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The April update brings new superpowers to Onshape users. Productivity improvements are sure to be popular in this update, which includes great sketching improvements, new options for extruding thin profiles, and a new Face blend feature that provides numerous opportunities for creating the exact shapes you want quickly.

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Please take a moment to try out these new features and improvements and leave your comments in the Onshape Forums. For a detailed list of all the changes in this update, please see the changelog.

Remember: The updates listed here are now live for all users when creating new Documents. Over the next few days, these features will also be available in Documents created before this update.

Part Studios Improvements

Face Blend

The Face blend feature is a set of surfacing options used in situations requiring more control than a fillet. A fillet can be applied only between connected faces and cannot create a new surface.  But the Face blend can be applied to both connected and disconnected faces, and can create multiple Face Blends that can be detached from the faces on which they are applied.

Switch From Line to Tangent Arc in Sketches

Tangent arcs can be created automatically while sketching by hovering over the endpoint of a line or another arc.  This also works in the opposite way as an arc can then transition to another line, or another arc similarly. 

Also added are additional shortcut keys that are helpful in the Sketch and Part Studio environment.

Tangent Arc Shift+a
Point Shift+s
Revolve Shift+w
Hide/show sketches  Shift+h

Thin Extrude

Thin extrude, part of the Extrude feature, uses an open sketch profile with a thickness value in-plane, and helps create thin-walled parts like ribs, brackets, and other constant wall thickness geometry.

Helix Improvements

A helix can be defined by either a cylindrical/conical face, axis (or Mate connector z-axis), or circular edge. Additionally, you may now select reference points as the start and end locations of your helix.

FeatureScript Improvements

Improve Approximate Spline Fitting

Approximating point-sampled curves can be created by fitting splines with fewer control points, yielding higher quality.

Drawings Improvements

Surface Finish Attachment Improvements

The surface finish symbol can be directly attached to a GD&T Frame.

Inspection Support for Itemized Callouts

Inspection symbols for Hole callouts and Chamfer dimension now support itemized callouts per parameter on newly created drawings. Note that you will also want to set an option in your custom drawing templates to support this new choice.  Existing drawings will not change from the previous setting.

Education Enterprise Improvements

Ability to Clone a Class

Cloning a class creates a copy of the class and assignments. Members of the original class do not become members of the cloned class.

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Default Student Role

When assigning Roles, the default choice is now "Student" rather than "Educator" when adding new users.

iOS Improvements

Copy Element Tabs Between Documents

A workspace tab can be copied to the clipboard and pasted into the same document or a different document.

Create Mate Connector While Editing Other Features

An implicit Mate Connector is available for locating features on the fly.

Sort Custom Features

Custom Features added to your toolbar now will sort themselves alphabetically.

Import/Export Improvements

Rhino Transparent Colors

Better support when importing Rhino .3DS files with diffuse and/or transparent colors, and exporting Rhino color meshes.

IGES Compatibility Options

A new option is available upon export to turn on compatibility mode for IGES files, which is often helpful for downstream manufacturing applications, such as certain tube laser cutters.

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