What is 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

The future of product development is in work platforms that unify processes, tools, and data so that businesses can create, compute, and collaborate faster than they ever could with fragmented solutions.  This is the purpose of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.  But where are you supposed to start as a SOLIDWORKS user if a unified platform encompasses everything?

That’s where 3DEXPERIENCE Works comes in. 3DEXPERIENCE Works makes selections from the 3DEXPERIENCE portfolio to provide an easy and productive starting point for SOLIDWORKS businesses that are ready for a digital transformation.

The 3DEXPERIENCE solutions connect people in an interactive environment to securely share, collaborate, and manage data at any time and on any device while accelerating your product development process.

When you think about the future, you can expect the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio to be dynamic. Therefore, you may see products added, removed, or combined as they evolve.

Within the portfolio, categories, or “domains” are the groupings for each product. As of right now, these are the current domains:

  • Designer/Engineer
  • Governance/Management
  • Engineer/Analyst
  • Manufacturing/Production

Each of these domains includes the core collaboration and product lifecycle management functionality of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Do note that you may see this solution presented in a couple of ways. First, you may see it as the Platform Contributor role. Alternatively, you could see it as two roles, Collaborative Business Innovator and Collaborative Industry Innovator.

3DEXPERIENCE Works Domain Breakdown


This domain includes 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight. Something to know about these tools is that neither of them runs in the cloud. Instead, you install and run each on a local computer. Other cloud-based design and planning tools included are 3D Creator, 3D Sculptor, and Project Planner. With these roles, designers and engineers have better control over their CAD data and better visibility over the product development process.


This domain includes Project Planner and Social Business Analyst. Social Business Analyst allows you to aggregate and analyze information from online sources to quickly determine trends in topics related to the user’s business.


This domain includes 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE STRUCTURAL roles like Structural Mechanics Engineer. Structural Mechanics Engineer provides comprehensive structural analysis to guide engineering decisions and optimize product performance while reducing reliance on expensive prototyping.


This domain includes 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE NC PROGRAMMING roles like NC Prismatic & Mill Turn Machine Programmer, and Production Engineer. These roles make your manufacturing more efficient, minimizing errors, preventing bottlenecks, and maximizing utilization, with complete visibility and traceability of the entire manufacturing process.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Works cloud portfolio connects your entire organization, providing the tools and platform to design, develop, manage, and manufacture in a collaborative, real-time ecosystem.

Todd Myers
Senior Application Engineer
Computer Aided Technology

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