ATLANTA, GA (Solid Edge University 2014) - Hardi Meybaum, CEO of GrabCAD, takes the stage at the Solid Edge annual conference to announce that he will be licensing Parasolid for use with his Workbench. It has nothing to do with Solid Edge, though Hardi ingratiates himself with the Siemens staff and Solid Edge users when he reveals Solid Edge was his first CAD tool when he was a mechanical engineer in Estonia.
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Hardi Maybaum announces GrabCAD will be using Parasolid at Solid Edge University 2014
Since Hardi arrived in America, with the proverbial shirt on his back and a few dollars (his own story), he has become the golden boy of the CAD world and his presence, endorsement or partnership is much sought after. Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, no stranger to deal making, took the extraordinary step to video their GrabCAD partnership last November. In a industry of aging practitioners (I include myself) looking for the next wave of more youthful customers, a blond and boyish success story (GrabCAD is billed as the largest community of engineers with over a million subscribers), Hardi is almost too good to be true.
Having Hardi announced licensing the Parasolid geometry kernel is enough to start a storm of speculation by CAD insiders, no doubt including all of GrabCAD's previously announced CAD partners. This leads to GrabCAD issuing a public denial of any such intention. Left on the website, however, is Hardi's bio which states "GrabCAD aiming to be the biggest software Company in the Manufacturing industry."
Best of Show
At this years Solid Edge University, TenLinks itself shamelessly connects to GrabCAD by nominating it for a Best of Show. TenLinks judge Elise Moss, recognizes GrabCAD Workbench as a valuable collaboration tool for users. "GrabCAD continues to improve and I am eager to see what their new BOM configuration tool will do when it is launched in Q3 of this year. GrabCAD is quickly demonstrating that it is the up-and-comer tool for most CAD users."
Elise Moss has been teaching Autodesk and SolidWorks software for the past decade. She is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and teaches at an Autodesk Authorized Training Center in San Francisco. She speaks regularly at SolidWorks World and leads the Oakland SolidWorks user group. Elise has a mechanical engineering degree. More...
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