Letter to Community: We’re writing a book and it’s about you!

There isn’t a single day that passes when we don’t hear stories about how engineers are getting help from other community members.

It usually starts with, “I needed a part for my designs and I didn’t have time to design it. I looked on GrabCAD and there it was. I saved a whole day, and what’s even better, the original author shared more tips with me about his design. It could only happen on GrabCAD!” Hearing these stories keeps us going - we know that there are so many creative engineers and designers out there who appreciate that we save them time and help them do their job better.

But, not all the stories we hear are so positive. A couple of weeks ago, I met a brilliant product designer and engineer - a really brilliant one. After our meeting, he told me he’s making a career move to become an interactive designer. Yes, you heard me correctly, an interactive designer. He is talented enough to do anything, but I was curious. Why leave engineering? He feels that the engineering field is not developing quickly enough and, as a career opportunity, software seems like a better choice.

In some ways, I agree with him: there really haven’t been many innovations in CAD in the past 20 years. But, there is change in the air and I think he’s going to miss out on something really special. First, there is a new focus and movement based on hardware. Secondly, the internet really hasn’t changed how things are designed and built. At GrabCAD, we can see change is already happening.

Engineering is not developing quickly enough, but there is change in the air!

The GrabCAD vision is to build tools that help you design better products faster by taking advantage of this new open environment. More than 700.000 engineers and designers agree with us and joined our online movement to access CAD content, CAD people, and CAD tools.

These changes in the industry are hugely important and we need to share them with everyone who will listen. As a fellow engineer, I know that we may not be a very talkative group of people who are always tweeting and sharing, but these stories need to be told. We need to spread the word on how the engineering industry is moving forward, so a new generation of engineers and designers are inspired to choose a career dedicated to building great products.

So, we’re writing a book.

It’s about engineers, it’s about the future, and it’s about how this new, open enigeering world is going to change the way we design and build products. We want our book to be your book - it will be filled with stories from the people who are making this change happen, you. Thanks for building GrabCAD with us!

Leave us your story (1-4 sentences) in the comments below, and we may feature it in the book!

  • http://dexma-plm.com/ Alexey

    Kudos to GrabCAD !It should be a good approach to popularize online collaboration in engineering and learn from other experiences.

    • http://grabcad.com Sara

      We think it will be a good opportunity for others to learn too, Alexey. Do you have any wisdom to pass on or a GrabCAD story to share?

  • teigan

    you can’t be serious. for at least the past month, a simple 2D jpeg won’t display in GRABCAD workbench interface, much less interactive 3D. and you expect me to share this amazing new tool for loss of productivity with colleagues? what kind of a reputation would that build?

    • http://grabcad.com Sara

      We’ll take any stories that help us improve, too. Of course we don’t expect you to recommend us if you weren’t completely happy. Have you had any highlights on the Community side of things?

  • michal

    That is cool idea with this book.
    Where will I find this book? In the internet store?
    What will be the price for it?

    • http://grabcad.com/robert.riegel-1 Bobby

      Hey Michal. I’m glad that you’re interested in the book! It’s currently still being written, but we’ll make sure to update everybody when it’s available, and where it can be purchased.

      Do you have any GrabCAD stories to share?

  • michal

    Bobby i have just shared my short gc story with http://grabcad.com/alexander.diniz-1
    Via provate Message .

  • http://engineering.integrisgp.com Andrea

    What a fascinating project. And I must say the Title of this post nearly FORCED me to read it! ;) Great work here!
    ~AB