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Improvements to Onshape - August 5th, 2022
We’ve made changes to the overall merge strategy (Selective Merge) to improve the workflow! And don’t forget to check out other improvements to sheet metal, surfacing and drawings and more!
When working with lots of branches and lots of changes across many different Part Studios, Assemblies, Drawings and other tabs, it is sometimes difficult to know exactly what the effect of a merge will have on your document.
Now when you start a merge operation, Onshape will provide you with a new interface to help you understand the effects of merging one branch with another. This will make it possible to allow for selective, per tab merge operations.
In addition to the Spline through points feature in Sketches, Onshape now includes Bezier curves for more precise control over curvature and curve quality. Bezier curves are created by sketching a control polygon that can be driven with constraints and dimensions to create smoother geometry for more complex surfacing tasks.
TRIMMING OF STAND-ALONE SKETCH POINTS
The Trim command in Sketch now lets you delete stand-alone sketch points by clicking or dragging.
ICON FOR FAILED FEATURES
At the top of the Features list there is now an icon that indicates if there are features with regeneration errors in the feature list. When hovering over the icon, the number of failed features is displayed and clicking on the icon filters the Features list. This saves time, especially with longer feature lists, where regeneration errors may not be visible or easy to find.
SORTING THE CONTENT OF BOM COLUMNS
The BOM columns can be sorted in numerical or alphabetical order by double-clicking on the column header.
PARTIAL FLANGEThe Sheet metal Flange feature now includes options for partial flange creation. Partial flanges are not created over the entire length of an edge, but have an offset from each corner of the selected edge or chain of edges.
CLAMPED END CONDITIONS FOR RULED SURFACE
The Ruled surface feature now gives you more control over end conditions. If the cubic interpolation option is enabled, the end edges now have clamped end conditions. When mirroring such a surface, the result is an absolutely continuous surface and tangential edge transition.
CENTERED OPTION IN ASSEMBLY LINEAR PATTERN
Linear patterns in Assemblies now include a Centered option to create symmetric patterns of Parts and Subassemblies.
KEEP TOOLS OPTION FOR BOOLEAN UNIONThe Boolean/Union feature now includes a Keep tools option. Instead of uniting parts or surfaces and removing them from the parts list, you can now use the Keep tools option to reuse them in other downstream modeling operations.
NEW GD&T SYMBOLS
Two new GD&T symbols for Continuous feature and Spotface have been added. These can be found in the dropdown menu for symbols in dimensions and annotations.
Flag notes are a method of cross-referencing one area or annotation on a drawing to a list of notes. If a numbered list type is used in notes, the notes can then be flagged to reference other references on the drawing. This helps to communicate information clearly.
The Format painter tool provides the ability to transfer the style from an existing annotation to other annotations on the drawing. This is much faster than opening the Styles fly-out menu for each annotation and manually adjusting the styles.
DIAMETER AND RADIUS DIMENSION STYLE
For radius and diameter dimensions, there is now a new option under the Dimension Styles fly-out menu to change the dimension line. For diameter dimensions, the dimension line can be changed to double arrows inside or outside the geometry being dimensioned. For radii, the dimension line can be extended to the center point with arrows inside or outside the geometry being dimensioned.
ANDROID: SHOW CENTER OF MASS
The Center of mass can now be displayed in the graphics area.
ANDROID: DISPLAY STATES
Display states can now be viewed, created, modified or deleted.
iOS: USER INTERFACE IMPROVEMENTS
A change has been made to how the display of the context menus appear in iOS, notably, the support of icons in the context menus is now available.
LEARNING CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
There have been several video updates to existing courses in the Onshape Learning Center, including:
Onshape Assemblies course
Updates to the Hiding and Showing Techniques in Assemblies video includes hiding and showing components with shortcut keys Y and Shift+Y.
Document Management course
An update to the Creating Folders video showcases new functionality with folder breadcrumbs in the folder overflow menu.
Frames Fundamentals course
An update to the Frames Drawings video includes changing cut-list table configuration.
Detailed Drawings course
An update to the Creating Tables video includes improvements to table row and column sizing.
Inserting Views video now showcases the addition of dragging to copy views.
- An update to the markup video to explore how to remove markups.
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.
These are all things I've been wishing for for years. This is one of my favorite updates so far.
PARTIAL FLANGE, Thumbs up
Lots of great improvements in this update. Great work!
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What a huge update - wonderful work folks! Many important improvements we've been wanting for a long time.
One use case where it will be really nice is when working on multiple parallel branch (concept exploration for example), where you might create or import a new part in one branch and also want to try it in the other but can't merge the whole thing), this will mean you can just bring it in without being restricted to using a version or whatever.
The partial flange will really be useful to avoid cases where a full length flange resulted in a collision so you had to first do a temporary move, etc...
I agree there are a lot of really useful things in this update!
Raise/lower degree (keeping the same shape when possible) of Béziers
Allow Béziers to pick up tangency or even curvature constraints automatically when sketching
Allow tangent arc to pick up the tangency of a Bézier spline
Allow extension of Béziers when using edge
Allow box selection of Bézier control polygon sides
Update curvature plot in realtime for Béziers in sketches
Allow sketch transform tool to work on Bézier control points
Add convenient way to turn Bézier control polygon into sketch reference lines
Thanks for your comments. As you point out this is a) a big deal and b) only the beginning. We definitely have it in our roadmap to extend on Beziers in many of the ways you mentioned, but we also wanted to get it out there in its current form as there is already a ton of value to be had. I have read (and appreciate) all your comments on this and related topics, and look forward to more of your thoughts.
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