Posts with tag: ‘GrabCAD Library’

Standard parts libraries vs. GrabCAD – what’s the difference?

Fanuc 430 robot. Model by Ken Schulze, rendered by Indrek Narusk.

"Your site is a great idea and could be very helpful but it seems to focus too much on very specific designs rather than standard parts."

This is a comment we get every now and then and it’s understandable enough. So why isn’t GrabCAD a standard parts library? After all, standard parts are what most (mechanical) engineers use in their everyday work.

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GrabCAD beta free library launches

I had to start this blog post four times because I couldn't find the right words to say this - we're live! has just launched as free CAD library and a community for engineers. This is what we've been cooking for the last 3 months. It's in beta, it's a bit rough around the edges, but it's live and registration is open to all.

What is

It's a CAD library for everyone. We're not focusing on one software and we're not yet another library for standard parts from 10 manufacturers. Our aim is to get engineers to share their own models to help cut modeling time by reusing each other's work. Saving time by sharing and reusing existing models is what prompted our founders Hardi and Indrek to build a new CAD library in the first place.

Small section of our CAD library

The next step is to add a marketplace for engineering work. If you have a good portfolio with quality models and good feedback from other members you'll start pulling paid work (if you want, of course) from GrabCAD. Marketplace is still couple of months in the future as we'll initially focus on adding features to the library and community side of things.

What can you do at

  • Download CAD models - even if you're not registered
  • Share your CAD models - help grow the library and our community
  • Build your profile to promote your work and skills
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Follow other members to stay up to date about their new uploads, comments etc

Go on, sign up for a free account, look around, download a model or two and give back too - upload models that others might find helpful. And if you have any ideas how to improve or find any problems then we're very interested in finding out. Leave a comment here or drop us an email at

Prepare for the drumroll – CAD library coming soon

It’s been busy, busy times at GrabCAD office as our team has been working day and night towards our beta launch this week. We promise you, there’s a lot to come, first up is our CAD library with a cross-platform support, so you can find models for AutoCAD as well as SolidWorks, or whatever your preferred software. And we will not charge you for downloading the models - not now, not in the future.

When we get the beta version going we will take things step by step. We'll continue developing our library (any feedback is more than welcome) and also start working on building a CAD services marketplace. Great stuff :). But until then - spread the word - the more of us here the merrier.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:

GrabCAD CAD library preview

GrabCAD CAD library preview