What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (October 7th, 2020)

What’s New in Onshape’s Latest Update (October 7th, 2020)

We are excited to share some highly requested features in this release, so let’s just jump straight in!

CAD IMPROVEMENTS

EXPLODE LINES

You may now automatically create explode lines for your exploded views.

ADD ROTATION TO MATES

You may now specify an angle of rotation directly when defining a mate. This simplifies your workflow, which previously required defining the mate and then editing the mate connector to apply the rotation.

This feature exists in all mates that currently support an “Offset” value, including: Fastened, Revolute, Slider, Planar, and Pin-Slot mate types.

SHOW ASSEMBLY SKETCHES ON DRAWINGS

You may now show sketches in assembly drawing views. Sketches must have been explicitly inserted into the assembly for them to be shown.

The option for “Show sketches” will, by default, show ALL sketches that have been inserted into the assembly. However, you may control the visibility of sketches independently by utilizing Assembly Display states.

NEW FILLET OVERFLOW OPTION

A new option has been introduced in the Fillet feature, allowing you to control the edge overflow.

This will make it easier to capture the appropriate, machinable result, even on complex filleted edges.

GROUPING OF CALLOUTS

Callouts can now easily be grouped with other callouts. Simply drag and drop the callout to group it.

DIMENSION SPLINE HANDLE

You may now directly dimension and constrain the spline handle of a spline.

OVERRIDDEN DIMENSIONS ON PDF EXPORT

Dimensions on an Onshape drawing that have been manually overridden automatically receive an underline. A new option allows you to hide these underlines when exporting the drawing to a PDF.

IMPROVED glTF EXPORT

The glTF format is the growing standard for graphical data interchange between systems. With this release, glTF export has been enhanced to include Onshape-specific Deterministic Part IDs and Assembly Occurrence IDs: Data is required for associativity and metadata transfer.

“extensions”: {

            “PTC_onshape_metadata”: {

                “id”: “JHG”

            }

        }

LEARNING CENTER IMPROVEMENTS

ANNOUNCING THE ONSHAPE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Onshape is pleased to announce the launch of a professional certification program for designers and engineers who use the Onshape platform.

The Certified Onshape Professional exam provides designers and engineers with the opportunity to gain accreditation and document their proficiency in the Onshape platform.

For more information, you can read the full announcement here.

CATEGORIES TECH BRIEFING

A new technical briefing on Getting Started with Categories is now available in the Onshape Learning Center. This document discusses what an Onshape Category is, and explains how to create your own to efficiently manage the scope of your Onshape Properties.

PARAMETRIC AND CONFIGURATION VARIABLES TECH BRIEFING

Learn the similarities and differences between using parametric variables and configuration variables in this new tech briefing: Parametric Variables vs Configuration Variables.

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.

Important Note: 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.

Roy Mutalik

Roy is Technical Services Engineer at Onshape. Previously, he was an Elite Application Engineer in the SolidWorks reseller channel, delivering training and implementation services in CAD, FEA, and PDM. Roy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and craft beers.

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