Remote Learning: Why Onshape is the CAD Solution
Written By: Delaney McDevitt
3/31/2020 Read Time : 4 min

For many students across the country and the world, school is in a state of disruption. At the university level, many students and instructors are moving their teaching and learning entirely online for the duration of the semester. Perhaps you’re in a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) class, working on your capstone, or participating in a competition like Formula Student. Assignments continue and deadlines persist.

In order to keep up, you need a CAD system you can access at home since campus computer labs are no longer an option. You need to be able to remotely collaborate with your peers and teammates in real time without worrying about lost data or overwritten work. To top it all off, you need to be able share projects and assignments with your professors and in turn get their feedback. And you need to do it all fast.

Enter Onshape.

As a professional grade SaaS (Software as a Service) CAD solution, Onshape makes all of this possible:


With Onshape, you can use whatever device works best for YOU. This includes PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, smartphones, or tablets. As long as you can connect to any of these compatible internet browsers, then you should be good to go! No need for a campus computer lab.

Tip: View this Onshape help page to read about hardware and graphics performance recommendations.


You can collaborate with your classmates effectively and efficiently. Whether you’re on a web browser or in the app, you can see and contribute real-time changes and comments using Onshape. The real-time capabilities include chats, task assignments, as well as simultaneous editing on an assembly, part, and even sketches.

Tip: Put time management and organization to use when collaborating with Onshape to build soft skills that will stand out to future potential employers.


Onshape’s fully online system and learning resources make it easy to get up and running quickly, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced CAD user. You don’t need to be in a physical classroom to sign up and log on with Onshape—it literally takes just minutes to create an account and start designing.

Tip: Onshape has a friendly user interface that is easy to navigate. See how it helped this student team turn their idea into a reality with Onshape.

Onshape is a professional, modern CAD system used by thousands of companies. While it certainly solves your immediate problem of having to study remotely, that is just the start. As more and more companies move to a SaaS CAD solution (Onshape being the only one out there), your own move to Onshape during this critical period will prepare you for a successful career with enterprises that are embracing modern CAD and product development.

To get started with designing, completing assignments, and collaborating with your peers from anywhere, on any device, at any time, sign up for your free student account of Onshape here.

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About the Author Delaney McDevitt

Delaney McDevitt is the marketing copywriter for the PTC Academic Marketing team. In her role, she creates content that embodies the Academic team's mission to empower students and educators to succeed in the digital transformation era.

As a professional writer, she has experience in copywriting, editing, email marketing, content strategy, blogging, document design, and creative writing.