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.

The first step to using any Onshape application is going to the Onshape App Store. You will find the App Store button in the top right corner of your Document.

Once in the Onshape App Store you will find dozens of apps for things like CAM, FEA, CFD, and of course Rendering. To see all of the rendering apps, click the “Rendering” filter on the left.

For this example, we are going to use OneRender. Click OneRender, then click “Subscribe.” Here you will need to confirm by clicking “Get for free” and entering your password. This adds the OneRender app to your Onshape account.

To use any integrated cloud app like OneRender, simply click the “+” icon in the bottom left corner of any Document, there you will see an option to “Add application.” Choose OneRender and the app launches. The first time the app launches you will need to authenticate. Then simply choose the part or assembly that you want to render.

To create a simple render using OneRender there are three basics things to set up. First, a Scenario, click Scenario and choose one from the panel.

Second, is Materials, click “Materials”, then choose the part, and then set the material properties from the panel.

The final step is to add a camera. Click “Camera,” and situate the model in the orientation that you want your rendered image. Once you are satisfied click “Add Camera,” and you will see it in the bottom right corner of your screen. To render this, click “Render.”

OneRender has options to control quality, resolution, and even the number of cloud based CPU’s to use. After you are satisfied with settings click “Start Render” and it will begin.

Remember, because this is a cloud based application, you are free to continue working on other tabs in the Document while you're rendering. For example, this means you can render and work on the drawings at the same time. Once the render is complete you will get a message and you can then download the finished rendered image.

Interested in a more detailed walkthrough? Check out the video above!