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Onshape is a cloud-native product development platform with integrated CAD, data management and analytics. Onshape aims to accelerate time to market and improve innovation by:1) Access: Unlike file-based CAD which is on-premise only, Onshape enables remote access for designers and…

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What is Onshape?

Onshape is a cloud-native product development platform with integrated CAD, data management and analytics. Onshape aims to accelerate time to market and improve innovation by:

1) Access: Unlike file-based CAD which is on-premise only, Onshape enables remote access for designers and engineers from anywhere, and on any internet-connected device -including tablets and smart phones.

2) Collaboration: Onshape aims to eliminate the version control problems and blocking of file-based CAD and PDM systems by enabling real-time, simultaneous access and collaboration for designers and engineers.

The vendor boasts over 2 million users who work in Onshape to modernize and streamline their product development cycle. According to the vendor, Onshape users in 170+ countries have logged over 6 million hours modeling advanced robotics, biomedical devices, industrial machinery, agriculture equipment, and consumer products. Onshape is designed to be an anywhere, anytime CAD system. The vendor reports that 1 in 8 sessions occur on mobile devices.

Founded in 2012, the Onshape leadership team includes the original creators of SOLIDWORKS® and other leaders in cloud infrastructure, data security, and mobile. PTC purchased Onshape in 2019.

Onshape Features

  • Supported: Parts (top-down or bottom-up solid and surface modeling)
  • Supported: Assemblies (design in-context, built-in standard hardware and parts linked from documents, single mate)
  • Supported: Drawings (fully detailed drawings of parts and assemblies, import/export DWG, DWT and DXF file formats)
  • Supported: Data Management (built-in version control and release management tools)
  • Supported: Collaboration (real-time simultaneous design, follow mode, comments)
  • Supported: Workflow (automate workflows to manage release and revision, custom workflows)
  • Supported: Bill of Materials (manage while simultaneously editing and assembly with real-time updates)
  • Supported: Configurations (separate tables for each configuration option, configuration variables enable infinite product variations with unique release history)
  • Supported: Analytics (monitor project status with Activity, Release, Project and User dashboards, security reviews, global permissions)
  • Supported: Integrations (robust REST API, App Store with ERP, PLM, SSO, simulation, CAM)
  • Supported: Support (contact support directly in the product, Learning Center with tutorials and instructor led training )
  • Supported: Security (role-based access control, AES-256 encryption, optional 2FA and audit logs, SOC 2 Type 2 compliant)

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Onshape Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Spanish

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Onshape starts at $1500.

SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk Inventor are common alternatives for Onshape.

Reviewers rate Implementation Rating highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of Onshape are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Majd Sukkarieh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
At ngen squared we use Onshape for both generic conceptual design/rendering and design-assist for design-build projects in the construction and manufacturing spaces. The problems we faced before are difficult client project coordination, chaotic document management, lack of out-of-the-box intelligent CAD tools, high CAD down-time and high cost with other CAD software. Onshape solves these problems.
  • Fast opening and closing of application
  • Amazing solid and surface extrusion features
  • Amazing document sharing features
  • Amazing revision management features
  • Dealing with physically larger model (100 meters to 200 meters dimensions)
  • Replacing identical duplicate part features easily in Assembly tab
I would highly recommend Onshape to anyone looking to upgrade to a smooth CAD experience.
Gaurav Chakraborty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Modular software, great customer support, easy to work, doesn't consume much data space easy to communicate between various simulation softwares.
  • Design
  • Analysis
  • Optimization
Onshape shall be used by organizations where cost is a major factor as the license is relatively competitive than the competition.
Where Onshape , excels the most is the ability to be operational on any device with internet connection and webbrowser.
Onshape doesn't require your hardware to be beefed with Graphic cards (if added better).

Where onshape can be better. If they are able to include simulation packages bundled like SOLIDWORKS.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As an early-stage startup, our priorities are always time and ease of use. With many moving parts and hats to wear, we are burdened with too much work to handle and constantly shifting priorities. For these reasons, it is critical that our 3D modelling software simply works and creating partnerships with companies is not a hassle. The Onshape entrepreneur program ticked all of our boxes. We had a free account with Onshape for very sporadic use, but needed a more secure solution and a few extra features as our proprietary work began to take shape. Our team is more familiar with SOLIDWORKS, so we applied to the Dassault startup program. This process took more than a week, required an hour-long training call to learn, and within a few weeks we started having technical glitches causing huge issues. After spending many hours and delaying our work for more than a week, we gave up and turned back to Onshape. Within 24 hours of completing a 30-second form, the Onshape team had already upgraded our account to Premium, sent us an informational email on where to find further resources, and set up a call to help us understand their system functionality better. Not only were we surprised at how much simpler the software was, with better design traceability and ease-of-use features, but we have not been plagued with glitches either. A big thank you to the Onshape team!
  • Quick, easy, & friendly onboarding.
  • Design history traceability.
  • Clean & easy organizational structure.
  • Nothing so far
Extremely well suited for quick-start projects where you just need something to work immediately.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Collaboration and design sharing with outside suppliers around the world is made very easy with Onshape. Being able to access Onshape anywhere anytime so long as you have an internet connection is a huge advantage over other systems out there. The ability to track changes and versions with ease of a google document is extremely useful and time saving.
  • Sharing and working with outside companies
  • Ease of use for no users
  • Online live collaboration
  • Surfacing could have some additional functionality for organic shapes
  • Converting shapes to engineering manufacturing methods, like flattening basic surfaces
  • More apps linked to Onshape, apps that perform useful design and engineering functions outside of CAD
Out of all the CAD platforms used over the years Onshape combines all the benefits from ease of use to more complex engineering. The two great benefits is no requirements for specific computer hardware besides a good internet connection and access from any computer or workstation including phones.
Martin Krijger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Onshape for the design of a prototype of a machine to produce electricity.
  • Quick and easy to learn.
  • No IT overhead.
  • Never loose your work in crashes again!
  • New features and improvements every three weeks.
  • Integrated FEA
  • Internal libraries for materials, threads and standard items like beams too much focused on US standards.
  • It took a while for Onshape to add total weight calc on assembly drawings. (fixed now)
  • Some tutorials don't always keep pace with the three week update cycle.
Onshape can't be used without an internet connection.
In any other situation it's a joy to work with it.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Students use Onshape to learn basic CAD skills and designing parts for additive manufacturing. They use mostly basic functionality of the software, but do utilize the collaborative component. As the teacher the monitoring and support aspects are developing and getting much better than when I was first introduced to the program. I can now send students starter documents and set up collaborate groups. I don't limit available features, but I know that is also available. The biggest problem for me that this program addresses is it's capability to operate completely within a web browser. Most students only have school chromebooks that don't have the memory space to support a downloaded program so being able to access through a web browser is a big plus despite any limitations that creates.
  • Ability for user to collaborate on documents.
  • Ease of access to all documents from any web connected device.
  • Straightforward and easy to navigate user interface within document.
  • Administrative page for enterprise users is hard to add users or change user permissions.
  • Alerts for failed features are sometimes difficult to find.
Onshape has been great as a learning platform for students as they are typically using fairly basic functions and smaller projects. As projects get more complicated or documents contain more parts or larger assemblies the program does use more bandwidth and processing power, which has let to some lag and loading issues.
Terran Gerratt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use it for 3D printing. It is especially useful as I run a Linux machine and most other CAD software doesn't work on Linux. The web-based nature of onshape makes it very unique and portable. I also like the ability to view and make small edits from my phone.
  • Version control
  • Collaborative
  • Accessable from various devices
  • 3D sketches
  • Assemblies can get very confusing
  • Working better in mobile app
The ability to work on my projects no matter where I am or what computer I have with me makes Onshape incredibly valuable. I love being able to pull up models on my phone to show colleagues and to quickly reference dimensions. The built-in source control makes sure I never lose my work.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Connecting with fellow employees abroad and sharing CAD documents has been made much easier and frequent by using the shared workspaces that Onshape offers. A cloud based system enables a team orientated workflow previously unavailable to us, with edits and reviews of designs and drawings commonplace and straight forward.

Furthermore, the addition of custom features enables more intuitive development of designs that would otherwise be held back by a less mainstream CAD package.
  • Cloud sharing and version control
  • Custom features
  • Helpful learning centre
  • A detailed 3D wiring feature
  • Part studios and assemblies offering good component organisation control
  • Some features not available or lacking depth
  • Part importing and document control not always intuitive
  • Online only
Onshape is very useful when used by several members of a team, allowing for easy access to view and edit progress of a project - with all aspects of a project contained in a workspace.

For individual use for simple individual projects, however, it can be overly complex for amateur users and enthusiasts - and the online requirement could be limiting for some.
Keegan Schoch | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are a web-based mechanical engineering services company, providing anything from technical drawings through complex machine design and analysis. In order to seamlessly integrate with companies' teams, having cloud-based CAD is almost a necessity. Passing local copies of files back and forth is inefficient, error-prone, and, frankly, just not fun. Onshape's cloud-based CAD system addresses all of these issues. Additionally, the transition from other nodal-based CAD was easy and we now prefer it over any other software we have used, not just for its cloud-based infrastructure.
  • Cloud-based infrastructure and collaboration is a primary benefit.
  • The available documentation is extremely thorough.
  • The ability to integrate with other software for simulation, renderings, etc. is fantastic.
  • Not having to save and being able to clearly see versions and change history is excellent.
  • Some of the hole callout features in drawings are very limited.
  • I have noticed some speed issues in larger assembly drawings.
  • Click responsiveness of dimensions within drawings.
  • Cut list flexibility is constrained to frames-only components.
Onshape's cloud-based infrastructure has set us apart as web-based mechanical engineering contractors. Our ability to collaborate, communicate, and efficiently support our clients is unparalleled in Onshape. The versions and revision control are powerful and effective, though, like any file management system, require training to use properly.

Additionally, for any clients working in Onshape's Enterprise accounts, we can quickly be granted permission to various projects and begin immediate work without any file exchange of static documents.

The interrelations of the features within a document (in-context editing, derived parts, etc.) and improvements to the assembly mating process are all fantastic - we have found this to be very beneficial in helping us outpace standard engineering times.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our use case for OnShape includes all aspects of the product design process, from initial concept sketches to final production-ready designs. It also allows us to easily share and review designs with our suppliers and manufacturers. Overall, OnShape has greatly improved the design process for our organization and has helped us to bring new products to market more quickly.
  • Handle 3D modelling and design.
  • Large-scale projects and multiple team members working simultaneously
  • Collaboration features, and design shares with external suppliers, stakegolderds and manufacturers.
  • Availability to use hardware integration to run faster 3d designs.
  • Assembly modeling capabilities.
  • Rendering
  • Simulation capabilities.
OnShape is well suited for scenarios where collaboration and real-time access to designs is important. For example, in our organization, OnShape is ideal for coordinating the design process between different departments and team members, as it allows multiple users to work on the same design at the same time, and it also allows for easy version control. On the other hand, OnShape may not be the best choice for companies that have a need for advanced simulation capabilities such as structural, thermal, and fluid simulations.
Mike Hudzik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Poindexter By Desing utilizes Onshape to seamlessly collaborate design work with other company's engineers in real time.
  • Second to none streamlined design collaboration. There is no down time waiting for files to be saved and shared or emailed. Whether you're working with a fellow engineer in the same office or across the globe, it is all the same with Onshape!
  • There are several unique features Onshape provides that other CAD software will never be able to. The big one that comes to mind is the in-context editing. Have you ever found yourself designing and flipping back and forth from part to assembly and then back to the part to take measurements to drive part level features for fit? No more my fellow engineers! Onhsape allows you to do what is called in-context editing, it is a tool that allows you to drive part level features and dimensions directly from the assembly level! I highly recommend you learn more about this and the many other features only Onshape can provide your engineering toolbox!
  • Documentation management! I cannot say enough good things about how Onshape gives you the ability to organize a design into tabs, folders, documents, and document folders. The ability to control different permissions such as editing, or view only is fantastic! Easily apply these permissions to teams or individuals to employees within your organization or more importantly, with customers who don't even have an Onshape account!
  • Dimensioning a hole feature in a drawing when there are multiple holes, the hole count does not parametrically update. For example, when there are 3x of the same hole, Onshape forces you to manually type in 3x instead of parametrically populating the hole count. This gets very dangerous if say, one of the 3x holes changes but you forget to update the 3x to 2x. Other CAD software does provide this.
  • I know Onshape provides guidance on performance considerations and how to structure a project through their literature, however, a dedicated video from Onshape that directly addresses the guidelines on how to minimize file load and reload times would be beneficial to all future and current Onshape users. I think they should incorporate this directly in their training. Poindexter by Design went through the growing pains of this issue but through the Onshape literature and our own experiences we've developed guidelines on how to keep our Onshape performance maximized!
Onshape is a 3D CAD modeling software. If you are a designer collaborating with customers or fellow engineers, Onshape is certainly the way to go!
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Onshape for our machine design and full CAD suite. It is used to collaborate with vendors and customers. We use the parts, assemblies, drawings, simulations, renderings, etc. For us, it is our full CAD design system.
  • Collaboration
  • speed
  • Ease of use
  • Assemblies
Great tool for collaborating in real time with vendors, customers, and teammates. Full CAD system that fulfills all our design needs
Mauro Hassan Tanure | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are a OEM for unmanned aerial logistics. We are using onshape to design the aircrafts but also for the sake of organization, profissionalism, revision control, manufacturing team access, PDM, etc.

One of the problems that onshape solved was to work via cloud instead of local server. Another very import thing is the very low hardware requirement, as the system works on browser. The tool simply works perfectly.

  • Cloud accessibility and processing
  • CAD design
  • PDM
  • Customer support
  • Part Number creation
  • Catalogue visualization (for all PNs created)
  • Draft is a bit slow, but not a big deal
For any modern company, where you have people working together remotely, web-based software is a must. Having no worries regarding hardware compatibility and server connection just makes everything simpler. It allows you to concentrate on what it is most important.
It takes the best from well-know platforms like SolidWorks, SolidEdge and Inventor and brings it to the modern age where you just access a cloud platform and do what you need, without installation and different software versions.

Plus, the git-base version control apllied to CAD models is just brilliant. Why nobody thought it before?

For both big and complex assemblies to less complicated products, onshape document-structure helps you avoiding the usual mess around parts and assemblies, sharing and obsolete files. So, for any startup or even big companies with well-structured workflows, onshape can be tailored to meet the demands.

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our organization uses Onshape for most of our 3D modeling needs, especially when collaboration is required. Many of our projects require large assemblies with different versions and Onshape makes PLM simple and easy.
  • File Management
  • Change Tracking
  • Collaboration
  • More powerful selection tools
  • Easier to find plugins
Onshape is incredibly well suited to situations where many individual contributors are working on a single project and revisions are made frequently. The built-in PLM aspect of Onshape, especially the versioning feature makes tracking changes incredibly easy. Onshape is less appropriate for any models where analysis will be required outside of just modeling, such as FEA analysis or simulation, which other programs offer. Onshape is great for fast, iterative, collaborative modeling.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are providers of automation solutions to the auto industry in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Onshape has been a great resource to help with the design of fixtures, jigs, and machines for our customers, which is our main business. We previously used other design platforms like Solid Works and Inventor, but after using Onshape, there was no looking back. Those other platforms make a mess when managing versions of a design and depend on files for sharing, which creates another set of problems. Sharing a view-only design with a customer is a breeze with OS, and since no software installation is required, all of our customers are able to access the system and review the design.
  • Not needing to save a file.
  • Working in the clod.
  • Super easy to share.
  • Real time team collaboration.
  • Excellent management of versions.
  • You absolutely need an internet connection (not really a con).
  • It lags behind in some areas regarding specialty functions like electric or mold design.
Onshape is well suited to replace any other design suite as long as you have a dependable internet connection and don't need special design modules like electric design. It shines when working in a collaborative way with other persons, when the computer has reliability problems, when it's needed to explore several design ideas, and when it's needed to share a design and retain control of the IP, among many others. I definitely wouldn't use any traditional design software again, even when those other companies are in fact, offering some incomplete on-the-cloud "solutions".
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Onshape to develop and study new product concepts and prototypes. This typically consists of building models for parts or sub-assemblies of larger products. One of the key things for me is that it is a matter of seconds to fire up Onshape and start sketching, I use it for even the most trivial tasks because it is so convenient. At the same time, it covers almost all my more complex modeling needs. The no-install cloud-based approach really sold it to me. The ability to just whip up your phone or pad to showcase your design or ideas to co-workers or friends is huge.
  • No install, use any where, any device, instant access to my data
  • Ease of use, the UI just works for me
  • In application support, in the very few cases I've needed help it has been rapid and the ability to share your model with support is tremendous in getting help
  • I'm a Pro-user but I would like to have the possibility to have a pay-as-use option in some form. Now it is all or nothing (the public sharing of models - and model rights!) is not an option for many not-for-profit projects.
  • On-site hosting might help to sell the cloud concept to the more paranoid management.
  • Basic CAM generation would be awesome
  • Nonparametric modeling in some form or making it easier to use assemblies for those use cases where you want to model some parts and just play around moving things when you are exploring different configurations.
  • Doing Industrial Design type sketching and experimenting is not really a strong point on Onshape
For most mechanical CAD needs, ad-hoc or medium size products it is awesome. Especially I would recommend Onshape for small ops and start-ups because it is so easy to deploy, learn and start to use. Literally, you can start modeling in 5 minutes. And yet it is versatile and performant enough to accommodate the majority of use cases. If you are worried about having your data hostage to the fortunes of a CAD company that might go bust (not likely but possible) and potentially be inaccessible any time (again unlikely) then perhaps this is not for you. Also, legacy CAD systems and habits may prevent you from effectively utilizing cloud-based systems.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
One of the biggest issues I had with other CAD programs was a lack of easy implementation PDM and access to the software while away. Generally, most CAD PDM's have to be stored on the company network and they can't be implemented without significant cost. Onshape has this built in and makes revision control and releasing documents simple with no hassle.

With other CAD programs you have to have a network license or VPN to use it on another machine or at home. With onshape I can use it at work on my desktop and on my home desktop whenever I need it. If I am really in a pinch, then I can use the android app as well.
  • Great 3D design package
  • Updates are constant and they listen to users
  • Accessible from anywhere at anytime
  • The PDM implementation is a life saver
  • 2D Drawings - This has gotten a lot better but they need to add more features to drawings
  • Renders - This is a recent addition but still has a long way to go
  • No feature identify tool for imports
Onshapes main competitors are Autodesk Inventor and SOLIDWORKS. I won't go too far into the 3D capabilities as they are easily on par with these 2 programs. Where Onshape makes everything better compared to others

It will never crash - The others are notorious for crashing
No Long Updates so no down time
inbuilt PDM makes revision control a breeze
Access from anywhere
Don't need an expensive PC as everything is cloud based
December 02, 2022

Couldn't be happier!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Onshape to develop solutions for the vertical farming industry. The ability to have multiple engineers work on a unified model of our grow room has streamlined our process and allowed us to catch potential engineering issues at a very early stage in the design. We currently have 6 engineers that work on different aspects of the design that can each access and update their components as soon as changes are made. In other CAD software, there is typically a backend data management system (think NX -> Teamcenter) that handles CAD files and project files. For a smaller company like ours, having Onshape's "all-in-one" approach to both CAD and data management has meant a huge cost savings and overall simplification of our process.
  • Cloud storage
  • Github-style version control
  • simultaneous editing with multiple users
  • Coordinate systems are difficult to see and work with. Assemblies should start with coordinate systems
  • Mate connectors work well in theory, but in practice have introduced extra work in some cases where geometry is complex. It would be great to have the option to create assemblies in a more traditional fashion.
  • Part and Assembly studio delineation is confusing. Part studios seem to offer a lot of the same capability as assemblies (in that each part studio can contain multiple solid bodies) but lack some key functionality (moving parts within the part studio being the largest opportunity for improvement -> the current "transform" button does not have a "freeform" move which would be useful in cases where the design of one part is driven by geometry of a moving part.
Good: large interconnected systems requiring multiple engineers' components. Assemblies with multiple configurations.

Room for improvement: rapid prototyping and freeform modeling.
Benjamin Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Onshape for all of our mechanical product designs. Onshape allows us to rapidly develop models and drawings to solve our customer's challenges.
  • Parametric modeling.
  • File management.
  • Program stability.
  • Performance optimization.
  • Mechanical assemblies.
  • Drawings
  • Model based definition.
  • Drawing release management.
Onshape has exception stability, rarely needs to refresh, and automatically saves every change made.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have been using Onshape for 3 years now, and we witnessed the continuous improvement of its features. Overall, it has a user-friendly environment and is similar to other CAD software. It is not ideal though for creating detailed wire harness models.
  • "Where used" feature is a great add-on.
  • Simplified constraints.
  • Data Management helped us checked and approved the files easily.
  • Wire harness or cabling features.
  • Auto-display of Checker/Approver's name on the drawing file.
  • Adding thread lines on threaded parts (2D).
Onshape is very well suited for creating models for industrial designs and prototyping. It is not ideal though for creating detailed wire harness models.
Aristotle Infante | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It facilitates our design work. Because it is web-based, we can work from anywhere and deliver effectively. We can easily check for interferences, improve designs, and even construct wiring routes.
  • Interference Check
  • Wiring/ Cable
  • 3D Design
  • Drawing
  • Incomplete lines generated in drawing.
  • Difficulty in selection of drawing elements, views, pick point of dimensions.
  • Bug in creating multiple broken views inside a single view.
Onshape is a web-based 3D software that allows you to work from anywhere, but it has a disadvantage when your internet connection is slow. Overall, Onshape is a fantastic software program in general. All you need to do is ensure a good connection, and everything will be fine. Onshape is excellent for creating 3D parts and assemblies. However, at some points, we tend to encounter drawing glitches. Lines or elements are not always completely generated.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Onshape every single day, and can't say enough great things about this product. I have clients all over the country/ world and Onshape makes collaborating and working with clients EASY. There is nothing for my clients to install, no phone calls from them to retrieve their files, and no stress or worry that if my computer crashes their files are safe. Onshape has to be by far the most incredible web application I have ever seen. I also really love the fact that I can steer people to learn Onshape for free. They have amazing tutorial videos and super great responsive support staff. I love Onshape!
  • CAD Solid Modelling
  • Importing and Exporting 3D models in almost any format
  • Public documents catalog needs updating
  • Motion study mechanics could be improved
Onshape works incredibly well if you aren't in the same location as your colleagues, clients, or collaborators.
Hans Leirvik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Onshape to design special remotely operated tools for our customers in the oil & gas industry, as well as our own in-house equipment for the mineral processing industry. The unique configuration capabilities of Onshape make it very well suited for our in-house flotation machines which are very similar, except for capacity, hence they are all designed from one model where dimensions are controlled by configurations.
  • Parts can be modeled together inheriting geometry from each other
  • Mating using mate connectors is much easier and faster than other cad systems
  • Cloud storage eliminates file backup procedures, all data are managed by Onshape
  • Onshape stores everything in a database, never looses track of a file or a folder.
  • In drawings (2d) we miss the possibility to specify line type (hidden/dashed) for specific parts/subassemblies
  • In drawings we would like to draw lines based on coordinates or snap to grid
  • We miss one command to switch all views in a drawing to reference a specific version or to the main workspace.
The unique configuration capabilities make Onshape very well suited when you have many similar versions of your designs. After having designed a configured assembly you can make one drawing and just change the configuration in it and the drawing will update to this new version. This can save you a lot of work with many drawings.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use OnShape for rapid development of lab fixtures and enclosures for sensors and microcontrollers. We can go quickly from design to 3D printing using OnShape, thanks to extensive support for import and export of part files. We also take advantage of OnShape's collaboration features and parameterization.
  • Collaboration: OnShape's versioning is sophisticated and powerful, yet easy to use.
  • Browser-based: there's no client to install and thus minimum setup, and it even runs on fairly low-spec laptops
  • Excellent UI: OnShape looks great! It's pleasing to the eye and has very clear layout of objects and tools.
  • More native support for mechanical features like threads and gears (currently requires third-party plugins)
  • Better support for applying surface textures and text
  • Quality rendering of parts
One ideal scenario for using OnShape is collaborative design by a distributed team: the modest hardware requirements and excellent versioning capabilities are great for shared work on parts and assemblies.

OnShape isn't ideal if you have extensive simulation requirements, it's not built for that.
June 01, 2022

Onshape is THE tool

Christian Petty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I provide mechanical engineering and product development services to OEMs in medical, aerospace, consumer products, and industrial applications. Onshape has proven to be the only contender for the future of CAD. With the modern era of cloud services, remote work, and dispersed teams, Onshape has completely redefined how I interact with and share 3D data with customers, coworkers, and suppliers.

Historically, CAD data has been siloed to a handful of engineers, yet inputs from a much broader audience are needed. Giving everyone in your company the ability to see and comment on CAD is the first large step in breaking down barriers and getting eyes on the product earlier in development. Onshape empowers all users to interact with the data, and at the same time.

Onshape continues to amaze me in what it can do.
  • CAD
  • Collaboration
  • Versions
  • Features present in other CAD platforms but not in Onshape (yet).
Onshape is likely suited for most options. ITAR projects or other high complexity modeling may suffer.
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