Discover the answers to the most common 3DEXPERIENCE FAQ / frequently asked questions about the platform from SOLIDWORKS users.

What is the difference between SOLIDWORKS Cloud, SOLIDWORKS Desktop, and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

  • SOLIDWORKS Cloud is a bundle of cloud-based modeling apps that allows users to access and use best in class CAD functionality and files from any device with an internet connection. It provides users with many of the same capabilities as SOLIDWORKS Desktop but without the need to install the software on their local devices. SOLIDWORKS Cloud makes an ideal solution for users who need to access CAD tools on multiple devices or locations and those who do not want to maintain the software locally.
  • SOLIDWORKS Desktop is a standard installation of SOLIDWORKS software on a local device. It provides users with the full range of capabilities and features of SOLIDWORKS but requires the software to be installed and maintained locally. This can be a good option for users who do not need to access SOLIDWORKS from multiple devices or locations or prefer installing software locally for performance reasons.
  • 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is a cloud-focused version of SOLIDWORKS that has a virtually identical set of capabilities as SOLIDWORKS Desktop but has a built in connection to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. It includes SOLIDWORKS software but allows access to other applications and services, such as data management, simulation, and collaboration tools. 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is designed for companies that need a comprehensive solution for managing their product development process and want to take advantage of the benefits of cloud-based collaboration and data management.

How does the 3DEXPERIENCE platform integrate with SOLIDWORKS?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform can integrate SOLIDWORKS using the 3DEXPERIENCE Connector for SOLIDWORKS, a plugin that allows users to access and share data stored on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform directly within the SOLIDWORKS interface. This plugin will enable users to access 3DEXPERIENCE platform functionality like data management and collaboration all without leaving the SOLIDWORKS environment.

Additionally, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can import, publish, and use SOLIDWORKS files natively and allows for bidirectional data exchange between the two systems. It also provides avenues for integrating other tools and software, for areas like simulation and manufacturing, which can be used in conjunction with SOLIDWORKS models to provide a more comprehensive product development workflow.

Can I still use SOLIDWORKS as my primary CAD software while using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

You can still use SOLIDWORKS as your primary CAD software while using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform can be used in conjunction with SOLIDWORKS rather than as a replacement for it. You can continue using SOLIDWORKS for 3D modeling and other design tasks while using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for additional functionality such as data management, collaboration, simulation, and other features that support the entire product development process.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform can be integrated with SOLIDWORKS using plugins and connectors, allowing you to access and share data stored on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform directly from within the SOLIDWORKS interface.

Will I lose my SOLIDWORKS License if I switch to 3DEXPERIENCE?

No, you can connect your desktop SOLIDWORKS to 3DEXPERIENCE to use its apps and benefits. 

What are the benefits of using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in conjunction with SOLIDWORKS?

Using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in conjunction with SOLIDWORKS, users can take advantage of advanced data management, collaboration, simulation and analysis, product lifecycle management, manufacturing, 3D printing, and IoT and AR/VR capabilities to support the entire product development process. 

What additional functionality does 3DEXPERIENCE platform offer over SOLIDWORKS?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides additional functionalities such as advanced data management, collaboration, simulation, analysis, product lifecycle management, manufacturing, 3D printing, IoT, AR/VR, marketing and sales, and business intelligence that SOLIDWORKS alone does not offer. These functionalities help to support the entire product development process. 

How does the 3DEXPERIENCE platform handle data management and collaboration?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides advanced data management and collaboration capabilities to support product development and management. It includes centralized databases for storing and sharing design data, real-time collaboration and communication tools, access control, workflow management, and social collaboration within a cloud-based platform. All of these are designed to improve teamwork and coordination between team members, increasing efficiency and effectiveness through the product development process. 

How does the 3DEXPERIENCE platform support product lifecycle management?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides comprehensive tools to support product lifecycle management (PLM). It includes change management, variant management, product configuration management, bill of materials management, document management, lifecycle traceability, and analytics. All these functionalities assist in improving product management and its performance through its entire lifecycle. 

Can I use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for simulation and analysis?

Yes, you can use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for simulation and analysis. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a comprehensive set of tools, including Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Multiphysics simulation, Durability and Fatigue Optimization, Model-based systems engineering (MBSE), Non-linear Analysis, Acoustics, and Vibration. These tools can be used to analyze a wide range of physical phenomena, making it possible to evaluate the performance of designs and identify potential issues before they occur.

How does the 3DEXPERIENCE platform support NC Machining and 3D Printing?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a comprehensive set of roles/apps for NC Machining and Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing. Tools include toolpath generation, 3D printing preparation, manufacturing execution, additive manufacturing, and generative design. These functionalities can improve efficiency and effectiveness through the manufacturing process. 

How does the 3DEXPERIENCE platform support for IoT and AR/VR?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a comprehensive set of tools to support IoT and AR/VR. This includes IoT device management, AR/VR product visualization, AR/VR guided maintenance, IoT and AR/VR analytics, IoT and AR/VR simulation, IoT and AR/VR-based remote assistance, and IoT and AR/VR-based remote monitoring. These functionalities are designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness through product development and the entire product lifecycle journey.

How do I get more information or see a demo?

Go beyond 3DEXPERIENCE FAQ and give 3DEXPERIENCE a try. Join us for one of our upcoming live online demo sessions at a convenient date as TriMech technical experts take you through some of the capabilities of 3DEXPERIENCE. We will cover common use-case scenarios and be available for you to ask questions that apply to your specific project or company needs.

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