3DEXPERIENCE: How to Export as a Package

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated September 1, 2022


Collaborating with users outside of your organization just got easier! With the Export as a Package feature, you can quickly bundle assembly files into one single package file. This file can be shared with external collaborators, where their changes can be tracked and sent back. You can even restrict which files within the package can be edited. This feature can be compared to SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go, but with increased ease of use and connection to 3DEXPERIENCE Platform products.

How to Export as Package

The Export as Package command can be accessed from inside SOLIDWORKS Connected or any seat of SOLIDWORKS that has the “Design with SOLIDWORKS” add-in for 3DEXPERIENCE.

  1. Open the assembly you wish to share.
  2. In the 3DEXPERIENCE tab on the right, navigate to Tools at the bottom, and click Export as Package.
3DEXPERIENCE Export Package

3DEXPERIENCE Export Package

  1. In the window that appears, you can decide if you want assemblies/components to be editable or set to read-only for the person you are sharing with. Then, give the package a name, and Export. The Package file can be saved locally or to 3DDrive on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.
assemblies/components purpose

Select the assemblies/components purpose

What is the Package file?

The SOLIDWORKS package file is saved with the extension “.sldpkg” and contains everything needed to open the assembly that was “packaged”, making it great for sharing with people outside of your 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. This file type can be opened using one of these products:

  • Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS
  • SOLIDWORKS with the free “3DEXPERIENCE Exchange” add-in

Using one of the products above, the package can be imported for editing by the external collaborator. They will only be able to edit the components and assemblies which were originally set to “For Edit”. When they have made their necessary changes, they will re-export the package file to send back. When the package is returned, it will show which files were modified.

To read more about importing packages with the “3DEXPERIENCE Exchange for SOLIDWORKS” Add-in, click here.

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