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Monogram's Creative Console with Onshape
Disclosure: Monogram is an Onshape customer and they provided a Creative Console for me to try out.
Recently I got a chance to try out Monogram's new Creative Console and test it out with Onshape. The buttons, sliders, dials, and orbiter modules are designed to provide a tactile input for desktop applications. The accompanying app (for Windows and macOS) allows users to choose from preprogrammed profiles or create completely unique profiles to suite their workflows.
Using Creative Console with Onshape
The Monogram app allows for keyboard shortcut control over Chrome and other web browsers. Currently the button, dial, and slider modules are all compatible with web browsers and can be configured to trigger complex keyboard shortcuts and select system wide functions.
While web browsers prevent the use of certain keyboard shortcuts Onshape utilizes the remaining keys to control many other modeling functions. Given the quantity of Onshape-specific keyboard shortcuts, it is difficult to remember all of the options. Additionally, some of these shortcuts are not very ergonomic, requiring two hands or remembering several keys. For these reasons the Monogram app allows for many exciting automations. The current list of Onshape shortcuts is below:
In my time using the Monogram modules and app I discovered several key functions that sped up my use of Onshape. Below I will share a few that I have found to be most useful.The examples are broken out by Monogram module:
Buttons are configurable to perform Chrome actions (including open webpages, search, reload), activate keyboard shortcuts, and operating system actions (including mute, right/left mouse click). Three of my most used actions include:
Open Action items page - with Professional and Enterprise accounts users have a centralized page, called Action items, to look through their assignments and “to do” lists. Now with a simple tap of a button, you can navigate right to your “to do” list.
Isometric view (shift + 7) - if you ever get lost in the details of a large assembly, this allows a quick method return to a “Home” view. Since this keyboard shortcut would require a bit of a reach, or two hands, it is perfect for a button.
Open Named views dialog (shift + v) - this button press prevents you from navigating to the view cube dropdown and finding the right line to select.
Hide/Show Mates and Mate connectors (Macro mode: j + k) - using macro mode you can trigger multiple keys in a set interval.
Dials are configurable to perform select Chrome actions (like zoom, switch tabs), active keyboard shortcuts, and operating system actions (volume, brightness, vertical and horizontal mouse scroll). Three more of my most used actions include:
Undo/Redo - this allows you to scroll through Onshape Part Studio, assembly, and drawing actions.
Move section view and increment feature values. With the dial configured for vertical mouse scroll, any numeric input field can be incremented
Switch browser tab.
Sliders are configurable to modulate operating system volume and brightness.
Give it a try:
To learn more about the Creative Console see the Monogram website: