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Zero to rockets in 4 hours

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Getting started


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

We recommend a split-screen layout:


1. Create a Hobbyist / Maker onshape account

  • Head to the create free account page at Onshape
  • Create an account
    • Select Hobbyist / Maker for the easiest signup process
  • On page 2:
    • Company name: Stage One Education
    • Industry: Education
    • Number of CAD users at your company: 1
    • Current CAD system: Onshape
    • Level of interest in purchasing a new CAD system: No interest
    • Timeframe for you decision: No timeframe
    • Title / position: Student
    • Mobile phone number: your phone number

2. Sign-in to Onshape

3. Create a new document

  • Click the Create button
  • Select Document
  • Name your document Rocket by [yourname]
  • Select Create public document

4. Moving your view in 3D

  • Turn your view: right-click + drag
  • Pan/slide: Middle-button + drag to pan/slide your view
    • If you don't have a middle button, you can use Ctrl + right click + drag to pan/slide your view
  • Zoom: scroll wheel

5. Set up windows in split view

  • Use Windows key + Left Arrow to move one browser to the left
  • Use Windows key + Right Arrow to move the other browser to the right

6. 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

7. 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.

8. Dimension the outer body circle

  • Select the dimension tool
  • Click on your circle and set its diameter to 0.781 in
  • Press Enter to exit the dimensioning box

9. 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 in

10. 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