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Improvements to Onshape - February 13th, 2018

NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 1,905
edited February 2018 in New in Onshape
The update engine keeps rolling along! In this latest update there's a new graduate from the ever-growing pool of community custom features, some cool Drawing updates including an associative callout feature, more Standard Content and plenty of usability delighters that you've all been asking for. Don't forget to vote for your favorite improvement requests in the category on the right to help us prioritize development.

NON-UNIFORM SCALING

The Transform feature can now be used to apply non-uniform scaling. Choosing a mate connector as the reference entity will scale about the mate connector center and use the mate connector coordinate system.

 

ASSOCIATIVE BALLOONS / CALLOUTS

Balloons added to an assembly drawing are now associative to the active BOM table or can be used as callouts to display part properties. If the part or table properties change, the balloon or callout will update automatically.

 

DOCUMENT THUMBNAIL

You can now specify which element is used as the thumbnail for your Document on the Documents page.

 

CONFIGURED PART THUMBNAILS

Now when inserting parts from a configured Part Studio into an assembly or a drawing, the correct thumbnail for the selected configuration is displayed.

 

SPLIT PART IMPROVEMENTS

You can now use a sketch region or a face from a solid or surface body to split a Part. A new option, "Trim to face boundaries", determines whether these new selection types are extended to the boundaries of the Part or not. This enables you to split individual areas of your design without affecting the rest of the Part.

 

SUBASSEMBLIES WITH FIXED PART INSTANCES

Previously it was difficult to find fixed part instances if they were buried deep within an assembly structure. Now each subassembly, starting from the top level assembly, will display an icon next to its name to indicate that it contains a part that has been fixed.



RESIZE CONFIGURATION TABLE COLUMNS

For those extra long table cells with expressions and arrays or those extra short cells with just checkboxes, you can now edit each column width in a configuration input table to display the information exactly how you want it.

 

RESIZING DRAWING NOTES

Now when you resize a drawing note, a bounding box appears to make it easier to visualize the final size of the note.



MOVE TO SHEET & VIEW HIGHLIGHTING ACROSS SHEETS

A new "Move to sheet" option has been added to the right mouse button menu to quickly move views from one sheet to another. Also, selecting section views, detail views and auxiliary views that have been moved to another sheet now highlight their respective section lines, detail circles and auxiliary projection lines on the current sheet.

 

DRAWING SHEET ICONS

Drawing sheets that were created by importing DWG or DXF files now have an icon in the Sheets flyout to differentiate them from native Onshape drawing sheets.



VIEW PROPERTIES WITH CONFLICTING VALUES

When viewing the properties of multiple drawing views with conflicting values, the fields that are different display "Multiple values" for numeric and choice fields and "-" for checkboxes. You can override all values at the same time by entering a value into numeric fields, selecting an option from a pull-down menu or clicking a checkbox.



INSERTING A VERSION

Now when inserting a Derived feature or inserting a Part, image or custom feature, the Insert dialog has two new buttons - "Version graph" and "Create version". These buttons will allow you to easily select the version you want to use or create a new version in the current workspace and use that. Inserting a version rather than the current workspace prevents automatic updates when the source element updates, giving you control over when the inserted item is updated. 

 

VIEWING A VERSION FROM A LINK

If a link to a version of a Document is shared with another user, the option to "Return to Main" is no longer visible. This change has been made to remove any confusion. The user will still be able to navigate to Main if required through the Versions and History flyout.



ADDITIONAL STANDARD CONTENT

The built-in library of standard fasteners has been expanded to include:
  • Machine screws:
    ANSI Hex Head Machine Screw
    ANSI Hex Washer Head Machine Screw
    ANSI Pan Slot Head Machine Screw
    ANSI Pan Cross Head Machine Screw
    ANSI Oval Countersunk Head Machine Screw
    ANSI Flat Countersunk Head (82) Machine screw
    ANSI Flat Countersunk Head (100) Machine screw
    ANSI Binding Head Machine Screw
    ANSI Round Head Machine Screw
    ANSI Fillister Head machine Screw
    ANSI Truss Head Machine Screw
  • Self tapping screws:
    ANSI Pan Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Fillister Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Hex Washer Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Hex Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Flat Countersunk Trim Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Oval Countersunk Trim Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Flat Countersunk Head Tapping screw
    ANSI Undercut Flat Countersunk Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Oval Countersunk Head Tapping Screw
    ANSI Undercut Oval Countersunk Head Tapping Screw
  • Round head bolts:
    ANSI Round Head Short Square Neck Bolt
    ANSI Round Head Fin Neck Bolt
    ANSI Round Head Ribbed Neck Bolt
    ANSI Round Head Step Bolt
  • Others:
    ANSI Countersunk Elevator Bolt
    ANSI Askew Head Bolt
    ANSI T-Head bolt


IMPORTING SOLIDWORKS 2018 FILES

You can now import SOLIDWORKS 2018 part files (.SLDPRT) and assembly files (.SLDASM). To import an assembly, you can either use SOLIDWORKS' built-in Pack & Go feature to create a ZIP file containing all the parts and assemblies, or create a ZIP file manually and rename it to be the same as the top-level assembly (for example, if the top-level assembly is called water_pump.SLDASM then your ZIP file should be called water_pump.zip). Import the ZIP file and Onshape will create the correct assembly structure.

IMPORTING NX 12 FILES

You can now import part and assembly files (.prt) from NX 12 by Siemens PLM Software. To import an assembly with external references, create a ZIP file containing all the parts and assemblies and rename it to be the same as the top-level assembly. Import the ZIP file and Onshape will create the correct assembly structure.

NEW LEARNING CENTER COURSE

An additional advanced course for Direct Editing has now been added to the Onshape Learning Center for Professional users.



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.
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Comments

  • cache_river_millworkscache_river_millworks Member Posts: 90 PRO
    Legit.

    Thank you Onshape team!
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 276 PRO
    Yee Ha!  Non-uniform Scale and Split Part improvement.   Thank you OS developers!
  • Tony_C_Tony_C_ Member Posts: 255 PRO
    "SUBASSEMBLIES WITH FIXED PART INSTANCES"

    That's an excellent addition, but this would still be nice to have. 

    https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/7375/show-only-fixed-parts#latest 
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,338 PRO
    edited February 2018
    Amazing features!

    Balloon system seems very nice, with built-in BOM that should be a killer combination.

    Now when inserting a Derived feature or inserting a Part, image or custom feature, the Insert dialog has two new buttons..

    With shaking hands and big wishes I immediately wen't to test linking the CURRENT version of LINKED DOC but no luck.. :disappointed:

    My day dream was greyed out.. :cry:

    //rami
  • philip_thomasphilip_thomas Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,187
    @3dcad - Rami, automatic updates still occur in the SAME document (a change to the workspace updates everywhere else in THIS document). 
    Across documents, we intentionally use version links (this enhancement simplifies that workflow).

    The most common use case (and the reason we do it this way), is that at the ideation stage, a document is likely to contain multiple Part Studios and Assemblies - each updating continuously. As a design starts to mature, it is likely that parts will need to be manufactured, or at least prevented from changing in an unchecked fashion. At that point, the best practice is to move that element (Part Studio) to a new Document. This will automatically link the part back into the main Document AND automatically reference the latest version. This achieves that goal.
    These concepts and practices are embodied in this Tech Briefing that can be found in the learning center. It's an easy read and written by one of our top guys! ;)

    https://learn.onshape.com/learn/article/product-structure-organization-tips 
    Philip Thomas - Onshape
  • Andrew_Enslow_3DSAndrew_Enslow_3DS Member Posts: 39 PRO
    Fantastic. Special thanks for
    1. Fixed part indicator
    2. Associated Balloons
    3. Thumbnail
    4. Non uniform scaling (just ran into this problem 2 days ago!)
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,338 PRO
    edited February 2018
    @philip_thomas
    I understand why it is good to link to a version, what I don't understand is that why can't I choose whether I wan't to risk my assembly breaking due to unwanted change in linked doc or not. I wan't to be the boss, not software.

    The problem is all the documents that contain ever growing library of special standard parts modeled in house. I don't wan't to separate each to it's own doc for easier locating but current system forces me to create new version on each update or addition to these libraries.

    Thanks for the link, it's nice that we have possibility to learn from the master  B)
    //rami
  • philip_thomasphilip_thomas Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,187
    @3dCad - Rami - we live to make you happy. And I do hear what you're saying. There are some things i think we might be able to show you to help you and of course, @abefeldman and i are always happy to learn from your feedback :)
    Philip Thomas - Onshape
  • thong_van_nguyenthong_van_nguyen Member Posts: 11
    The future of Onshape is opening and grow up every 3 weeks... I loved Onshape
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 1,400 PRO
    You all have been busy!

    Excellent work as always. I'm so happy for associated balloons, looks like you hit another home run with all the control we have over balloons now!
  • Markku_LMarkku_L Member Posts: 22 PRO
    Can't make that BOM/balloon to work. Should something be done on openbom side? Actually can't even add openbom right now :-( Just says "access to application has been denied for this onshape account".
    br
    Markku
    www.sloworks.fi
    www.stepcraft.fi
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 1,905
    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • oleg_shilovitskyoleg_shilovitsky Member, Developers Posts: 120 ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018
    @NeilCooke @Markku_L


    The problem was reported to Onshape ~2 hours ago. It is app store Onshape related in my view. We have few accounts experiencing access to OpenBOM application and account experiencing access problem to app store in general. 

    @AndrewKimpton ^^

  • andrew_kimptonandrew_kimpton Member, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 71
    @Markku_L OpenBoM and the team at Onshape are taking a look at this problem this morning and hope to resolve it very soon.
    Director of API, Appstore, and App Partner Technical Support
  • oleg_shilovitskyoleg_shilovitsky Member, Developers Posts: 120 ✭✭✭
    @andrew_kimpton
     thanks for quick reply. We're checking it. I hope we resolve soon. 

    If anybody is experiencing problems to access OpenBOM app, please send an email asap to support @ openbom.com


  • dick_van_der_vaartdick_van_der_vaart Member Posts: 45 PRO
    Many thanks for again a lot of usefull  update's
    And a lot of ANSI new standard part's
    Maybe next time some ISO part's ??
    Like this one 

    Socket Button Flange Screw to ISO 7380F with the Nut's with flange as well.

    These are very often used in europe

    Thank's :# :#
  • oleg_shilovitskyoleg_shilovitsky Member, Developers Posts: 120 ✭✭✭
    Very nice update. My favorite is automatic balloons (callouts) placement. 

    It can be smoothly integrated and used together with OpenBOM functions. 

    The following article and video can give you few very good tips how to use automatic callouts and BOM created using OpenBOM

    https://medium.com/@openbom/openbom-and-onshape-new-automatic-callouts-balloons-dac7096282d2


  • Markku_LMarkku_L Member Posts: 22 PRO
    @Markku_L OpenBoM and the team at Onshape are taking a look at this problem this morning and hope to resolve it very soon.
    Openbom works now, but made another ticket about the balloon, still can't link anything into it. Property or bom, balloons just says "---". I tried with 2 different accounts, several models, several boms...just no.

    This should be automatic built-in feature!
    br
    Markku
    www.sloworks.fi
    www.stepcraft.fi
  • Markku_LMarkku_L Member Posts: 22 PRO
    Markku_L said:
    @Markku_L OpenBoM and the team at Onshape are taking a look at this problem this morning and hope to resolve it very soon.
    Openbom works now, but made another ticket about the balloon, still can't link anything into it. Property or bom, balloons just says "---". I tried with 2 different accounts, several models, several boms...just no.

    This should be automatic built-in feature!
    Oh, balloon works only when attached to edge :-(
    br
    Markku
    www.sloworks.fi
    www.stepcraft.fi
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 1,400 PRO
    Markku_L said:
    Markku_L said:
    @Markku_L OpenBoM and the team at Onshape are taking a look at this problem this morning and hope to resolve it very soon.
    Openbom works now, but made another ticket about the balloon, still can't link anything into it. Property or bom, balloons just says "---". I tried with 2 different accounts, several models, several boms...just no.

    This should be automatic built-in feature!
    Oh, balloon works only when attached to edge :-(
    good to know thanks for the heads up
  • maxime_beaulieumaxime_beaulieu Member Posts: 1
    edited February 2018
    that Pedal Box is from Ricmotech... 
    REALGEAR GTPRO3 XTREME TILTON FLOOR MOUNT 3-PEDAL SET
  • michael_bromleymichael_bromley Member Posts: 60 PRO
    Finally the ability to set a thumbnail! I'm constantly trying to locate documents based on the thumbnail, but it was ever changing, no longer!
  • fastwayjimfastwayjim Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 218 PRO
  • bryan_lagrangebryan_lagrange Member Posts: 208 ✭✭✭
    Great update!

    Future request is the ability to import Solid Edge .psm files.
    Bryan Lagrange
    Twitter: @BryanLAGdesign

  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,758 PRO
    3dcad said:

    Now when inserting a Derived feature or inserting a Part, image or custom feature, the Insert dialog has two new buttons..

    With shaking hands and big wishes I immediately wen't to test linking the CURRENT version of LINKED DOC but no luck.. :disappointed:

    My day dream was greyed out.. :cry:

    I wonder if a compromise would be to allow Current (live) Workspaces to be linked into development branch but never onto the Main branch. That way users could build designs (in a semi-controlled way) across documents without the continued dropping of versions but still have the safety of ensuring Main Branch always has the unbreakable linked versions, these may have to be manually created before merging across to the Main Branch at the completion of the design stage, also maybe we could see a branch warning to let users know it has live workspaces from others doc which could be broken. 
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • billy2billy2 Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers Posts: 1,149 PRO
    When moving a view to a different drawing sheet, can Onshape automatically add the sheet number as to where it was moved to. Like wise, when looking at the section/detail, reference the sheet number of the parent section/detail? It makes finding these sections/details easier vs. hunting around for the views on multiple sheet drawings.




  • lanalana Onshape Employees Posts: 426
    @bryan_lagrange
    You can rename *.psm file to *.par then Onshape can import it. Often-times you'll be able to use Sheet metal model Thicken to make Onshape sheet metal model using imported geometry. We'll work to improve this experience, but for now there is a work around.


  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 1,982 PRO
    edited February 2018
    Just used the new split function.  Big thumbs up from me to whomever was responsible for that upgrade. :)

    Also noticed a new "create selection" icon within the delete face function.  This is a great visual nudge towards using the selection tools.

    Thanks folks :+1:

    Cheers,

    Owen S.
    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • svenolov_nystromsvenolov_nystrom OS Professional Posts: 23 PRO
    Thanks for the show fix indicator . :) :/
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