• Introducing

    Onshape's Turn-key College Curriculum

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  • "Onshape helped us introduce professional CAD to over 100 students this year, with no worries about IT or budget."

    Justin Lai & Aaron Dengler, Grades 6-12 Engineering Faculty, Punahou School, Hawaii

  • Onshape: A Crown Supplier & Partner of FIRST Robotics Competition

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  • "Onshape makes it easier for students to share work with their team."

    Thomas Kwan, National Science Foundation Fellow, Yale University

  • "The impact Onshape will have on our students' lives is tremendous."

    Professor Michael Marcondes, ESAD University, Portugal

Free Professional 3D CAD for Students and Teachers

Learn CAD on any computer or mobile device – inside the classroom at home.
With no downloads, installs, or need for IT, getting started has never been easier.

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  1. It's free! Save money on CAD software
  2. Onshape runs on Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, and mobile devices
  3. No need to acquire a school-owned license; students sign up on their own
  4. Signing up takes two minutes and requires no IT support
  5. Assign and collect work with ease using cloud-based sharing tools


Free Professional 3D CAD


Onshape’s Education Plan has all the same functionality as our Free and Professional plans. Just like our Pro Plan, there are no restrictions on how many Documents you can create. The only difference you will notice is that Documents created with the Education Plan will be tagged with a small "EDU" label.

Runs on any device with no setup


Onshape runs in a web browser, so there are no painful installs or downloads. Signing up takes two minutes and then you're in, without ever having to involve IT. Once you have an account, you can use Onshape on any device – Mac, PC, Linux, Chromebook, or even with our Android and iOS apps.

Built for easy collaboration and communication


Onshape is the first CAD system built for teams. Students can work in groups and edit models together simultaneously. Teachers can distribute assignments, review work and give feedback with ease. Additionally, Onshape keeps a complete history of changes so students will never accidentally lose work or overwrite each other's data.

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How much does it cost?

Onshape’s Education Subscription is completely free for students and educators.

How does my school get Onshape’s Education Plan?

Your school does not need to do anything. Every user creates his or her own Onshape Education account. This is true whether the user is a student or teacher.

Do I need to involve my school's IT department?

In most cases, no. Because Onshape requires no downloads or installations, you should not need to involve IT. Everyone in a class can simply sign up for his or her own account. Two cases where you might need IT:

  1. Onshape runs best on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and does not run at all on Internet Explorer, so if your school’s computers only have Internet Explorer, you will have to talk to IT.
  2. Onshape sends an activation email during signup and when using school-issued emails, sometimes Onshape’s emails get blocked by a school’s firewall. If you are not receiving our activation email, we can often fix the problem, but you may need to get help from IT.

Do I need any special hardware?

No. Onshape runs on Macs, PCs, Linux, Chromebooks, and iOS and Android mobile devices.

What can I use Onshape’s Education Plan for?

Our Education Plan is intended to bring free professional 3D CAD to academic environments. It is not to be used for government, commercial, or other organizational use.

Who qualifies for Onshape’s Education Plan?

You must be a current faculty member, school volunteer or student pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate at an accredited educational institution. If you are a student, then you must be at least 13 years of age.

Can I use Onshape’s Education Plan for university research?

Yes, but only if the research is of purely academic nature. Onshape’s Education Plan is not to be used for government, commercial, or other organizational use.

Is there a special plan for teachers?

No, there is only the Education Subscription, which is the same for students and teachers.

If I already have Onshape’s Public Plan, can I upgrade to the Education Plan?

Yes, simply follow the same signup procedure and you will be upgraded to the Education Plan.

What is the difference between Onshape’s Public Plan and Onshape’s free Education Plan?

Onshape’s Education Plan is similar to the Public Plan in that it is free, but it is more similar to the Professional Plan because there are no Private Document limits or data limits. It is different from both the Public Plan and Pro Plan in that Documents that are created with the Education Plan are permanently tagged with a small EDU icon.

How long will my Education Subscription last?

It lasts for one year after signing up, but you can upgrade again if you still qualify.

What are the Graduation Cap icons that are applied to the Documents I create?

Any Onshape Document created by someone with the Education Subscription is given an Education tag. This tag remains with the Document for the lifetime of the Document and follows it if the Document is shared, transferred to someone else, or copied.

Is there any way to remove the Education tag from an Onshape Document?

No. Documents created with the Education Plan are expected to be used for educational purposes.