OnShape is a powerful cloud-based CAD system with a few drawbacks
Updated March 04, 2019

OnShape is a powerful cloud-based CAD system with a few drawbacks

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Onshape

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 lowered our CAD budget, which was the primary driver for selecting it.
  • Overall, it has been a net-neutral experience vs SOLIDWORKS.
  • The ability to use Onshape on lower powered laptops during travel has been valuable.
OnShape was lower cost, with a reasonably comparable set of tools to Inventor and SOLIDWORKS. The cost and ease of assimilation (ability to change mouse and keyboard shortcuts to SOLIDWORKS or Inventor controls) made the choice easier.
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.

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