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Topics: Industry Perspectives


Career Advice: “Don’t Try to Fake It Till You Make It”
By Dave Wajsgras - November 21, 2017

Raytheon VP says that it’s not a weakness to say “I don’t know.” It’s a strength and shows an enormous amount of self-confidence.

Topics: Industry Perspectives


What Your Old-Generation CAD Vendor Won't Tell You About Maintenance Fees
By Scott Harris - November 16, 2017

Onshape is a modern professional 3D CAD system that eliminates the headaches of CAD upgrades and associated IT costs.

Topics: Customer Stories


How Engineers at Taiga Motors Eliminate Design Gridlock
By Darren Garnick - November 14, 2017

Onshape allows design teams to collaborate in a secure cloud workspace with no worries about engineers overwriting each other’s work.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (11/9/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - November 10, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to its modern 3D CAD system. Learn about new functionality from our November 9, 2017 update.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Essential Training, Intro To CAD


Onshape Now Offers Professional-Grade CAD Training For Free
By Katie Huffman - November 8, 2017

What’s the difference between modeling in Onshape vs. SOLIDWORKS? Take a free self-paced course in the Onshape Learning Center to experience it for yourself.

Topics: Essential Training, Intro To CAD


Onshape Drink Sink Challenge: Design the “World’s Best Drink Dispenser”
By Darren Garnick - November 7, 2017

Contest: GE Appliances/Giddy is partnering with Onshape to crowdsource designs for an all-in-one beverage machine for ice, carbonation and hot drinks.


How to Use Cloud CAD to Improve Order Fulfillment & Inventory Management
By Darren Garnick - November 2, 2017

Warehouse workers can quickly verify the contents of shipments by matching 3D CAD models to their corresponding parts – all with the click of a hyperlink.

Topics: Tech Tips


The 8 Scariest Things About Old-Generation CAD
By Darren Garnick - October 31, 2017

Is there anything spookier than a CAD system crash? With Onshape’s full-cloud database architecture, you’ll never be afraid of losing your work again.

Topics: Tech Tips


What We've Learned After Millions of User Hours in Onshape
By Jon Hirschtick - October 27, 2017

At the DEVELOP3D Live conference in Boston, Onshape CEO Jon Hirschtick explored the various ways Cloud CAD frees engineers from “Design Gridlock.”

Topics: Tech Tips


How Onshape is Making CAD Crashes Extinct
By Neil Cooke - October 24, 2017

Traditional file-based CAD systems crash all the time. Learn how Onshape is making crashes and lost CAD data a thing of the past.

Topics: Tech Tips


4 Ways You Can Lose Your CAD Files
By Neil Cooke - October 23, 2017

It’s not your fault. Here are the most common reasons causing lost CAD work – and what you can do about it.

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (10/19/17)
By Neil Cooke - October 20, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Learn about new functionality from our October 19, 2017 update.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


How to Use Cloud CAD to Improve Your Marketing Campaigns
By Darren Garnick - October 17, 2017

Using 3D models and rendered images can make press releases, trade show banners and other promotional materials shine.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


The Biggest Reasons Why Engineers Hate Their Current CAD System
By Darren Garnick - October 16, 2017

Do you hate your CAD system? See how cloud-based Onshape handles some of the biggest complaints about desktop-installed CAD.

Topics: Industry Perspectives


How to Use Cloud CAD to Enrich Customer Engagement & Support
By Darren Garnick - October 12, 2017

Using Follow Mode and Onshape Comments, you can visually communicate with customers from within your design models and better respond to their needs.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Onshape Splines (Part 2 of 2)
By Matthew Chapman - October 10, 2017

Take a closer mathematical look behind Onshape splines.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Onshape Splines (Part 1 of 2)
By Matthew Chapman - October 9, 2017

Take a closer mathematical look behind Onshape splines.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post


How to Use Cloud CAD to Accelerate Sales Results
By Darren Garnick - October 5, 2017

With Onshape, engineers teamed with sales reps can make requested design changes on the spot as impressed prospects follow along on their phones.

Topics: Onshape App Store


What’s New in the Onshape App Store (10/03/17)
By Joe Dunne - October 3, 2017

The Onshape App Store is frequently introducing new engineering apps, product improvements and features. Here's a look at the latest additions.

Topics: Onshape App Store

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (9/26/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - September 27, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Learn about new functionality from our September 26, 2017 update.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post


Partner Spotlight: How CADWOLF Integrates Math & CAD to Coordinate Large Onshape Projects
By Joshua Foxworth - September 26, 2017

Embed Onshape designs, equations, tables, plots, images, videos, sliders and other data in a web page that looks like a Word doc or PDF.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Don’t Be Fooled by Fake “Branching & Merging”
By Cody Armstrong - September 25, 2017

Onshape is the only professional 3D CAD system that offers true branching and merging, due to its modern database-driven architecture.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Engineering Executives


What Do Executives Value Most in a Mechanical Engineer?
By Darren Garnick - September 21, 2017

Onshape’s latest eBook offers career advice for mechanical engineers seeking their next raise or promotion.

Topics: Engineering Executives


Engineer Uses Onshape to Bring Iconic “Coffee Grinder Calculator” Back to Life
By Darren Garnick - September 20, 2017

Marcus Wu used Onshape to recreate the mechanical Curta Calculator, history’s first hand-held calculator. He built a custom one for TV star Adam Savage.

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Creating Sheet Metal Tabs in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - September 19, 2017

Creating Sheet Metal Tabs just got a lot easier with Onshape’s most recent update. Here’s how to use the new command.

Topics: Tech Tips


Partner Spotlight: SIMSOLID is Coming Soon to the Onshape Cloud
By Ken Welch | SIMSOLID - September 14, 2017

SIMSOLID, the next generation of structural analysis software, will be available soon as an Integrated Cloud App in the Onshape App Store.


Petrak Industries: “Onshape’s Sharing Feature Saved a Major Client 5 Weeks in Design Time”
By Darren Garnick - September 13, 2017

Systems engineer Brian Joffe credits cloud-based Onshape for dramatically speeding up collaboration between him and his outside design partners.

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (9/8/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - September 11, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Learn about new functionality from our September 8, 2017 update.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post


How to Generate G-Code For Onshape Models From Anywhere in Minutes
By Don LaCourse - September 7, 2017

VisualCAMc, soon available in the Onshape App Store, lets you perform CAM programming from anywhere and on any computer.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post


Full-Cloud CAD Speeds Up Jig & Fixture Design
By Darren Garnick - August 31, 2017

As part of modernizing your shop floor, your team can now design fixtures and jigs in Onshape online right at their workstations.

Topics: Onshape Bootcamp, Education


5 Advantages of the Onshape Learning Center
By Tim Fries - August 29, 2017

In addition to being quick and easy, here are the top five advantages of the Onshape Learning Center.

Topics: Onshape Bootcamp, Education


What Makes a Parametric Modeler Tick?
By Neil Cooke - August 24, 2017

It’s time to dispel the myth that using 3D CAD is hard – it’s not. Modeling in 3D is not that difficult if you just follow a simple set of rules.

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Real-Time Chat in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - August 22, 2017

Onshape recently added real-time chat capabilities to it's Comments functionality, improving collaboration for the design team.

Topics: Tech Tips


Engineering Students Use Onshape for Water Purification Project in Panama
By Darren Garnick - August 21, 2017

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students recently used Onshape’s EDU Plan to document their water treatment system designs for Engineers Without Borders.

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (8/16/17)
By Neil Cooke - August 17, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Learn about new functionality from our August 16, 2017 update.

Topics: What's New


If You Haven’t Seen Onshape In The Last 6 Months… Read This
By Daniel J. Murphy - August 16, 2017

Keeping up-to-date with Onshape’s rapid release schedule can be overwhelming. Here’s a cheat sheet on the most important new features over the last six months.


A Deeper Look at Onshape’s Advanced Modeling Tools
By Cody Armstrong - August 15, 2017

Here’s a closer look at Onshape’s new Advanced Modeling Tools and suggested workflows that make it easier to create complex shapes.

Topics: Tech Tips


Why Are Some CAD Users Better Than Others?
By Darren Garnick - August 9, 2017

It’s time to dispel the myth that using 3D CAD is hard. It’s not – modeling in 3D is really not that difficult if you just follow a simple set of rules.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Converting Surfaces to Solids in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - August 8, 2017

Onshape has recently added more curve and surfacing tools to make it easier to create more complex shapes.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Booleans in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - August 3, 2017

Many Onshape commands, such as Extrude, Revolve, Sweep, Loft and Patterns have have built-in boolean functionality.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


How to Customize CAD for Industrial Component Design
By Cody Armstrong - July 31, 2017

Learn how creating custom Onshape features can reduce human error and save time on repetitive, tedious modeling tasks.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


CAD on a PAD: What You May Not Know About Onshape Mobile
By Neil Cooke - July 27, 2017

One in six Onshape sessions is logged into a tablet or phone. Here’s a rundown on how our development team has optimized CADding on mobile.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (7/25/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - July 26, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Learn about new functionality from our July 25, 2017 update.

Topics: What's New


6 Ways How Full-Cloud CAD Can Accelerate Success Companywide
By Darren Garnick - July 25, 2017

In this eBook, learn how Onshape can also streamline your processes in manufacturing, sales, marketing, customer support and supply chain management.

Topics: Education


How to Set Up Your Onshape Classroom
By Darren Henry - July 20, 2017

Onshape’s Education Plan gives students and teachers free access to the same full-cloud CAD functionality as Onshape Professional users

Topics: Education

Topics: Education


Have Onshape Questions? Meet the Professor
By Michael LaFleche - July 19, 2017

“Office Hours With The Professor” is a new live interactive webcast series exploring advanced business topics related to engineering and design.

Topics: Education

Topics: Tech Tips


Custom Feature Spotlight: Belt Routing & Sizing
By Neil Cooke - July 18, 2017

Onshape’s custom Belt feature, available free on the FeatureScript Spotlight page, makes the creation and routing of complex belt systems effortless.

Topics: Tech Tips


PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Generate Brings Advanced Design & Topology Optimization to CAD
By Jesse Coors-Blankenship - July 13, 2017

Using Generate, Onshape users can easily optimize their parts, components, and products to be lightweight and high-performance – all in the cloud.

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Speed Up Your Time-To-Market By Using Onshape Alongside SOLIDWORKS®
By Darren Garnick - July 11, 2017

In this eBook, we share 6 everyday situations where using Onshape side-by-side with SOLIDWORKS® will earn you a standing ovation from your co-workers.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (7/10/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - July 10, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Learn about new functionality from our July 10th, 2017 update.

Topics: What's New


Onshape Cyclists Keep Pedaling For Cancer Research
By Darren Garnick - July 6, 2017

This is Team Onshape’s fourth year riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge, which donates 100% of rider-raised dollars to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Creating Variables in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - July 5, 2017

Creating a variable enables you to link dimensions together so you can change them all in one place.

Topics: Tech Tips


The Future of 3D Printing: 5 Additive Manufacturing Trends to Look For in 2017
By John McEleney - June 29, 2017

Onshape co-founder and Stratasys board member John McEleney examines the explosive growth of additive manufacturing.

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Controlling Lofts With Curves
By Cody Armstrong - June 27, 2017

Onshape recently added a number of curve tools that make creating Lofts much easier.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Sheet Metal Bend Order
By Cody Armstrong - June 21, 2017

Onshape’s Sheet Metal tools capture not only the engineering information, but also the important manufacturing information you need to make the part.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Essential Training, Onshape Bootcamp


Onshape Adds New Courses on Simultaneous Sheet Metal & Top-Down Design
By Katie Huffman - June 19, 2017

Live training courses are taught by Onshape experts, all of whom have extensive SOLIDWORKS backgrounds to assist transitioning to full-cloud CAD.

Topics: Essential Training, Onshape Bootcamp

Topics: Industry Perspectives


“Why We Made Onshape Our Primary CAD System”
By Darren Garnick - June 15, 2017

Loxta Hardware says it saves an hour on every design project by using full-cloud CAD.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Creating Holes Through Multiple Parts in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - June 14, 2017

One of the biggest benefits of Onshape’s multi-part modeling is the ability to easily create geometry that relates to several parts at once.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (6/13/17)
By Neil Cooke - June 13, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Nothing to download or install – ever!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store


Partner Spotlight: ExactFlat Turns Your Onshape Model Into a Usable 2D Pattern in Minutes
By Ian Miller - June 8, 2017

The dream of translating your design vision into a pattern that fits perfectly is now a step closer with ExactFlat Online, available in the Onshape App Store.

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store

Topics: Tech Tips, Essential Training


How Do I Learn Onshape?
By Cody Armstrong - June 7, 2017

Ranging from live instructor training to self-guided online courses, there are many options for how to learn Onshape.

Topics: Tech Tips, Essential Training

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Breaking Free From SOLIDWORKS® Workgroup PDM
By Neil Cooke - June 6, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM customers are being forced to migrate to another data management system. For many, upgrading CAD solutions makes better business sense.

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Why Onshape Documents Make You More Productive on the Manufacturing Floor
By John Desilets - June 1, 2017

Onshape Documents are project-level containers where you can organize your entire manufacturing project and CAD data in one single location.

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Using Named Views in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - May 30, 2017

Ever want to capture a certain orientation of your CAD model? Here’s how to create Named Views in Onshape.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (5/25/17)
By Neil Cooke - May 25, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Nothing to download or install – ever!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Tutorials, Essential Training


Onshape Launches New Learning Center For Full-Cloud CAD
By Noa Flaherty - May 24, 2017

The new Learning Center is the quickest way for experienced CAD professionals to learn Onshape’s fresh modern approach to parametric modeling.

Topics: Tutorials, Essential Training

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


It’s Time for Engineers to Catch Up to the Rest of the Business World
By John McEleney - May 22, 2017

Agile companies moved most of their business-critical software to the cloud long ago. Why has the engineering department been left behind?

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Onshape App Store


What's New in the Onshape App Store 5/18/17
By Joe Dunne - May 18, 2017

The Onshape App Store is loaded with new updates for its Integrated Cloud Apps, including CAM, simulation, rendering, manufacturing and data management. 

Topics: Onshape App Store

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Export Sheet Metal Flat View As DXF
By Cody Armstrong - May 16, 2017

Have you been wondering how to export a sheet metal part as a DXF? We've got you covered in this Tech Tip. Let's dive in.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Webinars


New Webinar Series: How Can Agile Product Design Benefit You?
By Stephanie Ventura - May 15, 2017

Onshape’s new webinar series explores how Agile Product Design and full-cloud CAD helps your business create better products and accelerate time-to-market.

Topics: Webinars

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store


Partner Spotlight: Simscape Delivers the ‘Magic’ of Testing Designs Without Hardware
By Steve Miller - May 11, 2017

Combining mechanical design in Onshape with dynamic simulation in Simscape means that virtual tests of your integrated system are now limited only by your imagination. Find out how easily you can virtually test your Onshape models with Simscape’s dynamic simulation tools.

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Tagging People With Comments in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - May 9, 2017

Tagging people using comments in Onshape helps your team communicate quickly and effectively. So how does it work? Let’s take a look.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Customer Stories


Onshape Customer Spotlight: NAFCO Helps Municipal Parks Cut Energy Use By Up to 80%
By Darren Garnick - May 8, 2017

Find out how NAFCO International’s design and manufacturing team uses full-cloud CAD to speed up their time to market.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (5/5/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - May 5, 2017

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your full-cloud CAD system. Nothing to download or install – ever!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Keyboard Shortcuts in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - May 2, 2017

Using keyboard shortcuts is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to speed up design in Onshape. Here’s how to find them.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Engineering Executives


Why Doesn’t Onshape Have (Fill-in-the-Blank) Yet?
By John McEleney - May 1, 2017

Onshape isn’t trying to “catch up” to other CAD companies with each new feature. We’re rethinking how CAD gets done.

Topics: Engineering Executives

Topics: Guest Post


How Onshape Saves Us a Day on Nearly Every Manufacturing Job
By Mitch Free - April 27, 2017

Could your company use an extra day or two this month? Founder, chairman and CEO of ZYCI, Mitch Free, discusses how Onshape saves him a day of production on every project.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Managing Custom Properties in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - April 25, 2017

Discover how assigning custom properties like Part Number, Revision, Description, State and more can help improve your organization in Onshape.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Using Advanced Search in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - April 18, 2017

Onshape’s Advance Search now lets you search within Documents for metadata such as Name, Description, Part Number, State and Revision.  

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Onshape App Store


How to Assess Your Onshape Models For Structural Weakness
By Andrew Taber - April 17, 2017

Available in the Onshape App Store, Intact helps you simulate and analyze your designs directly in Onshape. No manual meshing, preprocessing, or installation required.

Topics: Onshape App Store

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape (4/13/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - April 13, 2017

Onshape’s non-stop pace of updates rolls on with another exciting list of improvements! This is a big update with a long list of new features, so let’s get started.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Would You Be Fed Up With 19 CAD Crashes in a Day?
By John McEleney - April 11, 2017

Onshape isn’t building the best cloud-based CAD system – we’re building a better CAD system, period.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Engineering Executives


MIT Uses Onshape to Launch New Professional Course on Additive Manufacturing
By Darren Garnick - April 6, 2017

MIT professors Wojciech Matusik and Justin Solomon are using Onshape to launch a new course on CAD for additive manufacturing this summer aimed at professionals seeking to speed up and modernize the product design process at their companies.

Topics: Engineering Executives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Multiple Browser Tabs
By Cody Armstrong - April 4, 2017

Because Onshape runs in a browser, you can have as many tabs open as you want, and can move various tabs onto multiple monitors.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store


How to Create Machining Operations and NC File Output For Your Onshape Models
By Abhijit Kumthekar - March 30, 2017

Without any software installation, OnCreate3D gives you CAM at your fingertips. Available now in the Onshape App Store!

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Shift-Select When Importing Files to Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - March 28, 2017

If you are moving to Onshape from another CAD system, one question you might have is, “How do I import all my CAD data from my past system?” Let’s take a look at a fast way to import many files at once.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (3/27/17)
By Neil Cooke - March 27, 2017

It’s update time again! We hope you enjoy using these new improvements such as advanced search, compare, drawings improvements and more.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


4 Signs You Are Paying Too Much For Your CAD System
By Darren Henry - March 23, 2017

Whether you’re designing or manufacturing products for a huge multinational corporation or a fledgling startup, you want to spend your CAD budget wisely. It’s not about getting a special discount or a bargain, but receiving value for every dollar. No one likes to feel like they are being ripped off.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Green Check to Insert Parts
By Cody Armstrong - March 21, 2017

So, you’ve built your parts and are ready to assemble them in your assembly. Here is a short, but important tip for you.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New, Onshape App Store


What's New in the Onshape App Store (3/16/17)
By Joe Dunne - March 16, 2017

The Onshape App Store is always introducing new engineering apps, product improvements and features. Here’s a look at the latest additions.

Topics: What's New, Onshape App Store

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Importing and Exporting DXF Files in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - March 14, 2017

DXF (and DWG) files are industry standards in the world of 2D CAD. They have been around for many years. CAD users work with DXF files everyday. Let’s take a look how Onshape handles importing and exporting DXF’s.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Coca-Cola Uses Onshape to Improve Beverage Equipment at 14,000+ McDonald’s Restaurants
By Darren Garnick - March 13, 2017

Coca-Cola’s co-op engineers rely on Onshape’s instant CAD deployment to reduce downtime, reclaiming 6-10 weeks of lost work a year experienced with traditional CAD.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tutorials, Tech Tips


[eBook] Onshape’s Greatest Tech Tips (Volume 1)
By Cody Armstrong - March 9, 2017

Since the launch of Onshape, we’ve shared dozens of tech tips to help you become more successful with full-cloud CAD.  Learn how to be faster and more productive in CAD with Onshape’s new “Greatest Tech Tips” eBook.

Topics: Tutorials, Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Roll to Here/Roll to End
By Cody Armstrong - March 7, 2017

In Onshape, rolling back in the feature list means carefully dragging the rollback bar up to the feature you want to revise. This works fine, but if you’ve had to rollback a long feature list many times, this begins to get annoying. Fortunately, there is an alternative that’s much easier.

Topics: Tech Tips


How to Insert Your Bill of Materials Into An Onshape Drawing
By Cody Armstrong - March 6, 2017

A bill of materials is a critical part of any design, and the Onshape App Store has great applications to create and manage your bill of materials. But a question we get asked often is, “How do I insert the bill of materials into an Onshape Drawing?” Let’s take a look.

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (3/3/17)
By Neil Cooke - March 3, 2017

This latest round of updates has some great new features that have been highly requested by so many. So let's dig in!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Designing Linkages In-Context
By Neil Cooke - February 28, 2017

Some mechanisms and linkages seem impossible to design. You know exactly where each part should be when the mechanism moves, but working out the length of each link and each pivot location can be a daunting task. Solve linkage design problems using Onshape’s unique approach to in-context design.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Guest Post


Onshape’s 10 Guiding Principles for Improving User Experience
By Andy Morris - February 27, 2017

Onshape constantly strives to make full-cloud CAD a pleasure to use by incorporating ongoing customer feedback. Here’s what drives our UX team.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Q & A with Scott Harris about Onshape’s Sheet Metal
By Darren Garnick - February 23, 2017

So, how does Onshape’s approach differ from the way that traditional CAD systems have tackled sheet metal? We asked Scott Harris, Onshape’s VP of Product Definition and User Experience, to give us the scoop.

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Tech Tip: Fully Maximizing Onshape Help
By Bradley Sauln - February 21, 2017

Onshape’s Help system keeps up with our quick release cycle so you can stay current with all the latest features and enhancements. It is also context-sensitive when you are using Onshape. If you have questions around features or functionality, this should be your first place to look.

Topics: Tutorials


So Your Professional Trial is Over... What Do You Do Now?
By Daniel J. Murphy - February 20, 2017

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Onshape Professional trial. 

Topics: Tutorials

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Find Out What Bloomberg Businessweek Discovered at Onshape's "Show & Tell"
By Darren Garnick - February 16, 2017

Bloomberg Businessweek takes a closer look at Onshape’s quest to reshape the $8.7 billion CAD business.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: What's New


What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (2/13/2017)
By Cody Armstrong - February 13, 2017

“When will you have sheet metal?” is a question I used to hear nearly every day. I’m very happy to say the answer to that question is right now! As with everything in Onshape, our approach to sheet metal is revolutionary.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Other


Unfolding Onshape Sheet Metal
By Neil Cooke - February 8, 2017

Sheet metal is lightweight, inexpensive, and easily formed into almost any shape. However, for all its versatility, it is usually confined to the very mundane task of providing the world with cases, covers, and brackets. But without these, where would we be? Moldings, castings and machining from solid are way too expensive. So for many applications, sheet metal is the go-to material and manufacturing process.

Topics: Other

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Onshape Unveils “Simultaneous Sheet Metal” Tools
By Darren Garnick - February 7, 2017

If you’re at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing 2017 conference today in Anaheim, California, please stop by the Onshape Agile Design Pavilion (Booth 3401) to see the first live demo of our soon-to-be released “Simultaneous Sheet Metal” tools!

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Onshape Custom Feature Spotlight: Wiring
By Cody Armstrong - January 31, 2017

One very common question we get is “Can I route a wire in Onshape?” The answer is yes, with this custom feature created by our own Noa Flaherty and Jon Sorrells:

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store


Partner Spotlight: Swift Calcs Speeds Up Your Engineering Design & Analysis Calculations
By Brentan Alexander - January 31, 2017

Swift Calcs is excited to announce that the full Swift Calcs product suite, including Public, Business, and Professional plans, is now available in the Onshape App Store.

Topics: Guest Post, Onshape App Store

Topics: Tech Tips


3 Tips For Designing In-Context in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - January 26, 2017

In-Context Editing was only recently added to Onshape, but its reception has already been tremendous. We have received tons of positive feedback on Onshape’s unique approach to a problem that has plagued the CAD world for years.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Customer Stories


Making Beauty a Priority in Industrial Design
By Darren Garnick - January 25, 2017

Just like Apple puts creativity into the look of most of its functional objects – such as power cords and internal packing materials – medical industrial designer Arthur Hobden sees opportunity to infuse art into unexpected products.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Tech Tips


What Hardware Gives You the Best Onshape Experience?
By Noa Flaherty - January 19, 2017

To optimize your Onshape experience, here are recommended hardware guidelines for full-cloud CAD.

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Celebrating Aussie Ingenuity in the American Heartland
By John McEleney - January 18, 2017

One of the coolest things about working at Onshape is watching our customers bring their visions to reality. I love when I see the same name appear frequently in the Onshape Forums and then when I later go to a conference and a handshake puts a face to that name.

Topics: Customer Stories

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Onshape Just Took The Lead on Top-Down Design
By Neil Cooke - January 16, 2017

From its unique approach to in-context design to simultaneous multi-user editing of parts and assemblies, Onshape is the leading CAD system for Agile Design

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (1/13/17)
By Cody Armstrong - January 13, 2017

It’s a new year and we are starting it off with some big new enhancements. Let’s dig in, starting with one of Onshape’s most highly requested features!

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What’s It Like to Work at Onshape?
By Alex Fusco - January 11, 2017

Onshape is an exciting place to work, and we attract a unique and dynamic type of employee. Of course, every personality is different and every resume has its own virtues. But there are many things we all have in common.

Topics: Other

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Onshape Proud to Support FIRST Robotics
By Noa Flaherty - January 9, 2017

Onshape is proud to sponsor the FIRST Robotics Competition, offering every participant a free Onshape Education account and additional support.

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This 2017 Formula 1 Racecar is Fueled by Onshape’s Public Plan
By Darren Garnick - January 5, 2017

Veteran racecar designer Nicolas Perrin, who has worked for multiple Formula 1 teams, uses Onshape to create and edit open-access CAD models with a global community of engineers, racing enthusiasts and the public. 

Topics: Customer Stories

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How Will Your Design Team Be More Efficient in 2017?
By Daniel J. Murphy - December 27, 2016

No matter what type of work you do, whether it be financial services, marketing, or product design, improving your team’s efficiency is a mandate. Every year, your team needs to be smarter and faster.

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Tech Tip: Assigning a State to Your Design in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - December 22, 2016

One of the more common questions we hear is “Can I assign a state to my model in Onshape?” The answer is yes. Onshape currently has four states to choose from: “In Progress,” “Pending,” “Released,” and “Obsolete.”

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What is Onshape BootCamp?
By Darren Garnick - December 21, 2016

Although Onshape Boot Camp (also known as Onshape Overview Training) doesn’t involve any pushups, kettlebells or burpees, dealing with muscle memory is a huge part of learning a new CAD system.

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (12/15/16)
By Cody Armstrong - December 15, 2016

It’s been an amazing year for Onshape, packed with new features and enhancements. For a closer look at Onshape’s 16 updates in 2016, click on the timeline above.

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Happy First Birthday, Onshape!
By Jon Hirschtick - December 12, 2016

This Wednesday is our product’s first birthday. December 14, 2015 marked the commercial release of Onshape, the first full-cloud CAD system that we built specifically to support Agile Design. It’s been an amazing year!

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Custom Feature Spotlight: Multi-Plane
By Cody Armstrong - December 7, 2016

If you’re a CAD user who creates a lot of complex lofts, you need a lot of construction planes. Lofts are often constructed over many evenly spaced planes to get the exact contour you are looking for. So how do we create all these planes?

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Tech Tip: Organizing Documents with Filters and Labels
By Neil Cooke - December 6, 2016

Onshape Professional gives you unlimited private storage. Unlimited, as in no limits. That’s much bigger than your hard drive and much bigger than your favorite cloud file-sharing service will ever be. Just think about that for a moment – you’ll never have to worry about disk space ever again.

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How to Move from SOLIDWORKS to Onshape
By Neil Cooke - November 30, 2016

At Onshape, we know a lot about SOLIDWORKS® because (as many of you already know) Onshape’s CEO Jon Hirschtick was the founder of SOLIDWORKS – and all six of Onshape’s co-founders were early and influential builders there.

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Tech Tip: Enabling Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - November 29, 2016

The security of your data is a primary focus for Onshape. Some of the web’s most secure sites, such as banks, use two-factor authentication (2FA) to prevent the wrong people from accessing your data. Two-factor authentication works by requiring two pieces of identification to log into your account instead of just the typical email and password.

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10 Things You Should Know About Onshape Documents
By Daniel J. Murphy - November 28, 2016

The Onshape Document is a new concept for mechanical CAD users. In a nutshell, it is a project-level container that holds your Part Studios, Assemblies and Drawings. But it also offers many more productivity tools that may not be immediately obvious. This versatility is one of the key reasons why Onshape is the leading platform for Agile Product Design. Here are 10 things you may not know about Onshape Documents.

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Make Better Design Decisions With Real-Time Analytics and Controls
By Jon Hirschtick - November 23, 2016

As more companies are moving to agile design, CAD users are working faster with powerful new tools (including real-time deployment and real-time data management). But what about the managers who are responsible for keeping design projects on time and on budget?

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What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (11/22/16)
By Neil Cooke - November 22, 2016

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we've brought this release forward to give you something to do during your time off! Great set of usability improvements this time around with something for everybody. Let’s take a look:

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Tech Tip: Customizing the Shortcut Toolbar
By Cody Armstrong - November 21, 2016

In a recent update, Onshape added Shortcut Toolbars that make it easy to find common commands without a lot of mouse travel. Simply type “s” on your keyboard and a context-sensitive menu will appear next to your cursor in Part Studios and Assemblies.

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Sharing Design Workloads on Tight Deadlines
By Neil Cooke - November 17, 2016

Tight deadlines – ugh! Even the sound of it is enough to make you shudder. Nobody enjoys working their fingers to the bone, but delivering a project on time is part of every engineer’s daily life. After dreaming up the latest in product innovation and exceeding all your customers’ demands, the tight deadline is the last hurdle to overcome. And it can make or break your reputation.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Who Screwed Up My Model?
By Darren Henry - November 16, 2016

Rebuild error? No problem! If your team has been using parametric CAD software over the last decade, they have most likely spent countless hours downloading and installing software, rebooting and restarting workstations, and dealing with crashes and rebuild errors. The last two occurrences are the most frustrating and often result in obscene expletives.

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Tech Tip: Sketch Patterns in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - November 15, 2016

Onshape has many different commands for patterning sketches, aces, features and parts. Let’s take a look at creating a linear and circular pattern of sketch geometry.

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Agile Designers Need Real-Time Data Management
By Jon Hirschtick - November 10, 2016

In my last two blogs, we explored how forward-thinking companies are striving to speed up their time to market and boost innovation through a new approach to manufacturing: Agile Design. We looked at how full-cloud CAD enables real-time deployment for design teams, allowing them to provide new employees, contractors or partners instant access to their CAD system and CAD data on any computer, phone or tablet.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Open Innovation: Agile Companies Seek Crowdsourced Product Development
By Scott Kahan - November 9, 2016

What can you learn from strangers? Some of the world’s most successful companies are now embracing Open Innovation, an effort to crowdsource development ideas from their customers and others – with the goal of potentially incorporating those ideas into future product lines.

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Tech Tip: Using the Debug Feature in FeatureScript
By Cody Armstrong - November 8, 2016

One of the most useful features for troubleshooting FeatureScript code is the debug function. Let’s take a look at how to use it!

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Introducing the Onshape Professional Trial
By Darren Henry - November 3, 2016

We can talk all we want about how Onshape’s full-cloud CAD will help your company speed up your design cycle, boost innovation and put your products on the shelves faster, but you won’t achieve any of those things by just reading our blog.

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (11/02/16)
By Cody Armstrong - November 2, 2016

Halloween has come and gone, but we have one more treat for you! Check out all the awesome new features added with the latest update.

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Full-Cloud CAD: The Next Social Network
By Ilya Mirman - November 1, 2016

When you hear the phrase “social network,” the first thing that probably pops in your mind is Facebook. In 2013, to illustrate his company’s adoption globally, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted the above map of every Facebook friendship (each line is a connection between two friends). It’s fun to note that these billions of personal connections amount to the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game on steroids!

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Custom Feature Spotlight: Using The Beam Feature To Create Weldments
By Neil Cooke - October 27, 2016

When is an assembly not an assembly? When it’s a weldment! I know, that “joke” might not get me a job in standup comedy, but weldments are funny things. They’re not a part and they’re not an assembly; they’re an assembly of parts treated like a single part.

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Real-Time CAD Deployment is Essential for Agile Teams
By Jon Hirschtick - October 26, 2016

“I don’t have time for that anymore.” That’s what a frustrated engineering manager at a Fortune 500 company recently told me when discussing how long it takes his IT department to deliver a new computer and then install traditional CAD and PDM software on it.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


What’s More Accessible: Cloud-Based CAD or Desktop-Installed CAD?
By Alex Fusco - October 24, 2016

One of the questions we’re often asked is: “Will Onshape work if I do not have an Internet connection?” The answer is no. While Internet accessibility can occasionally be disrupted, Onshape nevertheless has the highest availability of any CAD system in the industry.

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Tech Tip: Turning Your Old 2D Drawings into 3D
By Neil Cooke - October 19, 2016

If you started your design career on a 2D CAD platform, then chances are you have hundreds (if not thousands) of DWG files. Most of these may be obsolete, from products you stopped making years ago, but some may still be relevant today and you may want to reuse them in your 3D designs.

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Creating a Bill of Materials Using openBoM
By Cody Armstrong - October 18, 2016

Creating a bill of materials (BoM) from your Onshape model is easy. The Onshape App Store has several apps that will generate a quick, easy bill of materials for you. Let’s take a look at how to create a bill of materials using openBoM.

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Get It Now: An Executive's Guide to Adopting Full-Cloud CAD
By Darren Garnick - October 17, 2016

As we noted in our most recent Agile Product Design blog, many companies are telling us they want more speed and innovation in their design and manufacturing process.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Agile Product Design Requires a New Generation of CAD
By Jon Hirschtick - October 13, 2016

Whenever I visit engineers and designers, the one piece of feedback I repeatedly hear is that companies want more speed and innovation in their product development cycle.

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (10/12/16)
By Cody Armstrong - October 12, 2016

Here we are again with a new round of features and enhancements for you to get excited about! Let’s dig in.

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Welcoming DEVELOP3D LIVE to Boston, the Birthplace of CAD
By John McEleney - September 29, 2016

Welcome to America, DEVELOP3D! Since Onshape was founded four years ago, we’ve been attending DEVELOP3D LIVE, the largest independent conference of CAD and product development professionals from around the world. Based at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, the annual event provides an opportunity to preview the latest technologies, network with customers and even enjoy a friendly drink with competitors.

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Tech Tip: Using Public Documents in Onshape
By Alex Fusco - September 28, 2016

The point of using a Public Document is to build projects that you would not mind other Onshape users viewing or copying. For creating Public Documents, the Onshape Free Plan is great for hobbyists, makers and open-source designers to build models with a professional-grade 3D CAD system at no cost.

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Onshape Partner Spotlight: CONSELF Provides CFD Analysis in a Web Browser
By Alessandro Palmas - September 27, 2016

With the CONSELF Simulation Platform, you can import your geometry from Onshape and setup your analysis in just a few clicks.

Topics: Onshape App Store

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Tech Tip: Changing Your Default Units in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - September 20, 2016

One of the most common questions we hear from someone just getting started with Onshape is “How do I change the default units?” Let’s take a look.

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Onshape Partner Spotlight: Sienci Labs Puts a CNC Mill on Your Desktop
By Andy Lee - September 16, 2016

Going from a model on your computer to a real object in your hand can be a difficult process. While tools like laser cutters and 3D printers have come down in price and become easier to use, CNC milling has been one of the more challenging machines to put on a desktop at an affordable price.

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What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (09/15/2016)
By Neil Cooke - September 15, 2016

A mere three weeks have passed since the last HUGE update, so that means it’s time for another HUGE update – jam-packed with new features and user-requested enhancements. There’s never a dull moment here at Onshape, so enjoy!

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How Onshape Reclaims Lost Time For CAD Professionals
By Darren Garnick - September 13, 2016

Fully recognizing that these are “First World problems,” I’ve wasted way too much time searching for missing car keys and remotes. I’m far from alone. A British study found that the average person loses 10 minutes a day looking for AWOL items and we misplace up to 9 things a day.

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How to Install Onshape
By Darren Henry - September 8, 2016

Looking for instructions on how to install Onshape? They don’t exist. Let me be the first to welcome you to the new world of Full-Cloud CAD and Agile Product Design. Onshape is the only professional-grade 3D system that runs completely in the cloud. There’s no download, no install – just sign-in and go!

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Rendering Your Onshape Model Using OneRender
By Cody Armstrong - September 7, 2016

Rendering your Onshape model is easy. With so many options available in the Onshape App Store, you have numerous choices when evaluating which rendering app works best for you. In this blog post, we’ll walk through rendering our Onshape model using the integrated cloud app, OneRender.

Topics: Onshape App Store

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How Onshape Got Me a Free Vacation (and Boosted My Resume)
By Aya Suzuki - August 31, 2016

As a mechanical engineering major at MIT, I’ve used SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Rhino and Onshape for my classes, but only Onshape was able to deliver a free vacation.

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Modeling a Functional 3D-Printed Violin in CAD
By Brian Chan - August 29, 2016

The violin's form is very recognizable. It’s been around for centuries, and has barely changed in design. Violin music has evolved to such a high level that the instrument has attained an almost legendary status in our culture.

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Full-Cloud CAD in the Middle of Nowhere?
By Darren Garnick - August 25, 2016

In Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands in the North Sea, Scotrenewables Tidal Power designs its floating turbines online in Onshape.

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What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (08/24/16)
By Neil Cooke - August 24, 2016

There's a ton of really cool stuff in this latest update! Please watch the videos and then take a moment to try out these new features and improvements:

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7 Frustrating CAD Questions You’ll Never Ask Again
By Ethan Rejto - August 22, 2016

With the exception of occasionally using Google Docs and Google Drive, most of my work has always been done on my local machine. Not until I started using Onshape, did I realize the benefits of a full-cloud work environment. Of course, there is a learning curve with anything new, but once you make the switch I bet you’ll never go back. Here are seven frustrating questions that will disappear into the clouds once you start working with Onshape.

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Tech Tip: How to Use Onshape’s Measure Tool
By Ethan Rejto - August 16, 2016

Need to check the diameter of a shaft? Want to know how far apart two things are? Onshape’s Measure tool does exactly what it says it does – it’s your ruler for CAD. In this video, we will explore how and when to use it.

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Custom Feature Spotlight: How to Use the O-Ring Feature
By Cody Armstrong - August 11, 2016

You don’t have to be a programmer to enjoy Onshape’s custom FeatureScript features. Many new time-saving features are shared by the Onshape community!

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Tech Tip: Changing Rotate, Pan, and Zoom Settings in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - August 9, 2016

Do you switch back and forth between Onshape and other CAD systems? This settings update will make your life easier.

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Using Onshape to Boost Your Career (and Cut Your Lawn)
By Darren Garnick - August 4, 2016

On these scorching days of summer, why not let Onshape cut your lawn for you?

Well, even though our agile development team is churning out new features and enhancements every few weeks (Have you seen the latest “What’s New” blog?), I can confirm there are no plans for us to ever compete with Toro or John Deere.

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (8/3/2016)
By Cody Armstrong - August 3, 2016

We’re excited to share a long list of improvements for you with this update. As usual, most of them are user-requested, so thanks for continuing to help us make Onshape better. Now, let’s dig in!

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CAD in a Cab: How I Win Over Clients During Downtime
By Ben Moore - August 1, 2016

As the founder and CEO of a fast-growing startup, I’m constantly running between presentations, customer visits and trade shows. Based in South Carolina, my company, tForm, is already a leader in the thermoformed packaging industry – and a big part of our marketing strategy are trade shows with an emphasis on manufacturing.

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4 Signs your CAD work needs FeatureScript
By Ilya Mirman - July 28, 2016

Onshape recently introduced FeatureScript - a new programming language that lets you create new features. We’re seeing a ton of interest from users, with many folks taking FeatureScript for a spin and contributing their features to the community.

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Topics: Industry Perspectives


FeatureScript - It’s So Easy An Engineer Can Do It
By Caitlyn Egan - July 27, 2016

Studying Computer Science and Business in an engineering school has taught me to appreciate technological innovation above all else. That being said, mechanical engineers and software engineers seem to come from two different planets - both are afraid of what the other person does. I didn’t want to touch CAD and they didn’t want to touch code.

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Support Team Onshape’s Ride for Cancer Research
By Diane Amadeo - July 21, 2016

If you’re not familiar with the Pan-Mass Challenge, it’s an amazing opportunity for thousands of cyclists (experienced and casual) to pedal their energies for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The main ride runs 190 miles through 46 Massachusetts towns, though there are 12 different routes of varying distances to accommodate riders of all abilities.

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CAD Training Shouldn’t Be a Hassle (or Expensive)
By Ethan Rejto - July 20, 2016

You know the world has changed when Harvard University, MIT, UC Berkeley and other world-class universities are offering thousands of their courses for free.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


How To Evaluate New Technology For Your Company
By Cody Armstrong - July 18, 2016

Adopting new technology, such as a new CAD application, can potentially help bring your product to market faster and give your company an advantage over the competition. The first step in determining whether you should adopt a new technology is properly evaluating its benefits and how they would impact your company. Here are a few tips to help you in the evaluation process:

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Tech Tip: How to Use a Tangent Mate
By Ethan Rejto - July 14, 2016

Mating a cam can give you a realistic assembly to easily show intended motion. Let’s take a look at how to do that.

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (07/11/16)
By Neil Cooke - July 11, 2016

Updates to Onshape continue at a rapid pace with new and improved features added every few weeks – no need to download or install, just hit the refresh button on your browser! This latest update includes many user-requested enhancements. Let’s take a look.

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Tech Tip: How to CAD with a Trackpad
By Noa Flaherty - July 7, 2016

I’m a longtime Mac user and have always hated having to restart my computer in Boot Camp mode whenever I wanted to use CAD. Now, with Onshape, I can model right in my web browser on my Macbook Pro without ever having installed any software.

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Custom Feature Spotlight: Port Feature
By Cody Armstrong - July 6, 2016

FeatureScript, a new programming language for creating custom CAD features, was launched just over a month ago. Already, the list of publicly available features created using FeatureScript is amazing. Any of these custom features can be added to your Onshape toolbar in just a few seconds. In a new series of blogs starting today, we are going to highlight some of these custom features and how they can be used. Let’s start with the Port Feature.

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Why I Wrote My Senior Thesis in the Cloud
By Alex Fusco - July 5, 2016

Some designers have called Onshape the “Google Docs of CAD.” It’s not hard to see why.

At Allegheny College, my alma mater, all seniors are required to write a thesis that is relevant to their major. This essay can be anywhere from 40 to over 100 pages long depending on departmental requirements.

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Topics: Industry Perspectives


Why Sending CAD Files is Like Being a Careless Tourist
By Darren Garnick - June 28, 2016

It’s summertime and for those of us who are lucky enough to travel, that means vacation time! I love being a tourist. I love finding goofy roadside attractions like the World’s Largest Ball of String in Darwin, Minnesota, or the World’s Largest Lobster in Shediac, Canada. I love Four Corners, that overglorified slab of granite where you can put each of your limbs in four different U.S. states.

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Tech Tip: Assembling Gears
By Cody Armstrong - June 27, 2016

A question we get asked often is “How do I assemble gears in Onshape?” Let’s take a look.

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Tech Tip: Creating Enhanced Planes in Onshape
By Dave Cowden - June 24, 2016

If you use Onshape a lot, you know that planes are the center of your universe. You need one to create a sketch – And Onshape requires you to start a sketch with a 2D plane.

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Using CAD as a Sales Presentation Tool
By Frederik McDonald - June 23, 2016

At a startup or small company, job roles are often blurred. The founder might not necessarily see him or herself as a salesperson, but that’s not really a choice. If they’re NOT a salesperson every waking moment, they soon will be looking for other work.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


How Onshape Saved My Grade
By Ethan Rejto - June 22, 2016

During my junior year studying mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, it was finally time to do some true design work. With many brutally difficult calculus and physics classes behind me, I was happy to do what I came to college to do – design. My first class, Component Design, assigned me a semester-long project that sounded simple enough.

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What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (6/20/2016)
By Cody Armstrong - June 20, 2016

We have a long list of improvements to show with this update, so let’s just jump right in.

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Are You Sick of Asking "Where's The Latest Version?"
By Jon Hirschtick - June 15, 2016

I’ve been meeting with CAD users for years – it’s what I do for fun – and when I ask them what their biggest problems are, there’s one question that keeps popping up. It’s “Where’s the latest version?”

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Speed Up Your Furniture Design With Onshape
By Neil Cooke - June 14, 2016

The furniture industry is diverse, with the home furnishings market being the largest segment by far. But if you include contract furniture for hotels, schools, hospitals, restaurants, stadiums, and airports – plus office furniture such as desks, workstations, seating, tables, and cabinets – it’s easy to see why the furniture industry, with over $100 billion in U.S. annual revenues alone, is mammoth

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Which @Onshape Features Are CAD Users Tweeting About?
By Alex Fusco - June 9, 2016

Full-cloud Onshape is a proven productivity booster. But since there are so many differentiators between Onshape and traditional desktop-installed CAD, it’s fascinating to learn which aspects of #FullCloudCAD our users enjoy the most. I recently hopped on Twitter to find out which benefits our users are talking about. Here are four topics that immediately caught my eye:

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Creating a FeatureScript Feature in 90 Seconds
By Cody Armstrong - June 6, 2016

Creating a new custom feature using FeatureScript is easy. There are no software development kits to download, and no IDEs to install. To get started, simply click “Create Feature Studio” in the Create tab menu.

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Topics: Tech Tips


How to Use FeatureScript Features (You Don’t Need to Write Code)
By Cody Armstrong - June 2, 2016

This week, we announced a new programming language developed by Onshape called FeatureScript. It’s a unique language that allows you to create your own powerful, custom parametric features. However, it's important to point out that you do NOT need to write code to benefit from FeatureScript.

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Ever Dream of Creating Your Own Built-In CAD Features?
By Jon Hirschtick - June 1, 2016

You won’t find the “Hex Infill” feature, pictured above, on your Onshape feature toolbar. It was specially created for CloudDDM, a Georgia-based additive manufacturing company, using Onshape’s FeatureScript programming language.

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (05/31/2016)
By Cody Armstrong - May 31, 2016

This is one of the most feature-packed updates to Onshape yet. As always, we’re introducing some new and exciting core CAD features, but that’s not all. We are also proud to announce one of the most significant additions to Onshape to date, FeatureScript!

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Expanding Onshape’s Global Footprint (Or What I Did on My Asia-Pacific Product Tour)
By John McEleney - May 27, 2016

Last April, shortly after the beta launch of Onshape, I talked about the amazing foresight of Archimedes. The 3rd Century B.C. engineer once said, “Give me a lever, a place to stand, and I will move the earth.”

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Partner Spotlight: openBoM Enables Onshape Users to Track BoM Records Across Distributed Environments
By Oleg Shilovitsky - May 25, 2016

Now available in the Onshape App Store, openBoM is a cloud-based BoM management tool for manufacturing companies and hardware startups.

Topics: Onshape App Store

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Yes, People Really Do CAD on Mobile!
By Neil Cooke - May 24, 2016

Full-cloud CAD gives you many benefits such as no downloads, no installs, no sending files by email, and built-in version control. But one of the other benefits which should not be overlooked is accessibility. By accessibility, I mean being able to access your work from any device at any time, even on devices you don’t own (great for testing the performance of new devices before you buy).

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Topics: Industry Perspectives


Do You Really Want Your Best Engineer Spending Time on I.T. Instead of Designing?
By Dave Corcoran - May 23, 2016

Think back to your high school and try to remember the best athlete in two different sports or the smartest kid in two different subjects. Maybe it was you?

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Tech Tip: Importing Assemblies
By Cody Armstrong - May 19, 2016

One of the most important questions experienced CAD users have when trying Onshape is “How do I import my assemblies into Onshape?” Let’s take a look.

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What’s New in the Onshape App Store (05/18/2016)
By Joe Dunne - May 19, 2016

The Onshape App Store, the first “try and buy” app store for the CAD world, is constantly adding new developer partners. Onshape is now your complete engineering solution, letting you quickly access simulation, CAM, rendering tools and more with the same ease as using Google Play or iTunes.

Topics: Onshape App Store

Topics: Industry Perspectives


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Onshape
By Daniel J. Murphy - May 17, 2016

We get it. We’re updating Onshape so frequently that it’s hard to keep up with all the enhancements we make. I’d label that a “good problem to have.” You’re getting new functionality every few weeks; about 15 times more per year than your current CAD system. For us, what’s important is that we’re delivering a product that meets your needs. But how do we get all this information about new features to you?

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Why Your CFO Wants You to Move to Cloud CAD
By Ilya Mirman - May 16, 2016

Onshape is the first CAD system specifically built for teams. The cloud enables your whole team to work together instead of being forced to work one person at a time as happens with traditional desktop-installed CAD. Customers, vendors and colleagues can view and edit the same product design easily and freely, no matter where they are and what hardware they are using. Done right, the benefits are considerable.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Part Studios vs. Assemblies
By Cody Armstrong - May 12, 2016

One of the most common questions we get is “What is the difference between a Part Studio and an Assembly in Onshape?” Let’s discuss the differences.

Topics: Tech Tips

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (05/09/2016)
By Neil Cooke - May 9, 2016

In this latest update, we've got some fantastic new UI and usability improvements in Part Studios, Assemblies, and Drawings that I'm sure you'll love. Sign in or refresh your browser to try out the new features. Enjoy!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Customer Stories


Onshape Customer Spotlight: Thinklabs Redesigns The 200-Year-Old-Stethoscope
By Darren Garnick - May 5, 2016

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the stethoscope, which has maintained the same basic design created by French physician Rene Laennec after he sought to protect a young female patient’s modesty. The old way that doctors listened to hearts and lungs was to press their ear against their patient’s chest.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Tech Tips


How to Pick Your First Project in Onshape
By Neil Cooke - May 3, 2016

So, you’re interested in seeing what Onshape has to offer? Great! Simply sign up for a free account and try out the features and capabilities at your own pace to decide if it’s right for you and your business.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: How to Use Linked Documents
By Cody Armstrong - April 28, 2016

The latest Onshape update includes one of the most highly requested features ever: Linked Documents. Let's take a closer look.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips, Industry Perspectives


Achieve More in Less Time: Why 3D Design Flows Better With a 3D Mouse
By Neil Cooke - April 26, 2016

The benefits of using a 3D mouse are well known throughout the CAD world, but did you know you can also use a 3D mouse with Onshape, on both Windows and Mac?

Topics: Tech Tips, Industry Perspectives

Topics: Guest Post


Partner Spotlight: Power Surfacing Brings Organic Surface Modeling to Onshape
By David Gill - April 25, 2016

Now available in the Onshape App Store, Power Surfacing for Onshape is a revolutionary product that allows you to create complex organic shapes. Our organic Sub-D modeling complements Onshape’s mechanical modeling, providing a full range of 3D modeling functionality. We make it easy and fun to design complex curved shapes.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives


IKEA Relies on Photo Rendering To Do Its Heavy Lifting
By Darren Garnick - April 21, 2016

I love IKEA. It’s not often that I profess an emotional attachment to a global retailer, but I love getting lost in their stores for hours (following their labyrinth map like it’s the Yellow Brick Road), discovering new treats in their Swedish restaurant and reading the Viking-esque names of their furniture. My daughter’s playroom toy shelves are called “Kallax,” and our recycled plastic bag dispenser is named “Variera.”

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Guest Post


Partner Spotlight: Swift Calcs Brings Mathematical Modeling to Your Onshape Designs
By Miles Collins - April 20, 2016

With the Swift Calcs app, now available in the Onshape App Store, your product design and analysis can live side-by-side in one, unified location. Our live mathematical worksheets inside Onshape make it so you no longer need to keep track of separate files from other applications or file away paper calculations to document a component design.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Share Your Document With a Link
By Cody Armstrong - April 18, 2016

Onshape evolves quickly. So quickly in fact, that if you aren’t paying attention, it’s easy to miss that some of the most requested features are being added on a regular basis. One of those new features is sharing your Document with a link.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Guest Post


5 Tips for 3D Printing Your Onshape Models With Materialise
By Kirsten Van Praet - April 15, 2016

Materialise is a global provider of software and services for 3D printing. With Materialise’s 3DPrintCloud Print Preparation App, now available in the Onshape App Store, you are well on your way to successfully printing your Onshape designs.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: What's New


What’s New In Onshape’s Latest Update (04/14/2016)
By Cody Armstrong - April 14, 2016

We have an exciting update for you this week packed with features including one of the most requested features to date. Let’s jump in!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Guest Post


Partner Spotlight: The Benefits of Cloud-Based CAM & FDM
By Stewart Allen - April 12, 2016

As a long-time entrepreneur and maker, I have often chafed against the long and convoluted tool-chains required to get from a design to something I can hold or use. With the combination of Onshape and Kiri:Moto, that chain is now down to two links.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Comments In Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - April 11, 2016

Most engineers today use screenshot tools and emails to communicate about their designs. And much like emailing CAD files, emailing screenshots back and forth leaves a lot to be desired. With Onshape, we wanted to take a fresh look at not just how engineers design, but how they communicate with each other.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Introducing The Onshape Education Plan
By Noa Flaherty - April 7, 2016

Onshape has only been available to the public for a year. In that time, we have seen students and educators from over 800 colleges and universities (plus many high schools) sign up for our Free Plan.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Sick Of Being Tied To One Computer?
By Cody Armstrong - April 5, 2016

Engineers generally have a love/hate relationship with their CAD workstation. They’ve spent thousands of dollars ensuring that the computer has great graphics, displays, and tons of memory. All the necessary pieces needed to use a traditional CAD system. However, investing everything in a single computer has many downsides.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


5 Ways You Can Learn Onshape
By Alex Fusco - April 4, 2016

If you haven’t checked out our training opportunities, I have one question for you... What are you waiting for? Anyone from an advanced CAD user to a beginner can benefit from our learning resources. Here are five video training offers you can use to your advantage:

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Reflections on DEVELOP3D Live as Onshape Logs Almost a Million User Hours
By Darren Garnick - April 1, 2016

It’s amazing how much can happen in a year. In March 2015, we chose the DEVELOP3D Live conference in Coventry, England to announce the public release of Onshape Beta. The international conference is the largest independent gathering of CAD professionals not affiliated with a single vendor. It’s one of the rare occasions when all of the major industry players mingle under one roof, perhaps the CAD version of the State of the Union.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (03/31/2016)
By Neil Cooke - March 31, 2016

In this latest update, we've focused on adding some highly requested, additional sharing permissions, some nice improvements to the Documents page, and improved interoperability with older 2D CAD systems. Sign in or refresh your browser to try out the new features. Enjoy!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Why is Full-Cloud CAD Such a Big Deal? [Infographic]
By Daniel J. Murphy - March 29, 2016

Your desktop installed CAD technology is old. Really old. The professional tools of 3D CAD have not changed much since the 1990s. Traditional desktop-installed CAD systems are powerful workhorses, but they still make us want to bang our heads against the screen. Sometimes it’s hard to convey the benefits of full-cloud CAD in a blog post, video or demo. So we created this infographic to help visualize the big benefits.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Stop Wasting Time Managing CAD Files
By Cody Armstrong - March 28, 2016

Managing CAD files is one of the worst parts of working with any traditional CAD system. Each engineer is forced to become an expert in file management, wasting hours that could be spent doing something productive. Here are just a few examples of how managing your CAD files is costing you time and money.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Guest Post


Onshape Partner Spotlight: Clara.io Visualizer Turns CAD Models into Photorealistic Images
By Ben Houston - March 24, 2016

You spend countless hours perfecting your CAD models (we know, we’ve been there, too). Now available in the Onshape App Store, Clara.io Visualizer takes your hours of hard work and renders them as beautiful, photorealistic visuals in seconds.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives


8 Reasons Why You Should Attend an Onshape Webinar
By Alex Fusco - March 22, 2016

Whether you’ve been using traditional CAD systems like SolidWorks or Pro/E for decades, or are a rookie designer just learning CAD, Onshape’s online training covers a variety of advanced and beginner topics helpful to anyone in the industry.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Other


Onshape is the First 3D CAD system for iPad Pro & Apple Pencil
By Darren Garnick - March 21, 2016

Onshape is the only professional 3D CAD system that fully runs on mobile devices (both Android and iOS) – and as those devices evolve, so do our mobile apps.

Topics: Other

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Stop Wasting Time Emailing CAD Files
By Cody Armstrong - March 17, 2016

If you’re using a traditional file-based CAD system, and you want to share your design with someone else, the process is painful. For most, it involves copying CAD files, attaching them to emails, and sending them. And while that sounds simple enough, there are dozens of ways this can go wrong.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Guest Post


Onshape Partner Spotlight: ExactFlat Automates Pattern Making for 3D CAD
By Cliff Brown - March 16, 2016

Manufacturers of products that require patterns or stamped metal blanks all face the same challenges. In the Era of Mass Customization, they need to find fast and accurate ways to convert an ever-growing variety of product designs into the required drawings or production support materials needed for fabrication.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


4 Reasons Why Design Teams Work Faster in Onshape
By Jon Hirschtick - March 15, 2016

Like most things in life, your job is all about time. In an ideal world, you would spend the vast majority of your time creating cool product designs – doing what you were hired to do.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Tech Tips


What Happens When You Try to Run Professional 3D CAD on a $200 Chromebook?
By Neil Cooke - March 14, 2016

Onshape runs on pretty much anything. As long as there is an approved web browser available for that operating system and hardware platform, you can choose whichever combination suits your needs and of course, your budget.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What’s New In The Onshape App Store (3/09/2016)
By Joe Dunne - March 9, 2016

If you missed the news, Onshape is now your complete engineering solution. With the recent addition of the Onshape App Store, the first “try and buy” app store for the CAD world, you can quickly access simulation, CAM, rendering tools and more with the same ease as using Google Play or iTunes.

Topics: What's New

Topics: What's New


What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (3/8/2016)
By Cody Armstrong - March 8, 2016

Another few weeks have passed and it’s time for more exciting updates to Onshape. Let’s take a look.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Guest Post


Partner Spotlight: RealityServer Brings Cloud-Based Rendering to Onshape
By Paul Arden - March 7, 2016

RealityServer is a fully integrated application for Onshape that runs directly in an Onshape tab. It provides users with the ability to perform photorealistic rendering using our high-end server infrastructure. No downloads or plugins are needed, just like with Onshape itself. 

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Stop Wasting Time Downloading and Installing CAD
By Neil Cooke - March 3, 2016

Over 15 years ago, Salesforce.com upset the apple cart by delivering a powerful full-cloud CRM solution “without the hassles and headaches of traditional software.” They challenged the big, established database software vendors whose systems were expensive to buy, took forever to set up, and were difficult to administer. I loved their “NO SOFTWARE” branding.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Copies, Copies, Copies: Are You Unintentionally Leaking Your Intellectual Property?
By John McEleney - March 2, 2016

Are copies of your proprietary designs on multiple computers in multiple locations – with partners, manufacturers, vendors and suppliers? Do you have an inadvertent leakage problem without even knowing it?

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Understanding Public Documents
By Neil Cooke - March 1, 2016

Everybody likes to show off their work and what better way to do so than sharing with the Onshape community. Public Documents are there for all to see, perfect for getting help or helping others in the Onshape Forums. The more you share, the more you get in return.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Guest Post


How KeyShot and Onshape Help You Create (and Update) Amazing Visuals
By Josh Mings - February 29, 2016

So you have the next great product designed in Onshape – and you need some amazing product shots. What do you do? Creating product visuals used to be an afterthought, but with KeyShot, you can start rendering your Onshape models when you start modeling, see the results in real time, share, collaborate and keep the geometry updated throughout the entire design process.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Why Customers Are Choosing to Move to Cloud CAD
By Ilya Mirman - February 25, 2016

Onshape was born to eliminate the headaches of desktop-installed CAD. Last month, we shared the top pains of hundreds of professional CAD users sick of having to jump over software hurdles while doing their jobs. In order of annoyance, the six most common complaints are:

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape Mobile (02/24/16)
By Neil Cooke - February 24, 2016

Last week, we updated our mobile apps to add new features in the never-ending race to catch up with the Onshape development team. If you have your apps set to auto-update, then you will have seen these already.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Traditional CAD Subscriptions: What Exactly Do I Get For Paying These Fees?
By Dave Corcoran - February 23, 2016

Have you ever been forced to buy something you don’t want or need? It happens all the time in the CAD world. There are plenty of traditional CAD customers out there who pay for annual subscriptions but deliberately skip years of upgrades, the primary “benefit” for these maintenance fees.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Guest Post


Partner Spotlight: Make Photorealistic Product Images & Videos With OneRender
By Manuel Garcia - February 22, 2016

Looking for an easy way to create photorealistic product images from your CAD models? Onshape and OneRender recently announced a new partnership offering cloud-based 3D rendering directly within Onshape’s platform.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Your Time is Worth 30-to-40% More Than You Think!
By Darren Henry - February 18, 2016

When asked “What is an hour of your time worth?”, many engineers are quick to calculate an answer based on dividing their annual salary by 52 weeks and then by 40 hours. If you earn an average salary similar to that published by U.S. News & World Report in 2014, you may calculate something like this:

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Niceness is Not Dead: Why CAD Users Like to Help Each Other
By Lou Gallo - February 17, 2016

When I’m not working on Onshape enhancement requests, I like to get on my mountain bike as much as possible (Arizona’s wide-open landscape is a cyclist’s dream). I like to race, too. And whenever I’m at these events, I’m always struck by how willing strangers are to share their tools and help each other do last minute repairs.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Guest Post


How to Make Simulation-Driven Design Practical
By Ken Welch | SIMSOLID - February 16, 2016

What if you didn’t have to wait to mesh your CAD model or take the effort of removing small features before performing a simulation? Avoiding these steps would save you precious time, making it much more feasible for you to create intelligent, simulation-driven designs.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (02/15/16)
By Neil Cooke - February 15, 2016

It’s been barely two weeks since the last update – how can we possibly squeeze in more? Well, there’s plenty of exciting new features to talk about, so strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Browser Wars: Is Your Browser Tough Enough?
By Neil Cooke - February 11, 2016

One of the best things about Onshape is that it runs inside a web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux, or Chromebook. The hard work falls on the web browser companies that develop and test their browsers to comply with web standards and to run efficiently on all the different combinations of PC hardware, graphics cards, and operating systems.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Guest Post


MecSoft and Onshape: Connecting CAD/CAM and the Cloud
By Joe Anand - February 9, 2016

We are moving toward the always connected “evernet” that many industry pundits talked about in the early days of the Dot-Com Era. Even Windows-centric Bill Gates, in his 1995 book “The Road Ahead,” predicted that this was just a few years away.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Racing Toward Collaboration: Designing an Open-Access F1 Car in Onshape
By Darren Garnick - February 8, 2016

Formula 1 auto racing is one of the most popular spectator sports in the world, and with qualifying speeds over 200 mph (320 km/h), it’s understandable why it attracts so many adrenaline junkies.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Guest Post


Top 5 Design Tips for 3D printing
By Pinshape - February 4, 2016

Designing for 3D printing can be quite different than designing for other purposes. Something that looks beautiful in your CAD program could be extremely difficult or messy to print which creates a frustrating experience for any Maker.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: What's New


What’s New in Onshape Mobile (02/02/16)
By Neil Cooke - February 2, 2016

Another update to our mobile apps is here, bringing you powerful 3D CAD whenever and wherever you need it. Update your apps and give them a go.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Guest Post


CAD-In-The-Cloud Meets Simulation-In-The-Cloud With SimScale
By Anna Flessner, Community Manager at SimScale - February 1, 2016

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has already transformed many areas of our lives - information technology, marketing, education, healthcare - everything is moving to the cloud. Now the time has arrived for breaking away from the traditional model of desktop-installed software in product design. Onshape is doing it for CAD. SimScale is doing it for simulation.

Topics: Guest Post

Topics: Tech Tips


A Walk Through The Onshape App Store
By Cody Armstrong - January 29, 2016

Yesterday, we announced the public release of the Onshape App Store, the first “try and buy” app store for the CAD world. With apps for CAM, rendering, finite element analysis (FEA), fluid dynamics, and more, the Onshape App Store greatly expands every Onshape user’s capabilities and gives them the freedom to choose which apps work best.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What’s New In Onshape’s Latest Update (01/28/16)
By Neil Cooke - January 28, 2016

Now that the holiday festivities are out of the way, we can get back on track with regular updates to your favorite full-cloud 3D CAD. And this update, like many others before it, will not disappoint!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Introducing The Onshape App Store
By Dave Corcoran - January 27, 2016

The Onshape ecosystem is growing. As much as we all need parts, assemblies and drawings, we know that they are not the only tools you care about. You need CAM, analysis, rendering and many other applications to get great products designed and manufactured.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Follow Mode
By Cody Armstrong - January 26, 2016

With traditional, installed CAD, collaboration is difficult. Whether it's emailing files, sharing screens, or dealing with version incompatibility, there are many hurdles the user has to overcome just to share their model. With Onshape, we are removing these hurdles with tools that greatly simplify the process. One of these tools is Follow Mode.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives


CAPEX vs OPEX: An Engineer’s Guide to Controlling CAD Costs
By Darren Henry - January 21, 2016

Just as engineers need to balance quality, performance and cost while designing products, a company’s finance team must balance cash flow, expenditures, and projected return-on-investments. Many engineers may not realize that the traditional desktop-installed software they purchase today often becomes a company asset that depreciates over some number of years.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Creating Versions In Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - January 19, 2016

With Onshape, capturing major milestones in your designs is easy with Versions. To create a version, first select the Versions Manager from the top left corner of a Document and then click “Save version.”

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives


4Delta Education Chooses Onshape for Introductory CAD and 3D Printing Training
By Darren Garnick - January 18, 2016

We recently shared the reasons “Why Onshape Invests More in Education Than Sales.” The world is now experiencing an online education and training boom. Professionals want to learn at their own convenience, on their own terms, without sacrificing the quality of instruction.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Designing Fixtures
By Cody Armstrong - January 14, 2016

Many engineering teams have a preferred CAD system. However, that CAD system is often not used in other departments in the company because of cost. This leaves many of those in manufacturing, assembly, and other areas of the company without access to a decent CAD system for things like designing fixtures and jigs.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Let's Assemble an Arbor Press
By Cody Armstrong - January 13, 2016

Assembling an arbor press is a great example of using Onshape mates and the Rack and Pinion relation. Let's take a look at the steps needed to assemble an arbor press in Onshape.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Onshape in the Classroom: Vancouver Teacher Starts STEM Program From Scratch
By Darren Garnick - January 11, 2016

What motivates you to beef up your CAD skills? For Daniel Chow’s high school students, it’s the chance to create something from nothing – specifically, a magnetic organizer for their locker, a model car, or an automated “Smartie Sorter,” that uses an optical scanner to categorize the popular chocolate candies by color.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Mixing Units and Fractions
By Neil Cooke - January 7, 2016

Do you know your 25.4 times table? Do you know what 0.15625 of an inch is as a fraction? Neither do I – and nor should you need to. If you use inches or millimeters (or a combination of both), watch the video above to learn how to set units, mix units, and use fractions and expressions to drive your dimensions and 3D models.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


7 Features of Full-Cloud CAD You Won’t Find in Desktop-installed CAD
By Daniel J. Murphy - January 5, 2016

Our founders are CAD veterans. When they left SolidWorks to start a new CAD company, they wanted to start from scratch. In a webinar earlier this year, Jon Hirschtick discussed a gradual shift in his conversations with SolidWorks customers towards the end of his tenure.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Direct Editing with Variables
By Neil Cooke - December 30, 2015

Following on from my previous post - Making Supplier Models Work for You - I thought I’d share with you a slightly more advanced technique, by throwing Variables into the mix.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tips for Using Onshape in Your Robotics Team
By Noa Flaherty - December 28, 2015

With Onshape’s Google Docs-like collaboration tools and built-in version control, all of those hassles disappear. Not to mention, it’s free and takes literally two minutes to create an account and start designing.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Other


Even Without Sleep Pods, Onshape is an Awesome Place to Work
By Darren Garnick - December 23, 2015

When I was in high school eons ago, I had a few teachers who tried really hard to be our best friends. I remember a Spanish language teacher who let us play “Spanish basketball” when we practiced new vocabulary lists. Each time we translated a word correctly, we could shoot a Nerf basketball at the hoop over the blackboard.

Topics: Other

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Merging Branches In Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - December 21, 2015

Branching designs in Onshape is a powerful tool that allows multiple people to work on their own design variations within their own workspace. But what if you want to combine the work of two branches? That’s where Merge comes into play.

Topics: Tech Tips

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (12/17/2015)
By Neil Cooke - December 17, 2015

In this last release of 2015, and to get you ready for the holiday season, we’ve been hard at work on infrastructure and performance improvements, as well as adding neat new tools to Drawings and Assemblies. Sign in to Onshape and try them out.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


After 400,000 Hours of Beta Testing, Onshape is Ready For Commercial Release
By Jon Hirschtick - December 16, 2015

So long, Onshape Beta! After a highly successful testing period, which included 400,000 hours of customer usage in more than 150 countries, we are today ending Onshape’s beta test and moving to a full commercial release.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Customer Stories


A Toast to Spill-Free Drinks in Space!
By Darren Garnick - December 10, 2015

While the open-source (and Onshape designed) Ultrascope is tackling a massive existential problem, the Open Space Agency is also solving little everyday problems that humans face in space.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Making Supplier Models Work For You
By Neil Cooke - December 8, 2015

Most designs include some form of off-­the-­shelf standard components, like bearings, motors, or actuators. And why not? They’re affordable, readily available from a multitude of suppliers, and you don’t need any in­-house resources or expertise to make them yourself. Many supplier websites let you download their standard components as 3D models so you don’t have to waste time modeling them yourself and you can quickly check to see if they are fit for purpose.

Topics: Tech Tips

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What’s New In Onshape Mobile (12/7/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - December 7, 2015

The Onshape apps for both Android and iOS have recently been updated with some awesome new features! Let’s jump in…

Topics: What's New

Topics: Tech Tips


CAD in the Classroom: 5 Best Practices for Teaching Onshape
By Noa Flaherty - December 3, 2015

Onshape is free, requires no installation, and runs on any computer or mobile device. Thousands of teachers around the world have noticed this and recognized what this means for design and engineering in education. With Onshape, it is now a simple process for students and teachers to get access to professional 3D CAD.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


The Biggest Pains of Traditional CAD
By Ilya Mirman - December 2, 2015

We’ve talked a lot over the past nine months about the reasons why Onshape started from scratch to build a brand new CAD system. As you might imagine, we’re constantly checking in with professional CAD users to learn what’s on their minds. What exactly ARE the biggest issues that engineers and designers face with traditional 3D CAD right now, and what is the impact on their business?

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: What's New


What’s New In Onshape’s Latest Update (12/1/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - December 1, 2015

It's time for another exciting update packed with user-requested features! Let’s take a look at what's new: Detail Views in Drawings, Line-to-Line Centerlines in Drawings, Split Improvements, the Intersection command and more...

Topics: What's New

Topics: Other


Under The Hood: Onshape Sketches
By Paul Chastell - November 24, 2015

Many of the features in Onshape use sketches. As a result, sketches account for about 35% of the features that are created every day. How do they work and why do that work this way? If you've used a professional MCAD system before, you likely already understand how Onshape’s sketching works in general – and you likely will have noticed the differences. However, let’s assume that you haven't, so I can explain the foundations of Onshape sketches.

Topics: Other

Topics: Customer Stories


The Future of Food?
By Darren Garnick - November 23, 2015

Is it a pet or is it food? We recently told you about the Grove Ecosystem, an aquaponic vegetable garden for apartment living, when we explored “Why Onshape is the Best CAD for Hardware Startups.” The Ecosystem is a fascinating product that uses bacteria to process goldfish waste into rich nutrients for fertilizing plants. Originally created as a fun fraternity project at MIT, the stackable aquarium-garden unit can produce up to 8 to 10 heads of lettuce every 20 days – enough for a salad every time you go feed the fish.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Customer Stories


Who Wants to Go Hunting… For Asteroids?
By Darren Garnick - November 19, 2015

In the 1998 movie “Armageddon,” which brought us Aerosmith’s hit song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” a humongous asteroid is on a doomsday collision course with Earth. Put down your popcorn: In real life, NASA is following more than 1,500 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) which could possibly threaten life on our planet.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Other


Introducing The Onshape Video Library (again)
By Jeff Reiner - November 17, 2015

One of the things we’re always working to improve is providing the right training resources to our users at the right time. We have training for brand new users, training for advanced users and training on specific topics like Drawings or Section Views. Also, we have training in all sorts of forms: tech tips, webinar recordings, tutorials and so on.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Using Onshape’s Built-in Feedback Tool
By Cody Armstrong - November 16, 2015

Onshape has changed CAD in a number of different ways. One great example of this is the Feedback tool. If you have ever tried to reach out to your CAD vendor in the past, you’ll know that it often involves filling out a ton of information through an ominous support site. And in the end, their lack of response or action leaves you feeling like you sent that info to a black hole.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Are You a Good Fit for Full-Cloud CAD? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself
By Daniel J. Murphy - November 12, 2015

Onshape has introduced the first and only full-cloud CAD system. Because Onshape is 100% cloud based, both your CAD files and CAD system live together in the cloud. Here are six questions to ask yourself when evaluating Onshape.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

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What I’ve Learned From My First Year at Onshape
By Dan Shore - November 11, 2015

It’s been more than a year since I decided to step down as CFO of Harvard University to become the CFO of Onshape. In a blog post last spring, I explored the counterintuitive similarities between a world-famous institution and a relatively unknown startup. I shared my excitement for joining a company determined to change the design and manufacturing world and my initial impressions of the Onshape workplace.

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What’s New In Onshape Mobile (11/9/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - November 9, 2015

Now that the Onshape Mobile app is available for both Android and iOS, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the most recent improvements with each new update. Let's take a look:

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


CAD in the Classroom: What's it Like Teaching Onshape?
By Darren Garnick - November 4, 2015

Schools have a lot in common with startups. The most successful ones are usually those that figure out how to do the most with limited resources. Not surprisingly, the same reasons why Onshape is the best CAD system for hardware startups make it perfect for teachers and students, too.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: What's New


What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (11/2/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - November 2, 2015

Time flies! It’s update time again. Let’s take a look at some of the latest additions to Onshape. These new features include mate values showing up in the graphics of your assemblies, Center Arc command in the sketch toolbar, improvements to construction planes, transferring ownership of a document to another user, and much more!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Customer Stories


Why Onshape is the Best CAD for Hardware Startups
By Darren Garnick - October 28, 2015

You have to start somewhere. Even the most successful companies in the world started as an idea. So what separates the smart “kids” in the dorm who built their dream business from scratch from those who keep on dreaming and never act on their ideas?

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Tech Tips


Let's Make a Pipe Flange
By Cody Armstrong - October 27, 2015

A pipe flange is a great example of the revolve feature. Let’s take a look at modeling a pipe flange in Onshape. Of course, the key to our pipe flange is the revolve sketch. A tip when working with revolve sketches is to sketch a construction line down the middle of the revolve. This construction line will aid in adding dimensions as well as give you a reference for the revolve axis later on.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Customer Stories


Can a Table Make You More Creative?
By Darren Garnick - October 22, 2015

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve likely experienced the business equivalent of the communal supper: Sitting at a big table next to strangers with a gazillion laptop cords and phone chargers snaking across your workspace. Pass the stapler, please? Shared office space has become a startup rite-of-passage and is a booming commercial real estate business.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: What's New


What's New In Onshape Mobile (10/20/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - October 20, 2015

Last week, there were a number of new improvements added to the Onshape Mobile apps. Let’s take a closer look. This time its Sketch Slots, Snap Mode, Documents that have a company as their owner, and the ability to empty trash on mobile!

Topics: What's New

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Be an Agent of Change: Become an Onshape Campus Rep!
By Noa Flaherty - October 19, 2015

Onshape is working hard to modernize CAD, making professional tools simpler to use and more accessible to everyone. Although Onshape is building the most powerful CAD tool in the world, it won't matter much if tomorrow's engineers and designers don't know about it.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Let’s Assemble A Vise
By Cody Armstrong - October 14, 2015

Assembling a vise is a great way to show many of the different Onshape mates. With Onshape mates, you can create almost any motion. Let’s take a look at the mates needed to put a simple vise together. To get started, it is important to first fix a part. In our case, the vise base is the fixed part. So let’s begin by inserting the base and fixing it.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What's New In Onshape’s Latest Update (10/13/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - October 13, 2015

It's update time again. We have some exciting new features, including the addition of variables, sketch images, transform with mate connectors, wake midpoints, drawing tables, hide all mate connectors, and point-to-line and line-to-line dimensions in drawings.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Onshape Goes to Sea: Engineer Helps Preserve Legendary Schooner
By Darren Garnick - October 8, 2015

Mechanical engineer Christian Stark is bringing back the past with the tools of the future. Stark, a technology consultant based in Bellingham, Washington, is fully immersed in creating a precise 3D model of the historic Schooner Zodiac, a 160-foot vessel that famously competed in the King’s Cup transatlantic race in 1928.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

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Onshape User Groups are Growing Fast – Join Us!
By Noa Flaherty - October 6, 2015

More than 75 CAD users, including students, educators and professionals, met at Google headquarters last July to launch our first Onshape User Group in the San Francisco Bay Area. In just over two months, we have tripled the number of Onshape User Groups from four to 12, and expanded to almost 500 members in six countries.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Branching Designs In Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - October 5, 2015

Branching designs in Onshape is a powerful capability that allows you to build variations and experiment with new ideas in your Document. Let’s take a look at creating a branch in your design.

Topics: Tech Tips

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Want to Learn CAD from Scratch?
By Noa Flaherty - October 1, 2015

Onshape has made professional 3D CAD available to thousands of people who could have never accessed or afforded CAD before – and these people come from all levels of experience. Some users are completely new to CAD and are interested in learning about it, but don’t know where to start, while others are experts.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Let’s Make a Knurl
By Cody Armstrong - September 29, 2015

A knurled surface is common in parts that are gripped. In most cases, a simple callout in a drawing is all that is needed for a machine shop to knurl your part. But if you want to go the extra mile, modeling the knurl in your 3D model is a nice touch and relatively easy to do. Let’s take a look at creating a typical diamond-style knurl in Onshape.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What’s New In Onshape Mobile (9/28/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - September 28, 2015

Now that the Onshape Mobile app is available for both Android and iOS, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the most recent improvements with each new update. Let's take a look:

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Welcoming Silicon Valley’s Andreessen Horowitz to the Onshape Team
By John McEleney - September 24, 2015

Founder Jon Hirschtick and I are excited to welcome Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz to the Onshape team. The visionary firm has been an early stakeholder in many cloud and mobile game changers such as Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Box, GitHub, Pinterest, Skype and Slack.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: What's New, Tech Tips


Tech Tip: How to Sketch Slots
By Cody Armstrong - September 23, 2015

The new Slot tool in Onshape’s sketch toolbar makes creating slots out of lines, arcs, or splines really simple. To create a slot, select the “Slot” command from the “Offset” dropdown menu.

Topics: What's New, Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What's New In Onshape’s Latest Update (9/21/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - September 21, 2015

Every few weeks, Onshape releases automatic upgrades to your CAD system. Nothing to download or install – just refresh your browser! We are excited to announce a number of new user-requested features in Onshape. Let’s take a look!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Is Bigger Better? Onshape to Run on Supersized iPad Pro
By Darren Garnick - September 17, 2015

Is bigger better? Engineering is obviously a very visual profession, so it’s no surprise that many CAD users prefer monitors that rival movie screens. And one monitor is never enough – if desk space were not an issue, some would build out displays that rival NORAD.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Onshape Works Seamlessly Alongside Your Other CAD Systems
By Ilya Mirman - September 16, 2015

We live in a multi-CAD world, and so we built Onshape to work seamlessly with other CAD software systems, starting with familiar modeling paradigms and kernel compatibility. Customers using Onshape side-by-side with other CAD systems can do so in the following ways.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Introducing Onshape Companies
By Cody Armstrong - September 14, 2015

Considering changing your company’s CAD system to Onshape? Onshape Companies makes it easy to manage billing and administration of Onshape throughout your organization. In addition, Onshape Companies provides better protection of your intellectual property, while also simplifying sharing with your colleagues or partners.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives


History Repeats Itself: Onshape Mobile Makes CAD Accessible to All
By Darren Garnick - September 10, 2015

Meet Baby Camille. She’s a bit too young to enjoy Onshape’s tutorial videos – after all, pediatricians recommend zero screen time for infants – but the iPhone resting on her shirt is quite symbolic. This girl will never know the world before mobile computing. As much as we manage most of our personal and work lives on our phones now, imagine how she will look at things in 10 or 15 years.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Customer Stories


Customer Q&A: How to Reduce Stress for New Parents (and Engineers)
By Darren Garnick - September 9, 2015

Nothing can prepare first-time parents for their new reality. Nothing. Not books, websites, or even advice from well-meaning family and friends. And at 2 a.m., when your screaming baby won’t lower the volume or explain what he or she needs, not even full-cloud professional 3D CAD will help you.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Tech Tips


Introducing Onshape Teams
By Cody Armstrong - September 8, 2015

Onshape has a number of revolutionary tools to help you collaborate with others. In the latest update, Onshape has added Teams. By creating an Onshape Team, you can share your Document with multiple people at once. This simplifies permissions and means you don’t have to repeatedly type in the same email addresses when working with groups.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Introducing Onshape Drawings
By Cody Armstrong - September 2, 2015

With the latest update, we have added the ability to create professional 2D drawings within Onshape. This has been, by far, our most requested feature. We are excited to show you Onshape Drawings. Let’s take a look.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: What's New


What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (9/1/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - September 1, 2015

One of the most common questions we hear is "When will you have drawings?" We are excited to announce the answer is today. Onshape Drawings is a full-cloud solution for creating professional 2D drawings of your Onshape models.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Onshape for Android: The Power of CAD is in Your Finger
By Darren Garnick - August 27, 2015

In our world, putting full professional 3D CAD on a phone is a pretty big deal – definitely worthy of being splashed across New York’s celebrated Times Square.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post


Guest Post: Learning On Demand: Rethinking Traditional CAD Training
By Tony Glockler | SolidProfessor - August 26, 2015

Traditional CAD training can be a dizzying experience. Companies need to keep their design teams up-to-date on the latest capabilities in CAD. But all too often, they pack them up and ship them to an off-site training class so they can learn best practices. Over  several days, they are crammed with so much information that they leave with their heads spinning.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Guest Post

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: How to Easily Restore a Document in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - August 25, 2015

One of the most frustrating things about many installed applications is the limited number of times they allow you to “undo.”  Many times, you are only allowed to go back 5 or 10 steps.  This discourages users from trying new things as they are often afraid they will be left in a place where their changes cannot be undone – and they will be stuck with something that is broken.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Let's Build a Frame Guide
By Ethan Rejto - August 24, 2015

A fast way to learn 3D CAD is to simply watch others use it. You will get a sense of how to approach different designs and learn a variety of ways to sketch and apply features. In this video, we look at building a basic Frame Guide. It’s a simple part, but perfect for those new to 3D CAD or Onshape. The best part is that you can follow along with the video, because the model and associated PDF have been made public in Onshape.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Customer Stories


Why Onshape is the Perfect CAD Tool For Kickstarter Projects
By Darren Garnick - August 20, 2015

Mechanical engineer Chad Barrett has seen enough wallets masquerading as filing cabinets. You’ve seen them: Billfolds stuffed with a month’s worth of receipts, coupons, business cards and notes. Ones that create an unsightly bulge in your back pocket and make it difficult to sit down.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Customer Stories


Customer Q&A: How to Safely Play Sports in the Dark
By Darren Garnick - August 19, 2015

When you’re a kid, organizing a spontaneous neighborhood game is easy: Grab your bike, ring a bunch of doorbells and – Presto! – you are ready to go. Adults have more complicated schedules. There’s always that inconvenient thing called “work” getting in the way of sports. When he was still a college student, entrepreneur Dan Wilson quickly learned about another obstacle when he tried to play Ultimate Frisbee with his friends.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Comparing Design Changes in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - August 17, 2015

Designs evolve over time, involving many design iterations. To manage these iterations, Onshape has built version management into its core. Saving a version to capture a milestone in your design is simple. But how can we compare these different versions created over time? With a recent update, Onshape added the Compare command.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


Freedom of Movement: Celebrating #CADAnywhere!
By Feyga Saksonov - August 13, 2015

Imagine you have the option of using a new email system. It’s fast, it’s state-of-the-art, shiny and chrome – and it practically writes the emails for you. Seems perfect, right? But there’s a catch: You have to download and install a massive application and you can only use it on one computer. Still want to use that email program?

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Other, Industry Perspectives


Onshape Now Supports 3Dconnexion 3D Mice
By Darren Henry - August 12, 2015

If you're a busy professional who spends much of your day CADding, you will appreciate the benefits of a 3D mouse. Used in conjunction with your standard mouse, a 3D mouse provides a smooth and intuitive 3D navigation as well as quick access to the commands you use over and over again.

Topics: Other, Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips, Industry Perspectives


Introducing… Onshape for Android!
By Cody Armstrong - August 11, 2015

We are excited to announce the release of Onshape for Android. For the first time, you will be able to build professional 3D CAD models from your Android phone or tablet. With over a billion active users, Android is the largest mobile operating system in use today. And with Onshape for Android, we are taking a huge step forward in making your CAD data more accessible than ever before.

Topics: Tech Tips, Industry Perspectives

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What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (8/10/2015)
By Cody Armstrong - August 10, 2015

There are a lot of exciting features with this big update. Many of these come straight from user feedback, so we hope you enjoy them!

Topics: What's New

Topics: Customer Stories


Customer Q&A: How Do You Prevent an Avalanche?
By Darren Garnick - August 6, 2015

There’s only one absolute guaranteed way to avoid an avalanche: Stick to flat land and/or areas where it never snows. But for backcountry skiers and hikers – those who venture out beyond groomed trails into open, untouched snow – the risks are always there. To protect themselves, winter adventurers usually carry avalanche beacons, safety airbags, shovels and/or probes (sticks) for finding things in the snow.

Topics: Customer Stories

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Let’s Build a Sprocket
By Darren Henry - August 5, 2015

Few people have actually modeled a sprocket. It is a component whose CAD model is usually downloaded from a vendor website or component catalog. This is unfortunate, because a sprocket model, is a nice blend of simple and complex features. By understanding how to model a sprocket, you will gain knowledge of how to approach designs with patterns of intricate detail.

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Onshape: Free Professional 3D CAD in the Classroom
By Noa Flaherty - August 4, 2015

For me, it was robots. I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii – and contrary to popular belief, we don’t all surf 24/7! Unfortunately, my public high school classes alone did not adequately prepare me for the academic challenges I would face later in life. However, I found the technical challenges and personal growth I hungered for in my school’s robotics club.

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Topics: Other


Coming to a City Near You: Onshape User Groups!
By Darren Garnick - August 3, 2015

Although the career benefits of social networking cannot be ignored, nothing can replicate the power of old school, face-to-face interaction. That’s why it was a pleasure to see more than 75 CAD professionals, educators and entrepreneurs gather at Google headquarters last week for the kickoff meeting of the Bay Area Onshape User Group.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Let's Make a U-Bolt
By Cody Armstrong - July 29, 2015

To help you learn the Sweep command, let’s take a quick look at what it takes to model a U-Bolt. Watch the video for a complete walkthrough of how to model this part in Onshape with our very own Cody Armstrong.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


5 Reasons Onshape is the Perfect CAD for Your Open Source Projects
By Ethan Rejto - July 27, 2015

Onshape’s full-cloud CAD is the perfect platform to allow designers to work as a team. Organizations like the Open Space Agency, Poppy and Local Motors have already started crowdsourcing their designs with Onshape because it is the only cloud system that gives people access to not only project data, but the professional CAD tools needed to help improve designs.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Customer Stories


Designed in Onshape: World's First Electric Skateboard With Motors Inside The Wheels
By Darren Garnick - July 23, 2015

Skateboarding is great exercise. But just like it sometimes makes sense to use an escalator or elevator over the stairs, electric skateboards are forging their place in the commuting world. Granted, you can’t glide on a four-lane highway, but powered boards are extremely practical – not to mention fun – for trips across campus or short rides to work.

Topics: Customer Stories

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Join The First Bay Area Onshape Meetup July 29th at Google Headquarters
By Cody Armstrong - July 22, 2015

Amidst all the new features being added every few weeks, it may seem hard to believe that Onshape was practically just born. Since our release to the public five months ago, the demand for full-cloud CAD has grown exponentially. That demand was evident when our first Onshape User Group Meeting in San Diego attracted nearly 50 attendees in May.

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What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (7/20/15)
By Cody Armstrong - July 20, 2015

Another update filled with user requests. Probably the biggest update is support for Sketch Text. Also included in this update, support for boolean operations in the mirror and pattern command, a curvature visualization tool, improvements to comments, and the ability to copy and paste sketch entities.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


5 Ways To Advance Your Career With Onshape
By Darren Henry - July 16, 2015

It’s no secret that many of us here at Onshape spent more than a decade at SolidWorks. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, we met a ton of people who built their careers by helping their companies transition from 2D to 3D CAD systems. They introduced cost savings, reduced errors, and sparked innovation by embracing the newer technologies and implementing new processes. Today, we’re witnessing another quantum shift. CAD is moving to the cloud, and I believe Onshape offers new opportunities to advance your career.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

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Team Onshape Cycles For Cancer Research
By Darren Garnick - July 14, 2015

What does wearing spandex have to do with building a brand new CAD system from scratch? More than you might think. For the second straight year, Onshape is participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge – a two-day, 190-mile bicycle ride from Central Massachusetts to the tip of Cape Cod – to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. On August 1-2, this year’s participants will come from 38 states and five different countries.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: How to Build a Nut
By Ethan Rejto - July 13, 2015

In Onshape, it's easy to create threads – both internal and external. In this video, we create a highly detailed version of a nut, complete with chamfers and internal thread representations. In many cases, this level of detail is not required, but we wanted to highlight the processes that can be used.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Using Mate Connectors in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - July 9, 2015

Onshape’s unique method for adding mates can save a lot of time compared to the approach often used in traditional CAD. Parts that needed two or three mates to constrain in traditional CAD only need one mate in Onshape.  The secret to Onshape mates is the mate connector. A mate connector is essentially a point with a local coordinate system. In Onshape, we are mating these two points (mate connectors) and then defining their degrees of freedom with the mate type.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Constraining Your Sketch In Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - July 8, 2015

Properly constrained sketches are the key to a successful design. With Onshape, you have many different constraints to choose from to help define your design intent. You will find the constraints in Onshape on the far right of the sketch toolbar. To add a constraint, simply select the entities you want to constrain and the constraint type. Here is a quick summary of the constraint options.

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Topics: Tech Tips


Onshape Documents: All Your Project Data in One Place
By Cody Armstrong - July 6, 2015

When you are just starting out in Onshape, the concept of a “Document” can be a little different than what you’re used to in many traditional CAD applications. In Onshape, think about a Document as a project-level container. A single Onshape Document can contain all CAD data for an an entire project. All parts, sub-assemblies, and top-level assembly can be modeled in one convenient place. In addition to CAD data, any file format can be imported to an Onshape Document and stored.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


7 Frustrating CAD Questions You’ll Never Ask Again
By Ethan Rejto - July 2, 2015

With the exception of occasionally using Google Docs and Google Drive, most of my work has always been done on my local machine. Not until I started using Onshape, did I realize the benefits of a full-cloud work environment. Of course, there is a learning curve with anything new, but once you make the switch I bet you’ll never go back. Here are seven frustrating questions that will disappear into the clouds once you start working with Onshape.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Redefining CAD Training: Click, Watch & Learn
By Daniel J. Murphy - June 30, 2015

As we’ve noted previously, Onshape invests more in education than sales. Within 10-20 hours of teaching yourself Onshape, you can start designing parts and products. How do we know this? Because many of our customers who are already in production have had no other formal training. And if you do have previous CAD experience, you’ll instinctively be up and running much sooner.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: What's New


What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (6/29/15)
By Cody Armstrong - June 29, 2015

Loads of new improvements with this update.  So lets jump in!. The ability to copy a sketch is new with this update.  Also making the list is a Second End Position option in the extrude command, the ability to use silhouette edges of a cylindrical face, and a new Feature List Filter.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Business Leaders: Non-Compete Agreements Causing a ‘Brain Drain’ in Tech
By Darren Garnick - June 24, 2015

Warning that restrictive non-compete agreements are contributing to a tech talent exodus from Massachusetts, Onshape CFO Dan Shore asserts these contracts pose a deeper fundamental problem for companies. “Non-competes assume employees are bad actors,” Shore told Beacon Hill legislators yesterday at a hearing on non-competes.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Onshape CFO to Lawmakers: Let’s Ban Non-Compete Agreements
By Darren Garnick - June 23, 2015

Like any fast-growing tech company, Onshape is aggressively competing to recruit the best of the best. We’re not only hiring the most talented and accomplished professionals in the CAD industry, but we’re also building a “Dream Team” of innovators in the web, mobile and cloud space as well.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

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Under the Hood: How Collaboration Works in Onshape
By Ilya Baran - June 22, 2015

At other CAD companies where my colleagues and I have previously worked, every aspect of the implementation was a closely guarded secret. At Onshape, one of our core values is transparency, and that includes helping our users (well, those who are interested) understand not just how to use Onshape, but also how it works.

Topics: Other

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


3 Ways Your Design Team Can Improve CAD Collaboration
By Cody Armstrong - June 18, 2015

How many people are on your design team? Are they all in the same office or are they spread around the country or even around the world? As the first and only full-cloud CAD system, Onshape can help your design team dramatically improve collaboration in numerous ways. Here are three easy ways to get started.

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Other


A Guide to Successful 3D Printing
By Michael LaFleche - June 17, 2015

My colleague, engineer Philip Thomas, is a skydiving instructor on the weekends. CAD is fun, but he’s always looking for an additional adrenaline rush. Philip (the guy in the blue suit in the foreground) recently designed and manufactured the incredible helmet mounting system below using only Onshape and a 3D printer.

Topics: Other

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Import / Export with Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - June 15, 2015

Onshape makes it easy to import and export your data. To import, select the "Import" icon from the Documents page, or from within your Document. We support a wide range of standard CAD formats that can be translated and viewed right inside the browser. Onshape can import the following file types to Part Studios: Parasolid, ACIS, STEP, IGES, CATIA v5, SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, Creo, JT.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Secrets of the Shift Key
By Darren Henry - June 11, 2015

When working within Onshape’s sketches and assemblies, the shift key aids in the selection of constraints and mate connectors. Once mastered, you will be able to select with surgical precision, and quickly create well-behaved models.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Customer Stories


Introducing Onshape Customer Stories
By Darren Garnick - June 10, 2015

Look around you. Nearly every non-living thing in the room began as an idea and then as a 3D CAD model. How did you get to work today? Props to all you lucky walkers who live close to the office, but it’s more likely you took a mode of transportation that began as a CAD model, too.

Topics: Customer Stories

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What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (6/8/15)
By Cody Armstrong - June 8, 2015

Another new update with lots of new improvements.  The biggest new feature is the new Compare functionality which allows you to compare two versions of your Onshape model.  Also new is the new Symmetric constraint while sketching, added support for Named Views, as well as the ability to add another email address to your account.

Topics: What's New

Topics: Tech Tips


Introducing Loft in Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - June 3, 2015

For shapes that are particularly challenging, Onshape has the loft command. The Loft command allows you to create a smooth transition between different profiles. To create a Loft, select the Loft command from the toolbar and choose the profiles you would like to loft between.

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Topics: Industry Perspectives


Cloud Confusion: Does Rainy Weather Affect Your CAD Data?
By Darren Garnick - June 1, 2015

“51% of Americans believe storms affect cloud computing.”

This juicy factoid recently came across my Facebook feed and I took the clickbait. The headline is from a CNET story about a Wakefield Research survey of 1,006 Americans that determined there is some public confusion over what “cloud computing” really means.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


Escaping the Black Hole of Enhancement Requests
By Lou Gallo - May 28, 2015

Nobody likes to be ignored. Parametric CAD has been a major part of my life for the past 20 years. I’ve been an engineer working mostly on robotics control and automation systems – designing with CADKEY, AutoCAD and Pro/ENGINEER – and also have seen life on the other side as a consultant and support professional for SolidWorks.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


Design Outside Your Cubicle With Onshape Mobile
By Darren Henry - May 27, 2015

Onshape’s mobile applications bring the full power of professional 3D CAD to phones and tablets. More than a simple viewer, parts and assemblies now can be created, edited, and managed anywhere you have wifi.

Topics: Tech Tips

Topics: Tech Tips


Tech Tip: Creating a Thread in 60 Seconds
By Cody Armstrong - May 20, 2015

One of the most common questions we hear is “How do I create a thread in Onshape?” You can create a thread in three simple steps.

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A Look Within Onshape’s 3D Section View (See what I did there?)
By Darren Henry - May 18, 2015

Onshape can create interactive 3D section views. Not familiar? Here are the answers to some common questions we are asked.

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Video: What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (5/15/15)
By Cody Armstrong - May 15, 2015

With this release, Onshape has added a number of new features that are worthing checking out.  The biggest update is the support for Loft.  A few other smaller improvements is the ability to sketch an ellipse, receive comment notifications, as well as a simplification of the Export process.

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Tech Tip: Sharing In Onshape
By Cody Armstrong - May 13, 2015

Have you tried Sharing in Onshape? Sharing allows you to collaborate with anyone in only four simple steps. First, select the Share Icon in the top right.  Then, type in the email address of the person you would like to share with.  Choose permissions to give that person.  Last step is to click "Share".

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Why I Left Harvard University For Onshape
By Dan Shore - May 11, 2015

For better or worse, my old office was a tourist attraction. Massachusetts Hall was one of the first buildings in Harvard Yard, built in 1718. General George Washington quartered troops there during the Revolutionary War. It later became Harvard University’s administration building, with every office having a fireplace and hardwood floors. My address, if you wanted to mail me something, was “Dan Shore, Mass Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts.” Everyone at the Post Office knows where that is.

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Why Makers Are (Finally) Embracing Professional 3D CAD
By Darren Garnick - May 8, 2015

I never get bored visiting makerspaces. Ever. When you cram all that creative energy and talent into one area, cool stuff just happens. What’s especially fascinating is how makerspaces are no longer just places where engineers and artists make goofy toys after hours. It’s now quite common to see real products being designed and manufactured next to all the quirky one-off projects.

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How to Improve on Traditional CAD Security with Onshape
By John Rousseau - May 6, 2015

I’ve heard these types of questions and concerns since I started developing software for cloud deployment in 2008. They arise out of very valid concerns about what the cloud really is. The marketing hype from companies selling cloud products certainly doesn’t help clarify things.

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Video: Using Onshape Alongside SolidWorks
By Cody Armstrong - May 5, 2015

Are you a SolidWorks user? If so, you should consider using Onshape alongside SolidWorks.  Even alongside an existing CAD system, Onshape will transform how you work. With this video, we highlight the 4 biggest benefits to using Onshape as a full-cloud companion to SolidWorks:

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Say Goodbye to CAD File Checkout & Copies
By Jon Hirschtick - May 1, 2015

Have you ever had to bodyblock a co-worker to get access to an important document or file? Fortunately, I’ve never been driven to such extremes. But having devoted most of my professional life to improving CAD systems, there are some engineering stories that remain forever etched in my brain.

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Tech Tips: Snap Mating
By Philip Thomas - April 29, 2015

Do you love Onshape’s high-level mating capabilities, but want to be able to assemble mechanisms even faster?With a few quick tips, such as the ability to freeze mate connection points and keyboard shortcuts, Snap Mating can be a seriously cool tool in your CAD arsenal.

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Which Onshape Webinar Should I Attend?
By Daniel J. Murphy - April 27, 2015

My colleague Ilya Mirman recently explained why we have invested heavily in educating CAD users on how to use our product. Webinars have been one of our more effective ways to teach the ins and outs of Onshape. Since we launched Onshape Beta on March 9th, we’ve held 23 webinars. We’re often asked, “Which webinars should I attend?” Because our customers vary in experience, industry and interest, we built a diverse webinar program to match any skill level.

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Standing Room Only for Onshape at COFES
By Steve Lewin-Berlin - April 23, 2015

We’re still excited about the standing-room-only reception that Onshape received at last week’s Congress On the Future of Engineering Software (COFES) conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Informally known as the “TED Talks for CAD,” the annual event is “a technology summit that promotes discussion and problem-solving among industry thought-leaders, analysts and customers.”

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What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (4/22/15)
By Cody Armstrong - April 22, 2015

With this update, Onshape adds a number of new features.  Adding to its collaborative capabilities, Onshape adds the ability to add Comments to your Documents.  Also with this update is the ability to scale a part, support for sketch patterns, and the ability to multiply scroll wheel increments with Shift and Ctrl keys.

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Three Questions To Ask Before Starting Any CAD Model
By Darren Henry - April 20, 2015

At Onshape, we see lots of great designs created by experienced CAD users. The best component models always share certain qualities. They are built with the least amount of features, behave well when edited, and are easy to navigate. After countless discussions, it is clear that these CAD masters have a definite strategy when approaching modeling, and more often than not, users ask themselves these three questions when starting every design.

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Finding Free Public WiFi on the Go
By Darren Henry - April 16, 2015

Onshape runs on mobile devices with full design capabilities. While you get remarkable performance over 4G LTE cellular networks, you will want to save on data costs by finding public WiFi hotspots. Not surprisingly, there are great apps to help.

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CAD-in-the-Cloud is the World's New Lever of Change
By John McEleney - April 15, 2015

Inspiring engineers for generations to come, Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever, a place to stand, and I will move the earth.” If Archimedes were alive today, he would observe that the design and manufacturing worlds have moved considerably. Not only since the 3rd Century B.C., when he invented the Archimedes Screw Pump (still in use for agriculture and mining today), but most dramatically over the past 20 years. 

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Customer Support Showdown: Cloud vs. Desktop Software
By Daniel J. Murphy - April 9, 2015

Many desktop-installed software companies are moving to the cloud as their primary home. Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft are just a few examples. These corporations are trying to provide their customers with a more immediate, convenient and responsive product. Other software companies, like Onshape, were founded with the cloud at its core.

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Why Onshape Invests More In Education Than Sales
By Ilya Mirman - April 7, 2015

The world has changed for many products. Some products are bought. Other products are sold. To date, CAD has had to be sold. Typically, half the money that companies currently spend on CAD goes to sales and marketing. The costs of reseller margins, corporate marketing campaigns, and advertising is being passed on to you.

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What's New In Onshape's Latest Update (4/6/15)
By Philip Thomas - April 6, 2015

With this release, Onshape builds on the theme of adding mate relationships to define the motion of complex mechanisms. Onshape adds a ‘Screw’ mate relationship and a ‘Linear­Linear’ mate relationship. Also, new is the ability to add offsets in the mate command to add a distance. Rounding out the list for this update is the ability to add spline points, support for driven dimensions, as well as the ability to remove yourself from share.

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Extrude Logic and Sketch Resilience
By Philip Thomas - April 3, 2015

Onshape is a sketch and feature-based parametric solid modeller. This is not the only approach to creating digital representations, but is the one used by more engineers and designers today than any other. This post will look specifically at the sketching end of this process and in particular at how you can create very complex sketches with little effort, as well as create robust, resilient models. Additionally, we will shed some light on how Onshape decides which regions to extrude.

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Backward Compatibility Problems Belong in Your Rear View Mirror
By Dave Corcoran - April 1, 2015

If you depend on computers for your livelihood, there’s nothing more annoying than those warning messages that pop up like mushrooms whenever you upgrade a software product. Backward compatibility is a huge and serious problem in the CAD world. It remains a challenge for any software that stores data and has releases with enhancements that change the stored data representation.

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Chrome Tips For Engineers
By Darren Henry - March 31, 2015

Now that Onshape delivers professional CAD online, you need to learn more about your web browser than just how to “clear history.” Here are seven Google Chrome tips every engineer should know.

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Onshape Splashes Down at DEVELOP3D Live
By Jon Hirschtick - March 27, 2015

The official launch of Onshape Beta was actually on March 9, but in many ways our real debut was yesterday at DEVELOP3D Live. Yesterday was the first live public demonstration of Onshape anywhere in the world. And there was no better place to do it than at one of the year’s top gatherings of CAD and product development professionals.

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Greetings From a Fellow CAD Nerd
By Philip Thomas - March 25, 2015

I am probably just like you: an engineer, a nerd, a technologist and a professional CAD jockey. We may even share some common experience with various CAD systems – 2D, 3D, explicit and/or parametric. We may have worked as individual contributors responsible for entire designs or perhaps managed large dispersed groups using enterprise data management systems. Whatever our common experience is, we are experts and whatever Onshape is, we can handle it – how different can it possibly be?

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Onshape’s Core Values: Our Statement of Principles
By Dan Shore - March 23, 2015

When I left my position as CFO of Harvard University to join a startup (more on that in a future blog post), I was extremely motivated by the opportunity to help achieve something that’s never been done before.

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Onshape Sketch Secrets Revealed
By Darren Henry - March 19, 2015

Like the great willow, Onshape’s sketch tools have surprising flexibility. Many commands have different behaviors based on the mouse gestures used during their application. Learn these sketch secrets and design like the wind.

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What's New In Onshape Version 1.27
By Philip Thomas - March 16, 2015

We added some exciting new features with this update.  In sketches, you will now see the Split command which allows you to split a single sketch entities into several.  The other improvements for this release inculde progressively improving graphics when switching tabs, the ability to import Pack and Go zip files from SolidWorks, and also added some new mate relationships for Gear relations and Rack-and-Pinion relations.

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How Does Onshape Update Functionality?
By Darren Henry - March 12, 2015

Onshape Beta users, we are about to blow your mind again! Within days, Onshape will update its functionality.  We do this every few weeks, and our updates are significant. They not only improve existing functionality, but also add new capabilities. New users of Onshape who are not familiar with the update process should be aware of the following.

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Decloaking Sequence Activate!
By Darren Henry - March 10, 2015

It’s On! Onshape Beta is now available to the public and there are lots of new and exciting things to learn and experience. To help you quickly gain an understanding of our company and our offerings, we have developed a ton of useful material.

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Introducing Onshape Beta
By Jon Hirschtick - March 9, 2015

Ever spend a long time working on a new product and can’t wait to share it with the world? Over the last six months, we’ve had more than a thousand CAD professionals in 52 countries using Onshape during confidential pre-production testing.

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What Does "Onshape" Mean?
By Jon Hirschtick - March 2, 2015

What’s in a name? Everything. Whether it’s for a sports team, business or newborn baby, choosing a name is a heavy responsibility. Names help shape our identities. They influence how we think about ourselves and our organizations. In a fascinating project, journalist Reuben Fischer-Baum took 52 years of birth data (1960-2012) from the Social Security Administration and mapped out the most popular boys’ names and girls’ names by state.

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How Google Solved The Version Control Problem
By John McEleney - February 20, 2015

Outside the CAD world, nearly everyone behind a keyboard has experienced a “version control” problem. Few of us may label it that way, but everyone knows what it is.

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CAD Users Deserve Instant Gratification
By John McEleney - February 11, 2015

Engineers are problem solvers. We get fidgety waiting for someone else to fix what’s wrong. It’s often quicker to figure out how to rescue ourselves so we can immediately get back to what we were doing before we were interrupted.

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Avoiding the Blue Screen of Death: Welcome to a New Generation of CAD Reliability
By Dave Corcoran - February 3, 2015

I’d like to share a not-so-fond memory that perhaps may resonate with your own experience. As a software development manager at one of my prior companies, I heavily relied on a desktop issue-tracking application to clean up my projects. In the user interface, there was a delete button for the issue that I was working on, and right next to it, there was a similar-looking delete button for the entire project.

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Distributed Design Is No Longer A Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It
By Jon Hirschtick - January 28, 2015

Virgin Atlantic recently became the 25th airline to add a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet, naming the plane “Birthday Girl” as it coincided with Virgin’s 30th anniversary. On its website, the airline celebrates the wide-bodied long-range aircraft’s unique design features, including: more headroom (higher ceilings and overhead luggage bins), more legroom, a “comfier recline,” 21% more fuel efficiency, bigger windows and “infinity mood lighting.”

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Business Software Has Dramatically Changed – It’s Time For CAD To Catch Up
By John McEleney - January 21, 2015

For its convenience and obvious collaborative features, Google Docs is the preferred word processing app in our office. But there’s no denying that Microsoft Word remains the dominant software for typing documents in the workplace or at home.

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Recruiting Onshape's Dream Team Went Far Beyond CAD
By Dave Corcoran - January 13, 2015

One of Onshape’s earliest customers recently told us that he had been eagerly waiting to use our product even when it was just in the idea stage. “To borrow a quote from ‘The Blues Brothers,’ I heard that you were getting the band back together,” he said. “I heard that the old gang from SolidWorks was creating something new.”

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Why We Started From Scratch (Again) In The CAD Business
By Jon Hirschtick - January 7, 2015

As the founder of SolidWorks, people often ask me, “What was it like in the early days, what was it like when you were first getting started?” I always answer the same way. Today is still the beginning. Today, we’re still just getting started.

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