Top 10 industrial design software applications by install base

There is apparently some variation in what we have described as “industrial design software”. Some might call the category “computer-aided design and engineering” software applications. 

But almost everyone who knows even a little bit about the software tends to know that they are used in the design of physical objects, as in three-dimensional objects for the real world.

The reason why this distinction is worth making is that these days when you say “engineer”, more often than not, people might think you mean “software engineer”.  Continue reading Top 10 industrial design software applications by install base

Onshape introduces programming language to its online 3D design application

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Onshape says FeatureScript is the first open programming language for adding new parametric CAD features

Onshape, the online 3D design software, is introducing a programming language to its application which the company says will enable designers to “create their own features that look, feel and behave just like Onshape’s built-in features”.

Onshape says it recognizes that the design challenges for each industry and every company are different. And this is one of the main reasons why Onshape is introducing FeatureScript, a new open programming language that lets CAD users create their own built-in parametric features or modify existing ones.

The company says FeatureScript will enable designers to change the way Onshape works. FeatureScript is the same language used to develop all of Onshape’s current features (Extrude, Fillet, Shell, Loft, and so on) and has already been used millions of times by Onshape users, perhaps without realizing it.

By making FeatureScript public – available to all Free, Professional and Enterprise Customers – full-cloud Onshape says it is now offering “the first truly customizable parametric CAD feature set”.  Continue reading Onshape introduces programming language to its online 3D design application

Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software

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Company adds more than 100 enhancements during ‘highly successful’ beta tests 

Onshape, the ground-breaking cloud-based 3D design software, has launched commercially, after many months of beta testing.

The company last year raised around $150 million in total funding to start the business and now looks set to repay its investors.

Onshape says its beta test has been “highly successful”, and included 400,000 user hours in more than 150 countries. Continue reading Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software