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Figuring out the best (free) (CAD) software for drawing parts and assembly of mechanical machines (3D printers / CNC). Parametric modelling.

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Onshape Comes Out Swinging, Changes MCAD Pricing Forever

You read that right. Unfettered use of the entire Onshape system for up to 5GB and five private documents at a time is completely free, and a mere $1200/yr for unlimited documents. That’s right folks, the much ballyhooed Onshape just stepped into the ring swinging, and they are poised to cause a shake-up the likes of which haven’t been seen since Gangsta’s Paradise was a number one hit. Disclaimer: I’ve worked as a consultant for Onshape a few times. Given that the views expressed here are consistent with articles I wrote before I knew about Onshape, however, Josh and I thought it was fair to publish.

Onshape’s beginnings Since stepping down as co-founder and CEO of SolidWorks in 2011, the venerable Jon Hirschtick (aka The J-Hirsch) has been oddly quiet. Their project: a collaborative, 100% browser-based, parametric MCAD system, built from the ground up to run on any platform or device. Cool technology, no doubt, but the real kicker? 3Dconnexion : SpaceMouse® Using a 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse is proven to increase productivity and precision.

3Dconnexion : SpaceMouse®

On average, 3D mouse users consider themselves to be 21% more productive1 than when not using a 3D mouse, thanks to the balanced and co-operative two-handed work-style where you can do two things at the same time. But productivity and speed don’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. The SpaceMouse gives you a deeper connection to your model, increasing error detection and design quality. In fact, more than 84% of CAD design engineers report a noticeable or significant improvement in their product designs and their ability to detect design problems as a result of using a SpaceMouse1.

That means you and your team produce more and higher quality deliverables on deadline. Consider some numbers. 88 Hours Time saved per year 4.4k Saving per engineer per year.

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