The Five Steps to Delivering Your Product Prototype and Business Idea

Brainstorming a business idea is the first step towards your entrepreneurial dreams. When it comes to brainstorming a new product idea, however, presenting a real-life prototype is essential. In fact, it could make or break whether your dreams come true. In this blog post, I provide an overview of what goes into creating your first prototype. Now, not every entrepreneur or business professional has thousands of dollars to spend on manufacturing hundreds of prototypes. So for this blog post, I focus on creating multiple prototypes using only a 3D printer. Read more

How 3D Nanoprinting is Revolutionizing Microcircuit Design

3D nanoprinting is becoming popular as the technology makes inroads into some of the most microscopic venues. Alison Kay, a consultant with Ernst and Young, recently said that we can expect 3D printing to touch nearly every industry, directly or indirectly: There is the potential for 3D printing to revolutionize the way we make almost anything. This year, I expect it will become faster and cheaper, with new materials that enhance commercial possibilities. If 3D printing is disruptive, nanoprinting is potentially more disruptive. Read more

The Top Three Universities to Attend for a Manufacturing Engineering Degree

So you’re thinking of studying manufacturing engineering at university? You’ve come to the right place! Your first questions might be: what is manufacturing engineering? What does that really mean? Well, qualified manufacturing engineers essentially turn design into reality, ensuring products retain their functionality amidst the glamour of impressive design. Manufacturing engineers oversee how products are manufactured to exact specifications in the most time and cost efficient way possible, so that products can reach businesses and consumers worldwide. Read more

The Need for Cloud-Based CAD Software

Do you work with CAD at the office but wish you could use it online? You’re not alone. According to a 2017 survey, close to 40% of CAD users at architecture, engineering and construction companies were interested in using CAD over the cloud but could not for various reasons. Two years later, and still none of the major CAD vendors offer a complete cloud-based CAD solution. What’s behind this reluctance on the part of CAD providers to make their offerings available in the cloud? Read more

How BMW Manufacturing Plants are Using Open Source Platforms

If you think “Microsoft” and “open source” don’t really belong in the same sentence, brace yourself. While the tech giant has a notorious history of not partaking in such things, the latest joint announcement with BMW highlights that Microsoft most definitely thinks differently about open source platforms and their place in the future. Read more

Announcing QUESTIONS in GrabCAD Groups!

As many of you know, GrabCAD Groups is the part of the Community where you can join groups specific to your interest and connect with like-minded engineers, designers, and students. We also encourage you to participate in industry-related discussions so you can share your expertise. Well, today we’re happy to announce that GrabCAD Community Groups just got a whole lot better with Group Questions! Read more