Confessions of a CAD User

I couldn’t help it… these texts from my real good friend who just started a new job using “another” CAD software are hilarious. Just read for your amusement. Who can guess what CAD software he is using?


Nailed it. U have to be a gd programmer to use it. Do u want to change the background color? Options, system colors, color schemes, dark background, select… But wait, that only saves for current session, if u want **** to save that option everytime u open it, u have to create a system color file in the configurator editor, then add a configuration file for background color and point it to the color file, then export your config file to your file.. *****, i got lost and just realized im not sure this is right, but he showed me how to do it, and he thinks this is awesome. Cause if we upgrade, or go to different job, u can take ur config file with u! Isnt that awesome!

This next line is perfect…

I love how ppl that have only used 1 cad program try to sell u on how its the best one ever.

Oh, i said, this is not intuitive, and he said, it is if u have been doing it for a long time, and i said, thats not what intuitive means, thats experience.

I have been reading instructions he wrote on how to put stuff into windchill, the drawing management system, and my head hurts. I struggled w solidworks too at first. Ill get this eventually, or get fired, but starting over sucks. I’m working on stuff designed and built in germany, some of the software has been translated, but im using a german keyboard…, y and z r swapped, and delete is enft or sonething, and some of the buttons are ja and nein, instead of yes and no. So been a rough 2, weeks for this hillbilly dumbass.

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GrabCAD Workbench Wrapup

GrabCAD Blog:
New Workbench features and desktop app. Make CAD file management easy

Design & Motion:
GrabCAD Workbench just got a lot smarter…

Develop3D Blog:
GrabCAD update: the master plan starts to become clear

GrabCAD Further Fosters Engineering Collaboration with Workbench File Management Expansion

GrabCAD CPD wants to disrupt CAD file management
GrabCAD Workbench Dominates Data Management
GrabCAD Workbench now with desktop synch

Read what other’s are saying on Twitter.


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GrabCAD Workbench now with desktop synch

GrabCAD now provides a means to synch your local data to Workbench using a desktop synch application. GrabCAD says within 3 minutes time (or the time it takes to brew a GrabCAD cup of coffee) you can be up and running with desktop synch. This is definitely mostly true. I logged into Workbench and quickly found the link to download the installer for the desktop synch tool. Once I setup the application and signed in I was able to see a list of my Workbench projects and select a local folder to synch with the selected project. Sounds easy enough. You can think of the new tool as sort of a Dropbox for GrabCAD.

More than 15,000 people have signed up for Workbench since we launched it in June.  We’ve heard a lot of stories from people who are using Workbench to share CAD with vendors, with customers and clients, and with non-CAD users in their organization.  For many engineers, Workbench has made it easy to get partners involved in the design process. Today we’re happy to announce that we’re building on this success by adding a broad array of file management features to Workbench to make it easier to keep your design team on the same page.

I like the concept of the desktop synch tool for use with Workbench, but with any first release software (which is actually still tagged as beta by GrabCAD) it has its flaws. When you X the program you would expect it to minimize to the Windows taskbar notification area but it stays visible on the taskbar the whole time. Also, when you add or edit a file either in Workspace or locally, you have to manually tell the desktop synch tool to download or upload the changes. This isn’t really a true “synch” as you can easily forget to do this and be working on an old version of a file quite easily.

Along with desktop synch, GrabCAD also is now providing a new set of tools that make Workbench a  “Collaborative Product Development” solution.

  • Desktop sync – Link folders from your desktop to any cloud-based Workbench project, but keep control of when files are synced.

  • File locking – Working on a file? Lock it with one-click to let others know not to modify it.

  • Visual version comparison – Overlay two versions of a model to see what changed.

  • Dependency tracking – When you change a file, we’ll let you know if other files are affected.

  • Partner Spaces – Easily release and track specific versions with your manufacturers, clients or partners.

The additional collaboration tools are definitely setting up Workbench to be a formidable solution for any companies project data management needs. With continued honing of the feature set I think Workbench will be ready to become a top notch solution for any company wanting to move on to the next generation of project data management.

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Get Sweet on the Suite contest – by Johnny Ramirios

This is great. Johnny Ramirios‘s video entry for the “Get Sweet on the Suite contest” for AU 2013. Check it out, very entertaining.

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