When they officially went live at 11 AM EST yesterday, Onshape sent ripples through the product design community as being the first true parametric 3D CAD solution for the browser.

The web app, which is able to be used on nearly any device including tablets and smartphones, is not only setting a new standard for collaboration functionalities and accessibility, but also in how CAD tools are priced. While many users of CAD tools have been reluctantly paying for upgrades year in and year out to stay relevant with clients and colleagues, Onshape’s free access and simple pricing structure for a Professional subscription seems like a no-brainer for most.

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But just like any other new piece of software kit, a slight learning curve is to be expected. Thankfully, the Onshape devs took this into consideration when designing the look and feel of the browser-based parametric CAD experience and most people with previous experience in other parametric tools are likely to shift over onto the Onshape platform with ease.

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For those looking for a quick primer, EvD Media’s very own Adam O’Hern (AKA the Cadjunkie) has taken the platform for a 14-minute spin to give new users the rundown on the Onshape interface and some unique features:

Overview Topics:

  • Onshape Project Directory
  • Rotate, Drag, Pan on Desktop
  • Rotate, Drag, Pan on Mobile
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Changing Views
  • Navigating Between Documents
  • Navigating the Assembly Tree
  • File Versions and Branches
  • Workspace History
  • Restoring Previous Design Iterations
  • Set Default Units
  • Onshape Feedback
  • Part Studio Overview
  • File Sharing
  • Data privacy
  • Onshape Tutorial and Sample Files

While Onshape is currently still in a beta stage, they are inviting new users each day on a first-come, first-served basis. For immediate access, users can sign up for the $100/month Professional subscription.

Be sure to check back to find out more about the first cadjunkie Onshape tutorial series! In the meantime, be sure to check out the rest of the existing industrial design training videos over at cadjunkie.com.