Recent challenges

We have already organized challenges for motosports, marine, automotive and recreation industries. Yours could be the next to challenge all the machine design, fixings, medical or tools engineers in GrabCAD community and get results comparable to having a 100 person engineering team. View all challenges

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    Amarok Racing Triple Clamp

    “The amount of entries was amazing. We were literally fighting over which ones we liked more, and impressed like hell with some of the original thinking. The enthusiasm engineers had and the speed with which they responded bodes well for the GrabCAD business and is a vote of confidence to me...” Thumb quote author amarokMichael Uhlarik, Amarok Racing
    Results: Duration: Cost:
    119 14 days $500
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    Fenders for electric scooter Exo Neutrino

    “Exo team was positively surprised to find that in the middle of a hot summer our challenge created so much excitement and attention. The proposed number of designs was surprisingly high and we felt that the competition entries were thought-out and really caught ExoBike’s essence.” Thumb quote author exobikeMarko Mänd, Exobike
    Results: Duration: Cost:
    32 24 days $400
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    Deck vent for luxury yachts

    “The Challenge delivered us lots of great solutions which we can develop further and integrate into our yachts.” Thumb quote author saareyachtsPeeter Sääsk, Saare Yacths
    Results: Duration: Cost:
    88 12 days $2000
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More about challenges (read the full FAQ here)

What is a challenge?

GrabCAD challenge is an easy way to have an engineering problem solved by the knowledge and experience of thousands of engineers. You might have a machine part that needs redesign, prototype that requires re-engineering, simple drawing of a gadget that needs working functionality - the list can be endless. GrabCAD challenge saves you from hiring engineers and have a contest with hundreds of participants instead. You set the conditions, you pick the winner, GrabCAD takes care of the rest.

What are the results?

Typically there are over hundred design ideas to pick the winner from at the end of the challenge deadline. The competing entries comply with the invention and IP terms that the engineer has to accept, meaning at the end of the challenge the IP of the invention will be owned by you. GrabCAD also puts together a case study promoting the challenge and credits the winners in different news media.

How much does it cost?

Customer usually defines the budget but our recommended prize money would be anything above 1,500 USD. This increases the amount of participating engineers and generates better results for the challenge problem.

Want to create a challenge for your product?

All you need is to:

  • come up with an idea, sketch or picture of a product
  • describe what the product should do
  • have a budget for the challenge and prize for the winning solution

Once the launch and finish dates are set, the challenge will be kicked off. It is normal to have over hundred entries for both 1-2 week sprint challenges to several weeks long marathon challenges. The jury is custom for each challenge and can include your own experts, GrabCAD staff and experts amongst users, external members from related industries. The challenge pack with all necessary information for the engineers is put together by GrabCAD. Simply send us your idea.

What happens if I’m not satisfied with the results?

If you are not satisfied with the results, GrabCAD will not charge you any fee for organizing the challenge.

Who will own the IP?

All intellectual property created by engineers belongs to the customer. Engineers sign an invention and IP assignment agreement when they submit designs for the challenge.

Start your challenge now or call - +1 857 366 6780

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