In 2012 we launched our first software product - GrabCAD Workbench with the goal of helping engineers manage and share their CAD files. First, our viewer made it easy for you to share CAD models with non-CAD users. Then we added a variety of markup, measurement and communication tools so you can get great feedback from customers, clients and partners. Finally, we brought Workbench inside your four walls by giving you file management tools so your engineering team could work together smoothly.
GrabCAD Workbench laid the foundations of what GrabCAD is today and on June 1st, 2023 at 12PM GMT, GrabCAD Workbench services will be discontinued and all files and data stored in GrabCAD Workbench will be deleted. The GrabCAD Workbench web and desktop apps will no longer function. From now until then, all GrabCAD Workbench features and connectivity will continue to function as normal, although new company creation has been restricted.
What do you need to do?
If you are already using the Workbench Desktop App, you already have a backup of your Workbench projects. If not, or you’d like to read about other options, check out this help article on How to backup your Workbench projects.
We will be providing further reminders and communications on the topic in the coming months, but if you have any immediate concerns, please feel free to email email@example.com and our support team will reply as soon as possible.
Where do we go from here?
As you may have seen over the past ten years, we have refined our strategy focusing our software development to create products that improve additive manufacturing project workflows for industrial manufacturing applications. First in 2016 when we launched GrabAD Print to simplify additive manufacturing programming and execution.
Then in 2020 we launched GrabCAD Shop to streamline additive manufacturing shop workflows. Finally in 2021 we launched the GrabCAD AM Platform which combines our suite of GrabCAD additive manufacturing solutions with our set of GrabCAD SDKs and Software Partners.
A solution better than Workbench
You might have noticed that we have borrowed some of the GrabCAD Workbench concepts into our new 3D printing workflow product, GrabCAD Shop. If you are interested in this product or any of our other additive manufacturing products you can learn more about them by visiting our homepage.