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 »