About Onshape

OUR MISSION is to give engineers maximum CAD power with minimum CAD hassle.

Onshape’s modern CAD system frees engineers to focus on doing their best work. Unlike old CAD systems, Onshape unites modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that is accessible on any device, never loses data, and eliminates design gridlock.

Thousands of customers

Millions of Usage Hours

3 Weeks Between Updates

Our Founders

As the original builders of SOLIDWORKS®, Onshape’s founders have been key players in the CAD industry for decades. They share our customers’ passion to design better products without having to deal with the design gridlock that plagues old CAD systems.

Jon Hirschtick

Jon Hirschtick

Onshape Co-founder, CEO


SOLIDWORKS® Co-founder, Computervision, Premise

Jon is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Onshape. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked in CAD for over 35 years. Jon was previously a Founder and CEO of SOLIDWORKS, a group executive at Dassault Systemes, Director of Engineering at Computervision, Manager at the MIT CADLab, a player and instructor on the MIT Blackjack team, and a professional magician. He serves on the Engineering Advisory Board at Boston University and as an advisor to Magic Leap, Inc. and MarkForged, Inc.
John McEleney

John McEleney

Onshape Co-founder


SOLIDWORKS® CEO, Computervision

John is a Co-Founder of Onshape. His 30 years of experience in the mechanical design/software industry includes being the CEO of CloudSwitch, the CEO of SOLIDWORKS, and serving in several key management positions at Computervision and Raytheon. He also currently serves as a director of Stratasys Ltd. John holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester, an MS in manufacturing systems engineering from Boston University, and an MBA from Northeastern University. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, golf and adventure travel.
Tommy Li

Tommy Li

Onshape Co-founder


SOLIDWORKS®, Computervision

Tommy is a Co-Founder of Onshape. He holds an MS in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University and an MS in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Previously, he was the Co-Founder of LC Design, and a Founder and VP of Modeling Technology at SOLIDWORKS. In his spare time, Tommy enjoys traveling, swimming, gardening, and movies. He retired from Onshape in 2014.
Dave Corcoran

Dave Corcoran

Onshape Co-founder, VP Product


SOLIDWORKS®, Computervision, Pratt & Whitney

Dave is a Co-Founder and the Vice President of Product at Onshape. Dave holds a BS in applied mathematics from Brown University. Before joining Onshape, he was President of LC Design, the Executive VP of R&D at SOLIDWORKS and one of the original developers and the Director of R&D at Computervision. Dave is an avid Boston sports fan and enjoys biking, gardening, traveling, and swimming.
Michael Lauer

Michael Lauer

Onshape Co-founder, CTO


SOLIDWORKS®, Revit, Premise, Computervision

Michael is a Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Onshape. He holds a BS in mathematics and physics from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in applied mathematics from MIT. He previously worked as a consulting software engineer and group leader at SOLIDWORKS, a principal software engineer and group leader at Revit, a chief scientist at New Technologies, Inc., and a principal software engineer at Premise, Inc. and Computervision. He enjoys choral singing, bicycling, and rowing.
Scott Harris

Scott Harris

Onshape Co-founder


SOLIDWORKS® Co-founder, Computervision, Premise

Scott is a Co-Founder of Onshape. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from WPI. His previous roles include Distinguished Visiting Engineer at Olin College, Co-Founder and VP of New Product Concepts at SOLIDWORKS, Director of Product Engineering at Computervision, and an engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. His hobbies include kayaking, long-distance cycling with Team Onshape, designing and building furniture, and general tinkering. Scott retired as Onshape’s VP of Product Definition & User Experience in 2017, but continues to serve as a consultant to Onshape.

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