Onshape

Onshape

4.5 / 5 240 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Innovative, cloud-forward Agile product teams use Onshape's built-in collaboration and version control tools to build products faster and with fewer headaches.


Average Ratings

240 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $125.00/month/user
  • Pricing Details
    Billed Annually
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Onshape
  • www.onshape.com/
  • Founded 2012
  • United States

About Onshape

Onshape is the first and only full-cloud 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team work together using any web browser, phone, or tablet. Onshape was built from scratch for the way todays engineers, designers and manufacturers really work, giving them secure and simultaneous access to a single master version of their CAD data without the hassles of software licenses or copying files.


Onshape Features

  • 2 1/2-Axis Milling
  • 3-Axis Milling
  • 4-Axis Milling
  • 5-Axis Milling
  • Database Connectivity
  • Hole Making
  • Simulate Cycles
  • Spiral Output
  • Toolpath Simulation
  • User Defined Cycles

Onshape Reviews Recently Reviewed!


I am a consulting mechanical product designer with almost 25 years experience.

Aug 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The best thing about Onshape is that you can use any computer, tablet or phone as long as it has a browser. There is nothing to install, no "versions" to contend with, and I never lose my work because the software crashes.

Onshape is very intuitive for those coming from other 3D CAD packages, there are just a few work flow learning curves, (working with part studios) but other than that, very easy to learn.

Another great functionality of Onshape is the built in PDM. Onshape does not only allow you to build parts, moving assemblies, and drawings, you may also upload images, PDFs, Excel sheets, Word documents, etc. The ability to keep all of your files within a single Onshape document can save hours when tracking spec sheets and other pertinent information.

I use Onshape when my clients do not have or require a specific CAD program/software, it allows me to share the data with them and smoothly collaborate at all times. Most of my clients utilize SolidWorks and I try to move them over to Onshape whenever possible. Onshape works well with SolidWorks however, when there is a need for both, it allows for a lot of other options that were not there in the past.

Lastly, one more great thing about Onshape is that they are constantly updating the software, it gets better each month. Better still is the fact that the updates are automatic, there are no patches, just open your browser and its there waiting for you.

Cons: The only con I can really think of would be it's limitations through the past, but this is to be expected of a brand new software program. Not having the ability to develop sheet metal parts in the beginning was rough, but I also have to say, when Onshape does deliver on what is lacking, it's always above and beyond my expectations.

Overall: I try and get my clients to migrate to Onshape all of the time. The benefits I get from the software are too many to list, but some of my favorites:

No dedicated computer or server required

Built-in PDM system

Onshape always saves all of my work, all the time.

Has the possibility to be the new CAD paradigm like SolidWorks was back in 96 when I left 2D CAD

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Support is responsive, pricing is fine, love the 'pay by the use' subscription format for advanced features seldom used like FEA. Will be a great all around CAD platform for small flexible companies like ours when its fully featured. I'm very interested in seeing what CAD designed without 20 years of baggage will look like when OnShape is mature.

For the amateur, hobbyist, and students; Onshape should be the first system they learn on. Back in the day I used to steer these people to Alibre when asked for a 3D CAD recommendation because they likely couldn't justify the high entry price of SolidWorks and its maintenance. My hope is that Onshape gets this market and most of the small businesses like ours.

I do recommend that Onshape come up with a lower tier plan between free and the current paid plan that allows really small organizations to grow in their financial commitment over time. Something token priced per user limited to forum support and limited cloud memory for a longer term test drive. This could accelerate Onshapes replacement of SW because small commercial users can start experimenting without the public files. Picture rouge Engineers in a company already paying for SW that might want to show something to management and shouldn't have to pay per month personally to keep a small amount of company files private!

Cons: OnShape is not quite ready for us to use on our bigger projects. Like watching the Matrix movies I'm dying to figure out how they keep 'branches' and the current 'versioning' paradigms and also allow part and assembly configurations that should not require an exact linear history. I really hope they do better than the Matrix movies in closing the loop.

If they were more open about when we could expect 'configurations' to be ready, my team might be able to jump to bigger projects sooner. But modeling without 'configurations' is really hard for those of us who grew up on SW. It is the king of all built in work-arounds in my design methodology and the longer I try doing things in Onshape the more I realize configurations are a key requirement of mine.

They also need to get conical and cylindrical sheet metal as this is sending me back to SolidWorks on some simple jobs I should have gotten done in Onshape, even without configurations.

I have less Pros than Cons to talk about at the moment, but my true feelings are demonstrated by the fact that I'm still investing my time in using the software as much as I can, I'm hoping that this can be our primary CAD system in the next 6 to 24 months. SW didn't have that much to offer by 1998 so OnShape is likely comparable in its advancement along this path.

Overall: No real benefits yet, but hopeful.

Very happy with this modern cloud based solution with 5 stars customer support!

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: OnShape is a simple-to-use yet powerful parametric modern cloud based software that allows me to collaborate easily with my team.

Forget about heavy and expensive CAD work station. I've been most of all my mechanical design on a MacBook Air in Safari.

As a frequent traveler, I can access and work on my model on any computer as long as there's reasonable internet connection and google chrome.

The data system is so powerful that I've never experienced a single error message caused by data corruption. This was a serious problem I had with Solidworks in the past. Since it's a cloud based system, my data is securely backed up with full traceability down to every single change I made to the model.

Whenever I have questions or see a bug in the system, I can easily report it to OnShape's technical using the feedback system. Bugs are usually fixed within days after it's reported.

Forget about upgrading or installing new patches, it's always the latest version as soon as you login. Thanks to it's cloud based technology! OnShape is frequently updated so that patches and new features can be incorporated in no time!

Cons: The only issue I have is offline access to the models I have OnShape. OnShape does provide the option of exporting models into numerous formats so that you could open them with conventional non-cloud based software.

However, I still have trouble opening them with common software like eDrawings.

Ultimate, I would prefer to have an OnShape software on my computer that could sync the data I would like to view whenever I go offline. This is important, as I don't always have an internet connection when I need to present my models to my client when traveling overseas. So it'd be great if OnShape could look at better view-only offline support. Where I can view a read-only model and jot down comments. When I'm back online, I can edit it on my browser.

Overall: Cost effective modern cloud based solution that is efficient, powerful and secure.

Onshape is a good fit for me and my startup. It was not a good fit when I tried at a larger company.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: I really love how fast I can put my assemblies together with fasten mates.

I really love not having to fix broken relations, or deal with other horrible manifestations of Dassault Enterprise PDM. Having a git-like structure has a learning curve, but it much easier to manage.

In Onshape, things generally behave the way I expect them to. This may seem a little straightforward, but it's amazing how frequently this isn't the case, even with historied, expensive, enterprise software.

I love how often I get to see a preview of my document as a model and not just a file name.

I love the idea (I don't get a lot of opportunity to use this feature, yet) of being able to share a model in view only mode to anyone.

I use the android app on my Pixel XL, and it runs really amazingly well, which is super convenient for those days in the shop I want to check a measurement, but don't want to print and bring drawings (mostly days I waterjet parts and need to do a small amount of post processing).

Cons: Needing to have internet access when I use it! Sometimes I just have a few minutes between here and there, or want to be able to work from a cafe. With software, I can just commit as I go and push when it's convenient. I understand why Onshape needs constant internet access to function, but it's occasionally a pain.

Performance has occasionally been an issue. I'm mostly using two different beefy workstation desktops (one linux, one windows, both chrome), and I have high expectations from my time working in Solidworks. Sometimes it just takes longer than I feel like it should to rotate a model or move something that has freedom within an assembly. Very small movements can be a little finicky. Same goes for selection through transparency.

The other thing I like least is the pricing model. When I was at a larger startup, we had floating licences of SW that worked really well for us. I tried to work on transitioning the team to Onshape, with one of the promises being that we would be able to save some money along the way. In the end, it would have been significantly more expensive than the floating licence system we were using, which ended up being a surprise. Sure, people can jump on and off month by month, but it's much more of a day to day, and even hour to hour thing with when people need to hop on CAD. I don't know what a better system than you have would be, to be honest, I just know it was a pain point when a larger company I was at looked into transitioning.

Overall: I think I laid out most of the benefits previously. It's an excellent CAD tool that fits the needs of my startup. In the future, I'm excited to see how the product adapts to a changing market. Are drawings going to continue to be the golden standard of conveying information? If so, I would hope that you continue to develop drawings, as they are less robust than other drawing solutions on the market (SW, AC). If we start to see a larger trend towards model based definition, will that work essentially the same as view only sharing? Machine shops will have a better answer than I do.

One thing I really miss from SW was that my sheet metal vendor had an automatic quoting add-on. I just pushed a few buttons, selected materials and I could shoot a purchase order request out in minutes. I'm curious to see how that kind of automation works its way into the product.

As I've stated, I'm pretty happy with Onshape so far. Even though I have a couple small gripes, the benefit of knowing that I'm working with tools that I expect to endure better than 'traditional' CAD tools offers me enough peace of mind that we're willing to put up with a decent amount of frustration along they way if it comes.

As a 3D printing professional I found Onshape delivered everything promised and more.

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I gave it 4/5 for ease of use but only because there is an initial learning curve to figure out what all the buttons do. After that, the sky is the limit. The software is Fast, easy to use and once you get the hang of it very intuitive.

Complex shapes, such as screw threads, are straight forward to produce. The key is just to know what you want to make, and once you get that clear in your own head, you guide the program to make exactly what you want.

As a visual learner I felt fully at home with Onshape. I output my finished designs as STL files and send them directly to my 3D printer. Results are impressive and a great advertisment for 3D printing in general.

Would I recommend Onshape to others? absolutely, and if you are thinking about 3D printing do even start without getting Onshape first.

My rating 5 star.

Cons: No real cons that I can think of, other than the initial learning curve as already mentioned. But that said, Onshape's own documentation and user forums are excellent, so there are no real problems to report.

Only improvement I could think of is to suggest you get a 3D connexion mouse to compliment the software and use it to its full potential.

Overall: The ability to design and produce complex 3D printed objects that fit together perfectly.

Also the ability to visualize assemblies and make modifications before they are produced.

I also found it indispensable in producing exploded diagrams and parts catalogues.

Overall the software is an essential tool for product development, from initial concept to finished product.

Onshape is my 5th and final 3D CAD package - I have arrived!

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The (deceptively) simple, very powerful user interface

Amazing, multi-part part studios

The reliabity of the software and the way it "just works"

Being better suited to woodworking than anything else I am aware of

Being able to pick up on a design at home after work without having done ANYTHING

Quality, speed and pleasantness of support!

The problem being keeping up with releases rather than waiting 18 months to find that X wasn't included after all!

Being able to add in your own features using FeatureScript!

The amazing new 3D curves and surface generating features allowing me to accomplish things I hadn't succeeded in doing with other CAD software!

The app store for all the addons that are not core-CAD

Feeling "listened to" when making suggestions or struggling with something!

The effort the team put into "joined up thinking", getting things "right" and the many decisions they have got right already

Cons: No internet = no CAD (but not actually been a problem yet!)

The lack of configurations (as yet)

The lack of any visual representation of materials in the workspace beyond colour and transparancy (wood, metal, glass, plastic re: SW or inventor)

The way variables (parameters) are managed (looking forward to what is coming but this one has felt like a long wait)

Overall: I spend much less time achieving much more, more reliably than before I found Onshape!

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Nick! Thanks for your feedback as always. I'm excited to see how you enjoy our upcoming releases! Please keep me posted if you need anything in the meantime.

Exciting start to real cloud CAD

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The new ways of working that the marketing talk pushes so hard really do have some significant advantages. The integrated version control is brilliant - unlimited undo, branching, merging and visual differencing. Real time collaboration works well but persuading suppliers to adopt a new process can be tricky. The subscription model of both licensing and software updates works well for us.

One of the most impressive aspects has been the customer support. This software is a work-in-progress. The quality is good but as with all software, users find inventive ways to break things or try the impossible. When something hasn't worked as expected the in-built feedback tool works great. I've put in several 'bugs' and feature requests and always had a response within 24 hours. Bugs fixes have made it into the next monthly release. Low hardware requirements that aren't increased with every release.

Cons: Some feature sets are more developed than others. Drawings are still improving - quite a few 'manual' tools that you'd be used to from other packages are not yet available. For me the lack of 'configurations' is frustrating but I can see this ultimately being integrated with the versioning system and being awesome.

Overall: Relatively low cost of ownership thanks to the subscription model and the modest hardware requirement. Once learnt the system is faster to use than our previous CAD.

The intelligence and insight behind the big picture structure of Onshape is astounding.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The underlying philosophy and structure allows unprecidented freedom to develop and record creative ideas. Pretty well everything can be captured by the built-in version system, while allowing you to return occasionally to ideas that weren't so bad after all.

Support is rapid, even from Australia, and new feature requests get answered - in weeks!

The interface is cleaner, more logically grouped and simpler than any CAD I've seen over the last 40 years. It often makes me smile and almost never makes me swear. And that is a delightful reversal of normal for me.

Cons: Some commands are hard to find.

Searching help through key words can be unhelpful.

The feature set is naturally not quite as complete as older CAD systems.

Overall: Sanity. I'm not kidding. Having the creative process constantly halted by CAD and OS bugs that never get fixed, some for decades was constant.

I started using Onshape really seriously while on holiday in the back country of France when a licensee stopped paying their royalty and I had to redesign the product for production. The internet was very slow, but I got all the work done and quotes were all done before I got back home. I had all my files and all I needed to do that work in my MacbookPro, and my holiday was just as enjoyable as normal.

Very positive, I really like it. One of my favourite packages I have used.

Aug 11, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: How quick a thought or idea can become a model. The look of the modeling space is brilliant. How intuitive the program is, a lot of steps are removed because I feel the program is working me. It understands what I am trying to do. The customer support and community is also a big bonus. The webinars are great as well as the help functions.

The functionality within the part studio, assembly and drawings is just brilliant.

Cons: The functionality of the tabs within a document. I find it frustrating to use at times, specially it is hard to put my finger on it but it is the one time I grit my teeth. When I have lost my place in tabs/ can't read the full tab/ delete a part and I jump into or out of a folder. I personally just don't like it.

How bad the resolution is on the drawings when you are working on them. When they a exported to a PDF they look brilliant but in while working on them it is not great. I understand this could be a cloud issue. Also to that point the lag inside an assembly again I understand this is a cloud issue.

The thumbnail constantly changing on the document page. I would like to be able to set the image is I wish because like the tab it is easy to lose place of where you were working.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 24, 2017

Hi Mark! Thanks so much for taking the time to review Onshape. I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed using it so far! I'd love to schedule some time with you to understand the issues performance issues you're facing better. Your Customer Success Manager will reach out directly to set something up.

Onshape makes life easy

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Infinite computing, makes it possible to work from anywhere and model quickly, even from my iPad or netbook.

The lofting feature blows other CAD systems out of the water. Seriously the loft feature you have now is unbelievably good.

The "git" style versioning is genius. I never worry about loosing work, breaking assemblies, etc. The versioning in Onshape is my favorite feature IN ANY SOFTWARE. I wish every piece of software worked this way.

The collaboration I do now with clients is ONLY possible in Onshape. I can work thousands of miles away from my client but they still feel in complete control. They can access their assets without even contacting me which is so amazing.

The shear peace of mind that all of my CAD assets and references are safely stored on the cloud gives me amazing confidence working on projects for clients.

Cons: Adobe Illustrator polylines, DXF and DWG import/ingest needs major improvement. Going from Illustrator to Onshape is kind of a pain in the butt right now. So many designs come from Illustrator or EPS, and being able to digest polylines would be so great.

Google font support in the text tool would also be helpful. Only 5 fonts or so are available now which is very limited.

Fairly easy to use after a lot of training. Extremely frustrating at times. Sad emoji.

Feb 15, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The fastener mate command is useful. I also like the documentation set up. It makes it easy to find parts specific to an assembly I create. They finally implemented the configuration option which is helpful. That is about it though

Cons: I do not like part studio set up. Inserting parts into a part studio get extremely frustrating when I insert said part studio into an assembly and it inserts all the parts in the part studio without their orientation towards each other and they do not follow the tramsform command. It also inserts the parts individually. I also loathe that when (about 20% of the time) I make a drawing for an assembly it does not transfer all the information and will add lines that are not there and omit lines that should be there. From a production stand point this is impossible to work around and makes our documentation look like a joke. Their customer service told me they are working on it over 2 months ago and it still happens and then they told me I needed to remove all the hardware (about 100 pieces) one at a time until i found the culprit. They also told me to leave it out in the drawing which also doesn't work for me. The branching of workflows is also frustrating when multiple people are working on something and the document will not allow a merge. The document ends up being left and no one knows which branch is active.

Overall: none that i could not get in a more professional software

I have done a lot with the OnShape tool, more than I was able to with ProE Creo.

Aug 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, and the interaction with the developers. The training webinars, and interest in helping the users. The ability to make user features is really interesting, and I have used is some. I am still learning...but it has been very positive experience so far. The integrated versioning tools are also quite helpful, and well thought out. I was using the tool almost daily, but lately, conflicting work has taken me away...have to get back.

Cons: My machines use chains, and the tools inability to deal with those, especially in an assembly, is problematic. Parts that move in 3-space when the chains move, is key also. I tweaked a pulley example, that works partially in a part window, but then disappears in the assembly. Sprockets and chain details - I have not incorporated...but those still do not move the sprockets. Also, part of the machines are cables. here I mean force transmitting cable, not electrical ones. Lining up sheaves, and visualizing the cable paths would also be a great addition. I am hoping these get supported eventually. The last thing I will mention is no external interface. I am developing the control software for the machines, but i cannot pass the kinematic and dynamic data in and how to have the software run the machine, so I am forced to investigate video game software engines to do that...That has useful results, but makes for a more complex integration and evaluation effort. I feel like I am unloading here, but the ideas might be food for thought.

Overall: I had the opportunity to investigate some complex design issues, and try out some solutions, though I have not finished yet. I had tried this in ProE, but I found it too hard to use, and the software update issues were beyond painful...

Onshape changed the way we do design, interact with customers, and saves us quite a bit of money

Aug 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The browser-based nature of Onshape and sharing capabilities are great strengths. We can share designs with infinitely varying levels of permissions from full editing and sharing to view only in anyone's browser. This means that instead of having one person with a clunky laptop during a design review, anyone can bring up the full assemblies and / or piece parts on whatever device they bring...including their phones. One of our customers uses SolidWorks as their design tool and we use our Onshape license to both work on and share designs for viewing that no one would get to look at if they weren't looking over our shoulders at the SolidWorks workstations.

Cons: One of the main issues with Onshape is that it depends on a solid internet connection. Early on, we had some internet drop-out issues at different job sites that we have shored up now by getting a better provider and adding a hotspot for portable reliability.

Overall: Flexibility. We can turn licenses on and off as needed, without having to go through painful installation procedures. If we need other capabilities (such as simulation, rendering, or math tools) that Onshape does not have built in, we can add apps that make it even more powerful.

Very good software for mechanical design and design sharing/team design projects

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like the features and ease of reusing existing geometry. It easily allows for multi-body part modeling and enables the parts to be treated as individual parts with their own properties etc. The architecture of program makes it one of the fastest I have ever used for conceptual design and then easily transitions the designs into production.

Cons: The learning curve switching from solidworks/pro-E was a little steeper than I anticipated but, once we made the switch, the benefits really started to payoff. Although it can import and edit 2D dwg type files, it is not a good solution or does not have the ability to create 2D as easily as an autocad program when creating schematics or the like (the drawing package for documenting Onshape files is very functional).

Overall: Design agility and speed are the largest benefits I see. We are a smaller company and work with a larger number of outside vendors for manufacturing and engineering work. This has by far made that process much easier and eliminated the wasted time and money associated with giving an outside firm access to our vault for file transfer. It is very nice to be able to collaborate in real time with the outside world, both on the design and manufacturing side, by simply sharing a file with a person, company or team (internal of external).

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Thanks for the positive review, Jeremy! We're looking forward to working closer with you and the team over the next few months.

In my experience with Onshape is up and down. But is slowly going more up then down.

Aug 10, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the customer support and the quick responses.

Anticipation of new updates and improvements.

Constant improvements.

Price is good.

Can take it anywhere on almost any device as long as internet connection is decent.

Sharing is easy but I think could be better.

works on mac!

I don't need a fancy workstation.

Cons: BOMS!!! absolute worst and very frustrating. I tried both google sheets and OpenBOM and always end up very frustrated and never happy with the finished product.

Need exploded views. That exploded view app is garbage

Need sheet metal features added faster. Need to be able to add tabs for tab and slot designs. Everything feature that is added to a sheet metal part that will affect laser cutting needs to show up on the flat pattern. I hate and don't understand having the "finish sheet metal" feature.

Drawing templates are also frustrating. trying to make a nice company template has been a struggle and I am still not happy with it. Importing to a DWT and modifying in a 2D cad software never reimports properly.

Overall: Being able to allow a new business like mine to afford professional 3D cad software.

Ease of use anywhere

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Ryan. Thanks for your review of Onshape. I'd love to schedule some time for us to catch up and discuss your feedback in more detail. Do you have some time next week to chat?

Onshape is a revelation in the CAD world. Versatile, collaborative, mobile and efficient software.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: There are so many pros to list.

It is profession CAD on mobile devices, it has built-in version control. Onshape is fully cloud-based so you always have access to the most updated files. You can make custom features or modify existing features do particular tasks. Onshape lets multiple people work on the same model at the same time. It uses a reimagined mating system that is completely intuitive for real-world motion. The cost is completely unbeatable. New engineers can start working in minutes without waiting to install CAD software. Onshape support is incredible. They update Onshape very regularly so any suggestions for improvement are implemented more quickly.

Cons: There are still a few features that Onshape does not have like weldments and 3D sketching that I would like to see. Sometimes needing an internet connection can be bothersome as well.

Overall: I can take my CAD information anywhere I need it; from the shop floor to instant access at any time on any device. The level of control over my company's CAD content is best in the industry. The collaboration that Onshape allows makes the design process faster and smoother.

I do not loose information, it is grate. And no more crash, so I work very happy.

Aug 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The information that I create is safe. I do not need a big computer, so the big files can work fine. It not have crashes, so I do not lose time by that. The idea of work with multiple solids in a same "fiel" have a lot of advantage, and the assembly mate is faster.

Cons: I need to test the new surface tools, It was limited, but I see the tutorial and think that this new tools was strong.

I need to put my own profiles (or customise profiles) in weldment or structural tools.

The draft angle analysis is important.

The idea to use partners or apps, it grate, but It is expensive or maybe I need to understand how to use to pay only the time that I need. I do not have a risk to have a monthly charge in my credit card if I forget uncheck something.

Sometimes is important project a sketch or curve one surface.

Overall: It is a profesional CAD that can run in any computer. The cost is accesible.

And I think that have a new workflow or work method that have advantage and save time.

30 year mechanical and hydraulik CAD user

Aug 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I don't need expensive cad hardware and the program is available at any place with internet connection. Onshape can import other cad file format so it is possible for me to cooperate with companies using other Cad programs. Onshape give me as a design consultan possibility to cooperate with other designers I don't have to invest in expensive cad programs. It is easy to present and discuss design development in project groups. The pricing is fair set.

Cons: Missing some funktionalities i.e. In my project with rock drill rigs I need to position boom and feed (7 degrees of freedom) to different positions. I hope a nice feature to handle the movement will come. A great benefit for onshape is the ability to transfer files but the recipian must have a license and they are reluctant to invest in a license . A possibility to temporarily give rights on the fly to load files with a free license can be a solution

We've been a user since the days of beta, allows us to work no matter where we're at

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Cloud based CAD that can be ran on a multitude of platforms from PC/Mac to mobile. Ability to collaborate with our team and customer in real time with multiple individuals working simultaneously in the application. Rapid development of the platform with new releases on a regular and rapid basis

Cons: Lack of offline caching causes Models to need to be reloaded when experiencing poor network coverage such as riding down the interstate while working on a customer design

Overall: It allows us to more rapidly develop our integrated robotic workers than competing systems. The ability to have the customers log directly into the model from anywhere and do a quick design review and make changes on the fly while tracking them is a huge benefit especially since our customers are located across the country.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Matthew. Thanks so much for taking the time to review Onshape. I'd love to catch up since it's been a few weeks since we spoke. Do you have some time next week to chat?

Great combination of solid CAD and PDM

Aug 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to pick up with great concepts and features like bulletproof booleans, part studios and the ability to derive geometry from and to anywhere in the system. Without touching a file system.

The ability to User Onshape everywhere is very important for us. When visiting a manufacturer or customer all data is always accessible.

Another big plus: Support. When was the last time the you wrote a feature request or bugreport and had it fixed in hours for a "normal CAD vendor"?

Cons: Drawings are not up to par with other tools yet. Although the progress is fast.

As with all cad systems, they sometimes drive you mad. Onshape's ease of use makes up for this most of the time.

Overall: Extreme design speed up through highly parametric designs.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Florian. Thanks for taking the time to review Onshape! As always, please feel free to reach out if I can help you with anything!

Onshape has enabled me to become more efficient and streamlined in the things that I do.

Aug 21, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: 1. I like how this software doesn't tie you down to one machine, so If your primary machine goes down, you don't have to worry whether you can get the work done or not.

2. I like how the software doesn't hold you back based on the spec/type of your computer, plus it is able to perform over multiple platforms and devices, i.e. Mac, Pc, Ipad, Etc. so you can start on a PC for example, then carry on on a PC and visa versa.

3. I like how that you can perform similar/same tasks as Solidworks without the need to spend hours retraining as it is relatively similar.

4. I like how it is reasonably accessible to most people.

5. I like how it can easily integrate with add-ons, i.e. One-render, Keyshot etc. so that you can also render your product, and this can even happen without leaving the Onshape browser!!

Cons: By no means am I a CAD pro and I don't use the software on a regular/daily basis, so some of these may be down to my skill and knowledge but;

1. I find the mating functions more difficult to use than other softwares.

1.1. Regarding the mating, other softwares allow you to mate using planes which can make it easier to mate if the centre of the product isn't where the planes meet.

2. I am still getting my head around the version and branch options in the history tree, but I can see how this will/can be beneficial.

I think that my negatives can be resolved through watching tutorials, but I guess they are still negatives as they aren't as intuitive/easy to use.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Tom! Thanks so much for your review of Onshape. Have you been able to take advantage of our training offerings yet? I'd be happy to get you registered for one of our Bootcamp courses if you'd be interested! It's a live training for 4 days, 2 hours per day and covers all the essentials of Onshape. Let me know and we can decide which available dates work best for you.

Redefining CAD User Experiance

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The user interface of Onshape is a game changer. The sheet metal tool is one of the easiest available. User input is greatly valued and well heard. The webinars and tech tips are extremely helpful. Onshape is always being updated with new tools and features. Customers are not inconvenienced by updates, you are always using the newest version. Easy cross-compatibility with other cad packages. Featurescript gives lots of flexibility and options.

Cons: CAM functionality very lacking. The lack of 3d sculpting tools can sometimes be a challenge. The Webinars, while extremely helpful can feel unfocused and a bit unorganized.

Overall: Ability to work on my project from any web browser. Using the product is very intuitive. While Onshape runs in a web browser, it feels faster than the competition installed on my computer.

Simple, but Deeply Powerful

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love not having to constantly email myself files or carry them around on pen drives, with all kinds of stupid "v011_final_real_modified" file names. Even when I used GrabCAD you still had to make sure the latest version was uploaded, but OnShape it's just THERE - I don't need to worry about whether I have the latest version if I'm travelling.

The interface is clean, and though simple to get started with when coming from other CAD packages, it has a lot of more powerful features that you can get into with relative ease - FeatureScript and the git-style versioning to name a few.

And I'm so done with making sure I have the latest version of whatever, and dealing with license servers and all that nonsense.

Cons: App store has increased range of features, but vary highly in quality and ease of use, especially in the creation of common real-world deliverables e.g. CAM & rendering.

Minor gripe: not being able to group features and nest sketches under their corresponding features makes the feature tree often feel cluttered.

Overall: Fully featured CAD package that's affordable for small businesses and startups, with > 90% of the features, for a much more reasonable price.

Having it on the cloud means I can CAD even from my Chromebook and mobile device, because it isn't limited by the computers specs.

This software has been very intuitive to use and is the most fully featured giving the best value.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: - The best feature is this software is cloud based. It does not require a high-end desktop to run and is OS agnostic.

- The 3D modelling and 2D drawing feature sets are very extensive with additional features added very regularly. The user experience is always improving and the developers are very responsive to the user base keeping them informed of coming features and dedicated to addressing issues.

- The performance is excellent (no lag). Also, the business model of paying for private documents (at a reasonable cost) while also providing a user full access to all the features for free made the decision to purchase the training and software an easy decision.

- Live webcast training was excellent.

Cons: Many modelling and drawing features are basic and require improvement to allow for customization - i.e. Hole feature, assigning materials, 2D drawings. These are limiting factors for being able to use in a professional environment.

Overall: It has allowed me to work as an independent consulting engineer/designer to create accurate models for my client in a timely manner.

My experience has been great. Support is awesome. Awesome. Could not be happier.

Aug 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: One of the greatest features is that I can use my Mac Book Pro with out running a virtual Windows! And the support and constant feature upgrades. I have had several suggestions that have been added in relatively short order. I love that I have a direct link to the developers thru the support system. OnShape is great.

Cons: It's hard to have a complaint, by the biggest one I still have is the dimensioning doesn't work well in sketches or parts of the software - but mostly in sketches. When dimensioning in sketches, the dim leader always goes to the center of the line for example. Which then makes it hard to dimension other things to the line, for example, because the leader is "over" the top of half of the line. It really makes it difficult.

Sometimes when dimensioning, a point to a line for example, the dim lines jump off a one of the entities and is just in the "air" - and the dim is wrong. It happens often, but is not easily repeatable. But it is a regular issue for me.

The only other thing would be the setting up drawing templates are not easy.

Overall: Too many to name. We are a small shop, this allows us to easily design products and communicate/share them with our vendors. Could not imagine using another product for design - I am an OnShape Evangelist.

Excellent CAD package that is accessible to everyone!

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Cloud based software brings a whole new dimension to CAD. I am now able to design something on one computer and easily pull it up anywhere else without the need for installing huge software packages. The costumer support is also second to none! I have nothing but good things to say about the team at OnShape.

Cons: The cons are few and far between, but if I had to select one it would be the ability to handle large assemblies or feature trees. Huge strides have already been made to make the renderings faster, but it is still an area for improvement.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Michael- Thanks so much for taking the time to review Onshape. Your feedback has been so valuable to us. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything we can help with!

Hands down, Onshape is my favorite software I've ever used.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love, love, love the collaboration. I can share files with customers and they will always see the latest version. My boss can work on the assembly while I work on the parts. I can move a tapped hole, and each part updates accordingly.

I love that it's 100% online. I hate downloading in general, so any time I can avoid it I do. The fact that there are significant updates (that I don't have to download or buy a new licence for) every 3 weeks is just icing on the cake. I love that my work gets saved automatically.

The fact that customer service is so responsive and receptive to suggestions is absolutely amazing.

Cons: It crashes pretty often. Nothing is lost, it's just kind of annoying.

A lot of features will fail if you don't select the right face, but the warning messages don't say that. They just say "failed to generate"

Overall: It's extremely fast. I never lose my work because it's all saved online. I can use a crummy computer and still work fast. I can collaborate with my coworkers seamlessly.

Really the first parametric affordable software.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: As I work at a FabLab we used to work with open source, free or affordable software. Until a few years ago there was no parametric [and userfriendly] option available. I like the setup/crossover of solidworks and google docs. The non experienced cad user can view and eventually also edit since he gets used to the interface gradually [first share, then change small things and eventually create new things]

Cons: sometime it is a bit slow, especially when the models get more complex I sometimes think if stand alone CAD software might be better, but the ease of sharing with 'noobs' is a great pro for us.

Overall: Creating shareable professional 3D model which meets the industry standards

The mobility is great, wish you will get the local college to start using Onshape

Aug 15, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Cloud solution is the future, mobility & connected. To be able to demo and view the dwg on the spot is excellent. I hardly carry my notebook, especially the issue on safety and snatch theft.

The feature is compatible to most 3D cad. The learning curve is low. For start up I pick up quickly. In case of trouble, I find the video tutorial very productive. Too bad I dont have time to join the Webminar. Especially the timing is on US time zone.

It will be great if you organize on site training, I am sure you can get a good turn out in KL. As a start you can help to build the local Onshape community. Like local fan group. It will allow cross learning.

I have idea of turning Onshape to purchase bidding. I am sure the machine shop and buyer will like this feature.

I am sure you aware of the supply chain bottle neck, Onshape is one small step from this topic.

Cons: lack of peer support therefore the problem solving on difficult topic is rather tough.

The pricing, it should use pay per usage instead pay per month. It is not attractive for random user like me.

The auto dimension feature need improvement.

Overall: I am more productive and easy access to a full 3D CAD.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 16, 2017

Hi SF! Thanks for taking the time to review Onshape. I'm the Director of our Customer Success team and I'd love to connect and introduce you to your Customer Success Manager. If you're having difficulty finding answers to your questions, that team is going to be instrumental in pointing you in the right direction. Let's set up some time to discuss how we can help you!

Suited our needs perfectly. Great value with low initial investment allowed us to implement quickly.

Aug 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Great value - low comparative cost for the CAD capability. The lack of necessity for high end workstations also made the decision easy. The sharing, collaboration and control abilities are revolutionary. I have shared certain documents with suppliers to good effect. The data management is also less of a headache. This also saves local storage and backup demand. No more lost files and broken links! The user interface is well laid out and easy to use and learn. I also enjoy the fact that I can log on and work from any work station. The constant development and instant access to the latest additions and "whats new" videos is brilliant. The support teams are really involved and listen to comments.

Cons: Depending on your locations internet infrastructure this can be a limiting factor. Here in Cape Town there are times when the connection is interrupted but not so much that it is debilitating. Some minor features are lacking depending on the industry you are in, however I expect they will be added in time as the product develops.

Overall: Easy implementation. Strong support structure. Easy to use and some good features to allow faster modelling. Fantastic training methods.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Thanks for the great review, Alex! I'm happy to hear you've been enjoying Onshape so far. As always, please feel free to reach out if there's anything I can help with.

My favorite CAD system right now

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: Independent of operating system. Nothing to install. Interface is very similar to Solidworks which I got started on. Built in version control is awesome.

I use CAD mostly for inspecting models these days, and OnShape is more than sufficient for that. The measurement tools are really convenient.

Very affordable and easy to get licensed.

iPhone/iPad app is a big plus -- I've done modeling in a coffee shop on a whim while waiting for brunch, how cool is that!

Cons: Some step files that open fine as closed body solids in Solidworks would only show up as a set of surfaces in OnShape. Large assemblies are slow.

Cloud access and storage is industry leading. Easy to use and organize parts. Updates and improves

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Storage is in the cloud, CAD is browser based, sharing & collaborating is quick and easy, no more cumbersome pdfs, surfacing is improving and history tree/rollback is consistent and "crash" free. Production drawings can be produced to a professional level. I look forward to rendering in Onshape, rather than an app.

Cons: Sometimes updates are pushed out and they are not thoroughly tested. Advanced users like me should be paid to test the new functions to a high standard. Cloud security concerns me. I'd like to hear more about how Onshape modernize and protect against cyber threats. Be proactive, not reactive.

Overall: Design iterates quickly, communication is smooth, models and drawings look professional, data can't be lost, access is anywhere, including phones and best of all, using this software makes me lots of money :)

Great CAD/PDM Tools allow me to create and control documents in electro-mechanical engineering

Aug 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Because I'm the only CAD person then being able to Share/Control documents with just a few clicks

is very important and saves me lots of time. And being able to import designs from my old Inventor CAD system.

Cons: No real issues; I pack a lot of information into assembly drawings and try to finish off in Onshape but sometimes have to push into 2d Draftsight to finish off. i.e. reduce line weights. Adding a circle and rectangle tool in drawings might help. If i could get my spreadsheet parts list into Onshape via Openbom would save a lot of time, I have mentioned this to Oleg.

Overall: Software is Easy to Learn with lots of Video's available and regular Webinars to cover updates

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Thanks for the review, Doug. Glad to hear you're continuing to enjoy using Onshape! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions I can help with!

1st time CAD user. Steep learning curve for me, but it's a great program, value & customer support.

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love the fact that the program is browser based. It makes is immensely easy for me to switch from my Windows desk top computer at work to my mac lap top at home.

Cons: I'd like to see continued improvement in the drawings tools. I still struggle to achieve what ought to be relatively simple functions. I also notice some inconsistency in some functions and I'm not sure why. Example: pulling a dimension from the center point of a radius to another point or line. I often cannot get the program to see the cross hairs of the center, whereas a minute before, it would. Weird.

Overall: Got my start on CAD with relatively little hassle!

It has been quite good since the start.

Aug 19, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: We like most its easy to use.

Other things that we like:

The capability of the team to work on the same document/container.

Versions control.

Easy to share.

Although we still have not explored much about the apps but looks really promising.

Customer support.

Cons: Sometimes is VERY slow.

We have some big problems when exporting to DWG, and hope that they solve in the future.

Sometimes the sketches gives us some headaches.

Overall: Provably we have saved thousands of Euros on software and time.

Suppliers and other companies that we interact with are a bit reticent to use this software as a way to communicate designs with us but after they try it for a short time they are very happy with it, that makes it easy for us to work with them.

We encounter problems finding people that knows/use Onshape. (sorry this should be on other place but I forgot)

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Gonzalo! Thanks so much for taking the time to review Onshape. We appreciate hearing your feedback - both the positive and negative. Please let me know if you'd like to discuss your feedback in more detail or if there's anything I can help with!

With minimal training and experience, we are able to make very complex 3D models

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The 3D capability and allowing a customer to be invited onboard to collaboratively interact with our drawing are extremely powerful on the sales side of our business. We hadn't even contemplated this possibility on the front end, but when we invite a customer to click a link, come in and "touch and feel" the fitting, rolling and turning it, has enhanced the sales perspective. The customer doesn't have to be a registered user; He just clicks on a link in his email while you are on the phone with him, he looks it over and says, "Yes, that's exactly what I am asking for," or "What if you made the flanged end a little bit thicker?" You have an order off the street and manufacturing before the competitor even has it drawn up.

Cons: There is still a learning curve. And this isn't a bicycle. If you don't use it, mental rust will form. That makes it a bit tough on the casual user. There are help screens and video and tutorials and that library is growing, but when you are trying to look up what "merge scope" infers in a tool, it can be very hard to search that out.

Overall: Collaboration with customers, collaboration with colleague, impact with a customer from sales perspective, discussion with vendor on part being built for us.

Onshape is an intuitive, accessible, and increasingly powerful CAD Package.

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like that it provides full functionality for free, and I appreciate that it is easy to use for beginners, but also extremely customizable (using its open FeatureScript language) for us expert users. It doesn't have a typical PDM system, but rather a very intuitive way to compare, branch, and merger different versions of the same design. The ability to collaborate in real time is unbelievable, and allows me to work alongside my clients, which they love. No more waiting for an email update or the new CAD files.

Cons: There is no graphics lag, but sometimes, it takes a while to access larger assemblies (couple hundred components). The performance increases each month (as does the global internet bandwidth) but it still loses today in a heads-up speed race against a local CAD program on a high-performance machine.

Overall: Ability to collaborate with others and develop products from any device, anywhere in the world.

After struggling with SolidWorks for few years I feel that there is breath of fresh air in market :)

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Browser based system, meaning I don't have to sit behind PC to all tasks. Meaning I don't care what computer I have at friends house - I can go be 99% sure I can access my files.

Don't have to worrie about where my files are - no sync issues!

And Support. Every question and trouble what I had has been answered fastly and 90% with result. Rest of 10% has been sent to development notes and 90% of that has turned into feature/option later on :)

Cons: Cloud based system was hard to sell to my boss. With slow internet speed it's amazingly hard to work...but you are only option in market at all what I can use outside of office.

Overall: Cloud, file managment, easy to increase team size, sharing options.

Onshape is a fantastic CAD tool empowered by the endless possibilities of the cloud.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Onshape is well built and enabled for collaborative work right from the start. It is a powerful yet simple to use CAD tool, completely focused on shape modeling. Alongside this core functionality run integrated versioning and access control features. This, together with the simple subscription model make it a fantastic tool for designers

Cons: The main page is cluttered, and it is not easy to clean up. I would also like to not show a list of parts when I log in. Sometimes I show something to a client. Then I have to hide my screen until I can get to his part, so that he doesn't see the parts of other clients.

Overall: Shorter development time, easier document management and free training with the purchase of a subscription.

It is an easy to use CAD. I also like the philosophy behind Onshape on how to design.

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: With out a doubt, the fastening features of the 3D assembly. This is what made me love Onshape; it's unarguably the fastest way to assemble a 3D.

I like the idea to create different parts in the "part studio tab" as compare to other 3D CADs where you need to create each part in another drawing/sketch, losing sight of what you are doing.

Open projects like Openvolta takes most of it advantage with the online collaboration.

The benefits of internet and enable to draw on different OS like Linux, it's for me 5 stars. Even an Android tablet takes all it's sens and advantages.

And finally, the support his great. I had an issue in the past and Onshape finally resolve it.

Cons: It would be nice to have 3D sketching to built a rolled cage chassis for a buggy and a building plumbing, electrical conduits, ventilation ducts, etc.

I applaud the initiative of Onshape to give unlimited storage access on the condition that the documents remain public. Open design and technologies project like Openvolta does take the most of its advantage of it. However, for personal and private use, the fee/month is exorbitant especially when your currency is low. I truly believe that there should be a corporate license and an individual license to help this individual.

Overall: Easy to use, no storage limits! Being able to use it on different platforms is one great and superior advantage over the competition.

Very pleasant overall, impressed with a novel approach to every aspect of CAD modeling.

Aug 18, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I see more focus on tomorrow's needs rather than simply addressing today's. FeatureScript, In-context modeling enabling top down design which used to be cumbersome in the past, single work space for all my project documents, real-time collaboration and data management are some of the features I find to be greatly beneficial. Not having to worry about installation, updates or patches feels like being able to drive a car around while some one else is periodically and automatically taking care of all its maintenance work and also keep enhancing its performance. Being a designer, I am highly impressed with the intuitive interface and work flow, an aspect I draw inspiration from.

Cons: Length of feature list and its organization. Limitations arising from being a history based modeler - it would be preferable;

(a) if sketches can be freed from this hierarchy as long as they are not dependent on any feature

(b) better access to and management of parent/child relationships.

Not too happy about the drawing resolution/interface as my eyes are used to a better one. This could be due to browser's limitations. Shortcut keys are limited, would be better if sequence of keys (mapping) can be used.

Onshape have been fantastic right from the Beta stage when we joined them

Aug 12, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Fully cloud based

Easy to use

Great existing features

New features every 3 weeks

Support team are fantastic and responsive - so far always responded on the same day

Actively listen to new feature requests

App store provides great 3rd party functionality

The Featurescript addition provides so much flexibility

Cons: The folder organisation could do with some enhancements

Auto part labelling would be a massive help

Animated movie functions would be great

Overall: Cloud based straight away opened up so many potentials for us as a new startup company. The feature list has constantly been expanding and covered our minimum requirements very quickly, and now is bursting with fantastic features and a very helpful support team behind it.

CAD for the connected age, by people who are themselves connected.

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Onshape is modern CAD, cloud based, community oriented and supported in the way we expect in the connected era. The product is developing literally by the day. The support staff is responsive and personable. Quite simply, Onshape is lightyears ahead, if not in features (yet), then certainly in heart and soul.

Cons: Onshape is not quite as rich in features as more mature offerings, but it is already a fully professional offering and growing in features on at least a monthly basis. Well done Onshape.

Overall: I joined a flexible, responsive community supporting a dynamic product - rather than buy a cold CAD product with a once yearly upgrade. Several of my improvement ideas have been included, thank you for listening Onshape.

A breath of fresh air from the cloud

Aug 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I've always wanted cloud based CAD so signed up as soon as I saw the advert on FaceBook. There are many great innovations such as the view cube and assembly mating. The best thing is that the company listens to its customers and updates the software regularly.

Cons: Some functionality from main contenders like SW is still missing but it's an easy work-around. Users are encouraged to submit service requests and if enough users ask for the same or similar features they will be considered for future (monthly) releases.

My favorite software I have ever used. You couldn't pay me to go back to Solidworks.

Aug 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: -Revision history of every document, back to the beginning of time.

-Never lose any work

-Easy and natural collaboration around the world

-Branching and merging

-Monthly automatic updates

-Built in scripting language allows unparalleled customization.

-Very well thought out GUI and tools makes parametric design natural

Cons: -Fewer tools than solidworks

-Internet connection always required (but who can really work without one?)

-Surfacing tools are still fairly basic (though constantly improving)

It's great value and has good functionality

Aug 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use. Capability to create complex parts and assemblies. Excellent document and version control. As good as any of the other professional CAD packages i have used in the past.

Cons: No mid range pricing option. Always need an internet connection to use it. But this hasn't proved a huge problem.

Overall: Its great CAD functionality. Cloud storage. Powerful document and version control.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Thanks for the great review, Michael! I'm happy to hear you've been enjoying Onshape so far. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if there's anything I can help with.

OnShape is easy to use. Easy to make the move from another CAD system.

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I love that I can hop onto any computer and access all my documents that I may need. I love that I am able to do full editing from any computer as well. I love that customer support always answers so quickly and will help you with your problem. They even help with work arounds, if what you want is not now accessible. I love that they have updates every few weeks and notify us about them. They come in handy! When mating assemblies, fewer mates are needed when compared to other CAD systems.

Love that I can "follow" someone and view their screen.

OnShape is improving every weekly and I'm loving it more and more.

Cons: Dislike when I want to share only one specific version with a certain person, they still have the option to view "Main", which is work in process.

Overall: Accessible anywhere internet is accesible

Overall it has been excellent!

Aug 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Portability

Ease of creation

Equation driven parts and open source code

Excellent rendering

The data compression has improved immensely over the past year, much less hangups and lag in the upload/download.

Cons: No "offline mode" application. That would be hugely helpful when the internet connection bogs down or goes out. It grinds production to a halt. This is a major deterrent to continuing to use Onshape as my major cad program as my company scales.

Importing other cad models depending on file type can be difficult.

Overall: Portability

Rapid development time

No capital expense for software, able to lump cost into monthly overhead (not good long term solution, but good for startups)

The future of CAD

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: No version management hassles, Rapid feature release schedule, mobile apps, pricing are all strong points of Onshape. Nothing beats being in a remote office or factory without your laptop, asking to use a computer and pulling up your entire CAD environment. It's only going to get better.

Cons: The current feature set is a little limiting, but is being rapidly addressed. Being cloud based (the other side of the cloud-benefit coin) means no access on a plane or in very low-bandwidth/high-latency applications. But honestly that doesn't factor much.

Overall: More agile development cycle, ability to access work from multiple locations without worrying about file access / management.

Over all I am very happy with the product and its features with a couple of key issues to be sorted.

Aug 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Fantastic feature rich environment with a high degree of usability.

The git style version control and remote access are easily the most valuable features.

The tool goes well beyond a basic feature set and dives into a number of more complex areas. The ever growing feature capability.

Cons: The cost model still lacks a dedicated "startup" level where IP is protected but service (file count or size?) is limited. This pricing tier is critical to startup companies who cannot afford to spend most of their operating budget on even the Onshape business plan.

The lack of windows touch and pen support (specifically the Microsoft surface) at this stage is startling. I've read the forums where it is said to be a limitation of the operating system it self but I'm having a hard time understanding that. Google Maps has figured this out so the capability is there.

Overall: Portability of my design data.

Easy collaboration with my colleagues.

Effortless and thoughtless retention and backing up of data.

Effortless and thoughtless version control.

Onshape is a great CAD platform, particularly for smaller companies who plan to grow

Aug 21, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Onshape has a really good selection of design tools, its robust and has a familiar feel to it. It is great for top down parametric CAD design, makes organizing part data easier, and has no overhead IT tasks. 3 week feature updates are great the the community support/ customer service is also excellent. Very impressive product.

Cons: The biggest issues I have with Onshape are the less professional feeling application store add-ons. Although they are nice they don't all match the usability of Onshape. Also because of the fully cloud based architecture a reliable internet connection is required for a good experience.

Overall: It allowed our company to design faster and was the most affordable CAD package we could find.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Anthony! Thanks, as always, for your positive words and great feedback. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything!

Years of work using both Solidworks and Pro/Engineer.

Aug 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: OnShape was easy to learn due to its similarity to other professional 3D CAD software. I really like the fact that the parts and assemblies all reside in one easy to navigate 'file' and the assemblies update as parts in the assembly are modified. Working in the cloud makes sharing of designs and maintaining versions and files very easy. The standard part apps are very nice to have available within the software environment. Being a cloud based product, I do not have to deal with installations. This is a big deal for me and was not something I anticipated being such a strength. The other benefit that derives from being a cloud based application is that I am always working with the most recent version. The cost of licensing is very reasonable.

Cons: Some of the tutorials don't explain the concepts from the beginning. I am not always able to figure out what I need to do to create a feature. Maybe I'm missing something, but I would like to be able to specify a hole or holes with a point and then reference other features off the center of a previously created hole, but I can't seem to be able to do that. This may be a training issue. The core of this issue is that I am not always able to reference features off of the feature I want to.

Overall: I always know I'm working with the most recent version of the software. Document management is handled for me by the application.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Ed! Thanks for taking the time to review Onshape. I'd love to schedule a call to discuss some of your questions. Do you have some time next week to catch up?

Best Online 3D Modeling Software

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love that anywhere I have an internet connection that I can login and use Onshape from any computer. This has allowed me to work from the comfort of my recliner or to open up a project on my phone.

Cons: It is missing some of the features that the more expensive software packages have, but they are constantly updating and adding new features. If they keep up the pace, I expect that they will have the few features that I'm looking for.

Overall: I don't need a power computer to run the 3D modeling software.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Matt! Thanks for your review of Onshape. It would be great to catch up since we haven't spoken in a few months. Please let me know if you have some time to chat next week!

Top notch 3D CAD at affordable cost of ownership

Aug 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use and maintain, incredible software support, cloud based, no need to update. The amount of features has been growing constantly, following user requests.

Cons: Being a cloud based product you need to be always connected to use it. This may be an issue if you need to use it on the go, especially in foreign countries.

Overall: As a startup we were looking for an affordable option to develop new products. Onshape, with its minimum entry threshold, allowed us to jumpstart our mechanical development resource.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Thanks for the great review, Fabrizio! I'm happy to hear you've been enjoying Onshape so far. I'm your Customer Success Manager so please feel free to reach out if there's anything I can help with.

Best Cad software I have used.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I have dabbled in other cad software but found it cumbersome to learn.

So I gave up and went back to my drafting skills to create all our process drawings

until I was introduced to Onshape.... WOW I found it very easy to learn and the tech support is second to none.

Cons: Being cloud based I sometimes find it lags sometimes but that is usually do to my internet connection.

Overall: We can now have clear blueprints for processing our product.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi David- Thanks so much for taking the time to review Onshape! I'd love to schedule some time to introduce myself as your Customer Success Manager and hear more about how your using the software. Do you have some time to catch up next week?

Very complete and easy to use CAD system for a reasonable price

Aug 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: - Cloud system: all documents in one place

- Very good user interface

- FeatureScript: helps us to automate some tedious tasks

- Continuous development with updates that are automatically in place

- Prompt and adequate response to support questions

Cons: - Graphic performance could here and there (e.g. sketching) be improved

- Sometimes files are hard to find (you have to think about how to organize them with labels etc)

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Jascha. Thanks for taking the time to review Onshape. I'd love to schedule some time to talk through our best practices for organizing documents. Do you have some time next week to catch up with our Technical Services team?

Awesome product which has brought CAD to users that otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity.

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: (1) So easy to learn anyone anyone can make real parts with just a couple of hours of training.

(2) Hassle free application updates.

(3) Low system requirements.

(4) Easy team management structure.

(5) Comprehensive history / revision / branching methods.

(6) Very constructive forum

(7) Helpful webinars.

(8) Featurescript.

Cons: (1) Lack of trust in the people making pricing policy decisions.

(2) Inability to work during network outages.

(3) Can be slooooow to rebuild.

(4) Reliance on partner apps to do things that should be native.

Overall: Entry into CAD for several users without large up-front costs.

OnShape is the future of 3D CAD. The SolidWorks engineers mutinied the ship for the good of us all.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Runs on any platform. Low cost. Professional 3D CAD is now free to the hobbyist and cheap for professionals. No massive annual fee like AutoDesk or SolidWorks. In a few years they will be gone. Neither can adapt to cloud CAD fast enough to catch up with OnShape, and they have the baggage of giant corporations to carry. No chance.

Cons: Still a new product. Features are being added regularly. Struggles in performance with large circular and linear arrays.

Overall: Cloud 3D CAD. No local machine crash or power outage can affect your work. Switch computers, or switch to a iPad or phone any time. No saving your work.

I really enjoy the novel "what's the best way to do this" approach that Onshape brings to CAD

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This software lets me do my CAD work more efficiently. Both at the individual level and collaboratively. And the icing on the cake is that every three weeks, there's new features to explore!

Cons: It's still young. Some features are not fully developed. Happily, most of these underdeveloped areas are on the fringes, outside of common use.

Overall: Affordable modern cad. In the cloud. With configuration management built in..

Process engineer in automotive company with daily use.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Fast and easy to use for me and my colleagues, possible use without fixed licence on computer, low prize and extremely easy to use for modeling all possible components, fixtures and all what just need in my daily works.

Cons: Fast export into 2d drawing for archivation, many supported formats for export without others plugins and very common updates from Onshape and many more ..

Overall: Simplification of work, as we did not have a 3D application of only 2d for process applications. This method of work has greatly preserved the output value of the replacement parts and helped with automation.

Great for basic mechanical design. Integration of FEA, optical analysis - 3rd party comp improving.

Aug 18, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Simplicity - it is easy to learn with many valuable tutorials; being web based allows great laptop based modeling; Value - it is easy to add users.

Cons: Crashes - almost daily the software hangs, drawings are not easy to generate or customize i.e. inspection symbols/fonts/arrows, learning/using 3rd party apps is not intuitive. Too many emails from Onshape.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Pete! Thanks so much for taking the time to review Onshape. I know you spoke to Jocelyn yesterday morning so please feel free to continue to reach out to her with feedback like this. We're looking forward to continue working together!

Very Intuitive and Feature Dense; Consistently Being Improved

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The ability to create part studios has made modeling complex assemblies vastly easier than in previous CAD software. The features are constantly being updated and the customer support has been excellent.

Cons: Maybe it's our internet, maybe it's something else, but I frequently get kicked out of the part studio and have to refresh my page. This happens multiple times a day, and isn't a detractor/I don't lose any progress, but it is annoying.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Marshall! Thanks for your review of Onshape. Sorry to hear you're experiencing some annoyances with connectivity. I'd encourage you to submit a Support ticket the next time you experience this if you haven't yet. I'm your Customer Success Manager, so please feel free to reach out to me if I can help you with anything else!

Extremely reliable system which has most functions needed and also developing in a good speed.

Aug 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The cloud base system works well and is a robust engine. The multipart modelling give a designer a great way to design many parts together and reference them to each other. Also the user interface and the modelling logic is very easy to understand so its not cluttered with subsections of choices but an easy to comprehend and remember interface. Surfacing works nicely and also the assemblies

Cons: There are some little things missing like draft analysis that requires to use a second cad system just for this. Also drafting could have some more options as well as assembly parameters but I'm sure they will come there eventually.

Overall: mobility from cloud based system, fast implementation of a new system.

A wonderful CAD software

May 31, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I'm sure the best Onshape feature is its super user-friendly interface, very, very good. I loved it an how the software still looking like a CAD software. Of all the CAD softwares I used, is Onshape that still with me till today

Cons: I don't even consider it a con, once each software has its purpose and limitations, but sometimes some tools seems a little limited

Overall: Best CAD ever

I have been using Onshape as the primary CAD system of my startup company for two years

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: In context editing is very nice, and allows for new design practices without risk of circular references. Modelling and sketching tools are straightforward and efficient. Direct DXF export is great to go to production quickly.

Cons: Speed is sometimes an issue when linking different docs or working on huge part studio. The sheet metal tools could be more robust to support mirroring and more complex operations.

Overall: Good value cad package where I can work from anywhere without even thinking of files and versions, integrates well with cloud google apps.

Good from far, but far from good, the software excels at doing simple tasks .Getting better everyday

Aug 10, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use. Fast to use. Good from far, but far from good, the software excels at doing simple tasks .Getting better everyday

Cons: Not powerful. Lacking some features, mostly in drawings. Good from far, but far from good, the software excels at doing simple tasks .Getting better everyday

Overall: Simple intuitive software. Very easy to draw simple parts. Edit parts, and model in context (ie top down)

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Craig! Thanks for your review. As you know, we're working hard to create additional features and I'm glad to hear you see our product improving with each release. Keep the feedback coming!

Easy to learn but powerful 3D CAD that runs on any device. Think Google Docs for CAD.

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: 1) intuitive, clean and accessible user interface.

2) cloud based which runs on any device. No powerful hardware required. You can CAD on your couch on your iPad.

3) no files, no installs, no hassle

4) great support

Cons: 1) larger models with hundreds of parts and lots of features become a bit slow.

2) need more surface and spline features.

Overall: Recreated a 92 year old 160 feet wooden schooner. The ultimate goal is to preserve the vessel in a digital format for education and future restoration projects. In the process of 3D printing the model in 1/60 scale.

Theresa are still some annoying lags, but I'm general this is best cloud CAD today.

Aug 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Fastest evolving CAD software I know with best collaboration tools on the market today. Best thing in every cloud software is automatic updates while I am sleeping.

Cons: Some serious lags, no support in Europe - we have to wait till the evening for support to answer us. Not sufficient time for documents and drawing loading.

Overall: I got legal CAD with great collaboration with minimum investments. But now, only yearly plans available makes is less valuable. That is why only 5, not 10 points in recommendation scale above. Earlier I was promoting this software to anyone

This is an Awesome Versatile Product, that has transformed our CAD usage.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Always available on any device. And the power to do the types of tasks we need for engineering in our business. Don't lose data. Conversion capability is seamless, especially between CAD systems and CAM systems. Tutorials are a blessing for instructing how to use.

Cons: Not available when we are not on-line. This is not a game changer unless I am in a cave somewhere. Some commands we don't have available, but haven't mastered the open source code to make commands ourselves. Some of the 3rd party apps are not well documented.

Overall: Mobility and Sharing has been the best benefits. Power to do work required without having to depend on special Video drivers compatibility or a Race Horse computer.

This is a functional CAD platform that performs with ease. The customer support is unsurpassed.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The cloud based functionality that prevents crashing and losing any work. The customer support and feedback for solutions. The live updates as other co-workers CAD and build out products.

Cons: The lack of full features as SW in some aspects and lack of full integration with a solid FEA solution.

The drawings are lacking a few features. Some of the user interface is difficult to interact with for me such as assembling products.

Overall: Fast CAD experience and no need to checkout files with the fear you did not have the latest version.

Continuously impressed with new features.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like the ability to work collaboratively. The drawing features make for professional deliverables to clients.

Cons: Runs slowly at higher complexity models. Could use some more presentation and collaboration tools like screen capture notations and notes tied to parts or features.

Overall: Its a great cad software for rapid design, collaboration, and final engineering

Use onshape professionally for use designing aerospace parts.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Cloud based. Can access it from anywhere. This is helpful when I'm traveling. I also like that there is no need to update the software. When I log in it's always the latest version.

Cons: It's newer so some of the feature tools I was used to in solid works aren't available in onshape. It's always improving though and I have seen missing feature tools created.

Overall: It has allowed us to perform design on all of our product and test equipment. The interface and part creation I find to be easier to use that Solidworks, NX, or ProEngineer.

Overall positive with a pretty bright future of continued product improvement.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I really love how much the Onshape setup promotes top down modeling, especially with the new in context editing. Being able to access my models anywhere on any device is really a huge plus, though sometimes slow internet can be a hassle. Feature script is a pretty awesome program, and I love the possibilities it opens up.

Cons: There is still pretty limited functionality as far as modeling goes. It definitely isn't the most powerful CAD modeling tool out there, but they are working really hard and releasing new updates every 3 weeks, so I'm confident that it will eventually get caught up with other big name programs. Drawings are still lacking. And I don't love how they promote 3rd party software for performing a lot of functions that other packages would include.

Overall: Simple cloud access to my CAD models including simplified team modeling collaboration.

I was with Solid works _ overall I prefer Onshape

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and auto save online - also the ability to view and edit on my cell phone is very handy

Version control is good, but needs more intuitive feel

Cons: Cannot folder design tree - can get toooooo long and clumsy

No ability to save a screen view - CAD images in screen - as a jpg

I find the assembly management not intuitive - a bit clumsy

The online requirement has not bothered me much - I thought it would!

Overall: Continual update

Simple ( bit basic)

Mobile device use

Spreads payment to monthly

Onshape is awesome and allows for efficient management of complex engineering projects.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The best part is the collaborative aspect of Onshape, the ability to design complex parts and assemblies that are all interlinked. It is super easy to create parts and easily turn them into functional assemblies directly from the part. The ability to do versioning keeps a clean organization of large projects.

Cons: There is no offline feature unfortunately. It would definitely be easier to work with and without internet so that working is not limited to a good internet connection.

Onshape is a great CAD for small business . Lot of learning options and perfect support.

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the cloud idea. I can work everywhere. Of course on tablet and phone it is different, but it is okay for checking and presenting. I like the regular updates.

Cons: It is leaking too much RAM from my PC. There is a problems working on old PC platforms. Not working with internet explorer. Sometimes clients have only IE installed.

Developing at a good speed. Just hoping it can fully replace SolidWorks for drawings and analytics.

Aug 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It aids Colaboration by mutiple people being able to view and work on the same document at the same time.

Cons: Can't do everything we need it to yet. Especially certain aspects of drawings. It would be nice to save screen captures to make hand sketches on them and save them withfile.

Overall: I don't know what to say here.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Rob. Thanks for taking the time to review Onshape! We have been working on some drawing improvements and will continue to for the foreseeable future. Please let me know if you'd like to discuss your feedback in more depth!

Excellent Program, powerful and easy use. Support is prompt and helpful

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Fast and easy to use and learn, the platform has multi user capability and you can work together on projects. All of your drawings are saved in one location. Updates are clearly communicated and presented well.

Cons: Occasionally we struggle with internet due to our location and without internet it does not work. Sometimes bigger drawings take a long time to react to commands

Overall: We can develop drawings and dxf's and order material cut to size and pressed to shape. This saves us money and time .

Simple, intuitive, and good value

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Since it's all web based, I do not need a powerful computer as you would for other CAD softwares. Great to use on a MacBook.

Cons: Two things:

1. Applying mates is not as simple as in SolidWorks

2. Keyboard shortcuts (ability to go to isometric view quickly, etc)

Overall: Transitioned from SolidWorks to OnShape with little hiccups. Did not need an expensive/powerful computer and good value.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Jay! Thanks for taking the time to review Onshape. I'm glad to hear you've been having a good experience. Many of our customers have found that our training program has helped with the mating nuances between Onshape and Solidworks. I'd encourage you to check out Fundamentals course 5 in the Learning Center at learn.onshape.com if you're interested! Let me know if you have any questions.

It's a great system written by wonderful people

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Cloud, No files, Easy access, No load or install, Consistent interface, Timely updates, Great support.

Cons: Assemblies & Project level design, Too few people use it, Surfacing could be more consistent and organized.

Overall: Collaboration, Getting everyone on the same page, Sharing & controlling information, getting everyone onboard using it.

Great product! Easy to pick up quickly but with vast functionality for large development projects.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: We started using Onshape as a less expensive alternative to Solidworks for simpler design work (e.g. 3D prints for simple prototype parts) and it quickly became the go to CAD software for our company. The cloud system is key since it allows multiple people to log in from their own computers instead of needing dedicated CAD computers.

Cons: Some of the import features could be improved. Particularly importing assembly files from other CAD programs.

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Cloud based CAD for everyone.

Jul 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Because Onshape is cloud based, users are saved the stress of installing software which can be a very stressful experience with some software.Everyone in my organizations technical department have access to the most current version of every file , saving us the confusion of having to always confirm the version of every file we need to use.Editing ,collaboration , file recovery ,access,and files storage is simplified ; all of these thanks to Onshape for being cloud based.

Cons: No complaint whatsoever from my experience with Onshape. I only wish I was aware of this program 3-4 year ago.

Intuitive and easy learning curve.

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Cloud based and don't have to save. Has nearly all the CAD functionality I need. Team didn't have to buy expensive CAD hardware to get going.

Cons: Would like built in CAM functionality. Currently having to pull parts out of Onshape and into Fusion to complete CAM work.

Overall: Software isn't solely depended on hardware.

good secure cad modeling, still lacks some of fusions plane generating and axis making

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: tools are intuitive to a work flow, sketch tools are unintrusive and easily manged. surface modeling is picming up very well and drawings have come a long way

Cons: doesnt have a good free fea. fusion 360 costs me about 1 to 2 months of onshape and lasts for a whole year. also i cant scale in specified directions. its only uniformly. more attention should be given to having key base tools that give a wide range of skills easily.

Overall: flexible and reliable cad

Great software

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use. Much easier than Fusion 360. Somewhat easier than Solidworks.

Minimal hardware requirements. Can work from any computer, anywhere there is Internet.

I really like being able to make multiple parts within a Studio. This saves time and eliminates the need to create assemblies for parts that have a fixed relationship.

Good value, especially considering that no special hardware is required.

Cons: Must have a good Internet connection. Too many features rely on third-party vendors. Still not fully comfortable with having proprietary files under someone else's control.

Overall: Access. Ease of use. Works well. Stable.

Some things are easy while others are incredibly frustrating.

Aug 10, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like how it is cloud based and I don't have to worry about storing any information. I also like the history tracking application and that it remembers everything I have ever changed and when.

Cons: I loath the the branched versions and how it seems to not like to merge with the original main branch. This leaves most at my company confused over which version is up to date and leaves models very incorrect. I also do not like how the models do not auto update and I do not care for the mating technique onshape has gone with. It is very tough to get a good handle on and leaves most of us frustrated and spending too much time for what should be an easy mates.

Overall: Its cheaper than other more used software with less data storage.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 24, 2017

Hi Jeremy. I'm the Director of Customer Success here and I want to thank you for taking the time to review Onshape. I'm really interested in diving a bit deeper into your feedback. Jocelyn, your Customer Success Manager, will be reaching out to schedule some time to discuss and see how we can help.

Overall a positive experience. Pricier than other tools in my toolbox.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: OnShape doesn't choke on operations that some of my other tools struggle with. It is very stable, has a nice clean interface, and is pretty intuitive.

Cons: The STEP exporter doesn't always generate a readable file for some of my clients/toolmakers and I have to port the model through Fusion 360 to get a usable STEP file. When the feature list gets extensive, processing and updating can slow to a crawl. A color-coded feature list would be a nice option, as it becomes difficult to navigate when it gets long. I would love some rendering capabilities. Spherical patterning would be great too.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on September 01, 2017

Hi Michael! We would love to schedule some time for us to discuss the issues you're having with exporting in more depth. We think there may be some best practices that will help solve this. Could you let me know some times you're free next week to chat?

Highly portable and always improving

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: My number one favorite feature is the portability. This software is the most available CAD software out there. No software to install, all I need is a web browser and I am right there with my projects. No other parametric CAD system can match that.

Cons: The biggest con I have for the software is the lack of features. However, due to its roots in the web the software is always being updated and features are always being added.

Overall: The cost benefit of using Onshape versus any traditional installed CAD was a major factor in chosing. With traditional CAD not only is a license to use the product very expensive, but each year you must pay an additional fee to receive the updates. On top of the software costs you must also have a PC suitable to run that software. With Onshape I have a reasonable yearly subscription and the only installed software required is a web browser.

Obviously a young 3D modeling software, but continuously improving, and have great customer support!

Jun 30, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like how it is browser based so it won't crash. That is really nice knowing you will never lose any file since you don't have to save. I also really like their tree feature to make iterations and different design options. It is really useful if you remember to use it.

Cons: When I press the scroll button down, it enables me to rotate the model, but if I push slightly to hard, I guess there is a second click that will send me back a page! It might just be bad luck with my mouse, but I have never had a problem with any other modeling software. I guess no one else assigns that button as a back button. I switched the controls so now to rotate I use the right mouse button, but switching from different software while working on projects throws me off because no one else uses the right mouse button to rotate. It still is lacking some things in the surfacing end of things, but has greatly improved over the last few months.

Very easy to use.

Aug 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to set up and it was quick to learn drawing and assembling. Also like it being on a web browser. Easy to set up and it was quick to learn drawing and assembling. Also like it being on a web browser.

Overall: i use it mostly for design and then 3d printing. Work very well for exporting.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Thanks for the great review, Don! I'm happy to hear you've been enjoying Onshape so far. As always, please feel free to reach out if there's anything I can help with.

I use onshape on a daily basis and love how I can access it whenever and wherever I am.

Nov 09, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love how I can work on onshape anywhere that I have internet. I also love that it is free and I can refer people to it with the perk that anyone can do it for free. Most of the features are super intuitive.

Cons: There are some more complicated geometries that I have attempted to do that will not work. Also the customer support is very friendly but as for helping me with problems they have been somewhat unable to help.

Overall: I love being able to have an idea in my head and quickly model it on the computer, either to show to someone or to 3D print. It has empowered me to be able to bring my dreams to life.

From what there is it is extremely easy to use and intuitive but you get to a function that is miss

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Works on almost any platform any computer, no installation, no update installation, no need to save.

The staff actually.listen to your requests and you see them answered.

Cons: When there is no internet you can't use it.

Not all the basic tools are there, which means you have to revert back to your older Cad package.

Overall: I can work at home with ease. By not having to transfer my a license.

It seems pretty fast for design.

Excellent support and feature execution

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Onshape support is the best, bar none. Their feature implementation has rivaled or improved upon most major CAD programs. It's extremely intuitive, clean, and easy to be productive.

Cons: It's relatively new so lacking some features, but they're adding important features at a good pace. Plus, you get them immediately, without installing software!

Overall: Easy to share your work and collaborate. Easy to work from anywhere.

Very impressed

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I was able to pick it up very quickly with my SolidWorks experience, and it seems to be the most economical option for my small business.

Cons: The only cons I can think to list are that even though it's the most economical option out there, it is still expensive for a small business like mine. There have only been a handful of times I wanted to do something, and the functionality wasn't there. But I was always able to find a suitable work around.

Overall: I'm able to do everything I need design-wise within OnShape. The cloud storage, mobile support, and sharing options are great add ons.

Awesome! (Extra words couldn't improve on it.)

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Useability: Ease of use, accessibility, support mostly do their best to listen, understand & IMPLEMENT requests!

Cons: Very rarely there is a "wish that this could be used 'offline'" - but ultimately know that it defeats the purpose of the "Cloud" concept.

Otherwise it is just a really young company - & considering all that, they are doing really well!

Overall: Fast, efficient, effective design with comprehensive modelling and drawing functionality.

It is easy to learn - particularly once you understand the basics.

Learning this from scratch might take a few months to get comfortable using the software, after that mostly it is downhill (easy).

It is a fast advancing company - barely giving you a chance to get up to date with all the new features, and along come the next set of really great & useful features!

Highly recommend it!

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Don't worry about saving files, just concentrate on your work!

Oct 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The fact that Onshape is not file based is its main advantage! You can just start designing parts, assemblies and drawings. You don't have to think about file names, you can rename them later. This helps a lot getting things done quickly. After 2 weeks I still get the feeling "Oh I have created a lot of features, I have to save now!" but in Onshape this is not necessary, it saves every step :-)

Also you have a complete history of every change, which is really nice!

The rendering and simulation software I use, are both already working with Onshape (much better than my previous CAD software)!

Cons: Some features are missing at the moment, but they are coming in the future.

I wished I had Onshape 5 years ago, would have saved me from a lot of headaches.

Overall: You can log on from every computer and you can share the files easily! I have the feeling to be more productive with Onshape!

Very good, it took a bit of learning, but works well

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: can use it between different team members and locations. One place to store and organize files and projects.

Cons: Lacking some standard features. Hope they upgrade soon so it is on a par with desktop systems. Hopefully soon.

This is a great browser enable cad package that packs a punch!

Apr 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Being a browser-based software enables access on any device with an internet connection. Features are streamlined and efficient. Ability to customize and create custom features. New tools added every couple weeks.

Cons: Internet speed can limit you modeling capabilities. Not a lot of documentation on writing feature scripts for non-coders. Surfacing tools are limited.

Onshape has been invaluable to me, I could not have designed my products without it

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's powerful, yet easy to use. I explore various ideas and can see right away if they are going to work or not, without huge investment in physical prototypes. It has saved me in our development (we are a startup).

It's been very easy to use and I have not had any problems. In fact new features come all the time, making it even better.

Overall: It has saved us tons in time and cost, we really use Onshape to "prototype" our design ideas, and very quickly we can see what will work or not. Our product has very small tolerances, and therefore its been invaluable.

Vendor Response

by Onshape on August 25, 2017

Hi Cory! I'm so happy to hear you've been having such success with Onshape. We appreciate your positive review and are thrilled to hear you've been able to take advantage of some of our differentiators. Please let us know if we can help you with anything!

A true game changer in the CAD Industry!

Aug 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: OnShape will change the way companies think about CAD in the future, it is truly a mobile solution for CAD and can be run on ANY platform!

Cons: At this point, OnShape is very sensitive to internet speed and quality of connection, the 2D drawing capabilities are improving, however still lacking a few basic features like Auto-Balloon and Partial Section Views.

Overall: Mobility!