So you just completed Onshape Bootcamp (formerly known as Overview Training) and want to continue your Onshape education? You’re in luck! Keeping up the momentum from the recent Onshape Learning Center launch, we are excited to announce two new instructor-led courses: Simultaneous Sheet Metal & Top-Down Design in Onshape.

The courses are taught by Onshape experts, all of whom have prior extensive experience teaching SOLIDWORKS. As one of the primary instructors of these courses, one of the things that I especially appreciate is the small class size (25:2), which ensures that we have an opportunity to answer questions and fully engage with participants.

After the sessions, all attendees will receive supplementary materials, such as the course slide deck and the class recordings. So there’s no pressure to take notes.

Let’s take a closer look at each course.

Simultaneous Sheet Metal Training (2 Hours)

Onshape is the only professional 3D CAD system to offer sheet metal designers and manufacturers simultaneous and synchronized flat, folded and tabular views. The powerful new design tools enable CAD users to visualize errors and interferences immediately, consider alternatives and ultimately, reduce scrap and wasted time.

Simultaneous Sheet Metal Training teaches Onshape’s unique sheet metal techniques. An Onshape expert will train you in the best practices for starting a sheet metal model using Convert, Extrude, and Thicken. The course fully explores each option in each sheet metal command to add flanges and other features to your sheet metal part.

Participants will see how changes made anywhere in the sheet metal model – in either the flat, folded or table views – will simultaneously update in all three views. The uniqueness of this feature is best demonstrated while working with the flat pattern or while modifying joints using the rip and bend tables. The course concludes with creating a flat pattern view in a drawing sheet and teaching the necessary drawing tools to detail that view.

See a detailed agenda of this course here.

This course consists of one 2-hour session, at $125 per student. The next class is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, from 2-4 p.m. EST. You can see more upcoming dates and register here.

Top-Down Design in Onshape Training (4 Hours)

With Onshape’s “In-Context Editing” feature, parts can reference other parts in the context of a higher-level assembly without the risk of unpredictable geometry changes and broken CAD models. This is made possible through full-cloud Onshape’s unique database architecture that stores relationships in one place versus traditional desktop CAD storing them in multiple files.

Top-Down Design in Onshape Training focuses on Onshape’s multiple workflows for top-down design modeling. This includes an advanced look at creating multi-part Part Studios, Managed In-Context design, and Master Model techniques. An Onshape expert will lead you through how to design using these workflows, best practices while modeling, and how to decide which workflow to utilize. This course teaches all the concepts and clicks required to fully understand and apply these workflows to your designs.

See a detailed agenda of this course here.

This course consists of two 2-hour sessions, at $250 per student. The next classes are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 28-29, from 2-4 p.m. EST. You can see more upcoming dates and register here.

Onshape Bootcamp is a Prerequisite

Please note that completing Onshape Bootcamp is a prerequisite for both courses. Having taught both Onshape and SOLIDWORKS, I’ve observed how new Onshape users instinctively return to the habits from their old CAD system when trying new techniques. It’s only natural because muscle memory stays with us for a long time. Having a friendly guide to show you where Onshape and traditional CAD are similar and where they diverge is the quickest way to get up to speed with full-cloud CAD.

My colleague Noa Flaherty likens the experience to taking one of those double-decker tour busses whenever you visit a new city. Some travelers may immediately dismiss those tours as “too touristy,” but the flipside is that you can get a quick overview of available attractions and then decide which ones you want to fully explore later. It works the same way with new CAD features and workflows that don’t exist in traditional file-based systems.

Lastly, it is our goal to eventually create self-paced versions of the Simultaneous Sheet Metal and Top-Down Design courses for the Onshape Learning Center. We’re aiming to cater to different learning styles, as some people prefer live interactive instruction, while others like DIY practice exercises.

In any case, please let us know which course topics you’d like to see next. We look forward to hearing from you in the Onshape Forums.