Powered by Graebert Xenon
1. Onshape Drafting is the first example of integrating a third-party add-on into Onshape, an example of what to anticipate from other add-ons coming in the future.
2. The drafting technology is based on Xenon, a cloud-based DWG editor developed over the last three years by Graebert Gmbh of Germany, and in collaboration with Onshape for the last year.
3. If you have used AutoCAD's drawing layout methodology, then this works similarly: place 2D views semi-automatically on a template sheet, then take off details and sections, and add dimensions, tolerance notations, and annotations. See figure.
2D drawings generated by Xenon from 3D models in Onshape
4. Full associativity between the the 3D model, 2D drawings, and dimensions: change one, the others update automatically.
5. Runs in a separate Drawing tab in the Onshape browser environment; reads DWG and DXF files, exports drawings in DWG and DXF
6. The Xenon module's APIs talk with Onshape's API, exchanging data back and forth
7. Does not plot directly to printers. Instead, drawings are exported as PDF files, which can then be emailed, Dropbox'ed, printed, and so on.
8. Provides the same data management, sharing, and versioning functions that Onshape has, although these might be limited in the first release. For example, two people could dimension a part at the same time.
9. Price will for 2D layout module be $0 for both paid and free users of Onshape.
10. Not yet available. Goes into private beta soon, public beta this summer, and ships in Q3.
Brief video of Onshape Drawing at work: https://www.onshape.com/videos/drawings