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Improvements to Onshape - August 20th, 2021
We’re celebrating August with another great Onshape release! This update features a highly requested improvement to assemblies, along with many other improvements across the platform. Let's jump in.
The User Interface can now be displayed in Italian. Go to “My Account > Preferences > Display Language” to change languages for individual users.
ABILITY TO FILTER FEATURE LIST FOR ERRORS
The filter capabilities in Onshape Part Studios have been extended with this release. It is now easy to find any features with errors or warnings by using the “:errors” filter.
PARAMETRIC REPLICATE TOOL IN ASSEMBLIES
Until now, the Replicate command in assemblies would repeat entities and mates onto matching geometry in a one-time manner. This made it difficult to visualize which components were associated with Replicate, and didn’t allow for modification of the Replicate parameters after the fact. With this release, Replicate will now behave as a parametric entity much like assembly patterns.
APPLY LIMITS TO BALL MATE ROTATION IN ASSEMBLIES
With this latest update, you can now add rotational limits to ball mates in assemblies. The limit is defined as the maximum angle created between the Z-axes of the two mate connectors, defining a cone of rotation for your ball joint.
ABILITY TO FLIP ORIENTATION OF SHEET METAL FLAT PATTERN
With this release, Onshape now gives you the ability to determine the up-direction of your sheet metal flat patterns. This allows for increased control over appearance and bend notes in drawings.
SUPPORT FOR PVZ EXPORTWith this update, Onshape now supports the export of parts and assemblies to the PVZ format. This capability makes it easy to exchange data with a range of other PTC applications.
SPLIT CURVE OPERATIONWith this release, the Split command has been improved to now be able to split curve components. This can be particularly useful for working with a portion of a projected curve.
SELECT CONICAL SURFACE FOR SECTION VIEWThe Section View tool can now accept conical faces as its input. It will automatically bring the section plane to the center of the conical surface. This is particularly useful when working with drafted components and screw bosses.
PROFILE VIEWS OF TOROIDAL EDGES NOW SEEN AS ARCS
When creating drawings of springs and other toroidal components, Onshape’s drawings will now see the profile view as an arc, allowing for radial dimensions to be applied. This makes it simple to call out the inner and outer radii of springs.
IMPROVED CONTEXT MENUS FOR DRAWING VIEWSIn this latest release, we have improved the context menus for drawing views. You will find the options are now grouped logically by functionality and include sub-menus to prevent the dialog from getting too long.
ANALYTICS REPORTING FOR FAILED SIGN-IN ATTEMPTSThis update includes additional security and IP visibility within Onshape Enterprise. Now, any failed sign-in attempt, classified as the correct email with the incorrect password, will be tracked and reported within Enterprise Analytics.
IOS READ-ONLY FEATURE DIALOGS
iOS users with View and Copy permissions can now open feature dialogs to interrogate feature inputs.
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 Onshape Documents and over the next few days these features will also be available in Documents created before the date of this update.
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Definitely appreciate sorting the context menus!!
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Indeed Bruce, the Mate Features list will only show the original mate. The replicated instances (and their appropriately replicated mates) will be listed as a "Replicate" item which can be expanded or collapsed in the tree. The parametric aspect of this comes into effect when the underlying geometry you chose (e.g. Match Faces in Part) is changed...
All I need now is for replicate to recognize more advanced selections, like bolt slot centers, or multiple mates
PARAMETRIC REPLICATE TOOL IN ASSEMBLIES:::::: AWESOME!MEK
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Before this update, selecting an edge with the dimension tool had two undesirable side effects - it disabled plane selection from the feature tree, and it shrunk the selection zone around planes to a 1 pixel wide zone near the edge of the plane. This made dimensioning edges to planes particularly difficult.
I accordingly reported both of these behaviors as bugs a little while ago, and now they've both been fixed. So shoutout to the Onshape team for listening to user feedback and making Onshape better!
Here's a GIF demonstrating the old behavior:
GIF Credit - Lou Gallo
Could those be moved over to the hide/show menu also?