Onshape - Enterprise Grade 3D CAD System for Agile Product Design

CIO Vendor For the past few years, cloud-based CAD has been pitched as a change that will revolutionize CAD workflows, creating concern among CAD managers about how the technology will alter their CAD ecosystem. Having a clear strategy to approach cloud-based CAD tools is the need of the hour. Fulfilling the requisite is Cambridge, Massachusetts based Onshape Inc, a full-cloud 3D CAD system that breaks the financial barriers and eliminates the worries about buying expensive hardware by letting everyone on a design team work together using any web browser, phone, or tablet. Onshape enables Agile Product Design, providing teams instant access to the same CAD system and the same CAD data.

In a Aberdeen Group study, companies have identified product design speed as a top priority.“Every year for the past 5 years, Time has been the #1 Pressure identified by surveyed companies looking to develop more successful products...” In another study by Boston Consulting Group, 79 percent of companies say Innovation is the #1, 2, or 3 priorities at their company. Companies need more speed and innovation in product design. Collaboration and connections are the biggest bottlenecks to speed and innovation. Leading companies are moving to Agile Product design to overcome these challenges as per Aberdeen Group. Traditional CAD and PDM tools work against the Agile product design process. With traditional file based tools, it is serial process with time delays,lack of collaboration and disconnected processes.

Incepted by a team that has been instrumental in building SolidWorks and creating several other successful startups; Onshape is the only company in the world 100 percent focused on cloud and mobile CAD. Onshape has data management and collaboration built in at its core that breaks it away from the traditional model of desktop-installed CAD. The tool was initially built from scratch for the way today’s engineers, designers and manufacturers really work, giving them secure and simultaneous access to a single master version of their CAD data without the hassles of software licenses or copying files.
Agile Design Requires a New Generation of CAD
Unlike traditional CAD, where users climb a learning curve to understand new concepts such as parametric and features, Onshape eliminates the chaos of installation, registration, license-sharing, copying files and locking. To avoid need of extra PDM applications, Onshape has a built-in Version control so that everyone in the team can easily see the latest version, in real-time. It provides a single source of truth. Onshape releases updates every three weeks as compared to other CAD systems that update once a year.

Onshape enables Agile Product Design, providing teams instant access to the same CAD system and the same CAD data

“Onshape offers real-time collaboration, deployment, data management, analytics and control for an Agile Product design process,” affirms Ved Narayan, VP Asia Pacific, Onshape. A database system rather than a file-based system, Onshape understands the hassle of finding the latest version of a file or waiting for the file to be checked-in, and therefore, yields latest versions of files for carrying out the work without worrying about overwriting someone else’s work. Moreover, to lower the financial barriers, Onshape extends subscription models without any license fee, where the clients can pay for the duration they use the tool. The flexibility offered with the monthly subscription for startup companies encourages them to convert ideas into prototypes and products pretty fast at a low cost, giving an advantage to the design community. Additionally, Onshape is endowed to the clients along with the source codes to make it customizable according to the requisite of customers.

Onshape considers India as one of the largest markets for the company in Asia and already serves customers across various industries in India. Moving further, the firm plans at expanding its customer base in India and getting more paid customers onboard in the upcoming years.