OnShape – Open up closed testing sign up

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Shiny new web-site. Model credit to Terry Stonehecker

If there’s one thing that’s keeping the 3D design tool industry’s curiousity piqued, it’s what the team at OnShape is up to.

If you’re not familiar with the name, we suspect you soon will be.

OnShape, formerly going under the guise of Belmont Technology, is the group assembled by the founders of SolidWorks to do something new in the 3D design tool space.
Since they came out of stealth mode last year, there’s been very little in the way of news out of the organisation, but details are starting to emerge.

Firstly, there’s a new web-site live that gives you a run down of the team (now at 77); they’ve gained a tonne of venture capital and now the latest update is that a closed alpha test is under way.

To quote from the website:

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“Founded by the original SolidWorks team plus elite engineers from the data center, security, and mobile industries, Onshape is applying cloud, web and mobile technologies to CAD.

This fall we are offering a limited number of design teams access to a pre-production version of Onshape, for use on a real design project. (The parameters of the project are flexible, but it is key that it be an actual project that you would otherwise design in another CAD system, likely for several hours per week.)”

So, if you think you fancy a look at what they’ve got cooking, then head to www.onshape.com/signup to sign up for the early access program and fill your boots.

Oh – and if you want to see what they’re up to live, I think we can tell you that OnShape has signed up to be a Gold Sponsor at 2015’s DEVELOP3D LIVE!