Cambridge, Massachusetts, based Onshape, a fully cloud-based CAD software system for the manufacturing markets, has released another important update and industry leading new feature in ‘in-context’ design.
Redefining How CAD Is Done
Onshape, a company, led by the former founders and leaders of SolidWorks, Inc., has been rapidly advancing its innovative cloud-based MCAD product. In this latest update Onshape’s Darren Henry writes:
Designers want the ability to edit parts within the context of an assembly (top-down design) to ensure fit and function by defining relationships between components. We believe that traditional approaches to top-down design have demoed well, but have not largely been successful when used in real-world design scenarios.
The issue comes down to unpredictable geometry changes and feature corruption when using in-context relationships. The issue is complex relationships are often stored in multiple files. Users have no control over how and when these complex relationships update. Sometimes the relationship is recalculated when a part is rebuilt and sometimes when the assembly is updated.
Due to this complexity, some companies have told Onshape that they have banned the use of ‘in-context’ relationships because of their unpredictability. Onshape has now solved all the problems associated with in-context design.
The latest update to Onshape has these new capabilities: (see video here and details here)
- Models always update in a predictable, controlled manner.
- Motion does not affect in-context relationships.
- You can use multiple assembly contexts and us them to edit a single or multiple parts.
- You can update the assembly in context (the state of the assembly) if needed.
Onshape combines the power of their new Part Studios (multiple-part design environment) and full-cloud CAD ability to restore to any point in time.
This latest update also includes enhancements such as named assembly views, the ability to import data with geometry faults, and numerous drawing enhancements. Onshape’s Drawings module is built using Graebert’s ARES technology.
To learn more about Onshape visit here.
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