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Getting started


A complete introduction to CAD by designing a fully-functional model rocket.

We recommend a split-screen layout:


1. Preliminaries

  • Create an onshape account
    • Head to the create account page at Onshape
    • Create an account
    • Click the activation link in your email
  • Create a new document
  • Sign-in to onshape
  • Click the Create button
  • Name your document Rocket by [yourname]
  • Select Create public document

2. Moving your view in 3D

  • Turn your view: right-click + drag
  • Pan/slide: Middle-button + drag to pan/slide your view
  • Zoom: scroll wheel

3. Create a sketch

  • Select the sketch tool
  • Select a sketch plane. Use the Top plane.
  • Align your view to the sketch plane by clicking "Top" on the view cube
  • Make sure you have selected the Top plane. In the upper right, you should see "Top Plane" under sketch plane

4. Draw the outer body circle

  • Select the circle tool
    • Can't find it? »
    • You might have exited your sketch. Double click on "Sketch 1" to reenter the sketch.
  • Draw a circle. Be sure to snap it to the origin.
  • Select the dimension tool
  • Click on your circle and set its diameter to 0.781

5. Draw the inner circle

  • Select the circle tool
  • Draw a circle inside your first circle. Be sure to snap it to the origin.
  • Select the dimension tool
  • Click first on the outer circle and then on the inner circle and set the difference between them to 0.025

6. Extrude the body

  • Exit the sketch by clicking the green check
  • Select the extrude tool
  • Select "Sketch 1" from the left pane
  • Set the Depth to 3.0 in
  • Click the green check