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Improvements to Onshape - January 7th, 2020

cody_armstrongcody_armstrong Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 196
edited January 7 in New in Onshape
It's 2020, and we are starting early with an update that will help you improve productivity in the new year! This update focuses on a number of user-requested usability and drawing improvements. Let's dig in.



You can now measure in Onshape Drawings.



You will find a new Min/Max Dimension type in Onshape Drawings. This new dimension makes it easier to dimension to the inside or outside of arcs or circles.



You can now create GD&T symbols that reference an edge with an edge extension as opposed to a leader with arrow.



You can now integrate Microsoft OneDrive with your Onshape account.



You can now filter by Composite parts when inserting into Onshape Assemblies. This was highly-requested by users after announcing this new feature a few months ago.


Those with export permissions can now export Linked Documents from the right-click context menu of an assembly. In the past you had to open the Linked Document and export from it.



You can now export directly from the Release candidate dialog in Onshape. This is especially useful for those that need to export released data as you no longer need to load the release and browse through the Document to export.



A new course, Understanding Curves, has been added to the Onshape Learning Center to explain how to create the underlying framework for advanced part creation and surface models. This course is available to Standard, Professional, Enterprise, and Educational subscriptions.

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.


  • HuguesLessardWRIHuguesLessardWRI Member Posts: 8 PRO
    Nice work! Drawing improvements are always welcome.
  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers Posts: 584 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sure, drawings improvements are very welcome
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  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 2,323 PRO
    Cool beans

    Glad to see you are still improving drawings
  • Effendi_HEffendi_H Member Posts: 9 PRO
    Nice work developer team.
    Effendi H.
  • romeograhamromeograham Member Posts: 300 PRO
    Wow - the export from Release dialog is a HUGE time-saver.
    Thank you thank you thank you thank you!
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,575 PRO

    Will it be possible today/later to filter a featurescript instantiator for composite parts only?
    Cheers, Owen S.

    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • Konstantin_ShKonstantin_Sh Member Posts: 21 PRO
    From one point it's a big improvement to have one place for export each part, from the other hand you made it dependent from release process. From what I heard on the forum releasing is not as flawless so we avoid using it for now, and it means that though you now can say that you have this feature, it may be actually mostly unusable just like assembly items.
  • jakeramsleyjakeramsley Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 600

    Will it be possible today/later to filter a featurescript instantiator for composite parts only?
    Cheers, Owen S.

    Unless I am misunderstanding, I believe this is possible:

    When you are creating your instantiator, you pass it a query that filters down to the composite parts only using a query like:

    qBodyType(query, BodyType.COMPOSITE)

    newInstantiator(id, {
                "partQuery": qBodyType(query, BodyType.COMPOSITE)

    Jake Ramsley

    Director of Quality Engineering              onshape.com
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,575 PRO
    Thanks @jakeramsley that's exactly what I'm after. Sorry for not reading the manual properly and seeing composite was already a body type.
    Will take it for a test-drive in the morning.
    Cheers, Owen.
    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • daveaseemandaveaseeman Member, Developers Posts: 4 PRO
    I second what @Evan_Reese and @fnxf_scewo are saying - ability to download all parts & assemblies as 1 file type, all drawings as 1 filetype, and to control the naming of those files with meta data to get something like {{part number}} {{part name}}.step (etc) would be amazing.
  • 東_鈺東_鈺 Member Posts: 1
    I want to input Chinese directly on the drawing
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,968 PRO
    edited January 9
    Great to see another set of updates. The best thing ever is not having to worry about upgrades and just logging in for a new version.  It's great to see further improvements to drawings, they are a real joy use now and all these small improvements are the icing on the cake.  I am also liking the larger button in the insert which I think has only just turned up.  Also, I am now making use of the interference tool from a previous recent release, this is very handy and just saved me from a few drawing errors. 

    Great to see some important improvements around release and exports but would be nice to have a bulk export button, for me, export for drawings in pdf's and dxf files from a release in one go would be a huge time saver.  Please, please keep working in this area as it's currently a real productivity killer at the highest-pressure point of projects. 
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  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,968 PRO

    Edit:   make that +300 just for this release package alone...

    Yes Please! Print or export 300 approved drawings in one click from the product structure, as opposed to days spent navigating and printing/exporting 1 by 1.
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  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 2,323 PRO
    I was referring the the unique part step files that need to be exported for mfg.
    But yes, bulk export of anything is a high priority
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,968 PRO
    @john_mcclary  I totally missed the context, I just saw the photo of the pile of drawings and thinking of the pain you have to go through to print them all. That is unless you use multi-sheet of which I don't. 
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  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 2,323 PRO
    I do use multi sheet, mostly because of the export limitations.

    Otherwise I'd likely use multi-tab again just so I could do detailing cheats where you duplicate a sheet and replace reference.
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