Tesla’s Model Y Problem (Hint, it’s Not the Price)

The Tesla Model Y is coming and it’s a big deal. That is, unless the company suffers a financial collapse first, which doomsday prophets keep predicting. Or, another automaker performs a hostile takeover, but they’d probably still go ahead with the Model Y. Officially, the Model Y hasn’t been named, but company officials have used the name quite a few times now. Tesla and Elon Musk have dropped some interesting hints about the SUV. We’ve even seen shadowy pictures of it, a tactic that’s common when automakers are chumming the waters. Read more

Five Mistakes New Engineers Should Avoid for Long-Term Success

In 1970, tire manufacturer Firestone recalled 10 million tires. A faulty engineering design separated the belt from the tread: the rubber on the circumference that makes contact with the road. Unfortunately, it took dozens of accidents to recognize the manufacturing defect. New engineers need to understand their mistakes can have serious consequences. If you want to move up the career ladder swiftly, the room for error is slim to none (actually none). Here are five mistakes new engineers should avoid if they want to gain long-term success. Read more

3D Printing Helps Volkswagen Race to the Clouds for Pikes Peak

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle race to the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado, but this year's race might be even more extraordinary than usual thanks to 3D printing. Racers take on the 12.42-mile public toll road, which contains a whopping 156 turns. Total elevation climb is 4,720 feet. At the summit, the elevation is 14,115 feet above sea level. Read more

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and a Few Ships Too): Transportation 3D Models from the GrabCAD Community

With summer right around the corner, everyone is eagerly awaiting their travel plans. Whether you’re traveling by air, by land, or by sea, the GrabCAD community has a 3D model that may or may not look similar to the mode of transportation you’ll be traveling in. In honor of the new Groups section of the GrabCAD Community, we wanted to spotlight some of our favorite 3D transportation models. If you're into automotive, aerospace, and locomotive design you can also discuss these topics on the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles group. Read more

10 Games to Teach Programming to Children

Non-techie adults see programming as a foreign language, filled with unintelligible numbers, symbols, etc. They want nothing to do with it. Kids do not approach this technology with the same aversion. They are curious, open to learning new things, and do not see limitations the way their elders do. Teaching kids to program at an early age can achieve several important things. First, they can become active rather than passive participants in technology. Literally, there is a great feeling when a child can get a computer to do what it commands it to do. But more important, even if they never move forward into a career in technology, programming teaches a myriad of other mental skills. Read more

Discuss Engineering Topics You Care About With GrabCAD Groups

GrabCAD has a good problem on its hands: our online Community of professional engineers, designers, manufacturers, and STEM students has grown to almost 5 million members worldwide who produce a lot of content day in and day out – and we mean a lot! However, it can get tough to find exactly what you’re looking for in this vast amount of content. Sometimes it can even be difficult for some of your great work to stand out amid the sea of insightful tutorials, design challenges, and CAD models on the GrabCAD Community. Read more

Everyone You Will Ever Meet Knows Something You Don’t

“I know one thing, that I know nothing,” Socrates Let’s say you find yourself traveling in a strange and foreign land, to exotic locales across distant alien shores you’ve never seen before, finding yourself in a corner of the world where you’re not quite sure where to go or what to expect or even what might happen next. Read more