This is directed toward anyone using a free Onshape account.
Recently I found a feature in Onshape which makes for a lack of privacy when it comes to making original designs for the FRC Game Design or Robot Designs in general. When using a free account on Onshape, one caveat included with the account is the fact that all of your CAD files are public, and I mean ALL(FYI: Onshape is a browser based CAD software which has a library of CAD models other people made). When any Onshape user goes to the “Public” files on Onshape to find nuts, bolts, or other simple cad files they want to import into their cad, they could also find designs for the Game Design Challenge or a robot design that people with free accounts made. All they have to do is type “Game Design” or “2021 FRC” into the search bar to find files with that same/similar name. So any original and well though out designs could be seen pretty easily on Onshape, with the right search.
Team’s, with free accounts, could easily just change the name to their file to something like “’;][-G0M3 D3S1GN” or “dp1da- R0BA7 D33s11Gn 22200211” I would recommend putting random characters in the front of your file name and excluding/altering any year numbers, like 2021 to 2000221, to throw off the public search engine.
I know this feature isn’t completely debilitating for teams and the FIRST community aren’t a bunch of thieves for ideas, but I would just like to get the word out.