SolidWorks HEARD: GrabCAD Workbench for SolidWorks
Lou Gallo runs a popular podcast called SolidWorks HEARD that provides 10 to 15 minute audio shows on tips, tricks, tutorials and tech news on all things SolidWorks. This week's show is dedicated to a review of the SolidWorks add-in for Workbench and spoiler alert: he likes it!
Originally posted by Lou Gallo on solidworksheard.com:
This podcast covers the updates and new add-in for SolidWorks for the evolving GrabCAD engineering platform. Every year when I come back to revisit what GrabCAD is up to, I am amazed at their expanding offerings to the engineering community. Topics covered:
- An overview of GrabCAD Workbench
- The GrabCAD Workbench web UI
- Overview of the SolidWorks Add-In
- Use cases and workflow from within SolidWorks
- SolidWorks format support and integration with GrabCAD web service
- Overview of pricing plans and capabilities
- Overall thoughts
Workbench was focused to tackle sharing and collaborating on private 3D data and provide browser-based viewing (WebGL), markup, measure and comment threads around design teams and their data. A year ago I covered the newly launched Workbench and at that time it was primarily a web service, requiring upload of data via the web and somewhat disconnecting the CAD authoring tool from the collaboration service.
With the launch of their SolidWorks add-in, GrabCAD has narrowed the barrier between desktop and cloud, allowing Workbench to become an in-process tool as well. Versioning, file locking and auto sync with upload/download support give light PDM to any SolidWorks user. I'm excited to see what else the folks at GradCAD will do next!
Go to solidworksheard.com to listen to the podcast!
About the author: (Lindsey Christensen)
I'm the Director of Marketing for GrabCAD and Stratasys Software. Working hard to bring you the best in CAD, 3D printing, and all things digital manufacturing.
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