Posts in category: ‘Software’

The GrabCAD Print public beta is ready early! Get in here and check it out.

Last month we finally spoke publicly about GrabCAD Print. While it was a great feeling to let the cat out of the bag, we know that engineers only start to really care about things when they can get their hands on it. Well, buckle up. Today is that day. We're psyched to announce that the GrabCAD Beta is no longer private. Click here to get started. Keep reading to find out what the private beta participants thought about our new software.

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Announcing GrabCAD Print

Here we are, at long last. Three months of teaser blogs is enough by most standards. More than a year of whiteboarding, customer interviews, site visits, and board presentations is enough by any standard. Your continued, sometimes fervent, interest and curiosity is very much appreciated. So without further ado, let me tell you about what we’ve built over the last year.

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The virtual, augmented reality of reality computing

Say it with me: reality computing. It certainly sounds like a throwaway nonsense line cut from the Lawnmower Man screenplay, a particularly egregious instance of Star Trek Voyager technobabble, or perhaps a clutch verbal aberration used to clinch the international championship in buzzword bingo. Joking aside, there's an important, developing technology concept behind the bemusing moniker. But what exactly is real (or computational for that matter) about reality computing?

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Igniting the 3D documentation revolution – 3D PDF for the model based enterprise

Revolution? What revolution?

In 2005, Adobe® made a bold move by adding support for interactive 3D graphics within PDF files, including Acrobat® Reader®, which continues to this day. More importantly, Adobe acquired a file format that enabled 3D PDF to be adopted throughout the manufacturing industry. How that format has ignited a revolution in 3D documentation is the topic of this post.

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Software engineering is engineering. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

You better unplug your keyboard and turn off your workstation. You shouldn't be designing, modeling, analyzing or coding anything because more than likely you're not an engineer. Go home, you're an imposter. That's apparently the grim news delivered by Ian Bogost of the Atlantic, who narrowly confines the definition of an engineer to the strictly traditional concept of certification and licensure. Software engineers in particular have been thrown off a bridge, it seems. It's the sort of crass judgment that might have you propelling your fist through the nearest display. But before you go off unnecessarily voiding warranties or turning to a career in Russian medieval literature, let's do what engineers do best and assess the problem systematically.

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A better way to describe technical roles

Recently, a publication I respect published a poorly contrived article that makes its author seem hopelessly out of touch (but has probably been a windfall for their ad department). The author of “Programmers: Stop Calling Yourselves Engineers” asserts that programmers aren’t doing the same caliber engineering as engineers who make physical things and are therefore unworthy of the label “engineer.” Now, the internet is aflutter with people agreeing that someone on the internet is wrong.

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Why now is the time for all CAD to be “free”

There was a time when trying new CAD software under a provisional license involved roving bands of surly sales engineers, dog-and-pony demos, and waiting for packages to arrive in the mail. It’s safe to say that most (but not all) CAD software is now more sensibly accessible. But in today’s rapidly changing software market, time-bombed and/or crippled downloadable trialware may not be enough. It’s high time for CAD to go cheap-as-free.

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No one wants to buy software. And they never did.

Theodore Levitt, a legendary professor of marketing at Harvard, once said: "People don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole."

Drills or software, it doesn’t really make much of a difference. Companies don’t set out to acquire a piece of software, they set out to solve whatever problem keeps them up at night. If a CAD manager spends a couple of hours a day looking for files, chances are he’s going to look for something other than a naming convention.

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