Jon Hirschtick


Cofounder and CEO
Main Stage //
Cloud CAD Spreads Its Wings: Goodbye Files and PDM Systems

Talk Abstract:
Modern design teams need to work faster than ever before, and they can’t afford the friction and gridlock of old- generation CAD and PDM. As a result thousands of engineering companies have recently adopted new generation cloud CAD tools, amassing over 5,000,000 of hours of usage. What’s the latest in cloud CAD technology? The big news for cloud CAD in 2018 was the introduction of full-cloud Release Management, Workflow and Enterprise-class control and analytics tools. We will explore how full-cloud CAD provides great data management and workflow without the friction and gridlock of old-generation file-based PDM systems.

Jon is Cofounder and CEO of Onshape, the leading provider of cloud-based Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools.  Onshape’s new generation of full-cloud CAD and data management is used by thousands of engineering teams worldwide to design better products faster. Previously Jon was Cofounder of SolidWorks where he served as CEO, Board Member, and Group Executive from 1993-2011. SolidWorks was acquired by Dassault Systemes. Jon has been a board member and advisor at many other companies including Magic Leap, MarkForged, Z Corporation, Revit, Liquid Machines, Express3D, and Vela Systems. Jon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT where he was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team featured in several movie, book and TV stories.