Favorite 3DEXPERIENCE Features with Chris

By Chris Duchaine on

In this video, I will cover some of my favorite features and processes that have to do with importing mesh files into SOLIDWORKS and how easy it is to install SOLIDWORKS Connected on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Import Meshed Data Into xDesign

First, let’s review how to import meshed data into xDesign. To import, navigate to New File > Import. Next, specify the file type you want to import. In this case, for mesh files, we can import STL or OBJ files. Next, we can specify where we are getting the file from – either from a local computer or from a 3D drive. When importing, your options are to specify the units being used and the orientation of that axis – either Z-up or Y-up. When the mesh data is imported, it comes in as a Design Feature. You can also import large STL files up to 150 megabytes like the scan of the Corvette seen below, but you might see a decrease in performance.

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Large STL file of Corvette


Installing 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is very simple. These easy-to-follow steps are all you need to do to complete the process. First, log in to your account and select 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS. You will now have access to install SOLIDWORKS Connected. Click the SOLIDWORKS Connected icon in the browser. You will see a couple of prompts including downloading the files and starting the installation process without having to spend time with code numbers and extra screens. Once the installation is complete, you can go through and select the icon to launch SOLIDWORKS Connected right from the browser. You’re now up and running with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Connected.

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