About Onshape

Category: CAD
With Onshape, teams can collaborate simultaneously on a single design via cloud services, integrating data management, real-time analytics, CAD, and collaboration tools. Software upgrades are released directly through the web interface, so users don't have to provide maintenance.

Company: Onshape

Onshape is a CAD software system delivered over the Internet via a SaaS model. It extensively uses cloud computing, with compute-intensive processing and rendering performed on Internet-based servers, and users can interact with the system via a web browser or apps.

In-Depth Analysis

0 Overall
Price 3.0
Ease Of Use 3.5
Features 4.0
Support 4.0


  • Easy to learn and understand, making the process of making models simple.
  • A convenient cloud-based CAD system.
  • Collaborative features with multi-user design.


  • No offline access to created models.
  • Features are sometimes tricky to find.
  • Absence of features like 3D sketching and Weldments.

Onshape Comparisons

Plans & Pricing

Onshape offers three packages with different price ranges that you can choose from depending on your budget and needs. A free trial is also available that allows users to explore the platform and get a feel for the benefits involved once they start paying. These are the different packages available and their features and prices.

FREE trial
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The standard package costs $1500 per user per year. This package is best suited to a small team or an individual user who requires only one license for modern CAD tools with intermittent collaboration and basic data management needs. The Standard package gives users direct access to technical support, component and assembly modeling, from anywhere in the world, drawings, and it also runs on the web and any mobile device.


The most popular package, the Professional package, costs $2100 per user per year. The Professional package is more suited for small, medium-sized, and consulting companies, teams, and individuals that need a platform that includes data management, company-wide controls, and CAD. All the Standard package features are included as well as company-level Admin tools, Consolidated Billing, Approval workflows and notifications, formal release management, custom properties, and metadata and complete data management.


This plan is for teams and organizations of all sizes that require advanced security, customized workflows, role-based access control, the best product development tools, total customization of the design process, real-time design analytics. The Enterprise package comes with all the features the Standard and Professional packages offer in addition to project-specific workflow settings, optional single sign-on, full and light user provisioning, project-based activity, reporting and audit trail, advanced provisioning and advanced security settings, centralized intellectual property control and visibility, and real-time analytics and dashboards. Full and light user provisioning is available, and this package can only be purchased by contacting the sales team.

Ease of Use

Onshape is simple and easy to use even for one who is new to CAD, with it being more efficient at general 3D CAD designs than traditional programs due to its cloud nature. Delivering as much as a professional and expensive tool can offer, Onshape offers free trials, although with an initial learning curve to figure out how to use it.

Customer Support

The support team at Onshape is available via live chat at all hours of the day, and they’re quick to respond and offer solutions and troubleshooting. There is also the option to file a support ticket (if you subscribed to the professional plan) or Report a Bug (if you have a free or EDU subscription- designed for educators) if you can’t find a relevant answer on its interactive forum and an extensive list of FAQs.

24/7 Help & Support
24/7 Help & Support
There is 24/7 support available to all users.
Live Online Chat
Live Online Chat
Available at all hours of the day to help and offer solutions
There is an option for all users to email the support team.
Video Tutorials
Video Tutorials
There are several videos available on the website.
The company's website boasts an extensive FAQ page.
Blog available on the website.
Features & Functionality
Design Features

Data Management

Onshape offers unhindered cloud-based CAD access, thereby eliminating the challenges facing add-on PDM/PLS systems and traditional file-based CAD. Users no longer face the challenge of managing several versions of a design document and risking lost time from manufacturing errors. This frees them to improve their design quality instead of fixing administrative hassles. Data can be accessed quickly and work assigned to various team members with changes made and recorded in real-time.


Onshape enables users to create detailed drawings of assemblies and parts with several drawing features, including date values, dimensions, geometric tolerance, drawing sheets, entirely customizable drawing properties, and welding symbols. Supported file imports for imports and exports are DXF, DWG, and DWT.


Onshape allows the building of families of assemblies and parts independent tables for each configuration option, drastically reducing the number of rows and cells and allowing limitless product variations through configuration variables. Each configuration can have its change release (revision) history or part number.


With its inbuilt analytics, Onshape records each interaction and presents the data in tables and charts which are easy to read. Project status can be monitored easily with Release, Activity, Project, and User Dashboards. The central assignment of rights controls the users’ access to the reports

  • Visualizing
  • Rendering
  • Drawing
  • Editing
  • Sequence Steps
  • Modeling
  • Dynamic Updating
Edit Features
  • File Import
  • Push/Pull
  • Views
  • Grips


Onshape enables collaboration in ways no other design, data management, or CAD platform offers, with multiple users having the option to edit designs simultaneously. With its simple and interactive user interface that makes it user-friendly, data can be shared with the company, suppliers, or within a team, with all changes updated live as they are made and visible to editors instantly.


  • Multi-User
  • File Import/Export
  • Annotate
  • Documentation
  • Data Extract
  • Fabrication
  • Reinforcement Tools
  • Clash Detection
  • Grading
  • Earthwork

Being a cloud-based development platform with the freedom to work remotely from any location, Onshape is a fantastic choice for teams looking to unburden themselves from the fallbacks and headaches of traditional CAD, with its advantage of easier collaboration, more IP protection, instant CAD deployment, and no need for PDM.

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