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Making the Switch to Onshape

Is your CAD system causing version control headaches, work from home and collaboration issues and excessive IT overheads? Maybe it’s time to switch to Onshape, a cloud-native alternative to traditional file-based CAD systems such as SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge and Inventor.

The cloud-based nature of Onshape helps to solve common everyday problems like data management, data sharing, collaboration, and communication, especially between geographically dispersed teams, suppliers, and customers.

For file-based CAD users today, significant challenges to data management exist at virtually every stage of the product development process:

Access to Design Data: Designers and engineers are increasingly working remotely. These users working in multiple locations cannot easily access each other’s CAD designs. It is also difficult for the core design team to share real-time 3D product models with non-CAD users across the company, such as executives or the marketing team who need to provide critical feedback.

Version Control Errors: When product designs go through multiple iterations, it is vital for everyone on the engineering and manufacturing teams to ensure that they are always working on the latest most up-to-date version of a design. Multiple copies of the same design files often lead to engineers accidentally working on the wrong iteration, which can result in data loss and costly manufacturing mistakes.

PDM/PLM Administrative Headaches: Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems prevent engineers from overwriting each other’s work by forcing them to “check in” and “check out” design files from a vault. Only one person at a time can work on the design file, creating serial workflows instead of parallel ones.

Lack of Analytics/Visibility: Because file-based CAD users store their work on their individual hardware, it is not readily accessible or viewable anytime by supervisors, colleagues or other important design stakeholders. Learning the up-to-the-minute status of a design project often requires scheduling a design review or physically leaning over the project owner’s shoulder.

With built in PDM, Onshape can solve all of these problems!

Onshape runs on any platform – Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook, iPhone, iPad, Android

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Customer Journey: Black Lab Design

Based in Sydney, NSW, Black Lab Design has grown 120% in the past 12 months as it rapidly expanded from being a sheet metal fabricator to a complete design and manufacturing facility, with a team focused on design, manufacturing diversity, flexibility and super-competitive delivery times. During this time, Black Lab Design has designed and produced many finished solutions, such as the hand sanitizer dispensers found in Australia’s largest supermarket chain, Woolworths.

Four years ago the Black Lab Design team switched from SOLIDWORKS to begin designing their parts in Onshape and have not looked back. The switch was driven by a desire for more flexibility with their design software and the challenges of managing remote design teams which have been uniquely satisfied by Onshape’s cloud-based solution. Click to learn more

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