Forehead slap. This Onshape update has so many great additions. Really, it’s impossible to pick a top 3 – All 10 could be in the Top 3. But that’s also impossible, so I squeezed my eyes as tight as they could go, until tears popped out onto three new features – those are the top 3 you see below. Good ones? You tell me. I’m particularly excited about that Fill Surface Guides. You?

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: 120

Top 3 Onshape Updates (10.19.17)

Folders – You can now organize and group your Onshape Documents together using Folders.

Fill Surface Guides – Fill surface can now use curves as well as vertices to control the shape of the surface.

Duplicate Drawings/Assemblies – You can now make an exact copy of any parts, assemblies or drawings using the Duplicate command on the element tab.


Other updates


Select Other Shortcut Key – You can now select hidden geometry by pressing a new shortcut key on your keyboard to start the Select Other command.

Pattern & Mirror Sheet Metal – Need we say more? Part Pattern and Part Mirror features can now be added to active sheet metal parts.

Copying Annotations – Notes, Geometric Tolerance frames, Surface Finish symbols, Weld symbols, Balloons and Tables can now be copied by holding down the Alt key on your keyboard and dragging with your mouse.

End, Mid & Quad Snaps – You can now snap to the center, end, mid and quad snap points of arcs and circles when creating 3 point centerlines in Drawings.

Hide Bend Lines – To hide bend lines on a drawing view of a flattened sheet metal part, right click and select “Hide bend lines.”

Edge Highlights – Hover your cursor over a GD&T Frame, a Surface Finish symbol or a Datum and the edge it is associated with will highlight in blue.

Performance – This update includes speed improvements to model regeneration, opening assemblies and shaded and hidden line view generation in Drawings.

You can see videos and screenshots 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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Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.