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Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock: the constant waiting, distractions, and hassles that prevent engineers from doing their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that is accessible on any device and never loses data. With no files to lose or corrupt, no license keys to manage, and no installed desktop software, Onshape helps engineering teams get out of the IT business so they can get back in the innovation business. Professional engineers at thousands of companies rely on Onshape to modernize and streamline their engineering process. Onshape users in 170+ countries have logged over 6 million hours modeling advanced robotics, biomedical devices, industrial machinery, and myriad other products. With 1 of 8 sessions occurring on mobile devices, Onshape is the world’s first anywhere, anytime CAD system. Founded in 2012, Onshape has raised $169 million from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, North Bridge, and other leading investors. The Onshape leadership team includes the original creators of SOLIDWORKS® and other proven leaders in cloud infrastructure, data security, and mobile.

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Onshape review by Brian B.
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"CAD Done Right"

What do you like best?

What I like best about Onshape is their approach to content creation. It is a tool designed to capture design intent. I came from a SolidWorks background which I really enjoyed using, but when I started contracting my work I needed a CAD solution that was a better fit for a one man operation. I started my trial trying to use it like Solidworks and quickly found that Onshape had a different approach. After I finished the beginner tutorials I quickly realized what they had done to the design process. After I used it as intended I saw the light and really liked they way they create content compared to how I used to do it in Solidworks and other programs.

Configurations are done exactly as they should be both on the part level and assembly level. No endless tables of permutations, just the things you want to change.

Another huge plus is the PDM system in Onshape is absolutely amazing and simple to use. Since it operates in the cloud there is no server maintenance, server connectivity issues, or install issues.

Onshape has also shown me how awesome it is to never have to save. All changes are documented and having the ability to version and go back in time to what was done is something that nobody else does.

What do you dislike?

Since Onshape is always releasing updates every ~3 weeks it is always improving. That being said the dislike pile gets shorter with time, but until the issues are addressed we make do until those requests get answered. I have documented my complaints with Onshape and they are all improvement requests at this time. My biggest dislike is that the drawings in Onshape are a little behind the rest of the offerings I feel.

Chamfers have to be manually entered, which breaks the parametric relationship if you change the chamfer size.

Broken views are broken. Once you break a view it no longer aligns to the related view. Annoying but usable. Section views also cannot be broken, so if it doesn't fit on the page then you have to shrink it or make a bigger drawing.

There isn't a devoted weldment tool, however there is a feature script that works pretty good, but it can be cumbersome if you are generating new profiles and can turn into trouble shooting code in the script if you make a mistake. A devoted weldment tool with the Onshape touch would be great when they get to it.

A center of mass icon for assemblies and parts is really important for a lot of designs. It seems like CM it is already in Onshape but isn't able to be used for design purposes.

Section properties would be very useful but as of now do not exist.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Like any program it is a tool, and if you want to get the full capabilities of this program everyone using it should go through all the training and practice creating content. If you teach yourself how then you will see many benefits.

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

Storage of content is not an issue anymore. I don't have to carry around my customers data and hope it doesn't get lost or damaged.

Sharing content is super easy now and customers really like that they can view their content from a link and export if needed. They do not need a seperate tool installed just to view the files.

Release management in Onshape has really helped with the design flow with my customers.

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Onshape review by Craig P.
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"Engineering Shop Support"

What do you like best?

Once parts were designed and drawin the shop would still ask questions on the dimensions that they wanted. Once we trained a few of them how to use the light user measure tool 99% of the daily quick questions stopped! The shop personal also loved being empowered to be part of reviews and "follow me" mode when there was a touch question or issue.

What do you dislike?

Double edged sword: I love that you can request a change and the program is frequently updated, but some of the "low hanging fruit" for requested changes do not always get implemented right away. This to me is more "first world problem" as there has never been a direct link to submit feedback to the development team before.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try and get familiar with the PDM and version management. Our tipping point between CAD solutions was based on asking, " What CAD functionality do I really need and what functions can I get by without." The heavier weight on distribution and PDM with all the required CAD features lead us to OnShape. Granted the CAD side is not as well developed as competitors, but they are younger, faster at developing, and creating a better implementation of every feature when they do implement it.

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

Mass distrubution to external parties of both CAD and non-CAD users. Also the revision control and distribution of designs.

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Onshape review by Raphael D.
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"Modern, powerful, intuitive and PLM built-in!"

What do you like best?

The innovation that I most appreciate is ability to work simultaneously on documents. This means, there is no more "write access" or "check-in/check-out" to manage. This feature alone changed the whole way we work: people work directly in the live CAD instead of making local copies, working on their own for a while (days, weeks?) and then merging back their work to the main CAD (with all the hassle & surprise that this process represent). The CAD is always up-to-date!

What do you dislike?

I'd say that routing has to be improved. To depend on internet for CAD is somewhat of a downside.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best advice I can give you is to dedicate someone in your company to test Onshape full-time and share his experience with the other CAD users. You'll be amazed.

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

CAD management is much better that before (revisions, up-to-date issues, sharing with collegues/suppliers, etc.). People can now work from the floor plant, form their home or at a supplier's office. Also, we see a reduction in cost (laptops VS CAD PCs, no PDM servers to implement, etc.).

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Onshape review by Christopher Q.
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"Will not go back to traditional CAD"

What do you like best?

Low hardware cost to run the software. Great collaboration tool. It features a good set of design tools. I am able to run Onshape from just about any device and from any location with an internet connection.

What do you dislike?

Still lacks some features of old more established CAD tools. Revision management still needs to be fine tuned a little more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it and be open minded about cloud storage.

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

The biggest problem we are solving is cost savings. Cheaper hardware cost to run Onshape, No server needed for storage or backups, Cheaper software cost versus previous CAD software.

Being a small company and needing other to collaborate occasionally is incredibly easy in this software. Finally, being able to sit down anyplace and work has been a great time saver. No lugging a workstation class laptop back and forth. Pull out a thin Chromebook or a phone and go to work.

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Onshape review by Kalle H.
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"10 year experience with different CAD software."

What do you like best?

Web based software u are always using latest version with newest functions. Integrating it to web sites and document linking, you can show in mobile the part to customer or send link for review. Also you can use great add-ons and paying only use.

What do you dislike?

Pricing about professional to small business owner like myself and co-founder. We paying two licenses annually. Usage is mostly with only one account. And sometimes importing DXFs is hard, because space is not enough, but problem is not with Onshape, problem is with original DXF-file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Test it first and and the Onshape will speak by itself, easy to use and getting better and better after every release. You like it or not. Only problem comes in situation if you need 3D CAD offline.

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

We can do better modelling and fast with Onshape, even our parts are mostly simple. Also it gives us more possibilities for the future. Because we are more in innovative business.

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Onshape review by Ed S.
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"ONSHAPE: Designed for Cloud Collaboration"

What do you like best?

Onshape is highly integrated with the cloud and the opportunities for real design collaboration. It makes it possible for small teams to do big things. It eliminates the admin overhead that burden many deign teams. It is ground-up designed thus it does not have legacy issues hindering it.

What do you dislike?

I can't say there's anything I dislike. What I do find challenging is my own and my team's need to make the paradigm shift from the workflows we're used to in legacy file-based systems to Onshape's fundamentally difference approach.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start slowly and incrementally. Understand how Onshape can interface with other solftware.

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

Real-time collaboration at an affordable price. I see a big benefit of credibility building with customers who we can allow a window into the current progress of their projects. Also, I can quickly scale my team to meet project demands using highly skill people from anywhere in the world.

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Onshape review by Jared T.
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"Forward-thinking, intelligently-designed, and innovative; but with frustrating limitations"

What do you like best?

Onshape is very intelligently designed, by people who clearly have an understanding of how most people use CAD systems. The smartness of the features, the forward-thinking-ness of the system and its design philosophy, is a breath of fresh air in an environment frequently buried in very old mindsets. Designing and creating 3d models in Part Studios and Assemblies is a very satisfying, enjoyable, and powerful experience.

The Part Studios and their behavior especially are top-notch. The intelligent way the system understands sketches and how they can be used, the assumptions made by the default parameters of the different features, all clearly show an excellent understanding of the modern CAD user. The cloud-based design, using documents as project-level containers, with strong version control features and powerful features for connecting documents and relating living parts and projects to one another is astoundingly effective and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Considering how cleverly-made and forward-thinking the design of the 3d modeling parts of the system are, it's very disappointing to find that the 2d drawing creation suite is far behind the rest of the system. Laggy, lacking in important features present in competitor systems, and generally having a feeling of clunkiness and unfinishedness, trying to create 2d drawings from 3d models in Onshape is a pain.

For simple individual parts, it works fine. Some quality of life features are no present, like there being no easy way to align or clean up multiple dimensions, and having no way to import tables from an external file, which means that it can be hard to replicate your workflow if you are moving from AutoCAD 2D+Inventor or Creo Parametric to Onshape.

But trying to create professional-looking, fully featured, and clear General Assembly drawings of complex assemblies is extremely difficult. You have to do a lot of pre-planning and careful structuring in the 3d stage, possibly more than you would have to do in competitor systems, which is very disappointing as not having to do so much planning and pregaming was a specific selling point of Onshape as pitched to me before purchasing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your business is primarily about design in 3d and 3d presentations, I can 100% wholeheartedly recommend Onshape. Designing and modelling with Onshape's 3d features has been a very fun and satisfying experience, it's been my favorite 3d environment to work in.

The only situation for which I wouldn't recommend Onshape is a situation where you need 2d drawings of complex and/or irregular parts and assemblies. Simple or single parts are fine, if somewhat clunky, but Onshape might not be capable of meeting your needs if you need to have 2d drawings of a complex structure.

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

Onshape's cloud-based design meshes very well with my company's other cloud-based software solutions. Being able to be certain that the document I'm working with is up-to-date, being able to be certain that when I share a document with a customer or within my company I am always sharing the most up-to-date and accurate version, is a huge help. Previously, with AutoCAD and Creo Parametric, it was extremely common for my salesmen to come back to me months after a project and ask me questions about it, and I learn that they've been using and sharing an outdated version of a drawing for the entire time. Our company is expecting to grow soon and increase our number of CAD users working on the same projects, and I fully expect Onshape's powerful collaboration tools to make this a much easier process than it would be otherwise.

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Onshape review by Josh B.
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"Intuitive Workflow Bests Inundated Intricacies "

What do you like best?

Onshape has the capability of Solidworks (and beyond) while integrating a user experience that is as intuitive as using an iphone. Combined with a cloud based system; this creates a platform that is going to be extremely tough to beat by any competitor.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike about Onshape. The only item that would qualify is the transition from a traditional file based system to a cloud based system. This transition is not easy, but as you become accustomed it quickly turns from a dislike to a "very much like this".

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

Onshape provides the opportunity to solve traditional file based issues. Redundant files, file sharing, multiple users, ease of access all improve. Plus, having the ability to source your own code within the program via feature script is huge. This opens up almost endless possibilities in what you can create within the program and how you can fine tune your workflow to your specific application within your business.

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Onshape review by Bruce F.
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"Managing Partner"

What do you like best?

It was an easy transition from Solidworks. The cloud based approach gives flexibility and collaboration becomes far simpler. Onshape has allowed themselves to take a fresh approach to many modeling tasks.

What do you dislike?

Onshape is still young so its missing certain functionality. For our designs, the surface modeling tools still need improvement. We are also strong believers in "shown dimensions" being carried into drawings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

give it a hard look. We cannot take advantage of some of what they do extremely well (integrated PDM functionality) that may make this a slam dunk for some companies. For us, the collaboration tools are the key improvement over Solidworks. They are improving the product at a rapid pace

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

At this point, the only hard benefit is that it is more cost effective than Solidworks. There are many soft benefits, like collaboration, that are much harder to quantify.

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Onshape review by Dave G.
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"Onshape - Caught me off guard"

What do you like best?

I have been using SolidWorks for over 10 years, and am amazed by how much better Onshape is in terms of what can be done in Part Studios and Assemblies. It breaks free of the limitations and frustration experienced when using SolidWorks.

What do you dislike?

Not a lot really. There are a few features that my legacy CAD system had that Onshape doesn't have yet, like 3D sketches, but this is to be expected in a young CAD system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a 1 month trial and go through the online tutorials. The basics of Onshape are the same as most CAD systems, but the way Onshape does CAD is so much better once you get used to it. If you get stuck contact support, which in my opinion is second to none.

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

Main benefits come from the way part studios work and the ease at which assemblies can be set up and animated. The ability to do these things has allowed me to design bespoke manufacturing machines to realise and design out problems as they occur.

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Onshape review by Henry W.
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"Essential and well implemented version control and collaboration "

What do you like best?

Good software with a decent tool set. Browser based so easy to use across all platforms. Cloud stored so very easy collaboration. Essential and well implemented version control - this is a must have if modern agile workflows are desired. Mating of parts in assemblies is amazing, doubt I could ever go back. Used to use Solidworks but the previous reasons made me choose to switch to Onshape for the beginning of our companies journey.

What do you dislike?

Online only means you have to have internet, this can be annoying. This also means my computer can't help out if things are being slow which with large assemblies and in context design they can be. Although no slower than Solidworks on a decent workstation. Integrations like FEA and CAM are great but they are almost all more subscriptions so cost is ridiculous if you only need it rarely. My personal gripe is that recently they have changed the terms and conditions so that with the free account you designs are public property. As an design engineer and a maker this means I can't use Onshape for my private use and so have to use a different CAD package outside work. If I had known this it would have seriously made me consider other options for my company.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Unfortunately Onshape is moving more to the professional market and leaving makers in the dust with price increases and terms and condition changes. This makes sense as they are following the money. If this bothers you as it does me then consider other options carefully. Regardless Onshape is an excellent CAD system and they are leading the way in CAD innovation. This is the future of CAD, I am certain.

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

Designing of machines for automation of microfluidics for life sciences

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Onshape review by Trip A.
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"The Future of Modeling is Here"

What do you like best?

Onshape provides outstanding support and is constantly improving and expanding capabilities. Capabilities were great when I started 18 months ago but much better now. The capabilities expand so fast there is always something new and better to learn about it!

What do you dislike?

Sometimes loading models bogs down and it is quite easy to build a model that will load very slowly. We need tips on making things streamlined. The new "time required" info in the drawing window is a huge step forward. I would also prefer if Onshape staff would put a day or so into creating a better library of profiles for the "Beams" script. This would save me a bunch of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get started! you will love it.

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

We constantly design new separation and processing equipment and systems. We couldn't work without Onshape. The ability to pull up earlier versions takes all the fear out of changing important drawings. It is so easy to build 2D drawings for part manufacture.

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Onshape review by Joep C.
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"Web based, clean sheet well thought out Cad software. "

What do you like best?

Unfortunately I do not use Onshape on a daily basis and have no time to drill into new released features. In the past I was a heavy SW user. Here are some of the features I like most. I like the web based concept no need for a special Cad specified PC. The sharing capability works very well. The subscription price as of now is reasonable for what you get. There is no need for software updates which caused sometimes havoc in SW. Well thought out releases of new features are rolled out on a regular basis. You listen to your customers.

What do you dislike?

No internet no CAD. Have not worked with really large assembly yet but I can imagine that "lag" may be an issue. Thinks take time, it would be great if well integrated CAM packages were available (Camworks?).

I have no problem paying for goods and services however subscription based software can become convoluted (terms & conditions) and costly.

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

We design products and molds for themoforming. We were able to share designs in an efficient manner.

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Onshape review by Jeremy L.
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"The future of intuitive design"

What do you like best?

Community centered development. Incredible customer service. The ability to work from a desktop and then walk out to a facility and take measurements and input them on my phone and then head back to my desk and continue where I left off. Very intuitive UI, no fishing through tons of menus and drop downs to get at the function I need. No saving! The power can go out in the middle of modeling and I never have to worry that anything has been lost.

What do you dislike?

No ITAR compliant servers. I'm sure this hurdle has lots of moving parts but it really is the only thing holding my company back from being able to further implement Onshape.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just get it. Will work great on the worst computer you have. No more relying on expensive high powered workstations. Work on the same model/drawing from the office, home, the bathroom, anywhere without multiple installs and remembering to bring a USB drive with you everywhere. Always have the most current version without being charged for upgrades.

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

Huge time saver with how much faster I can intuitively model a specific part. Great to walk into a meeting room, login to Onshape and pull up and go over models on an overhead projector instead of bringing prints or USB drives.

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Onshape review by Jop T.
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"Future-proof"

What do you like best?

+ very easy to share access with my sales colleagues so they can show early designs with potential buyers

+ very easy to work from any workstation, anywhere

+ automatic updates, no download time

+excellent helpdesk that come with solutions and even improve the system based on users' input

What do you dislike?

- I still have to get used a bit to the different approach of mating in assemblies, but I am getting there

- the absence of a basic render machine, it should be included in stead of searching and trying plug-ins

- I would very much like to be able to change the perspective when using the perspective view

Recommendations to others considering the product

do not fear to work online, if you have a proper internet connection and a proper workstation, you will be fine!

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

+ better cooperation possibilities between colleagues and other companies

+ the possibility to show a design on the app helps our sales colleagues to involve buyers in an early stage

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Onshape review by David W.
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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.

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Onshape review by Thomas W.
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"Best design experience available"

What do you like best?

I love having the ability to access my files anywhere in the world, on any device connected to the internet. Also, the ability to give access or revoke access from specific files is very powerful. Customers love being able to look at files I am working on for them just by following the link generated by Onshape.

What do you dislike?

Onshape isn't quite as powerful as Solidworks in some areas but I think that will change soon. Also, those more powerful features are almost never used by me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A quality internet connection is a must. Cost is also a factor. Onshape is cheaper with regards to the license and also the hardware requirements.

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

Onshape allows my company to invest money in better ways that is otherwise spent on expensive hardware needed to run computer-based systems. Cloud-based CAD also allows us to design out on the floor on any laptop or even phones or tablets. Customers are amazed when I pull out my phone to show them the full CAD file of their project in the middle of a meeting.

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Onshape review by Mitchell E.
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"Continued development and stellar support make Onshape a progressively more powerful mfg. tool."

What do you like best?

Collaborative design, integrated PDM and PLM, a robust set of modeling tools, and the endless potential unlocked by FeatureScript - what's not to love? The flexibility of Onshape allows us to centralize and more clearly define our product as we move away from 2D cad and towards model-based enterprise for manufacturing.

On modeling - Although initially skeptical of the seemingly small number of design tools available, an hour or two spent in the interface was enough to see that the functionality packed into each tool is often more capable and more intuitive than in similar cad software.

On the cloud - It's refreshing to design in an environment where documents integrate seamlessly without concern of missing files or broken links, where we have the freedom freedom to reorganize our folder structure as needs change without worry. The ability to connect from anywhere on almost any device allows us to work more collaboratively at every step in the design and manufacturing process.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps because there's such a push on the side of 3D design and model-based definition, the 2D drawings have been slow to catch up to the functionality of comparable software. Without the option for annotated 3D models, we will likely still need to rely on 2D drawings for communication of technical information to our shop. Recent updates have brought some improvements to the interface, but it might be difficult to make full use of drawings until the user has better control over the interpretation of part or assembly models to drawing views.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If it doesn't meet your needs today, check back in 3 weeks.

New functionality is ALWAYS being added, and the entire Onshape support team is excellent at addressing concerns and guiding users to solutions.

It might not be exactly what you're used to, but the platform is opening doors to new ways of design and manufacturing that are worth exploring.

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

From project layouts to custom cut lists, FeatureScript has enabled us to simplify and/or automate many tedious and error-prone tasks, expediting the process of defining and executing a manufacturing project.

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Onshape review by Travis L.
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"Incredible features and value in the Cloud!"

What do you like best?

I love the stability and performance of using a CAD program in the cloud not requiring a local supercomputer to do large models. The featureset of this CAD program is comparable in my experience to competing local install platforms. The user interface is intuitive and the help documentation is thorough enough to get even an experience user out of a difficult modelling situations.

What do you dislike?

A few features at the assembly level (assembly configurations) and on drawings (editing templates) are yet to be implemented. The standards-based library features such as fasteners have room for improvement and standard material shapes in steel and aluminum are non-existent in a meaningful way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The modelling is quite intuitive but I recommend taking the training to learn the paradigm of workspaces and file management.

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

I am delivering professional engineering documentation for manufacturing as well as technical diagrams used in product literature. Using this product allows me to communicate new design intent to my client before prototypes are built.

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"Superior cad for everyone"

What do you like best?

Like? I absolutelu love it!

- 100% Cloud based, zero manual updates, zero installs

- Innovative multi-part studios

- The most stable cad on the market (zero work lost in 3+ years)

- Superior support with team who actually listen to their customers

- Friendly and helpful user forums

- Frequent updates with most wanted features

- Affordable

What do you dislike?

There is really nothing to dislike. You can hide the features you don't need and software doesn't force you to do anything. Onshape can be used in many ways and there's no right or wrong, just do whatever suits the current project.

It is still lacking few needed features but they are 'in-the-pipe' though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have stable internet with the speed of 3G or faster, I'd say give it a fair try.

It is different from other cads so don't begin with work project under schedule rather take some old project and take your time to recreate with Onshape style. Be open minded and ENJOY!

Get into friendly community, discuss, ask questions and help others, HAVE FUN!

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We use Onshape for everything from simple 2D geometry drawings to full 3D models of factory production layout. Cloud serves us with enough resources to manipulate large detailed assemblies with ease.

Our everyday work includes furniture design and creating detailed assembly instructions. Every other day we receive all sort of cad files (solid works, dwgs, step files etc..) for reference which we need to be able to efficiently use as a base for furniture quotation or it might be a cnc machine we need to mount into our factory layout. Onshape is not perfect for all these tasks, but as a small company we can't have dedicated software for each task and Onshape is the best we have found to serve us overall and get things properly done.

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Onshape review by Steve C.
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"Onshape has opened up a world of creativity, idea organization and intuitive CAD."

What do you like best?

Onshape is thought out.

Some cars I work are a joy, others, I exasperate, "The engineers that designed this ought to have to work on it!"

The "engineering" of Onshape was done by those who've spent time under the hood of other CAD systems and in the real design and manufacturing world. They've created a CAD program that is fun and intuitive to work on.

An added bonus of Onshape is the ability to organize and keep track of projects and ideas. As an inventor, Onshape is the proverbial "napkin" on which ideas are quickly sketched.

What do you dislike?

No dislikes. It is a great program. Any "weak links" are quickly and efficiently resolved by the great team and their frequent updates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I generally don't share software recommendations, but Onshape is one I've shared frequently and often with engineering friends and others. It is well thought out, easy to use and understand, provides excellent organization of files and ideas and has a team committed to the product and the success of users.

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

Onshape allows us to quickly design and implement product improvements. With our 3D printers going steady, we've been able to make product improvements and changes overnight.

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Onshape review by Graham S.
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"Very Happy With OnShape!"

What do you like best?

Love: the zero setup and decommissioning as our team expands and contracts, excellent collaboration from anywhere, that my files are fully backed up with no hassles, ability to roll-back infinitely, and strong/continuously improving capabilities. I am a big believer in the Software-as-a-Service model for CADs. Also, OnShape has the most responsive customer service I've ever experienced. Even better, it is much less expensive and much more convenient to work with than other CADs...

What do you dislike?

Two years ago some important features were not yet included (eg some sheet-metal tools). Most of these have been addressed. The outstanding features missing are don't impede our work significantly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Like any powerful tool, you have to invest a bit of time to get the value out of it. You have to give yourself some time to transition because OnShape works a bit differently than other CADs, but it is worth it!

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

Needed a professional-grade CAD for a start-up company designing a new and extremely challenging product that incorporated numerous new technologies. This was a serious R&D project and we needed a CAD that could facilitate our work, not get in the way. OnShape has delivered!

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Onshape review by Connor P.
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"Mechanical Engineer"

What do you like best?

Onshape balances power and ease of use correctly. Onshape errs on the side of ease of use, but anytime you can't do something in exactly the way you want there is always Featurescript. The development environment in Onshape is powerful enough to implement a sophisticated CPQ workflow for nearly any product line.

What do you dislike?

Drawing creation/export is not as detailed or powerful as I would like it to be. This is the one area where featurescript was unable to help me get to where I want to be, and I have resorted to using some janky workarounds to achieve the automation I want. Onshape's rate of development is astounding though, and I expect this shortcoming to be improved quickly (in many ways, it already has.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Onshape especially for startups and small to mid sized firms. Learn featurescript early and use it often. It is one of the most powerful workflow customization tools I have worked with, and I realize everyday how much more it can do that I have not been leveraging.

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

Automation of system design

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Onshape review by Bruce W.
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"Onshape has made my job fun again!"

What do you like best?

The ability to easily use CAD anywhere is the single best feature and then so many other advantages making the whole package a great time saver and way to collaborate with customers & prospects. Things I love - Git style version control, clean interface, parametric modeling, advanced assembly, and cloud database (eliminates files). The Onshape team has created a new paradigm for part design and communication.

What do you dislike?

The product is 90% complete for our needs. Our need is more high end mold and surfacing tools in addition to the standard tools that are already there. The Onshape team is bringing out improvements every three weeks and gets us closer to the ideal all the time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Onshape is easy to set up and try. The challenge is leaning a new interface, however, the tutorials, videos, and forum are really good. Just spend some time learning it and you will have trouble going back to file based systems.

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

Faster and more complete evaluation of jobs. OS lets us quickly import and design concepts even at the quote stage. The information we send to prospects & customers is helping them succeed and increasing their confidence in us.

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Onshape review by Phil B.
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"Finally the essence of CAD"

What do you like best?

one file to manage, easy collaboration, and a breeze to use - oh and I shouldn't forget the booleans and solid editing tools - they rock!

What do you dislike?

non-believers! Any new tool will be met with a level of scepticism - at the moment the drawing tools are a tad slow, but they are improving rapidly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We made an easy swap from SW and we have not looked back - I have used a lot of CAD systems over the years and this one is a winner - first time loading of files can be a tad slow depending on your network, so don't walk away thinking the cloud system is poor as Onshape is a very very competent tool.

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

real-time visibility and clarity of designs, parts, and assemblies. As an administrator and (I think) as a pro user, I can oversee and act earlier into all our projects and designs.

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Onshape review by Zach  H.
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"Collaboration flexibility unlike any other design software I've used"

What do you like best?

The ability to work with someone in a file and view their actions has been great for being able to both share ideas on how to create as well as learning from each other to become more proficient in using the software. That, along with the ability to create multiple version trees and quick rollback actions make for a much less frustrating experience when testing out different ideas and not wanting to save multiple version copies.

What do you dislike?

Having to be online can be a two edged sword. There are times in the field I would like to work and do not have internet access.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider if you can live with an always online platform. If so, there are a large number of benefits to this system. If you regularly collaborate on projects and have multiple people working with your files then OnShape really begins to show how well it works.

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

The ability to quickly model items for prototyping in house is great. Having it online is great because I can work from my desk and when I go to our makerspace I can use my tablet and make any tweaks when needed without going back to my desk at another facility.

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Onshape review by David B.
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"Great cloud-based CAD software"

What do you like best?

One main advantage of Onshape versus other CAD programs is that it is cloud-based, so there is no need to download software and take up significant space on a hard drive. This also means that your work can be accessed from any device at any time. Being cloud-based also makes it easy to collaborate with colleagues since files/projects are constantly being updated as you work, which eliminates the need to transfer data between devices that is present with non cloud-based CAD programs.

Another thing I like about Onshape is their customer support. Their customer support team responds promptly to feedback/questions and has helped me solve a couple of issues I was having via email.

What do you dislike?

In my opinion, Onshape isn't quite as versatile as the leading CAD programs that have been around for a while yet, but for my needs, and probably for the majority of CAD users, it is perfectly adequate. Onshape is also still a relatively new company, so they are constantly updating and improving.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As long as you have a reliable internet connection, I see no reason not to give Onshape a chance.

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

I mainly use Onshape to produce renderings of robots and injection molding machines used in the plastics industry. Onshape's configurations have been especially helpful in making this process efficient since the renderings consist of a number of different models of robots/injection molding machines.

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Onshape review by Aubrey C.
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"Constant improvements and competetive functionality"

What do you like best?

The fact that it is on the cloud and I can access projects from anywhere easily and share documents with people from anywhere. I also like the Sheet Metal functions in onshape. This is a big seller for us as we do a lot of sheet metal work. When we first started in onshape the sheet metal functions were new and minimal. The amount of added features especially to sheet metal are amazing and typically caters to our needs and wants as well.

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to dislike. The import/export functions are highly compatible and very much needed. Improvements are constant and address suggestions brought to light by the end user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it. You will surely decide to make permanent use of the product

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

Sharing a document with a client or co-worker is extremely easy. Collaborative work is so simple. Communication and collaboration are most definitely the two main issues being solved by working in Onshape

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Onshape review by Mehul G.
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"Modern collaboration"

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 (multiple users working in the same document at the same time) 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, updates every three weeks keep me hopeful they will be ready soon.

I wish this tool were available 20 years ago.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it. The hardware requirements are small and the platform can be run from a phone or tablet. I have even used it with airplane wifi on an international trip!

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.

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Onshape review by Matthew J.
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"Underrated Business Advantage"

What do you like best?

Cloud Based

Advanced 3D modeling web application

Unlimited Storage

Access Anywhere, anytime

Mobile Friendly

Superb internal and external collaboration tool

App integration

Supports Open Source community

Great customer service

What do you dislike?

I'm not a fan of the 3D party vendor to manage .DWG drawings, which is not very reliable. I prefer Onshape to support .DWG files and make it editable within Onshape capabilities rather using an app.

There is a slight delay in response when handling big assembly files or drawings, which can be irritating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great CAD tool for startups and businesses who are ready to adapt to cloud based technology.

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

Onshape is very easy to use, so we are improving our design capabilities. It is much easier to collaborate and communicate with other designers, engineers and clients and follow progress. Overall, OTD has improved.

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Onshape review by Doug J.
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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 Oral T.
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"My OnShape Review"

What do you like best?

It runs on the cloud. You don't have to install it on your device. It runs on every device without worrying hardware configurations.

What do you dislike?

If you have a slow and unsteady internet connection, OnShape would become lagging.

Recommendations to others considering the product

OnShape comes full features with limited storage permission for free usage. That's nice if you run a small business related to professional CAD. You can use it on the go. It runs on every device with a good internet connection. No need to expensive hardware configurations since it runs on the cloud.

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

I use it as a file converter for my 3D printing projects. As you might know that 3d printers accept mostly *.stl file extension. If some of my customers sent me a SolidWorks project then I could convert it to the *.stl file format immediately here in OnShape.

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Onshape review by Romeo G.
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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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Onshape review by Teodor G.
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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

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Onshape review by Eirik G.
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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.

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Onshape review by Bob B.
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"Onshape kicks ass"

What do you like best?

They are truly customer focused. I receive regular calls from their team to ensure that we are happy and not experiencing any problems with their product.

What do you dislike?

There frankly isn't a lot to dislike about their product. I get the impression that the product isn't yet quite up to the level of existing more mature CAD offerings; however, not being a pro designer this doesn't afect me at all. Also, I understand that they are constantly evolving the product based on fantastic relationships and feedback from customers, so they'll no doubt get there very soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Certainly worth trying for anyone who uses CAD in any context whatsoever.

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

As a start-up, with few employees who are very mobile, it is fantastic being able to collaborate on designs and share concepts remotely and whilst on the run.

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Onshape review by Miles C.
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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.

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Onshape review by Tim W.
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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.

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Onshape review by Josh H.
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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.

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Onshape review by Matthew B.
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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

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Onshape review by Todd B.
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