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Improvements to Onshape - March 14th, 2022

Roy_MutalikRoy_Mutalik Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 35
edited March 2022 in New in Onshape
It's March, and we've reached the 4th Onshape release of this year. Already, we have features that were teased during Onshape Live '22 making it into the product!

Let's jump right in.



You may now easily dissolve the grouping created from a Replicate feature in an Onshape assembly. 


By definition, dissolving a Replicate group replaces the parametrically-linked feature in the assembly model with individual parts and mates. This means if additional holes are added in the above example, you would need to use Replicate again to add the instances to any new holes.


Hidden parts can now be shown directly from the graphics window. Simply hover over the location of a hidden part, and use the keyboard shortcut Shift + "Y".




A new Styles panel has been added, allowing you to format individual dimensions separately from the Drawing properties.


The Styles panel will support additional drawing entities in future releases. Stay tuned!


Automatic Section view hatching has been improved to produce clearer views, especially on complex models with many parts.



You may now pin view references in Drawings to a specific version.


Pinned references in Drawings behave the same as pinned references elsewhere in Onshape. 


Centerlines are now automatically inserted for views with cylindrical geometry. These centerlines are shown by default for part views, but are hidden for assembly views. They can be toggled on or off from the right-click menu.



Automatically created Centermarks can also be easily toggled on or off from the right-click menu.


Dimension extension lines now more intelligently trim at the view boundaries for Detail views.



You can now move, rotate, and scale individual parts or subassemblies directly within a Render studio of an Onshape assembly. 




A couple videos have been updated in existing courses.

The Hole feature video in Part Design Using Part Studios now includes using hole tables in a Part Studio and the 

The Variable & Expressions video in Advanced Part Design now includes variable tables, descriptions, and how to update variable names.

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.



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    david_bornsteindavid_bornstein Member Posts: 6 PRO
    Fantastic!, great stuff!
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    bill_schnoebelenbill_schnoebelen OS Professional, Developers, User Group Leader, csevp Posts: 110 PRO
    Wow! I love everything! 

    I may actaully try a rendering some day...
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    brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,137 PRO
    Thanks, look forward to trying some of these
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    MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,034 EDU
    The changelog doesn't seem to be updated yet
    mb - draftsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
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    jakeramsleyjakeramsley Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 657
    The changelog doesn't seem to be updated yet
    Hi MBartlett21,

    You are correct, we are currently having some issues that are preventing the changelog from being deployed.  We're hoping we can get it resolved before the morning, but if not we'll have it updated some time tomorrow.  It's not ideal, we want all of our processes working seamlessly, but I made a decision that the changelog can lag behind and new functionality can be released while we work to update it.
    Jake Ramsley

    Director of Quality Engineering & Release Manager              onshape.com
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    eirik_r_guttulsrudeirik_r_guttulsrud Member Posts: 23 PRO
    S1mon said:
    A few useful improvements. 

    I'm a little concerned about the auto insertion of centerlines. Please make this an option. I don't want to have to hide them every time I add a view. I may want to show select centerlines, but I pretty much never want them all shown by default.
    Agreed! I love that there is more functionality around auto-generated drawing content, but I hope it will be somewhat customizable :)
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    MisaelMisael Member Posts: 10 PRO
    Great updates!!
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    GWS50GWS50 Member Posts: 386 PRO
    Fabulous, thank you
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    Alex_PittAlex_Pitt Member Posts: 61 PRO
    Wonderful as always! So much good stuff in the last three updates, I'm still catching up.
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    MichaelPascoeMichaelPascoe Member Posts: 1,740 PRO
    A++ update team! Fantastic work, thank you.

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    shawn_crockershawn_crocker Member, OS Professional Posts: 825 PRO
    Another great one!  Dissolve replicate is perfect!  I have grown to really love the newer replicate functionality.  It is really flexible when creating in-context surfaces to be used as a control for the placement of replicated components.  I have still very often wanted to dissolve the feature.  So great!  Now hopefully we will get the ability to dissolve any of the assembly patterns.  Also very stoked for pinning drawing reference.  Hoping we will get to soon also pin version reference of features in part studios?
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    nick_lumbnick_lumb Member Posts: 25 PRO
    I'm excited by hover and Y to hide a part and hover and SHIFT/Y to show it again!
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    Erin_ConnellyErin_Connelly Member Posts: 2
    edited March 2022
    Love the shift-Y! Would love to see it be able to show parts that are occluded by another part in front, like how holding Alt allows for selecting occluded features.
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    Excellent improvement for drawings.
    In section view, it will be nice to have the possibility to exclude some cylindrical part (the ones without internal shape) from the section cut but still showing them uncut on the section view.
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    phil_erdley628phil_erdley628 Member Posts: 16 PRO
    Great update!

    Can we take this progress with transforming renderings, and use it in a platform to create installation instructions?
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    GuidoNADECGuidoNADEC Member Posts: 27 PRO
    Thanks, great updates

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    DieselboyDieselboy Member Posts: 1 PRO
    Is there a way to turn off the centermarks and centerlines when exporting .dxf's?
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    PeteYodisPeteYodis Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 524
    Dieselboy said:
    Is there a way to turn off the centermarks and centerlines when exporting .dxf's?
    We have a bug on this and are working to correct it as a high priority.  We apologize in the meantime.  
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    david_rubli136david_rubli136 Member Posts: 17 PRO
    Thanks for the great updates. I would like to have the centerlines automatically. Can that be in the settings somewhere?
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    john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,912 PRO
    Great stuff

    Like how the section view looks. Now it looks like it was made with a professional cad program. 

    Thanks for fixing the detail view dimensions, and adding styles and auto centerlines. 

    I agree that auto centerlines should be a choice. Perhaps part of the drawing properties menu. 
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    Kyler_WalkerKyler_Walker Member Posts: 183 PRO
    Awesome! Dissolve Replicate!  
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    Tony_C_Tony_C_ Member Posts: 273 PRO
    PeteYodis said:
    Dieselboy said:
    Is there a way to turn off the centermarks and centerlines when exporting .dxf's?
    We have a bug on this and are working to correct it as a high priority.  We apologize in the meantime.  
    Yeah, I just exported a drawing and came over to comment.

    That's a brutal bug. Good to know it's being fixed.
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    MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,034 EDU
    This looks interesting (from the changelog):
    FeatureScript: Expose loftTopology in opLoft for stability improvements
    mb - draftsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
    IR for AS/NZS 1100
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