A New Generation Of CAD: Perfect for Makers

Tools of Innovation and Technology

Tuesday, May 12, 2:20 pm to 2:40 pm in Theater

Makers have benefitted from new generations of many key technologies. 3D printers, electronics and software for example have all undergone dramatic changes in technology and business model resulting in makers having access to pro-level functionality at affordable prices.
But CAD software has not changed much in the last 20 years. Makers have faced the unpleasant choice between CAD systems that are affordable and easy-to-access but not very powerful CAD-wise, or CAD systems that are very powerful but not affordable or easy-to-access.

A new generation of full-cloud CAD is emerging that is going to be perfect for makers. It combines:
1) Professional-level 3D CAD functionality
2) Runs in browsers and on tablets and phones. Not just a viewer — the whole 3D CAD system.
2) Free plan. Much like Github, Box, Dropbox — free for a level of use that works for makers.
4) Collaboration and version control built-in. Teams spread out all over the world can work on the same CAD models at the same time with no worries about overwriting each others work. No copying, uploading, or downloading.

We’ll talk about this exciting new generation of CAD and what it can mean to makers.


Jon Hirschtick

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Onshape

Jon is a Founder and Chairman of the Board of Onshape, a startup company in Cambridge, Massachusetts that offers the world’s first full-cloud professional 3D CAD system.  Prior to Onshape Jon was a founder of SolidWorks, where he served as CEO, Board Member, and Group Executive until 2011.  SolidWorks was acquired by Dassault Systemes.

Jon is a board member and advisor at many other startup companies in the 3D printing, augmented reality, and CAD markets including Magic Leap, Mark Forged, Z Corporation, Revit Technology, Liquid Machines, Express3D, and Vela Systems.

Jon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT, where he was also a member of the MIT Blackjack Team, featured in several movie, book and TV stories. Jon is also a 3D printing fanatic, with 3 printers currently in his basement :-)