The 2020 FRC Season is right around the corner and the MKCad team is hard at work making sure everything is up to date and new COTS products are included.
MKCad has become quite popular as Onshape use increased, so we’ve decided to get a little more formal with the way the library is managed. We’ve created a public Trello board so you can keep track of the work we’re doing on the library. If you have any suggestions for improvements, missing parts, or additional features, please check the Trello board and then post in this thread if your suggestion isn’t already there.
Updates / Improvements
Configurable Parts - We’ve added configurable gears, pulleys, sprockets, and motors to the library, allowing you to change the part in your assembly without having to re-do the mates. For example, you can design a gearbox and then change the gear ratio with just a few clicks of the mouse.
COTS Updates - We’re in the process of adding missing COTS items from AndyMark, VEXPro, West Coast Products, REV Robotics, ThriftyBot, 221 Robotic Systems, and others. If you notice a part you want to use is missing, and it’s not on the Trello board, please let us know in this thread.
MKCad is an open library, which means that anyone can make and modify copies as they see fit. We estimate that there are over 450 copies of MKCad Onshape documents out there. This is fine, but we ask that you rename your copies to not include “MKCad” in the name. This will make the official libraries easier to find for those that wish to use them. If you have a copy, and don’t want to delete it and use the official MKCad documents instead, please rename your document ASAP.
Onshape allows you to mark documents with tags. We suggest you tag all official MKCad documents with “MKCad” to make them easier to find. Here’s how:
- Go to the list of Onshape’s public documents (https://cad.onshape.com/documents?nodeId=3&resourceType=filter) and search for “MKCad”.
- Select all documents that do not contain the word copy (there are currently 20 official MKCad Documents)
- Right click, and choose “Labels…”
- Add a label called “MKCad”
Now, when inserting parts in an assembly or part studio, simply click on the MKCad label, and you’ll see all the documents listed!
Again, if you have any suggestions or questions for the MKCad team, please post them here.