3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Tutorial Part 2: Organizing a Product Structure

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated July 9, 2021


As we move forward in our multi-part video tutorial series creating an electric carving knife handle using 3DEXPERIENCE Works, we will capitalize on the firm foundation built in our previous 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS video tutorial using the Project Planner app, we now need to create a Product Structure.

In this video tutorial, we will be defining what needs to be done to the assembly, using the 3D Product Architect role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. This provides tools to define a product structure outside of a CAD System. It is a perfect solution for project managers who need access to CAD data, but don’t need a full seat of SOLIDWORKS.

Watch the video below to learn how the 3D Product Architect can define a product structure outside of a CAD System:

Using the 3DEXPERIENCE Product Structure Editor

First, we launch the 3DEXPERIENCE Product Structure Editor. This is a browser-based application that allows the opening of CAD data and interrogating the corresponding structure. We get access to all the components that compose an assembly, and the associated meta-data like description, part number, material, etc. We can also select which revision needs to be placed and create new revisions on the fly.

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Product Structure Editor

3DEXPERIENCE Product Structure Editor

Product Structure Design Revision

In the 3DEXPERIENCE Product Structure Editor, a user has the ability to remove components that aren’t needed for the new design revision and add existing components. In this case, the old handle is removed and the required battery pack is added. Not only can a user add the new component, but the viewing window allows the component to be moved into place, showing a designer exactly where the component belongs.


Design Revision

Adding a New Component

Once this is done, it is simple to add a new component into the assembly as well. For our carving knife, a new handle component is added to the structure. This creates an empty part in which the designer can place the handle geometry. This part has the part number already assigned.


Adding a New Component

Post to the Community

Now that the structure is set for the new knife design, a simple post to the community allows other users to know that the design is ready to move to the next step.

3DEXPERIENCE Posting to the Community

Posting to the Community

Learn more about the 3D Product Architect

Built on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, 3D Product Architect is a browser-based solution that enables you to create, modify and explore multi-CAD product structures in a single context, enhancing understanding of designs and design changes. It helps you reduce design iterations by making review and digital mock-up of designs, design variants and proposed changes universally accessible to stakeholders. Learn More »

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TriMech provides thousands of engineering teams with 3D design and rapid prototyping solutions that work hand-in-hand, from sketch to manufacturing. Javelin became a subsidiary of TriMech Solutions LLC in 2021.