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Product Pitch Spotlight: GrabCAD Helps Bring Products to Market Faster

Posted by Caroline Fong  February 14, 2014 05:00 PM

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The Product Pitch Playoff Day is nearly in sight, and we’re thrilled to begin the voting phase on Sunday, Feb. 16th, where you -- the community -- will have the power to decide who will go to Fenway!

At The Grommet, we believe in Citizen Commerce, which is the belief that you and I seek, buy, and share products from companies that reflect our values. Every purchase is an act of citizenship, amplifying good in the world.

With Product Pitch, we’re excited to involve the community in the selection of winning products, and to celebrate the Makers who are creating hacks or problem-solving products in this Maker Movement we’re experiencing across the nation.

The 2014 Product Pitch will feature shakers and movers of the Maker ecosystem, and we are proud to invite Hardi Meybaum, CEO of GrabCAD, as a speaker. His Cambridge-based startup is leading what they call the Open Engineering movement, fostering a community for advancing collaborative product design and modeling.

GrabCAD’s online community library contains CAD (computer-aided design) files contributed by engineers around the world. This sharing of CAD files taps into the knowledge and resources of a wide circle of engineers and accelerates the design process of many products.

The community contains a world of CAD files for any project, big or small. For example, if you wanted to make an Iron Man Helmet, there’s a CAD for that.

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GrabCAD also provides a collaboration tool called Workbench that allows professional engineering teams to manage their CAD data and projects by sharing designs and 3D models -- think Google Drive for mechanical engineers.

The advent of rapid prototyping through CAD software and 3D printing technology is leveling the playing field for product creation. Regardless of company size, it’s helping to bring products to market faster, enabling more efficient testing for market validation.

From creating a virtual prototype for raising funds or initial selling to 3D printing a small batch of samples, rapid prototyping is allowing companies and even one-man or woman operations to test the market before spending time or money on large-scale manufacturing of a product.

This year, The Grommet's Product Pitch event will be looking at products that may be still in prototype stage or looking to scale. There will be two categories: ready for crowdfunding and ready for market. The winners of both categories will be receiving the guidance and tools for a successful product launch into market.

Mark your calendars starting Feb. 16th to vote for your favorite product! The top 6 voted contestants will go to Fenway Park to compete for the ultimate product launch prize. For more Product Pitch info, click here.

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Caroline Fong
Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.
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