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Improvements to Onshape - February 18th, 2022
With this update you can expect many updates in the area of drawings as well as another highlight: FRAMES!
Let's have a look!
FRAMESStructural frames are useful for many designs across multiple industries and they can now be easily created natively in Onshape, using the Frame feature. A library of standard steel profiles are included and custom profiles to represent any material type can be easily added. Accurate cut lists make it easy to document your designs and convey the right information to manufacturing.
EXCLUDE/INCLUDE PARTS FROM SECTION VIEWS
In order to better display internal components, there is now the option to include or exclude individual components from a section view.
SHOW/HIDE EDGES CURVATURE VISUALIZATION
The curvature visualization tool now includes an option to hide or show edges. This makes it easier to analyze the transition between surfaces when curvature continuity is important. The option “show edges” is the default setting.
CONTROL THE NUMBER OF U/V CURVES
When using the Show curvature tool, it’s now possible to control the number of U-curves and V-curves.
"LOOP / CHAIN CONNECTED EDGES" ADDED FOR OPEN SURFACES
Variables can now be assigned descriptions to make them easier to use and understand.
BATCH EXPORT FROM TAB MANAGER
Multiple tabs of the same type can be now exported all at once.
CUSTOMIZE CUSTOM TABLES
Columns in custom tables can now be moved and hidden to customize your view of the data.
SEARCH CUSTOM FEATURES
The Search tools button in the top right corner of a Part Studio can be used to quickly find a modeling feature even if it is not currently on your toolbar. The search feature has been extended to include a curated set of custom features that have been quality checked and maintained by Onshape. At this time, there are 6 custom features that can be searched for: Spur gear, Belt, Lighten, Point pattern, 3D Lines, and Wiring with more to be added in the future. The search results dialog will show a description, an image and a “+” button next to the feature name so you can add it to your toolbar if you wish.
COPY AND PASTE DRAWING VIEWS
Drawing views, including dimensions and other annotations, can now be copied. Select one or more views and annotations then right-click to get the new context menu option "Copy". The copied views can be pasted onto any sheet of a drawing or any other drawing in the same document. Alternatively, the key combination ctrl/cmd + c/v can be used for this process.
SHOW AND HIDE INSPECTION ITEMS
Inspection items can now be easily hidden or shown by activating the button on the toolbar.
ASSIGN INSPECTION ITEMS TO TITLE BLOCK FIELDS
With this update, inspection items can also be assigned to fields of the title block, even if they are locked.
ISO ORDINATE DIMENSION STYLEIn the drawing properties panel, under the dimensions tab, there is a new sub group named “Ordinate dimensions”. Here you will find a dropdown menu where you can change the dimension style from ANSI to ISO. All legacy drawings will be set to the ANSI option, but can easily be switched to ISO. All existing ordinate dimensions on the drawing will change to the selected style and any new ordinate dimensions will also follow this new style choice. In addition, this setting can be stored in drawing templates.
AUXILIARY VIEW DIRECTION ARROW AND VIEW LABEL
When creating an auxiliary view, a name is now also assigned, which is displayed as a view label on the drawing. Arrows pointing to the view plane are also displayed by default, but can optionally be hidden.
"LAST SIGNED IN" ADDED TO THE USERS LISTA
been added to the users list in Onshape Enterprise. This
allows you to easily
see which users have not signed in to the enterprise for a
period of time.
APPROXIMATE SURFACES AS B-SPLINES
Given a query for a face, FeatureScript can now return its approximation as a B-spline surface, including trim boundaries. The returned representation includes a surface, the boundary loop as 2D splines in UV space, and any interior loops. More information can be found in the FeatureScript Library.
COPY AND PASTE PARTS AND SUBASSEMBLIES
On iOS devices, parts and subassemblies can now be copied and pasted into any assembly tab of the document. In the 3 dot menu of the instance list there is now the option to copy. If objects are selected in the graphics area, the copy command is also found in the context menu.
RENDER STUDIO IMPROVEMENTS
ZOOM TO WINDOWThe keyboard shortcut W can now be used to zoom to window to quickly zoom to an area of interest.
DELETE SCENE CONFIRMATION DIALOGAn additional confirmation dialog has been added to the delete scene action to prevent accidental deletion.
LEARNING CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
ADMINISTERING ONSHAPE ENTERPRISE SELF-PACED COURSE
Onshape has a new course for administrators of Onshape Enterprise. This course covers setting up enterprise level settings, features, and permissions as well as recommended strategies for how to implement different tools. This new self-paced course is available to Professional and Enterprise users.
A few videos have been updated in existing courses to reflect new options and features that were released. This includes the Feature list Filters and Folders video in the Multi-part Part Studios course, the Isolate video in the Onshape Assemblies course, the Creating in-context references video in the Managed In-context Design course, and a new video on searching the Document history in the Document History and Versions course.
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. Over the next few days, these features will also be available in Documents created before this update.
Finally, I can demonstrate assemblies to my students directly without using configurations tool.
Just one thing to nitpick: I'm not seeing a lumber library, which is pretty useful for frames! Obviously "someone" will come up with a library that can be used but the "beams" feature has lumber (and I did use it a couple of times).
I'll be using variable descriptions too as it will make it easier to keep the names short!
Batch export will save time too!
Eric, we do intend to expand the libraries in future. But in the meantime it is very easy to use your own custom libraries - something that I'll be showing in my session at the upcoming Onshape Live conference </plug>
Right, I did notice the ability to use other profiles and it's not a big deal, I was only pointing out that the Beams feature had lumber "built-in" which the SolidWorks weldments didn't have (last I checked anyway...) so this felt like a minor step back as I would rather not build my own lumber library (even if it's a pretty simple process). Good to hear there will be more coming.
Seriously though, the Beams feature will stick around for a while if anybody wants to continue using it. One of the problems we were seeing is that new users are unaware of custom features which is why we are starting to integrate the best/most used ones into the search UI. Beams, however, was a natural choice to be integrated natively.
8020 frames are a really nice enhancement. Let's hope they add their entire catalog inside OS and include moving assemblies.
It is also worth noting that while beams created in the Beams feature can be added to cutlists, they are added only as simple parts and are lacking cutlist-specific attributes like the length and face information used to autopopulate the cutlist. To take full advantage of the frameTrim, tagProfile, and cutlist tools, designers will need to start with Frames.
If you have customized the Part Studio toolbar in the past and not using the default toolbar, new features are not added to the toolbar automatically. They will need to be brought back in using the Customize toolbar... option in the context menu.
Right click on the toolbar and choose Customize toolbar...
Add the tools back to the toolbar (or Reset to default for them to be automatically populated in the future)
One question about frames that I did not see covered in the video is, how are they handled when inserted into an assembly and getting the correct population of the BOM?
When a cut list is created of a group of frames, a composite part is created but does not remove the individual frames. For an assembly, the individual frames or the composite part can be inserted. If it is the individual frames, each frame will be listed as individual line items on the BOM. If the composite part is inserted, then the entire frame is treated as an individual part and added to the BOM as a single line item.
I assume you are thinking of identical frames created in the Part Studio brought into the assembly. At this point, those two frames are not instantiated in the Part Studio so will be treated as two different parts in the assembly and thus two different line items on the BOM.
Search custom features. This brings me tears of joy
I like that render Neil threw in there.
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Would you need subassemblies from tree also? There may be duplication of lots of data if we select all subassemblies so I am wondering what will be useful for subassemblies.
The formats are ASCII .
The centerline geometry , justification, rotation and profile designations are required.
Matching profile names between systems is the nightmare.
Great update all around, very impressive for quality and quantity.