Why are these Onshapers smiling?

From left to right, that’s customer support engineer Philip Thomas and Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, gearing up for the international DEVELOP3D Live conference with CEO Jon Hirschtick last week. In case you were on a remote wilderness expedition, let’s recap Onshape’s exciting announcement about “Design Data Management 2.0” and why it matters to your engineering team.

The most enjoyable way to do that is to kick back on the sofa and watch Jon’s D3D talk:

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If you can’t watch right now, here are the crib notes:

Onshape’s new Release Management & Approval Workflow lets you create a proposed release in minutes instead of hours, including any combination of parts, assemblies, configurations and other assets.

  • This built-in Release Management eliminates the need for buying expensive and outdated PDM systems, which ironically slow companies down by forcing teams to work serially instead of in parallel – and keep churning out unmanageable file copies.
  • Once a release is defined, Onshape’s built-in approval workflow allows designated supervisors to approve or reject designs without interfering with their team’s other current activities.
  • Onshape also unveiled its new Simultaneous Bill of Materials (BOM) functionality, which automatically creates and updates your BOM as you build your assembly.
  • All of these new capabilities further Onshape’s vision of “Design Data Management 2.0,” which frees engineers from thinking about software issues so they can focus more on doing their best work. It complements “Parametric Modeling 2.0,” the modernization and improvement of core CAD features that designers depend on every day.

For a more in-depth exploration of all these topics, visit Jon Hirschtick’s recent blog post.

What is the CAD Industry Saying About Design Data Management 2.0?

Let’s take a quick look at how the CAD media has been covering Onshape’s new developments so far.

Over at Architosh, editor Anthony Frausto-Robledo interviewed Peter Bilello, president of CIMdata, a leading global PLM consulting firm. Bilello estimates it would take other CAD companies “several years to redo their existing flagship solutions to work like Onshape does today.” Frausto-Robledo also praises the “remarkable pace” in which Onshape adds new features and functionality.

At Engineering.com, technical writer Michael Alba notes that “Onshape has shown it’s not afraid to implement new ways of doing things” and gives a thorough overview of Release Management and Simultaneous BOMs.

3D CAD World editor Leslie Langnau examines the “radically new” approach of Onshape’s Design Data Management 2.0.

Lastly, Josh Mings at SolidSmack, outdoes his usual exuberance and passion for pop cultural references to CAD. Praising our modern reboot of data management, he declares that “Onshape Hadoukens PDM in the Skull.” I kid you not.

“Hadouken” is the iconic method of attack in the classic video game, “Street Fighter.” As described by GamesRadar+, it is the game’s “signature projectile ball of energy” that has an “air of Eastern mysticism about it.” The rough Japanese translation is “wave motion fist” or “surge fist.”

But you don’t have to be a fan of “Street Fighter” or Eastern mysticism, of course, to want to totally eviscerate the check in/checkout hassles of PDM. Video games aside, the best way to immerse yourself in this new approach to organizing your CAD data is to join Onshape’s “What is Design Data Management 2.0?” webinar tomorrow.

Rest assured, nobody who registers will be Hadoukened. We promise.