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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 bill c.
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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.

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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.

What Product and Machine Design solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Onshape review by Rami R.
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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!

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Onshape review by Todd B.
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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 Bob H.
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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 Anthony M.
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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 Simon H.
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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 Nick T.
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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 Dean H.
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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 Scott C.
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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 Ed T.
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"From DXF to 3D Solids in 60 minutes flat - First time Solid3D user."

What do you like best?

From the first 2 minutes after signing up for a free Onshape account I realized I could actually use a 3D program. I found the help topics easy to understand and the tutorials very instructive. Even YouTube was filled with examples and lessons. If Onshape promotes this to middle schools and high schools, the current 3D leaders will be eating their dust.

What do you dislike?

Needs instant gear tool for me. More tutorials on drawing thermal form parts.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it.

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

Onshape solves my file issues and everything I do is with me wherever I can login. Does not get any better than this. I am a 64 year old engineer who thought he was not able to master a new level of CAD. Onshape did not intimidate me.

Onshape review by Andy W.
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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 David R.
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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 Arturo S.
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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 Steven W.
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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 R. Dirk P.
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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 Erika B.
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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 Marshall W.
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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 David H.
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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 Josh L.
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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 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.

Onshape review by James B.
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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 Dave S.
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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 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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