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Improvements to Onshape - September 11th, 2019

Roy_MutalikRoy_Mutalik Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 32
edited September 2019 in New in Onshape
Our first release of September comes with some highly-requested drawings improvements. Let's take a look. 



You can now create Hole Tables to show on your drawings!



With this release, you can now replace a model reference on a drawing even after views have been created.


There are many use cases for this functionality. Some include:
1. Replacing views of a Part Studio (which you had created accidentally) with the correct Part reference
2. Changing Configuration of a Part shown on a drawing
3. Replacing a Part with an Assembly
4. Duplicating a drawing, and changing the reference (for a similar part)
5. Switching all view references between a Workspace and a Revision/Version.


ISO 3601-1:2012 and SAE AS568D O-rings have now been added to the Standard Content Library.


You can now dynamically change the units of imported Mesh data. The changes automatically update, resizing the mesh in the Part Studio where it was imported.


A few releases back, we introduced the ability to select an entire sketch as a reference for a Hole feature. The Hole feature parametrically updates if vertices are added or removed from that sketch.

After receiving feedback from many users, especially on the forum (thank you!), we have made some additional improvements. Most notably, certain points from the sketch will no longer be automatically included in the selection. These points include:
  • The center point of a center-point rectangle
  • The three points used to define a three-point circle
  • The edge point created by the inscribed polygon
  • The center point of a circular pattern

Note that any of these points can still be used as a reference location for a hole if selected manually in the Hole feature.

We would like to take a moment to continue to thank our active and vocal users for providing us with valuable feedback. We'll promise to always listen, and make Onshape great together!


A Standard Content Appendix has been created in the Help Documentation. The Help is searchable, so you will be able to find the appropriate hardware easily without having to dig through the Standard Content Library from the "Insert" feature in-app.


You should expect to see improved performance and responsiveness when dragging, snapping, and generally navigating tables on Onshape Drawings (General Tables and Bill of Materials).


In a Part Studio, the properties dialog now has a "Reset all" button which will clear all editable part properties of the selected parts. This does more than it appears at first: As the tooltip indicates, it will also reset some properties you can't see in the dialog (appearance, material, tessellation quality), and, unlike just clearing out the fields manually, it fully clears all manual applications. This allows values calculated by custom features (which are normally overridden by those manual applications) to take effect.



You can now create a new Release Candidate by directly copying a previously created one. All elements (tabs), as well as the comment history is copied to the newly created Release Candidate.



You may now enforce a minimum Part Number length of up to 10 digits.  



Onshape Enterprise's Single-Sign-On (SSO) now supports the use of Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).



Feature Studios will now show an external reference update icon (similar to those shown in the feature tree) and include a similar update dialog for managing versions of external references.



A new Tech Briefing has been published on how to manage items as a company admin, and add items to your BOMs as a company member. 

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.



  • adrian_vlzkzadrian_vlzkz Member Posts: 248 PRO
    Very welcome addition of the Release Candidate Clones... not sure why is not just called "Resubmit" or "Re-release" but still, this is a big step in the right direction for Data Management
    Adrian V. | Onshape Ambassador
    CAD Engineering Manager
  • sebastian_glanznersebastian_glanzner Member, Developers Posts: 397 PRO
    Very nice update!
    I'm going to use Replace model & drawing references a lot!
    Thanks, very useful!
  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers, Channel partner Posts: 856 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great improvements!!!
    Un saludo,

    Eduardo Magdalena                         C2i Change 2 improve                         ☑ ¿Por qué no organizamos una reunión online?  
                                                                         Partner de PTC - Onshape                                     Averigua a quién conocemos en común
    Very nice, Hole tables and replace model in drawings helps a LOT!
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,877 PRO
    Why is your Onshape logo a Fishbowl??

  • Jason_SJason_S Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 209
    @john_mcclary That's in enterprise :wink:
    Support & QA
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,877 PRO
    Nah, i'll just have @MBartlett21 hack my css lol
  • hayden_morgan_nzhayden_morgan_nz Member, User Group Leader Posts: 8 PRO
    Awesome, thanks for the update.
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,660 PRO
    Wow I'd have been happy with just one of these:-
    To have all three in one update is wonderful; heartfelt thanks from over here :+1:
    If you could find the time to add images to the Standard Content looker-upper then it'd be perfect.
    Thanks folks,
    Owen S.
    Business Systems and Configuration Controller
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 2,055 PRO
    edited September 2019
    Nice work folks! I'll be using the replace reference a lot in drawings. With that capability being able to duplicate a sheet would become a lot more valuable, since you could lay one out and then make additional sheets for different configurations (for example). 

    Also, good call on the standard content appendix. In just taking a quick look at it I noticed that there is a lot more there than I realized! I made my own configured spring pin model at one point, but I noticed that I don't need it anymore because of the appendix. Standard Content it's such a handy tool.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,135 PRO
    Thanks for the update. Replace model in the drawing is going to be really handy, I have often wished I could do this, especially after major changes to a part studio tree where part references change, it also means drawings should be able to be reused more often rather than creating from scratch.  I am also enjoying the updates to Release Management making it more usable. 
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • nbennettnbennett Member Posts: 5 PRO
    edited September 2019
    This is a great update, hole tables are especially useful for us so thanks a bunch. Everything works as expected and updates smoothly, making changes a non-issue. On the feedback side, has any thought been given to adding text and tolerances to hole series? Would including the ability to add a tolerance to the hole feature at the part level make sense, that way the information isn't lost if the table needs to be redrawn or modified? I'm wondering if that could also facilitate tolerances for hole callouts as well.

    This and the ability to remove exclude entire hole series rather than just individual holes is the only way I can see this getting any better, but this is exactly what we needed. Great work all around, thanks again
  • PeteYodisPeteYodis Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 513
    edited September 2019
    @nbennett Yes, you will continue to see us improve holes and hole feature.  We know these are important and we are definitely thinking and have thought about the best location to do each one of these activities.  We certainly don't want to go down a path where we silo information solely within a drawing.  
  • nbennettnbennett Member Posts: 5 PRO
    @PeteYodis That works for me, glad to hear this is all getting attention. Looking forward to it!
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,470 PRO
    Thanks a lot for those holy tables :love:
  • Song_YikunSong_Yikun Member Posts: 39 PRO

    Cloud line

    neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed it
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 5,238
    Senior Director, Technical Services, EMEAI
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,877 PRO
    Holy Crap!

    Why didn't you mention this one!!

  • sebastian_glanznersebastian_glanzner Member, Developers Posts: 397 PRO
    Holy Crap!

    Why didn't you mention this one!!

    OMG! When was this implemented! Best update!
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 5,238
    @john_mcclary @sebastian_glanzner - not sure how this missed the forum post, but this is a prime example of why it's always a good idea to review the changelog  :)
    Senior Director, Technical Services, EMEAI
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,660 PRO
    edited September 2019
    Or if you're tagged on the issue (via a support ticket rather than an IR) then the nice people at Onshape email you to tell you it's been done :) How groovy is that?
    Owen S.
    Business Systems and Configuration Controller
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,877 PRO
    I thought I was tagged on that one, but the emails come when they come. Sometimes it's nice to have a surprise like that while doing some of the more tedious parts of a job. :)

    Yea, I always forget to read up on the change log.
  • sebastian_glanznersebastian_glanzner Member, Developers Posts: 397 PRO
    @NeilCooke I read the changelog, but somehow I missed that feature! Maybe I stopped reading after "metadata"  :D

    "New reset for part metadata in properties dialog"
  • Roy_MutalikRoy_Mutalik Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 32
    @john_mcclary @sebastian_glanzner

    Definitely my oversight for not including Reset Properties!  :)

    Glad you guys found it and love it - I've added it to the forum post so others may enjoy!!!

    As always, thank you for your feedback!

  • MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,031 EDU
    Is another update coming soon?
    This update is no longer pinned.
    mb - draughtsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
    IR for AS/NZS 1100
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 5,238
    Depends on how you define "soon".
    Senior Director, Technical Services, EMEAI
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