This functionality is currently available only on Onshape's browser platform.

This functionality is also available on iOS and Android in a limited form.

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There are three ways to create a drawing:

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  1. Create a drawing of a part, curve, or surface in a Part Studio, or of a subassembly in the Assembly list:
    1. Right-click on the name of the part, curve, or surface in the Part list or assembly in the Assembly list.
    2. Select Create drawing of <name>.
    3. Choose a template.

      Notice that you are able to select from Onshape-supplied templates, by selecting the Onshape filter on the left (or Show Onshape drawing templates).

      If you are a member of a company or a team, those filters are in the list as well (as the company or team name) under Existing templates.

      create drawing

      You are also able to create your own Custom Drawing Templates.

    4. Click OK.

    For more details on creating drawings, see Creating a Drawing.

  2. Create Views. The drawing is created, by default, with no views but with a view at your cursor. Use the Escape key to cancel the view, or click to place it in the drawing. You are also able to create additional views.
  3. Add dimensions:
    1. Select a dimension tool.

      example of how to select a dimension tool

      Notice that some of the tool icons have open circles; these tools use snap points, the other tools use edges.

    2. Snap points appear as open boxes: hover and then click when the appropriate snap points are visible (or select necessary edges).

      example of how to click so the dimension text box appears

      The dimension text box appears on the click of the second snap point or edge.

    3. Drag dimension text box to desired location and click to place.

      example of dragging dimension text box to desired location and clicking to place

    For more details, see Dimensions.

  4. Export to .DXF, .DWG, or PDF:
    1. Right-click on the drawing tab.
    2. Select the preferred format.

    Access the downloaded file on your local drive.

  5. Print the file:
    1. Open the downloaded file in a compatible application.
    2. Print the file.

All drawings objects (except view geometry) have context menus: right-click on an object to access the context menu. These menus vary with the type of object.

Inferencing and snap points

Callouts and dimensions in Onshape drawings have automatic inferencing between each other upon creation and before placement in the drawing. Turn off inferencing by holding the Shift key during the operation, if you wish.

Call Out Inference Example

Callout inferencing and snapping behavior

Dimension Inference Example

Dimension inferencing and snapping behavior

Once placed, there is no association among entities; each entity can be dragged on its own, even after snapping alignment.