Posts with tag: ‘CAD viewer’

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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GrabCAD goes 3D! Experience CAD models in a new dimension… right in your browser

Share your models with anyone in 3 dimensions? Check. Pin annotations right on the surface of a model to share advice and ideas with other engineers? Check. GrabCAD's new in-browser 3D viewer is a huge step toward seamless collaboration and sharing for mechanical engineers and designers.

Announcing a CAD Game-changer: You can now rotate, translate, zoom in on and annotate all CAD models right in your browser without downloading anything! We'll show you how it works in this video:

Click the "View in 3D" button directly under the render viewer of any model with an associated STL file to pull up the 3D viewer:

It will take a few seconds to load the file into the 3D viewer, then you're ready to rock! We've included a few controls to make it easier to make the most of models:

holding 's' enables zoom mode

holding 'r' enables rotation mode

holding 't' enables translation

Use this new in-browser 3d viewer to:

  • Collaborate with engineers on projects you're working on by annotating pins right on the model
  • Share your models securely with clients, manufacturers, or anybody without CAD software
  • Check out all public models on GrabCAD without downloading them

The nitty-gritty:

  • STL file format is supported (we converted a bunch of models already! Over 15,000 of 'em...)
  • Only WebGL-enabled browsers (Chrome, Firefox, recent versions of Opera, and Safari with customization... view Safari instructions. Internet Explorer is not WebGL-enabled so it will not work)
  • 3D viewer load times vary depending on the STL file size and on your internet connection
  • Harnessing the power of 3D through your browser takes computer memory- powerful computers will work better

We have automagically converted tens of thousands of CAD models into STL format. Most models should look great, but in some cases we may have converted the wrong file. Feel free to convert the original format into STL yourselves if that is the case (but don't zip the STL file). As always, we're coding away to make this feature simpler, faster and more powerful. Offer your feedback by private messaging any staff member or leaving us a wish (at the bottom right of each page). We take feedback very seriously!

Enjoy this great new feature on all of these models!