Don’t let years of collecting SOLIDWORKS design files stop you from making the switch to cloud technology.

It’s understandable to be apprehensive about migrating all of those files (and their supporting documents!) to a new CAD system or the cloud, especially if done manually! That’s not exactly my idea of a fun time. Depending on how much data you have, it could take weeks to get it all done, with the chances of duplicates and data loss increasing with every bored-out-of-my-mind repetitious click of the mouse…over…and over… and over again.

That’s where Monarch, an Onshape Partner App, comes in. With Monarch taking the tedium out of the task, you can migrate terabytes of historical data without hassle, all while:

  • Preventing duplicates,

  • Maintaining metadata, and

  • Bringing over non-CAD data as well! 

Even if your data is stored in a vault (as it should be), Monarch will make this process simple. To get an idea of how this works, watch the video below:

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How Does Monarch Work With Onshape?

Monarch fully integrates with Onshape as a connected desktop app. 

In just three steps, CAD data from SOLIDWORKS can clearly and easily migrate into Onshape. All you have to do is first prepare your data in the legacy PDM system, then map the data that will move over to Onshape, and finally migrate data in bulk or in increments, whichever you prefer. 

It is important to note that features are not translated, but in the case where historical data needs editing, Onshape’s robust direct editing methods come to the rescue. 

Don’t take it from me though, start a trial today by visiting the Monarch site.

Why Use Monarch to Migrate CAD Data?

Are you still weighing your options on how to best migrate your legacy CAD data to Onshape? Here are some additional reasons to go with Monarch: 

  • Bulk migration from PDM vaults or simple folders,

  • Elimination of duplicate parts,

  • New versions in Onshape for updated files,

  • Migration of custom properties,

  • Create viewables of drawings (PDF) for parts and assemblies,

  • Creation of Bill of Materials (BOMs),

  • And unattended mode for large datasets.

Additional Details on Monarch

For more information on the migration process, take a look at this longer form explainer below. It covers more details and walks you through the workflow. 

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If you need more information on how to transition your CAD data to Onshape from SOLIDWORKS visit the Migration Station page, too!

About CADSharp 

Monarch was created by CADSharp and CADSharp’s vision is simple: To provide the best CAD API training and development services in the world. 

Their specialties include Onshape API, and Onshape FeatureScript. Their talented team can also provide mechanical design services on demand.

Since 2012, over 16,000 MCAD users have joined CADSharp to learn about API via their online training, with hundreds more attending live classes and presentations on three continents.

Their unparalleled customer service and attention to detail have secured CADSharp as a preferred provider of CAD, PDM, PLM, and ERP custom programming services. They have developed apps and created Custom Features for some of Onshapes largest customers. 

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