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What’s new in Workbench: The reliability of Product Data Management (PDM) without the cost, complexity and exclusivity

It's time to check back in on all of the cool new feature releases we've pushed your way over the last month. And what a month it’s been!  This week we announced new functionalities in Workbench launching it as the premier Collaborative Product Development solution. What’s that mean? Let’s take a look.


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Why CAD is not moving to the cloud (quite yet)

My last post was about the integrations of different SaaS applications. My pen-friend Oleg shot back with another article - Why cloud won’t solve CAD/PDM/PLM integration problem tomorrow? He made a very interesting point about integration - that the last product moving to the cloud is the CAD software. Is this true?

Waiting in Line

I want to take a closer look at the reasons engineers typically give for wanting to move to the cloud.
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Good News Post for Friday – Engineering Majors Rank High In Salary Analysis

Maybe you've had a long week, maybe you're struggling with a tricky design problem, maybe you need a little good news.  We've got some!  If you're a MechE (or Aerospace Engineer or Marine Engineer, closely related) you've chosen a high-paying profession!


Recently NPR's Planet Money podcast did a story on the most and least lucrative college majors - you can listen to it here.  Mechanical Engineers came in at #8 on the list, Aerospace Engineers at #4.  In case you're wondering, #1 was Petroleum Engineering (hello fracking boom!), #2 was Pharmacy Sciences / Administration and #3 was Mathematics and Computer Science (no real surprise there).

Engineering majors pretty much swept the list, in fact, which confirms that those years of calculus and late nights in the computer lab are paying off for at least some of you out there.  Congratulations!

Google Translate Means GrabCAD Workbench Is Available In Any Language

A number of our customers are using GrabCAD Workbench to collaborate securely with suppliers in countries like China.  As a result we've had a lot of requests to translate Workbench into other languages, which is a pretty major task.  While we get our hands around that chore, we have a workaround.

International business

At some point in a software company's life, the requests start pouring - please provide your software in French, Italian, Russian, Chinese!  This is a great problem to have, as it shows that customers really value what you've created, but translating software into other languages (called "localization" or "internationalization" depending on the flavor) is a major undertaking.  To be blunt, we're not quite ready for it.  But we really want to help our customers.  What to do?

Google Translate to the rescue!  I'm sure you've used Google Translate to read emails or websites, and a SaaS (Software as a Service) application like GrabCAD is essentially just a website.  It turns out that Google Translate works pretty well.  The translation quality is not 100%, but it's "SaaS" - meaning that it happens automatically, all the time.  This is critical because we update our application constantly (every day) and if we had to send all our changes to a translator it would really slow us down.  With Google Translate it all happens automatically.

So here's how to use it:

  1. Install Google Chrome
  2. Go to the Chrome webstore
  3. Install the "Google Translate" Chrome extension
  4. Set the language you want to use

We'll still pursue translating our site into other languages, but in the meantime this is a great workaround.  We are also building Workbench training materials (like tutorials and videos) in other languages as well- if you're interested in any of that material please let us know.

If you have other suggestions for helping our international users please leave them in the comments below!

Now I'll repeat this post in a few other languages for our international visitors.



  1. 安装谷歌Chrome
  2. 进入到Chrome网络商店
  3. 安装“谷歌翻译”Chrome扩展
  4. 设置您要使用的语言



Si desea utilizar Workbench GrabCAD en su lengua materna, por favor siga los siguientes pasos para instalar Google Translate for Chrome. Esto le permitirá ver Workbench en cualquier idioma que haya seleccionado.

  1. Instalar Google Chrome
  2. Ir a la tienda web de Chrome
  3. Instale la extensión de Chrome "Google Translate"
  4. Ajuste el idioma que desea utilizar

Por favor, perdona la calidad de la traducción, estamos confiando en Google Translate.


Se você gostaria de usar o Workbench GrabCAD na sua língua nativa, por favor, siga os passos abaixo para instalar o Google Translate para o Chrome. Isto irá permitir que você veja Workbench em qualquer idioma que você selecionar.

  1. Instale o Google Chrome
  2. Ir para o Chrome webstore
  3. Instale o "Google Translate" extensão Chrome
  4. Defina o idioma que você deseja usar

Por favor, perdoe a qualidade da tradução, estamos contando com o Google Translate.


Si vous souhaitez utiliser Workbench GrabCAD dans votre langue maternelle, s'il vous plaît suivez les étapes ci-dessous pour installer Google Translate pour Chrome. Cela vous permettra de voir Workbench dans n'importe quelle langue que vous sélectionnez.

  1. Installez Google Chrome
  2. Aller à la boutique en ligne Chrome
  3. Installez l'extension "Google Translate" Chrome
  4. Réglez la langue que vous souhaitez utiliser

Veuillez pardonner la qualité de la traduction, nous comptons sur Google Translate.

Workbench Open Beta and Pricing

A few weeks ago we told the world about GrabCAD Workbench, a better way to share CAD models securely with both engineers and non-engineers.  Workbench makes it easy for partners and collaborators to see a 3D model in their browser, then make comments, add pins and sketch right on the model.

Workbench Launches Strong and Gets Better

The response was tremendous - more than a thousand people have signed up for our closed beta. With great feedback from that group (thanks folks!) we’ve continued to add features and make Workbench even better. In the last few weeks we’ve added:

  • Measuring tools
  • Support for .pdf, .mov, .m4v and other file types
  • Drag and drop file movement

But there’s more to come - in the next few weeks we’re adding threaded comments, view only permissions, ability to view file version history, improved sketching, and launching an Android app!

Workbench Beta Now Open To The Public

We’re ready to open GrabCAD Workbench  up to the world.  As of today, we’ve made sign up automatic - when you enter your information and click “Submit”, presto! - you’re in. All the easy, secure CAD collaboration you could ever want, and plenty for your partners and collaborators as well.

Pricing Preview

As part of our transition to “open” beta we also want to let you know how we’ll be pricing Workbench. We’re offering three tiers of subscription:

  • Professional - FREE.  With a Professional plan you’ll have unlimited collaborators and unlimited data storage on up to 5 projects.
  • Team - $25 / user / month.  If you need more than 5 projects you’ll be able to upgrade to a Team plan and get unlimited projects (along with unlimited collaborators and storage, of course).
  • Enterprise - Some customers have told us that they need additional capabilities like a centralized administration system.  For those users we’ll offer all the benefits of the Team plan but with an admin console.  We’ll roll out our Enterprise plan at the end of June.

Our  Team plan will be available for purchase right on the website, and if you’re interested in an Enterprise plan we’d encourage you to reach out to our sales team to learn more. This pricing will go into effect at the end of June, so plan ahead!

Go Get Started!

We’re excited that Workbench has proved so popular and we’re thrilled that so many people have taken the time to send us comments and thoughts. Please keep it up! And head on over to the Workbench signup page to start sharing CAD privately and securely today.