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Cloud-based Onshape introduces Onshape Drawings

Cloud-based, Onshape, the platform agnostic MCAD company, is thrilled to announce this latest update has the ability to create professional 2D drawings, which, according to Onshape has been by far the most requested feature.


Onshape, the much-hyped Boston-area fully web-based MCAD startup, seems to be proving that their customer’s feedback does matter by focusing the latest update on the introduction of Onshape Drawings. It is a full-cloud solution for creating professional 2D drawings of Onshape models.

If interested in learning more register for the webinar tomorrow September 04, 2015 at 11:00 am (EDT).

What is new

  • Improvements to Loft – There have been two big improvements to Loft that includes the ability to loft between non-planar surfaces and to specify End Conditions
  • Extrude with Draft – Users can now add draft in the Extrude command
  • Diameter Dimensons – It’s great for those creating revolve profiles to define dimensions with diameters
  • Negative dimensions – It is useful in scenarios where the sketch entities needing to be flipped to prevent to delete or manually drag before dimensioning
  • Fillet Manipulator – It’ll be visible when using the Fillet command to dynamically resize a fillet
  • Additional Materials – these are the result of specific requests like extra steel material definitions and PLA & MDF materials

How to use Onshape Drawing Views

Onshape Drawings is a tab in the Onshape Document. To create a Drawing, select the “+” icon in the bottom left corner and select “Create Drawing.” Once a template has been chosen Onshape will create a new drawing. There are several different view creation tools available in Onshape.

01 - Onshape Drawings instructional video to show how to start a drawing and insert drawing views. All rights reserved.

01 – Onshape Drawings instructional video to show how to start a drawing and insert drawing views. All rights reserved.

Standard Views, as well as Projected, Auxiliary, and Section Views are all available. when there is not enough room on a sheet, more can be added with the Sheets button in the toolbar. Once views have been added to the drawing, dimensions and other annotations can be added.

Onshape Drawing Dimensions

Onshape has a number of different dimension tools available. The dimension tools available are:

  • 2 point linear dimension
  • Angular dimension
  • 3 point angular dimension
  • Radial dimensions
  • Diamete dimensions

To add a dimension, select the dimension type, followed by the entities that needs dimension. Snap points can be visible when the cursor is moved over the drawing to snap the dimensions to the model.

02 - Onshape Drawings video on how to choose a drawing template. All rights reserved.

02 – Onshape Drawings video on how to choose a drawing template. All rights reserved.

In addition to adding dimensions, Onshape has added annotations to help further define drawings. Notes can be added with or without leaders as well as center marks and centerlines with the Centermark and Centerline command.

Drawing Templates

One of the most important elements to a drawing is its template and while Onshape provides different templates from their public Document, to get started users can upload their own DWT file as well. Any 2D CAD editing tool can be used to make changes to the templates and once modified the template file can be imported into an Onshape Document.

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 today’s 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. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Onshape is a new venture-backed company that includes key members of the original SolidWorks team plus elite engineers from the cloud, data security and mobile industries.

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