Posts in category: ‘CAD jobs’

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!

Taking it to the next level, again.

Three things get me excited every day at GrabCAD:

  • Our Members. Their creativity and passion for design and building physical products is contagious.
  • Our Product. Building a quality product for the manufacturing industry and engineers is so rewarding.
  • Our Team. People make a company. All 36 people in US, UK and Estonia bring their best every day.

We are always looking to hire more great people who care about the same things. Today I am happy to announce two new additions to our team, Rob Stevens and Blake Courter. What did they say about joining GrabCAD?

Blake Counter, GrabCAD Product Manager Rob Stevens, GrabCAD VP Marketing Sales

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Announcing the Dirtbike Tire Changing Tool Challenge! $2200 up for grabs

GrabCAD and Generat, an innovative motorcycle design company, have partnered to bring our community an interesting challenge– Design a tire changing tool that works flawlessly with dirtbike tires and you can have a piece of the $2200 up for grabs.

Changing tires with tire levers can be a difficult challenge for inexperienced dirtbike riders. Bruised knuckles, broken inner tubes and ejecting levers discourage attempts. Generat has turned to the GrabCAD community for a solution. The challenge begins today (June 1st) and ends on June 21, 2012.

Winners will be selected by representatives from Generat and GrabCAD as well as Giovanni Sala, an Italian enduro rider and a six-time World Enduro Champion.

If you have any questions, add them to the comments section on the challenge page and  Tõnu Kallast, a Generat representative, will answer them promptly (he’s already answered one about the level of portability required). Rules and requirements are also detailed on the challenge page.

To see how avid riders change their tires now, check out this video. Oh, the agony!

We have no doubt the GrabCAD community can solve this challenge. Get creative and design a better solution!

Good luck,

The GrabCAD team

Konica Minolta iPhone dock challenge results published! Winners chosen from over 160 unique design concepts

Konica Minolta 3D Scanning Labs launched an iPhone dock design challenge on GrabCAD a few weeks ago. With over 160 design concepts to choose from, it was a challenge for Michael Bernero of Konica Minolta labs to select winners. Nevertheless, the results are in!

Vincenzo, the first place winner, will be awarded $500 and have his model featured in episode 3 of Shape Lab 360. We’ll share that episode with you as soon as it comes out (see episode 2 here). 2nd-10th place winners collect varying amounts of prize money as well as Shape Lab 360 shirts. Congratulations to all participating engineers!

1st Place Toyota iBat by Vincenzo

Comments (from Konica Minolta): We admire the form of this dock for both location and minimal usage of material. Very innovative design.

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So You Want to Do Some Freelance Design?

Getting paid to be creative with your free time is a dream come true for engineers. Well, GrabCAD is the perfect place to turn that dream into reality. Here’s a quick guide for finding freelance work.

Companies are on GrabCAD looking for competent engineers to develop creative solutions for their short-term projects (see example of past challenges here, but note that companies don’t always display challenges publicly– many are offered only to engineers selected by the company). So if you want to get paid to do freelance work, it’s your job to become more visible! GrabCAD is here to help. Here’s how:

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Change in engineers ranking

If you woke up and noticed that your ranking has changed quite a bit, please note that this is not a mistake, but a small change in our top engineer’s calculation. The concept behind the calculation is to show who the engineers are who are actively contributing the best models to the Library. Engineers on the top pages are also getting inquiries from customers about working on freelance projects, and customers feel comfortable trusting these engineers, because their portfolios contain a large number of great projects.

Please take a look new leader-board.