Today, Onshape is the fastest-growing CAD/PDM/Product Development platform in the world – growing at 7X the rate of the CAD industry overall.
This rapid growth rate may be due to the fact that Onshape is also adding new capabilities significantly faster than the industry as a whole. In contrast to legacy file-based CAD software that may have only one release per year, Onshape has had five releases in the third quarter (Q3 2021) alone!
This included over 84 enhancements to the platform that improved capabilities for our users. And due to the cloud-native architecture of the Onshape platform, users don’t have to do anything to get these enhancements. All updates are performed automatically and seamlessly in the background. There is no downtime, no software updates to install, no IT support or upgrade issues to worry about.
While every Onshape feature delivers improved functionality, we wanted to spotlight a handful in particular. Here they are:
1. Intellectual Property (IP) Tracking Dashboard
The Onshape Intellectual Property (IP) Tracking dashboard gives Document owners the ability to track every user action, including all access locations, copies, and document exports, of your company’s valuable Intellectual Property.
No other system can do this because no other system is truly cloud-native. Only Onshape lets companies rapidly assess if their intellectual property may be at risk, and determine where that risk may lie. In addition, this list of anyone who is connected to your enterprise is kept in perpetuity, enabling users to track every interaction with their IP.
2. Release Management Change Detection
Because Onshape is the only system that directly understands manufacturing objects like parts, assemblies, drawings and configurations as true database objects without files getting in the way – only Onshape can check exactly what has changed (both physical and metadata) per object, per release. This means Onshape can show approvers exactly what changed and avoid mistakes of re-releasing unchanged objects.
3. Parametric Replicate
When the pattern changes, all Assembly geometry, including all components and mates, update automatically. And when the Assembly updates, the Bill of Materials (BOM) updates automatically – eliminating potentially expensive errors and mistakes.
4. Sheet Metal Fold Orientation
Onshape now gives users the ability to set the up-direction of Sheet Metal flat patterns. This also allows for increased control over appearance and bend notes in Drawings.
5. Mate Ball Limits
With Mate Ball Limits, users can now add rotational limits to ball mates in Assemblies. This defines a cone of rotation for your ball joint. Because Onshape uses higher-order mates like sliding, rotating, and ball mates, users can intelligently add limits to each degree of freedom, something not possible with typical low-level mates in other systems. Ball Mate Limits enable the motion in products like joysticks to be precisely defined.
6. Ruled Surface Feature
For designers and engineers, few things are more important than ensuring a smooth, seamless transition between edges. With the Ruled Surface feature, Onshape makes it easy for users with intuitive, “drag and drop” functionality. Ruled Surface is essential for defining complex drafted parts and parting surfaces.
7. Dimensioning Conjugate Angles
Onshape continues to enhance functionality and ease of use in production drawing generation.
8. Precise Dynamic Linking for Collaboration
Because Onshape is the only true cloud-native CAD platform, only Onshape can track and share the evolving source of design truth with collaborators instantly with the required access controls.
Onshape enhanced this by allowing reproduction of the specific state of the design (exploded state, view state, etc.) in the shared URL, making the intent even more clear for the recipient.
Onshape’s Dedication to Innovation
As these features demonstrate, Onshape is committed to bringing forward the most innovative capabilities that help organizations improve how they design, innovate, and create great products for their customers.
The cloud-native Onshape product development platform is the only solution that integrates CAD design, data management/PDM, and analytics into one integrated solution. Onshape provides a collaborative real-time product development platform that enables designers, engineers, and the extended product development team to work together with less friction, accelerate time to market, and massively reduce IT overhead.
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