Great cloud based CAD for hyper-mobile team!
January 08, 2020

Great cloud based CAD for hyper-mobile team!

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

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
  • Allows us to stay mobile and get work done anywhere
  • Cross compatible with lots of other software so saves time
We chose Onshape for its ease of use and ultimately its mobility. Our mobile team wanted to be able to do work anywhere with a solid internet connection, instead of having to rely on bulky and tethered desktop machines or high powered laptops. All of Autodesk's products, while super powerful, are also super power hungry and that just didn't fit in with our team's mindset and culture.
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.

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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.