Onshape-Arena Connection

Connected cloud-native CAD, PDM, and PLM that helps teams innovate faster, reduce costs and speed up time-to-market.

Cloud-Connected CAD and PLM

The Onshape CAD & PDM solution and Arena product lifecycle management (PLM) solution are connected in the cloud. This connection between CAD, PDM and PLM synchronizes engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers enabling the instantaneous sharing of product design information at the click of a button.

Arena PLM helps you keep track of the latest product design, engineering changes and quality information throughout a products lifespan for all your internal teams and manufacturing partners.

With the two cloud-native product development solutions, information can flow seamlessly between design and manufacturing, and your network of suppliers can securely grow and adapt to your business needs. All without the traditional costs and administration of a CAD and PLM integration.

The Onshape-Arena Connection is available for all Onshape Enterprise users who also have Arena Launch or Arena Scale, at no additional cost.

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Key Features


Sharing a single source of data in the cloud, our connected CAD, PDM and PLM platforms instantly refresh with a click of a button keeping all stakeholders in sync.

Our cloud-native platforms are always connected. Users have secure access to product data, bills of materials, and engineering change information from any device, anywhere and at any time without any administration.



Agile Product Development

As soon as you log in, product development gets easier with multiple users being able to simultaneously access information and collaborate in real time.

With Arena Scribe, an embedded chat tool, you can have formal and informal conversations as you move through your review process.

With Onshape’s Follow Mode, you can interactively screen share for peer-to-peer editing sessions during reviews addressing Comments and Markups as you go

Find Information Faster

The Onshape-Arena Connection helps you find information faster with links that navigate you quickly between the CAD and PLM platforms.

Onshape CAD thumbnails are automatically generated in Arena PLM for context, and you can navigate with 1-click from Arena to Onshape to view, comment or edit the full 3D model.

Part numbers can be sourced from Arena PLM directly into Onshape, and you can navigate between CAD and PLM as you select stock parts and create, revise, and release assemblies to manufacturing.


Synchronized CAD and PLM

The Onshape-Arena Connection reduces the potential for human errors by ensuring that everyone is viewing the same and most recent version of the CAD design.

With one button, CAD designs, bill of materials (BOM) and attributes are instantly published from Onshape into Arena PLM.

Flags and notifications inform you of active changes since the last sync so that you can self-serve product information and teams can stay aligned.

Simplified and Secure Administration

The Onshape and Arena teams maintain the cloud-connection 24/7, and there are no downloads, installations or software integrations required.

User analytics and simplified licensing makes managing access to CAD and PLM easy, scalable and cost-effective.

With both Onshape and Arena using secure cloud storage, your IP is always safe and backed up, giving your organization full traceability and real-time visibility.


Webinar: Introducing Onshape’s Native Connection to Arena PLM

Learn how the Onshape-Arena Connection better integrates CAD, PDM and PLM for accelerated product development

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Got Questions?

For more answers or to ask a question yourself head over to the Onshape Forum.

The connection is freely available as part of both applications, there are no additional costs or required licenses. You do, however, need to be a user of both Onshape Enterprise and Arena Launch or Arena Scale.

No installation is required. The connection is native to both Arena and Onshape and configured in Arena’s and Onshape’s settings. Configuration properties such as the Arena workspace ID and authenticating web token are provided by your Arena sales and support team.

Onshape offers unlimited data storage for design projects. If you are a licensed user of Onshape Enterprise and Arena Scale or Arena Launch there are no cloud storage fees.

Yes, it is a single button to add or refresh this information in Arena.

Yes, Onshape categories and Arena categories are mapped in the setup of the system, and custom part numbers can then be associated by category. For example, sheet metal parts are all labeled with 300-series with a sequential string after.

Yes, the Onshape Arena connection automatically displays thumbnails. A full 3D view of the Onshape document is visabile within Arena as well as a direct link to the Onshape CAD design if you are an authorized user in the Onshape Enterprise.

Yes, you will assign Arena part numbers from the Properties dialog in Onshape. Once configured, Arena Part Numbering is transparent to the Onshape user and part numbers will be based on the category you select for your part or assembly.

Yes, each category's properties can be mapped to the corresponding Arena category attributes. Attributes will be updated when you sync your model with Arena and displayed in the specification tab.

Yes, the link to the Onshape model in Arena will reference an Onshape revision of the same name.

Felix Alvarez Rivera Chief Product Officer (CPO) Wavemaker Labs Inc.
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"The Onshape-Arena Connection reduces the friction, high costs, and custom software builds that typically occur when trying to connect product data management and product lifecycle management systems. This functionality makes it easier for product data to flow from engineering to the supply chain to manufacturing seamlessly."

See for yourself how modern Cloud-connected CAD, PDM and PLM can bring your design, engineering and manufacturing teams together.