Grabcad Workbench (Beta): Browser-Based Project Management and Collaboration App



Grabcad, cofounded by Hardi Meybaum, is best known as an online community, a popular destination for like-minded designers and engineers to share their models and collect feedback. With an emphasis on friendship and professional networking, Grabcad has so far been more social than commercial. But that’s about to change.

Grabcad’s new product Workbench (currently in Beta) is a cloud-hosted, browser-based project management and collaboration application. No installation, no download, no thin client. Once you’re logged in, you’ll find yourself in the project hub with a list of files managed in Workbench and the latest notifications. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Online Collaboration with GTeam from Gehry Technologies

Normally I would have no reason to blog about a collaboration application developed by an architecture firm in Virtual Desktop, devoted to a primarily mechanical crowd. But the firm in question happens to be Gehry Technologies, which uses Dassault Systemes’ CATIA as the foundation of its architecture modeler. Several months ago, the same firm went public with a browser-based, cloud-hosted collaboration application dubbed GTeam. The system supports, among other things, CATIA and SolidWorks files in their native form. This makes the product relevant to my readers, even if they’re not architects. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

GrabCAD Grabs More CAD Veterans, Opens New Branch in Cambridge, UK

Rising to notoriety within a short time in an established universe, two-year-old GrabCAD sometimes seems like a new kid, a space cowboy barely old enough to sport a beard or brandish a lightsaber. But things are swiftly changing. The young Padawans have just found several Jedis to help steer their Millennium Falcon into new territories. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

DARPA’s Next-Gen Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Designed by You

If you think the development of DARPA’s next-generation amphibious infantry vehicle is a hush-hush project taking place in the secret bowel of a military base, restricted to chief engineers from Northrop Grumman, you’d be wrong. The design and construction of DARPA’s fast, adaptable, next-generation ground vehicle (dubbed FANG) is taking place on the web, in a three-phase contest with cash prizes ranging from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Sunglass: Two-Way CAD Data Streaming from the Web

This week, during an uncharacteristically warm afternoon in San Francisco, I found myself in Sunglass. Yes, the singular is not an error. I’m not talking about the cheap pair of Ray-Ban knockoffs I was wearing to shield myself from the midday glare. I’m talking about the online collaboration platform Sunglass, whose creators happen to live in my fair City by the Bay. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading