Posts in category: ‘How to’

Make your SolidWorks CAD model a tutorial

It’s easier than ever to teach others with your SolidWorks CAD models thanks to the GrabCAD Library. Many engineers and students download others’ work to see how something was created. Walking step-by-step through a CAD model offers invaluable information on design and CAD skills. It helps the engineer downloading create better designs the next time they work or use best practices more. By recording your thoughts as you build, or after the fact, you get to preserve your design decisions and give back to the engineering community at the same time.

Football Helmet SolidWorks Rendering STEP / IGES Other By Jordan Tadic

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5 tips to start your open source project

Running an open source project is hard. That’s especially true for ones involving hardware and mechanical components. While that may sound intimidating, it’s also easier than ever to start your open source project and keep everyone involved up to date.

Some rights reserved by loop_oh on Flickr

Don’t let the management of the work get in the way of you achieving your goal. Get out there and use the resources made available to you in communities like GrabCAD to build a product that solves a problem. Big or small, we can help you get your team started and help you share, view, and manage your files throughout each iteration cycle.
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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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How to win clients and master your design reviews

Clients are tough. They have a vision in their head that they struggle to share. They don’t really review your designs. They ask for view after view of your work until they can see the exact detail they need. Then, they send you changes which make you backtrack on your progress or even miss a deadline.

Be number one with your clients by streamlining the review process

Situations like these make client relationships seem like a chore. Reviews with your client should be smooth, frequent, and a source of inspiration for you to get started on the next version. How can you engage your clients and get them excited about your fantastic work?

Follow these Do’s and Don’ts to get your clients on board with the design process, so that they love the end product you create.
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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.