Make the most of 3DEXPERIENCE with SOLIDWORKS Collaborative Designer

Article by Craig D'Costa updated March 18, 2022


Are you using a desktop SOLIDWORKS license? Do you want to connect to the cloud and get more out of your 3D CAD data without having to go back and forth between different software? If so, keep reading to learn about the SOLIDWORKS Collaborative Designer!

3DEXPERIENCE Works (3DX) contains a plethora of roles that provide access to various applications so you can leverage your data beyond simply having a 3D model. This includes running simulations, generating photorealistic marketing content, sharing data and much more. For more information on these roles and the applications they provide access to, make sure to check out this link.

With the SOLIDWORKS Collaborative Designer role, you enable the addition of the 3DEXPERIENCE add-in within your local SOLIDWORKS environment (see Fig 1). Once you have this add-in turned on, you can save data directly to the cloud right from within SolidWorks and then leverage this data in any manner you want using other platform roles.

SOLIDWORKS Assembly File with 3DEXPERIENCE Add-in enabled

Fig 1. SOLIDWORKS Assembly File with 3DEXPERIENCE Add-in enabled

In Figures 1 and 2, visuals of the assembly tree are shown in the 3DX window within SOLIDWORKS. The orange save icon is notifying the user that the assembly and its constituent parts have not yet been saved to the cloud.

Fig 2. Assembly tree as recognized by 3DEXPERIENCE

More than just saving data

When you get started with the 3DX platform, two prerequisite roles include the Collaborative Business Innovator and the Collaborative Industry Innovator. Using the capabilities granted by these roles in addition with the Collaborative Designer role allows you to save data to shared locations and take advantage of cloud data management right from within the local SolidWorks environment. This includes creating new revisions of parts and assemblies, moving these between different workflow states and assigning them to the appropriate person for approval.

Once your 3D data is in the cloud, each member of your team can ship the data into a particular application for further use. For example, an analyst might do some simulation testing with the Structural Performance Engineer role, or the Marketing team might use the model to generate a high quality rendering with the Product Communicator role. Once we get our 3D data in the platform there is really no end to what we can do with it.

Need to make a change to your model?

Simply open up the SOLIDWORKS file, make the necessary edits and make sure to save to the platform again. This updates the model in all the applications that it is currently being used in on the platform. Going back to our Marketing team example, this allows the engineers and marketing team to work in tandem rather than sequentially since changes are automatically propagated through.

Simply put, if you are using SOLIDWORKS desktop and want to leverage your data on the platform, then getting the Collaborative Designer role is a must! Contact our team for more information to get started.

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