Onshape Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Onshape

Full-cloud 3D CAD system for design teams

4.5/5 (286 reviews)

Onshape overview

What is Onshape?

Onshape is a 3D CAD solution designed for agile design & engineering teams, with complete functionality for modeling parts and assemblies, and creating production drawings. The built-in version control and collaboration tools allow multiple users to work on the same data without overwriting each other’s edits, and enables the performance of tasks in parallel to compress design cycles.

Onshape automatically records all design steps, creating a full audit trail of changes with details of exactly what was changed and by whom. Previous design versions can be restored, allowing users to compare and explore design variations, and recover from any mistakes. User access permissions can be edited or revoked at any time, and notifications are automatically generated when documents are shared, versioned, or commented on.

Onshape includes an open-source programming language, FeatureScript, which allows users to create custom features. Native CAD data can be read from a number of applications, including SOLIDWORKS®, Rhinoceros®, CATIA®, Creo®, Autodesk Inventor®, and Autodesk AutoCAD®, and Onshape can write native SOLIDWORKS®, Rhinoceros®, and AutoCAD® data. Users can upload and store data in any format within document tabs, and view TXT, PDF, JPEG, PNG, MOV, and MP4 files natively.
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Pricing

Starting from
$1500/year
Pricing options
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Markets

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Supported languages

English
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Onshape user reviews

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Terran Gerratt

What more could you ask for?

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-07-01
Review Source: Capterra

I love Onshape. I now use it exclusively for all my 3D printing projects because of its accessibility. And it's free!

Pros
a browser based CAD program? Super convenient! Especially when working on Linux where other software packages are unavailable. I find that Onshape has all the features and functionality I've ever needed, and the best part is I don't have to take up space on my computer with expensive software!

Cons
Sometimes the features are a bit tricky to find and use. I often have to google and look through forums to figure out how to accomplish a particular design.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Joshua Rimmer

Great collaborative design tool!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-26
Review Source: Capterra

We use Onshape daily to design research equipment ranging from simple supports to complex machinery. It's robust collaborative system allows us to keep everyone on the same page, across teams that are in different time zones, and even occasionally different continents! The cloud based nature means we don't have to worry about someone being behind on updates, everyone sees the same exact thing every time.

Pros
Onshape has a relatively short learning curve, anyone with basic CAD familiarity can be off and running in minutes. Despite this, it has a very robust feature set, and interoperability with all of the industry standards.

Cons
Lack of organic CAM features. We like to use the same tool end-to-end, and most Onshape CAM requires us to step to a parallel toolset.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Samridh Shrestha

Few Issues but great for Free CAD learning experience

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-01
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I have been using Onshape for a while and for one of my Senior Graduate class project, I sued Onshape to help new CAD students get some experience as well. It is definitely a very popular online CAD program among many Mechanical Engineering students. It definitely cannot beat Solidworks in terms of ease of use but I would recommend it for following reasons - Its FREE to use Why not get your feet wet into the CAD design world with a tool that is free to use. One can easil get the basics of CAD modeling through this software. - Online Cloud based software We all know anything that is online and cloud based means it can be accessed anywhere if you have access to internet. No need to install huge GB of software on your machine instead just get a high speed internet and get on with the modeling. And yes, it doesn't care if you have a Windows are a Mac so that's a plus. - Features Sketch, Extrude, Hole, Mirror, Chafing anything you need to do for CAD, Onshape has it. It is fast and assembly and mating process is intuitive and works really well. For something that is free, cloud based, online and easily accessible this is one of the best CAD programs I have used and I would recommend it to anyone. Onshape has tons of documentation so learning is fun. For a beginner in CAD Onshape is the way to go.

Cons
This software has some cons which is not a dealbreaker bit definitely something to keep an eye out for, - Crashes During my project and online use it did crash on me multiple times. Refreshing the page helped but sometimes I did have to start a new project. - Almost as good as Solidworks but not quite If i were to compare it I would say it is 70% as good as solidworks - Has it's own terminologies Onshape has it's own features and terminologies which one has to be accustomed to. Onshape does provide online lot of documents and vocabularies so if you have time to spend reading that, it is not that bad.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Felix Jen

Great Software for 3D Parametric CAD and Easily Accessible

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-24
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, using OnShape has been a walk in the park. The user experience of it was fluid, even on a 6 year old Macbook Pro on base specs, not something I could say about Solidworks or AutoCAD. It is fully featured and not having to worry about files, using the built-in cloud integration is great. I would not hesitate to recommend OnShape to anyone interested in picking up CAD or even small CAD shops.

Pros
Coming into the 3D printing world as a student hobbyist, OnShape was a wonderful introduction to 3D CAD and modeling concepts. It was easy and intuitive to pick up (without an engineering degree), and their instructions videos detailed all the primary features you will need. I am by no means a CAD or engineering professional, so I speak to this software from purely a hobbyist and 3D printing nerd standpoint. It was easy for me to pick up and learn, and the fact that the software operated on a browser (I use Safari) was amazing. The cloud integration was solid and robust, albeit only allowing public models and documents on free accounts. I was able to log into any workstation near me and be able to pull up a model and work on it. The decoupling of compute and processing power from the base hardware was also refreshing when it came to unknown pieces of hardware. In my makerspace, I primarily operated on not-so-amazing machines compared to my home workstation, so the ability to be portable and rely on cloud processing was nice. There wasn't really anything I wanted to do from a basic parametric 3D CAD software that I couldn't do on OnShape. From the few years, I've been using it, they are also constantly improving the features available and also refining the user interface. Admittedly, the versioning system which comprised of different branches was a little unexpected in ​CAD software​ but is very paralleled to code-versioning software like Git.

Cons
The hardest part about the software was being able to find other people who used it to teach you about it. Being rather new to the CAD scene, OnShape does have as widespread ​adoption as SolidWorks or AutoCAD, so being able to find others who used it was challenging. Ultimately though, with the decent amount of support documentation detailing the features and some very helpful forum posts, the lack of user experiences could be overlooked. The interface and usage is also quite different from the traditional CAD's was also a bit of a challenge, if you eventually find yourself migrating or using one from time to time. The lack of private projects with free accounts is also a bummer, but not a major issue by any means.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jarom Shurtliff

Great customer support

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-02-10
Review Source: Capterra

Onshape is really nice for working on a project with other people because of the realtime edits you can do. It is kind of like a google doc where everyone can be there working and changing things. It has worked really well in our little startup group.

Pros
There are three things that I have really enjoyed with Onshape. I love that it is cloud based. No more having to save, or worry about losing anything. I also love using is the versions tree. This helps a lot in design to be able to make different versions and compare them easily and quickly. Lastly, their customer service has been spot on. Their team checks in on us regularly to make sure we are doing okay and I have been able to easily schedule a time with someone to help me build a part that I am struggling to build. They are very patient and willing to help in any way.

Cons
The surfacing still has a ways to go, but has been improving over the last year, so I expect it to provide most any feature needed. The only other complaint is the multiple selection feature. Instead of using shift or control to select multiple items, it is set so you can just click anything and it adds it to the selection group(without pressing any other button). While this might sound nice, it gets really annoying and you end up selecting multiple features/parts/items without wanting to.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Onshape pricing

Starting from
$1500/year
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Onshape's Standard plan for individuals is $1,500 per user, per year.
Onshape's Professional plan for design teams is $2,100 per user, per year.

Free versions (not for commercial use) are available for students, educators, and open source & public design projects.

Onshape features

Automatic Notifications
Data Import/Export
Document Storage
Search Functionality

API (202 other apps)
Accounting Integration (105 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (208 other apps)
Activity Tracking (109 other apps)
Billing & Invoicing (158 other apps)
Calendar Management (116 other apps)
Customer Database (112 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (136 other apps)
Document Management (131 other apps)
Electronic Payments (132 other apps)
Inventory Management (158 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (119 other apps)
Invoice Management (149 other apps)
Reminders (113 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (243 other apps)
Third Party Integration (166 other apps)

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Additional information for Onshape

Key features of Onshape

  • Toolpath simulation
  • User-defined cycles
  • Cam designs
  • Part modeling
  • Layout sketching
  • Constraint-based sketching
  • Parametric modeling
  • Parasolid modeling kernel
  • Surfacing
  • Direct editing
  • Multi-part features
  • Transparency, hidden lines & dynamic cross-sectioning
  • Branched design variations
  • Sheet metal design tools
  • 3D printing support
  • Custom parametrics
  • Assembly modeling
  • Dynamic assembly motion
  • Assembly restructuring
  • Snap mating
  • High-level mating
  • Mechanical relations
  • Drawings
  • Collaboration tools
  • User access controls
  • Permissions-based access control
  • Support for multiple file formats
  • Version control
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Benefits

All design steps are recorded, creating an audit trail of changes, and previous design versions can be restored to compare variations and recover from mistakes.

When modeling parts, users can directly resize holes and fillets, move or replace faces, delete surfaces, and simultaneously edit multiple parts.

Custom features can be created using Onshape’s open-source programming language, FeatureScript.

Onshape’s assembly modeling capabilities include assembly restructuring, in-context editing of parts, mechanical relations definition, snap mating, dynamic assembly motion, and more.

Onshape can read and write files in a range of formats, including SOLIDWORKS®, Rhinoceros®, and Autodesk AutoCAD® data, and allows users to store data in any file format within documents, with native viewing of TXT, PDF, JPEG, PNG, MOV, and MP4 files.