CAD OnShape for Education

Real CAD for Education

Tens of thousands of students and educators worldwide use Onshape’s free Education Standard Plan to learn professional-grade 3D CAD in the classroom. Professional-grade 3D CAD accessible from any device, anywhere, anytime. Built for teams, Onshape lets everyone design together in real time. Nothing to get in the way of design: no installing, saving, or syncing.


AET Labs supports this product through remote and on-site professional development sessions.

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Get Started in Seconds From Anywhere

There is no need to download or install software. You and your students can simply create an account and begin using Onshape from anywhere in minutes, all without involving IT. Onshape works on ALL of your devices, including mobile.

Built for Collaboration

Work together in the same document, without checking out files or causing version conflicts. Students and teachers can collaborate together in real time, making it easy to work together. Onshape keeps a complete history of changes so students will never accidentally lose work or overwrite each other’s data.

Data in the Cloud

Onshape manages all of your data in the cloud, so it’s always available. There is a complete history and built-in version control so you will never lose work and can always roll back if you make a mistake. Never worry about saving again and never lose your work because of a crash.

Onshape for education brings CAD out of the computer lab and into the modern era.

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Technical Requirements

Onshape is built on a cloud-based architecture which has two primary and distinct advantages:

  • Hardware requirements are significantly less for Onshape than for installed desktop CAD programs.
  • Onshape technology is lightweight and consists of short, intermittent messages, yielding much greater performance for any given bandwidth.

The primary requirement for using Onshape is a reliable Internet connection. An intermittent connection results in a sub-optimal Onshape experience – you will be asked to refresh your browser tab with each dropped connection. However, no work or data is ever lost


Onshape currently supports these tested and approved browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari (Mac OS only)
  • Opera
  • Microsoft Edge
Instructor Training

AET Labs Professional Development


  • OnShape CAD Essentials (4-6 hrs)


  • OnShape CAD – Design for Additive Manufacturing (4-6 hrs)
Curriculum Resources

OnShape Learning Center

Self-paced activities and projects for your students to follow along with.

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Providing End-to-End Solutions for Successful Labs

AET Labs is an advisor and value-added reseller inspired to bring real-world industry experience to education with end-to-end technology lab solutions. We are application specialists, service technicians and knowledgeable consultants who combine experience, curated product lines, and the ability to implement with professionalism and forward thinking. As a partner to New England education visionaries since 2005, we value educating future generations.

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