It’s time to check back in on all of the cool new feature releases we’ve pushed your way over the last month. And what a month it’s been! This week we announced new functionalities in Workbench launching it as the premier Collaborative Product Development solution. What’s that mean? Let’s take a look.
My last post was about the integrations of different SaaS applications. My pen-friend Oleg shot back with another article – Why cloud won’t solve CAD/PDM/PLM integration problem tomorrow? He made a very interesting point about integration – that the last product moving to the cloud is the CAD software. Is this true?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instalar Google Chrome
Ir a la tienda web de Chrome
Instale la extensión de Chrome “Google Translate”
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.
Instale o Google Chrome
Ir para o Chrome webstore
Instale o “Google Translate” extensão Chrome
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.
Installez Google Chrome
Aller à la boutique en ligne Chrome
Installez l’extension “Google Translate” Chrome
Réglez la langue que vous souhaitez utiliser
Veuillez pardonner la qualité de la traduction, nous comptons sur Google Translate.
A few weeks ago we told the world about GrabCAD Workbench, a better way to share CAD models securely with both engineers and non-engineers. Workbench makes it easy for partners and collaborators to see a 3D model in their browser, then make comments, add pins and sketch right on the model.
Workbench Launches Strong and Gets Better
The response was tremendous – more than a thousand people have signed up for our closed beta. With great feedback from that group (thanks folks!) we’ve continued to add features and make Workbench even better. In the last few weeks we’ve added:
Support for .pdf, .mov, .m4v and other file types
Drag and drop file movement
But there’s more to come – in the next few weeks we’re adding threaded comments, view only permissions, ability to view file version history, improved sketching, and launching an Android app!
Workbench Beta Now Open To The Public
We’re ready to open GrabCAD Workbench up to the world. As of today, we’ve made sign up automatic – when you enter your information and click “Submit”, presto! – you’re in. All the easy, secure CAD collaboration you could ever want, and plenty for your partners and collaborators as well.
As part of our transition to “open” beta we also want to let you know how we’ll be pricing Workbench. We’re offering three tiers of subscription:
Professional – FREE. With a Professional plan you’ll have unlimited collaborators and unlimited data storage on up to 5 projects.
Team – $25 / user / month. If you need more than 5 projects you’ll be able to upgrade to a Team plan and get unlimited projects (along with unlimited collaborators and storage, of course).
Enterprise – Some customers have told us that they need additional capabilities like a centralized administration system. For those users we’ll offer all the benefits of the Team plan but with an admin console. We’ll roll out our Enterprise plan at the end of June.
Our Team plan will be available for purchase right on the website, and if you’re interested in an Enterprise plan we’d encourage you to reach out to our sales team to learn more. This pricing will go into effect at the end of June, so plan ahead!
Go Get Started!
We’re excited that Workbench has proved so popular and we’re thrilled that so many people have taken the time to send us comments and thoughts. Please keep it up! And head on over to the Workbench signup page to start sharing CAD privately and securely today.
Bring your hardware product and we’ll bring the experts! Bolt is a Boston-based hardware startup incubator that wants to help you get your idea from prototype to manufactured product. We’ve seen their place and these guys have some serious tools and know-how!
One thing we’ve heard from our community members over the last couple of years is that you love being able to view and share 3D models in the GrabCAD library but you’d like to be able to share in a more private setting. Today we’re announcing GrabCAD Workbench to help you do just that.
GrabCAD Workbench is a secure open engineering platform that allows you to upload any 3D model and share it with the people you choose. It’s great for when a designer needs to share a model with someone in marketing, a project manager, a supply chain partner, or even another engineer who uses different CAD software. If you’re taking screen shots, setting up FTP sites, or trying to email large files, you’ll love using Workbench instead. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
At the tail-end of the wildly popular IDSA Render Challenge (568 submissions!), I managed to catch up with Juror, Industrial Designer and Marketer Robert Nightingale and talk shop. As a part of WeCross, a huge open-concept collaborative space near Lower Manhattan, Robert and his small firm RBRTNGHTNGL is a proponent of cross-pollennation of talents, fields and processes.