FRC 2090 (Honolulu, HI) is in its third season of using Onshape.
Recycle Rush was my first year with the team, before Onshape existed, and I remember how only 4 Solidworks-knowledgeable students were our CAD team and trying to use the GrabCAD Workbench feature. And, of course, the files were only viewable on computers with Solidworks installed.
Fast-forward and now our team of 40 students can all access our work at any time. We have 15 students who have modified or made use of the CAD and anyone who is interested can easily get on board. All you need is an internet connection and any device. (Did you know there are native iOS and Android apps? I haven’t even learned those yet!)
Yes, you are reliant on the internet connection, but overall, we do not have issues at school when multiple people are on the same document. But no more sending back files or making sure you have the latest version of the software. You can refer to the Onshape website to see all the features, many of which are highlighted in this forum thread.
Over the last 3 years, we have taught Onshape to nearly 500 students ranging from Gr 7-12, only a subset of which is on our FTC teams or FRC team.
I was a Solidworks person before and can’t imagine ever going back.
Now, at the end of the day, a software tool is only good if you make use of it, so if your team is already set on another CAD program, I won’t go out of my way to persuade you. Also, I understand for non EDU, Onshape costs money for non-private files. However, since my use is in teaching students and other teachers, and not for commercial gain, it is the perfect tool. I highly recommend giving it a try.
Lastly, as a side note, Onshape has created many good video tutorials and resources for learning. In our classroom settings, however, we realized that the normal way of teaching CAD relied on (a) a lot of time, e.g. a full 12 week college course where you are focused on it, (b) an assumption that you are engineering-minded and © teaching to an older audience, that is, they have the patience to go through click by click from bottom-up in how to make a part.
For us, we only have about three 2 hour sessions (at most) to cover the basics, so we’ve come up with a way to teach fundamentals that is a lot more accessible to the non-engineering types. Start by showing what Onshape can do and then slowly go backwards to show how it is done. For example, have a template of sketches ready to go to go through the basic Part creation tools (Extrude, Revolve, Sweep, Loft) and then go to the Sketch tools. I haven’t had the time to document it, so if you are interested, I’m happy to converse more and share the outline of what the instruction is.
Full-disclosure: I am college friends with one of the employees there and also have conversed with one of the co-founders before, although before Onshape was public. I would not go out of my way to compliment Onshape if I did not use it and believe in it.