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GrabCAD is a site where SOLIDWORKS users can upload and download free resources and work with other engineers to design and render. You can leave comments, help start ups, and view the assemblies in a 3D viewer in the browser! You don't have to download it to SOLIDWORKS to view it.
GrabCAD is a fantastic collaborative site for engineers and those who have an idea but don't have the knowledge to execute it in SOLIDWORKS. You can leave advice, download CAD models and tutorials for practice, and ask for feedback on your own designs. They also offer challenges to test your skills that are sponsored by organizations like NASA, GE, and Stratasys.
One tip we have for using GrabCAD is to double check that when you're downloading, the assembly lists all of the parts. We found that sometimes, not everything was appropriately listed. No big deal, but it won't open correctly in SOLIDWORKS if there are things missing!
If there's one thing we can stress, it's that the most important common courtesy for using someone else's design is always, always always, give credit. If you use a CAD model that someone else designed, give them credit! Those things are hard work and they deserve to be acknowledged for it. Do the right thing and tag, share, and say their name! GrabCAD can be a great way to network and build your connections within the industry, as well as compete for some pretty cool prizes!