Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated April 5, 2022


The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform from Dassault Systèmes is a cloud-based collaborative environment built with design teams in mind. The Platform is an interconnected online ecosystem where your data management, collaboration, and design tools are all housed in one common interface.

The Platform hosts a portfolio of enterprise-class technologies including: SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA, and ENOVIA. In this article we will take a closer look at a few key traits of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud provides you with a complete suite of industry-leading solutions which gives you everything you’ll need to bring your idea to reality, including design & engineering, manufacturing & production, simulation, governance & collaboration.”

— Dassault Systèmes

Communication Hub in 3DX

The communication hub in 3DEXPERIENCE, 3DSwym, allows users to create posts, leave comments, and stay informed on design ideas and changes.

Cloud Hosted

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is a browser-based environment. The only requirements for the Platform are an internet-connected device, and a web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. Because the Platform runs in the browser, this offers flexibility between devices and locations. The cloud-based tools are compatible with PCs, Macs, and mobile devices and no installation is necessary.

Your data is stored and managed securely in the cloud. Now more than ever, design teams are working at multiple offices/sites, from home, or while traveling. With the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, you can access your files and tools from anywhere.

Enovia tools

View and Manage your data using ENOVIA tools in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

Wide Variety of Roles and Apps

The Platform hosts a portfolio of enterprise-class technologies including: SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA, and ENOVIA. A large catalogue of apps and online services are available in the following areas:

  • Governance & Collaboration
  • Design/Styling
  • Engineering
  • Simulation
  • Manufacturing & Operations
  • Marketing
Shop Floor Programmer Role

The Shop Floor Programmer Role provides CAM capabilities right in your browser.


Create stunning marketing and technical documentation materials using apps like xHighlight or xStudio.

Customize Your 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Each design team is different, and every user has individual needs. On the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, tools are bundled into Roles which are assigned to individual users on an as-needed basis. Roles grant access to Apps in the Platform. You can think of the Roles on the platform as “a la carte” – meaning you can build your Platform to contain exactly the tools you need, and none of the ones you don’t. Some Roles contain basic tools which may be required for every user, and other Roles are highly specialized for particular applications.

Roles are assigned to individual users – this way, each user has access to the tools they need, but are not burdened by excess tools they may never use. For example, imagine a company with three employees, Joe the Manager, Sally the Engineer, and Bob the Analyst:

  • The Manager may need to preview a 3D model using a file viewer but does not need the CAD software because they will never need to make changes to the model.
  • The Engineer will need the design software where they can create and edit the models.
  • The Analyst may have a specialized set of simulation tools that only they use.

On the Platform, these users’ needs may translate into these Roles:

 Joe ManagerSally EngineerBob Analyst
Role #1Collaborative Business Innovator (basic Platform tools)Collaborative Business Innovator (basic Platform tools)Collaborative Business Innovator (basic Platform tools)
Role #2(N/A)3D Creator (parametric CAD modeling)Structural Engineer (FEA tools)
Role #3(N/A)3D Sculptor (subdivision modeling)(N/A)


Roles can always be added, removed, or re-assigned among users. Roles allow each user to have different toolsets at their fingertips.

Simulia FEA

SIMULIA FEA tools on the Platform run on the cloud, leveraging more processing power and multi-core scaling.

Connection with SOLIDWORKS

One thing our customers love about the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is its connection to SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS is an industry-leading CAD software used by mechanical designers around the world. The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform allows for SOLIDWORKS data to be stored in a secure cloud vault. 3DEXPERIENCE Data Management tools can be accessed from directly inside of SOLIDWORKS, allowing you to manage your files while you work.

3DX PLM add-in

Manage your SOLIDWORKS data on the cloud with the 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Add-in.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is a one-stop-shop for everything your engineering team needs to take your designs from concept to market. To learn more, check out these additional resources below.

Get help switching to 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS

Are you considering switching to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform? If you have any questions please reach out to our team and we will be happy to assist you.

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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.