Here’s a pretty picture to capture your interest:
I’ve been playing with OnShapefor about a year now (only seriously for the past few months) and I’ve grown to love it.
For those of you that don’t know, OnShape is a completely cloud-based CAD program that is free if you don’t mind all of your CAD documents being public, or if you get an education subscription.
For me, the biggest selling point for OnShape is that none of the students on our team need to have a computer to work on CAD. OnShape works on almost any internet connected device and doesn’t need to be installed anywhere. The ease of adoption is incredible.
Anyway, to the meat of the post. I’m going to use this as somewhat of an experiment this off-season. I’ve created an offseason drivetrain project in OnShape and made it publicly available. It can be found here. You can log in, spin the design around, look at all of the parts, measure distances, and copy the whole thing to your own OnShape account.
I’ve only done enough to get my general idea across (8WD WCD, 6/14fps, 4" wheels, chain-in-tube), but I’d like to see what happens when we share ideas with OnShape. Feel free to copy this model, manipulate as you wish, suggest changes, and share your ideas. I’ll be posting responses to this post as I learn more about OnShape and its capabilities.