At a glance:

Looking for instructions on how to install Onshape? They don’t exist.

To get up and running with Onshape, you only need a computer (Mac, PC, Chromebook, or Linux) or a mobile device with a web browser such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Edge. 

That’s it – there’s nothing to download and nothing to install. 

Instant Installation, Nothing to Download

How is this possible?

Onshape is the only professional-grade 3D CAD system with built-in PDM that runs completely in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere on any device. Just sign up below to get started with one of our solutions for professionals, students, or hobbyists.

Onshape Mobile

Onshape even runs on iOS and Android tablets and phones via dedicated mobile apps available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

These apps are not just viewers, they are the complete, fully functional 3D CAD system in the palm of your hand. So your entire team can work together from any location, editing the same design data at the same time on any available device.

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Recommended Hardware

Which brand of computer and operating system you choose is up to you. However, you can test the relative performance of each machine (try before you buy at your local computer store) by opening a browser and running this system check.

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Onshape Learning Resources

Onshape’s online Learning Center offers self-paced courses and technical briefings that cover the essentials such as sketching, part design, assemblies, and drawings, plus many advanced topics. These self-paced courses are free, so you can teach yourself Onshape in no time at all.

Through the Learning Center, Onshape also provides certification programs for students and professionals that allow users of any level to prove their CAD prowess.

For more group-oriented learners, join an Onshape User Group meeting or head to the Onshape Forums for additional input on 3D modeling tips and tricks.

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Onshape for Professionals

Onshape Professional offers a comprehensive set of powerful tools and features that cater to the varied needs of modern design projects. 

It’s the CAD plan for you if you’re looking for formal release management tools, simulation capabilities, a streamlined connection to ECAD data, and unlimited private storage.

The combination of cloud-native collaboration and advanced design tools also makes it an indispensable choice for professionals seeking a flexible, efficient, and future-proof CAD solution.

Onshape for Education

Onshape's Education Plan is designed for students and educators seeking a powerful CAD solution tailored to their needs. 

The plan provides access to advanced features, equipping users with tools to delve into more complex design projects and build proficiency in cutting-edge CAD technology. Onshape extends this plan to qualified students and educators at no cost.

Onshape for Education does offer a more robust Education Enterprise plan for educators who need to manage student usage across classes, departments, and school organizations.

Onshape for Hobbyists

Onshape Free is user-friendly and intuitive, making it perfect for makers who need the CAD basics. It provides the essential modeling tools and features needed to bring an idea to life.

This option costs nothing, but do take note that Documents created in Onshape Free are publicly accessible online.

Onshape for Businesses of Any Size

Onshape also offers several plans to fit the needs of any size business – from startups to enterprises.

Already, companies across a multitude of industries, from electric vehicles to hands-off gardening equipment, are harnessing the power of Onshape to revolutionize their design processes. Read our Case Studies to learn how companies are leveraging cloud-native CAD today.

Need help determining which CAD plan to choose? Take a look at the “Understanding Subscription Tiers & CAD Data Ownership by Onshape Plan” blog.

Get Started in Onshape Today

Open a web browser, sign up, and get started. 

When you do, you’ll have instant access to your design data from any computer, phone, or tablet. The cloud-native architecture makes it easy to collaborate with team members across the globe or across the hall. Even better, you’ll automatically get the latest version of the data when you log in and no data is ever lost. We like to call it fearless design. 

Embark on your journey with Onshape today and experience the power of cloud-native CAD.

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