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Improvements to Onshape - August 20th, 2021

Daniel_KaneDaniel_Kane Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 19
edited September 2021 in New in Onshape

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.


GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

ITALIAN LOCALIZATION

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.



CAD IMPROVEMENTS

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 EXPORT

With 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 OPERATION

With 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 VIEW

The 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.



DRAWING IMPROVEMENTS

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 VIEWS

In 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.


ENTERPRISE IMPROVEMENTS

ANALYTICS REPORTING FOR FAILED SIGN-IN ATTEMPTS

This 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.


MOBILE IMPROVEMENTS

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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  • bryan_lagrangebryan_lagrange Member, User Group Leader Posts: 578 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Flip sheetmetal part! Thank You!
    Bryan Lagrange
    Twitter: @BryanLAGdesign

  • LyndeInnovLyndeInnov Member Posts: 9 PRO
    Wow, this is a huge group of updates. A lot in here that is going to improve my workflow. 
  • GregBrownGregBrown Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 39
    Awesome list of updates.  Both the replicate and ball mate limits are going to be very useful. I haven't tried it yet but hopefully replicated mates are not added to the mate list but kept grouped in the tree to reduce the massive list of mates that accumulate.  Also great to see the drawing improvement.  Thanks Onshape team!

    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...
  • Hans_Ole_LeirvikHans_Ole_Leirvik Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 74 PRO
    Very good, lots of goodies :)
  • Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 96 ✭✭✭
    Great batch of updates!  Thank you.
  • konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov Member Posts: 1,221 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Splitting wires used to be such a pain, nice to have it now.
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,731 PRO
    After testing out replicate. You all did a better job than I thought. Well done! 

    All I need now is for replicate to recognize more advanced selections, like bolt slot centers, or multiple mates
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 840 PRO
    Great!  Split curve is a big deal. Section on cones is very helpful and much easier in assemblies.  I had not realized cylinders (or portions like straight fillets) are selectable for section.  Very versatile!
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • shawn_crockershawn_crocker Member, OS Professional Posts: 565 PRO
    The replicate update is great! turns replicate into more of a sketch driven pattern on steroids.  Sketch driven pattern has defiantly been missed by myself.  Glad to see flip sheet metal.  I will be able to start using drawing bend lines in a functional way now instead of just hiding them.
  • bill_schnoebelenbill_schnoebelen OS Professional, Developers, User Group Leader Posts: 97 PRO
    Love the replicate! Lots of good stuff in this one!
  • bryan_lagrangebryan_lagrange Member, User Group Leader Posts: 578 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Love the flip flat pattern, Now I just need the ability to have the bend note read the inside bend for press brake purposes. Would like to see an option on the properties menu to toggle between inside and outside bend.


    Bryan Lagrange
    Twitter: @BryanLAGdesign

  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,468 PRO
    Parametric replicate :star::star::star::star::star:
    //rami
  • CBowersCBowers Member Posts: 50 PRO
    I like and dislike the change with parametric replicate. It gives me a form of pattern driven component pattern, but my copy with mates function has now been taken away. What I mean is if I suppress the original components the Replicate feature breaks. Maybe a check box can be added to accommodate both applications.
  • Alex_PittAlex_Pitt Member Posts: 25 PRO
    Very excited about the replicate improvement; a feature I use heavily. That it will now work with configurations offers a new superpower.
  • don_williams909don_williams909 Member Posts: 124 PRO
    Useful updates.  Nice.  Still need True Type fonts in drawings though.
  • Matthew_KiblerMatthew_Kibler Member Posts: 6 PRO

    PARAMETRIC REPLICATE TOOL IN ASSEMBLIES:::::: AWESOME! 

    MEK
  • Alain_ProvostAlain_Provost Member, Channel partner Posts: 1
    Impressed with the updates so far, just need time to apply some of them.
  • MichaelPascoeMichaelPascoe Member Posts: 1,013 PRO
    edited August 2021
    The new drawing right click menus are very nice. I've been using them all day, clean and quick.
  • tyler_catontyler_caton Member Posts: 2
    Bravo - this is a solid update. Thank you!
  • jayden_kirkwoodjayden_kirkwood Member Posts: 7 EDU
    The ball limits and replicate function is a great update to make. I still wish that shapes can collide in assembly. That would mean a lot more mechanisms could be made, like Geneva wheels, which I spent almost a whole year trying to make, only to learn that it was impossible. But pretty solid update, and so props to devs for making such a great cad
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,731 PRO
    This is beautiful, even on small sub assemblies replicate makes a big difference in assembly time (My time spent mating), performance, and tree organization.



  • Jop_TimmersJop_Timmers Member Posts: 1 PRO
    Feels like Christmas! Thanks Onshape team!
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,731 PRO
    I was looking in the new sub menu for hide bend lines and bend notes, looks like those are still in the main list.
    Could those be moved over to the hide/show menu also?


  • PeteYodisPeteYodis Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 480
    I was looking in the new sub menu for hide bend lines and bend notes, looks like those are still in the main list.
    Could those be moved over to the hide/show menu also?


    I have created a ticket and filed a bug for this.  Thanks @john_mcclary
  • caleb_mellumcaleb_mellum Member Posts: 2
    When will Reality Server be available again?
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