Version and Release Management

Release Management is a set of automated workflows in Onshape for managing release procedures and to revision control parts, assemblies and drawings. These tools are built directly into Onshape's design and version control system, requiring no additional products, installs or IT management.
Release management workflows in Onshape

Revision Schemes

Choose from the default alphabetical or numerical revision schemes or create your own. Custom revision schemes can include any alphanumeric characters in any combination and in any sequence to create major and minor revisions. Up-issuing an object in Onshape will take the next sequential minor revision unless overridden to the next major revision in the Release Candidate.

Automatic Part Number Generation

Define automatic part numbering patterns with sequential numeric increments. Releasing a new object for the first time will assign the next sequential part number. Assign missing part numbers to entire assemblies with one click. Duplicate part numbers are blocked by default.

Non-blocking Releases

Creating and submitting a Release Candidate for approval does not block the project from further editing. This enables teams to continue designing in parallel on any part of a project, including parts that are pending approval, without having to wait until the previous submission has been reviewed and approved.


Automate workflows to manage each stage of the approval process and to revision control parts, assemblies, drawings and imported files. Create custom workflows specific to your own business processes.


Set up trigger points for notifications and emails. Approvers and observers are notified when a Release Candidate has been submitted for review and approval. Designers receive notifications when a new revision of a released object is approved to ensure that the correct revision is in use and to help manage the effectivity of individual parts in a design.

"Onshape allows us to keep everything much more organized without needing a PDM system. Onshape probably cuts our design time in half because we’re designing our parts together in one place versus flipping back and forth between files. We can make changes without worrying about breaking the assembly."

Philip Taber
VP of Hardware Engineering, Silverside Detectors

"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

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