What’s recently new in 3DCreator (xDesign)

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As you have probably noticed, most all of the blogs here during this time of year are focused on the “What’s New” in SOLIDWORKS 2022.   We are able to discuss these things intelligently because the BETA version of SOLIDWORKS 2022 has been out for a few months and the What’s New features are all very well documented.  For 3DEXPERIENCE Products, things are a little different however. 3DEXPERIENCE is on a different release schedule than traditional SOLIDWORKS.  Although this year for […]

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Creating and Using User Groups on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

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Creating User Groups on your 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is something you can do to save a lot of time when making assignments. First let’s take a look at creating a User Group. If you are a platform administrator, you will have access to an app from the compass called User Groups.  The easiest way to find it (or any role/app) is to search for it. Once you have launched the app you can hit the new group button to create a […]

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Using the Selection Manager to Select PART of a Sketch/Curve in SOLIDWORKS

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I always think it’s amazing what you learn just by watching someone else “do something” in SOLIDWORKS. Last week during 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2021 I caught on to an “undocumented” (at least in my book) feature in the SelectionManager tool while watching someone else’s presentation. In SOLIDWORKS training classes (Advanced Part Modeling & Surfacing) we use that SelectionManager to either use many selections and treat them as one thing, or to “split up” a more complex sketch and only use part […]

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Mirror Body workaround for xShape in 3DEXPERIENCE

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Currently the xShape Sub-Divisional modeling app on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform does not have a command to Mirror Body.  This is a highly requested item, and hopefully is in the updates coming this year.  Until then however, you can still get the same results by using this workaround to mirror a body.  1.       Create the body you want to mirror  2.       Create a new Ordered Geometric Set  3.       Copy and Paste the original sub divisional body into the Ordered Geometrical Set […]

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Common Workflows for Getting SOLIDWORKS Geometry INTO the 3DEXPERIENCE “xApps”

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In the 3DExperience Platform, when we speak of an “xApp” we are referring to the xDesign, xShape, xSheetmetal apps (and more coming all the time) that run in a browser and are available anywhere, anytime, on any device. Today I am going to discuss some different workflows of getting CAD data into the 3DExperience “xApps”. Which method is the “best” all depends on what you need to do with it. Sometimes you may just be wanting to “build around” an […]

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Let Design Guidance Help You: Powerful tools in xDesign on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to streamline your parts

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3D Creator is one of the roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It contains the xDesign app for 3D modeling completely in the cloud through a web browser on any device, anywhere. In this blog article I am going to introduce you to an amazing tool in xDesign, called Design Guidance. This tool will intelligently redesign/streamline your part to help you decide the best shape for it based on some simple input. It’s kind of like doing a traditional FEA / […]

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Viewing (and MORE) with 3DPlay in 3DEXPERIENCE

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One of the great, easy to use tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is 3DPlay. 3DPlay is used to view data on the platform but it can also do a lot more! Everyone who has the role of Collaborative Business Innovator, the base role that you need to gain access to the platform, has access to the 3DPlay app. It is accessed through the compass (like all apps) and can be added as a widget to any tab on your dashboard.  […]

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Connecting SOLIDWORKS To Your 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

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Connecting your desktop SOLIDWORKS to your 3DExperience platform cloud is super easy thanks to the 3DExperience PLM Services Connector.   This connector is an add in to desktop SOLIDWORKS just like Toolbox, Routing or any other add in. How do you get it? If you already have the 3D Creator (xDesign) role or the 3D Sculptor (xShape) role assigned to you, then as of the end of April (with the 2021x release of the 3DExperience platform), you ALSO have access to […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the next release of the software as well as announcing the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. This year at 3DExperience World 2020 in Nashville, TN they shared what’s new in 2021 a little differently. Rather than a main stage presentation, they did it in small “pop ups” where they […]

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How to do a cable “fan out” in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Routing

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Recently when teaching the SOLIDWORKS Routing: Electrical training class I was asked if it was possible to model a “Cable Fan Out” like this… Although this is not exactly shown in the training material it uses the same technique as a SPLICE (that IS taught in the class), just without the actual “splice” part being used. The part file you are “fanning out” to needs to have CPoints (so you can route to them) defined, like shown here: This can […]

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