Community Code of Conduct

GrabCAD accounts are intended for members to share original engineering models and provide content that enhances those models. The following guidelines are here to help you make good choices and find success in the Community. Your use of GrabCAD is subject to this Framework and our Terms of Use.

What can I do on GrabCAD?

This is a place to share your talent and CAD models with the world’s engineers. Let them see the amazing work you’ve done! There is so much to learn and explore, so have fun.

Respect the copyright of others.

Upload content that you’ve created. Don’t steal models or renderings that other people have shared and pass them off as your own. If you would like to create a rendering of someone else’s work, upload it to their model with the “Add” button.

Play well with others.

We’re an international community with many types of people, who all have the right to feel comfortable. They may not think what you think, believe what you believe, or see what you see. So, be polite and respectful in your interactions with other members. If they do not allow renderings to be uploaded to their work, please do not post them to your own profile as a model as a courtesy.

Stay true to engineering and design.

All content on GrabCAD has to be appropriate and related to engineering or CAD. Please keep any political, sexual, religious, or offensive content private or off GrabCAD. If your judgment proves to be poor, we’ll moderate your account and send you a warning. Multiple warnings or extreme instances may lead to members being removed from GrabCAD without notice.

Spread the love.

GrabCAD allows you to post content hosted on GrabCAD to other web sites. Please pay it forward and when content is shared to pages on other web sites, provide a link from each model or rendering back to its page on GrabCAD. This provides a way to contact the original producer of the content and is a great way to connect with others in the community.

Enjoy GrabCAD!

Design, engineer, collaborate! Share the best in CAD with engineers and designers from all around the world. Challenge yourself and others. Learn something new or teach others how to get better.

What can’t I do on GrabCAD?

We want to be upfront about this: We like to give second chances. But, crossing any of the lines listed below may result in account deletion with or without warning.

Don’t upload any content that is not yours.

This includes other people’s models, renderings, and stuff you’ve saved or collected from anywhere other than your own mind. Members who consist mostly of such collections may be deleted at any time, with or without warning.

Keep it safe for work.

If you would hesitate to show your models or photos to a child, your grandmother, or your boss, then do not upload it to GrabCAD. If we find that you do upload inappropriate content, we’ll mark your account as “flagged,” you and your content will be pulled from search, and we will send you a warning. If we find you doing it again, we’ll delete your account.

Don’t upload content that is illegal or prohibited.

If you do your account will be removed and we’ll take appropriate action, which may include reporting you to the authorities.

Don’t vent your frustrations, rant, or bore the brains out of other members.

GrabCAD is not a venue for you to harass, abuse, impersonate, or intimidate others. If we receive a valid complaint about your conduct, we’ll send you a warning or remove your account.

Don’t be creepy.

Do not be that guy. Do not use GrabCAD for dating, making illicit remarks, or doing anything else to make others feel uncomfortable in our little engineering oasis.

Don’t take models from GrabCAD to sell on other sites.

All models on GrabCAD are for personal use only. You must come to an agreement with the member who created the content if you’d like to use it commercially. This does not mean that members are not open to these kinds of possibilities – each individual is different. You simply need to ask. If we find you engaging in commercial activity with other members’ models, we will remove your account, with or without warning.

Don’t sell from your GrabCAD account, all models are free.

We are not a retailer or a paid CAD model site. Please do not gate your content with passwords or ask for money. Do not link to commercial sites from your models. If you would like to promote your company, keep that in your profile. If we find you spamming, coercing, or selling within GrabCAD, we will remove your account with or without warning.

What else should I think about when using GrabCAD?

Questionable content and behavior

You will see all kinds of stuff on GrabCAD, some of which may offend you. If you are offended by someone or something, you can either click away or you can “flag” it as poorly moderated by clicking on the button with a flag on it on that member’s page or on the project page for the model. If you think there’s immediate cause for concern, you can report content and/or someone’s behavior to Note: Please report from the specific page that the offensive content appears — leave a comment so we know why it offends you.

Wait, I made that….

If you see content that you created in another member’s profile or another site, don’t panic. This is most likely not malicious, it is more likely a misunderstanding. A good first step is to contact them via Private Message and politely ask them to remove it. If that doesn’t work, please report it to us. Click the “flag” button on a model to send a report to the GrabCAD team. Our team will take it from there. For DMCA issues, contact Check out our Terms of Use for more information.

You find something wrong or see something GrabCAD needs to do better

You may be tempted to post an entry in the Q&A or as a project, but that’s not the best way to resolve a possible copyright problem. We don’t encourage singling out individuals like this on GrabCAD as it could be seen as harassment, which is against our guidelines.

If you feel that you cannot use GrabCAD with the Community Framework as your guide, maybe we aren’t for you. We take all of these points very seriously and crafted this framework to ensure that everyone within the GrabCAD Community has a quality experience with us. Please see our FAQ and Terms of Use. The GrabCAD Team would love to hear any questions or comments from you. Send us a note via the “I Wish This Page” feature at the bottom of every page or email