What is Onshape?
Onshape is the first and only full-cloud professional 3D CAD system that lets design teams work together on any device, anywhere – with no hassles. Onshape is the perfect 3D CAD system for Agile Product Design, as it provides teams instant access to the same CAD system and the same CAD Data.
Some key features:
What platforms does Onshape run on?
How is Onshape different from other "cloud" CAD products?
There are other mechanical CAD systems that are “semi-cloud.” They are traditional desktop-installed software programs that are downloaded from the cloud and store files in the cloud, etc. They require locking and copying disk files for collaboration. (In other words, they are still fundamentally file-based desktop applications.)
Does Onshape have a PDM application available?
Does Onshape have a collaboration product?
What are the ways teams can collaborate in Onshape?
Since Onshape data is full-cloud CAD, there is no need to create copies of files or check files in and out of a vault when collaborating with others. In Onshape, teams can access Documents simultaneously. Colleagues can work on the same parts, assemblies, and drawings at the same time. Access is controlled by the owner of the Document, and each user sees visual indicators when others are working within the same Document.
If desired, team members can choose to create separate “branches” of a design and work on new design improvements individually. Since Onshape stores these variations within one Document, colleagues can graphically compare and merge the branches, saving rework by combining the best ideas.
How does version control work in Onshape?
What functionality is available on a phone or tablet?
What modeling kernel does Onshape use?
Does Onshape work with CAM, FEA, rendering, etc?
Which CAD formats does Onshape support?
Does Onshape support file formats for 3D printing?
Can I use Onshape to store and share any file type?
Can I download my data and keep it locally?
Can I use Onshape side-by-side with my current desktop CAD product(s)?
Yes. Onshape works smoothly alongside your other CAD systems. Here are some popular ways our customers are doing just that:
Will Onshape work with my 3D Mouse?
What languages are supported in Onshape?
For current users, how do I access Onshape in another language?
If you are using Onshape from your computer, follow these steps:
Once complete, you will be prompted to sign back into Onshape. You should notice the sign-in screen is now in your local language.
Availability & Security
Can Onshape be used when disconnected from the Internet?
How does Onshape’s availability compare to desktop CAD?
Onshape has the highest availability of any CAD system in the world. While Internet access occasionally can be disrupted, we believe that is merely one aspect of the broader question of availability. Consider the following:
How fast of an Internet connection does Onshape require?
How secure is Onshape?
Onshape is much more secure than most traditional file-based CAD installations. Traditional CAD suffers from the combination of copying files and the well-known vulnerabilities of PCs via network attacks, viruses, installed software, and unsecured user behavior. Onshape has none of those fundamental security problems. And we have a strong team of cloud and security experts who work nonstop on securing our system and data.
The only more secure way companies or users deploy CAD is when they implement extraordinary security measures (e.g. no USB ports, no thumb drives, no connections to public networks, no user-installed software, and no unrestricted web access). We believe that 99% of CAD users do not take these extra security precautions.
It is much more likely that data loss will occur as a result of distributing copies of CAD files or by an employer or contractor forgetting to delete files when they are done with them.
Who owns the data that I create?
What are Onshape Documents?
Onshape is the only cloud-architected, production-level mechanical CAD service. This means your CAD data is stored in the cloud as a collection of smart objects, not as files on a disk. These collections are called Onshape Documents. A Document is a project-level container that can include CAD models, CAD drawings, and data of any other type.
How do I control who can access my Onshape Documents?
What is a Private Document in Onshape?
What is a Public Document in Onshape?
Is there an easy way for me to share my Documents with a group of people?
Can anyone edit my Public Onshape Documents?
Why does my Document grow in size when I delete items or edit geometry?
Onshape stores data differently than traditional CAD systems. It records every change to your Document, and provides the ability to restore to any point in the Document’s history. As a result, Onshape Documents grow slightly in size with each change.
Plans & Payments
What is the primary difference between the Professional Plan and the Free Plan?
What is the difference between the Professional Plan and the Enterprise Plan?
Are there any differences in CAD or version control functionality between the Free, Professional and Enterprise Plans?
How much do the Onshape plans cost?
What happens if I cancel my Professional or Enterprise Plan subscription?
Can a Professional Plan subscriber share a Private Document with a Free Plan user?
Using Onshape’s Free Plan, can I grant individuals editing rights to my Public Documents?
Does Onshape provide centralized billing for multiple users?
Yes. When you subscribe to Onshape Professional, you have the option to create an Onshape Company which provides centralized billing for multiple Professional Plan users. The credit card holder becomes the Company Owner, and he/she can add and remove Company Members to and from the paid Onshape Company.
If I add new Company Members to my Onshape Company’s Professional Plan in the middle of a month, how will billing work?
Do I get a partial refund for the remainder of my billing period when I downgrade my Plan?
What is an Onshape Professional Trial?
What happens to my Private Documents once the Professional Trial ends?
When does the 21-day trial start?