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Improvements to Onshape - February 3rd, 2023
The Boundary Surface feature puts high quality surfacing into the hands of all Onshape users. The Boundary Surface approach uses sets of curves from each direction (the U and V direction) to form a 4-sided, closed surface, with options to specify boundary conditions such as tangency matching, normal to profile, etc...
CONTROL POINT GRID
A new option has been added to the Curve and Surface Analysis tool that displays a Control Point Grid that is useful for understanding the defining geometry of a spline surface.
MEASUREMENT OF ANGLES FOR CURVES AND FACES
When defining a surface, it is essential to know at what angle a curve or surface is intersecting another group of curves or surfaces. Note how the selection is possible between curves and surfaces that displays the angle numerically and graphically on-screen.
When performing an extrusion, the direction of an extrude can be defined using planes, lines and mate connectors. This improvement will facilitate the creation of geometry previously tricky to build with a single feature.
To set the distance from the sketch plane when creating extrusions, an option is provided to select an offset to the starting direction of an extrusion as you create it—reducing the amount of reference geometry needed to create the same geometry.
CUSTOMIZE THE "S" KEY SHORTCUT TOOLBAR WITH CUSTOM FEATURES
Now all your favorite Custom Features can be added to your "S" key custom popup toolbar!
ASSEMBLY MATE FOLDERS
You can use Folders to store groups of mates, helping to organize mates for use when creating assemblies. Organized mates can be helpful when managing configurations, named positions, simulations, and more.
REORDER SIMULATION STUDIES
Use context menus on Simulation Studies to move right or left for better organization.
Dynamically created hatch regions are available in drawings with a pre-defined region or with new sketch geometry created on the fly.
HATCH STYLE PANEL
Use the Style Panel to edit one or more hatch patterns on the drawing.
INSPECTION REPORTING CALCULATES LIMITSInspection items in Onshape Drawings will auto-calculate the upper and lower bounds for all bubbled dimensions for your inspection reporting needs.
A Publication can be cloned to allow for sharing of similar data with the extended design. Use cases include sharing a publication that includes different versions and revisions of data, sharing with a different group of users and more.
GENERAL TASK INSIDE A DOCUMENT
In addition to creating General Tasks from the Action Items screen (found under your profile picture menu or the Action Items tab across the top the screen in the Enterprise version), access Tasks inside a document by right-clicking on a tab or part/assembly. Tasks created in this manner automatically reference the selected entity.
EXPORT ITEMS TO A CSV
Items from company settings can now be downloaded as a CSV directly from the Company options. This allows for more flexible management of bulk items so that administrators can share this data with other business systems.
ENTERPRISE DASHBOARD UPDATE - MODELING TIME BY USER OVER TIME
FEATURESCRIPTSeveral ease of use improvements have been introduced to FeatureScript.
OPEN LINKED DOCUMENT FOR IMPORT REFERENCESCTRL-click or CMD-click on a Mac now hyperlinks to and opens a new browser tab to the Import reference being called.
AUTOCOMPLETE AWARE OF `->` PARAMETERWhen using the arrow functions, autocomplete previously added in the first parameter, which gets in the way when chaining functions like queries together. This improvement handles the first parameter or not depending on whether it is in the expression chain.
SHOW LOCAL VARIABLES FIRSTLocal variables will now show up at top of autocomplete menu for convenience.
For assemblies made with Linked Document references, export operations are allowed (as long as the export permission is allowed) from an Android device.
VIDEO UPDATESA couple more videos have been updated in the Learning Center:
Frames Fundamentals courseNew video on adding Gussets to frame parts.
Advanced Part Design courseNew video on partial fillets.
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.