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Get certified in GrabCAD Print because it’s cool

Who doesn’t love a good certification test? Thousands of GrabCAD Community badge holders and certified Solidworks users can’t be wrong. As we put the finishing touches on GrabCAD Print, it occurred to us that the only thing missing was a good certification test. Sure you can tell people that you’re better than them at using Print. But why ask others to take your word for it when you can waive a shiny GrabCAD Print Certified badge in their face? And, of course, by “waive in their face” I mean “politely link them to your Community profile.”

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Meetup recap: “The role of additive manufacturing/professional 3D printing in education.”

Last week we hosted September’s Community meetup and, as usual, it was both both fun (there’s free pizza – it’s hard to be sad around free pizza) and informative. Our theme was “The role of additive manufacturing/professional 3D printing in education.” We were fortunate to have three speakers who knew their stuff – Elaine Kristant from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Tasker Smith technical instructor at MIT’s Pappalardo Undergraduate Laboratory, and one of our own product managers, Blake Reeves. If you couldn’t attend or didn’t have time to check out the live feed, here’s a quick recap.

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Even MORE engineering resources worth bookmarking

Education is one of the keystones of mechanical engineering. The breakthroughs and changes that continually beset the industry can leave you on the outside looking in real fast if you don’t take the initiative to keep up with the changes. The technology age means greater innovations, so you’ll need to make sure you have a few aces up your sleeve to keep you relevant.

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Art in 3D printing: more museum exhibitions we care about

As the fledgling technology looking to revolutionize engineering, art, manufacturing, and science, 3D printing is the focus of many an art museum looking to get in on this craze early, before it changes the landscape of all of those industries and fields across the globe. Here you’ll find exhibits that employ 3D printing technology to increase the interactivity of an exhibit, often allowing visitors to view recreations of lost works, look at the tantalizing potential of 3D printing as a craft and as an art form, and just to see innovative new pieces created by 3D printers.

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Art in engineering: museum exhibitions we care about

Few people appreciate engineering like artists. Hence, all of the engineering and design museums and artwork you see popping up in museums around the world. And while the beauty and grace many of these works come as no surprise to people who work in fields like engineering and architecture, it’s not the kind of thing the layperson might be anticipating in their museum experience. So it’s on a global scale that the tenets of engineering continue to evolve, with new technologies and ideas like 3D printing, seeping into the public consciousness. Here are a few of the more colorful (if you’ll pardon the pun) examples of engineering work being displayed in museums across the globe.

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Daihatsu & Stratasys include the customer in the design process

If there’s one thing I know about our Community, it’s that you guys like designing cars. And engines. A lot. So when I saw that the Stratasys mothership had forged a partnership with Japanese automaker Daihatsu to create the first-ever automotive mass customization effort using 3D printing, it seemed like something you’d want to know about. Printing replacement parts (like a new grill, for example) is now very much a reality for Daihatsu owners. And if product parts don't blow your hair back, you can also print custom skins for whichever body panel you like. Pretty cool. Full article here.

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The GrabCAD Print public beta is ready early! Get in here and check it out.

Last month we finally spoke publicly about GrabCAD Print. While it was a great feeling to let the cat out of the bag, we know that engineers only start to really care about things when they can get their hands on it. Well, buckle up. Today is that day. We're psyched to announce that the GrabCAD Beta is no longer private. Click here to get started. Keep reading to find out what the private beta participants thought about our new software.

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Announcing GrabCAD Print

Here we are, at long last. Three months of teaser blogs is enough by most standards. More than a year of whiteboarding, customer interviews, site visits, and board presentations is enough by any standard. Your continued, sometimes fervent, interest and curiosity is very much appreciated. So without further ado, let me tell you about what we’ve built over the last year.

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