Posts with tag: ‘launch’

The not so smooth launch*

Wow, less than 24 hours ago we launched beta version of GrabCAD CAD library and what a ride it has been so far. Naturally we opened a bottle of bubbly once the library hit the web but it was kids kind of bubbly, lots of fizz, none of the alcohol. We're saving the real thing for a bigger occasion.

Hardi pouring the bubbly.

30 minutes after the launch our servers went down. A quick call to our hosting provider (friendly team over at HAvirtual) solved the problem and now our server should have enough juice (unless all CAD engineers stormed our site at once, though that would be a good problem to have) to run smoothly.
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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