We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where low-cost paper microscopes will allow for fast and affordable testing for diseases in developing nations, a world where Oreo cookies are 3D printed in colors based on Twitter conversations…how do we find the next ‘big thing’’? MakerGalaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making.

This week we talked with the one and only Hardi Meybaum, Founder and CEO of GrabCAD. GrabCAD is leading the Open Engineering movement to help engineers and designers get products to market faster by tapping into the knowledge and resources of the largest CAD content community in the world. Hardi just released a book on GrabCAD and the Open Engineering Movement called The Art of Product Design: Changing How Things Get Made. We’ll talk with Hardi about everything from how Open Engineering works for companies both large and small, to where we can find the best beer in the world and more.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Best beer in the world?
  • Who are you Hardi and how did GrabCAD come to be?
  • What is Open Engineering and how does it work?
  • The Art of Product Design book
  • The Future of Product Design and Open Engineering
  • …and more!

To order Hardi’s book The Art of Product Design, head over to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.