Posts with tag: ‘cad saas’

Debunking the cons to CAD file sharing tools

In a post I wrote last week I described why Dropbox, GitHUB, Box and other mainstream file sharing tools are not enough for a complex industry like Manufacturing. Yesterday, Oleg Shilovitsky wrote a post listing the top 3 pros and cons to using a CAD file sharing tool as opposed to generic tools.


I completely agree with Oleg’s top 3 pros and think these are only the beginning. As for the cons, I think they need a closer look.
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Why using Dropbox, Github or Box for CAD sharing is a mistake

In the past couple of months, I've heard thought leaders talk about how companies should approach CAD sharing. Should companies use tools that solve one problem for a broad set of people? Or, should companies use a set of tools for one group of professionals or consumers.

Wrong tool for the job (Apple saw via

This is an important question for CAD professionals to think about since more and more engineering and manufacturing companies are moving to SaaS tools. Do you want tools that are one-size-fits-all or tailored for your business? Technical companies, especially engineers and designers, need specialized solutions and this is why.
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You’ve never done CAD like this before!

As you may have heard, Autodesk Fusion 360 is now live on GrabCAD Workbench! This is a big deal. Why? Now, you can do more than view native CAD files in your browser.

GrabCAD Fusion 360

  • You can edit native CAD files from your browser.
  • You can create new models from scratch from your browser.
  • You can use Windows or Mac (or even both.)
  • Your designs are all managed online and in one place.

It’s a big deal because your software and data are no longer tied to one computer, location, CAD software, or OS! Watch the video, below, to see how it works. Stay tuned for the follow-up to this post tomorrow, when we tell you "Four ways to use Fusion 360 every day."
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CAD SaaS (software as a service)

There have been big buzz word SaaS in software business. One of the leading SaaS provider is SalesForce - CRM system.

Despite the big buzz, there have not been many mentions according to CAD and SaaS. One big factor is that one of the SaaS criteria is that software needs to be online but there arent many CAD software who can do it.

So I decided to check the subject and gathered together some links about the Cad and SaaS topic.
* Novedge Blog interview with Evan Yares -

I think what is more interesting than software subscription is software as a service (SaaS). Done right, it can have real benefits for users, particularly in shifting maintenance and procurement costs to vendors, and in converting front-ended loaded overhead costs into scalable variable costs. Yet, I don’t know that any of today’s major CAD vendors are anywhere near the point of being able to deliver serious SaaS solutions. And I don’t know that the current SaaS platform vendors are anywhere near providing the kind of capabilities demanded by such solutions.

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