing your suggestions for a CAD project? Instead of sending written descriptions to your collaborators, sketches allow you to show your collaborators exactly what you mean. The great thing about pins is you can can point to exactly where in the geometry you are talking about. Comments and sketches in pins put the conversation in one place, making it easier to collaborate than ever before.

Have an idea for making a model look better? Draw it right on the model.

Attaching A Sketch Is Easy

1) Open the 3D Viewer from the Overview tab of a project.


2) Simply create a pin on a geometry in the 3D Viewer (the project settings must “Allow Files”). Click Attach Sketch to enter Sketch Mode.


3) Use the sketch tools to explain things that are hard to say with words. Click Save to attach your sketch to your comment.


4) Then simply click Post.                                                        


And there you have it!

Sketch Tools

A number of tools are available for you to use to communicate your message in Sketch mode including:

  • Free Draw
  • Rectangle
  • Ellipse
  • Line
  • Text
  • Arrow

Communicate Better

As always, we build these new features to help you do your work better. Use sketches to collaborate on your projects and get your message across.

So next time you’re writing a comment and words fail you–don’t panic. We’ve got your back.


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  • Sudhir Gill

    This is great!! :) Thanks :D

  • Fateh Merrad

    very very nice!!!

  • Stephen Nyberg

    Great new addition! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • william

    Woooow now this will be a powerful function to GrabCAD and all the community..
    Only with the power of GrabCAD.

  • Sara

    Glad you like it, we would love to see how you’re using it!

  • Adam Pohl

    Solid, more things could be improved; a way to measure & more zoom capability

  • Sara

    @Adam, you should send your thoughts to and let her know what you would like to see and how you’re using the 3D Viewer now.

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