Onshape 3D CAD moves into open beta today as the first fully browser-based mechanical design software. It can be used on any WebGL-compatible browser, from any desktop, notebook, tablet, or smartphone. The software uses cloud technology to redefine how files are created, shared, and managed.
Onshape started with the founders of Solidworks plus ~$64M in VC funding. They've had a number of years now they've been working in stealth and have recently launched with what was expected. i.e. cloud CAD.
The "access anywhere" and collaborate makes a ton of sense obviously but we are now seeing non "full cloud" CAD packages enabling this as well (with the heavy work being done on the desktop and the collaborative work being shared in the cloud). Onshape and also Autodesk Fusion (and a few others) are doing everything in webgl in the cloud.
Will this be enough?
I have my doubts. Winning as a new CAD product takes more than just a cloud delivery. That said, with $$ in the bank and some big players on their team OnShape still is in a good position to do well. Will be fun to see how they do.