Onshape Part Libraries, Feature Scripts, and addons
MKCad (Part Libraries)
MKCad is a community FRC/FTC Library kept up to date with all the FRC/FTC parts we may use. Instead of building a COTS part from scratch see if its in the MKCad Library first.
on the side click Public and search for MKCad.
Instructions for "adding" MKCad
Due to the popularity of MKCad and the inability of Onshape users to not make copies of copies of things, when you search for MKCad in the public space you will find several copies of MKCad, most all of them not being maintained or updated. YOU DO NoT WANT TO USE THE COPIES.
To get around this limitation in Onshape we recommend you do the following.
Do a public search for "MKCad"
Right click on any MKCad library that is owned by "Ricky Marcus" or "Milkenknights Test Account"
Create a Label called "-MKCad" ( put the "-" before it because Onshape sorts your label alphabetically)
if you have already created a "-MKCad" Label you just need to select the label
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all MKCad libraries owned by "Ricky Marcus" or "Milkenknights Test Account"
Once you do this, when you need a part for your cad just search for MKCad you can just click on your "-MKCad" Label and search for the part you want knowing that it will always be the most correct most up to date version.
FeatureScripts are custom features that you can use in your Part Studios. FIRST students and mentors have developed features to make many parts more easily in fewer steps.
Custom Length Extrusion
Extrusion Grid - used for making bulk custom length extrusions
Add Sketch - used for ricky's personal purposes to make cutouts for Rickboxes
Set Material - a set material (see below) that works with composite parts. kinda jank so be warned.
Extrude Individual - use to take one sketch and make multiple parts
Tube Converter - will shell out a 2x1 tubes and add hole patterns
Motor Mounting - mounting hole patterns for standard FRC motors
Record Hole Profile/Place Hole Profile - making cuts across part studios
Gusset - generates gussets to cover selected holes
Isogrid Pattern - generates a nice lightening pattern
MKCad Featurescripts (Onshape | CD Thread) - I probably wouldn't use these...
Set Material (Onshape) - more official than the one in my Custom Length Extrusions
Spur Gear (Onshape)
Surface Text (Onshape) - Lets you put text on your parts (generated or static)
Laser Joint Tools (Onshape) - Modifies parts to be easily cut and assembled on a laser cutter
So Onshape lets us design our robots in the cloud and provides a folderstructure to keep everything nice and neat. But woulnt it be great if we could bring in our Documentation, Spreadsheets, Math, or other non onshape drawings in to that structure.
With LinkTab you can add a tab that is just a link to another web page (including google docs)
you will be prompted to log into your google apps account
and you will be prompted to give some rights to the LinkTab app
Go back to a Onshape Document and in the bottom left hand corner click on the "+" then Add Application > "LinkTab"