Onshape Delivers its 100th Automatic Product Update in the Cloud

The next-generation product development platform offers new CAD and data management improvements every three weeks with no disruption of service

Onshape, the leading cloud product development platform for design and manufacturing teams, just delivered its 100th automatic software upgrade with new features and improvements. Onshape is an all-in-one system combining CAD, release management, workflow, collaboration, business analytics and admin tools, plus an API with more than 50 engineering applications.


Onshape is the only product development platform that provides automatic upgrades in the cloud that require no installation or other laborious IT tasks. Released every three weeks, the regular updates include new Release Management functionality, collaboration tool enhancements, CAD features, improvements to user interface and performance, bug fixes, and updates to Onshape Drawings and FeatureScript (the open-source programming language to create custom features).

Unlike with many software updates, Onshape customers experience zero downtime when a release is implemented. Onshape's safe and continuous deployment also automatically tests every CAD model against the updated software version - eliminating incompatibility issues and preventing unexpected broken designs.

"The 100th release is a true milestone," says Paul Chastell, Onshape's Vice President of R&D. "Onshape's development team works tirelessly to not only bring our customers new functionality every three weeks, but also to improve performance and their user experience in that same rapid cycle."

"The fact that Onshape's R&D team does this sprint after sprint after sprint, is a testament to not only their dedication, but also the care and foresight that went into laying out the foundations of code, processes and automation back in the early days," he adds. "One of our core principles is that our updates should be made as invisible as possible, and as frequently as possible."

Onshape's updates are included in the cost of an annual Onshape subscription.

"The frequent updates are great because of the increased functionality and performance, but they represent far more than that," says Michael Bromley, COO of Voxel Innovations, a machining technology company serving the aerospace, energy, automotive and medical industries. "Onshape continually listens to its customers to ensure their most important issues are attended to and amazingly, they routinely deliver solutions."

"I have been an Onshape user for over three years and I am still not sure how the pace of improvement is maintained without any interruption in the existing service," he adds.

"The thing I like about Onshape updates is that they just happen," adds Germain Racing Crew Chief Matt Borland, who makes regular car design modifications to keep up with changing NASCAR regulations. "The updates are just there. The next time you log in, everything works. It seems like everytime you log in, there's something a little bit different, a little bit better."

To see the most recent improvements to Onshape's cloud product development platform, visit the "What's New" section of the Onshape blog or review the Onshape Changelog.

About Onshape

Onshape is a next-generation cloud design platform that speeds up product development. It's an all-in-one system that combines CAD, release management, workflow, collaboration, analytics, admin tools, and an API with more than 50 engineering applications. Onshape helps extended design teams work together faster and helps executives make better business decisions with real-time analytics and unprecedented visibility into their company's design and manufacturing processes.

Thousands of companies rely on Onshape to modernize and streamline their product development cycle. Onshape users in 170+ countries have logged over 8 million hours modeling advanced robotics, biomedical devices, industrial machinery, agriculture equipment, and consumer products. With 1 in 8 sessions occurring on mobile devices, Onshape is the world's first anywhere, anytime product development platform.

Founded in 2012, Onshape has raised $169 million from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, North Bridge, and other leading investors. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Onshape leadership team includes the original creators of SOLIDWORKS® and other proven leaders in cloud infrastructure, data security, and mobile. For more information, contact dgarnick@onshape.com or visit onshape.com/press-room

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