Three more weeks have come and gone, so it's time for another release of Onshape!
Let's take a look at some of the improvements.
You may now make parts temporarily transparent. This makes it much easier to work on internal components without having to fully hide exterior casings, etc.
This feature is available in both Part Studios and assemblies. You may also make surfaces, curves and meshes transparent the same way.
A new keyboard shortcut “Shift + T” has also been added to allow you to quickly add components to transparency.
Making parts transparent is a per-user operation, so it will not disturb other users who may be working in the same assembly in the way that "hide" would.
SPLIT MULTI-BODY PART FILES INTO MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS ON IMPORT
You'll find improved options when importing multi-body part files, allowing you to split the bodies into individual Onshape Documents.
This works for CAD neutral formats (STEP, IGES, Parasolid, etc.) as well as native ones (.sldprt, etc.).
CHANGE CONFIGURATION FROM SHEETS PANEL
You'll now find a right-click option to change the configuration of a part or assembly from the sheets panel in an Onshape Drawing.
Similar to the Replace feature, if Change configuration is invoked from the "Sort by sheet" tab, it will only change the configuration for that specific parent-child stack of references. If it is invoked from the "Sort by reference" tab, it will change the configuration for all references on the drawing (including views on other sheets).
RELEASE MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENTS
INDICATION OF RELEASE-FROM-VERSION IN RELEASE CANDIDATE DIALOG
The last Onshape release included an improvement that allowed you to create a Release candidate from an existing version in a Document. You'll now clearly see a version icon in the Release candidate dialog when an element in the Release candidate is selected from a version, rather than the workspace.
This is particularly useful if your Release candidate contains a mix of elements from both the workspace and a previous version, as shown above.
Please take a moment to try out these new features and improvements and leave your comments below. 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 Onshape Documents and over the next few days these features will also be available in Documents created before the date of this update.