How to use SOLIDWORKS Cloud 3D Creator

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated March 7, 2022


SOLIDWORKS 3D Creator is a role included with the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Offer that provides the xDesign App, a cloud-based mechanical CAD tool. Here are a few things you need to know about xDesign!

In the video below, we will walk you through the process of making changes to a model in xDesign. You will see how xDesign connects seamlessly to the cloud-based file management and collaboration tools included in SOLIDWORKS Cloud on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

What is SOLIDWORKS 3D Creater (xDesign)?

The first thing you should know about xDesign is that it is fully cloud-based, as is the rest of the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Offer. This means xDesign will run in your web browser on any internet-connected device. This makes it a great option for designers who often switch between multiple computers, or those who use Macs or tablets.

3D Creator Feature Based Modeling

3D Creator Feature Based Modeling

Feature-based, Parametric modeling

In xDesign, your design is defined using parameters like dimensions and constraints. The workflow is very similar to that of SOLIDWORKS, where 2D Sketches are created and then used as the profile input for a 3D Feature such as an Extrude, Sweep, Revolve, etc. Within a 2D Sketch, entities are fully defined using dimensions (lengths, angles, radii, etc.) and constraints (making entities perpendicular, colinear, concentric, etc.). Features also contain dimensions, such as the Depth of a Cut, or the Radius of a Fillet.

As Features are applied to the model, they are added to the list of Design Features. This is a chronological “history” of the sketches and features that are used to build the model. Sketches and Features can be Edited, Deleted, and Reordered to change the resulting geometry of the model.

Intuitive Sketch Shortcuts

Within a Sketch, design information can be quickly applied using the intuitive sketching shortcuts. Dashed lines will appear within a sketch when a Constraint can be automatically applied, such as making a line horizontal/vertical, or parallel/perpendicular to surrounding entities. For example, after drawing one circle, additional circles will have a pink dashed outline, which when snapped to, creates an equal relation between the two entities.

3D Creator Sketches

3D Creator Sketches

Super Features

A unique feature of xDesign is the use of “Super Features”, where multiple types of 3D Features are combined into one interface. As Shown in the screenshot below, a 2D Profile is selected for use in a Cut Extrude. However, in the “Extrude” dialogue, the type of feature can be changed to “Add” to add solid material instead of a Cut, and it can even be changed into a Thin Feature or a Surface Body.

3D Creator Super Feature

3D Creator Super Feature

Ability to change between other “xApps”

There are other design apps which come included in SOLIDWORKS Cloud. They are:

  • xFrame: Welded structural members
  • xSheetMetal: Sheet metal parts and flat patterns
  • xShape: Sub-division modeling

These specialized modeling tools add in extra functionality to meet complex modeling needs. Each of the “xApps” share a similar working environment, and the user can switch between apps with just one click.

SOLIDWORKS 3D Creator Capabilities

  • Solids & Surfaces: Easily model parametric solids and surfaces to convey conceptual design and detailed parts and assemblies with the xDesign App included within SOLIDWORKS 3D Creator.
  • Optimize Designs: Optimize and evolve existing designs with a generative design approach.
  • Design Guidance: Understand structural requirements such as support loads and constraints before creating geometry through an easy exploration of optimal material with Design Guidance.
  • Loads & Fixtures: Get design inspiration from real-world loads and fixtures.
  • Reduce Rework: Iterate rapidly and change design intent without the rework associated with typical parametric modeling tools.
  • Assemble with ease: Eliminate the need to plan your assembly structure up front. Make model changes at any time in a single modeling environment for parts and assemblies.

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