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Onshape Debuts User Meet-Up In Silicon Valley


Onshape is a new and innovative cloud-based 3D CAD system that is receiving attention from the CAD Community. On July 29, Onshape held its first Bay Area user group meeting at Google’s Maxwell Tech Talk Room in Mountain View, CA.

This event was attended by 75 people consisting of mechanical engineers, desi gners, drafters and CAD enthusiasts. SoloPoint Solutions partnered with Onshape in helping spread the word out to the local CAD community.

At the meeting, Onshape team members Cody Armstrong, Ye Wang and Joe Dunne spoke on the many features and benefits of Onshape that are enticing to all CAD users.

75 attended the first Onshape user group meeting in Mountain View, CA (Image by: Tom Sons)
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CAD experts presenting the benefits of Onshape at the first user group meeting. (Image by: Tom Sons)

Onshape allows any number of designers to work same model at the same time with minimum delays. By residing in the cloud, Onshape makes collaboration with multi-users more accessible and more effective.

Because this program is in the cloud, any upgrades or revision will happen instantaneously. This feature allows all users to be on the same version of the program, rather than buy software upgrades on a yearly basis.

Ease of use is a common theme of the Onshape presentation. The Onshape team discussed about how this program can be downloaded on iTunes or the Andoid App Store and is compatible with any device such as laptops, cell phones and tablets.

Onshape differs from its CAD predecessors by offering free and paid subscription plans. The free plan gives users access to all the cloud-based modeling features, unlimited public documents and up to 5 private documents. The professional plan, which starts at $100 a month, gives its subscribers the same modeling features but with unlimited public and private documents. By offering these different pricing in subscriptions, Onshape opens its doors to different users that range from CAD students to professional CAD designers.

“This CAD technology is ground breaking,” said Gil Van Hoy, a SoloPoint Mechanical Engineer. As someone who is always interested in learning about CAD on a professional and hobby basis, Van Hoy jumped at the chance to use Onshape since its early stages. “There’s a long list of positive things about Onshape that I can list. Some of which are its effortless in installation and upgrades and its integrated Product Data Management. I believe Onshape could potentially change the CAD landscape.”

Onshape is expected to have more user group meetings in the future not only in the Bay Area, but all over the world. Their next upcoming meeting is expected to take place in Los Angeles, CA.

SoloPoint Solutions will continue to support the MCAD community by announcing all upcoming Onshape events. We are excited to watch its impact on the CAD community and to see it change the face of CAD designing.

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