Onshape custom drawing template?

I see that people recommend making a custom drawing template in OnShape that is the size of a Glowforge bed. I can’t figure out how to change the size of a custom drawing template.

Does anyone have one they can share with me? (I prefer one in mm, but either one is ok)

Thanks in advance,


Sorry, I don’t know as I’m a Fusion 360 guy but I’ll summon a couple of super heros that between them should.
Do either of you know how to help alan?

I don’t generate drawings. I use the KiriMoto application extension to slice the file into SVGs. It works very well. Tried using drawings made by Onshape, dxfs and pdfs and the results were not what I needed for further vector editing, especially in coloring and filling lines and shapes.

I assume you are referring to this process:

I have not done this, but as I am trying to figure this out, you click on the part you want to make a drawing of and then as you make a drawing, you are give the option of making a custom template. Do that. It won’t allow you do change the dimensions there, but once you do the drawing, you can change the sheet properties.

Once you make the drawing. You can left click on the sheet and go to sheet properties.

Then do custom size. It will default to metric if that’s what your preference for design is set for global preferences. I just happened to do this particular drawing in imperial. 20" x 12"

If you started from your own part already in metric, you should be good to go.

Hope this helps. Again. It’s not something I have used at all after the first couple times of messing around with Onshape. Once I got the KiriMoto plugin, those SVGs were all I needed.

I am totally unfamiliar with engineering drawings and the constraints that are part of this. It was quite challenging to use them productively.


I tried using the KiriMoto working but am not having any luck. Do you have a suggested tutorial or what are the simple steps?

(I am trying to use it to design a one layer thick item that I then want it to basically create a single SVG for.)

Thanks in advance,


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Why are you making a drawing at all? Drawings are not designed for the laser workflow, but rather for sharing old-school paper style. (I mean unless cosmetically you want to engrave like a blueprint). A way better workflow is to make your object in 3D like you always would and then highlight the face of the part (name your part or the file names are terrible) and right click on it, and select export as DXF. Then on import assuming you used inches in OnShape, select the scale 1:1 as inches in Illustrator.

PS: make sure you only have that face selected or you will not get the export choice. And note the paths are not joined, which doesn’t bother the GF sof.tware but bothers me. (and leads to some weird path routing in the GFUI) So I always select each path and join them in illustrator


Because I don’t have illustrator and Affinity design won’t load DXF so I am trying to figure out how to remove the step of converting from DXF to SVG.

But you are right, the drawing is a kludge (sp?)…

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Are you using a free account with Onshape? If you post a link to your model, I’ll take a look at it and do screenshots of the steps for kirimoto.

This is a simple one: We haven’t done anything for real yet.

I have an EDU account, but I turned on link sharing for the document:


Thanks in advance,


Ok. This gives me an idea of the part. I recreated it approximately for my how to since I can’t get dimensions or edit it.

First is install the application Kiri:Moto. You get it from the app store. It’s free. The app store button is up on the top right of the top title menu near your user name and learning center buttons.

Once you have Kiri:Moto installed.
Click on your part. Then click the little plus/add sign on the bottom left of part studio to add a new element.

Then click add application and the Kiri:Moto app will make a new tab.

Go to the Kiri:Moto tab and click on import.

Click on the part you want to bring in.

Click on the Laser Cutting function on the left margin column.

On the right margin settings column put in the height you want to slice it as.

So if you are part is 5 mm thick, you would keep it at 5 mm at it would slice it and give you one vector.


Click Slice in the left margin settings column.

Then click export in the left margin settings column. The save dialog box pops up. Name it appropriately as it will always have something there. You can change that default name in the settings for Kiri:Moto.

Then click download and the svg will go to where your downloads default.

Then you can import that SVG straight into the Glowforge, or if it is complicated and you need to treat the design with different settings, bring it into Inkscape and color the lines and do fills for engraving.

I really like this workflow because it doesn’t mess with DXFs


I must be doing something really dumb. I got this to work on one computer but failed on two others. When it fails, it doesn’t go to a vector when I change the slicing height and then when I slice it nothing is there. Any idea what I might be missing?



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Hmmm. reloaded in a new web browser and now I can’t get it to fail.

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I do know that if you put the height in greater than the thickens dimension of the part you are slicing, you won’t get an SVG.

One feature I didn’t talk about was the offset. You can compensate for the kerf by putting in the offset of 0.1 mm say for thick plywood. then your part is should be pretty tight. I did that a couple times and that is nice to be able to design exactly in Onshape and let the slicer compensate.

Finally, there is a feature that I hadn’t noticed before, Perhaps it’s new or maybe I just didn’t look. Check the little tick box for Single at it will do only one copy at the specified distance. That is good because it doesn’t generate multiple objects.

Were you ever able to generate usable SVGs?

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I was able to generate a usable SVG. Thank you!!

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