This month, Onshape has a few more features to whet your appetite than last month. And, it looks like were back to seeing incremental additions to create favorable conditions for surfacing. It was hard to pick the top three this time with surface updates, hole feature updates, section and drawing improvements, and a new FeatureScript addition that’s sure to excite those who want more control.

You can see the past update history and catch the latest on the Onshape What’s New page.

Here, we pick our ‘Top 3 Onshape Updates’ and provide a quick overview of each. To see our previous picks, visit our New Onshape Features page. Tell us which one you like the best, which need work, or if we picked the completely wrong features!

The Stats:
Total Updates: 10
Total Updates YTD: 79

Top 3 Onshape Updates (07.10.17)

Fill – You can now create a surface defined by a boundary of edges or curves.

Enclose – Create a solid part from an enclosed selection of surfaces or planes.

Loft Guides + End Conditions – You can now use a combination of guides and end conditions in the Loft command. In the past, you had to choose one or the other.

Other updates

Save Section Views and Named Views – With this update comes the ability to save section views as named views in your model. This can be useful if you find yourself consistently creating the same section view.

Hole Feature Improvements – There were many improvements to the Hole feature with this update. Including new standard hole sizes, and the ability to create holes in sheet metal parts.

Section View Improvements – You’ll find a new “Angular” section view type in Onshape Drawings. This option allows you to create section views at an angle. Also added with this update is the ability to change a view’s label.

Copy/Paste in Drawing Context Menu – You can now right-click “Copy” and right-click “Paste” entities in Onshape Drawings. In this past this was limited to keyboard shortcuts.

Weld Symbol Improvements – A few important improvements to Weld symbols were added with this release. This includes live updates to the Weld symbol preview, as well as support for staggered welds.

Ordered Array of FeatureScript Parameters – The foundation has been laid to allow you to make per selection changes to parameters in Onshape while creating a feature. This means you can have different settings for each selection within a dialog.

Performance Improvements – Performance has been improved in several areas including assemblies, drawings, holes and more.

You can see videos that breakdown each new features here. We’ll be keeping a closer eye on what Onshape is releasing with each update, so let us know what features you’re watching for or want to see the most!

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