Onshape Features

Onshape

Full-cloud 3D CAD system for design teams

4.5/5 (286 reviews)

Onshape Feature Summary

  • 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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Mobile apps

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146 reviews

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Onshape Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Onshape's features:

Richard Worsham

I now use OnShape as my primary design software at a startup motorcycle manufacturing company.

2017-08-10

Great, inexpensive, and functional design and project management platform.

Pros

Great alternative to more expensive platforms and it is rewarding to be a part of a growing and responsive new software that shakes up the industry.

Cons

OnShape does not have all the functionality of its competitors, but is building more functionality in on a monthly basis.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


Hi Richard! Thank you for taking the time to review Onshape. I'm glad to hear you're continuing to have a great experience. Please let me know if I can help with any questions at this point!

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Harald Schmid

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

2017-08-10

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

Pros

Alongside this core functionality run integrated versioning and access control features.

Cons

The main page is cluttered, and it is not easy to clean up.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Simon Moore

I was with Solid works _ overall I prefer Onshape

2017-08-10

Continual update Simple ( bit basic) Mobile device use Spreads payment to monthly

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!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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David Schechter

This changes the dynamic for collaborative development.

2017-08-11

I don't have to invest in workstations. My engineers can be working together on a complex assembly and not cross each other up. I often need to share CAD with my clients and the portability of a cloud-based file is great.

Pros

I really like the architecture for creating multiple parts within the same file. The cloud-based integrated PLM solution is really the what I need. I love the ability to just send a link for my client to review CAD.

Cons

There is a bit of a learning curve in regards to document management as it is a paradigm shift.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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James Judge

I really like using Onshape, wish more of our customers would allow us to us it more.

2017-08-10

Easy to share data with suppliers, easy to deploy

Pros

Flexibility, Installation, Low Cost, & Excellent Data Management built in.

Cons

Still lacking some more advanced functions but it is getting better every month, cloud based is not received well by some of our customers.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Ed Messerlie

Years of work using both Solidworks and Pro/Engineer.

2017-08-18

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

Pros

OnShape was easy to learn due to its similarity to other professional 3D CAD software.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


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?

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Jason Julian

The collaboration and file management of the future

2017-08-10

File management collaboration and less constraints.

Pros

File management and collaboration of the future!

Cons

This is the most compelling cost feature that can enable flexible teams.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Zachary Morrow

Works well, wish they hadn't done a bate-n-switch on small users

2019-10-18

It's still super impressive to me to pull up a model on mobile and show friends/customers how it looks, parts that move.

Pros

Really, REALLY slick web interface and mobile app. Designing parts and mechanisms from any computer, just wow!

Cons

They started out positioned very nicely for small-time users, 10 private documents, but switched to "public only" free documents at the same time as they aggressively pushed for subscriptions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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David Summers

Extremely convenient, has most needed functionality

2017-08-10

Colaboration, design for manufacture

Pros

Easy to find answers to questions online, or at least can find out if a specific feature exists.

Cons

Missing functionality compared to similar products, steep learning curve (probably unavoidable), data security concerns from the business model

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Owen Long

Intuitive, Easy to Learn Software Supported with enthusiasm

2017-08-10

Ease of collaboration and product management.

Pros

This CAD platform is both easy to use for transitioning CAD users and easy to learn.

Cons

OnShape needs to continue to add features such as Project/Document folders.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


Owen, thank you for taking the time to review Onshape. As you may be aware, we are working on better ways to organize documents and projects. Stay tuned! As always, don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything!

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Thony Tan

Easy to use if you have experience using SW. Simple !

2017-08-10

Convenience to use especially import some date from SW or others software.

Pros

Is very useful for group design project or sharing with third party

Cons

Some function is not powerful enough such as create drawing new drawing plane on a curve. Support is limited especially in Oceania time zone countries. Support normally match with US Eastern time zone

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Ryan Almeida

I love it! The ability to jump from computer to computer and revision control cleaned up!

2017-08-18

My work has become significantly more organized, which I desperately needed!

Pros

Speed (once updating, computer, windows, internet) Master modeling capabilities and part management within documents.

Cons

All functionality of solidworks isn't there (love the improvements every 3 weeks) Drawing capabilities are lagging but are getting better.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Nick Coppins

The future of CAD

2017-08-15

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

Pros

No version management hassles, Rapid feature release schedule, mobile apps, pricing are all strong points of Onshape.

Cons

The current feature set is a little limiting, but is being rapidly addressed.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Ravishankar Kalvai

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

2017-08-18

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Joakim Espegard

I like the tool, due to the easy access and easy learning tool.

2017-08-18

Pros

I only know onshape a cad tool, so I don't have much to compare with. There is a lot available training on YouTube, and invites from Onshape. I like the recording of sessions, for better timing of my lessons.

Cons

I got problems with solid functionality when exporting to step.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
(Mechanical or Industrial Engineering company, myself only employees)

Better for intermediate collaborative projects

2019-05-07

The free tier allows for hobbyist projects and quick testing activities.

Pros

The best feature is the ability to share and work collaboratively in design, with a central database and one version of the files.

Cons

Still missing some features to be considered a full-fledged CAD package. Performance, especially for large assemblies is very susceptible to internet speed and has high computer power demand.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Michael Stalls

It's great value and has good functionality

2017-08-19

Cloud storage. Powerful document and version control.

Pros

Excellent document and version control.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


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.

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Daniel Engerer

Fast, convenient, easy, powerful

2017-08-10

Cost savings, convenience, ease of use

Pros

Browser accessibility, live collaboration, app integration! Being able to share with customers instantly is also a great perk.

Cons

Having to integrate with so many different third party apps/softwares (animations, mechanism simulation, FEA, etc.) is a bit annoying.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Steve Moore

The personal support I got when evaluating Onshape was very impressive. I was quickly up to speed.

2017-08-16

Pros

The continuing support from the webinars for existing and new features is second to none. They are precise and clear. I always have new methods to try after watching one.

Cons

The main problem I have is: No internet = No Onshape A simple method of presenting designs to management teams would be use full.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Ivan Fernandez

Very easy to use and great interface. Intuitive. Some functionalities and features are missing.

2017-08-15

Document sharing and easy interface.

Pros

Makes our lives easier to create different projects and share it with the rest of the team. Interface is easy and intuitive, and mating is also more fun and faster than in any other cad I tried.

Cons

Some features like applying different colors to a part, mirroring in assembly, duplicating assemblies, more options inside drawings... I guess it is just a matter of time until it gets to the level of other softwares in the market.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Raffaello Verna

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

2017-08-10

With configuration management built in..

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Elissa Ledoux

Very intuitive software to use, many features, great customer support.

2017-08-15

Ability to work remotely from a laptop rather than on a single desktop, ability to share documents between users and non-users.

Pros

The web access is the best feature, but the automatic saving, the branching and versioning, and being able to draw an edge of an existing feature into a new sketch are also very helpful.

Cons

The worst part is that there is no free, easy way to do quality finite element analysis for stress and strain calculations.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


Hi Elissa! Thanks for taking the time to review Onshape. We appreciate your feedback. Please let me know if you'd like to discuss further on a call!

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Paul Hvass

Love working in the cloud, but there are still a few features that I miss.

2017-08-16

Great value.

Pros

Support responsiveness. Easy import from other CAD systems.

Cons

Linked documents are confusing to modify.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


Hi Paul! Thanks for taking the time to review 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 early next week to chat?

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Alex Buys

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

2017-08-21

Easy implementation.

Pros

This also saves local storage and backup demand.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


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.

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Jeremy Dwyer

Some things are easy while others are incredibly frustrating.

2017-08-10

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

Pros

I also like the history tracking application and that it remembers everything I have ever changed and when.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Onshape


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.

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