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Improvements to Onshape - March 24th 2017

NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,331
edited March 2017 in New in Onshape
Three weeks have passed, so that means it's time for another round of updates! We hope you enjoy using these new improvements as much as we enjoy creating them for you...


The Compare tool can now be accessed via a new button in the Versions and History flyout. This makes it more discoverable and easier to view the differences between two versions or branches of your design.



Flat patterns of sheet metal parts can now be inserted into Assemblies and Drawings.



You can now add surface finish symbols to Drawings.



Now when you create a Geometric Tolerance, a Datum, a Balloon, a Hole Callout, or a Surface Finish, the dialog will remain open and allow you to place multiple symbols one after another. You can see this in action in the Surface Finish video above. 


You can now set the BOM table to populate bottom to top so you can place the table above your title block. You can also now unlink the table from your BOM app to edit it manually.



The Projected View command in Drawings will now activate automatically after placing the first view and remain active so you can layout your Drawing faster. New projected views now also copy the style of the parent view.



Virtual Sharp style can now be set to either Centermark or Edge Extension. Open the Drawing Properties dialog and scroll down to the bottom to toggle the setting for the entire Drawing.


The Feature Studio now has a built-in profiler to help optimize your custom features for efficiency and speed. The documentation for the profiler can be found here.



With this update we have made improvements to performance in many areas including Document open, roll forward/roll to end, graphics loading, interactive frame rates, tab switching, and the Tab Manager. There are also additional performance improvements in drawings with reduced lag when moving and deleting entities and reduced delay when moving complex views and large notes.


Onshape now supports the SpaceMouse series of devices from 3Dconnexion for panning and zooming in Drawings*. A separate section of the 3Dconnexion properties dialog is dedicated to Onshape Drawings so you can customize the controller and button actions specifically for Drawings. 

* Please note that an ongoing issue with the 3Dconnexion driver becoming unresponsive is being actively addressed by 3Dconnexion and the Windows version of the driver will be released soon. The Mac driver will follow, so please keep an eye out for updated drivers on their support website.

Please take a moment to try out these new features and improvements and let us know what you think!  

Remember: The updates listed here are now live for all users when creating new Documents and over the next few days these features will also be available in Documents created before the date of this update.
Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.


  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers Posts: 556 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Once again, great improvements
    Un saludo,

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  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,864 PRO
    Once again great improvements, I really appreciate the new features added to drawings. 
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  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,381 PRO
    I did notice improvement in performance! Thanks!!

    Great update for 2D & FS users. I hope next one pushes more into 3D modeling since we still lack some very important standard features like configurations/variants.

    ps. 3D mouse pan and zoom in drawings was already listed as update when Onshape wen't out from beta over a year ago?
  • Jason_SJason_S Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 176
    edited March 2017
    This update included support for the SpaceMouse Enterprise (the one with the environment-aware screen), as well as stability improvements for all of the mice that are already supported. 
    QA Engineer - Onshape, Inc.
  • robert_morrisrobert_morris OS Professional, Developers Posts: 155 PRO
    Thank you for the much needed drawing improvements.
    Keep up the great work guys!
  • fastwayjimfastwayjim Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 219 PRO
    LOVE the time calculations in featurescript. Wow!
  • Tony_C_Tony_C_ Member Posts: 257 PRO
    edited March 2017
    Having a problem moving an unlinked BOM.  It just wants to edit the cells.


    Never mind... You have to only use the dot in the upper left corner. 
  • JP10JP10 Member, Developers Posts: 5 ✭✭
    Why do you have to create a drawing just to create a DXF? It would make more sense to create the dxf straight from the flat pattern of the part or assembly rather than a drawing that is set 1:1. I have personally seen people forget to change the scale and parts come out the wrong size.  It can be done in other CAD software and creating a drawing of it first only creates more clicks and more steps, which introduces more chances for error and wasted time.  Just my 2 cents.
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,331
    @JP10 it's on the todo list
    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • dave_cowdendave_cowden Member, Developers Posts: 445 ✭✭✭
    Whoa! the profiler is SO AWESOME! Been waiting for that! great work! Sadly, that probably means i have work to do updating some of my features...
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,331
    @dave_cowden - I just updated my Spur Gear script and get on average 3x to 4x speed improvement thanks to the profiler.

    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • dave_cowdendave_cowden Member, Developers Posts: 445 ✭✭✭
    @NeilCooke do you have any tips you can share?  Any 'common scenarios' that surprised you?  In my cases, I've done manual profiling and generally found most of the time to be in opBoolean-- in thread creator, i found ( not surprisingly) that having a curved surface increased the time for a boolean considerably vs the same geometry with line segments, and as a consequence added a 'use flat valleys' choice in threadcreator.

    What insights did you learn? maybe i can apply those even if they do not exist in my models?
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,331
    @dave_cowden as in the video I was surprised how much faster pattern is than sketch solve. The original spur gear created one sketch with the tooth profile patterned and I changed it to one body tooth cutout, pattern and Boolean. 
    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • dave_cowdendave_cowden Member, Developers Posts: 445 ✭✭✭
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