Feature Comparison

3D CAD features are table stakes for any professional CAD system, but modern CAD and modern design processes require much more than just tools to create geometry. See how old CAD stacks up compared to Onshape. If you have any questions about what you see, please contact our team of CAD experts.

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  Onshape SOLIDWORKS®
IT Administration and Accessibility    
No Downloads or Installs
Instantly Add and Revoke CAD Seats
Instantly Add and Revoke Access to Company-Owned CAD Data
All Users in the World on the Same Version of Software
New Features & Fixes Every 3 Weeks
Vendor-Provided Hosting, Backups, and Security
Runs on PC, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook
Fully Featured Mobile Apps: iPhone, iPad, Android
Support and Education    
Cloud-Based Support Direct w/ Vendor
Online Self-Paced Courses and Live Training
Online Documentation
Part Modeling    
2D Sketching
3D Solid Modeling
Surface Design and Analysis
Parametric Multi-Part Modeling
Direct Editing
Sheet Metal
Molded Part Design
Advanced Mold Design
Weldments
Wire, Pipe, and Tube Routing
Assembly Modeling    
Kinematic Mates
Mate Limits
Mate Relations
Mate Rigidly-Connected Parts in One Step
Inherently Flexible Subassemblies
Controlled In-Context Editing
Kinematic Animation
Interference and Collision Detection
Drawings    
Fully-Associative Drawing Views
Controlled Drawing Updates
Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Annotations and Symbols
Integrated DWG Viewer
Bill of Materials
Automatic Exploded Views
Associative Standard Hole Callouts
Hole Tables, Weld Tables, and Cut Lists
Sheet Metal Bend Notes
Model-Based Definition
Design Reuse    
Controlled Reference Updates
Advanced Metadata Search
Table-Driven Part Configurations
Rule-Based Part Configurations
Assembly Configurations
Standard Parts / Components
CAD File Import / Export    
Import Neutral 3D CAD Files
Import Proprietary 3D CAD FIles
Export Neutral 3D CAD Files
Export Proprietary 3D CAD Files
Data Management    
Lock-Free Version Control
Multi-User Modeling w/ No Check-in or Check-out
Infinite Undo, Redo, and Restore
Graphically Compare History States
Branch and Merge Designs
Collaboration and Sharing CAD Data    
Share CAD Data w/o Creating Copies
Granular Permission Controls
Revoke Access to Shared CAD Data
Real-Time Collaborative Modeling
Real-Time Collaborative Viewing
Live Chat and Comments
Analysis, Rendering, CAM, and More    
Online App Store
Photorealistic Rendering
Computer Aided Machining (CAM)
Structural / Stress Analysis (FEA)
Thermal, Vibration & Non-Linear Analysis
Kinematic and Dynamic Analysis
Fluid Simulation (CFD)
Integration API
IDE for Creating Custom Features
Consumable, Community-Written, Custom Features