Last March, we held our first-ever Onshape user conference virtually. We successfully brought the Onshape community together to meet and learn from each other. We shared stories, learned from product development experts, heard from business leaders and educators, and even held a friendly design competition that produced outstanding models.

Of course, we wanted to do it again!

This year, our second annual user conference, Onshape Live ’22, will be held during two special viewing times to give attendees from around the world a chance to experience it live. Join us during:

  • The Americas Event: Wednesday, March 2, beginning at 12 p.m. EST

  • The European Event: Thursday, March 3, beginning at 10 a.m. GMT


We’re reaching further into the Onshape community by also providing closed caption translations in German, French and Italian for every session during the European Event. 

Each year brings new challenges – and new solutions. Every time I meet with a customer, I learn something from them about how to best put Onshape to work. It motivates me to find more ways to make Onshape even better.

After all, Onshape’s mission is to improve product development by fully realizing the potential of cloud, web and mobile technologies. Onshape Live ’22 will help both you and us achieve this mission as we all continue to grow.

Onshape Live ’22 is a free six-hour virtual conference highlighting industry success stories, best practices for product developers, tips and tricks for modeling, drawings, data management, insights on engineering education and professional networking opportunities.

In addition, you’ll have a chance to interact directly with Onshape’s R&D team and participate in perhaps the coolest part of the whole event: See demos of some exciting new Onshape features coming in the future! 

Consider it a celebration of our Onshape community and what we’ve already accomplished and what’s yet to be achieved by helping transform your product development process through a cloud-native platform.

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Who Should Attend Onshape Live ’22?

Onshape Live is meant for both longtime practitioners of cloud-native product development as well as curious onlookers re-examining their current design tools. I recommend everyone in the Onshape community to attend, including:

  • Onshape Customers – Businesses of all sizes can learn about how to use Onshape even better and discover new features across Onshape’s Standard, Professional and Enterprise plans.

  • Prospective Onshape Customers – Engineering and manufacturing professionals can feel firsthand the power and excitement of our Onshape community.

  • Onshape Partners – Application developers and sales channel partners worldwide can learn about new opportunities for the coming year.

  • Educators/Students – Hear directly from the head of PTC’s Global Academic Programs to learn how Onshape can improve the classroom or remote learning experience from middle school through graduate school. 

  • Media/Industry Analysts – Industry adoption for cloud/SaaS product development tools has been rapidly accelerated by the pandemic. What’s coming next?


Get an Insider’s View

The conference will kick off with PTC CEO Jim Hepplemann, followed by some of my observations about the State of Onshape in 2022. After those talks, attendees will be asked to choose from five tracks to create a personalized experience.

Each track is made up of three sessions relevant to the needs of every Onshape user. No matter what skill level, if you’re an educator or a student, or if you CAD for fun or for business, there’s a track for you.

Of course, each session will be on-demand after the event, so attendees can always go back to watch a different track – or all of them!

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Here’s a more detailed lineup of each track for Onshape Live ’22:

Track A: Design Process

  • Customer Panel: See How Enterprises Are Transforming Their Product Design Process

  • Introducing Onshape into Your Organization

  • Tips & Tricks to Improve Your Team’s Design Process


Track B: Design Excellence

  • Onshape Extensions, PCB Studios & Weldments

  • Trips & Tricks in Modeling

  • World-Class Rendering with Onshape


Track C: Advanced Design

  • Masterclass in Complex Surfacing

  • Onshape Architecture Deep Dive: A Fireside Chat With the Authors

  • Advancing Your Design Process with Custom Features


Track D: For Educators

  • What’s New in Onshape for Education?

  • Preparing Students for Success with Curriculum + Certification

  • Research & Teaching with Onshape in Higher Education Settings


Track E: For Students

  • Getting the Most from Onshape for your Student Teams & Competitions

  • Preparing Your Portfolio: What Companies Are Looking for in New Talent

  • Professional Tips for Students & Educators


Finish your day with a candid Q&A session with leaders from Onshape’s R&D team during the What’s Next in Onshape: A Sneak Peek session. Be the first to hear about unannounced upcoming features from the people who are building them. We rarely talk about what’s next, so this is a special opportunity for Onshape Insiders. And yes, there will be some demos!

To reserve your free spot at Onshape Live ’22, please register at the link below.

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Onshape Live '22

This free conference is filled with hours of live interactive sessions and insider news.

(This blog was first published February 4, 2021, and updated January 13, 2022.)