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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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.

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