Onshape is a truly versatile and flexible product design platform – and I mean platform – that solves the problems of discrete C:/ file management and PDM.
With built-in tools that trounce traditional product data management (PDM) software, along with cloud-native rendering and simulation that won’t burn a hole through your desk or wallet, Onshape is a streamlined environment that will take any design from idea to production.
Already, 3 million users are leveraging the power of Onshape. Are you ready to join?
We offer several different plans depending on your needs:
In all four plans, the CAD and collaboration tools are identical – it’s the data management and analytics tools that are the main differentiators. Each level has its own set of features, including different levels of intellectual property (IP) ownership.
Let’s go through each plan to outline the main differences.
Differences in Onshape Subscriptions
To set the stage, it’s important to know why Onshape plans are different than other CAD software.
Onshape is cloud-native. And cloud-native platforms do it differently. Because of Onshape’s cloud architecture, the platform embraces horizontal scaling, allowing for the division of an application into smaller independent parts.
Compared to similar tools, Onshape works much like Google Workspace. You can have your own Gmail account yourself or you can have a Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) account for your business. This concept doesn’t yet exist in CAD beyond Onshape but is almost always the way a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) program works.
And like Google, Onshape offers different subscription tiers depending on the tools and functions needed by the user.
Onshape Free is available to the hobbyist and maker communities free of charge for non-commercial use. It is ideal for personal and open-source projects.
Onshape Free includes:
Free professional-grade 3D CAD;
Immediate access after signing up;
Can be used on any device with access to a browser; and
Onshape Learning Center resources at your fingertips.
Note: All Onshape Documents created in Onshape Free are publicly accessible online.
Onshape Free costs nothing.
Onshape Standard is the entry-level subscription level of Onshape that allows users to create and edit 3D models, and collaborate with others.
This plan includes everything from Onshape Free, plus:
Data Ownership: All data created or uploaded to Onshape Standard is private – in contrast to Onshape Free, which keeps data public. With Onshape Standard, the user retains complete ownership of their intellectual property, including any designs or models created.
Private Design Space: Users can control who can access their designs.
Basic Data Management Tools: Users have access to versions and history, branching and merging, and the ability to organize data by teams, labels, and folders.
Onshape Standard costs $1,500 per user, per year.
Exploring design changes in Onshape does not result in multiple copies of files.
Onshape Professional is our most popular plan for teams and individuals who need integrated release management and company-wide controls.
Onshape Professional includes a number of company-wide administration tools to help you manage multiple users, control access to data across the organization, and easily define company standards and procedures. These tools also provide better protection for your company’s intellectual property and simplify the sharing of design data with your colleagues. Plus, this subscription includes unlimited private storage.
This plan includes everything from Onshape Standard, plus:
Formal Release Management: Manages your formal product release process. Create and submit release candidates for individual items or entire projects with custom revision schemes and part numbers.
Simulation: Examine meaningful structural analysis results such as stress, displacement, and factors of safety all within the design environment.
PCB Studio: Connect your ECAD data with Onshape’s MCAD design environment.
Custom Properties & Metadata: Creates and enforces company-wide custom properties.
Company-Level Admin Tools: Manage users, teams, workflows, and other company-wide settings.
Consolidated Billing: Manage billing for your entire company from one account.
Unlimited Free Viewer Licenses: Allow anyone within your organization to view, comment, or interact with CAD data you choose to share with them
Onshape Professional costs $2,500 per user, per year. However, Onshape is launching the Discovery Program – an opportunity for qualified users to try out Onshape Professional at no cost for up to six months.