Seeking to modernize the way CAD users find and buy engineering apps, Onshape today announced the Onshape App Store. Being released in private beta for selected users, the Onshape App Store is an open marketplace offering a wide product selection and a convenient way to browse, try, buy, and use them.
Twenty-four application developers are partnering with Onshape for the private beta launch. The company plans to open the store to the public early next year. All of the partners endorse Onshape’s freemium business model and have either a free version or free trial of their apps.
“To get their jobs done, engineers need more than just parts, assemblies and drawings,” says Onshape founder Jon Hirschtick. “They need simulation, manufacturing, rendering, and things that we can’t even imagine.”
“Onshape is pioneering a new model for applications in the CAD world by bringing all the benefits that CAD users love about Onshape to the world of CAD applications,” he adds. “For the first time every CAD user is just a few clicks away from every application. It’s easier than ever for users to find apps, and for apps to find users.”
Onshape supports three styles of application integration via Onshape’s API:
“Our philosophy is to provide our customers with the widest array of apps possible,” says Dave Corcoran, Vice President of Research & Development. “Onshape users can decide what level of integration and what application pricing and capabilities are right for them.”
“We’re excited by all the early enthusiasm over the Onshape App Store,” he adds. “Many more apps are already in development, and we believe that the app store will increase choice and transparency and empower both users and app developers, just like app stores have already done in other industries.”
For years, desktop-installed CAD users have not had one central place to find and buy apps. They’ve needed to search multiple application vendor websites to find compatible products, and then buy, register, license and install them using different ways depending on each vendor. In many cases, CAD resellers may only offer one product per category. The Onshape App Store represents a significant change in the following ways:
For Onshape partners who develop apps, the Onshape App Store makes it easy to directly market their products to all Onshape customers. The App Store also makes it easy for partners to do business because Onshape handles all the financial transactions, allowing developers to focus on building great apps.
Inaugural developer partners for the Onshape App Store include:
SIMULATION: Fidesys, simulationHub, SimScale and SIMSOLID
CAM: CNC Software, MecSoft and Geometric
RENDERING: Exocortex Technology, Luxion, migenius, Next Limit Technologies, OneRender and SimLab Soft
CONTENT: TraceParts and SolidPartners
DESIGN: ExactFlat and nPower Software
IMPORT/EXPORT: DriveWorks, Pinshape, ProtoTech Solutions and Solveering
PRODUCTIVITY: Rusty Shed
3D PRINTING: Materialise, CloudDDM
The Onshape App Store is highly anticipated by Onshape customers.
“To me, the App Store significantly extends the capabilities of Onshape,” says Theo Cerboneschi, co-founder of Inboard Action Sports. “It makes Onshape more powerful and opens a lot more possibilities for me.”
“I’m happy to invest the time testing actual products, but I don’t like wasting time searching for what exists, if it is compatible and where to get it,” adds Peter Schmitt, chief designer at Desktop Metal.“I’m impressed that so many companies are already onboard the Onshape App Store – and I know that everything I find there will definitely work with Onshape.”
Joshua Newth, founder of Droplet Life, says he appreciates that many of the things he values about Onshape are evident in the Onshape App Store as well.
“As a startup, being able to access a simulation tool that doesn’t require a massive workhorse computer or doesn’t require a very expensive license is important to us,” he says. “With Onshape, I like that I can pay $125 a month instead of dropping $6,000 on a seat of CAD up front. I like that the same principle is being applied to engineering apps, that there are flexible payment options if I don’t need a tool everyday for a year.”
“What really resonates with me are the Integrated apps. A cloud-based CAD package that has a cloud-based simulation package is a real win for me,” he adds. “It’s also really appealing that Onshape users can leverage each other’s work. If I write my own app, I can share it with the community in the Onshape App Store and suddenly, we all have a new tool to work with.”
Onshape users can request an invitation to the private beta of the Onshape App Store by visiting Onshape.com/app-store-beta. Users and developers interested in learning more about the Onshape API and how to get their own products into the Onshape App Store should visit Onshape.com/api-access.