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Improvements to Onshape - December 15th, 2021
This is the largest update we have ever done. Settle in, let's get started, and remember to keep scrolling down the page.
CHANGE MEASURE UNITSYou can now change the units that are displayed when measuring in Onshape.
MAX DISTANCE MEASURE TYPEYou can now get maximum distance dimensions with any combination of selections. In the past this was limited to only certain geometry.
"N" KEY TWICE TO FLIP NORMAL VIEWYou can now hit the "N" key on your keyboard a second time to flip the normal view.
FOLDER LOCATIONYour Document's folder location will now appears in the Document toolbar. Clicking the location opens that folder in a new browser tab.
SCALE SKETCHYou can now scale a sketch in Onshape.
CURVATURE VISUALIZATION IMPROVEMENTSThere have been multiple improvements to visualizing sketch curvature in Onshape.
SKETCH TESSELLATION QUALITYSketch tessellation quality has been dramatically improved in this update.
ALIGNED RECTANGLEYou will find a new Aligned Rectangle feature in the sketch toolbar. This new feature is useful when you need a rectangle that is not horizontally and vertically constrained.
SHOW DEPENDENCIESYou can now view the dependencies of any feature in the Feature List. Simply right-click the feature and choose "Show dependencies."
SHOW ISO CURVES IN LOFTYou can now turn iso Curves on and off in the Loft feature. These curves can be useful for understanding the quality of your surface.
KEEP TOOLS IN THICKENBy default, when thickening a surface, the underlying surface will be deleted as part of the feature. You can keep the surface by checking "Keep tools" in the Thicken dialog. In the past, thickened surfaces had to be deleted as a separate step.
REMEMBER SOLID/SURFACE SELECTIONFeatures that have a "Solid" and "Surface" option will remember your previous selection and default to that for subsequent features.
REMEMBER LAST LOCATION IN INSERT DIALOGThe last location you browsed to insert will be the default location for subsequent insert operations.
REMEMBER PREVIOUS VALUESFeatures like Plane, Fillet, Chamfer, Delete Face, Offset Surface and more will now remember your key selections and make them the default for subsequent features.
MISSING SELECTIONSYou will now see a special warning indicator for missing selections. If you hover over the feature with the warning it will tell you the number of missing selections.
CHANGE BOM TEMPLATE IN ONSHAPE DRAWINGSYou can now change the BOM template used when inserting a BOM table into an Onshape Drawing.
UNDERLINE OVERRIDDEN DIMENSIONSBy default, any manually altered drawing dimension will be underlined to indicate it has been changed. With this update you now have an option to remove that underline by unchecking the new "Underline overridden dimensions" option in the Drawing Properties.
ADDITIONAL HATCH OPTIONSYou now have many additional hatch options. Hatch can be edited by right-clicking and choosing "Edit hatch" or from the Drawing Properties flyout.
LEARNING CENTER UPDATES
All of the technical briefings in the Onshape Learning Center are now available in Japanese. Change the language by navigating to the article and selecting the language in the pulldown.
There have been several additional video updates to existing courses in the Onshape Learning Center, including a new video on creating general tasks in the Sharing and Collaboration course, a new video teaching how to make aligned section views in the Detailed Drawings course, and updates to the videos on the Draft feature and the pattern type option in the Part Design Using Part Studios course.
Please take a moment to try out these new features and improvements and leave your comments on the Onshape Forum. 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 Onshape Documents and over the next few days these features will also be available in Documents created before the date of this update.
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There is so many quality-of-life improvements here that it's making my head spin.
I'm so glad you focused on useability this time around rather that adding a few niche features. I'm sure most users will find several reasons to love this update.
Well done, Onshape/PTC team
Looking forward to what 2022 will bring.
Happy Holliday's / New Year everyone
critique: I love how you can change units in the measure tool now, but it would still be best if both units could be presented simultaneously.
There are jobs I do, we call it 'soft metric' where there are mixed units throughout a single part.
Stock thickness (inches)
Stock Width (Inches)
Stock Length (MM)
Hole center (inch when mounting purchased parts based off inch values, mm everywhere else)
Hole diameter (MM)
Finding which unit was the "nominal unit" can often lead to a lot of back and forth changing of units. In SW we always have the measure tool set to display alternate units, and it is invaluable and sorely missed.
I was hoping to get rendering or simulation this year but I'll wait
Thanks for all the great updates this year!
Enjoy the holidays!
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There are a bunch of improvements and or bugs that I've written up that were addressed with this update (e.g. more persistent curvature visualization, better tessellation for large radii curves) as well as many improvement tickets that I've voted up.
It feels great when so many of these sometimes small but nagging issues are addressed. It also feels great how interactive the development process is with Onshape. Even when other more established tools can check off so many more features, it feels so much more refreshing to be so directly involved in the shaping of the development.
Very useful updates!
Show Dependencies is great. Wouldn't it be nice if you could suppress / unsuppressed from the selection or edit.....hmmm, maybe one more improvement request!
Love the Loft surface Iso curves!!!!!!
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An amazing number of great updates and additions. Thank you Onshape team. Have a wonderful holiday.
I am educator & need to use animate command a lot.
Mostly i require revolve animation on loop with more than default speed. sometimes i require 720 degree for special inversions of some mechanisms.
I have to change the values everytime & that takes up a lot of time making students distracted while I am at it.
remembering the values or better allowing to change default values everywhere would be heavenly for educators like me.
Hope you remember this for your next update.