What Is The Real Difference Between Onshape and SOLIDWORKS?

November 20, 2020 2 min read

What Is The Real Difference Between Onshape and SOLIDWORKS?

In terms of actual 3D modeling and sketching, there isn’t much difference between Onshape and SOLIDWORKS.

Onshape is a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) CAD company founded in 2012 that includes two former SOLIDWORKS CEOs among its cofounders.

Where is the real difference between the two programs? What makes Onshape a smart option?

We canvassed the web and the experts in the field looking for reasons to love Onshape. This is what we were able to establish.

Getting your hands on Onshape is easy 

There is no installation required for Onshape. It’s on the cloud and in your browser within 5 minutes of signing up.

Onshape Runs Anywhere

Onshape can be used on any kind of computer (PC, Mac, Android, Linux) that let's you use a browser. Your computing power will remain constant, it being on the cloud.


With cloud-based solutions like Onshape, software stability (or lack thereof) resulting from hardware configurations is not a problem.


There are many collaboration benefit that come with Onshape. Because changes in Onshape occur in real-time, there’s no need to send files around, eliminating confusion associated with who has the right version. Design teams rejoice.


Without the need to send documents over the web, there are less opportunities for IP and security leaks.


Although Onshape doesn’t have its own native renderer designed by the company itself, there are a number of options available through the Onshape App Store.
These options are, OneRender (by Prefixia), RealityServer (from MiGenius), and KeyShot Connection (by Luxion Inc.).


The Onshape App Store offers the following apps for simulation into Onshape: SIMSOLID Cloud (FEA);   Intact (FEA) SimScale (FEA, CFD, Thermal, Acoustic, Particle);   SimWise 4D (FEA, multibody, thermal, fatigue);   Simscape Multibody (Simulink, MATLAB, MBD);   CONSELF (CFD, FEA, pre/post-processing);   SimForDesign (FEA, pre/post-processing);   Simright (file converter, FEA, topology optimization).


Onshape starts at $1,500 for the Standard version, and goes up to $2,100 for the Professional version. Both prices are based on a per-user, per-year structure. Onshape may be better suited to small companies that aren’t able to shell out thousands of dollars on new hardware every time a new release comes out. Or for students, who wish to dip their toes in the 3D modeling pool.

The Great news is that you are now going to be able to purchase Onshape right here at NOVEGDE

NOVEDGE is changing the way designers purchase 3D software, offering more choices, more freedom, best advice and faster service.

Feel free to call our experts at 866-362-8970 for any kind of assistance or to request a quote.


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