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OnShape Recommendation?

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Looking for OnShape users that previously used Solidworks.

In you opinion, what are the pros and cons of going to OnShape?

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Hi Guys,

Looking for OnShape users that previously used Solidworks.

In you opinion, what are the pros and cons of going to OnShape?

Rick
Version control is a big plus, and being able to work together at the same time is amazing. However, assemblies are a pain because mate connectors can feel counter intuitive.
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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

Pros

Cross platform is incredibly nice

Collaboration out of the box

Versioning of documents

Reasonable parts libraries (I've got a shared one from 319 that's pretty consistent)

Cons

Assembly can little funky

CAM is meh, I bring 100% of parts over to Fusion 360 for this.

Featurescript is documented worse than the FMS.
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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

Pros - Part studios allow for mating parts to be designed together in a much better workflow than with multi-body parts in Solidworks. Better version control and collaborative workflows without having to manage (and teach students to use) a PDM server.

Cons - Harder to drop the robot into a full field assembly and design a sub-assembly that interfaces closely with a field element. Modeling is slower than Solidworks on a high-latency internet connection (overall CAD work may be faster due to better collaborative workflows).

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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

Like others above, working cross-platform and together with others speeds up design overall. But the lag is something to consider, need to have a strong internet connection and decent machine that handles CAD. Biggest plus has to be the fact that nothing is ever lost, even in the event of a crash.
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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

Here's 319's public CAD in Onshape. The thread also turns into a discussion of Onshape for FRC.

https://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/s...&highlight=319
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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

I came back to play with OnShape after trying it a few years back-- WOW. Part creation is extremely intuitive, and I actually really like the assembly system now that I've played with a bit (though it could use being easier to repeat an insert).

The main hangup I have now is that it seems like an extreme pain to import multipart STEP files-- "Fix" doesn't seem to keep everything together the way I would expect when inserting into an assembly in another document. Is there a good workflow for taking in assemblies so that they "just work" when using them elsewhere?

If I can get this figured out, honestly I'm not sure I'll ever go back to Creo or Solidworks for robotics. Just have to get over the lack of good material appearance options
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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

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I came back to play with OnShape after trying it a few years back-- WOW. Part creation is extremely intuitive, and I actually really like the assembly system now that I've played with a bit (though it could use being easier to repeat an insert).

The main hangup I have now is that it seems like an extreme pain to import multipart STEP files-- "Fix" doesn't seem to keep everything together the way I would expect when inserting into an assembly in another document. Is there a good workflow for taking in assemblies so that they "just work" when using them elsewhere?

If I can get this figured out, honestly I'm not sure I'll ever go back to Creo or Solidworks for robotics. Just have to get over the lack of good material appearance options
I tend to use the "group" tool to keep imported assemblies together
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I tend to use the "group" tool to keep imported assemblies together
Between your advice and a few more tutorials, I've put away most of my concerns about using OnShape... next step, designing a few robots!
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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

As a Solidworks user personally I despise Onshape, but 1072 has to use it because of the high concentration of Macbooks the students own. It's not bad at all in terms of convenience, but it's a lot harder to switch between tabs without opening a new browser window. It's very close to Solidworks in other aspects, and somehow handles larger assemblies well.
I think you can remove the 30-minute limit as an FRC team but I need to look into it.
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As a Solidworks user personally I despise Onshape, but 1072 has to use it because of the high concentration of Macbooks the students own. It's not bad at all in terms of convenience, but it's a lot harder to switch between tabs without opening a new browser window. It's very close to Solidworks in other aspects, and somehow handles larger assemblies well.
I think you can remove the 30-minute limit as an FRC team but I need to look into it.
Why do you despise it?
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Why do you despise it?
No real reason other than I'm used to the UI and power of Solidworks. Onshape is like Solidworks Lite in many ways (loading time for parts, assembly tools, hotkeys, no setting masses for assemblies) and the fact that 1072 has to use it because of Apple is quite irritating. That being said 1072 will stick with Onshape for the foreseeable future to be more inclusive.
If only everyone at the school switched to Windows desktops... /s
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Re: OnShape Recommendation?

Don't underestimate the benefit to not needing a massive software install. It's very easy to add people to your design team or for non-design team members to view a design (even on their cell phones.)

Also, the free onshape fundamentals training is nice -- it's a series of short videos and "labs" that take you through all of the basic stuff.

Would I switch to it if my team had a big Solidworks investment? Probably not. But, it's a great option for a team just starting with CAD.
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