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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: 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: 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.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Industry Perspectives


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.

Topics: Industry Perspectives

Topics: Tech Tips


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!

Topics: Tech Tips

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


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: 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.

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