Yesterday, Onshape CEO Jon Hirschtick discussed the power of Parametric Modeling 2.0. So I thought it would be useful to take a look at a real world example. Let’s discuss configurations.

Onshape’s fresh and modern approach to configurations eliminates some of the most frustrating problems that have plagued users of old CAD systems for many years.

 
 
 
 
 
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The biggest problem with configurations in old CAD systems is the need for a table entry for every possible permutation. Even if your design only has a few configurable features, it can lead to a table with hundreds or thousands of rows.


We saw a unique opportunity to improve upon a core CAD feature that has existed for quite some time. So what did Onshape do differently?

One of the most powerful aspects of Onshape Configurations is the ability to configure features independently of one another. This means tables consisting of thousands of rows for each possible permutation can be replaced with a handful of variable inputs.


In the screenshot above, you can see we’ve defined Configuration Variables for both bore and stroke, and an input for the four port positions in the design. These three things replace a monster-sized table with thousands of rows, making your configurations more manageable and less prone to human error.

This is just one example of Onshape not only bringing CAD to the cloud, but building a better CAD system, period. Want to take a deeper dive into how to use the full power of Onshape configurations? Reserve your spot at our free “Configurations in Onshape” webinar on Thursday, January 11.