Onshape's unique database architecture facilitates collaboration within your engineering team, across departments and with vendors and clients.
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Collaboration in Onshape


Instantly share design data with your team or supply chain by individual email address or predefined teams. Assign granular access permissions to control which users can view, edit and/or export design data. Recipients receive an email with a link to the shared resources – no software download or install is necessary to edit or review the design. Access permissions can be modified or revoked when a project is complete, providing secure control over your intellectual property.

Simplified UI

For team members shared into a project with view-only access, Onshape presents a simplified user interface which is ideal for non-CAD users such as sales, marketing, suppliers and customers, making it easy for them to find the information they need without any formal training.

Simultaneous Editing

Entire teams (with edit permissions) can simultaneously edit the same assembly, the same part and even the same sketch for a true collaborative workflow. All modifications occur in real time, so everyone sees every design change instantly. Onshape's Versions, History and Branching make it easy to manage teams working concurrently on the same design. 

Branch, Merge, Compare

Branching enables teams to work on different parts of a design, explore new design ideas or carry out Engineering Change Orders at the same time, without affecting each other's work. Branches can be compared to check for conflicts and merged together to converge on the best design, allowing engineers the freedom to explore all possible solutions in parallel.

Follow Mode

Conduct live design reviews, demonstrations and training sessions across multiple locations using a web browser or mobile device and Follow Mode. Each participant sees geometry selections, view rotations and model changes as they happen, making it easy to follow along and add suggestions using Onshape's built-in commenting tools.

"As our company grows, Onshape has made it so much easier for me to manage our different engineering groups and review their progress in real time."

Azizi Tucker
CTO, XING Mobility
Andrew DeLollis

"We appreciate Onshape’s easy collaboration, not having to worry about document management, not having to worry about having our high-powered computers crash or shut off. We’re happy we switched."

Andrew DeLollis
Systems Engineer, GreenSight Agronomics