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Improvements to Onshape - March 22nd, 2019
SEARCH FOR A FEATURECertainly a heavily-requested improvement, we've now included a Feature search tool!
The Feature Search can be activated at any time using the shortcut Alt+C (Windows) or Option+C (Mac).
The Feature Search also does some matching of terminology from other CAD tools. For example, searching for "boss" will propose some Onshape-equivalent options you may be looking for.
SWAP DRAWING SHEET FORMAT IN AN EXISTING ONSHAPE DRAWINGWhen changes are made to an Onshape drawing template (DWT), we now have an easy way to update the title block and border for existing, already created Onshape Drawings.
CUSTOM PROPERTY SEARCH BY ANY PROPERTYSearching from the documents list now allows filtering by custom properties that were created in a company. Simply select an appropriate item from the "Type" filter at the top, and then "Add criteria" for the property you wish to search on.
DRAWING PERFORMANCE: JOGGED ASSEMBLY SECTION CUTSBuilding on performance improvements from the last release, jogged assembly section views have been improved. Users should expect to see faster view creation and update, particularly on complex views and assemblies with many parts.
DRAWING CHAMFER DIMENSIONOnshape introduces a new dimension tool for calling out Chamfer features.
Note that the Chamfer dimension tool must be selected explicitly from the list of dimension tools. The styles of 45-degree vs. non-45-degree Chamfers, along with the precisions of the dimensions can be controlled independently from the Drawing properties. Be sure to check out the Help Documentation for more info.
MORE ORDINATE DIMENSION IMPROVEMENTSAdditional improvements were made to ordinate dimensions in this release, to show a live preview of the location of the dimensions as you drag them.
DYNAMIC CURVATURE COMBS ON SKETCH DRAGWhere previously you have had the ability to display the curvature of sketch entities statically, with this release the curvature-comb display is now dynamic and updates in realtime on drag. This is especially useful when manipulating spline points.
PARTIAL BOUNDARIES FOR SURFACE LOFT, FILL FEATURESIf the profiles or guide curves extends further than necessary, we can now select to trim them directly in the Loft feature (Surface). The Fill feature can similarly handle a partial boundary, trimming all excess automatically.
iOS (MOBILE) IMPROVEMENTS
IMPROVED SELECTION WORKFLOWS IN ARRAY DIALOGS
It is now possible to select items to fill out array dialogs that require multiple selections (such as those used in Loft, Fill, Fillet, etc.). This improvement will greatly reduce the number of on-screen "taps" required to complete a feature, as the user will no longer have to "tap" the array field in the dialog each time before selecting the next piece of geometry.
SHARING ONSHAPE DOCUMENTS WITH NEW USERS
Onshape documents can easily be shared with anyone, even an individual that does not have an Onshape account. In our latest Tech Briefing we discuss best practices and avoiding pitfalls when sharing a document with a user that is new to Onshape. You can read the full tech briefing HERE.
USING PEM® FASTENERS
A few releases ago, we added PEM® Fasteners in Onshape Standard Content. Take a look at this new Tech Briefing on Using PEM® Fasteners in Onshape Assemblies.
SECURITY AND IT CHECKLIST
Onshape addresses many security concerns compared to Old CAD. In this Tech Briefing, we discuss many of the security features that are built into Onshape, and some best practices you can take to keep your data safe.
UPDATES TO MANY TECH BRIEFINGS
RELEASE MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAININGWe've introduced a live, instructor-led training course on Administering Release Management and User Workflows.
For more info, and to sign-up, Click Here.
Please take a moment to try out these new features and improvements and leave your comments below. For a detailed list of all the changes in this update, please see the changelog.
Remember: The updates listed here are now live for all users when creating new Documents and over the next few days these features will also be available in Documents created before the date of this update.