At $0 to $49 per user per month, GrabCAD Workbench, a cloud-hosted collaboration and file-sharing service, must have sounded like April Fools’ joke to some, but it was not. Since it came online in April, the product has picked up 15,000 users. Last week, GrabCAD decided to boost its functionality with added features to join the desktop and the cloud repository. Continue reading
People who have used SpaceClaim will instantly feel at home in DesignSpark Mechanical. After all, the free 3D software (downloadable from the product’s home page) is based on the popular direct modeler’s code. Standard parts supplier RS Components wants you to think of DesignSpark Mechanical as a gift, but, to be honest, it’s a boon for both the giver and the receiver. Continue reading
Another bridge just went up in the collaboration space. This one is called Share3D. It’s built by QuadriSpace, which offers a series of CAD-to-3D PDF publishing packages. The Share3D app, available for both iPhone and iPad for free, is designed to work in conjunction with the company’s cloud-hosted offerings and the desktop product.
Several products from the Share3D line — the iPad app, the cloud services, and the desktop client — come together to form a collaborative environment for project team members working on different devices, in different places. This is the model driven by what some are calling the BYOD (bring your own device) policy now gaining acceptance in the design and engineering professions. Other vendors like GrabCAD and CadFaster are also banking on this trend. (GrabCAD skips the desktop client but allows desktop machines to communicate with online content and iPad through standard browsers.) Continue reading
Siemens PLM Software is now executing on a foundation it’s been building toward for years — releasing a new series of industry-specific solutions, dubbed Catalysts, that aim to take some of the sting out of PLM implementations.
The Industry Catalyst Series will encompass a portfolio of solutions based on a specific industries’ best practices and culled from Siemens’ collective experience collaborating with customers. The idea behind the Catalysts is to help companies jumpstart PLM deployments and accelerate time to value. Continue reading