Is Onshape, the startup of Jon Hirschtick, the future of CAD?

OneshapeNo installation, use 100% in the cloud, accessible via browser, whether it is on PC, Tablet… smartphone. The OIC has much changed.
This week Oneshape opened its service in beta. A startup over who wants to upset a CAD market crushed by Autodesk, Dassault systems/Solidworks, Siemens PLM and PTC. A startup created not by a young entrepreneur with long teeth, but a size of the sector, Jon Hirschtick. One who had founded Solidworks in 1993 raised $ 64 million and spent 3 years developing Onshape.

A pioneer of CAD reinvents a market that he helped create

It is one of the pioneers of CAD that comes up in the battle. The former Director of the lab of MIT CAD in 86, then Director of the engineering of Computervision, Member of the Board of Directors of Revit Technology (software modeling for Architects), then Z Corp (pioneer of 3D printing). In 1993, he created Solidworks, Publisher of the eponymous CAD software, sold to Dassault Systemes in 1997. It was in November 2012 that Jon Hirschtick launches adventure Onshape.

The beta version of Oneshape suggests yet basic collaborative functions.

The beta version of Oneshape suggests yet basic collaborative functions.

A solution out with solutions of CAO traditional as it will totally online, used from a browser. Oneshape States solved the problem of performance and latency in the display of large 3D models in the browser via a hybrid display, calculated both in the cloud and on the client. the startup has taken 3 years to develop its technology and especially develop the (very) many features of a modern CAD tool. Difficult to judge on this point, the tool is in beta and it will take probably still years of work for Onshape developers to implement the set of automated tools of an Autodesk, but the Modeler already has multiple tools of modeling to create parts and assemblies. In addition, it is possible to load various file formats existing design, so CATIA v5, Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/E and PTC Creo’s, as well as the standards of the market (STEP, IGES, JT).
In the purest model freemium, Onshape is currently available in 3 mode. The first is free but limited to 5 documents “private”. It will seduce without doubt students, professionals to the needs (very) limited and especially the makers. Professional packages start at $ 100 per month and per user.
Onshape will create a disruption in the CAD market or be redeemed before?

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Source : “Introducing Onshape Beta” By Jon Hirschtick, Onshape Blog, March 9, 2015


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