Onshape Reviews & Product Details

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What do you like best?

The flexibility and platform independence of the software

The inbuilt data and revision management, no more version control issues

Share and collaborate in real-time

Excellent customer support & service

Constantly developing feature set

A really quick tool, especially for simpler tasks

Easy to learn with excellent tutorials and feature examples

The assembly style with mate connectors is really powerful

Configurations feature is sensational

Really intuitive interface

Great platform for sharing with clients quickly and easily. They can follow along and review design ideas in real time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Speed can be slow at times

Occasionally features are missing or are counterintuitive/dont work as expected although if you notify your account rep, they normally are very receptive and look for ways to improve the product and remove the pain point as quickly as possible.

Limited integration with OEM downstream software, Machine CAM packages etc.

No ability to work offline, on plane, away from good internet etc. Being able to "check-out" a document package would be wonderful

No being able to apply mate connectors to multiple parts at the same time

Not being able to drive configurations and patterns with logic based equations. Eg. space holes around the PCD line, max hole spacing = x, min hole spacing = y. Spacing between holes to be calculated based on line length etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I really would worry too much, if you have used Solidworks, Inventor etc. you will be right at home. There are a few differences but you will pick them up really quickly and feel at home in no time at all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Diversified CAD Teams

Better client integration

Rapid development times, even for diverse projects

Reduced learning curve for new staff Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Onshape Overview

What is Onshape?

Onshape is a next-generation SaaS design platform that speeds up product development. It’s an all-in-one system that combines CAD, release management, workflow, collaboration, analytics, admin tools, and an API with more than 50 engineering applications. Onshape helps extended design teams work together faster and helps executives make better business decisions with real-time analytics and unprecedented visibility into their company’s design and manufacturing processes. Thousands of companies rely on Onshape to modernize and streamline their product development cycle. Onshape users in 170+ countries have logged over 8 million hours modeling advanced robotics, biomedical devices, industrial machinery, agriculture equipment, and consumer products. With 1 in 8 sessions occurring on mobile devices, Onshape is the world's first anywhere, anytime product design platform. Founded in 2012, Onshape was acquired by PTC in November 2019 and will operate as a SaaS business unit within the company.

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Languages Supported
German, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)
Product Description

Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock and helps engineers do their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that has rapidly become the primary CAD system for thousands of companies worldwide.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

Onshape is the only 3D CAD platform that runs entirely in the cloud - the CAD system and CAD data live together in one place and are entirely database driven.

Traditional 3D CAD tools are desktop installed - they require downloading, installing, upgrading and troubleshooting. They also rely on files to store data. This makes sharing data with team members both difficult and insecure. Some CAD systems are "semi-cloud", storing files on a cloud hosting service, but these still require a fat client download and installation.

With Onshape, new users can be up and running in minutes by simply signing in to their account through a web browser or mobile device. Sharing data with others is seamless with full control over their access permissions. Since your data never leaves our servers, it is the most secure method of design collaboration.


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PTC
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NASDAQ: PTC
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Year Founded
1985
HQ Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$1,140
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@PTC
38,855 Twitter followers
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7,197 employees on LinkedIn®
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PTC enables manufacturers to achieve product and service advantage in the age of the Internet of Things. The company's technology solutions transform the way smart, connected products are created, operated and serviced.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

I like that Onshape is a cloud based CAD system which means that files are automatically saved. You are also able to collaborate with others in real time if you are associated with a team which means that either person doesn't have to wait for the other to see what is the latest design change to a model. Also all the key-board shortcuts are readily available to you to see. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are still some quicker functions available in SolidWorks that have not been implemented in Onshape such as a quick trim tool, solving some fillet errors, turning a diameter into a radius value, and some other minor inconveniences when trying to replicate a drawing into a 3D model. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape currently offers a free account which allows people like me or anyone to use CAD without much downloading or paying much. I've also benefitted in creating different versions quickly and sharing files to people who don't have an onshape account but are able to see what I have modeled without screenshots. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

After being a 15 year loyal SolidWorks power user, I'm not all in with OnShape. More than enough features are built out at this point to make it more powerful than SolidWorks. The primary design work I do is machine design with a medium-sized team (8 mechanical engineers). The best features for me are:

+ Never crashes, never need to save.

+ Fast performance with large models (still had loading time, but way faster than SW).

+ Branching and merging models are way better than "save copy as" in SW. Allows me to easily iterate.

+ Sharing models with outside stakeholders is just like google drive.

+ Overall just easy on the eyes and a pleasure to use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are still a few non-critical features that are still being developed, and a lot of usability things you need to get comfortable with after having using SW for such a long time:

- Mate connectors in assemblies take some time to get used- to. This is how you mate parts.

- No reference planes in assemblies right now

- There are no textures for appearances, just a pre-defined list of colors to choose from.

- Managing permissions across folders can be tricky, it's like google drive, but sometimes works differently

- Drawings don't have fit tolerancing as a drop-down like in SolidWorks Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Free trials are available if you're okay with the CAD being public. I'd recommend you spend a week working with it and watching their training videos to see how powerful it can be. Design a full subsystem, and carefully watch their training videos so you don't get frustrated, the UI and UX can be different than SolidWorks in some places. If you're like me you'll be convinced it's at least just as powerful as SolidWorks, and overall a far better solution since it lives in the cloud. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

During Covid, our entire engineering team started working from home. Working over a VPN to access the SolidWorks vault became a huge time suck for the team. We switched over in between product lifecycles and OnShape completely eliminated the problem.

We work on large industrial processing equipment. Collaboration has definitely increased from what I'm used to in Solidworks, and most of that just came from the fact that OnShape is like google drive for PDM, so you get to see what people are working on day to day (if the folder is shared across the team). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Onshape allows me to be flexible and not tied to one computer with minimum to zero difference in performance. At work I have a CAD workstation, at home I have a 14 year old PC, with Onshape being a cloud based software, the computing is done in the cloud not on my local computer. In the event I have to work from home, I don't have to worry about lugging around my CAD workstation or invest in a new home computer, I simply log on from home and experience relatively the same performance on my old home PC as I would with a newer, more powerful machine. To add to this Onshape also runs on my phone. I have done some quick edits and even complete CAD models on my phone when I don't even have access to a computer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The downside I deal with is that Onshape is still new and lacks some of the functionality more mature CAD software has. This is especially true in the sheet metal side of modeling and documentation. I have experienced this same situation about 20 years ago with traditional CAD software. Back in 2000 when I started using 3D CAD, it seemed sheet metal enhancements were always few and far between. I am optimistic that Onshape, having enhancements added every 3 weeks, will break this trend in the CAD industry. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape documents allows me to keep one single source of truth. An Onshape document is unique in that it is not just an area for CAD data. When working in a manufacturing setting there is more than just CAD data needed to ensure the accuracy and quality of a product. In my field I need material test reports (MTR) , weld procedures (WPS) , quality documents, etc. With Onshape I can store all of this in one Onshape document. At anytime during the life cycle of the product I can add or remove contributors and also set the amount of access by setting just viewing or full editing permissions. No need to search different areas of a local based server or computer for a document, it is all just one internet link away stored in the cloud. Information contained within the Onshape document can be accessed anywhere, anytime, on any device. Comments and revisions or made in the same environment that the design is done so there is no need for a separate viewer or scanning and filing of a marked up .pdf or printed drawing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Browser based, so it is easily accessed from the office or at home. It also means that rendering is done in the cloud, drastically lowering the hardware requirements for your system.

Onshape is also easy to use with extensive self-paced courses and webinars. Coming from other CAD software it is therefore easy to get acquainted with the new workflow and possibilities.

It is continuously updated. Every 3 weeks Onshape is updated, so that you are always working with the latest version. Since OnShape is cloud based, all your documents are automatically updated to the latest versions, so no troubles with not being able to open outdated documents. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Models can still take quite some time to update, and since you're on your browser, its easy to get distracted.

We also experience quite some models unexpectedly breaking down, which seems to be an error in the underlying code. Although Support is easy to contact and has always solved the problem, it takes time to continue your work.

Lastly, when OnShape pushes a version update, models might get broken in the update. This means features might not link to the correct vertex and you would have to go through the feature tree to correct it. Not a huge problem, but takes time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Tired of working with outdated document versions, not knowing which file was the last, complete one? Having a beat-down laptop which can't run hardware-heavy software like SolidWorks? Try Onshape :) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can easily work with multiple users on the same documents, without fear of different versions. Version management is superb.

In these crazy Corona times it has also been a breeze switching from office to home use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

The philosophy of being usefull and reducing the ammount of clicks is great. but even better is their support. If I get stuck or want a change, I can make a screenshot, annotate, and within a day I get advise on how to approach a problem or a workarround. And good ideas become an improvement request.

This way Onshape is on top of the practical details of how the tool is used. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The document structure and version control can get messy. And big files might get slow. Especially on WiFi. But this is solved by structuring your work, or making a version and deleting all old files.

For my design practice the second method works best since I do not need to manage production versions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

When switching, take the time to understand how Onshape is different from what you are used to. And get ready for some, "ow shit, this is great"

And use google with the phrase "how to do xxx in OnShape". You are guaranteed to get to an old forum thread discussing this problem. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

OnShape allows for more intuitive setup of models and more robust performance.

Especially the partstudio idea solved a lot of document management issues I had with SolidWorks. I can focus on my design and functions.

That OnShape is browser based is nothing then positive. Same or even better performance, and I get to show designs away from my desktop. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Onshape is the perfect tool for collaboration, there is no other CAD product that comes anywhere near it, you can discuss product design with clients in real-time as you change it and you are both looking at the same model. The other great thing is the support, you get to speak with real people and there help sort out issues and the response time is great even though I am in a different time zone. This is not what happens with my other CAD products. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is very hard to dislike anything about Onshape, with updates and improvements every three weeks there is always something positive happening. The only thing is I would like some of the requested improvements to happen sooner, but I get it that they need time to make sure the feature is good to go before releasing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape helps me get designs finished faster and to manufacturing faster as there is no delay in collaboration, there are no sending files out for review and then revising and then sending again, the whole process is so much faster. Also, I can have more than one person work on a project at the same time, even if they are in different locations, this makes for faster delivery as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I learned CAD with SolidWorks, and Onshape has been a smooth transition. I love how many tools are essentially the same, except available in a browser-based program. I've also really enjoyed the Part Studio, although it's taking me some getting used to. Versioning is really well integrated. I think the sharing features are also incredible, I can share a URL with my clients and they don't need any software other than their internet browser. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I'll run into something that just hasn't yet been added to Onshape. These are usually quality of life features, like being able to label sketch dimensions (you can do this in SolidWorks) with helpful notes. However some things, like being able to view a grid to snap to in a drawing, seem more important (or maybe I just haven't figured out how to do it yet). I hope the development team continues to take the community's suggestion into account when doing further development. They seem to have done a great job so far. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape solves my business problem of being an all-in-one CAD software. I am a freelance mechanical designer and use Onshape for virtually all aspects of my digital design process. I do a lot of 3D printing, so with this software I can easily keep all my CAD projects organized via folders and access them anywhere. As mentioned, I think the ability to send my clients a URL so they can view CAD models is huge. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

One of the principal obstructions to solving engineering problems is the management of data. Change management is communicated through many teams. It is not enough to create a package and "throw it over the wall". Modern design is a collaborative and iterative approach as an organization, not separate teams. This emphasizes data management and communication. How can teams work together if only a small, specialized set of people can see CAD? Of course, there are methods for sharing neutral files, but the levels of abstraction bog down the process. Further, as engineers we often want to prototype ideas and see various options and configurations.

This is why Onshape shines. The data management is handled effortlessly in the background. When you need to check history, ever detail is there. When you want try ideas, you can branch and merge your designs. Onshape takes the hassle out of design, so you can do what you love: solve problems!

I want to give specific credit to the outstanding support team. Every request had been handled professionally within hours. Not every problem has an immediate solution, but the support team is redefining what is possible. Great work! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Onshape is still building important features like Where Used and specific Sharing controls for versions and revisions. Migrating existing design can be a challenge because you need to: (1) rebuild all mates, (2) enter all metadata, and (3) create drawings from scratch. I recommend creating new design or being prepared to invest resources to convert existing design. Once you get to Onshape, you won't be sorry.

I am confident that in time the feature set will increase and eventually supersede any other CAD software on the market. Why? Because it's a cloud database ~ Onshape is a cloud database that also does CAD. The design industry doesn't understand this distinction yet, but 5 to 10 years from now, they will. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take time to understand the product. Get a couple licenses and try it on a small design project. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing in-context has been fantastic. Finally, a product that can actually delivery the promise made 25 years ago. Designers have always wanted to design with parts, holes, surfaces related to one another. You can design multi-bodies in other CAD software, but almost nobody actually designs this way because file based CAD is brittle with missing references and prone to errors. It is not 100% reliable so engineers don't use the tools available.

Onshape is different because the relationships remain in the cloud database. They won't brake or lose references. It gives designers the freedom to actually design in-context, they way we've always wanted to. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to share my work with my team and track and version our mechanical engineering just like we do with our software. When first looking for a CAD solution, I was blown away by OnShape's ability to change one critical dimension from early in the design process and flow that change onto all the design work based on that dimension.

As a full time software engineer and part time mechanical engineer, I'm used to being able to undo very complicated workstreams without affecting the work done around it. OnShape's ability to rollback and track versions, commits, and features is invaluable to our workflow. And the fact that its all cloud based means I can share my designs not just with my team but with stakeholders, manufacturing, and others as necessary to get our products to market. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do wish OnShape had better support for dimensions drawings. Especially when producing things like wiring diagrams or electrical hookup diagrams, when I don't need a full eCAD but just want to show a couple quick things to my manufacturers, its a little lacking. Also, support for slightly unusual fasteners, holes, threads, etc. is somewhat to be desired. I can usually work around this in my design but I have found myself occasionally modelling a fastener or some other industry standard part so I can use it in my workflow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I looked at all the CAD systems available in 2018 and OnShape met all my needs and allowed me to involve my team and stakeholders for an affordable price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mechanical Engineering of products for consumers. OnShape lets me design fast based on the critical dimensions of my products, which are usually dictated to me by my suppliers. When we switch suppliers or parts, its super easy to change the required dimensions and update the product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I like being able to share and work on components and assemblies while my colleagues around the world are also observing and collaborating (multiple users working in the same document at the same time) as well. Being able to share designs with permissions I can manage has allowed us to share concepts with multiple vendors and revoke permission from vendors not chosen.

The quick and frequent updates are also exciting and let me know this is a serious tool for professionals. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Certain features are missing that could be misunderstood as this software not being ready for professionals. However, updates every three weeks keep me hopeful they will be ready soon.

I wish this tool were available 20 years ago. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it. The hardware requirements are small and the platform can be run from a phone or tablet. I have even used it with airplane wifi on an international trip! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We no longer need to upgrade our pdm system within Solidworks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

I'm also a devoted Solidworks user and given that Onshape was built by the original founders - it allowed them to step away from the inherent legacy support required by Solidworks and gave them an open book to start from scratch and build from what they learned along the way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The obvious is if you have no internet connection or a slow internet connection you're screwed. There is a huge investment required for building web + desktop + mobile suites of products so it would be really nice to have the ability to download your document (part studios, drawings, assemblies, and anything else) into a tablet or mobile app (Onshape already has the mobile versions) that you can just carry around with you.

Secondly I wish they had better support for flat patterns (svg, dxf) for use on CNC machines. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I see many users that use products like SketchUp, Fusion360, and Illustrator to do CAD-like work that OnShape just excels at. Onshape should have a switcher campaign. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I build things for my own personal use, for my mining company, and small one-off projects. I can design, look at, review, and then build something in literally a fraction of the time. Using modern day equipment I can cut, fit, and fabricate and it's right from the start. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

So far I am very happy with the fact that all files are handled through the cloud allowing for very minimal computing requirements. Also based on the file structure, it is a very interesting approach to no longer have to manage actual "files" in the traditional sense. This seamless integration of how the documents are managed will allow our company to scale up on the design side of our work very easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

One of the main dislikes is coming from a more complete design platform of Solidworks, there are some key missing features such as a weldment/frame generator package. Currently any structural or piping runs need to be manually generated or done through the use of a custom script. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ensure that the abilities of Onshape suit what you try to design. Even though it is a very well though out design platform, there are some key features that could be deal breakers and cause more issues than benefits depending on your needs. The pace of updates is impressive and nearly invisible in the sense that no upgrade files and installs are required so the growth of this platform is exciting to be a part of. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of our key issues we have is that we are relying on google drive to handle the sharing and storage of our design files. This has resulted in problems where files can become corrupted or slowed down to the how the files are backed up and synced. Sharing of files can take hours and has resulted in certain users to work locally and upload when required to backup causing collaboration issues. With the collaboration features and the built in ERP system of Onshape, this has overnight changed how work can be thought of and handled. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I like the collaboration features, ease of use, simplified command categories, portability (the ability for me to work from virtually any computer anywhere), sheet metal design features, and the use of cloud data management Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a way to deselect multiple items through a mouse gesture. (maybe simultaneous left and right click...hint hint) When I am zoomed in to a part it is a slow process to deselect items. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a CAD solution with powerful and intuitive design tools, unparalleled collaboration features, and a future-proof data management system then Onshape is the CAD solution for you Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Onshape has helped solve my issues collaborating with clients overseas. Onshape has also made it easier for me to work on documents at home and open these documents at my offsite machine shop without having a bring a dedicated CAD computer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I can log in to Onshape anywhere, I can share ongoing designs with colleagues and partners anywhere in the world, even walk them through my designs in real-time. When the COVID crisis started I could continue working without any hassle, from home. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The absence of a rendering module in the program. It does not have to be top class, but just basic functions that outperform making a screendump.

I hate it that I need to do rendering in another program or buy add-ons that. In my opinion, this should be included.

Also I keep missing the basic 3 planes in assemblies, it must be my Solid Works background, but I am still not completely confident in applying the correct mates. Why not include these planes? Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I develop new products for our company and our partners. so I help to create the future. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I like that i dont need a powerful computer to 3D model and that I have access to all my documents on any computer connected to the internet. i really love the sheet metal tools that onshape has and continued to develope. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

On very complex assemblies you start to see the limitations of cloud based cad. Documents become sluggish and load times are longer. Onshape support has been helpful in providing insights to improve our workflows. I also would like to recommend that native rendering and textures be added to onshape. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use onshape for work and personal design. It really helps to visualize a design fully and definitely is helpful to our manufacturing team. The main benefit of onshape is that we are able to easily and quickly collaborate as a team to complete projects and fully flush out a design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

It is very helpful for me to manage the product designing and offers me a convenient way of usage, I can operate it on my laptop and even in my mobile, by which it has become a piece of cake to assist my team. Further I feel more confident to develop new designs and shapes and easily I can manage the assemblies and drawings. Onshape provides me a secure and easy way to share the data with my team members. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For this steep learning curve is required with it as it is a technical tool thus more training videos should be provided in this regard. Furthermore its installation and initiation was a bit tough for me may be it depended on the product knowledge. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is the most appropriately designed tool. It will help you a lot in bringing modification and improvement in the efficiency of product. It will prove useful and helpful in organizing your work and further helps you in boosting the work process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool is very easy to configure and process various types of file format. In addition it is easily customizable and till now I have professionally organized the bill of Materials (BOMs). Onshape has allowed me to control the on sets of version and provides me effective reporting about the complete history of the editing in creation design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Cloud based

Free for personal and education

public documents

Community forum

Improvement requests

Price point

Availability of feature scripts and the fact that they can be made public Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Assembly ease of use

2d drawing features are somewhat limited - copy sheets, colour lines or sketches, surface highlighting

Slow backlog addressing improvement requests Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a watertight solution for 3d modeling and don't want to invest in expensive hardware or worry about saving documents or revision control or sharing - then this is a great solution Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CRM without any hassle or worries

Shared document work - especially remote work and live multiple user viewing of document

We are spending a lot of time working from home quite successfully using this software for most of our design needs for prototyping and concept modelling Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mechanical Designer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Intuitive features and tools layout, multi-user enterprise collaborative functionality, cloud-based software increases accessibility to files. Copy workspace tool, I use it every day. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Drawings segment still needs some improvement, there are still a few quirks i'd like to see improved. Mainly concerning section views, break views, and aux views. They do not label or align properly. Detail views also are not fully supported with break views. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be sure to check your PC hardware specs are at optimum capacity, in order to fully utilize Onshape assembly performance. Large complex assemblies can still lag pretty significantly. Make use of simplified 3D models when you can (omit any internal non-critical features in the design) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modular design using common parts and assemblies across the product library. Onshape enables seamless networking between all parts within the enterprise. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

OnShape has become one of the best CAD modeling software as it provides you with easy to understand user interface and also gather all like functions into a single tool that makes it easier for a user to deal with any complex geometry.

Another important point about OnShape is its color theme for different surfaces in the geometry. This helps users to understand and deal with geometry very easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

One of the points I don't like about OnShape is its import option. I had one very complex file which couldn't get imported into OnShape while it did get imported into Creo. As a model CAD tool, we expect the import and export tools to be as flexible and powerful.

The second point is that we don't have an auto-correct option for any geometrical or modeling errors in the session. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

OnShape is the best CAD software available currently in the Market. It's very reasonable with respect to price and gives much more in terms of features as compared to its competitor. I am a Solidwork user too, but believe me, its way easier and powerful than Solidworks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am dealing with complex CAD models such as a whole city model with all buildings and roads, medical devices, CPU cabinets, and others.

For medical devices, I could able to create features as low as in microns unit which is one plus point for any CAD software. It is very easy to delete any part or face with the features provided in OnShape. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

With SolidWorks I learned CAD and the transition to Onshape was smooth. I like how many tools, except in browser-based programs, are basically same for. I also really liked this same Part Studio, but it's a bit familiar to me. Very well integrated versioning. I believe that share capabilities are unbelievable as well I can express a URL to my customers and those who shouldn't need apps apart from their browser. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For drawings of dimensions I would like OnShape to have better support. Especially when I make things like cable schemes or electric hookup schemes, so if I wouldn't need a packed eCAD, but only want to show my manufacturers several things quickly, it lacks a little. In addition it is somewhat desired to support unusual fasteners, trousers, threads etc. I can work on this usually in my design, but sometimes I have model an attachment or some other standard industry part so that I can make use of my workspace. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure that Onshape's capabilities match what you try. But it's a very clever design framework, there are a few main aspects which can cause more problems than advantages depending on your requirements. In that no upgrade or installation is necessary, the speed of notifications is remarkable and almost invisible, and therefore expansion of the platform is exciting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of our main problems is that we depend on Google for our design files to be shared and stored. This has lead to issues where folders can get corrupted or down to the backup and synchronization of the files. File sharing can take hours, leading to some users working locally and uploading when needed to back up collaborative effort problems. Overnight this changed how work is thought of and handled with the collaboration features and the built-in ERP system Onshape. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Their Learning Center and Help center can answer and show you how to do just about anything. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only downside to onshape is if you are having a bad internet service day on your end, then things run a little slow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

with just using Onshapes Help Center and Learning Center i went from having zero experience with Cad to being able to design and engineer complex parts and full assemblies. I recommend Onshape to just about every person that ask me where i learned to do Cad Designing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I no longer have to out source Cad work for my clients and now offer in house Cad Designing to all my clients. And this has generated thousands of dollars of income every year for my company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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