Onshape

Onshape

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Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock and helps engineers do their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that has rapidly become the primary CAD system for thousands of companies worldwide.

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Onshape review by <span>Doug J.</span>
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"Breakthrough Product - Long Overdue in CAD Industry"

What do you like best?

Ease of user set-up and admin

No software installs, patches, upgrades. No servers or license management.

Conducive to data sharing / collaboration

Transparent version and history control

No check-in / check-out, saving.

No emailing of step files (self-service exports for stakeholders using other CAD tools)

Extraordinary pace of software updates and improvements (major enhancements every three weeks)

Built-in PDM, enormous potential for taking PDM to new heights

Quick learning curve. Experienced SolidWorks users more or less hit the ground running.

Don't need an upgraded windows machine to run, works fine on standard PC's, Mac, tablets, etc.. Can check on live data via mobile phone.

Good training resources

Responsive support team, highly competent staff all around

Great business model - focused on what they do well, partnering with like minded companies to bring secondary services (i.e., FEA, rendering, utilities, etc. in app store). Not pretending they can deliver everything effectively, like the biggest PLM/CAD companies.

Modern database architecture, modern API's, built on AWS cloud - well positioned for the latest trends in data (digitalization, analytics, governance, etc.)

No up front capital expenses, no depreciation

Enables legit master data management from customer facing systems through the supply base.

What do you dislike?

Wish this tool were around 10 years ago.

The CAD industry has really been stagnant for the last 10+ years. Most CAD companies have been focused on leveraging their CAD user bases to sell secondary engineering tools and bloated PLM systems, rather than figuring out fundamental issues around CAD collaboration, file distribution, IT admin, etc. Convinced that Onshape will be lighting a fire under the rear ends of the entire industry starting in early '18.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a shot. Don't be afraid of the cloud. CAD is just the last major business software to go there. AWS is better at securing your data than your internal IT dept. And if you are emailing or ftp'ing CAD data today, that is the worst of all options from a security standpoint.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost and effort avoidance of on-site PDM with server replication in multiple regions. Previous system (Workgroup PDM) no longer supported.

Ensuring stakeholders are all working from the same master data, vastly improving vendor access to collaborative data.

Minimizing time to prepare competitive quote and release packages

Co-location of key technical product data in one system

Improving the ability for designers, engineers, and drafters to efficiently move in and out of projects as needed, without being slowed down by check-in, check out. Developing more of a team-mindset.

Improving access to 3D models for product management, marketing, etc., helping speed up commercialization processes and improve transparency.

Reducing IT admin headaches

Getting more control over IP (controlled sharing as opposed to email/ftp)

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Onshape review by <span>Romeo G.</span>
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"Professional CAD for today's workflows"

What do you like best?

Onshape is fast, stable, and provides full parametric modelling (or just a viewer!) in a browser. This is a remarkable benchmark for communicating 3D design information to non-CAD stakeholders, suppliers, and partners. Sharing CAD data using permissions rather than emailing files, means that there are no duplicate copies of files that could be used in production by mistake. The fact that permissions can be controlled and revoked at any time provides industry-leading intellectual property protection. Monthly feature additions and updates, along with super-responsive support staff makes using Onshape a pleasure.

It's clear that Onshape is developing these tools based on today's users, and eliminating many of the irritating problems with traditional CAD systems. Onshape is leaving out features that many don't need, improving or combining features we do need, and provides an innovative FeatureScript language for enterprising CAD users to develop their own functionality.

What do you dislike?

Feature parity with our other CAD package, SolidWorks, is catching up fast, but there are still some important features missing for me.

Requirement for fast & stable internet connection.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fully-capable for many industries. Make sure you have fast & reliable internet connections where you need to work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sharing CAD data and 3D concepts with non-CAD users (executives, suppliers, etc).

Fast & clean imports of partner's data for fit check and design validation.

Cost effective parametric modelling.

Flexible computer requirements means macOS users can get full CAD work done.

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Thanks for letting us know!
Onshape review by <span>Eirik G.</span>
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"Fluid CAD-experience and great support, though I wouldn't use it to model a full oil rig just yet."

What do you like best?

They call it the CAD-program for the future for a reason. I'm not talking about the modelling tools and CAD environment, though this is certainly modern as well, but the pricing model and never having to update/install and keep buying the next version of your CAD software every year to get the newest features and bug fixes. Onshape keeps everything updated for you, and even though it is sort of a work in progress, and some features may be lacking at the moment, new features are added every 3rd weeks and will very soon have everything you need.

Oh, and it has built in PDM.

What do you dislike?

Some features are still lacking or not quite ironed out. But will probably be happy with them within the next year. There is little or no way to customize the CAD environment (GUI). Background colour for instance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to work on the same model for multiple team members, without an extra PDM system. The workflow of Onshape saves us a lot of time compared to our old file based CAD system. Editing properties/materials for multiple parts at once, for example, as all parts are available right there in the browser, without having to open a bunch of files from Windows Explorer.

Onshape review by <span>Brian F.</span>
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"Take Onshape with you, wherever you go."

What do you like best?

The workflow with other teammates is fantastic. Love being able to watch each others' screens and seamlessly jump in and out of models with intuitive, and easy to use, revision control. The iPhone app is IMPRESSIVE. I've literally designed components from the backseat of a Lyft ride on my phone, and it feels like magic. Works very well with imported STEP files. Easy to make 2D drawings and update as the 3D model evolves.

What do you dislike?

Loading. If there's one complaint I'd have, it's that on occasion, the models will take longer to load than expected and will be sluggish when manipulating. There have been a few instances where we've run into some bugs with assembly constraints but the Onshape team was very quick to helping us resolve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would highly recommend giving it a whirl.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using Onshape to design critical components of our system, high-level FEA analysis (using a plugin), & to run simulations for component / assembly integrations from multiple different suppliers.

Onshape review by <span>Miles C.</span>
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"Game changing product today, with so much potential tomorrow"

What do you like best?

Onshape is a great company with an impressive product. There is no other software out there like it. Every 3 weeks are updates. I can use it on any device anywhere. It's cloud based so duplicates are a thing of the past. Controlling IP is much easier with true sharing as opposed to sending files and hoping that nothing happens to them. I am always excited to see what they come up with next. The best part is that they take the foundation of design but at the same time, forget the negatives of traditional CAD. My personal favorite is that everyone is always using the same version of the software and none of your files become "outdated". With traditional CAD, every new year you are working with people who have different versions of the CAD software, and files are almost always NOT backwards compatible.

What do you dislike?

It's a ground breaking platform, so my only problem is that more people haven't adopted it. So working with other engineers who don't use Onshape is sometimes difficult because they are unwilling to try something new and better. Also, in some engineering labs, getting an internet connection (whether hardwired or WiFi) is sometimes difficult, so that can present a challenge. But it sort of comes with the territory.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make the move now. Onshape is a great product right now, and will only continue to grow moving forward. You won't regret this decision.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We travel a lot to meet with clients and being able to access Onshape from multiple computers is so useful. Also, all our data can be saved in one place. This includes CAD data, sketches, pictures, diagrams, drawings, etc.

Onshape review by <span>Bertel J.</span>
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"Excellent for 3D modeling but the 2D drawing module is missing functionality."

What do you like best?

The part studio and top down modeling. The build in PDM/PLM and the opportunity and to do branching.

The mates in assembly is great. In context editing is Excellent. The opportunity to share documents with customers. It is easy to navigate between parts/assemblies and drawings. The simultaneous sheet metal design.

What do you dislike?

The 2D drawing module is missing a lot of functionality. Should reach almost same level as SolidWorks.

Cannot automatic show the weight of part/assembly in drawing. Cannot edit the cross hatch density in drawings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great and fast for 3D modeling. Great top down design, and no need of server for PDM system. Great sheet metal design module.

Be aware that the 2D drawing module still is a bit poor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mechanical and structural design.

The 3D workflow is a lot faster that in traditional file based 3D CAD systems. Great in context editing functionality. Much easier to control versions and no need of PDM/PLM system. Much easier to do review with customers with the sharing functionality.

Onshape review by <span>Tim W.</span>
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"I'd buy stock if I could. The future of CAD"

What do you like best?

It's hard to choose what I like the best. Cost, low hardware requirements, built-in revision control and PDM?

The greatest features are Configurations and In Context design. Configurations are configured such that a fraction of the work is required to implement thousands of options.

In Context design means being able to keep your contexts once the design is done and never worry about your designs and details self-destructing if a later user makes a simple change or move.

What do you dislike?

Lagging features. While I'm confident they will come, there are some features that should have been there in the beginning that have taken too long to appear. (NPT Ports, anyone?)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Onshape can coexist with Solidworks and other CAD systems. Its ability to communicate designs with customers and remove the possibility of loss of data or revision history makes it a serious contender for your main system.

If I could own stock in this company, I would. It's a total game-changer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the advanced configurations, we have the potential to create entire product line models in one Parts Studio. The possibilities for use in marketing, customer service, and sales aids are phenomenal.

Onshape review by <span>Matthew B.</span>
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"Awesome CAD and mobile to boot"

What do you like best?

We are an installer of cloud connected robotic cells in manufacturing. One of our challenges is our team is always going here and there so we needed a platform that could go with us. One of the features that amazes our customers is when we open their assembly cell on our mobile devices and use the model when we are doing design reviews or in the field installing it

What do you dislike?

The only issue we ever really have is you need an internet connection to work in or even view the model. However, it’s rare that we don’t have that connection so definitely not a major obstacle.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Making the decision to start our company on OnShape has been a great decision. It’s allowed us to do things that would have been cost prohibitive with competitive products. As we have started to rapidly expand our engineering team getting new engineers up to speed on the software has been amazingly simple with most being productive within their first couple of days on the system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to work on the model in a collaborative fashion has been awesome as we have added more engineers to the team. The fact that we can throw as many engineers into the model as we need to accomplish the mission has been a great advantage. The built-in PDM system is very easy to use and allows us to keep each of the engineers working on specific features in their area of the model and then merge all of the changes back together and keep track of who made what changes and when

Onshape review by <span>Todd B.</span>
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"The future of CAD."

What do you like best?

Cloud-based tools that can be used anywhere, and on any system (Windows, Mac, Linux). There is no need to use Solidworks ever again. True real-time collaboration on projects. App store to add 3rd Party tools and functionality when needed. Built-in version control that will change your life. Works on iOS and Android so you can present ideas and edit documents to people while on the go. The tools are easy to use, and training webinars are brilliant. The cost is low for such a fully featured toolkit.

What do you dislike?

I want some more "industrial design" tools that allow one to push and pull solid surfaces. There are lots of ways to design complex surfaces in Onshape, so this has not been a significant roadblock.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the future of CAD. Compare Onshape with Solidworks and Fusion360. Solidworks is expensive, fully featured, but rather messy and old-school. Fusion360 is easy and inexpensive, perfect for many people. Onshape is the right cost-effective tool if you need to build something that will actually be manufactured. Plus, if you are on a team of people collaborating on a project, then there is little question Onshape is the place to be.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creation of a new consumer product. Building tools to support the manufacturing pipeline of the new product. Preliminary packaging design.

Onshape review by <span>Bob H.</span>
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"Onshape...great CAD anywhere"

What do you like best?

Knowing that Onshape had to deliver parametric MCAD on par with competitors, I was drawn to the browser based, work and collaborate anywhere aspect of the program and use this for all of my projects. I also enjoy the different and improved methods to build part geometry. The strategy of a master sketch is unique but powerful. The way Onshape allows you to pick from sections of the master sketch make it easier to collect related geometry to simplify the process and maintain a parametric model. I also like the fact that the program is browser based. I do not need to worry about hardware upgrades or installing updates or patches. The other strategic benefit is that Onshape does not lock you out of using new features with a downgraded version of the program. This is a limitation with other competing programs. I have used Onshape for exporting to 3D print parts without any problem. The workflow is straightforward and convenient.

What do you dislike?

The only downside is in re-thinking how to build part geometry to optimize for integrating into very larger and complex assemblies. This does, however, help me to be more efficient in the long run. This is probably more of a recommendation than dislike but I would like to see a slicer built into Onshape to allow direct 3D printing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use and collaborate with customers and your team

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape helps me stay in touch with my customers and partners from anywhere. This is the main benefit for me.

Onshape review by <span>Anthony M.</span>
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"Onshape, modern CAD that continues to get better "

What do you like best?

Onshape has a really good selection of design tools, its robust and has a familiar feel to it. It is great for top down parametric CAD design, makes organizing part data easier, and has no overhead IT tasks. 3 week feature updates are great the the community support/ customer service is also excellent. Very impressive product.

What do you dislike?

The biggest issues I have with Onshape are the less professional feeling application store add-ons. Although they are nice they don't all match the usability of Onshape. Also because of the fully cloud based architecture a reliable internet connection is required for a good experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best to start with a trial project with a subset of CAD users for bigger companies.

a 3 week project works best just to get familiar with features and tools and gauge the strengths and weaknesses. Transferring CAD assets and transitioning to Onshape will be an ongoing process, also good to consider the size of projects to ensure this is the correct software massive assemblies (over 10K parts) would probably have issues currently.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product development and design. Consumer product scaling from low volume manufacturing to medium to high. Very easy to collaborate, share, and manage CAD data and assets. It cost less, is feature rich and has no IT overhead problems to deal with.

Onshape review by <span>David W.</span>
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"Moving to the next stage with Onshape"

What do you like best?

Access to up to date software on any platform including mobile. Ability to share design easily with colleagues anywhere. Rapidly improving software based on user feedback. Constraints system built around simulation not an add on.

What do you dislike?

Drawings package still maturing. Mobile lags behind desktop in a number of key areas particularly with lack of 2d drawings. I think also the iPad and Apple Pencil offer an opportunity to rethink the way 3d design can be done. At the moment it basically mimics the desktop workflow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although lacking in some features present in more mature products it has sufficient functionality to operate as primary system. Minor learning curve from other parametric packages so minimal drop in productivity.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Onshape I am able to give clients instant access to the latest model and drawings. They can see in real time how a job is progressing and give feedback immediately if it is required. Saving time and wasted work. Easy to do presentations using a mobile device. Access to all design information in one place including design calculations.

Onshape review by <span>Simon H.</span>
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"This is the future of CAD."

What do you like best?

I like the fact that it is Cloud-based so I can access my files form any computer. I also like the fact that I don't get an annual update but a regular, monthly improvement which is instantly available without having to load new software. I also like the fact that I'm not paying for Support that I don't use. Help is always at hand and sharing files is very easy and secure. Really like the sheet metal side of Onshape. Much more intuitive than other software I've used.

What do you dislike?

The commands are not quite all there at present but are being continually improved and updated. There is sometimes a lag while a file loads but that's just something to get used to. At least you don't lose work as it doesn't crash!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a trial period

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sharing files with clients is easy and means that you don't have to save umpteen different versions.

Onshape review by <span>Nick T.</span>
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"Transition to Onshape"

What do you like best?

In transitioning over to Onshape we have immediately noticed the benefit of cloud based CAD. As a team of 4 individuals with a subscription, we are able to collaborate on design and most importantly, we now have a common location for saving our designs and drawings. Previous to this, information was spread across different machines creating a disjointed document management system.

What do you dislike?

The one limiting factor of a cloud based CAD system is the need for internet access. On the odd occasion, I have been unable to access drawings due to being on site with no internet. The workaround us to print to PDF a copy of the drawings and save locally on my computer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is worth trialling on a 1 year subscription. We had some slight concerns due to some features not being available at the time of signing up, but with the regular product updates these features have now been added.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are standardising on system design. This alleviates the need to design the same things more than once. This will lead to time savings on design. The ability to access information on a smart phone has proved to be an unexpected benefit. We have been able to share design information with the client when on site in locations where it would not be possible to set up a computer.

Onshape review by <span>Dean H.</span>
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"A Big Jump Into The Future of Parametric Design"

What do you like best?

Its cloud architecture and collaboration model. Onshape's approach is obviously the future and has clear, critical advantages over SolidWorks. Being able to collaborate on a live project from any platform, including my phone and my iPad, or any computer in the office is amazing. Remotely discussing a design in progress while the designer works on the model and provides a tour of her work, is unique and a fundamental advance.

What do you dislike?

Mating, and sheet metal limitations. The innovative work the Onshape team is taking to mating and sheet metal is both exciting and somewhat frustrating. I support their approach, but I'd like them to realize their complete vision as soon as possible. Int he meantime, sheet metal, in particular, cannot support some of our projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely give Onshape a look. Build a complete test project on the platform and talk to the Onshape team about your experience. The benefits of the platform generally outweigh any near-term missing features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sharing designs with clients, remote collaboration, and sharing 3D designs with non-design staff. Onshape is the kind of platform that you can find a new use for every day. To tour a design live with a client during a video conference is the most effective communication tool we've found. Then to provide the client access to their design revisions in full 3D interactive detail has been extremely well-received by our clients.

Onshape review by <span>Scott C.</span>
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"OnShape makes leading edge 3D cad available to the masses."

What do you like best?

The online processing is one of the best features. This allows you to work from multiple locations on multiple devices and it also allows you to show customers drawings without them having any software.

The price (if you chose a pro subscription) is less than the maintenance fee for other leading edge packages without the up front cost.

No backups required.

No saving of files because everything gets saved.

You can use one seat license if you want since no installation on a machine is required. Multiple people can use the same license at different times from their own machine.

The large quantity and ease of access to training is outstanding.

The frequent updates which add surprising numbers of features is impressive.

If you submit a ticket for a change or feature, you are not only very likely to get it but they tell you when it is available! Try getting that from anywhere else on the planet!

Upgrades are all seamless, invisible, and free.

The list of pluses goes on and one with this package.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the rendering is slow, I suppose depending on the load at the server at the time. But "slow" meaning 15 seconds, not 10 minutes. Most of the time it is quite fast.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can use the free version which has just about all the features of a pro subscription sans some security features. Even the basic training is free and you can find lots of training on YouTube also.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was previously using 2D cad because I could not afford to purchase Solid Works for 7K plus maintenance fee each year. That wasn't an option. When I really needed 3d rendering I was using Sketchup which is absolutely junk compared to this. I tried the 360 product from Autocad for awhile until my free trial ran out and was not impressed at all. It is not nearly as easy to use as Onshape.

Onshape review by <span>Andy W.</span>
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"First impressions"

What do you like best?

Flexibility of cloud working, sharing options and version control. It's very easy to raise questions and/or requests to the OnShape team too.....AND they reply very quickly. Great support.

What do you dislike?

Can be slow to load large assemblies. Noticeable lag when annotating or dimensioning drawings too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't be fooled by the apparent uncluttered interfaces in Onshape. It REALLY is a fully featured CAD program as far as I can tell so far. Give it a try and use the comprehensive tutorials as there's a few differences to the more established CAD programs...esp the mates! Onshape were keen to offer a free trial period.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's streamlining our CAD filing and access. Sharing docs and models with other teams is so much easier now. I can also run the very latest CAD and work from home. No more requirement for top end expensive graphics heavy machines.

Onshape review by <span>David R.</span>
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"Spectacular software"

What do you like best?

I love that there is nothing to download, it automatically updates, there is constantly new content being rolled out, there is no "save" button, I can work simultaneously as my co-workers, everything is synced across all devices, I can add a comment to a point, line, or face, I can share designs with customers without them needing an account or downloading anything, and the top-down approach to design.

What do you dislike?

When I have +100 features, it slows down. The errors messages are ambiguous.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's life changing. I don't want to over-hype it, but give the free version a try at the very least. The full software is free indefinitely as long as your files are public.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Iteration is FAST! It's seamless to add features across multiple parts. We can design and 3D print in a single day without batting an eye.

Onshape review by <span>bill c.</span>
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"Cloud based cad"

What do you like best?

No files! Structuring a project in Onshape is so much easier than any thing we've used in the past. Having multiple engineers working together without the handcuffs of checking things out and locking the up the design process.

Working with parts imported from the cloud blends in seamlessly and in an organized fashion. There's no issues with files in the download folder while my design is in it's design folder. What's pack'n go, what'd that do?

It's always there, no matter where I am. I don't have to be planted at my CAD station to get work done.

The community is positive and very helpful. It's the best environment for mechanical engineers.

What do you dislike?

More people using it.

I'd like manufacturers to embrace the technology freeing me up from BOM & drawings.

I want to finish up a layout, click a button and have my parts arrive at my door step the next door.

Recommendations to others considering the product

absolutely

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designs for motorcycle accessories. Working fixture designs and moving towards automation.

Onshape review by <span>Arturo S.</span>
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"I enjoy using Onshape"

What do you like best?

Onshape work in the cloud. I do not loose any information. I do not need to think in the archives structures, how to save, If I change the name or the file. I can consult the information in my cellphone, in any computer in any place. I can work in any computer, I can use any operative system, If the file is big or small the performance is good (with a little exceptions).

What do you dislike?

Some functionality is not available, the drawing is too limit, and I can not add my own custom profiles in weldments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The interface is very sobrius.

I recommend a lot this application, but I do not have success to convince at anybody to change at this platform. I think that the inexpert people do not understand al the advantage.

Some functionality that you do not have jet.

Invite at customers to made some training to other users about how they solve some real problem in Onshape

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design machines, molds or fixtures. I can use a professional CAD with a accessible price. It too easy show information with customer or provider.

Onshape review by <span>Steven W.</span>
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"Future of CAD"

What do you like best?

The benefits that you would expect from cloud based platform - no file control or version management and the ability to work collaboratively. It is very easy to add new users without worrying about PDM and additional IT work. When comparing to other CAD platforms, the low price of OnShape made it an easy choice for us.

What do you dislike?

Configurations (as in SolidWorks) have not been added yet, this is the most important missing feature for our organization. 3D sketching is another large missing feature. I also wish the UI was more customizable, and allowed different background colors to be set. Coloring of individual faces is another important feature that is currently missing. However every three weeks or less new features are being added, and I am confident the needed functionality will be available soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a professional trial and see how Onshape fits into your workflow. There are some differences that take some getting used to, but they quickly become appreciated and intuitive.

Reviewing the training materials, or taking a course can really help accelerate your switch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

OnShape allows us to add new or part-time users at a very affordable cost, which is critical for our start-up organization. Unlike SolidWorks where $5k+ licenses plus subscriptions have to be purchased (not to mention expensive stand-alone PDM software), in OnShape there is only a subscription fee. Since it is cloud based new users can get started immediately, and there is a lot of high quality training material available. Computers also do not need to be expensive workstations to run OnShape.

Onshape review by <span>R. Dirk P.</span>
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"Onshape makes cloud CAD reality"

What do you like best?

Being in a manufacturing setting, having the ability to model from my phone on the production floor is huge. I can work on my CAD anywhere I need on any device. I know that is Onshape's tagline, but it is true and it is liberating. Onshape adds new features every three weeks, so it is improving all the time. Onshape's mating system is very unique and makes mating assemblies so much easier. Onshape also has Featurescript which allows users to build custom features. I love that about Onshape.

What do you dislike?

There are still some pretty major feature functions missing at this time. Onshape does not yet have a weldment feature, although there is a featurescript for one until they create a native feature. Although I really like the mating system, it does have a slight learning curve. Mate connectors are used to connect parts together and they are great, but I do find myself creating many custom mate connectors, which can be a bit tedious.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pick a project and try it using Onshape. Try out their features and see if it will benefit your company

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape is so easy to get started with. We use several interns which means lots of changeover. With Onshape, we very easily transition between interns. We also easily share CAD information with other departments to update projects we are working on.

Onshape review by <span>Erika B.</span>
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"Easy to use, affordable software with frequent updates"

What do you like best?

After using solidworks it was very easy to spin up on and start using instantly. There are some innovative software features, such as the new mating methods for assemblies which make designs and iterations a lot faster. The version control functionality which lets you see and revert to design changes over time is also very useful and easy to use! Finally, the functionality which allows me to send someone without a license a link to allow them to review a design from their browser has been very useful for collaboration! I haven't used many of their other collaboration features, but think they will be very useful as we grow.

Customer support has also been great the few times I've needed to ask questions.

What do you dislike?

Didn't know that I could change the function of mouse inputs (left click, right click, scroll, etc) until the training. I've seen a few people decide not to use the software because they wanted to use the inputs they were used to in previous CAD systems - so good to be aware that there ARE setting which let you change this!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend - especially if you are working on projects which require a lot of collaboration. Take the training at the beginning - it was pretty easy and succinctly demonstrated the features that help Onshape stand out from other programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are designing novel wind turbine technologies. For the most part so far we have used it to develop simple parts that can be fed into a CFD simulation to view how different architectures work in various wind conditions. Onshape works well with SimScale CFD software and it has been a nice pairing.

Onshape review by <span>Marshall W.</span>
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"Great software, constantly being updated"

What do you like best?

Onshape is very feature rich, and it's constantly being updated. The support team is responsive to both bugs, and feature requests, and gets back to you quickly, so problems are never lingering. The part studio setup is also a great feature; being able to design entire assemblies, with all the parts, in one document is great increases productivity, because now you're not opening tons of documents to reference part dimensions, and all the parts update relative to each other in real time.

What do you dislike?

Because onshape is a cloud based program, it's subject to internet problems, and it is dependent on what their servers can handle. I've had part studios crash multiple times, which doesn't lose any features, but I have to restart the page and pick up where I left off.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's great software with a long future of support ahead of it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using onshape for all of our engineering needs, and it allows us to collaborate incredibly easily.

Onshape review by <span>David H.</span>
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"CAD capabilities for everyone"

What do you like best?

Onshape gives any person the ability to use a CAD platform. If you just need to view a model or are creating complex parts and assemblies it does it all. Most important it does it seamlessly. No more updating software, worrying about compatibility, or saving files.

What do you dislike?

There are always things to be improved but nothing really comes to mind. Knowing they really take your feedback and in an impressive timeline address and update their software, the hardest part is not allowing yourself to say this option is not there or it can not do this. Before you know it a new feature is added or improved to make my life easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it, its Free! Never be closed minded to something that has so much potential to making work and life easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing parts for our products, importing outside files to apply to assemblies, Sharing files. All of this is do effortlessly. It feels limitless. Anytime I feel stuck, I just hit the feedback and send an email. I receive feed back in hours.

Onshape review by <span>Josh L.</span>
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"I am an experienced CAD user that has been making the transition to OnShape for the last year or so"

What do you like best?

I love the cloud based experience in Onshape. I love that you never have to click save and never lose anything. There are a lot of really neat features that you will start to discover as you really dig in and start modeling. Collaborating in Onshape with other team members is much easier than my old CAD software.

What do you dislike?

I feel like Onshape is mostly there, but just missing a few advanced features and has some annoying things to get used to coming from other CAD. I don't like the new mate connectors. They are designed to save time and maybe once I get used to them they will, but for now, they work about half the time great, but if I have real parts with tolerances or odd shapes etc, it can be difficult. Really, just minor things that you can get over. For example, in Creo I'm used to right clicking to toggle between what I'm trying to select. In OnShape if you can't see a face you can't select it without right clicking into a menu, choosing, select other, and hoping its in the list... Just little stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a shot. I find that a lot of things I really love about it. Sometimes you have to change how you think about modeling certain things, but almost always I have found a way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The cost of the CAD is way way better than our old systems. The collaborative and cloud based features are great too.

Onshape review by <span>James B.</span>
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"Robotics Prototyping"

What do you like best?

I had very little CAD experience prior to learning / using onshape.

I am using the paid version.

Onshape works reliably zero downtime over the last year of usage and when I get stuck I can contact support.

Over the last year my CAD skills have grown significantly and it's starting to be easy to use. I contact support less and less and really love the power of the overall system.

I have an idea .. I draw it onshape, export to simply3d for printing or 3d routing to cut, print it or cut it ... it's like magic.

What do you dislike?

I would like it if the versioning / branching and patterning were more intuitive. Those parts of the system I can see being big timesavers for me if I could use them. I could probably ask for support but so far have not.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Unless there are specific reasons to use another 3d CAD system I would recommend you give onshape a good try. The Onshape system has been very reliable for us, support is normally within a day and support so far at least will simply answer your question 90% of the time. I did get one rude support response that was very unprofessional but I have been a support guy and have been a support manager and know that we all have bad days occasionally.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing prototypes and small production runs to be 3d printed via simplify3d and flashforge creator pro and or cut via 3d routers. Eventually the designs will go directly to manufacturers.

Onshape review by <span>Dave S.</span>
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"Incredible value for CAD"

What do you like best?

I love that Onshape is available on any computer without sharing files. It makes collaboration so much easier. The interface is extremely intuitive and their implementation of new features is consistent and impressive. Most of all, I love their support. I get same-day answers most of the time, their support is unparalled.

What do you dislike?

There's really not much that I dislike about Onshape. Primarily it would be that there are some important features missing but they come out with new ones very regularly and that is to be expected. Another downside is that they don't have their own simulation suite and those available through the app store take additional time to learn since they're not the same interface and methodology.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We still use other CAD programs, including SolidWorks on occasion, because we have very diverse needs. But I recommend you try Onshape, it could easily become your primary system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quite simply, we've had CAD for a fraction of the cost that we can use from almost any computer and collaborate with other designers and engineers anywhere in the world. Usually we're close by but it's still nice to be able to open up a model on your phone, take a measurement, and send that detail to a client.

Onshape review by <span>Steven T.</span>
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"Effective CAD"

What do you like best?

I like that it is effective we can collaborate online, we can each take different branches and merge them back together selecting the best, from all of our efforts. It allows us coordinate without all of the problems of syncing files or paying for 3d cad add ons

What do you dislike?

When we started onshape was lacking in many of the features we would have liked. In the last year they have been working hard adding features so this concern has gone away for the most part.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have been very impressed with their efforts to add new needed features and to address issues, Updates are painless since the software resides on the cloud

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping us all uptodate and collaborating has been resolved much better than with other 3D cad systems that I have used in the past.

Onshape review by <span>Michael M.</span>
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"CAD Redefined"

What do you like best?

There is no question on how impressive Onshape is, but when I first got my hands on it in their early release, I was amazed about the idea of CAD in the cloud. I believe the organic, hassle free idea is truly the most powerful feature. Not being worried about licensing, software version compatibility, hardware, storage and upgrade is the key thing that attracted me. The whole nature of CAD in the cloud is by itself extraordinary, because this is a production ready technology to address real world problems in an industry that is extremely demanding about precision, efficiency and versatility. So no doubt two of my colleagues and I got in touch with Onshape company and brought to Portugal College of Art and Design to be the first implementing it widely in the official curriculum and today all our students of Product Design enjoy the new horizon for CAD.

What do you dislike?

Well sometimes I miss multi perspective views in one environment, but I can simply open another browser with the same user and enable another view as well, even on another monitor if I want. Nothing major though, but that would be all, it is a pretty solid technology.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to think differently when engaging Onshape. Just consider it a new thing, don´t try to bring SolidWorks "this and that" or Rhino, Alias, etc.

Understand this is a new software, with new workflows and new ideas so embrace the new, challenge yourself to adapt and enjoy the new concept behind working with CAD in the cloud, but the great thing is that the solid modeling workflow is there with all its principals.

You won´t regret the change!

Highly recommended.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product Design, CAD, 3D Idea Storm.

Onshape review by <span>Nicole S.</span>
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"Good overall, but needs enhancements"

What do you like best?

I like that I can share models with my team very easily. I also like that I don't have to remember to save, as it is cloud based and saved automatically. I also like that many of the features are similar to Solidworks, since my primary CAD work is in SW.

What do you dislike?

I am still familiarizing myself with it, but I am really challenged by the MATES and connector features. I was having a tough time picking up and running with mates. I again am used to the ease of Solidworks mates. I feel like the mates are too locked in when I pick them with connectors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are designing tooling and it is very helpful to communicate between the designer and myself to do CAD drawings

Onshape review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Great online Solidworks"

What do you like best?

free for public use

advanced capabilities with rendering and memory (allows big assemblies and parts with complex features)

super short and to-the-point instructional videos that explain their different features and how to use them

What do you dislike?

not much helpful on the phone business(paid) support when you face a bug or a part of your work gets gobbled up magically or the software gets confused with relations or assemblies; because you don't have your files on your machine it's hard to untangle a mess.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it, it's free!

watch the videos, as their short and will quickly teach you whatever feature you're thinking of using.

check the available free repository of parts to get an idea of what other people are doing with it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

designing parts and assemblies

collaboration and instant saved files; never lose work again, being able to work back and undo all the work that you did in the past year, so no FOMO

Onshape review by <span>Bruce M.</span>
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"Excellent 3d CAD experience"

What do you like best?

The monthly subscription model is perfect for me. Each time I sign on to OnShape, the latest version of the software is used. All of my models are available any time I have Internet available. I do not need any special hardware since all of the computing is performed on OnShape's computers.

What do you dislike?

The unavailability of threaded profiles other than standard fasteners is a bit frustrating. Import of some other CAD files is sometimes incomplete - the instructions for importing some file types is incomplete.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to create models of my parts and make drawings and exports to other formats with limited resources. The subscription model really works for an individual engineer who needs CAD.

Onshape review by <span>John M.</span>
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"Smooth work flows"

What do you like best?

I like how OnShape will take an idea from traditional 3d CAD (for example: configurations) and will not only implement it into their software; They will give it a complete overhaul. They will get rid of the bloat other CAD packages "provide" but you never use and replace it with something so radical and easy, you will wonder why nobody else has every thought of this.

What do you dislike?

Being cloud based has many advantages. Although that is a double edged sword.

If you crash or lag the server in any way; you have no choice but to wait for the server to time out before you can continue. On traditional cad, you can kill the process if it hangs and just lose a little work, rather than losing time waiting on an untouchable server to clean up after itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Practice with a free account first. It is fully functional. The only thing you cannot do with a free account is have private documents.

OnShape has a different approach to file management that has a steep learning curve. After some time with a free account you will quickly understand "OnShape's Modeling Theory". From there you can make a better judgement call whether or not OnShape is right for you.

Do not be discouraged if a feature does not exist in OnShape. They update very often, and really do listen to the community. You can create a new feature request and others can vote on it, the more votes the earlier it will be added. You can also create your own features with featurescript if you feel they are taking too long to implement a new feature :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modeling complicated parts with many in-context references in Solidworks can be slow and painful. We are not alowed to use in-context with solidworks, as it can break very easily. With OnShape they have streamlined everything and made it more robust, It is a beautiful thing to change or even DELETE parts that other parts are referencing in-context, and the resulting parts are still just fine.

Onshape review by <span>Nick L.</span>
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"My Last CAD Package"

What do you like best?

1. It just works!

2. The user interface is as uncluttered as possible.

3. All the options are there for a very comprehensive tool which combined with 2. is amazing

4. Quality and speed of support is brilliant

5. Being able to add your own tools and features

What do you dislike?

I am still looking forward to seeing the result of the work I know is being done on Variables - the current offering is not even the best in the industry!

Diagnosing broken sketches is still tricky so looking forward to sketch diagnostics too!

Also looking forward to better ways to group, label and move (ie manage) items in the design explorer

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its the best there is!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing one off pieces of bespoke wooden furniture, so being able to design quickly and from scratch, sometimes with the customer watching, is brilliant. With previous packages, I was spending more time fighting the software than using it.

I can now design and quote in a much more timely fashion and my business is in a better place than it has ever been.

Onshape review by <span>Teodor G.</span>
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"Great CAD software for a modern, innovative company"

What do you like best?

i believe the best features are related to the cloud aspect. The availability of all projects on any device, combined with the efficient version control and the real-time collaboration features make Onshape stand out. Furthermore, the user-friendliness of fhe software in combination with the power of the tools at the user’s disposal make Onshape a great tool for any design/engineering company. One specific example is the recent addition of configurations. It allows the user to change the value of certain parameters to make several design iterations from in one model space. Lastly, the customer support is collaborative and efficient in implementing user requested features in short time-frames.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislkie considering the good customer support and the regular updates. It is obvous the company listens to the user base and uses the feedback they receive. This in mult opinion is the most important aspect a comany like Onshape should pay attention to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The fact that all versions can be stored in one document which is in the cloud is very efficient, both in terms of access and in terms of storage space.

The ability to easily share an aspect of a model with a customer while only allowing certain actions is also of great help

Onshape review by <span>Daniel B.</span>
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"Answers all the issues with complex assembly design and part management"

What do you like best?

Not having to install or maintain different programs is a great blessing. I can share files instantly internally or externally. Being able to collaborate live has made it much easier and faster to design as a team.

The on-line tutorials and training resources are fantastic.

The on-line community is great for asking questions .

I really like the continuous upgrades, without needing to even install anything.

What do you dislike?

Because solidworks is so ingrained in people, it has taken sometime to get the internal users to adopt it. However, once I do a short hands-on drive with them, they get up a running very quickly.

Complicated designs can freeze up a design. Making changes becomes quite cumbersome and eats up a lot of processing time over the web.

The drawing tools still take some getting used to. I would like to be able to have easier ways of creating customized drawing templates, with fields that aromatically update , such as materials, part numbers, and versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the on-line training. It is very easy to use, but it helps to get a quick start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can now collaborate live.

Having fully linked designs allows us to maintain up-to-date drawings and designs.

We have already reduced our licensing and costs for software and maintenance. The overhead on managing a PMS tool significantly reduced. This allows us to focus on the design and not the administration.

Onshape review by <span>John H.</span>
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"Stepping out of the comfort zone"

What do you like best?

Everything is cloud based and the yearly subscription software updates are a thing of the past. The rate of improvements being released is unheard of. Being able to run Onshape from any computer anywhere where there is internet access is a great plus.

What do you dislike?

When you migrate from a mature product to a new venture, it is always a problem when you compare what you have now to what you are getting. All the bells and whistles are in the new product yet because it takes time to catch up when you release a new product. But the rate of the "catch up" phase is very encouraging. I have been an everyday user of Solidworks for more than 20 years and still have a current license because of the transition taking awhile to accomplish. Stepping out of the comfort zone when you have more than 15,000 files invested in a very good mature product is a very tough decision and doesn't come without pains, but Onshape is quickly becoming the way of the future and has almost caught up with all competition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I still have to maintain a Solidworks license during maybe a year or so of transition, I started with a professional Onshape license early on in their development, but then stopped it because they weren't far enough along to drop Solidworks. After they had made some major improvements and advancements, I re-signed up for a professional account and I am going forward. They do have some major advantages and I have been realizing them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to collaborate with anyone anywhere is a great plus. I can share my documents with anyone in the company without them having to load any software other than signing up for a free online Onshape account. The other big plus is when you work for a large corporation with IT people based at the home office, there aren't tech people onsite to help with yearly subscription installations when the new version of the conventional CAD program comes out. Quite often security updates that have been implemented online by the home office IT group affect your ability to load the new updates yourself. With Onshape, that all goes away. New versions are constantly being applied to the online or cloud based program without any effort or involvement on your part. As soon as all of my machining vendors get up to speed on Onshape, getting files to them to fabricate from will only be a matter of sharing online access to files.

Onshape review by <span>Xavier P.</span>
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"Very promising, but still underdeveloped"

What do you like best?

I like how Onshape allows you to seamlessly a use top-down design approach to your CAD. There are many features within Onshape that support this type of workflow, and it makes building assemblies quite easy. I also like how flexible Onshape is with creating assemblies from parts, and organizing part studios and assemblies across a document.

What do you dislike?

While Onshape has alot of exciting features, it is still underdeveloped in many aspects. Here are a few problems I have with Onshape at the moment:

1. The drawings workspace is missing many features.

a. You can't create an exploded view of an assembly and have that show up as a view, you have to make a separate exploded assembly.

b. You can't manipulate views of a part/assembly. For example, if I want an isometric view of a part, but rotated 180 degrees so I am looking at the other side of the part, I can't do that. There are a set number of views that can be drawn from.

c. You can't point a leader from a note to open space, it must be attached to geometry. While this makes sense that you want to keep elements of a drawing grouped together, it limits your ability to make certain points about what you are describing. Ie. if I am making a drawing of a cabinet, and I want to point to an open space and say that this a specific compartment of my cabinet, I can't do that. I have to attach the leader to a wall of the cabinet, which divides the two compartments but is unclear as to which compartment I am referring to.

2. While configurations just came out, you still can't configure an assembly, which is what I used configurations the most for.

3. To keep performance up, Onshape informed me that separating a project into multiple documents allows you leverage the memory allocation per document to increase overall performance. However, for my project, there are many assemblies that must come together. By dividing my project into several documents, every time I make a change to one assembly and I want it to be reflected in how the assembly fits with an assembly in another document, I must create a new version, and update the linked document, which is very tedious when trying to go back and forth on seeing how two assemblies fit together. Furthermore, when creating many contexts and linked documents, it can be a real challenge to keep track of what is referenced to what, which context should be updated and which shouldn't, and where I want my in-context part studio to live.

4. Keeping track of BOM's. I wish there was a place where I could have all my BOM's for each assembly and subassembly laid out, and get organized from there. Having all of these BOM's live in tabs underneath folders and documents makes it hard to keep track of everything. I've been using OpenBOM and its ability to organize BOM's is underwhelming to say the least.

These are just a few problems I have with Onshape. However, I do understand that it is an evergrowing product and I am willing to be patient with it because I do see the progress being made.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a chance, be open-minded, and patient.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am developing a new product. We haven't yet realized any benefits that we would have with traditional CAD programs.

Onshape review by <span>Tara M.</span>
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"We’re in Love"

What do you like best?

Going from Solidworks to OnShape has been amazing. All of our parts imported seamlessly. Their support and education is fantastic. And the interface is intuitive, resulting in a very short learning curve. The top-down capabilities make a massive difference in designing parts and making accurate prints. Cloud-based storage mean we never, ever lose work now. Best part - our computers don’t crash anymore!!

What do you dislike?

We have trouble getting parts from OnShape to our older version of Solidworks when we need to, and the part analysis features are lacking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make the switch and just transfer everything over at once. We had this idea that we would slowly migrate, but it has just drug out the process and now we cry whenever we have to do something quickly and have to use the old system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Never losing work and having the program work consistently without crashes and without having to pay massive amount for updates is hugely beneficial.

Onshape review by <span>Josh H.</span>
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"My daily go-to for 3D CAD, but hoping more refinements will be added"

What do you like best?

Being able to use Onshape from any web-connected computer anywhere is a big plus. The interface is clean, zen-like, and visually pleasing. Onshape's support shines, with a generally quick response to questions, good follow-through, and helpful answers and insights. The software is usually quick and responsive regardless of the browser or computer I use. Onshape seems committed to offering user training and workshops, and I like their periodic email summary of new features that have been added, and I am happy that Onshape seems to have a genuine interest in improving their product with frequent updates.

What do you dislike?

The software doesn't feel fully fleshed out at times, though, to their credit, it is always improving. Some of the things I use often are more than one click away. I sometimes wish for keyboard shortcuts that either don't exist or that I can't find. I wish the hints and tooltips were more frequent and clearer sometimes. The inputs to some functions (selecting features) is sometimes more difficult than I'd like, and I waste valuable time trying to figure out what the software wants in spite of knowing my intent very clearly. Probably my greatest area of frustration is in sketching; the tools seem less intuitive and the workflow is a bit arcane compared to what I'm used to (AutoCAD) even after using Onshape for over a year. In fact, I often find it faster to sketch profiles in AutoCAD, then import them into Onshape for further processing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try out the full-featured, free option first. The only restriction is that your models must be in the public domain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape is useful and productive for verifying or modifying model geometry we get from outside vendors, as well as in-house modeling of new parts.

Onshape review by <span>Ed M.</span>
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"My world comes alive with Onshape!!! "

What do you like best?

I come from AutoCAD, more directly Mechanical Desktop(MD). So Parametric modeling is second nature to me. I took two semesters of Soldworks in college, but found it creatively limiting. I fought really hard to resurrect MD. I tried Inventor, which was even worse. Once I started to really use Onshape, I realized that planes were basically the same as the UCS in MD, just applied differently. Then I found out that Onshape had the same “3 point” option for planes. It was then that I knew Onshape was the one for me. The final deciding factor was the price. To me, it is a “no brainer”. Sense then they have added “In-Context design”, and many other improvements.

What do you dislike?

My dislikes are, the Version Control, I cannot wait till they change to being able to update a linked document without having to Version the doc. I have cerebral palsy, and with my physical limitations, I do not use a “normal” mouse. So the zooming and rotating of the “screen”, could use some work. I hate that Onshape rotates from the origin, instead of from the part/feature you are working on. At first I was turned off that all my data was “in the cloud”, but then I learned they use dedicated servers, and have a devoted security team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

TRY ONSHAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a single person LLC, so I do not have any “business” issues. Yet, I can see how the collaboration with any other user, anywhere in the world with internet access, is AMAZING!!! Plus, not having to worry about copied files, and all that mess. For me, the yearly subscription is very doable. Especially sense vary little hardware is required.

Onshape review by User
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"Onshape makes client projects EASY"

What do you like best?

I love that Onshape is cloud based and in the browser. I never need to worry about managing data, backing up, losing files, breaking assemblies, or versioning. Its always available to me even on my iPhone app. If a client contacts me and needs something like a solid model from their project, I can quickly access it anywhere I am. Or even better yet, I can enable my clients to export their files from their projects. So handy.

Also, Onshape really makes open sourcing projects easier. I can submit projects to collaborate with the community easier than ever before.

What do you dislike?

There are a few minor bugs I have ever encountered, but they are pale in comparison to the bugs I was having while a Solid Works user.

Also text editing options are not great yet. They are lacking fonts, sizing options, or any real text layout. I usually will get art or logos in DXF format, and Onshape's ability to ingest Illustrator files is pretty poor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it for free. Do one client project and you will see why its better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1-on-1 CAD sessions have become a key opportunity for me and Onshape has made me a leader in my field. People who sit with me at my office for an hour or two light up at the end of our session when I click the Share button. They watch me work my CAD magic not realising they will have access to ALL of their files at the end of the session. They are always blown away.

Onshape review by Consultant
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"good progress but not as fast as I would like "

What do you like best?

the concept of an entire project in one place.

universal access for clients/partners/suppliers.

geometrically robust.

faithful, complete history.

always current version.

oh and by the way... 3D solid modeling over the internet... wow!

What do you dislike?

Often crashes out during modelling, could be my wifi or impatient mouse clicking but annoying.

(Offset to some extent by being able to return without losing anything)

I use a laptop (17") but still find the work space a bit small and crowded and the line weight heavy and large in proportion to the model. I have a good graphics card and sort of expect more fineness. perhaps this is a trade-off to 3D-over the internet.

I am still not sure I full understand some of the medling philosophy but then I am old.

Recommendations to others considering the product

What have you got to loose apart from 50 hours of self-training? Try it, it's a different mindset but that's a good thing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

only small project so far before I become proficient enough to be profitable and risk free. Time is money and I don't have enough time.

Onshape review by <span>Daryn T.</span>
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"An honest Onshape CAD review"

What do you like best?

Its groundbreaking.

Its intuitive.

its fantastic for collaboration.

I don't have to spend any of my time maintaining / updating the software.

Its priced well.

I can use it on any computer/mobile/tablet that has internet access.

It just feels good to use.

What do you dislike?

Not much, but when I last used Onshape for Engineering Drawings it needed some improvment, but I have to be honest and say that was a while ago and the rate that Onshape is being updated this has most likely already happened.

Recommendations to others considering the product

What have you gt to lose?

You can try Onshape for free, so just try it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly Engineering Design type problems.

The benefits mirror my comments above

Onshape review by <span>Henry L.</span>
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"Onshape for the Maker"

What do you like best?

Web based. I can use it on any platform. Also don't need this hunky large powerful laptop or PC to Use. I love the collaboration feature.

What do you dislike?

Only regret using Onshape is when the internet does not work. I do have difficulty using the app on my ipad but that is a small thing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would be nice if there was CAM options. It seems to a "Oh by the Way< we have a partner who does CAM" I am nervous to implement partner solutions if not thoroughly endorsed by Onshape and with the same level of support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Robotics platform and small mechanical engineering issues. I like the cost vs return benefit.

Onshape review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Like a snowball that just gets bigger and better"

What do you like best?

Onshape is easy to wrap your head around, the interface is clean, sharp but best of all its intuitive. The manual is easy to access, but I dont find I need to use it much. The training available and the webinars make it easy.

What do you dislike?

Although progressing rapidly there are simple things that haven't yet found their way into the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a trial, you wont regret it. Onshape is familiar but fresh at the same time. As someone who has used Onshape for a couple of years, I'm astounded by how quickly they have added features and the process requires nothing from me. Open the browser and its all there, with upgrades pretty much every 2-3 weeks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I spend a lot less time thinking about how to do something in the cad system and a lot more time designing the product. Some of the new additions such as in-context assembly make it so easy to develop your ideas and make changes on the fly. I also find my customers like being sent a link they can use to view the model without big downloads and high powered computers required to view.

Onshape review by <span>Brandon P.</span>
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"The BEST CAD tool on the market. Period."

What do you like best?

I recommend this product to everyone I know that uses CAD or who is looking to get into CAD. It has a great, never-ending, free trial for you to test out all of the features. The fact that it is web-based allows you to do work almost anywhere or on any device. I loved using it for freelance work. I'd be on my phone with the client making edits in real-time with the client. It's easy to learn and incredibly powerful and it's getting better every day. More and more features are being added and the training resources are great.

What do you dislike?

It lacks some capabilities when it comes to surfacing but I never need surfacing for the design projects I work on so it's not a downfall for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just get it. It's really that simple. It's the future of CAD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost, automatic updates, streamlined interface, and mobile.

Onshape review by <span>Shaun S.</span>
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"Onshape - The New Revolution"

What do you like best?

- Ability to work on any device, anywhere with an internet connection

- Solid document management and rev control

- Collaboration

- Responsive support team

What do you dislike?

- Better range of export formats

- Better render options

- No white label display options

Recommendations to others considering the product

Onshape is a fantastic tool, and is only improving. The community is great and they actively listen to suggestions and upgrades.

Just make sure you have a good internet connection and Onshape does run like a dream,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to design and develop products in an agile, concurrent manner.

The benefits have been significant as Onshape was not prohibitive for us as a small business (unlike other options) and did not need specifically high spec hardware. Also by having models available and in the clous, it has become part of our marketing material to ensure customers know what our capabilities are.

Onshape review by <span>Chia-Chun C.</span>
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"Enclosure modification experience"

What do you like best?

Ability to make measurements in .STL files.

Generating solidwork files which can be worked on in Solidworks software - this enabled sharing with collaborators.

What do you dislike?

Inability to edit an imported solidworks file generated in Solidworks. I wanted to modify parts drawn by a partner in Solidworks, and was unable to. This would be a very good feature to have, if possible

Recommendations to others considering the product

If flexibility and adaptability to uncertainties, ease of use, and portability is important to you, Onshape is a great choice. I love that the platform is cloud-based and requires no special maintenance. As a part of a fast-moving organization, I am happy to that we have chosen Onshape.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and modifying enclosures for circuit boards for technology capability demonstrations. Having onshape enabled us to iterate through designing, 3D printing, and getting feedback quickly in the matter of 1 or 2 days.

Onshape review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Online CAD will rule them all"

What do you like best?

Convenient, simple and collaborative all rolled into an easy to use package. Onshape is a godsend for our business. We came from Solidworks and we're surprised that CAD could get even better and easier to use. The ability to use from any computer with an internet connect meant we didn't need to go out and buy every team member a workstation. The Onshape Team and their support is top notch. Features and improvements are added every few weeks. It doesn't cost more or require new downloads. Everything about the CAD experience with Onshape makes every other CAD solution look archaic.

What do you dislike?

Really would like integrated CAM. Currently needing to download the models and open them up in another CAM/CAD program to complete machining work which isn't as seemless.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Doesn't have built in CAM functionality but there is a 3rd party app that integrates with Onshape that does.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to build top down and in context with other parts that move is brilliant and allows for better team collaboration of product design.

Onshape review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"CAD that's Always There"

What do you like best?

I like most the fact that I no longer have to carry around a second laptop just for CAD and that the projects are always up to date, no matter where I log in from. I'm a Linux user and have been looking for an alternative to SolidWorks for a long time, and then, finally, I found OnShape, that runs in the _browser_ to boot!

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there are long loading times, particularly when dealing with project having a lot of tiny surface components (such as those exported from many PCB CAD packages). Also, too short timeout for a session. Many times per day I come back to my laptop after a meeting or lunch and see that the session has expired.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you do not need the fancier simulation stuff in SolidWorks and your organisation permits: please do try OnShape!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping track of versions of projects is much easier with OnShape. Sending a "view only" link to customers and other parts of a project is awesome!

Onshape review by <span>Howard K.</span>
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"The Future of CAD"

What do you like best?

No more crashes! Collaboration, the "follow screen" feature. I guess the best thing about Onshape is the pace at which they can add new features. If they don't already have a feature you're used to, chances are - in a few months they will, and it will be better than you're used to.

What do you dislike?

The need to internet access. it's the only real downside.

Any missing feature that I would list here will probably have been added by the time you read this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

seriously consider it. it's legit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

(relatively) Inexpensive CAD that is stable let's our engineers focus on what they do best.

Onshape review by <span>Steven S.</span>
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"Excellent value"

What do you like best?

It was easy to pick up coming from a SolidWorks background. It has all the functionality I need for my small business, and even some features I didn't expect, like the mobile app.

What do you dislike?

There have occasionally been things I wanted to do that didn't seem possible. I don't have a specific example in mind, but I've always either found a work-around, found help, or the feature became available in a later update.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you come from SolidWorks you'll pick it up fast. I'd recommend anyone try the free trial at least.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're able to bring products from the initial concept stage all the way to production with OnShape.

Onshape review by <span>Tristan F.</span>
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"Laser Operations and Quoting"

What do you like best?

That I can show people my work on the fly to both customers and employees. That if i need to make a change on something but need to keep the older one that I can then version the product to recall how it appeared

What do you dislike?

No Bend deduction in the sheet metal function (only k-factor). This is a major thing as bend deduction is a much easier for a shop to deal with as each machine is different. K-factor is to static and doesn't work for all bend types.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely give it a try the cloud based storage might seems intimidating to some but if anything it's more liberating

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to take a design and quickly share it with clients or take a product in production and show what the final product looks like in a 3d environment

Onshape review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Great cloud CAD platform"

What do you like best?

The best part is the ease of organization of all the documents, as well as versioning features. It is also super easy to create assemblies built off of well designed part studios all at once.

What do you dislike?

It would be better if onshape had an offline working feature when theres no WIFI or a bad connection.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great CAD if you don't want anything to download, nothing to store on your own computer. Everything is backed up online and is operated through your browser. Much easier organization-wise compared to something like solidworks, where you need to check in and check out parts and the organization is a bit more complicated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefit is having all the documents accessible by everyone at the company, and you can work on the document whenever you want without checking it in or out. It is also fast to work together, and build complex parts.

Onshape review by <span>Jean-Noël S.</span>
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"Futur of CAD online"

What do you like best?

I have been using a lot of CAD softwares (parametric or surfacic), the online concept of it disrupts with other software on the market. It changes the use of CAD.

Testing it to collaborate with users on specific and simple projects.

I am looking into additionnal features like nesting and fabrication and it looks also really promising.

What do you dislike?

There are for the moment no signaificant dislikes to the product.

Additionnal use languages may be required for other countries to embrace the product too (french).

Recommendations to others considering the product

CAD revolutionnized, try it !

I am looking forward tooserve market acceptance of the software .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

collaborative shape design - concept testing - introduction to 3D Printing for collaborators.

Onshape review by <span>Jared F.</span>
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"Best SAAS Perioid!"

What do you like best?

The constant improvements & updates, Onshape is serious about providing an amazing product and they are constantly improving, listening and acting on their clients feedback

What do you dislike?

Timeouts and having to go back to the home screen, some speed and lagging issues in the browser, no offline support or capability, the clicking process for patterns is awkward, if you press escape in a sketch it deletes everything (no check first), drawing template customisation is terrible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stop sitting on the fence, you can't go wrong!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streamlined and decentralised drafting and design, onsite concept sketching and awesome rapid communication of concepts

Onshape review by <span>Matthew P.</span>
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"I've built my robotics startup on OnShape"

What do you like best?

I love the web interface for designing parts. The design metaphor makes sense to me. The speed of development is impressive. It gets better every month. The mobile app is impressive and a great way to show off my models to my friends and colleagues

What do you dislike?

I wish the web app were faster. It's improving, and a lot better than it was a year ago, but still slower than it should be. Sometimes it takes minutes for my model to load.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've build all the models for my hardware startup in OnShape. My entire robot design is in this system. It hasn't let me down yet.

Onshape review by <span>Justo T.</span>
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"Great and powerful CAD system. Resolved many issue we had. "

What do you like best?

I like the format of the Onshape "files". Everything stored in one place including parts, assemblies, drawings, etc. Also, sharing the progress of the project with management via links without them needing any software installed on their computers or even mobile devices.

What do you dislike?

I wish the main layout would have some more distinction in terms of the different selections. Maybe some color would help things standout and easier to find especially for new users. It would help get acclimated more quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a trial and watch some tutorials, you will be sold.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data management!

Onshape review by <span>Jordan M.</span>
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"CAD Platform of Tomorrow"

What do you like best?

Cloud-based platform that I can operate from anywhere. Mobile application that designs can be shown at dinners or meetings at the drop of a hat.

What do you dislike?

It is still not the industry standard so cross-platform file types have been a hang up for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try. The team will help you learn and will offer discounts in order to improve your experience and accelerate your learning

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to share designs with teammates and patent lawyers seemlessly. It also offers an affordable monthly option for companies just starting out and doing design heavy work that will not last a full year.

Onshape review by <span>Simon F.</span>
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"After a year of evaluating it has become my number 1 CAD tool."

What do you like best?

No license transfer when changing computers. Multi OS platforms. No update download required. No saving needed and no crashing!

What do you dislike?

As it is cloud based you always need an internet connection, fine when your in the office but if your visiting factories, it could be a problem and you will need a backup CAD system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I hope within a year this will be the only CAD system I need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multiple design are easy to share with other colleagues in the office. when doing multiple concepts they can easily shown as tabs and sent for evaluation. The Keyshot interface is pretty good too.

Onshape review by <span>Josh G.</span>
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"Great CAD for a great price"

What do you like best?

It is low cost and since it's cloud based I can access it from anywhere.

What do you dislike?

Creating drawings seemed more challenging than what I expected from previous work with Solidworks. To be fair I haven't played around with it enough though. Mating in assemblies took a while to get used to but Onshapes method is growing on my and I'm getting used to now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a low cost alternative to Solidworks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are developing a distributed wind turbine for schools, business, and farms. We are designing the turbine in OnShape.

Onshape review by User in Mining & Metals
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"Live updated CAD files"

What do you like best?

With CAD files that are updated live over the cloud, the most up to date file versions are available for everyone in the company eliminating confusion as to the latest revision.

Additionally, with frequent updates, optimization and new features being added, there is always new ways to utilize the functionality of the software.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally the documents begin to slow, or there are graphic errors that only Onshape can clear on their end.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If current and up to date files is essential, see how significantly clout based CAD can change traditional software limitations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With CAD files that are updated live over the cloud, the most up to date file versions are available for everyone in the company eliminating confusion as to the latest revision.

Onshape review by <span>Kent H.</span>
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"I'm very please with Onshape's functionality and simplicity."

What do you like best?

It runs in a browser on Windows, Linux, Max, or Chrome OS. I'm doing solid modeling on a $159 Chromebox and that boggles my mind.

What do you dislike?

I want better control of my files. I'd like to see a Google Drive sync API.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's free to try it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time savings is dramatic. Onshape is easy to learn. If I could have better file integration with Google Drive or another cloud based file storage, I'd be all-in with Onshape for every CAD seat in our office.

Onshape review by <span>Jonathan G.</span>
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"Experienced ME and a 4month onshape user"

What do you like best?

Super stable and very intuitive SW

Its a real revolution !!

I'm totaly enjoying this super modern CAD system

It makes fully professional CAD - easily accesible to anyone anywhere with no strings attached.

They realy solved all the hassles of CAD

Great support and very good learning materials

What do you dislike?

I wished it would be cheaper than Solidworks - but eventualy - its going to be same price annualy

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend

its an amasing CAD solution

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

very easy CAD for any business size

Onshape review by <span>Timothy L.</span>
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"Reliable cloud CAD."

What do you like best?

No installation is necessary, can run the application on any internet connected device with the proper web browser.

What do you dislike?

The 2D drafting module needs some work. There are still issues with GD&T and datum cal outs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be ready to change your thought process and be a bit frustrated at the start but find yourself pleasantly surprised after the first 1 or 2 weeks of use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Have been able to internalize a lot of design work that we were formerly paying for.

Onshape review by Internal Consultant in Consumer Goods
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"Modern collaberation"

What do you like best?

I like being able to share and work on components and assemblies while my colleagues around the world are also observing and collaborating as well. Being able to share designs with permissions I can manage has allowed us to share concepts with multiple vendors and revoke permission from vendors not chosen.

The quick and frequent updates are also exciting and let me know this is a serious tool for professionals.

What do you dislike?

Certain features are missing that could be misunderstood as this software not being ready for professionals. However, enough updates keep me hopeful they will be ready soon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We no longer need to upgrade our pdm system within Solidworks. This has saved a lot of money.

Onshape review by User in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
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"Plastic prototyping."

What do you like best?

Beeing an electric engineer with only very little CAD experience I love the short off distance. You get in to modeling really fast and have access to very powerful modeling tools in a very easily understandable interface.

What do you dislike?

There ins't much to dislike. Possibly the fact that I'm not really a CAD designer not having the time to explore the software and the rest of the functions like analysis, version handling and more. I've had some trouble getting a good feel of the version handling. How to refine and clean up a version flow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try. It's great. . You can try it out as a full functioning software for free before making a desicion on purchasing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can do designs fast where ever I'm at. No need for checking in and out designs. Beeing able to share the actual designs with anyone anywhere. I can present 3D models to customers and get 3D printed parts really fast.

Onshape review by User
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"Onshape VS Solidworks"

What do you like best?

Onshape has done a very good job at automating several tasks. They have made sheet metal design very easy. Click on a few model faces and "Bam" Instant sheet metal models. I also really enjoy the standard hardware for assemblies. It saves a lot of time in creating assemblies.

What do you dislike?

Making drawings with Onshape lacks many necessary features that are standard in Solidworks. The simple task of adding center lines in exploded views does not exist. Solidworks can go between exploded and assembled in a single click. It also has a smart way of adding center lines to show a path for an exploded part. This is a standard drawing procedure that is missing in Onshape. Solidworks also shows sheet metal flat patterns in drawings. Onshape does show a flat pattern in the modeling process but doesn't make it available to insert into a drawing. Solidworks allows you to hide components from an assembly in a drawing. Onshape requires multiple assemblies to create variations in a drawing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The cloud based system and data management is very helpful! It solves the problem of backing up files every day and file sharing to offices all over the place.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape's cloud based system makes it very easy to work anyplace! It also solves the problem of needed multiple copies of files stored on different machines. The cloud system always guarantees everyone is working with the latest copy!! A huge plus when we have engineers in different locations.

Onshape review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Onshape is a great CAD solution for those that don't have expensive hardware"

What do you like best?

I like its versatility and the fact that it allows me to create almost anything I can imagine and the system rarely fails. I never have to worry about my files going missing. I can travel back in time with my models without having to pay too close attention to the structure of my tree. This also allows me to go for adventurous processes without fearing corrupt files. When this does occur and I cant fix it the support is very quick and helpful. Filleting processes take hardly any time. And the system is quite flexible you can usually find a work around for any geometry you need to make. The best thing I think is its public license and learning resources.

What do you dislike?

The faceting of curved forms can be quite problematic as you need to return to the sketches to check your tolerances. This has been much improved since a couple of years ago though. Also the file loading times for the same files vary quite greatly. The Updates are very cool but I work in a quite dynamic environment so I don't always have time to keep up with them. Potentially opting into updates by industry/past work could be useful i.e Design for 3D printing update. It sometimes feels as if onshape is focusing on these updates instead of sureing up the basics like exporting DXFs at the right scale without the need to edit them for laser cutting etc..

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn the basics, See what you can make with mastering a few processes, Then add more techniques to your CAD theory.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its great for making things open source and on the occasions when I do collaborate remotely it is useful. Also it is reasonably price when you consider that the hardware overheads don't have to be so high.

Onshape review by User
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"Onshape is the first major advancement in parametric design tools I've been waiting 10 years for."

What do you like best?

I love the ability to share documents with clients simply by sending them a link. I love that I don't have to install bulky software that whines about nonexistent memory issues. I like that it still works with my 3D mouse and has a lot of familiar features. There've been a lot of improvements and streamlining of the way those features work, too.

What do you dislike?

I have two major gripes I expect will be fixed before long: 1. it needs better keyboard shortcuts or customization of such; 2. the drawing features are still lacking in visual layout precision and automated features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a little weird using a cloud-based CAD service at first, but it gets really convenient fast. The way tools are organized is a bit different from Solidworks, but once you get the hang of how mates work and how extruded body and cut are in the same feature, you'll be breezing through the rest.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I said, sharing a link to a document that updates as I make changes has been very useful to us and our clients.

Onshape review by <span>Mike Jacob F.</span>
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"Onshape is a game-changer for both new makers and seasoned engineers"

What do you like best?

Onshape is intuitive with a fantastic and modern UI. Tutorials are well thought out and recorded. The feature-set and speed of execution is better than anything else out there.

What do you dislike?

It's pricey for an infrequent maker, even if well worth it. The ability to import STL or OBJ models and work with them is confusing if not impossible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Countless problems. When I need a part for something I can quickly design it, 3d print it, and iterate as needed. It's faster than sketching.

Onshape review by User
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"Onshape - Changing the way CAD works"

What do you like best?

The ability to work on projects anywhere and anytime means that no idea is lost, this also allows me to use my work account after hours for personal projects which is great, I also really like the parametric modelling tools makes life easy when importing models from other programs such as solidworks

What do you dislike?

occasionally the graphics engine goes crazy, faces become invisible and solid objects become "glitchy" i have also found some errors in exported files when you have near zero thickness or sharp edges

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its worth it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our business solely uses Onshape for their CAD solution, although we are small we see the benfits of using the cloud based cad

Onshape review by <span>James B.</span>
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"Onshape for Custom Furniture Design "

What do you like best?

Parametric and linked project file types are a real time saver when making changes based on client feedback.

What do you dislike?

File structure and drawings derived from models could be improved for easy of use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend onshape for designers who produce systematized products with variables. There are many additional apps to dive into for additional functions for more specific needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape allows me to produce proposal and production documents from the same project files. It streamlines the design and deliverables process.

Onshape review by <span>Adam J. E.</span>
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"Very Stable"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the stability of OnShape within the browser of your choice across any platform OS.

What do you dislike?

At times complicated models take some time to load, however OnShape as implemented a process times which shows you which features take the longest, so we you can move them around your feature tree and not load them, or think of ways to recapture the feature to decrease the load time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the free version, follow the webinars and use Google to help you out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No need for expensive hardware to utilize OnShape and other cloud CAD features. Sharing files with vendors and customer, as well as a repository for version control

Onshape review by <span>Brad S.</span>
Brad S.
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"OnShape after about 6 months of use"

What do you like best?

I really like the fact that OnShape and my files are accessible from anywhere - home, mobile, my main computer or the computers at various workstations in our pilot plant and manufacturing areas.

What do you dislike?

There is some functionality that is still not available in OnShape that is available in SolidWorks, but it keeps getting closer!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sharing files with clients and vendors is really easy and we always know that we're looking at the same thing.

Onshape review by <span>James L.</span>
James L.
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"3D CAD 2.0"

What do you like best?

Ease of collaboration between colleagues and clients without software or sending files

What do you dislike?

Our internet connection can sometimes be slow which can cause slight delays but its not a big issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

go for it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Excellent for collaboration without concerns creating problems with files. We love the way software updates are automatically carried out without any action required and the rate of improvements in the software is extremely quick.

Onshape review by <span>Steven P.</span>
Steven P.
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"Onshape has changed my world!"

What do you like best?

Onshape allows access to my CAD models anywhere even my phone. You never have to worry about saving your work because Onshape does it for you regularly. The dreaded upgrades are non existent because Onshape incrementally upgrades the software on the cloud almost unnoticeable.

What do you dislike?

There isn't a whole lot of standard hardware available yet and there could be more functionality with the hole creator. For example reamed holes and press and slip fits...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Need more functionality for making holes. Perhaps the ability to save your own common hole configurations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to easily create and assemble fixtures and access them when I'm traveling.

Onshape review by <span>Jay D.</span>
Jay D.
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"CAD on the web"

What do you like best?

Best thing about onShape is not needing a powerful computer as it's all web based. It's also relatively easy to learn and pick up.

What do you dislike?

Since it's all web based, there's no offline use, needs more mate functionalities/easier to use mates. Wish it had more 3d party applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sign up for the free trial and give it a shot.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Lower cost than traditional CAD software, and faster to iterate on designs.

Onshape review by <span>Dick v.</span>
Dick v.
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"Quick Response Manufactoring"

What do you like best?

Short learning path, lots of tutorials and video's available to get you started, very active forum for support.

Every 3 weeks a usefull update of the software.

What do you dislike?

Not everybody is using Onshape, so the benefit of sharing document's is limited

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sign up with Onshape and start a trial today, you can work everywhere even on your chromebook or phone.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reducing waiting time

Onshape review by User in Higher Education
User in Higher Education
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"A great CAD system!"

What do you like best?

OnShape is a great cloud-based CAD system for anyone who is a beginner or an experienced professional. For beginners, the best part is the free personal account. For professionals, cloud-based integration with the rest of the team members makes it really easy to collaborate.

What do you dislike?

This is not something that I dislike but for someone moving from a different CAD software like SolidWorks or CATIA, Onshape might feel a little disappointing. But this is an entirely different product and comparing it with those software won't be fair. You get used to this after some time and eventually start loving it!

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great software for coordinating your work with the rest of the team. As I previously mentioned, don't start using this software with high expectations when moving from a different CAD software like SolidWorks. Onshape is pretty easy to learn and you'll get used to it in a while.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mechanical design for consumer products, product development

Onshape review by <span>graham c.</span>
graham c.
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"Onshape steel foundry perspective"

What do you like best?

I really like how easy and flawless the sharing and transfer of drawings and models to fellow coworkers.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a free trial period. I also wish there was a built in cam feature.

Recommendations to others considering the product

worth it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are starting to use the configuration tables in onshape to keep tooling inventory up-to-date. This seriously speeds up inventory checks.

Onshape review by <span>Daniel H.</span>
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"Onshape's cloud-based CAD software is excellent"

What do you like best?

The customer support is first class and I am impressed by their responsiveness and continued updates to the product.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't (yet) have all of the enterprise level PDM and data management but they are working hard on the issue and I expect it to be more complete in that regard in the very near future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try! You will not be dissapointed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We never have to save a document, multiple engineers can work on the same design at the same time, and the software is very affordable for a small business like ours.

Onshape review by <span>Andrew M.</span>
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"Mates are weird but otherwise great"

What do you like best?

No PDM and the motion studies are terrific.

What do you dislike?

Mates can be clunky to set and no concentric mate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Figure out how to avoid taking surveys.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Robots and the design thereof. We need to model things quickly and share the designs quickly with a decentralized system. How is it that robotics is not listed on the menu below?

Onshape review by Agency in Design
Agency in Design
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"Heavyweight CAD on lightweight hardware"

What do you like best?

I like the portability. For the featureset available, which is always growing btw, the ability to take this CAD wherever I go on any device is highly useful.

What do you dislike?

They are always adding new features, meaning that currently some features arent there.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a free version which allows you to create full featured public documents. Take advantage of that and do a trial project in Onshape, just remember that its public!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use onshape as our primary CAD system, solving our need for low cost CAD. The cost savings compared to installed versions of CAD are considerable and the product is comparable.

Onshape review by Administrator in Machinery
Administrator in Machinery
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"Onshape delivers real value"

What do you like best?

A few things that I like about Onshape are that it never crashes (no loss of data), I never have to worry about testing an update (huge time saver), and that it works on any device (saves money on workstations).

What do you dislike?

I'm still looking for some functionality in order to present Onshape as a replacement for our current CAD system. Basically I need to determine how to integrate Onshape into other existing business systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Haven't solved any issues yet, too much of my time is being spent supporting the current CAD system and its problems.

Onshape review by <span>Owen L.</span>
Owen L.
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"Sweet Way to do CAD!"

What do you like best?

built in collaborative nature. There are not collaborative tools; the whole thing is a collaborative tool.

What do you dislike?

3rd party apps need to be pay as you go option (similar to AWS where you pay per service that you use)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it! The more users the better it will get.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Agile design process. Sharing info between designers, vendors, project managers, customers and sales

Onshape review by Executive Sponsor in Medical Devices
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"Great cad system. This is the future of solid modeling."

What do you like best?

Cloud based architecture enables collaboration and remotely located groups. Solid modeler is intuitive and easy to learn. Zero infrastructure and low start up costs. Seamless updates, and constant improvement of features.

What do you dislike?

Lack of powerful surfacing tools. Lack of seamless FEA / flow / heat transfer analysis. Hoping this gets added soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great choice if you are starting up with no CAD. Fully functional as a primary CAD system. Many advantages over industry standard CAD systems. This is the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape enabled our company to get up an running quickly with a fully functional CAD system with no IT infrastructure. Cloud-based collaboration enables working from multiple locations, easy updates, good tech support, and intuitive solid modeler is easy to learn quickly for anyone with 3D cad experience in other systems.

Onshape review by <span>Robert E.</span>
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"OnShape is a great cloud based CAD system. "

What do you like best?

OnShape is an amazing web browser based CAD program. It does most everything you have come to expect from CAD. Part modeling is simple and easy to pick up. There are great tutorials to get started fast. Version control is built into the page and makes design history research snap. You can compare versions and see what changed very easily. They are updating things all the time and making it better every month.

The mobile app is real and you can design parts on your ipad very easily. If you every want to show a model to someone all you need to do is share it and they can see the exact model. There is an awesome app store that lets you use extensions to aid you with different things that you might need with your design process.

What do you dislike?

I think the iphone app is a little difficult to use. Menus get in the way a bit but doesn't hurt it too bad.

Recommendations to others considering the product

OnShape is easy to use and pick up if you have used any 3D cad. It can run on any platform as long as you have internet connectivity. It is also free to use up to a file size with nothing cut out or locked up. It is a no brainer to at least try out. You'll love it and enjoy every minute of it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CAD design for products, easy collaboration with vendors and manufacturers. It is super easy to work and collaborate on a model in real time even if you are in a different country.

Onshape review by <span>Heather F.</span>
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"A collaborative CAD program that makes designing with a team easier than ever"

What do you like best?

The screensharing feature and the ability to quickly search through a large number of documents. The freeform file system allows you to organize your projects in the way that works best for your team.

What do you dislike?

Still missing several helpful tools, but more are being added every day.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider the time it will take to convert projects over and plan accordingly. Easier to start with than to convert to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can easily share CAD with read-writes to external consultants and non-traditional CAD user to easily share information.

Onshape review by <span>Terrence T.</span>
Terrence T.
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"The CAD that’s at your fingertips "

What do you like best?

OnShape allows you to carry your design wherever you go. It’s great for collaboration and keeping all your design info in one place.

What do you dislike?

In my day job I can’t use OnShape as my primary CAD package as I have to interface with other disciplines who use other piping, civil, and architectural packages.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don’t hesitate give it a go you’ll soon realise that this is the future of CAD

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Conversion of vendor files are much simpler and the geometry always converts.

Onshape review by <span>Christopher R.</span>
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"Swiss Army Knife of CAD"

What do you like best?

OnShape gives us the flexibility to operate from anywhere we need to be whether in the Office, on the Shop Floor, or at the Customer.

What do you dislike?

It is Internet dependent. But not a limitation in the real world, but could be if not connected by some type of device.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the on-line tutorials. They are very valuable to learning all of what Onshape can do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to keep production flowing by having CAD access at our CAM stations instead of having to depend on dedicated CAD computers.

Onshape review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Cloud features awesome, modeling tools well underway. "

What do you like best?

I love that I never lose data and i can access it from any device with an internet connection. I also really love that despite the limited functionality, they release new features every three weeks. I really think that in time Onshape is going to be a game changer.

What do you dislike?

I struggle sometimes with the functionality. Drawings have been especially difficult, but it's getting better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has really made modeling as a team almost effortless, with everyone's models clearly laid out and organized, all changes updated everywhere constantly.

Onshape review by <span>Tony C.</span>
Tony C.
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"Intuitive Cad Software"

What do you like best?

Collaboration, No high cost work station required, seamless updates which don't need to be planed into work flow, no crashes and no loss of work.

What do you dislike?

Some features need further development to compete with other products

Recommendations to others considering the product

Defiantly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

reducing lost or ineffective resource

Onshape review by User in Industrial Automation
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"Especially useful for quick prototyping"

What do you like best?

OnShape delivers all of the tools I need to get to work in just a few clicks without the longer loading times and file hunting associated with traditional CAD.

What do you dislike?

No complaints so far. Regular updates have eliminated any complaints I would have had.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Some deeper modeling tools may be required for your uses, but OnShape is well equipped to handle most CAD requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can take concept to design/prototype extremely quickly. Onshape has been a huge asset.

Onshape review by User in Business Supplies and Equipment
User in Business Supplies and Equipment
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"Quite good program and nice price"

What do you like best?

Cloud. part studios are very nice permanent record of changes

What do you dislike?

hard to find your work. many of the good thinks like drafting are harder than they look on the videos. the videos are mediocre and its hard to learn for a beginner

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better for you if you are very familiar with cad drafting like SW, because tutorials are weak and hard to understand and often don't apply to your case for unexplained reasons. Great product though.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

perfect for our 3D drafting use