Onshape to be acquired by PTC

Bottom Line Up Front

• There is no change to Onshape’s pricing plans.
• There is no change to your points-of-contact at Onshape.
• You will continue to enjoy the same level of responsive customer support and partnership that you are receiving now.
• You can expect the same frequency of updates to Onshape.
• We have not actually been acquired yet – today’s announcement is that we have entered into an agreement to be acquired. We expect the actual acquisition to close soon

More details: https://www.onshape.com/hubfs/documents/Onshape%20External%20FAQs.pdf or check your email

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As long as they don’t try to integrate windchill into onshape part libraries and neuter feature scripts it could be a good thing. But knowing PTC…


From PTC’s FAQs

What does this mean for Creo and Windchill?
Not much, because we plan to maintain a robust investment in Creo and Windchill roadmaps. With Creo, we plan to continue our pursuits around realtime simulation, generative design, additive manufacturing, and IoT and AR integration. In parallel, we expect we will inject these same capabilities into Onshape over time so that we have leading products in either deployment model. If Creo and Windchill customers want to move to SaaS to pursue its advantages, we plan to be able to guide them to our SaaS offering.

We can only hope that PTC “injecting these same capabilities” doesn’t mean Onshape just ends up as Creo SAAS. Oh boy.

Edit: " realtime simulation, generative design, additive manufacturing, and IoT and AR integration" on Onshape would be great. My hope is that they don’t mess with anything already in place, e.g. conform Onshape’s part studios/assembly workflow process into Creo’s.

The lack of an explicit “Onshape.com won’t just cease to exist and/or become an ad for existing PTC software” is slightly concerning.

That bottom line would still allow PTC to just poof the whole thing out of existence and integrate the tech into other products or the upcoming “totally not just Onshape with a Creo theme” on a more expensive subscription model.


This is my biggest concern as well. Hopefully PTC sees the value and market moving towards cloud-based everything and fully embraces Onshapes direction.

I’m not so convinced that will be the case.

Well considering they are competing with Autodesk. I don’t think they have much of a choice, but to offer a cloud-based platform. I just wish that these companies would offer these solutions with Gov Compliant cloud support.

It’s coming, just give it time. Gov Cloud services are in their infancy at this point and the current administration is a bit like the people who post on CD who are opposed to SaaS solutions. Trust me, it’ll have its day.

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Mark from PTC/Onshape here :slight_smile:

I know this thread is a bit old now, but the concerns raised in this thread still come up quite a bit. I’d like to assure everyone that Onshape will not be going away. I sat down with the CEO of PTC and Founder of Onshape to help clarify what this means:

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Thank you for taking the time to post that and having your execs address students and teams. It would be awesome to see some of the PDM tools and workflow capabilities make their way into the educational offerings - getting students used to processes in addition to products can be a great learning tool.


I’d love to see the auto part numbering feature make its way to education. We have to track that in an external sheet, so having that with associated features would be fantastic.


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