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Improvements to Onshape - December 15th, 2023

NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 5,519
edited April 26 in New in Onshape
This is absolutely, definitely the last update of 2023 and an early Christmas present for everyone. Onshape would like to wish all our users everywhere an enjoyable and relaxing holiday season and we'll be back with a bang in 2024. Enjoy.



Counterbore and Countersink Holes can now be added to active sheet metal parts and documented in a flat pattern Drawing.



The direction of each chamfered edge within a single feature can now be controlled individually. Complex chamfer geometry created on non-planar edges can also be adjusted using different measurement techniques (Offset or Tangent).



The Sweep feature now offers more options to control the orientation of the profile as it sweeps along the path.



In addition to parts and surfaces, the owner entity for a Mate connector in a Part Studio can now be a curve or nothing at all. This provides more flexibility when using Mate connectors for construction purposes without having to create dummy Parts to attach them to.


The Dihedral analysis tool now behaves the same as the Curve/surface analysis tool for power users who need to keep checking surface quality while editing geometry. Using the keyboard shortcut (shift+d for Dihedral analysis, shift+c for Curve/surface analysis) to turn the tool on or off now remembers the previous selection, saving time and the effort of finding and reselecting the same edges each time. Additionally, for edges that transition from convex to concave, the positional accuracy of the inflection point is no longer dependent upon the sampling frequency.




Mate connectors can now be added at an external virtual sharp corner of a planar face that has planar side faces and a filleted corner edge. This is useful when assembling parts together that have different corner radii and it is not possible or desirable to add the Mate connector before the Fillet feature in the part.



A section view can now be created from a Crop view.



The Hide inspection items button on the Drawing toolbar removes inspection balloons from the screen, but not from an exported file, so a new option to Hide inspection items is now available on the Export Drawing dialog. This option is remembered between different Documents and sessions, so all Drawing exports have their inspection items hidden.



Comments created in versions or branches can sometimes be hard to find. A new filter in the Comments panel now shows all Comments in the Entire document, in addition to filtering comments in This workspace/version only.



List view filter selections in Onshape Professional and Enterprise plans are now captured in the URL, so a predefined view of a Project or Folder can be bookmarked for fast retrieval or shared with others who are part of the same company/enterpise.


Expanding upon the capabilities introduced with the new List view, Document view now offers the option to export directly from the search results. Search for a Part, Assembly or Drawing, then right-click and select Export. Only one item may be exported at a time.



Companies utilising SSO with Onshape Enterprise can now override the default setting of auto-provisioning full user licenses. Selecting the Assign auto-provisioned users as Light users option enables more users to get access to the data they need and then, if required, request full user privileges from their company Administrator.


Analytics now includes a Recently opened filter that shows the last 20 opened reports, making it easier to access your most commonly used reports.


Documents transferred in and out of an Enterprise, either by an Administrator or by a user with Transfer permissions, are now tracked on the IP (Intellectual Property) Tracking dashboard. This helps to monitor how data is being used outside of the Enterprise, which direction the data was transferred, and who the new owner is. 



Onshape is excited to announce the Onshape Educator plan, a new offering that is free for teachers or mentors who are training the next generation of engineers. Designed to help educators get the most out of Onshape’s revolutionary CAD and data management capabilities, this new plan includes access to advanced features like Classes & Assignments and Onshape Simulation. Educators currently using Onshape can verify that they qualify for the plan by filling out this form to upgrade their account.




Building on our previous release, we are excited to announce the availability of our Release Management for Users course. This course provides users with insights into utilizing Release Management from their perspective.


Onshape’s collaborative tools allow users to cooperate on projects, work together, and communicate in real time. Learn about Onshape’s collaboration tools in our new Onshape Collaboration course.


Document performance in Onshape is crucial because it directly impacts how quickly you can bring your designs to life. Fast-performing documents ensure you spend less time waiting for your ideas to load and more time iterating on your designs. Our new course, Maximizing Document Performance, covers hardware, network, Part Studios, Assemblies, and Document management to ensure you are highly productive.

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.
Senior Director, Technical Services, EMEAI


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    Nick_HolzemNick_Holzem Member Posts: 74 PRO
    Christmas has come early! :)
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    bryan_lagrangebryan_lagrange Member, User Group Leader Posts: 809 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Countersink and Counterbore holes in sheet metal! Great early Christmas present! Thank you Onshape team and happy holidays to you and all in the Onshape community !
    Bryan Lagrange
    Twitter: @BryanLAGdesign

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    ken_xuken_xu Member Posts: 6 PRO
    finally countersunk and counterbore holes in sheet metal, great gift for holiday season, merry christmas onshape team.
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    wayne_sauderwayne_sauder Member, csevp Posts: 510 PRO
    Lots of great improvements. Thank you Onshape team.
    I hope the team can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful holiday season!!!

    Don't forget though that we'll be pounding the f5 key come January 5  :D
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    eric_pestyeric_pesty Member Posts: 1,633 PRO
    Wow these are huge! Early Christmas indeed!
    Virtual sharp mate connectors are a big deal (and also owner control!), and the chamfer tool is finally usable for unequal chamfers! Weep profile control also comes up regularly as an issue.
    I was struggling wind finding comments in a multi branch document just yesterday so that is also going to be immediately useful.
    Also excited not only for the chamfers/counterbores holes in the sheet metal but also for what might be coming next in that area now that "3D" geometry is supported in active sheet metal (chamfered/fileted cut edges? formed features like indents, louvers, etc...?)!

    Definitely a strong finish for the year! The dev team really has earned a nice break, happy to wait until Jan 19 for the next one  ;)
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    cblanc_gmailcblanc_gmail Member Posts: 2
    No more buried comments.  Thanks for Entire Document Comments!  Woot!
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    don_williams909don_williams909 Member Posts: 141 PRO
    edited December 2023
    Countersinks in sheet metal!  Yay!
    The changes to the Mate Connectors is cool too!
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    glen_dewsburyglen_dewsbury Member Posts: 638 ✭✭✭
    Nice update
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    GWS50GWS50 Member Posts: 389 PRO
    Great update, loads of really useful enhancements. Thank you
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    JamesonBinanitanJamesonBinanitan Member Posts: 11 PRO

    Thank you, Onshape team!

    COUNTERSINK AND COUNTERBORE HOLES IN SHEET METAL - Finally, many of my previous ones have struggled with this topic.

    ENTIRE DOCUMENT COMMENTS - This is very helpful, especially for revisiting old projects after new updates.

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    martin_kopplowmartin_kopplow Member Posts: 393 PRO
    These are all great enhancements. 

    This time, there are many that have been right at the top of my wishlist:
    Couterbores in Sheet Metal: Great time saver.
    Chamfer direction: Yeah! Shortens that tree.
    Sweep profile orientation: Yeah, been waiting for this. Very important for mechanical design!
    Mate connector owners: Helpful, have been missing that.
    Virtual sharps for mates: Very important one for assembly consistency.

    The comments enhancement also looks promising, will need to test that.
    Thank you!
    .. but does that mean Christmas is already over now? :0/
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    ChuckKeyChuckKey Member Posts: 43 ✭✭✭
    Some very nice enhancements. Thank you.
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    TeamPrototypeTeamPrototype Member Posts: 3
    That improvement to assemblies will help a ton in making more accurate models. Thanks!
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    connor_mcbrideconnor_mcbride Member Posts: 2 EDU
    please add dark mode next!!! 

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    ben_partouchben_partouch Member, csevp Posts: 124 PRO
    This is amazing. Thank you guys! 
    An update full of game changing upgrades. 
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    christian_pettychristian_petty Member Posts: 68 PRO
    Mate connectors attached to curves/sketches is a godsend. I think this opens up several options for doing motion analyses using assemblies.
    Christian Petty - Mechanical Design Engineer, Radian R&D
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    Chris_D_Mentes_001Chris_D_Mentes_001 Member, csevp Posts: 60 PRO
    Virtual Sharps, Sweep Path Orientation, Mate Connector Owner Parts and Cropped View Sectioning are all absolute Gold for me specifically :grin:
    I hope the entire team has an insanely happy and well deserved Christmas break after a brilliant year of killing it!
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    Chris_D_Mentes_001Chris_D_Mentes_001 Member, csevp Posts: 60 PRO
    Also noticed some very nice improvements in the change log :wink: Huge fan. 
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    shawn_crockershawn_crocker Member, OS Professional Posts: 837 PRO
    virtual sharp implicit connectors, document comment filtering and exporting from search results all amazing.  I have been waiting for implicit virtual sharp connectors ever since I started using onshape!
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    albjerrealbjerre Member Posts: 23 ✭✭✭
    Chamfers and mate connector improvements are great!
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    Rhett_RobinsonRhett_Robinson Member Posts: 96 PRO
    edited December 2023
    Amazing update! I was needing the sweep profile just the other day, so this is great timing. I am really excited to see mate connectors with the option to have no owner entity or use a curve. My hope is that this will be expanded to sketches owning a mate connector. My colleagues and I use layout sketches that get reused across projects, and it would be a huge help if the mate connectors would come along for the ride without needing to put in a curve or surface whose sole purpose is to own the mate connectors.

    EDIT: Here is the improvement request for this: Mate Connectors in Sketches — Onshape
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    Tristan_NeumannTristan_Neumann Member Posts: 15 PRO
    This is my favorite update yet, Countersink in Sheetmetal is going to save a bunch of time, and Virtual Sharp mate connectors is a huge time save too.
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    STEGSTEG Member, User Group Leader Posts: 82 PRO
    À chaque 3 semaines vous me rappelez pourquoi je suis passé à Onshape au printemps 2018! :smile:

    À noter que la nouvelle fonctionnalité qui permet de mettre des trous fraisés sur du métal en feuille devra être corrigée afin de permettre d'exporter le déplié en montrant le diamètre du trou et non celui du fraisage. Cela risque de causer beaucoup d'erreurs pour ceux qui font de la découpe laser!
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    BrettKuenkelBrettKuenkel Member Posts: 5 PRO
    Solid update! Very excited about the chamfers and countersinks/counterbores in sheet metal. 
    Design Engineer - NXTUL
    Innovative Woodworking Tools - www.nxtul.com

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    Alex_PittAlex_Pitt Member Posts: 61 PRO
    Thank you!! Some great improvements! Love the sheet metal features, Chamfer & Sweep improvements & MC owner & virtual sharps! Look forward to one day being a "power user" to try the Dihedral analysis tool!
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    nicholas_aarestadnicholas_aarestad Member Posts: 14 EDU
    Massive fan of the new Educator plan. Thank you so much for your support of robotics teams and similar small educational organizations!
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