Posts with tag: ‘3D CAD models’

Do more with Autodesk Inventor in your browser!

We want to offer a big welcome to Autodesk Inventor 2014, which is one of our newest supported files in the GrabCAD 3D viewer. It feels so right for members with the latest version of Inventor to be able to spin, explode, section, and markup their files right in their browser.

Click here to view Autodesk Inventor 2014 files in 3D on GrabCAD

Pictured: Shop Vac Power Head Accessory by Thinkin3D on GrabCAD

Looking for more good news? This means you can collaborate in private with even more Inventor uses with GrabCAD Workbench! Looking for even more good news? We also added support for OBJ and IFC file formats. Bring on the glorious, 3D models!
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It’s not magic! Create 3D models from photos

Every so often, we are greeted with new research or technology that promises to greatly improve how we work with CAD. At Siggraph 2013, five researchers released a jaw-dropping video of 3-Sweep. This clever demo shows an order of magnitude of improvement in modeling speed by snapping to photographs when sketching. The thing is, this technology isn’t entirely out of reach. You can do the basics today in most 3D CAD tools. Let’s take a closer look, starting with the video.

Click to view the 3-Sweep demo video

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Engineer’s Spotlight – Dragan Beijan

What’s a letter balance used for, and furthermore, what does one look like? Today fewer and fewer people would be able to tell you, which is why GrabCADr Dragan Beijan chose to create an old school letter balance for the “Build Models for Reuse with Good Design Intent” challenge, an entry which won him 1st place.


“I picked the design because today's young generation does not know that device, it can be seen only in museums. I wanted to bring something unique to the community,” says Dragan. Read the rest of this entry »

GrabCAD Tips: The Kernel, Why CAD Systems Don’t Play Well With Others

Quick, what kernel are you running?

If you answered that question immediately, this blog post isn't for you. If like most CAD users you've heard the term "kernel" but aren't sure what it is or why it's important, keep reading.

the kernel: manufacturable shapes in a mathematical representation

In fact, if you're like most CAD users, at some point you have struggled to import a CAD model created in a different CAD system. If so, you've run into a kernel problem. In that case, this blog post is definitely for you. Let's start with the basics... Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief Introduction to CAD File Formats

Have you ever noticed that there are more types of CAD file formats than there are CAD systems?

precise gear versus tessellated gear

A precise gear (left) as compared to a tessellated gear (right).

Not only do most CAD systems create several different types of files, there are a myriad of interoperability formats that have different advantages when collaborating with your partners and customers.  Let’s take a look at some of the formats supported by GrabCAD’s 3D viewer, along with the strengths and weaknesses of those formats.
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Project Spotlight: 40 Engineers Build Solidworks City in 4 Weeks

GrabCAD is thrilled to present the hard work of over 40 engineers, designers, and non-CAD experts. Solidworks City was envisioned and led by Tommy Mueller using our beta collaborative tool. He wants to "choreograph the future" and saw this SimCity-like group project as an opportunity to "shatter people's paradigms." Can you bring engineers from around the world together to create something inspiring because they want to push the envelope of what is possible? That is exactly what Tommy and the Solidworks City crew wanted to find out.

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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.

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