Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated June 29, 2020


The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is Dassault Systèmes foray into cloud-based collaborative design, and the gateway to the platform is the 3DEXPERIENCE Compass. The Compass consists of four quadrants, each containing a variety of Apps, Links and Online Resources.




The North point of the Compass is for Social and Collaborative Apps. Here you can access the 3DSwYm Community as well as your 3DDrive


The West point of the Compass is where the 3D Modeling Apps (SOLIDWORKS Cloud) are located. The Apps available will depend on the purchased Role, but every Role will include 3DPlay. 3DPlay gives access to manipulating a design, measuring items within a design, and annotating items.


The South point of the Compass gives access to Simulation Apps. Like the 3D Modeling Compass point, the apps available are based on Roles. These apps include the SIMULIA and DELMIA family of apps.


The East point of the Compass is for Information Intelligence. Information Intelligence includes 3DSearch for content, access to Dashboards, Netvibes, and RSS feeds.


Learn more about the 3DEXPERIENCE Compass in the video below:

Learn more about 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS for SOLIDWORKS Users

3DEXPERIENCE WORKS is a family of solutions connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform that work together to help you innovate and accelerate every aspect of your product development process. It encompasses the SOLIDWORKS portfolio of design solutions, SIMULIAworks portfolio of simulation solutions, DELMIAworks manufacturing solution, and ENOVIAworks portfolio of product data and lifecycle management solutions. 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS essentially extends SOLIDWORKS to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform allowing you to solve your product design problems faster.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.