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Improvements to Onshape - December 4th, 2017

NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees, Configurations EVP, Standard content EVP Posts: 1,082
Christmas comes early with the last update to Onshape for 2017! Let's get the party started with one VERY popular improvement request that will get you in the holiday mood... 

CUSTOM MATERIAL LIBRARIES

In addition to the standard material library provided by Onshape, you can now create your own custom material libraries and share them with your colleagues.

 

CREATE EDGE SELECTION

The Create Selection tool has been enhanced to enable quick selection of edges that are tangent, equal length, parallel or part of a loop.

 

DRAWINGS

As usual, there are a number of performance and quality improvements to Drawings. In this update, view quality has been improved and moving dimensions is now much easier, but the biggest update is to the Drawing Sheets flyout which now lists every view on every sheet.

 

VERSIONED DRAWING REFERENCE HIGHLIGHTING

When inspecting a version of a drawing, hovering your mouse over a dimension will now highlight the geometry that dimension is referencing to help you understand the drawing better.



QUICK ACCESS TO RECENTLY OPENED DOCUMENTS

When the My Onshape filter is active on the Documents page, you can now access your most recently opened Documents from the Quick Access area of the Documents list, without having to activate the Recently Opened filter.

 

GRAPHICS PREVIEW

On larger Assemblies and Part Studios, Onshape will now display a graphics preview that you can pan, zoom and spin as the Document or Element tab is loading. 

 

ACCESSING THE LEARNING CENTER

You can now quickly access the Learning Center from within Onshape by clicking the new button in the top right hand corner. 



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 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.

Comments

  • This new update is awesome! Custom materials is something I've been asking for for a while, and playing with it the past few minutes I've been very happy! That being said, a really cool added feature for this would be to set parts to a specific weight. For example, if I want to import a specific motor I can now reverse engineer to set a custom density, but it would be so much easier if I can just set the weight of a specific part in a studio.

    Thanks for working hard on pushing out these updates!
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers, Standard content EVP Posts: 453 PRO
    Very nice work as usual!

    Can't wait to get my hands on material library, and create selection edges (was kinda missing that from SW)
  • emagdalenaC2CemagdalenaC2C Member, Developers, Configurations EVP Posts: 171 ✭✭✭
    Nice improvements!! Drawings and performance improvements are always welcome, and the new edge selection options looks awesome 
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  • chrisjh777chrisjh777 Member Posts: 113 ✭✭✭
    Custom Materials and Libraries!!!!  I have been waiting a long time for these.  Can't wait to set up my materials libraries to what is available in Australia.
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Configurations EVP, Standard content EVP Posts: 1,251 PRO
    Great list of improvements, thanks, Team.  Keep up the good work all, these little things help the users. 

    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • daniel_splawskidaniel_splawski Member Posts: 66 ✭✭
    Great work with the scroll wheel adjustment on the feature list!
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers, Standard content EVP Posts: 453 PRO
    Great work with the scroll wheel adjustment on the feature list!
    +100
  • tyler_popetyler_pope Member, Developers, Configurations EVP Posts: 11 PRO
    Edge selection is a great addition. The line between very expensive desktop software and Onshape is getting thinner with every update. 
  • tago_kalbritago_kalbri Member, Configurations EVP Posts: 4 PRO
    Big thumbs up for keeping up good work. It's always nice morning when I see that OnShape has updated :D 

    Edge selection is really useful, materials close second.
    Rest of updates nice to have :)
  • yong_kimyong_kim Member Posts: 4
     <3 
  • Andrew_Enslow_3DSAndrew_Enslow_3DS Member, Configurations EVP Posts: 23 PRO
    edited December 5
    Thanks for the update!

    1. Really liked the custom materials, now I can use any material I want! (rather dangerous)
    2. New selection options are nice to have, they make quick work of the small round some plastic parts.
    3. Drawing sheets and view logistical improvements are much appreciated.
    Thanks for the graphics preview as well.
  • hans_leirvik740hans_leirvik740 Member, Standard content EVP Posts: 17 PRO
    Great work !  
    Santa next ? 
  • StephenGStephenG Member Posts: 113 ✭✭
    Custom Material Libraries... there is a lot more to material than its density. When will all the other important material properties be added/inputable to material libraries?

    Need to be able to assign a mass (weight) and inertial properties to a part.
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Configurations EVP, Graebert Ares Kudo EVP Posts: 2,064 PRO
    //rami
  • paul_chastellpaul_chastell Onshape Employees, Standard content EVP Posts: 60
    @StephenG, I can't speak to when we will expand this to more properties, or support manual override of the mass properties of a part, though we know that both are important and intend to add such support in future. You can add your vote and comments to https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/4010/user-defined-materials-or-adding-a-weight-for-a-part. If you list out which properties are important to you too that would help us prioritize future work.
    Paul Chastell / VP of R&D / Onshape Inc.
  • 123_456660123_456660 Member Posts: 22 EDU
    It would be nice if the edge selection tools worked in sketches for things like offsets...
  • maximilian_schommermaximilian_schommer Member Posts: 13 EDU
    edited December 8
    This new update is awesome! Custom materials is something I've been asking for for a while, and playing with it the past few minutes I've been very happy! That being said, a really cool added feature for this would be to set parts to a specific weight. For example, if I want to import a specific motor I can now reverse engineer to set a custom density, but it would be so much easier if I can just set the weight of a specific part in a studio.

    Thanks for working hard on pushing out these updates!
    @milkenknights_test_account @StephenG

    I agree with the ability to add a custom weight, but here's a quick featurescript that just gives you the density needed to make your part a requested mass. The process of making material libraries is long, so this might not be that useful, but the feature could be extended to output the csv of all densities needed to make a series of parts have certain masses. 

    https://cad.onshape.com/documents/86809a3e3987a65b9de9b77d/w/a46bbc7650522765ca0c9cce/e/ced19a67fadd7ae81439b4a4

    Max
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Configurations EVP, Graebert Ares Kudo EVP Posts: 2,064 PRO
    edited December 8
    @Marc_Miller
    Please create a request for voting, surely gets my +1 :+1:

    //rami
  • chrisjh777chrisjh777 Member Posts: 113 ✭✭✭
    OK, 

    Custom Materials (including mass properties) are now available.  Great.  I am currently well advanced on creating a personal custom materials .csv file.

    However, I was expecting mass properties for both OS and any Custom Materials to be available in the "Insert Sheet Reference Property" drop down for drawings, to be released at the same time.  I was disappointed.  I can't find an IR for this function so I can vote for it.  Does such an IR exist?

    I want to be able to modify my drawing templates, so that mass properties in my drawings populate automatically (just like other properties).  Currently I have to manually copy the mass from a part studio, then switch to the relevant drawing and paste in the mass every time.  Very time consuming and inefficient.

    Is there a way to automate this process? The mass data obviously exists (if a material is assigned to a part), so It should be relatively simple to write code to do this. I am not a programmer, otherwise I would have a crack myself.
  • Jason_SJason_S Onshape Employees, Developers, Configurations EVP, Standard content EVP, Graebert Ares Kudo EVP Posts: 115
    edited December 8
    @chrisjh777

    Under "Insert sheet reference property" in the note command, Add "Material".

    You have to make sure your "sheet reference" in the sheet properties is set to a part and not a Part Studio.



    We cannot add mass properties yet to the drawing. Please file an improvement request.
    QA Engineer - Onshape, Inc.
  • Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 37 ✭✭
    Ok, here's an IR for optional color info for custom materials.  Thanks @3dcad
    https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/7879/custom-materials-optional-color-info#latest


  • emagdalenaC2CemagdalenaC2C Member, Developers, Configurations EVP Posts: 171 ✭✭✭
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    Optimización de procesos
    www.c2i.es

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    Selecciona el día y la hora que más te interese
     
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  • jordan_simondsjordan_simonds Onshape Employees Posts: 3
    Great work with the scroll wheel adjustment on the feature list!
    Thanks for your patience while we figured out the root of the problem! It took a few tries since the browsers have subtle differences that make some solutions work in some cases but not all.

    It took some lateral thinking but we think we landed on a solution that should very closely resemble the scroll speed/behavior that you expect throughout your system.

    Please let us know if anything else feels unnatural. We don't like little things like this impeding anyone's workflow  :)
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers, Configurations EVP, Standard content EVP Posts: 976 PRO
    Scrolling is restored to "sensible speed" here so thanks for the attention to detail :-)

    Owen S.
    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
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