Why CAD Professionals Love Onshape

(In Their Own Words)

Listening to our customers and valuing their satisfaction is a driving force behind Onshape’s development. We regularly survey our customers to understand their opinions and preferences, gaining insights into their likes, dislikes, and desires for future enhancements.

Onshape was purposefully built for global product development teams to collaborate efficiently using cloud and mobile technology. When we asked our users to tell us, in their own words, their favorite things about Onshape, it came as no surprise that they mentioned benefits related to it’s unique cloud-native architecture.

When CAD professionals were asked, “What is your favorite thing about Onshape?”, the top 5 picks were:

#1 Cloud-Native

Onshape is much more accessible than Fusion 360 or SOLIDWORKS because it's cloud-native.

Regular updates and improvements.

In the cloud...Google Docs of CAD!

Cloud makes everything much easier.

Crashproof, never have to worry about saving my work, and I never have to worry about a secondary PDM workflow.

Onshape's cloud-native setup gives you all the perks. Everything—from creating and storing data to doing calculations—happens online. This means you can access your work easily, get updates automatically, collaborate better with others, all while saving money.

Tip: Onshape consistently enhances its platform with new features and improvements every three weeks, stay current by visiting What’s New.

#2 Accessibility

Great accessibility, browser-based.

Cross-platform access.

Ease of access, and being able to use the program from anywhere on anything is amazing.

Online access.

Everything is in the cloud, with easy access from every location.

CAD professionals want convenient access to their design tools and data. With Onshape, teams can work from anywhere on any device, including mobile devices, ensuring uninterrupted productivity. With a proven record of high availability (99.9+% uptime), our customers have 24/7 access to a reliable and stable CAD and PDM platform.

Tip: Have you ever tried to design on the go? Download Onshape for mobile in the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

#3 Collaboration

The collaboration piece ---- seeing what everyone´s working on is something else!

Simultaneously working on documents.

The ability to quickly collaborate with others is a fantastic ability of Onshape.

Easy to share things that non-CAD people can edit.

The screen share ability to follow others and discuss items with colleagues.

Onshape delivers advanced collaboration tools that other CAD and PDM solutions do not. Users are grateful to be able to collaborate more effectively on design projects, enabling them to stay in sync and work faster with fewer errors.

Tip: Try Onshape’s Follow Mode, simply log in in with your colleagues and click on their social icon to see their screen and actions in real-time.

#4 Ease of Use

The simple and clean, yet powerful user interface.

I found the transition to this from SOLIDWORKS to be very easy.

Design and CAD is not my primary function but Onshape has been relatively easy to learn!

How it gets out of the way and lets me focus on the design.

So many things just work. I make changes or edits and nothing breaks.

Onshape distinguishes itself from other CAD software by delivering a modern, intuitive user interface that streamlines design workflows. CAD users, both new and experienced, love how remarkably easy it is to adapt to.

Tip: If you are new to Onshape, but not new to CAD, Onshape’s Quickstart experience will help you apply your existing expertise to accelerate your learning curve. Once you sign up, you can access the guide when you first log in.

#5 Versions, History, Branching and Merging

The thing that made me switch from Fusion 360 was the GitHub approach to versioning, branching, and release management.

Unlimited undo’s.

Never losing data.

Access to the whole edit history.

Part modeling and branching allow for different design paths to test out different ideas in the same part.

Onshape eliminates the time-consuming hassles of traditional data management tools. With its built-in PDM, Onshape centralizes your design data, providing a complete history of your projects. You never lose data due to crashes and you can restore a design to any earlier state. Plus, multiple users can explore different design ideas simultaneously without any conflicts.

Tip: Adopting more agile ways of working is easier than you think. Branching and Merging in Onshape enables your team to explore different design ideas in independent workspaces.

Onshape Leads the Mainstream CAD and PDM Market in Satisfaction

With its cloud-native architecture, Onshape often receives high praise for its accessibility, ease-of-use, collaboration features, and built-in PDM. But, that's not all.

Onshape sets the standard of excellence for cloud CAD and PDM software. Many of Onshape’s users are former SOLIDWORKS users, and they too agree that Onshape leads the mainstream CAD and PDM market in terms of customer satisfaction.

The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2023-2024, an independent survey of 1,466 CAD users sourced from Traceparts, All3DP, and direct marketing outreach.

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"The simplest and smoothest CAD solution for us."


"I prefer it over SOLIDWORKS."

"Onshape is the best CAD software I have used."

"You can work from any location. All you need is access to the internet."

"I like the branching and merging system, which drastically improves the process of iterating on a design. "


"The real-time collaboration possible in Onshape is unique and powerful. This single feature sets it head and shoulders above CAD systems that struggle in multi-user environments."


"I don’t waste any time with file management, checking out licenses, or convincing IT to buy a more powerful computer. I just jump onto my browser and start designing."


"To me, it is CAD with a modern mindset. It is a dynamic environment with top-class support and frequent updates, a large user support group, and great support."


"I do not have any overheads with software downloads to our computers. I am also always running the latest revision of the software, with no downloads or up-sells for newer revisions."

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