The Need for Cloud-Based CAD Software

Do you work with CAD at the office but wish you could use it online? You’re not alone. According to a 2017 survey, close to 40% of CAD users at architecture, engineering and construction companies were interested in using CAD over the cloud but could not for various reasons. Two years later, and still none of the major CAD vendors offer a complete cloud-based CAD solution. What’s behind this reluctance on the part of CAD providers to make their offerings available in the cloud? Read more

How BMW Manufacturing Plants are Using Open Source Platforms

If you think “Microsoft” and “open source” don’t really belong in the same sentence, brace yourself. While the tech giant has a notorious history of not partaking in such things, the latest joint announcement with BMW highlights that Microsoft most definitely thinks differently about open source platforms and their place in the future. Read more

Announcing QUESTIONS in GrabCAD Groups!

As many of you know, GrabCAD Groups is the part of the Community where you can join groups specific to your interest and connect with like-minded engineers, designers, and students. We also encourage you to participate in industry-related discussions so you can share your expertise. Well, today we’re happy to announce that GrabCAD Community Groups just got a whole lot better with Group Questions! Read more

Developments in 3D Printing Help to Advance Green Electronics

In Switzerland, researchers and members of the Simon Fraser University research team have developed a very eco-friendly 3D printing solution that produces wireless Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that can be used and disposed of without contaminating the environment. Their strategy is to use a wood-derived cellulose material that replaces plastics and other polymeric materials that are currently used in electronics. 3D printing provides flexibility and adaptability to add or embed different functions into the 3D shapes or even textiles. This creates greater functionality and improves the overall utility of the finished part. Read more

How 3D Printing is Making an Impact On the Global Supply Chain

3D printing is changing the way we live, work and play in the modern world. Specifically, it is disrupting and transforming the way manufacturing systems works across the world, which is in turn having a direct effect on the global supply chain. As we move through what many are calling the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" - marked by more use of 3D printing across all industries, artificial intelligence, renewable energy innovations, and enhanced global connectivity amongst other technological advances – the global supply chain is undergoing a dramatic shift. Read more

3D Printing with Multiple Materials in One Process

A Wall Street Journal article in 2018 explored the then-shortcomings of 3D printing regarding the constraint that feedstock materials pose for fabrication and manufacturing. They wrote: Some plastics cannot be made in a form suitable for 3D printing or require specialized equipment. Metals are most commonly printed using metal powder. Since cross-contamination must be avoided, cleaning the equipment between runs of different materials is very time-consuming, so that most metal 3D printers run only one type of material. This could be changing as researchers are now finding ways to alleviate this problem. Read more

Top Tech Picks from CES 2019

The annual CES show (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas has something for everybody, from smart homes, IoT, 3D printing, and robotics, to healthcare, automotive, AI, entertainment, entrepreneurial offerings, and more. Here are a few products that I think you might like. Read more

The Biggest Challenge For Autonomous Cars

There’s plenty of hype in the media about autonomous driving technology. Quite a bit of this is fueled by the eager press releases and slick marketing copy produced by automakers and tech companies, which are trying to please investors and excite the public. There’s a problem with this dynamic because it isn’t entirely honest about how difficult reaching Level 5 autonomous tech will be. Read more