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3DEXPERIENCE Platform

3DEXPERIENCE Platform

What is the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform?

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform takes design, project collaboration, document storage, and communication to a single, cloud-based environment. Access functionality from Dassault’s entire product range in an online solution that requires less hardware, has no IT overhead and will always stay up to date. 

100’s of Apps at your fingertips

Apps provide the actual functionality of the platform, for example, the xDesign app gives mechanical CAD design, while the Project Planner app provides project management, task assignment, and progress tracking capability.

Apps are sorted into different roles that can be purchased and assigned to users logins. View the roles in more detail below.

 

ROLE: Collaborative Business Innovator

Powered by 3DEXPERIENCE social services. Unite employees, suppliers, customers, consumers and regulators into the framework for sustainable innovation.

Apps with this role

  • 3D Dashboards

  • 3D Swym

  • 3D Play

  • 3D Drive

  • Web Page Reader
3D Dashboards

A 3D Dashboard provides a online view of your vital project information. The dashboard is comprised of many different widgets that provide functionality, enable communication or present information. The layout of the dashboard is easily configured, so you can set it up to only view what is important to you.

3D Swym

3DSwym is at the heart of the 3DExperience’s collaborative offerings. The hub of 3DSwym is a place for team members to ask questions, post updates, create surveys and review best practices with ‘Wikipedia style’ reference articles that can be created and maintained by you.

3D Play

3DPlay allows you to view SOLIDWORKS files in the cloud. Review tools allow you to measure, annotate, section, share and more. 3DPlay can also display simulation results and kinematic animations.

3D Drive

3DDrive provides cloud based file storage and management and is a great tool to help ensure everyone is accessing the latest version of a file.

3DDrive also provides access control and file history, meaning that you can control who can open each file and you can restore older versions of a file if necessary. Additional file management tools, such as full file revision management and approval processes require the Collaborative Industry Innovator role.

Web Page Reader

The Web Page Reader app can embed other websites into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform so that you can easily access third party data.

ROLE: COLLABORATIVE INDUSTRY INNOVATOR

Building upon the Collaborative Business Innovator this role grants additional functionality to help manage files and organize team members. Industry Innovator provides an additional 20GB of cloud storage per user.

Apps with this role

  • Bookmark Editor
  • Change Action
  • Collaborative Lifecycle
  • Collaborative Tasks
  • Compare
  • IP Classify & Reuse
  • Route Management
Bookmark Editor

Organize and manage your CAD and non-CAD content in bookmarks that can be shared across your team, to provide easy access to important data.

Collaborative Lifecycle

This app allows you to manage an object’s lifecycle from creation to deletion including branches, revisions and duplicates. You can also control who can access the file at different stages and define settings for concurrent editing of files.

Compare

Compare content to identify differences in structures, metadata and 3D geometry.

Route Management

Routes are a collection of tasks that can be assigned to one or more team members. Routes can be saved as templates for reuse, which can help speed up planning for common tasks.

Change Action

Ensure engineering changes are captured, implemented and documented robustly with the Change Action app. Create Change Actions, associate CAD files easily using the built-in search functions, and progress the change action through an approval process to gain input from required parties.

Collaborative Tasks

Keep track of jobs in an intuitive way by creating tasks for yourself or for team members. Tasks can be viewed on a Kanban style board.

Tapping on a task reveals the details, comments and other information relevant to that task. Deliverables, related items and projects can all be added directly to tasks.

Team members can be notified as they as tasks progress or as they are assigned to new tasks.

IP Classify & Reuse

Define different access levels for content and access rights for users. Useful when sharing data with contractors and third parties.

ROLE: Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS

Connects file-based CAD to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for use with the DS application portfolio.

Apps with this role

  • 3D Annotation Experience
  • Derived Format Converter
  • Import from Legacy DS Systems
SOLIDWORKS Connector

A SOLIDWORKS add-in that is used to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. The add-in can be used to access the functionality of the Collaborative Industry Innovator directly within SOLIDWORKS.

Derived Format Converter

The Derived Format Converter for SOLIDWORKS provides the capability to generate a derived format for each configuration from the corresponding SOLIDWORKS part. 3DEXPERIENCE supplemental applications like DELMIA, SIMULIA, etc. can use this derived format.

Import from Legacy DS Systems

Import from Legacy DS Systems

ROLE: PROJECT PLANNER

Project Planning provides simple and assisted iterative planning, execution, and monitoring for all business users.

Apps with this role

  • Project Planning
Project Planning

Project Planning lets you:

  • Define project scope, members, and key delivery milestones.
  • Automatically schedule and optimize projects to meet milestones.
  • Monitor delivery progress in real time, identify risks early and adjust plans easily.
  • Analyze and improve project performance.
  • Access projects anywhere through cloud and mobile experience.

ROLE: 3D Creator

Innovate, collaborate, and create great designs anywhere and anytime. 3D Creator combines ease of use with innovative design methodologies and cloud collaboration from inside a web browser.

Apps with this role

  • xDesign
xDesign

xDesign provides the following key capabilities:

  • Model 3D shapes quickly and easily in your web browser.
  • Design everything within a single modelling environment, no requirements for planning assembly structures.
  • Cloud-based with no software to install, configure, or manage. You will always be working with the latest version.
  • Integrated with Cloud 3D printing and a network of FabLab machines.
  • You can use PartSupply to search, access, and pull in 3D components provided by a number of suppliers and manufacturers.

ROLE: 3D Sculptor

Create organic looking shapes and surfaces using subdivision modelling technology anywhere and anytime.

Apps with this role

  • xShape
xShape

For industrial design professionals, xShape provides the following key capabilities:

  • Create highly stylized and organically shaped geometries quickly using intuitive subdivision (Sub-D) modeling technology.
  • Access your content from anywhere via a web browser.
  • Manage all your designs securely on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
  • Interoperate with SOLIDWORKS desktop and other 3DEXPERIENCE apps.

ROLE: SIMULATION COLLABORATOR

Improve decision-making for all users by providing search and re-play access to captured simulation best-practices to study performance.

Apps with this role

  • Collaborative IP Manager
  • Job Monitor
  • Performance Trade-off
  • Simulation Review
  • Station Administration
  • Station Launcher 
  • Manufacturing Finder
  • Product Finder
  • Simulation Finder
  • System Finder
Collaborative IP Manager

Collaborative IP Manager allows teams to organize data in multiple ways that best suits each role or activity. 

Job Monitor

Job Monitor helps you monitor the status of a selected simulation job.

When you select a simulation job, Job Monitor displays the following:

  • The properties of the selected simulation job.
  • Job logs generated by the execution of the simulation job.
  • The history of the input and output parameters defined by the simulation process.
Performance Trade-off

Performance Trade-off enables you to:

  • Visualize and compare data from various sources. For example, compare competing designs of an airframe rib.
  • Define requirements. For example, is the weight of the rib more important than the peak stresses or deflections? Is there a peak stress that is unacceptable because it exceeds safety limits?
  • Given the requirements, select the best alternative. The best alternative might be a compromise between competing requirements—strength and weight.
  • Quickly observe how changes to the requirements effect which design becomes the best alternative. What if we decide that weight is more important than strength?
  • Improve decisions by capturing the collective intelligence of decision makers.
Simulation Review

Performance Trade-off enables you to:

  • Visualize and compare data from various sources. For example, compare competing designs of an airframe rib.
  • Define requirements. For example, is the weight of the rib more important than the peak stresses or deflections? Is there a peak stress that is unacceptable because it exceeds safety limits?
  • Given the requirements, select the best alternative. The best alternative might be a compromise between competing requirements—strength and weight.
  • Quickly observe how changes to the requirements effect which design becomes the best alternative. What if we decide that weight is more important than strength?
  • Improve decisions by capturing the collective intelligence of decision makers.
Station Administration

Station Administration helps you configure and manage some aspects of 3DOrchestrate Stations and 3DOrchestrate Distribution Servers.

Station Administration allows you to do the following:

  • Create a new station configuration.
  • Define a group of stations to set up and manage their configuration properties together.
  • Pause, resume, stop, or restart a running station.
  • Register a new 3DOrchestrate Distribution Server.
Station Launcher

You can use the Station Launcher to start the 3DOrchestrate Station utility, which lets you execute physics simulations and simulation processes on your computer.

Manufacturing Finder

Manufacturing Finder provides a set of tools used for building the PPR working session. It includes tools for navigating and opening product, manufactured item, system, and resource content.

Manufacturing Finder enables you to perform the following actions:

  • Navigate on product, manufactured item, system, and resource structures in the same tab.
  • Use a set of commands to access and manage information on products, manufactured items, systems, and resources in the tree.
  • Prepare for opening content in an authoring session.
Product Finder

Product Finder enables you to navigate object structures, filter content, and open the content in a design context.

Simulation Finder

Simulation Finder extends traditional Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) concepts by providing capabilities that are specific to simulations. You can use Simulation Finder to explore both VPM simulations (such as simulations created in the Conceptual Design Simulation and Physics Modeling apps) and Process Composer simulation objects (processes, activities, jobs, experiences, and documents).

Simulation Finder provides the ability to:

  • Open a simulation in the app in which it was created
  • Duplicate a simulation
  • Execute a simulation
  • End the most recent execution of a simulation
  • Receive notifications about the status of an executing simulation
  • Perform PLM operations (such as versioning, reserving/unreserving, and changing the maturity)
System Finder

System Finder helps display and explore the structure of a product.

ROLE: STRUCTURAL PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER

Use simulation to assess the integrity of products under a wide range of loading conditions to guide decisions on product performance and quality.

Apps with this role

  • Bookmark Editor
  • Collaborative IP Manager
  • Convert for IGES
  • Conver for STEP
  • Data Setup
  • Design IP Classification
  • Exchanges Management
  • Simulation Review
  • Station Administration
  • Station Launcher
  • Job Monitor
  • Material Definition
  • Physics Methods Reuse
  • Physics Results
  • Structural Model Creation
  • Structural Scenario Creation
  • Manufacturing Finder
  • Product Finder
  • Simulatino Finder
  • System Finder
Bookmark Editor

You can use Bookmark Editor to:

  • Create a shared or a Private bookmark structure.
  • Upload files from your computer as documents and organize them in bookmarks.
  • Organize existing content in bookmarks.
  • Manage content. You can do the following:
    • View your content as a list, a 2D graph, tiles, or thumbnails.
    • Check out and work on documents.
    • Open and work on CAD content in CATIA V5.
    • Perform Lifecycle Management actions.
Collaborative IP Manager

Collaborative IP Manager allows team to organize data in multiple ways that best suits each role or activity.

Convert for IGES

Converter for IGES makes Dassault Systèmes an open system, capable of interoperating with data in all of the mostly used data format standards in the CAD/CAM/CAE Industry.

Convert for STEP

Converter for IGES makes Dassault Systèmes an open system, capable of interoperating with data in all of the mostly used data format standards in the CAD/CAM/CAE Industry.

Data Setup

Data Setup is used to associate resources with apps.

Design IP Classification
  • Design IP Classificationoffers tools enabling you to classify standard components according to keywords that you can create and modify as needed.
  • In addition to catalog creation, you can browse through catalogs, query catalogs to find required items and instantiate those items in your design context.
Exchanges Management
  • With Exchange Management you can:

    • Export content to any format (3D XML, CATIA, CATIA Composer, IGES, STEP, and SOLIDWORKS files).
    • Import 3D XML, STEP, and IGES files.
    • See the origin of the components in the database.
    • Use all Coexistence and Migration tools. Depending on your granted roles, it may be required to select the Optional Installation – Exchange Management optional component during the installation.
    • Manage conflicts by repairing the site ownership. You can select the local data or the incoming data while importing as Ref. This conflict also appears when you perform repair site ownership and import the same 3D XML data.
Simulation Review

Performance Trade-off enables you to:

  • Visualize and compare data from various sources. For example, compare competing designs of an airframe rib.
  • Define requirements. For example, is the weight of the rib more important than the peak stresses or deflections? Is there a peak stress that is unacceptable because it exceeds safety limits?
  • Given the requirements, select the best alternative. The best alternative might be a compromise between competing requirements—strength and weight.
  • Quickly observe how changes to the requirements effect which design becomes the best alternative. What if we decide that weight is more important than strength?
  • Improve decisions by capturing the collective intelligence of decision makers.
Station Administration

Station Administration helps you configure and manage some aspects of 3DOrchestrate Stations and 3DOrchestrate Distribution Servers.

Station Administration allows you to do the following:

  • Create a new station configuration.
  • Define a group of stations to set up and manage their configuration properties together.
  • Pause, resume, stop, or restart a running station.
  • Register a new 3DOrchestrate Distribution Server.
Station Launcher

You can use the Station Launcher to start the 3DOrchestrate Station utility, which lets you execute physics simulations and simulation processes on your computer.

Job Monitor

Job Monitor helps you monitor the status of a selected simulation job.

When you select a simulation job, Job Monitor displays the following:

  • The properties of the selected simulation job.
  • Job logs generated by the execution of the simulation job.
  • The history of the input and output parameters defined by the simulation process.
Material Definition

The Material Definition app that lets you create materials, modify material properties, and add or modify material domains. It helps you modify the rendering domain of stickers from Rendering Scene Design.

The Material Finder app that lets you explore material references and their associated material domains, materials references from material domains, and catalogs and folders from material references.

In addition, the navigation window lets you apply materials and perform standard operations on material references and domains. 

Physics Methods Reuse

Physics Methods Reuse allows you to implement a customized set of action bar commands to define and perform simulations on a model. These custom commands are predefined by XML files you create, called custom methods.

Physics Results

The Physics Results Explorer app lets you manage results data from simulations performed within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform or from other applications such as Abaqus. You can create:

  • Graphical output (such as contour plots, history plots, and display groups) to highlight data of interest.
  • Animations of the model response.
  • Lightweight experience content for use in 3DPlay.
  • Reports to summarize the simulation for selected variables.
Structural Model Creation

The Structural Model Creation app is where you add and edit model features that impact the structural response of a simulation. You can create and manage:

  • Properties (such as sections and gaskets) that assign materials and other behaviors.
  • Abstractions (such as mass, inertia, and acoustic areas) that mimic the effects of features outside the model space.
  • Connections (such as bolts and springs) that tie the model to its surroundings or join pieces within an assembly.
Structural Scenario Creation

The Structural Scenario Creation app lets you create and manage:

  • Procedures (such as static stress, frequency, and heat transfer) that configure the analysis type, sequence of steps, and time scale.
  • Initial conditions (such as temperature and velocity) that set the values of certain variables at the start of the simulation.
  • Interactions that define the response of contacting model regions.
  • Restraints (such as clamps, hinges, and ball joints) that fix translational or rotational degrees of freedom of portions of the model.
  • Loads (such as pressure and forces) that represent concentrated or distributed tractions applied to a model by an external source.
  • Thermal conditions (such as temperature, heat flux, and ambient radiation).
  • Durability conditions (such as fatigue loading and surface finish). Durability analyses are available only if you have a license for Durability Engineer (FGA).
  • Output variable requests that control the results data generated by the simulation.
Manufacturing Finder

Manufacturing Finder provides a set of tools used for building the PPR working session. It includes tools for navigating and opening product, manufactured item, system, and resource content.

Manufacturing Finder enables you to perform the following actions:

  • Navigate on product, manufactured item, system, and resource structures in the same tab.
  • Use a set of commands to access and manage information on products, manufactured items, systems, and resources in the tree.
  • Prepare for opening content in an authoring session.
Product Finder

Product Finder enables you to navigate object structures, filter content, and open the content in a design context.

Simulation Finder

Simulation Finder extends traditional Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) concepts by providing capabilities that are specific to simulations. You can use Simulation Finder to explore both VPM simulations (such as simulations created in the Conceptual Design Simulation and Physics Modeling apps) and Process Composer simulation objects (processes, activities, jobs, experiences, and documents).

Simulation Finder provides the ability to:

  • Open a simulation in the app in which it was created
  • Duplicate a simulation
  • Execute a simulation
  • End the most recent execution of a simulation
  • Receive notifications about the status of an executing simulation
  • Perform PLM operations (such as versioning, reserving/unreserving, and changing the maturity)
Simulation Finder

Simulation Finder extends traditional Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) concepts by providing capabilities that are specific to simulations. You can use Simulation Finder to explore both VPM simulations (such as simulations created in the Conceptual Design Simulation and Physics Modeling apps) and Process Composer simulation objects (processes, activities, jobs, experiences, and documents).

Simulation Finder provides the ability to:

  • Open a simulation in the app in which it was created
  • Duplicate a simulation
  • Execute a simulation
  • End the most recent execution of a simulation
  • Receive notifications about the status of an executing simulation
  • Perform PLM operations (such as versioning, reserving/unreserving, and changing the maturity)
System Finder

System Finder helps display and explore the structure of a product.

ROLE: STRUCTURAL SIMULATION DESIGNER

An intuitive Design Simulation solution providing efficient linear analysis for product designers and engineers. Seamless integration and common user experience between CAD, PLM, and CAE with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for unique Product Development experience.

Apps with this role

  • Structural Validation
  • Simulation Review
  • Station Administration
  • Station Launcher
  • Job Monitor
  • Material Definition
  • Physics Method Reuse
Structural Validation

The Structural Validation app lets you create and manage:

  • Connections (such as bolts and springs) that tie the model to its surroundings or join pieces within an assembly.
  • Restraints (such as clamps, hinges, and ball joints) that fix translational or rotational degrees of freedom of portions of the model.
  • Loads (such as pressure and forces) that represent concentrated or distributed tractions applied to a model by an external source.
  • Thermal conditions (such as temperature, heat flux, and ambient radiation).
  • Results features (such as contour plots, symbol plots, and sensors) that help you analyze and view the completed simulation.
Simulation Review

Performance Trade-off enables you to:

  • Visualize and compare data from various sources. For example, compare competing designs of an airframe rib.
  • Define requirements. For example, is the weight of the rib more important than the peak stresses or deflections? Is there a peak stress that is unacceptable because it exceeds safety limits?
  • Given the requirements, select the best alternative. The best alternative might be a compromise between competing requirements—strength and weight.
  • Quickly observe how changes to the requirements effect which design becomes the best alternative. What if we decide that weight is more important than strength?
  • Improve decisions by capturing the collective intelligence of decision makers.
Station Administration

Station Administration helps you configure and manage some aspects of 3DOrchestrate Stations and 3DOrchestrate Distribution Servers.

Station Administration allows you to do the following:

  • Create a new station configuration.
  • Define a group of stations to set up and manage their configuration properties together.
  • Pause, resume, stop, or restart a running station.
  • Register a new 3DOrchestrate Distribution Server.
Station Launcher

You can use the Station Launcher to start the 3DOrchestrate Station utility, which lets you execute physics simulations and simulation processes on your computer.

Job Monitor

Job Monitor helps you monitor the status of a selected simulation job.

When you select a simulation job, Job Monitor displays the following:

  • The properties of the selected simulation job.
  • Job logs generated by the execution of the simulation job.
  • The history of the input and output parameters defined by the simulation process.
Material Definition

The Material Definition app that lets you create materials, modify material properties, and add or modify material domains. It helps you modify the rendering domain of stickers from Rendering Scene Design.

The Material Finder app that lets you explore material references and their associated material domains, materials references from material domains, and catalogs and folders from material references.

In addition, the navigation window lets you apply materials and perform standard operations on material references and domains. 

Physics Methods Reuse

Physics Methods Reuse allows you to implement a customized set of action bar commands to define and perform simulations on a model. These custom commands are predefined by XML files you create, called custom methods.

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FAQ

Frequently asked question about the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Listed are some the most common questions we have been asked from our 15,000+ customers about the platform, it’s roles and apps.

What is the 3DExperience Platform?

3DEXPERIENCE is a cloud based business platform that offers various functionalities including mechanical CAD design, industrial CAD design, data management, and project planning.

What can I buy from the 3DExperience Platform?

The platform is divided into roles, which in turn are made up of apps. Apps provide the actual functionality of the platform, for example, the xDesign app gives mechanical CAD design, while the Project Planner app provides project management, task assignment, and progress tracking capability.

What do I need to get started with the platform?

The underlying architecture of the platform is a secure portion of the cloud server called a “Tenant”. This tenant is then where a you can build your custom dashboard and invite in their colleagues and suppliers. Without this tenant, you can only access public dashboards (i.e. DraftSight) via a web link. A tenant is ordered alongside the roles for a you to begin using the 3DEXPERIENCE.

What are the different roles available?

The are hundreds of roles available but only a few of them are likely to be applicable to our typical SOLIDWORKS customer. See the roles above for a guide. The roles cover 3D Modeling, Generative Design, Simulation and Collaboration.

How do I buy a licence or 'role' to use on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform?

To purchase a licence for the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, you can contact a member of our team who will discuss what your requirements are. From there you can arrange a quote, trial or free demonstration.

Simply contact us on 01663 741 405 or complete the form below.

As we are part of the Solid Solutions Group all of our SOLIDWORKS quotations are provided by Solid Solutions.