The Top Industrial Robotic Arms from the GrabCAD Community

Hey Everyone, Kesa Lynch here, GrabCAD’s Community Manager, and I'm back again with our favorite Robotics Arm CAD Models that have been posted to the GrabCAD Community Library! Robotic arms are pretty important in the industrial and manufacturing industry. Industrial robotic arms can do anything from material handling to welding. The best part is not only are the robotic arms strong for industrial and manufacturing jobs -- but these arms are also precise and fast. Read more

How 3D Printing and Nanocellulose are Being Used for Wound Care

In Finland, the VTT Technical Research Center has been developing a complex 3D generated wound care product that will be used for monitoring wound conditions while patients are in the hospital. More specifically, they're using cellulose nanofibrils that have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D printing pastes. Interestingly, the research center is pioneering this nanocellulose synthesis via textile decorative elements that will be used to mock up their production before using them for human wounds. Read more

How the U.S. Navy Uses the Scan to CAD to Fab Method

A common problem in engineering is that parts and equipment, once designed, eventually become obsolete. Manufacturers and fabricators that originally completed the material or equipment in question either move on to different product lines, are purchased by other companies, or, for whatever reason, no longer exist. Therefore, a replenishment supply of spare parts or assemblies is just as impossible. This situation was partially the case for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The SPAWAR enterprise became engaged in three-dimensional scanning and printing to rapidly deliver a solution to a particular antenna that is part of their warfare systems. Que: the "scan-to-CAD-to-fab" method. Read more

10 Tips for Pitching to Investors

One key ingredient all startups need is money. Even if you are working out of homes and coffee shops, there are unavoidable expenses, like legal services, accounting, travel, compliance certifications, and prototyping. And if you and any co-founders aren't in a position to bankroll activity until product revenue (or crowdfunding) comes in, you'll need to ask for money -- which means looking for investors. And to get potential investors to invest, you need to pitch them. Read more

Tech Trends Redefining the Beauty Industry

The beauty industry is booming. Today, the beauty industry is valued at a staggering $532 billion – a figure set to reach further heights in the coming years. And that’s not all: A 2016 report by Lucintel predicts the skincare subsection will grow in value by 4% each year. Statista estimates general global retail sales to reach $28 trillion by 2020 (up from $22 trillion in 2016) The stats don’t lie; the beauty industry is trending upwards, which is why beauty companies want to harness the mounting spending power of global consumers. Read more

GrabCAD Print 1.34 is Live

The latest update in GrabCAD Print is live! This month's update offers even more exciting changes for FDM and PolyJet users, including new ways to access helpful GrabCAD content, scheduling enhancements, and more! GrabCAD Print 1.34 Highlights: Advanced Slicer for J750/J735 The PolyJet Advanced Slicer, introduced as an option in 1.31, is now on by default. It has improved accuracy in estimations and enables a few features which are listed here. It can be turned off from Preferences > PolyJet if you need to use the old slicer for any reason. Read more

The Best Technology and Design Podcasts to Listen To

Last week we released the Best 3D Printing & Engineering Podcasts to Listen To. This week, we are excited to release the top tech and design podcasts to try. So if you're in a design rut, or need tech inspiration, hopefully these podcasts will help! Technology TechSwamp As tech innovators seek to innovate to make our lives run smoother, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to imminent policy shifts that may impact those very innovations. Hosted by The App Association, “TechSwamp,” gives a unique insider’s perspective on the tech industry. Read more