GrabCAD is a pretty interesting place if you’re a CAD wizard or want to be, or if you’re a company or individual that lacks the in house skill necessary to further develop an idea. You can request work that is performed to your specs and it will remain completely confidential or you can post a challenge and let lots of folks compete to win a prize and recognition for what they create.
Already know your way around AutoCAD, Solidworks, ProEngineer or some other CAD software? You can sign up and offer your services and earn from your work and get recognition at the same time by uploading 3D models.
They can do software conversion from one format to another, turn out photorealistic images from your files and lots more. Plus, there are lots of free 3D models to download and work on yourself which is a nice way to polish your skill.
I can see a lot of folks who could benefit from all of this besides companies needing CAD work done for them. If you’re an unemployed or underemployed mechanical engineer who knows his way around this sort of software it’s a great way to keep your skills current while building your portfolio. If you wonder what you might do once you learn one of these software packages, you can jump right in and get your feet wet, contributing models or working on one of the downloads and finding out how a pro does it.
There are a lot of motorcycle related models you can download and manipulate, looks like a lot of MEs have motorcycles on their mind. Huge array of other models, too, so you’re sure to find something worth tinkering with. Cool.
Thanks for the tip, Shannon!