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Score 9.1 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Onshape

I come from using SOLIDWORKS for four years, and as much as I love it over Pro-E, I find Onshape has the same level of functionality in regards to part design. Assemblies are easier to make functional. Where OnShape really shines is that the integrated release management is significantly easier and does not leave any possibility for the release process to be done wrong. This is huge when being audited. You can also store any file type for design history records in OnShape. If you don't need release management and just design parts there aren't a lot of benefits other than the ease of access from anywhere on any device. OnShape is not perfect, but the problems cost less time and frustration than any other CAD I have used.
Kevin Eppers | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

I've found that SketchUp is great for just about any modeling need and even quite a bit of drafting. I don't recommend it for photorealistic rendering, though I've yet to mess around with more than the >$100 plugins. I have yet to run into a document that cannot be created in LayOut, but the complex text is difficult (tables/tabs, etc) to edit.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Onshape

  • Cloud-connected - we never have to worry about updating our design computers or upgrade the software as the upgrades happen automatically every few weeks. We are always on the latest version and get access to the newest features.
  • Analytics, we are able to see how we are using the tool, how long projects are really taking to complete and how much time we are spending in the system.
  • Extensible, we are able to use FeatureScript and write functions for our own features. We have used this to automate repetitive tasks so that we save time on designing features that we use over and over.
Matthew Bush | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Simplicity. Anyone who is familiar with a computer can jump headfirst into SketchUp and be proficient with its use within an hour.
  • Intuitive button design/layout. Creating 3D objects from 2D shapes is easy with the push/pull tool. More complex 3D modeling software can get overwhelming with all of the buttons on the toolbar.
  • 3D modeling warehouse. There is an online database that allows users to see what other SketchUp users have created and download their own copy. Sharing objects with other users dramatically reduces the time required to build a very detailed model.
Tony Grasso | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Onshape

  • Customization of background colors, currently the only option is a white background, which is not always the best to look at for extended periods.
  • Assembly configurations. At the time of writing OnShape has not added assembly configurations yet - which are very useful when designing industrial equipment for different markets.
  • Performance and features on 2D drawings. While this is improved with almost every update, unlike the 3D CAD part of OnShape 2D drawings are not as responsive or as feature filled.
Steven Whitacre | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Ability to import Revit files and libraries.
  • Ability to export true curved vector linework. There are some workarounds, needs to be refined.
  • Create an OPEN MAPS connection. Since the split from Google, the source for high-quality aerials is limited.
  • Ability to dock all menus to the master window on a Mac
  • Ability to develop dockable menu trays on a Mac
Anthony Pope, RA, NCARB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Onshape

Onshape 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Onshape is great software and I have no trouble recommending it to CAD users and companies that need to do design work
Glendon Kuhns | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Onshape

Onshape 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Quick community support was available through the forum for most issues we found that weren't extremely urgent. We did not have to use phone support, so I can not evaluate that. However, we didn't have many issues arise, and any support we did receive was well thought out and timely.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

SketchUp 8.4
Based on 27 answers
Sketchup is so intuitive; I can't recall ever looking for official support. However, there are many user forums online that can answer more questions. The usefulness of the online forums is, however, tempered by the fact that there have been many versions of the software under different ownership and support regimes, and thus finding the right information for the right version of the software can be a challenge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Onshape

Onshape wins out by far when it comes to the cloud and syncing aspect. I've had a lot of issues with SW epdm or trying to use Dropbox, or email, and anything that isn't stupidly easy to use is going to get used incorrectly. Onshape developed all of that right in, and it works amazingly.
Marshall Wentworth | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

It's great to give the customer an overview of how a project will look, but it will never replace the information that a blueprint or engineering drawing can convey. SketchUp is great for the casual user or someone who is just getting started in design work. Other high powered software, such as Solidworks or Inventor is more suited for 3D modeling on a regular basis
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Onshape

  • Speed and efficiency in customer relations. Being able to provide the customer with a live model has streamlined our design process.
  • Collaboration inside the business structure with metal and plastic engineering departments. We've started making more material mixed parts, and collaborating with each other has made things a lot faster in the design process.
  • Onshape is very affordable when compared against other CAD software. We are very happy with what we spend on Onshape versus what we were spending on past software.
Aubrey Cousin | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Some of our clients really appreciated that we could quickly make adjustments to proposed projects or mockups.
  • That being said, I've definitely spent a lot of time getting lost in the weeds making very small changes because they saw that it was possible, and then we're spending hours we might not have on the job.
Nathan Bowman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Onshape

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SketchUp

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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