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- No setup fee
- Free Trial
- Free/Freemium Version
- Premium Consulting / Integration Services
Starting price (does not include set up fee)
- $1,500 per year per user
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.
- 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)
|Mobile Application||Apple iOS, Android|
|Supported Languages||English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Spanish|
- 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.
- 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
- Features present in other CAD platforms but not in Onshape (yet).
- Web based
- Full 3d modelling cad
- Some missing function that I was used in other 3D cads, but after updates, a lot of them has been added
- Maintaining designs, and updates
- Ease of going back if changes are discarded.
- Mating of the components
- Measurement tool
- Automatic mate connector pick up
- Mate positive negative direction selection
- Ability to save whole project with mates and parts locally.
- Revision History
- Web-based storage of native files
- Collaborative access
- Sandbox designing
- Mating objects are a little difficult to work with
- The mirror tool is limited to parts, removing the ability to "add" to the existing part
- Standard sketch driven CAD models
- Assemblies for fit and movement verification
- File and project management
- Drawing and drafting module is advancing but behind
- A native CAM solution would be welcome
- A native photo rendering solution would be nice
- Ease of use
- Always on and available in any level of machine. No need for a workstation.
- Lack of files and need to manage same.
- Like the document approach where everything related to the project can be in a single logical container.
- Like the overall speed and lack of crashes or need to update.
- Like that it will import nearly anything. We often use it as a file translator for the SW folks.
- Like the constant development and frequent feature improvements.
- Really like the support. Nearly every time we need assistance with something and submit a ticket, there is a rep responding within literally, minutes. Best support in the business.
- Like the team too. Always easy to get in touch with and responsive to issues and or questions.
- Feature scripts. We don't yet program our own, but we do use those created by others. Having that ability really opens up what the tool can be if you can program it. I'm learning Python right now because I want to be able to dig into that side of the tool and see what I can do.
- Sheet metal tools. That is the number one issue holding back the wider deployment in our environment. As a sheet metal fabricator, that is the realm we work in 95% of the time, if not more.
- Maybe some additional mates like a center mate that would infer a center point between two other features.
- Faster performance. It has gotten noticeably faster over the last couple of years, but nobody ever complained about faster response times, so more is more.
We don't use the release cycle aspect of Onshape since the rest of our organization is based on files and using PDM for controlling and distributing them. We have discussed how we might use Onshape for that whole workflow, but until it is the primary CAD tool, will not likely pursue that for now.
- Conveniently launched from web browser from anywhere in the world
- Cost is very low compared to other CAD software
- No crashes for large assemblies
- Revision feature is great for keep track of everything
- Rendering (new feature)
- small features in drawings that comply with drawing standards
- Built in BOM feature
Less suited for ship and building design.
- Takes advantage of hardware and software in the cloud.
- Version and feature updates are seamless.
- Collaboration with customers and design associates.
- PDM is built in.
- Not as feature rich as some established CAD programs.
- Some features are so new and revolutionary they are are confusing.
- Real-time design collaboration with multiple users.
- Faster loading times for complex assemblies.
- Easier to use assembly mate features.
- Sheet Metal Features
- Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Post Processing tools
- Need for granular control for sheet metal bend allowances
Onshape would not be suited for organizations that rely on highly configurable features (currently found in traditional high-end CAD software). Onshape does continue to make improvements to many features and listens to community feedback for those areas where more granular control is required.
- Cloud Storage
- Mechanical Design
- 2D Drawings
- Remote Work Enabled
- Multi-User Design
- Revision Control
- Search Function
- Multibody single part environment
- Don’t need to worry about hitting the save button, because there is none. All design elements are automatically stored and can be recovered at any time.
- Design on any device , even my phone.
- One mate relationships in assembly.
- Convert designs into sheet metal
- Cloud computing
- Some sheet metal functionality such as lofts
- Sketch in the drawing environment
- Formed sheet metal features such as louvers
- User interface
- Improve granular data sharing
- Adding features for weldments, renders and simulations
- Expanding data management to include ECRs, ECOs
- Version control
- Permissions are sometimes complex
- 3D modeling.
- Geometry import.
- Third-party apps.
- Geometry healing tools.
- NURBS/mesh editing.
- Parametric modeling
- Platform agnostic
- 3-Week update cycle
- File management
- Drawing tools are lacking some features.
- Occasional slowdowns resolve themselves after waiting a few minutes.
- No need for installation. Thus, you could use it without powerful hardware configurations on your PC or any other devices.
- It runs on cloud platform which enables device free work environment.
- Its solid design approach allows users for creating error-free 3d printing files.
- It depends on a full internet connection. OnShape should provide its customers to choose whether online or offline usage.
If a design needs collaboration, then OnShape could be a solution between you and your customer.
OnShape has no sculpting technics, so there is no option for the surface manipulations on a cad file.
Onshape's use of cloud based rendering fit the bill, allowing even old and aging devices to access the full power of the cloud. Files are automatically saved and synced, similar to Google Drive, and collaboration is easy between members.
- Great file versioning system
- Very easy to pick up and deploy
- Not the most rich feature set
- Interface may be a little clunky to some
- Excellent sharing capabilities
- Great live view during collaboration sessions
- Easiest multiple part modeling from a single sketch
- Onshape's drawings need additional features such as Chamfer dimensions.
- Onshape needs a native explosion view.
- Onshape's cloud connection and document loading could be faster.
- Collaboration. Multiple users can simultaneously view and edit the same model at the same time. This feature is even powerful enough that one user can "follow" another user as he manipulates and edits the model. The user that is following sees everything the other user does. This is useful when showing features or developing new ones. Onshape is commonly compared to Google Docs in it collaborative prowess.
- Information Management. Onshape does not use a traditional file structure for the information it handles. It is instead based on database infrastructure so it can easily handle concurrent users. There is also no need to save what you are working on because when you work, you are committing to a database. Literally everything you do is saved as you do it. Onshape can also handle traditional files so it is possible to store pictures and other documents along with the model and accompanying drawings.
- Ease of Access. Because Onshape is truly cloud based, it is possible to use any platform, including Apple and Android based mobile devices. Modern browsers can pretty easily handle the software on pretty much any fairly recent computer. Your internet connection doesn't even need to be that great for it to work well.
- Features. Onshape does not yet have feature parity with leading CAD software packages. That being said, they are on an aggressive development schedule and the team is quite capable of producing them. It is only a matter of time until this is no longer an issue.
- Importing files. Whether it's STEP, IGES, etc... Onshape does it very well versus some other software I've used.
- Constraints in sketches and assemblies are great. Adjustments can be made very easily with an early sketch in your model tree. Changing everything that falls under that particular sketch just by changing the sketch can make things so much easier and faster.
- Sheet metal is great which is something we do a lot here. The sheet metal tools have grown since I've started using Onshape and none have been disappointing. The only thing I can think of that is missing is being able to sketch bend a flat model.
- Cloud CAD! Being able to work, collaborate, and show projects on the go is by far my favorite feature.
- Sketch being in sheet metal models.
- Showing countersinks and counterbores in sheet metal flats.
- 3D sketching... this can be done by creating planes in areas where you can use constraints points to connect multiple sketches. If there were a 3D sketch mode, however, things would be a lot quicker and easier to make 3D sketches for things like loft extrudes.
- Cloud file storage and file sharing keep things simple, and we do not have any issues with speed or file size across our organisation and across countries.
- A full spectrum of CAD tools including surface modeling and the editing of dumb solids is particularly useful when dealing with imported files from other CAD platforms.
- Release management and an integrated BOM is a great enhancement.
- Being able to see CAD as it develops 'daily' helps keep us on track and enables us to focus on issues more quickly when a barrier is met by an individual.
- I think for most product designers Onshape delivers what you need! Solid modelers are usually a tad weak in Surface modeling so for me, I would like to see a bit more depth in this area!