Onshape is the only true cloud solution at a time when companies are under increasing pressure to accelerate
TIME-TO-MARKET and INNOVATION while above all improving ROI.


Onshape is the only Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product development platform that combines CAD, built-in data management, real-time collaboration tools, and business analytics to give your team a distinct advantage.


Time-to-Market Bottlenecks

With the rapid pace of technological innovation, it’s no surprise that speed-to-market usually wins. Onshape is the only product development platform that can be instantly deployed on any computer or mobile device, enabling teams to work together globally and rapidly.

Teams can experiment on design alternatives together or independently from one another without affecting each other’s work. Real-time design reviews, commenting and simultaneous editing enable a collaborative workflow where multiple design iterations can be completed in parallel, and when approved, the best elements can be merged into the final design.

Product specifications and drawings can be instantly shared with your manufacturing team or suppliers to get the best possible product to market before your competition.

Slow & Expensive Infrastructure

Onshape’s zero IT footprint requires no downloads, installations, or license codes. You can access the Onshape cloud-based platform with any modern web browser from your Mac, PC, Chromebook or Linux computer. Administrators can instantly provision and de-provision seats to scale their design team and meet fluctuating business needs.

Built-in version control eliminates the need for PDM systems with dedicated servers and network infrastructure, software upgrades and licensing. Onshape frees your IT team from CAD and PDM maintenance and empowers your engineers to spend more time designing and less time dealing with software issues, locked files, and incompatible file types.

Security Risks & Data Breaches

With traditional file-based CAD, your product designs and intellectual property are subject to unauthorized duplication, data breaches, or even accidental sharing. Onshape’s database-driven architecture eliminates these kinds of security risks. There are no files to copy or manage.

Designs are stored and tracked with a complete version history, allowing you to audit or roll back changes as needed. Strict, role-based access control keeps your design data secure at all times. Every designer, engineer, contractor, or supplier involved in the product design lifecycle is given specific permissions and rights. Instant de-provisioning means when a contract is complete, or an engineer leaves the company or changes roles, you can immediately revoke their access to the project.

Inefficient Functional Silos

Onshape is the only product development platform that includes real-time data management. When one team member anywhere in the world makes a design change, everyone else instantly sees it. Built-in version control significantly reduces costly manufacturing errors.

Distributed teams can simultaneously explore alternative design ideas and converge on the best solution.

A simplified CAD viewer mode allows your sales team to demonstrate the latest product designs to customers, share models with suppliers to get earlier quotations, or send early prototypes to your marketing department.

Up-to-the-minute analytics and reporting tools offer greater transparency to project stakeholders, and enables easier project management.


Today, organizations that have switched to a cloud-based SaaS CAD platform have seen the transformation impact of real-time, simultaneous collaboration. Designers and engineers work together in real-time on the same project, iterating faster, improving designs, and accelerating time-to-market. Cloud-based CAD users no longer need to wait for other stakeholders to respond to email or upload screenshots. With Onshape, they can speech other’s edits and feedback in iive, updated design documents in real-time.


Tools to Accelerate Your Design Process

Data Management

Built-in version control and release management tools eliminate the need for a separate PDM system. Everybody works on the latest design data at all times. Every edit made by every user is captured and recorded and can be reversed at any time, providing unlimited undo/redo and a documented audit trail. Branching and merging enables multiple product ideas to be developed in parallel.


Edit designs simultaneously with other users and view changes in real-time as they are made. Easily share design data with your team, your company or your suppliers, setting granular permissions to view, edit, and export. Add comments and assign tasks to keep everyone on track. Follow mode facilitates interactive design reviews, presentations and collaboration.


Automate workflows to manage the release and revision control of parts, assemblies, drawings, and imported files. Create custom workflows specific to your own business processes. Users can design in parallel while waiting for a release candidate to be approved. Set up trigger points for notifications and emails.


Design complex solid and surface models using top-down or bottom-up methodologies. Capture design intent and inter-part relationships by designing parts together in a Part Studio. Further extend Onshape’s robust feature set with custom features created using FeatureScript to automate complex or repetitive design tasks.


Create highly structured and detailed assemblies with built-in standard hardware and parts linked from other Documents. Capture complex kinematic relationships with a single Mate. Design parts in-context and manage updates predictably. Onshape’s unique database architecture eliminates the problem of broken links and missing files.


Create fully detailed drawings of parts and assemblies with dimensions, datums, surface finish and weld symbols, geometric tolerances, notes, tables, balloons, callouts, sheets and fully configurable drawing properties. Supports import and export of DWG, DWT and DXF file formats.

Bill of Materials

Configure and manage a Bill of Materials while simultaneously editing an assembly. Insert non-geometric items with quantities and predefined units. Add BOM tables to assembly drawings with intelligent balloon callouts. Real-time updates ensure the BOM is never out of sync with the assembly it reflects.


Build complex families of parts and assemblies with separate tables for each configuration option, dramatically reducing the number of rows and cells. Configuration variables enable infinite product variations. Each configuration can have its own part number and revision (release) history.


Monitor project status with Activity, Release, Project and User Dashboards. Review document access and conduct security reviews. Stay up-to-date with the user activity stream. Users can see and access reports according to Global Permissions.


Develop your own Onshape integrations via a robust REST API. Extend Onshape to meet your business and engineering needs with ERP, PLM, SSO, simulation, and CAM add-ons available in the Onshape App Store. New partners and integrations are being continuously added.


Request support directly in the Onshape product. In-app feedback tools connect you directly with the Onshape support team. Self-paced tutorials and instructor led training is available via our learning center. Interact with the Onshape Community and staff via the forum.


Protect your design data from unauthorized use with role-based access control, AES-256 encryption, optional two-factor authentication and comprehensive audit logs. Onshape is SOC 2 Type 2 compliant and is hosted on AWS. Payments with Onshape are PCI compliant.

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A single source of truth, no matter what the application, enables concurrent modification of data with changes updating instantly for every team contributor.

Best-in-class companies focus on teams, rather than individuals, and the end-to-end product development process, not just design tools.

Digital transformation is only achieved once all company data silos are connected and compatible, providing new types of innovation and creativity instead of simply enhancing and supporting traditional methods.

Download the latest Onshape guide to cloud-native product development to learn more.

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