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What Counts as a "Commercial Use"?

I found out about Onshape when I wanted to design a puzzle for a school project and my highschool did not offer a good Solidworks like CAD software which is almost imperative for designing twisty puzzles. I immediately signed up for an educational liscence as I could not afford the full version and I was using it for a school project. As I got further into designing puzzles I realized I could upload and sell my designs on website like I.Materialise and Shapeways and make some money along with my newfound hobby. I would purchase the full version of Onshape but I don't have enough money as I am just getting into college next year and selling puzzles probably wont provide enough money for me to be able to pay for it. I was wondering, since I don't plan on patenting many designs or producing them at a large scale, if it still counts as a "Commercial Use" of Onshape and if I am allowed to sell my puzzles this way.


  • noanoa Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 141
    @david_sammond commercial use is any use that results in you making money off of the designs. The scenario you described above would be considered commercial use.

    Noa Flaherty / Customer Success / Onshape Inc.
  • michael3424michael3424 Member Posts: 472 ✭✭✭
    Are those of us on the Free Plan also prohibited from commercial use?
  • noanoa Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 141
    @michael3424 these terms are specific to the Education plan and are accepted by Education Plan users upon signup and annual renewal. For Onshape's generic terms, which all plans must follow, please see here: https://www.onshape.com/terms-of-use
    Noa Flaherty / Customer Success / Onshape Inc.
  • michael3424michael3424 Member Posts: 472 ✭✭✭
    Thanks @noa ; - near as I can tell free plan users can use Onshape commercially, though all of their designs are automatically public domain.

  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 1,712 PRO
    Right, you pay for privacy.

    EDU pays less for the same privacy as PRO, so they are restricted from commercial use to prevent everyone from just buying the cheaper EDU licence.

    At least they don't to what Solidworks does, and put a big watermark over every drawing... (or maybe they do, not sure, i'm not EDU :smile: )
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