August 3, 2022 10 AM - 2 PM ET

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The Onshape Research Symposium is a virtual event bringing together engineering researchers who are leveraging Onshape’s cloud native architecture to drive innovation in their fields.

During this 4-hour virtual event:

  • You will hear keynote presentations about exciting research in the fields of Deep Learning and Computational Design, as well as industry insight into how agile product design happens in practice.
  • Thought leaders from academia and industry will come together to discuss how Onshape usage data are enabling new insights into how students learn and how professional product development teams work together.
  • We will hold a student poster competition to allow you to network with the community of researchers and dive deep into the innovative ways Onshape is being used in various disciplines to go beyond traditional parametric modeling.
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Agenda at a glance


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jordan Cox, PTC


Insider Insights: How Onshape was Built to Work with Research

Ilya Baran, Onshape

Onshape is not just a unique product development system, but also a unique organization. Learn why Onshape should be the platform for your next CAD research project.


Keynote: DeepMind Investigating Computer-Aided Design as Language

Yaroslav Ganin, DeepMind

Deep learning is paving the way for the development of intelligent tools that would help engineers create better designs with less effort. Our research demonstrates that popular language modeling techniques can be repurposed to build a machine learning system capable of automatically generating highly structured 2D sketches, the heart of every 3D CAD model. In this talk, we will describe our methods and show that our approach has enough flexibility to accommodate the complexity of the real-world sketch data.


Panel Discussion: Understanding Collaborative Design with Onshape Analytics

Alison Olechowski, University of Toronto | Stanko Škec, University of Zagreb | Ian Gardiner, Avidbots

Onshape’s cloud-native architecture stores each edit made to a document as a flexible change in the database, allowing users to analyze the different types of actions done by different members of the team and how their actions change over time. Come hear from researchers who are using these data to gain new insights into how collaborative design really happens and a commercial customer using Onshape to accelerate their product development process.


Student Research Poster Session

The poster competition will be an opportunity for students to share their research projects that use Onshape and network with the community of researchers leveraging cloud-native CAD in innovative ways. All participants will receive Onshape swag and three winners will receive 3D printers, including an attendees choice award.


Keynote: Next-Generation Design Systems

Adriana Schulz, University of Washington

Next-generation design systems should help experts efficiently create high-performing designs, and let users with scant expertise design one-off models that meet their individual needs. In this talk, we will discuss methods that combine numerical optimization, programming languages, and machine learning, to create more intelligent tools that will simplify design and broaden its appeal.


Industry Insights: How Premier Custom Built is Customizing Onshape

Chad Stoltzfus, Premier Custom Built

Premier Custom Built, an industry leader in custom cabinetry, is streamlining their design and manufacturing workflows using Onshape. To fit the needs of their highly customized process, they have created a library of over 100 custom features using FeatureScript to automate the design and developed a REST API integration for exporting manufacturing information in a familiar format. This talk will focus on how a software engineer is leveraging Onshape’s single source of truth and customizability to add value at various stages of Premier Custom Built’s product development process.


Closing Remarks and Student Poster Competition Winners Announced

Matt Mueller, PTC

Student Poster Competition

The Student Poster Competition will be an opportunity for you to show any research projects that use Onshape and network with the community of researchers leveraging cloud-native CAD in innovative ways. The poster session will take place from 12:00-12:45pm ET and throughout the session, presenters will be sharing their screens in Zoom breakout rooms while attendees will be able to freely move between rooms, similar to the flow of traditional academic poster sessions.

Requirements for submission:

  • Research project must use Onshape in some way
  • You must currently be an undergrad or graduate student enrolled at a college or university (2022 graduates welcome)
  • Both works in progress and previously published works are welcome

Competition categories and prizes:

  • All participants will receive Onshape swag
  • Winners of the following categories will receive a 3D printer and bonus Onshape swag
    • Best Overall
    • Best Research Project
    • Best Poster Design

Please fill out the Poster Submission Form to be considered.

The deadline for submission is Friday, June 24th at 5:00pm ET, and you will be notified if your poster has been accepted by Friday, July 1st.

For any questions, please reach out to us at EduTech@ptc.com.

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