(The Onshape team) has built an online software product that is nothing short of a technological marvel… Onshape provides what is essentially a ‘GitHub for CAD’ interface to its users. Users can now easily branch a product in different directions, and later merge their edits back together.
Onshape’s demo is impressive. As a user, you can watch live as someone on your team makes changes to a fan blade – even if she does it on a phone or laptop a continent away.
The pedigree of Onshape’s executive team is the reason the startup has commanded a nine-figure valuation before even launching.
Onshape has finally done it. They’ve changed CAD… The brains behind Onshape are familiar names in the CAD industry: Jon Hirschtick, John McEleney, Scott Harris, Dave Corcoran — the original SolidWorks team. Not surprising, since the last time I was speechless after seeing a CAD demo was 20 years ago when I saw the first release of SolidWorks.
Now that Onshape is out in the public, we’re going to see the 3D CAD market get a long overdue kick up the arse. It’s not even the fact that the SolidWorks founders got back together, it’s about a group of vendors trying something new, something that hasn’t been tried before.
We always envisioned (Onshape founder) Jon Hirschtick living in a smoke-filled yurt 200 miles outside Ulaanbataar milking goats and living off the land. We were way off. As it turns out, he’d been amassing a Dream Team of MCAD and cloud tech elite.
Onshape is a fully collaborative environment where a distributed team can edit the same object in real-time and instantly view the changes— think about how you can do that with Google Docs.
Onshape provides secure and simultaneous access to one master version of CAD data without the typical bother of software license issues, installation, or file management… Do yourself a favor and take the future of CAD for a test drive.
Onshape CEO John McEleney: 'I have no desire to hold my employees hostage... Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right. None of us would tolerate limitations on where we choose to travel or live, yet there is passive acceptance of restricting where we can work.'
Onshape has a stellar team.
Onshape is hellbent on imbuing CAD with the collaborative spirit of apps like Google Docs and Slack.
(Onshape co-founders) John McEleney and Jon Hirschtick might pass for brothers.