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  • Writer's pictureAlastair Beckett


In this series we aim to help you understand the methods that we use when designing bicycle parts and products from the ground up, and hopefully help improve your cad skills along the way.

In this episode, we explain what 'configurations' are and how they work within OnShape CAD software. It is helpful to understand the basics of creating your geometry skeleton, so if you missed our first episode, be sure to watch that first before diving into the more complicated steps:


Configurations allow the design engineer to quickly develop multiple versions of the same sketches, parts and assemblies which is useful in the world of bicycle design as each bike model comes in a variety of different sizes, and with suspension bikes, in both static and dynamic ride positions.

We use configurations to help understand the clearances required prior to solid modelling as well as helping control different models or sizes within the same product folder.

We are producing many more episodes to follow, covering the next steps such as;

Episode 3: Turning your sketch into a part - How to select the right features in the software to start building your parts library to build a bike frame

Episode 4: Assemblies - How to start piecing together your bike frame and understanding the relation between the frame and the parts required to assemble it.

Episode 5: In Context editing - How to design and adjust parts related to your new assembly so that you can make sure everything fits perfectly together.

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