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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: 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: Industry Perspectives


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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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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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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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.”

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives

Topics: Industry Perspectives, Engineering Executives


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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