Onshape Partner Spotlight: Duro Cloud PLM for Distributed Hardware Teams

Onshape Partner Spotlight: Duro Cloud PLM for Distributed Hardware Teams

Duro PLM is an integrated cloud application now available in the Onshape App Store. When Onshape is paired with Duro PLM, companies can truly leverage the power of the cloud to manage their hardware product data across distributed teams, reducing overhead and accelerating engineering output.

The Duro PLM app extends the value of Onshape by providing a simple means to set up a PLM-based Part Numbering System, manage configurations and allow design releases to be centralized in a system accessible to all. With Duro, Onshape users can now implement a PLM system in just a few simple steps, whether migrating from spreadsheets or an existing PLM platform. With both Duro and Onshape, building a centralized system of record that spans across design, supply chain management and manufacturing, couldn’t be any easier.

Duro PLM for Onshape Overview


Joe Dunne, PTC’s Director of Technical Partnerships for Onshape, says that the Duro PLM app “helps extend the value of Onshape by providing visibility into the production and manufacturing operations of an organization.”

“Onshape has proven instrumental in allowing manufacturing companies to build better, save time, and gain competitive advantages over old legacy desktop engineering software,” Dunne says. “The Duro integration further extends that advantage.”

PLM-Based Part Numbers

Onshape users can now leverage the benefits that PLM-based Part Numbering best practices bring, including reducing CAD merge issues, preventing conflicts with external part numbers, and navigating multiple Bills of Materials (see Duro’s step-by-step guide for centralizing your Part Numbering System). Duro’s category-driven part numbering scheme allows all company members to run parametrically-based searches for product-related information created in Onshape or any other integrated application. Duro’s automated data validation engine can even scan your parts and assemblies for the most common mistakes that frequently lead to manufacturing delays.

Assigning Duro-based part numbers to Onshape components within the Duro PLM app.

Release Publishing

Built directly into the existing Onshape Release Management workflow, Duro allows teams to publish approved releases, drawings, and production files to customers’ Duro account libraries. Duro serves as your company’s single source of truth, effectively the collaboration hub from which all product data is referenced. In doing so, Duro brings multi-disciplined teams together, across the different phases of the product lifecycle.

Onshape Release Candidate linked to Duro.

Configuration Management

Onshape users can pull assembly and part configurations directly into Duro with each release, making the communication of both configurations and alternate parts simple and streamlined. In centralizing their configurations into Duro, companies can more confidently develop a detailed knowledge of all product elements, avoid unnecessary duplication and reduce costs.

Duro component page for an Onshape-based assembly.

The G2 tech marketplace rates Duro as one the easiest PLM applications to use (ranked #2 for Usability) and simplest to onboard (ranked #1 on the Implementation Index). With Duro’s best-in-class usability and streamlined onboarding, Onshape users can realize the immediate benefits of integrating with Duro’s cloud-based PLM application (PLM-based Part Numbering, Release Publishing and Configuration Management). Subsequently, Onshape users will also experience the longer-term benefits of Duro’s improved data visibility, engineering efficiency and supply chain connectivity.

Company-Wide Data Visibility

The centralized nature of Duro’s PLM platform allows teams to operate efficiently with the confidence that all efforts are tracked, managed and shared with the entire company in one place – all quickly referenced at any point throughout the design and manufacturing processes. By alleviating the concern over where to go to get information and how to be sure it’s the latest version, Duro enables hardware companies to increase transparency, reduce risk and cut costs from the start.

Increased Engineering Efficiency

With Duro, engineers never have to leave Onshape in order to communicate BOM and component information directly from Onshape to other non-engineering team members. No longer will your engineers be slowed down by processes or waste valuable time doing tedious administrative work. Duro takes care of the heavy lifting, freeing engineers to stay in Onshape, doing what they do best – designing products.

Duro PLM for Onshape

Supply Chain Connectivity

Duro’s power extends beyond PLM and into important downstream processes, critical to any hardware manufacturing company. Duro makes it easy to collaborate with third-party contract manufacturers, vendors and suppliers, and also connects teams directly to many of the most popular commercial off-the-shelf parts distributors (e.g. McMaster-Carr, DigiKey, Arrow, and many more). Through these integrations, Duro helps teams identify any risks due to part lead-time changes, part obsolescence (EOL) or price changes that will impact your production schedule and costs.

Try Duro PLM for Onshape

Developing a hardware product involves several different processes that grow in complexity as your team expands and becomes more distributed. Onshape users now have a better way to address this complexity beyond the design phase through Duro’s powerful, yet easy-to-use PLM platform. To learn more about how Duro PLM extends the power of Onshape, schedule time with a Duro specialist for a product demo.

Kellan O’Connor

Kellan O’Connor is the co-founder and Chief Customer Officer of Duro. He has over 15 years of experience in hardware development, CAD, PLM and operations. Kellan has previously developed hardware for SpaceX, co-founded a hardware startup and managed product launches for Epson America. Kellan now focuses on supporting Duro customers and partners while promoting the “agilization” of hardware product development.

Try Duro PLM for Onshape

Duro’s Integrated Cloud App allows teams to assign PLM-based part numbers to components as well as release approved design revisions to a centralized hub directly through Onshape’s existing Release Management workflow.


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