The recent Challenge with NOKIA reminded me of the great models we have that focus on all things electric. Whether it’s circuits, motors, connectors, switches, or other accessories – GrabCAD has plenty of electric CAD to keep you busy this weekend. Get inspired, start a new project, or find something cool to set your scene!
300b valve amplifier by Andrew Whitham deserves way more love! Get the full assembly and watch out for the schematic, coming soon.
Sometimes when one is under pressure to get their injection mold tooling done, turning to GrabCAD for a little help is a great idea. When you need 60,000 of something, the mold has to be right, or else you have 60,000 mistakes. There are lots of different designs in our library – many of them made by professionals in real-world applications. Lots of lessons to learn from there. Here are some of our favourites.
Here is a flow simulation by GrabCAD Legend Stefan Varga. Everything was created in Moldex3D and comes complete with a shrinkage analysis.
Rhinoceros 3D, known as Rhino is quite an interesting CAD tool. Widely favoured by Product Designers, Architects and Automotive Designers because of its ‘free-form non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) modeling’, allowing the creation of curvilinear designs easy as pie. There are also hundreds of third-party plugins. At the beginning Rhino was distributed freely, allowing a community to spring up to help de-bug and improve newer versions. Sounds familiar, no?
Here is a VTOL Concept by Sönke Dierks, completee with a “turbine in the bottom of the fuselage driving electric motors in the (udf) fan-nacelles, thrust vectoring nozzle on the tip of the tail. fan nacelles 90 degrees tiltable.”
It’s π Day. The Internationally recognized day of remembrance for our irrational yet mathematically constant friend, 3.14159… So this time we looked for the models that reflected the best usage of π in CAD. That would nearly everywhere, sometimes hidden in plain view. Can you think of a moment when you aren’t using π in some small way for a large, obtuse but very difficult Engineering proof?
Sudhir Gill created this Angle Calculator for a Design challenge we had last year. What an amazing idea. By combining the elements of a slide ruler and a protractor, Sudhir came up with an elegant way to calculate angles quickly. Sometimes you only need a little bit of π to do useful work.
What are the necessary tools and equipment do you need to make a building? And can you find these on GrabCAD? Hell yes. If you’re a professional Architect or a Structural Engineer creating a presentation for clients, it’s nice to have a number of beautifully rendered images of your project under-construction.
Let’s say GrabCAD as a whole was trying to build Solidworks City – what would we need?
Ah 3ds Max. It’s better known as a tool for Game developers and CG artists, but 3ds Max is beloved by Aerospace Engineers, Architects and Product Designers as well. It’s a bit of surprise, but there are lots of engineers using it and uploading their work on GrabCAD. So this time around, 3ds Max users get their day in their ray-traced, high-polygon-count Sun.
This is a sofa that we’re not even sure is a CAD file. To sate our curiosity, it’d be really nice if someone could prove to us that it is. Oh wait, Danygood uploaded a .max file as well.
Interchangeability is at the heart of good mechanical engineering. And usually it’s nice to have at your disposal a collection of standard parts on you at all times. Which is why GrabCAD’s CAD library is around. This week we’ve got a sample of the best collections of standard CAD parts out there, saving you time every day you’re in the office.