Over the past year, thousands of college students and educators around the world have embraced the benefits of cloud-based CAD through Onshape’s Free Plan. Responding to their unique academic needs, Onshape is introducing a separate, zero-cost Education Plan that removes the storage and Private Document limits of Onshape’s Free Plan.
Onshape’s Education Plan now offers the same full CAD functionality and unlimited storage as its paid Professional Plan. It is available to all current students and faculty members at any accredited educational institution.
The classroom advantages of full-cloud CAD go far beyond the costs of software. Because it runs in a web browser, Onshape requires zero IT - no downloads, installs, upgrades or IT support. Setup for an entire class takes minutes instead of days or weeks.
“No longer do educators and students have to waste valuable and expensive classroom time configuring their CAD systems,” says Dave Corcoran, Onshape VP of Research & Development. “Instead of worrying about licenses, upgrades and maintenance, students can focus on why they came to college in the first place – to build up their engineering and design skills and learn from their instructor’s experience and expertise.”
Reasons for colleges, universities and high schools to adopt Onshape in the classroom include:
Students at more than 800 colleges and universities are now using Onshape.
Thomas Kwan, a National Science Foundation fellow at Yale University, reports saving significant time with Onshape in his “Green Engineering and Sustainable Design” class.
“With traditional CAD, our students first had to wait for a large download, and then a lengthy install and licensing process just to get them to the first screen,” he says. “With Onshape, which runs in a web browser, they’re up and running in minutes.”
Onshape is easy to teach and learn. With workflows similar to other professional 3D CAD systems, knowledge and skills learned in Onshape are easily transferrable in the workplace – regardless of an employer’s preferred CAD system.
Technical instructor Andy MacInnis, who teaches the Materials and Methods Workshop for the MIT Integrated Design & Management Program, says his students have experienced a quick learning curve with Onshape.
“It’s very intuitive. Compared to some other CAD systems, it was easier by far for students to find solutions just by using Onshape’s online tutorials and the help button,” he says.
“I love the collaboration feature. It’s great for having multiple people look at the same model while it’s being manipulated. You can show a group of students how to do something without them straining their eyes to see the cursor on a projection board 30 feet away. Everyone can follow along on their own screens,” he adds. ”We’re only just discovering what Onshape can do for us.”