Starting Small: The CAD Trial Phase
One of the best ways to get your team to transition to a better software solution is to start using it for smaller tasks.
“I had been tinkering with Onshape with one of the free hobbyist licenses and part of my role [at Duraline] is to make work instructions,” he says. “I started modeling up some of the equipment in Onshape and would do a screen capture of that just to have a nice pretty 3D model.”
“As those started to spread, other people started asking, ‘Hey, how are you getting these pictures? How do you draw them?’ and I said, ‘Oh, I just used my 3D modeling Onshape,’” he said.
Once his company realized what Onshape could do, Davies said, they got him an Onshape Professional license, and as other engineers heard about Onshape, they wanted a license, too.
Whipple’s story is a little different as he recalls how Onshape made it into the Hasbro offices.
“It all started with a cold email through LinkedIn from somebody at Onshape thinking that Hasbro might be an interesting use case for the software,” he said. “I had already seen Onshape from an intern and on resumes so I knew that it was a CAD software.”
Whipple said he looked into the Enterprise version of Onshape and discovered a large number of features that were useful to him.
“The one that really stuck out to me was the comparison to Git in the software world,” he said.
Git is a version control tool that software engineers can use to track revisions, which helps to streamline software development. Onshape’s Branching and Merging feature gives product designers the same control over versions as software developers – a feature unique to Onshape.
When it came to Graham, he said that at Jabil he’s always looking for new and efficient ways to do his work. During his time in design consultancy, he used SOLIDWORKS, but when he tried out Onshape he realized what an upgrade it was.
“The fact that the software was so stable in terms of eliminating crashes, which, as every SOLIDWORKS user knows, is a regular part of how you conduct your work during the day,” he said. “You prepare for data loss by making sure you save regularly.”