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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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Specifying the Thicken Direction

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This new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is super straightforward. Thicken (for a surface) and Thicken-Cut features can now be thickened in a direction other than normal to face. All of the following can be used to specify the direction: Sketched Line Pair of vertices Sketched Points Cylindrical Faces Reference Planes Conical Faces Reference Axis Points in Reference Geometry Linear Model Edges Planar Faces I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Specifying the Thicken Direction

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This new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is super straightforward. Thicken (for a surface) and Thicken-Cut features can now be thickened in a direction other than normal to face. All of the following can be used to specify the direction: Sketched Line Pair of vertices Sketched Points Cylindrical Faces Reference Planes Conical Faces Reference Axis Points in Reference Geometry Linear Model Edges Planar Faces I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – DimXpert and MBD updates

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 has some new updates in the area of MBD (Model Based Definition) and DimXpert annotations. The first couple updates are just to the DimXpert tool which EVERY SEAT of SOLIDWORKS has regardless of whether you own the MBD add-in or not… The names of the DimXpert annotations now follow a new format which adds the feature name and dimension value (@feature_name(value)). Individual annotations are now listed in subfolders for each annotation view to help visualize the relationship between […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Copy With Mates To Get It Done FAST!

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Ever get a part (or multiple parts) mated into place all perfectly and then sit back and say, “Ok, now I just have to do that 24 more times”? Well, if the mates really ARE exact repeats for the rest of the copies, then capturing a Mate Reference is the way to go. BUT what if each mate (or some of them) are not literal “repeats” of the first? What if some face or plane or edge in a few […]

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