GrabCAD Workbench

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GrabCAD Workbench is the cloud-based PDM solution that ensures your engineering team and partners are always working on the right CAD file.

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GrabCAD Workbench review by <span>Robert E.</span>
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Works great for small companies and projects

What do you like best?

I like that GrabCad is a free file management system that can be integrated into solid works.

What do you dislike?

The revisioning and interface is a little slow. There isn't much individual control for revisions if you use folders for managements of files.

It will crash pretty regularly every two days.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is great for a small office trying to keep uptodate files in stand with other people. If helps things feel a little less cluttered and helps with back up as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is great to have a free revision control software to help with sharing files.

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GrabCAD Workbench review by <span>Brian M.</span>
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Useful with great PDM potential for some companies

What do you like best?

+ Stratasys bought it and made it completely free!

+ It is a really effective way to share CAD files for collaboration.

+ It tracks versions.

+ It is a great sharing tool whether or not everyone is a CAD user. All you need is a browser and you can view files 3D.

+ It will show the file custom properties (not sure about config specific).

+ GrabCAD Workbench understands SolidWorks file references, so the parent assembly will be at the top of the file page. And all the parts will show up.

+ The ease of viewing 3D CAD files makes them much more alive and valuable than if you put them in some regular files sharing site like DropBox.

+ Good search tool.

+ Cloud viewer can even handle SolidWorks configurations. (does not do display states, but that is understandable).

+ It has Owner, Collaborator, and Viewer permission levels... Actually also Partner Spaces, that has a few more related options (e.g. can view files and can or cannot download native CAD format).

+ I like that the revision control system is simple and unrestricted. (versions are just sequential numbers each time you check-in). Revisions are deliberately selected by a user. So the user manually selects the Revision scheme they want (e.g. Revision: B).

+ Can Lock files so only one user changes at a time. (others can unlock it though)

What do you dislike?

- Browser cloud Viewer could use more development. (for example, SolidWorks mouse settings option).

- Viewer cannot display SolidWorks drawings :(

- Sometimes viewer will fail to display a certain assembly. It is a rare bug. But I have not found a work around once it happens.

- Viewer cannot display sketches in a .sldprt file. Only solids and surfaces.

- Could use more check-in options (would like to have a filter so I could select only files with a certain word, or subfolder). For example when I check in 100 parts I sometimes want to put different comments on different sub assemblies.

- Could use a way to stamp multiple files with a revision letter in one action. And link to file custom properties.

- 3 simple permission levels is not enough for some companies.

- Migration tools and scripts would be very useful if GrabCAD Workbench is really going to be a PDM replacement for companies that already have thousands of CAD files (on network drive, or PDM system they want to stop using).

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Only ease of use issue is it takes a practice to know how it will handle things like restructuring folders and changing file names. Can sometimes lose history on a file if name change is not done in right way.

It meets my requirements in many ways, they cover the really core stuff, but they should get improving it and adding PDM features (but I also don't want it to ever become Enterprise PDM or something bloated like that, it is more pleasant than a big PDM system).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great for collaborating with non-cad users. Saves me time because they can capture their own screenshot images from any orientation they want.

Tracks versions for design iterations. Allows access from

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GrabCAD Workbench review by <span>William D.</span>
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Cornerstone of our product data!

What do you like best?

Grabcad simplifies managing our SolidWorks data and acts as a central place for keeping up with versions.

What do you dislike?

The updates have slowed down but on the other hand, it is owned by a larger company now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is easy to get setup and test so just give it a try!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product data management.

GrabCAD Workbench review by <span>Jonathan K.</span>
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GrabCad Review

What do you like best?

Ease of access to any and all models across the company portfolio is a great tool. The ease of searching for already designed parts and components in circulation reduces design and verification time as well as saves money during the design process, knowing what parts and components have already been designed and could already be in use.

What do you dislike?

The need to remember to "lock" the parts you are currently working on is essential. Without locking the part form further changes could results in two people working on the same part at the same time. Changes then would be confusing and revision history could become a mess.

Slow internet access could also slow file transfer and become a problem for larger files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Remember to Lock files

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Need to contain all designed parts in one location for the entire engineering department to have access while conducting designs and analysis work.

GrabCAD Workbench review by <span>Ethan F.</span>
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Fits well into current engineering workflow.

What do you like best?

The ease of introduction has been so great. We are always moving so fast on projects and have very little time to work on extraneous projects. But this software was up and running in less than 10 minutes and adding our files was simple.

What do you dislike?

The only big problem I have had so far is that you cannot preview .slddrw files in the Workbench app online. I assume this is a feature that will be added sooner than later. But it is complicating our workflow between Engineering and Purchasing. Not stopping or ruining the workflow. But it would be a nice feature to have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One big problem that we have is multiple files with the same revision. Sometimes they are the same, sometimes they are different. With Workbench, we have gotten rid of this problem. Which makes our documentation more robust and easier to navigate for other departments other than Engineering.

GrabCAD Workbench review by <span>Morgan M.</span>
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Modern PDM For The Small to Medium Business

What do you like best?

Mobile access to any files I want to load into Workbench.

Easily share files with vendors and simultaneously know what version was shared.

Lightweight desktop application and SolidWorks integration.

Flexible user plans and low access cost compared to PDMworks, Windchill, or Adept.

Zero setup time - it's ready to go the day you buy it, just start uploading.

Extremely responsive customer service.

Open to input for new development - listens to their customers.

Part library designation for certain projects is a huge help.

What do you dislike?

If you have slow internet the upload/download process can be time consuming.

Resolving conflicts is better than dropbox, but you have to plan ahead and be careful when working with others.

Remember to lock the files you're using!

The desktop application user interface needs more organization tools for the files so you can sort/search/manage files on disk.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend GrabCAD Workbench for smaller companies who don't want to justify spending thousands on a new software implementation that takes forever to set up.

GrabCAD Workbench is turnkey, ready to go.

A great place to keep any kind of files, not just CAD documentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We went from zero revision control to having a complete PDM solution for our data.

Centralized access helps us eliminate duplication of work and files.

Data storage is more easily managed.

Solves the SolidWorks collaboration problems we had with Dropbox.

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