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Onshape Graphics

sean_blanchardsean_blanchard Member Posts: 1
I've been a CAD user for 17 years. I've had the pleasure of using several CAD packages (i.e. Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, Fusion 360, NX, Creo Parametrics etc.). I wanted to know if Onshape has any plans on updating their 3D Modeling Environment graphics (Comparable with Solidworks, Fusion 360, Autodesk Inventor)? The aforementioned CAD platforms has the ability to add reflections, shadows (ambient, ground etc.), photo-realistic displays.

 Solidworks 2019

 Fusion 360

 Autodesk Inventor

I personally believe if Onshape had comparable graphics, it would propel the Onshape brand further.


  • michael_bromleymichael_bromley Member Posts: 60 PRO
    Renderings are available by some of the partners in the app store currently.
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,338 PRO
    I don't see a great benefit to have 'poor' rendering inside cad. Adding a drop shadow / reflect won't help in designing better products and it is not good enough to be a product image. 
    If there was rendering workspace inside Onshape, it needs to be comparable to Keyshot etc. Or that should be where it's aiming at least.

    That would be totally awesome to use cloud power and live model for render!
  • shaun_singhshaun_singh OS Professional Posts: 10 PRO
    Maybe this could be added as part of the tessellation settings if it was to be implemented.

    I would rather have the current graphics to support speed for design purposes, so I wouldn't want these added as a default setting  - but can appreciate its use.
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,338 PRO
    edited 6:55PM
    I would begin with separate workspace for render, it needs tools that are not needed while designing and I would think render rather a view than always on feature..

    And if we had such, I would probably keep it in another window and work with model on simplified graphics (current).

    Similar approach could be applied for exploded view..
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