This podcast discusses the newly launched collaboration addition to GrabCAD's already popular 3D Model Community. GrabCAD has now entered the browser-based collaboration arena to join players like TeamPlatform and Sunglass.io. Topics covered:
- Collaboration portfolio
- The workflow of uploading, sharing and collaborating with others
- Toolsets for collaboration
- My wish list (for let's say V2)
- Initial thoughts
This past week GrabCAD, a 3D model community, introduced a new collaboration are to their service called Workbench. Workbench is an attempt to give it's community more depth to this popular sharing platform by enabling it's users design collaboration tools. Prior to Workbench's launch, GrabCAD offered sharing but more inline with an open source mentality where the community could see, comment and download models from you.
Workbench is a collaboration area of your GrabCAD account where projects are uploaded, collaborators are invited and 3D collaboration and communication happens on your terms. Although in the V1 launch is asynchronous, I hope more real-time features make the coming builds and knowing GrabCAD and how quickly they iterate, it is probably not too far out.
It is far from the perfect collaboration tool as it sits today but it is addressing a grown need for remote teams and smaller groups to easily get their project content hosted and give them tools to make informed 3D decisions without a lot of prerequisites and software. This is yet another example of how the web is connecting us to be more efficient in design, communication and yes collaboration. ~Lou