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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

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS does well with complex parts and assemblies. It also works well with iterative development processes and analysis. If you plan to share the assembly with multiple people for manufacturing purposes, I wouldn’t use any other product. Their manufacturing network is extensive.It is too complicated to learn for simple sketches where precision is not important. For example, I was drawing a stepstool that would fold and it was faster to sketch it out on paper.
Cory Puuri | 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

SOLIDWORKS

  • The collaborative work environment is a cool and useful feature where groups of people can work on the same model at the same time, and SOLIDWORKS ensures that you don't overwrite each other's work.
  • The ease and amount of customization options are very useful for creating a personalized and intuitive user interface, whether SOLIDWORKS is your native CAD package or not.
  • It is very easy to quickly edit a model you have already created. The software allows sketch and feature editing without having to take the time to actually enter the sketch/feature environment.
  • The use of configurations and configurations-specific dimensions in the same sketch is very useful for creating different forms of the same part
Anonymous | 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

SOLIDWORKS

  • To date, the baked in surfacing tools lack power compared to dedicated surfacing software.
  • In a similar vein, the core modeling kernel is not owned by SOLIDWORKS themselves and so there exists limitations with regards to implementing certain modeling/math.
  • SOLIDWORKS is playing catchup to other online vendors of CAD (notable OnShape); instead of being the once leader, they are being forced to compare themselves. This, however, may work to their advantage and in turn allow them to produce a better on-line CAD tool.
Christopher Schaefer | 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

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
Michael Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 8.4
Based on 16 answers
SOLIDWORKS as a company seems to want you to be good at their program to encourage you to continue using it and tell others of the experience. There is a ton of support from the community, as well as from the reseller (we use GoEngineer). There is an official forum that is very active, as well as tutorials built right into the program to help you get started, and even into some advanced features.
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

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is better in terms of design speed of 3D parts. It is also better for pieces of high technical detail. Other CAD programs do not have a simulation of forces, SOLIDWORKS does. The user interfaces are, in my opinion, friendlier and easier to use than other programs. In general visual quality of design, SOLIDWORKS is much better than the competition.
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

SOLIDWORKS

  • It has been really positive because it has allowed us to create incredible 3D mechanical parts for our customers.
  • It is not a cheap software, however, the cost-benefit we have experienced has been amazing when considering the product quality we have been able to submit.
  • The only negative impact we have had is with the capacitation of our team since this is not an easy software to learn, which means we need to spend time and money for our team to use it.
Manuel Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Onshape

General

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

SOLIDWORKS

General

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

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