SOLIDWORKS Connected: How to Access and Save Simulation Data

Article by Suman Sudhakaran updated May 15, 2023


SOLIDWORKS Connected on the platform provides access to perform linear static simulation if you have activated 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation designer role. It supports all functionalities available for only linear static simulation of parts and assemblies.

There are a few things to remember when using this cloud-based Simulation.

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To access the SOLIDWORKS model, you can search for SOLIDWORKS model you saved on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, using top search of the 3DEXPERIENCE task pane and load them directly in SOLIDWORKS. If you saved simulation results with SOLIDWORKS model on the platform, the results become available when you activate the associated simulation study.

The 3DEXPERIENCE task pane enables you to store and manage SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation results on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Depending upon your access to appropriate 3DEXPERIENCE role, you can save simulation results locally or on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Saving SOLIDWORKS Model with Simulation Results to 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

As listed in SOLIDWORKS Help topics:

  1. Open the selected SOLIDWORKS model to save on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
  2. Right-click the top node of the selected simulation study and select Save Results To 3DEXPERIENCE.

The icon appears on the simulation study tab indicating that you choose to save the results of this study on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.  Alternatively, you could also:

  • Right-click Results Options and select Save Results to 3DEXPERIENCE .
  • In the Static – Options dialog box, select Save Results to 3DEXPERIENCE.
  • For new studies, select Default Options > Solver and Results > Save Results > 3DEXPERIENCE.

  If you select to save the simulation results on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the icon appears on the of top simulation study node and also on the simulation study tab.

  1. Run the simulation study to generate the simulation results (*.cwr) file.Run the simulation study

In the MySession widget of the 3DEXPERIENCE task pane, right-click the active SOLIDWORKS file, and select Save.right-click the active SOLIDWORKS file, and select SaveWhen you save SOLIDWORKS models with associative SOLIDWORKS Simulation results on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the SOLIDWORKS geometry converts to a physical product and the simulation results file (*.cwr) is saved as a PLM (3DEXPERIENCE database object) database object that is associated to the physical product.

Since every physical product is assigned a unique PLM object identifier on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the simulation database objects also have the same PLM identifier on the platform as the physical product with which they are associated. Both the SOLIDWORKS physical product and the associative simulation results database object are saved to the same collaborative space on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform that you have initially logged into.


When SOLIDWORKS Connected is in Offline mode, you can only save simulation results locally. To save simulation results on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, you must return to Online mode.

Once the 3DEXPERIENCE database objects are indexed, you can search for them in the collaborative space at which they were saved with 3DSearch and 3DSpace. Also, you can use Relational Explorer on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to view a graphical representation of the relationship between the database object containing simulation results and the SOLIDWORKS Connected model.


Relational Explorer on the 3DEXPERIENCE in SOLIDWORKS Connected

Downloading SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results

To download SOLIDWORKS Simulation results from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform directly in SOLIDWORKS, you will activate 3DEXPERIENCE Add In and the SOLIDWORKS Simulation add-in.  Note that if you have enabled the Simulation System Options – General tab, -> ‘Load all simulation studies when opening a model (requires more time to open a model)’, the simulation results load from the local cache folder when you open the SOLIDWORKS model.

Thereafter, in the MySession widget on the 3DEXPERIENCE task pane, you can select the collaborative space where you saved the SOLIDWORKS models with the associative simulation results (*.cwr) file and search for the file or list all of the contents. A list of all database objects stored in the selected collaborative space appears. From the list of database objects, select the required SOLIDWORKS model (tagged as a physical product) and click the down arrow to the right of the selected model to select Open. You can click Simulation study tab to view the results.

While you are limited to linear static studies using the Simulation Designer role, you can expand your simulation capabilities performing highly nonlinear and dynamic analyses using Simulation performance and Mechanics engineer roles on 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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Suman Sudhakaran

Suman Sudhakaran is an Applications Solutions Consultant with TriMech