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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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Deployment TypesSaaS
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Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Spanish


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How much does Onshape cost?

Onshape starts at $1500.

What is Onshape's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.9.

Who uses Onshape?

The most common users of Onshape are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Mechanical Or Industrial Engineering industry.

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Hans Leirvik | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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.
The support team in the Onshape organization is the best in the market. You just use the menu option 'Contact Support' and they will answer you within 24 hours, no matter where you are located in the world. Because everything is stored in the cloud you can choose to give the support guys access to your model so that they can help and/or correct specific issues if necessary.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
I haven't required support from OnShape yet, but the tutorials and online references are excellent.
June 01, 2022

Onshape is THE tool

Christian Petty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
The Onshape team continues to amaze with their timely support and willingness to help. The forums and community at large fostered by Onshape has also been invaluable.
Kalle Halme | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Onshape SAAS is used to make 3d models for our customer's needs and we can send those models for real-time inspections for them. We also make suggestions to our customers for different kinds of assemblies where this tool is marvelous. We have also designed some own products and can show them easily in anywhere where we want PDA or mobile phone etc.
  • Web based
  • Full 3d modelling cad
  • Reliable
  • Some missing function that I was used in other 3D cads, but after updates, a lot of them has been added
When you work in the field or office Onshape is great. If you work somewhere without no good internet, Onshape is not the right choice. We do not make big assemblies but I have seen Onshape can handle them also, in this area we do not have experience and cannot say yes or no if need to handle a huge whole.
Very good
Zino Altman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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System design and integration. Machine design. Share files with prospective and existing customers. Illustrating some proposals.
  • 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.
Working with a group of people is great! File sharing is very good as well. Ability to save locally needed to be improved. Printing from the drawings menu would be great as well.
Very responsive so far.
Easier to use then SW
Score 10 out of 10
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We are an FDA-regulated department within the health system. Onshape allows us to very nicely track revision history as part of our design control process.
  • 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
Onshape is best suited for collaborative design and tracking revisions of a design, especially restoring versions. You can manage permissions so that anyone can view them, instead of creating 3-D PDF files, which adds to the interactiveness of the platform.
Very responsive and efficient with questions.
Score 10 out of 10
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Onshape is a capable, professional, CAD software solution that operates in the cloud. I can access and work on files from any computer. It is efficient and easy to use.
  • 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
Well suited to any standard CAD design and assembly needs. Organic surfacing and mesh work is not as strong. File management, application updating, and cloud accessibility is industry leading.
The application runs so well I have never needed to get support in 6 years...
Score 10 out of 10
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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
The support is second to none. They are always very quick to respond, and they respond with well thought out answers. If they don't have an answer, they are open to submitting issues as an enhancement request.
James Fitch | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Onshape is primarily used in our new product development group though not exclusively. We are primarily a SolidWorks shop, but I have been pushing the use of Onshape as an alternative platform since I started here at Nu-Way. When we do use it, it is for the complete development of an end product for a customer and all modeling and drawing generation is performed using it.
  • 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.
Basic modeling is very quick and easy. I particularly like the top-down modeling approach and Onshape is architected with that in mind. Drawings are now much more fully featured and perform well, so no real issues there. I really like that we can share the environment within and outside the organization which allows for a high level of transparency with the project stake holders.
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.
Without exaggeration, I think Onshape has the best support in the business. They have set new levels of expectation from how I view software support. We could not be happier with that aspect of our Onshape experience. In fact, I often refer to it when speaking to other software companies as an example for how they should model their support. It's that good.
Haibing Wang, M.Eng, P.Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Onshape for product development. Onshape has help us with agility of the product development since the beginning. It save us time and cost to fully develop our functional prototype, and now we are working towards production. We have developed full size functional prototype for a type of unmanned underwater vehicle with Onshape. We carried through conceptual design, finalized design and fabrication drawings, and BOM.
  • 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
Onshape is great for engineering product design, machine design, product development for small to medium sized firms.
Less suited for ship and building design.
The support team is very responsive and most of the time it gives very accurate and useful answers.
February 21, 2022

Onshape - Cloud-based CAD

Score 9 out of 10
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I use Onshape as a 3d design tool. Because of the cloud nature of the software, I can use it anywhere, at anytime w/o the overhead of expensive hardware or an IT department. Software updates are done automatically and version updates and compatibility issues are a non-existent.
  • 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.
For me, Onshape is well suited for my work. I do not have a lot of extra money for yearly hardware upgrades. Incompatibility issues with different releases of software is not an issue as with other CAD packages. I do not need to uprgrade or downgrade software versions to work with clients. Obviously, connectivity to the internet is a must as a cloud based package. If unavailable or unstable, work/productivity can suffer.
Top notch support when needed. Extremely stable service, so little need for support. Very extensive learning library and user forums for additional help/support.
Score 8 out of 10
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Onshape addresses the problems associated with file management woes that come with traditional file management vaulting systems. Sharing of files outside the vault, check-in/-out, and syncing up designs amongst cross-functional design teams does not allow for easy collaboration. Onshape's document management architecture removes those complexities and creates easy collaboration flows with design teams by allowing multiple users to access the same workspace in the CAD model, by allowing notes/comments to exchange ideas and assign tasks, all while still maintaining permissions and access control for various types of users.
  • 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 is well suited for design environments where cross-functional design teams; from either one location or multiple users across the globe, need to contribute to the product design. Most of the heavy lifting (i.e.. rendering and graphics performance) is done in the cloud so companies don't need to invest in expensive hardware and high-end graphics card workstations. Startup companies; in particular, along with other CAD-using organizations will appreciate how Onshape manages its own improvements without users needing to download and install software/service packs to keep Onshape up to date.

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.
Our organization was one of the early users of Onshape. We received pretty incredible support when issues came up and sometimes technicians/specialists were able to jump into issues within minutes (which might be hours or days for support from traditional CAD software tech support teams). Over the years - that support did not get worse as Onshape grew. Their product support continued at those high expectations while Onshape's development teams were tasked to develop a better product by listening to user community pushing for improvements.
February 17, 2022

The future of CAD

Score 9 out of 10
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Onshape is our single source of truth for the specification of our standard products, custom products, and our projects. Onshape's cloud capabilities allow us to creatively develop our product without the struggles that come with traditional file management systems.
  • Cloud Storage
  • Collaboration
  • Mechanical Design
  • 2D Drawings
  • CAM
Onshape is fantastic for engineering projects, collaboration, and file management making it a great choice for many companies. While their store of add-ons is impressive and growing, for some startup companies a solution such as Fusion 360 that has built-in CAD/CAM and rendering might be a better fit initially.
Onshape's support team is always very responsive and quick to offer potential solutions and troubleshooting.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Onshape as our primary CAD system and converted over from another major CAD system just in time for the COVID lockdowns. Very glad we did due to the ability to work remotely with other team members. I haven't looked back. I've used CAD systems for 20 years and Onshape is by far my favorite of the past 20 years. I've admin'd other CAD systems in the past which has always been a headache, whether it's managing the files, shared hardware, user controls, revision, ... All of it is better in Onshape.
  • Remote Work Enabled
  • Multi-User Design
  • Administration
  • Revision Control
  • Search Function
COVID lockdowns hit and you need to work from home ASAP. With ONshape you already have cloud-based computing straight from your work computer; you can easily do this at home with your home computer, or just take your work laptop home and work on that. To go from "in office" to "at home" work takes near-zero time. Other CAD systems require lengthy installs or moving desktops around or ensuring you have VPN access to a work server. None of that is needed. Administration of this across the users is incredibly simple.
Support is built in. It lets you take a screenshot and mark it up in the support system. It lets me easily share a document with support and they will generally investigate the issue promptly (within 24 hours, sometimes within an hour). Generally they can fix it quickly as well. I also submit feature requests this way as well and get feedback with that. No email needed! All within Onshape.
Bryan Lagrange | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Onshape to take customer designs and convert and break them down into manufacturable components. Most are sheet metal components that are placed into sheet metal templates [that] contain the bend calculations specific to our press brakes that generate the correct flat pattern to meet the formed dimensions specified by the customer.
  • 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
Onshape has a great multi-body part environment. If you have an assembly that is mostly static and does not have motion you can create it in its entirety in one part environment. This single environment approach allows you to easily fit components together without interferences.
Quick to respond every time. Get questions answered over the phone or even in the forum. Help is given by not only techs but also by the team members creating the features of the software.
Ian Gardiner, P. Eng. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Our design team of 12 professional CAD users needs to communicate design throughout our company and beyond to suppliers and customers. Onshape is ideal to easily and widely share CAD, yet retain secure permission-based access to data. For a company our size, the CAD administration team would usually be one or two full-time employees. With SaaS CAD, there is minimal administration and Onshape handles support questions. Onshape support is outstanding; they exceed my expectations every time!
  • Collaboration
  • Security
  • User interface
  • Improve granular data sharing
  • Adding features for weldments, renders and simulations
  • Expanding data management to include ECRs, ECOs
Ideal for companies ready to invest in Product Data Management (PDM) database to handle CAD sharing and permissions Typically this is needed as the design team grows from 3 to 8 users. Beyond that, PDMs are necessary to keep data organized Onshape has data management deeply integrated and offers effortless cloud-native sharing, branching, and merging of designs. This is a unique feature not found in any other CAD system If companies have hundreds of employees that are deeply invested in a PDM system, Onshape may not be the best system for them. The company itself must be ready. People resist change and seek security in the familiar. Onshape is the best CAD system but larger companies need deep internal support and enthusiasm to sustain change and move forward into a new CAD future
Amazing support, beyond expectations No doubt this is supported by SaaS architecture. Support can directly see the same model and drawing I can if given permission They address issues almost immediately; it would be rare to even wait 1 hour before getting a direct, personal response Best customer service I have ever experienced
Peter Harman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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At CAE Tech we support manufacturers who are using Onshape as their CAD solution to use their CAD data for selling, through configurators, manufacturing, CAM software, and other custom integrations. We also use Onshape for modeling industrial automation to aid manufacturing use-cases.
  • Version control
  • Collaboration
  • Mechanisms
  • Configurations
  • CAM
  • Performance
  • Permissions are sometimes complex
In our experience, Onshape is a powerful solution for products with parameters or configurations, partly due to the way that these can be modeled but particularly that the design can then be readily accessed by external applications for any given configuration. Moving engineering tools to the cloud has been an important step for many manufacturers during the pandemic, at the start of the pandemic our team picked up their laptops and went home, while we witnessed other companies having to set up complex IT systems for accessing workstations remotely.
Remote support is never easy as it is difficult to express exact issues in an email. We find Onshape technical support is normally responsive, we occasionally struggle to correctly explain the issue or fully understand the response. Where they have excelled is where there has been a technical issue they have been able to use software logs to identify what was happening in the software. No on-premise solution could achieve this.
December 01, 2021

The Everyman’s CAD

Christopher Schaefer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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OnShape’s cloud presence and device agnosticism means that I can use it with any mobile device at any time. Practically, when I’m on the shop floor and need to quickly design a fixture or jig I need only have a pair of calipers and my tablet. Very quickly I can model a part or simple assembly to fit the exact application.
  • 3D modeling.
  • Geometry import.
  • Third-party apps.
  • Geometry healing tools.
  • NURBS/mesh editing.
It’s an all-around replacement for your present desktop CAD tool and works well for most geometry use-cases. Its best application is for machine design or those assemblies made of mechanical components. But don’t look down your nose at its ability to be used for more complicated 3D shapes (think consumer products and electronics).
Score 10 out of 10
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Onshape is my go-to CAD package for all of my projects. I use it at home on my Windows Desktop machine and bring a Chromebook with me to site visits and can access and edit my latest CAD without issues. Onshape has a basic PDM feature built into the standard tier, which allows for basic version control. I am using the Professional plan, which is a little more expensive but provides access to full release management. This is incredibly helpful for tracking production drawing and part releases, and tracking when parts were sent for prototyping. Since Onshape works in the Cloud, I can send view-only links to clients and give them access to the latest CAD files without having to export and share files via email or Google Drive. Multiple users can be actively working in the same Onshape document simultaneously, which is a revolution compared to older check-in check-out solutions, like Arena or Solidworks Vault. This allows for real-time collaboration, which is especially helpful when working remotely with a team.
  • 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.
Onshape is fantastic for remote teams, startups, or larger companies looking to unburden themselves from the traditional shortcomings of CAD. Since Onshape runs in the cloud, there are no hardware requirements. I can run it on a Chromebook as a daily driver without any issues. Similarly, there are no servers to set up or maintain for PDM access, further reducing the costs required to start using the program. Onshape also costs less yearly than Solidworks. If you/your team has access to a reliable internet connection at all times, you should seriously consider switching over. If you need offline CAD access, this will not work for you. Since it is a parametric modeling program, the learning curve is small if you come from Solidworks or Creo, but there are new terms and layouts to learn. Engineers hate learning new tools, and it does take time to get up and running. The only issue I have really run into is if a company has thousands of existing files from Solidworks or another CAD program. Importing these files into Onshape will load the geometry, but not the feature tree - which can be an immediate issue for some. I believe there is a program that can help import these files and preserve the tree, but it is expensive.
It has an easy learning curve, the guided tutorials are amazing, and the interface is easy to navigate.
Oral Tosun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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My company MiniFabrikam is an online 3d printing service located in Izmir, Turkey. MiniFabrikam is a small company uses desktop 3d printing technics. I use OnShape's free version and mostly I use it for my file conversion needs. OnShape is the real solution for converting SolidWorks file format to .stl file format which is native file format for 3d printers. If one of my customers would send me a SolidWorks file which doesn't work on 3d printers, then I could easily change that file's format to .stl via OnShape.
  • 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.
OnShape is ideal for designing for 3d printing. It provides all the necessary tools for the job.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Onshape as our primary 3D CAD software. We do a bit of physical prototyping work for research purposes and Onshape's portability and ease of use allow us to make rapid prototypes no matter what device we are using. Our team was typically hypermobile, not usually behind a powerful desktop or laptop, so the ability to use almost any device, no matter the system specs, was fairly important to us.

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
If somewhere were to ask me what CAD software I would recommend for rapid prototyping, not for a high end engineering firm, I would recommend Onshape hands down. Its feature set, while not as strong as Autodesk software, is still extremely rich and allows you to do most things you could want on 3D parametric CAD. Its ease of use, accessibility through only a web browser, and collaborative workspace make it a no brainer for someone who is just starting out and needs an out of the box CAD software without much thought.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Onshape as our primary CAD system. All modeling and drawings are done in Onshape. Its cloud connectivity allows all laptops to process CAD instead of just workstations. The collaboration features allow easy sharing of models inside the group. We do not use the sharing outside the company often as it hasn't been fully accepted by industry partners, who prefer to send models back and forth. We use the drawings and release management to control manufacturing prints and revisions. It's basically completely replaced SOLIDWORKS for us.
  • 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.
Onshape is well suited for startups and the modeling of components that don't require FEA analysis. I have not found a really good simulation suite for OnShape and we maintain legacy seats of SolidWorks for this. OnShape is not really suitable for large assemblies like circuit boards being imported from SolidWorks.
Glendon Kuhns | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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At Kuhns Mfg we are moving from SOLIDWORKS to Onshape as our CAD platform. We are using it for any new projects that we take on. Because of the cloud based nature of the software it is very easy to share information with other departments and we plan to be using it to share information with vendors. One of the main reasons we switched was because of the incredibly collaborative nature of the software. It is seamless for other users to jump in to the same model at the same time. This is a huge difference from the previous problems we had with conflicting files with SOLIDWORKS.
  • 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.
Onshape is well suited for large and small projects. Onshape is very good for collaborating with others outside of your organization. If you are a small company, Onshape is about the only game in town for team based development. If you find yourself in a situation with no internet connection, Onshape will obviously not work.
Onshape is great software and I have no trouble recommending it to CAD users and companies that need to do design work.
February 26, 2019

Cloud CAD for the WIN

Aubrey Cousin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Onshape to engineer/reverse engineer and build concept parts in the marine industry. We build parts for boat companies.
  • 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.
Configurations of a certain part assembly are very well thought out and integrated into Onshape. I haven't had much of a chance to use it, but this is only because in the two years I've used Onshape configurations, some features are fairly new and I just haven't had a chance to integrate this into our multiple builds of different part assemblies.
Phil Brace | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Onshape as our primary CAD tool for Product Design and RnD. It is used across our business, from our factories to sub-vendors. What I like the most is that we can see, in real-time, where all of our projects are at, and there is only one file version that we collaborate over.
  • 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!
In my experience from using Catia, Pro E, Rhino, SOLIDWORKS, and now Onshape, I can say that Onshape suits me better. It is more intuitive - its a modern CAD on a modern platform. Even some of our associated factory partners are making the switch. Collaborating is the key I think!