3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Tutorial Part 7: Working with xShape changes in SOLIDWORKS

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated July 19, 2021

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In the previous videos of our 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Tutorial series we updated the handle design using the SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor Role (xShape App). The geometry is fairly complex and it’s not a native SOLIDWORKS file. Now we need to make this a usable form from a manufacturability standpoint by making the file visible in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS so we can make design changes quickly.

With a simple reloading of the handle from the 3DEXERIERENCE platform, our references are maintained and all that’s left for the mechanical engineer to do is to recheck for clearance and fit. Watch the video below to get a complete picture of how to manage xShape changes in SOLIDWORKS:

Designs adapt and change. Something that was created 20 years ago may have gone through dozens of adaptations to keep up with the market. Identifying design changes and working between CAD applications has always been a laborious task to export in one format and then find the necessary import options to get the CAD file to behave well. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform gives users a homogeneous environment, one that mitigates much of the export/ import issues and limitations of necessary design changes of years past.

Master Modeling Technique

In 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS we can bring those changes back down from the platform by editing the part in context.

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Editing xShape Parts

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Editing xShape Parts

As you can see in the next image, this is simply a master modeling technique that all experienced CAD users will identify. It gives the user the opportunity to select what information he or she wants to pass into the master container.

Master Modeling Technique

Master Modeling Technique

Reference Checks

But, because our changes are significant, we see a dangling reference in a sketch for the extrude cut for the knife blades. This isn’t a problem. Because 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is very similar to desktop SOLIDWORKS, rectifying this issue is very quick. (see below)

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Reference Check

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Reference Check

A quick check of interferences sees that we have the necessary clearance between the handle and our internal components.

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Interference Check

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Interference Check

Creating a Shareable Link

It’s that simple. Seeing the latest version of files, even for those coming from the platform’s xApps, is very efficient. For good measure, we will plan to 3D print this part and test it for fit and function prior to manufacturing. We will create a shareable link to those external collaborators that may not necessarily be part of our internal design team. This can be done in the 3D Drive app. (Think OneDrive or Google Drive – the typical cloud apparatus that allows for the ‘old-school’ sharing by way of a hyperlink.)

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Shareable Links

Shareable Links

Identifying and consuming design changes has been and will always be a principal component of data management. As we saw in this article, two very different design members can effectively co-exist. A complex shape was made simply by using xShape. That’s no problem working within SOLIDWORKS to add more well-defined parametric features.

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