The 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio offers an all-encompassing range of solutions from design and manufacturing to lifecycle management, marketing, and services.
The SOLIDWORKS Cloud Offer is a selection of solutions geared exclusively to mechanical and industrial designers who typically work in the industrial equipment, high tech, life sciences, and home & lifestyle industries. The Offer includes a selection of various design roles at a significantly reduced price. There is no software to install to start designing in 3D, updates happen automatically, and license management is streamlined. Work from any location in the world with an internet connection.
Functionality includes freeform and parametric design, sheet metal and structure design, detailing for manufacturing, and rendering. Plus, the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables collaboration that makes it easy to share content and communicate with the entire project team. And, don’t forget that revision management is built-in, so everyone stays in sync automatically.
Plus, you can access your designs 24/7/365 from any device, including a tablet, your clunky home computer, Chromebook, or a smartphone.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the solutions in this offer.
3D Creator – Parametric Design in the Cloud
The single modeling environment of 3D Creator for parts and assemblies allows you to focus on design and not how you organize your files. Get ready to say goodbye to extensive (and sometimes painful) upfront design planning regarding the best way to structure assemblies. The single modeling environment allows you to jump in and design right off the bat since making changes later has little or no consequences.
That’s because there are no parts, assemblies, or sub-assemblies in a single modeling environment to worry about anymore. Everything starts as a “physical product” that can be a part or an assembly. You can create sketches and then turn those into 3D features—or jump straight to 3D with the Parametric Primitives. You can also bring other physical products into the single modeling environment and mate them into place, just as you would expect in an assembly environment.
3D Sculptor – Freeform Design in the Cloud
3D Sculptor provides subdivision (Sub-D) modeling capabilities. A significant advantage of using Sub-D modeling is that you can quickly and intuitively develop radically different models by simply pushing, pulling, extruding, and creasing geometry. The surfaces are naturally curvature continuous, giving an organic look, except in areas where you want creasing and flat surfaces.
You can “trace” around an assembly of 3D parts or design with an image as a reference in the background, which gives you an idea of how far to pull and push the geometry. You also have features to create hard edges (for creases and flat surfaces). It is easy to augment the initial shape by extruding and bending geometry as well. And model scale can be controlled dimensionally by bounding box dimensions.
Collaboration in the Cloud
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is an environment where it is easy to communicate concerns, identify issues, and propose solutions. Promoting product ideas is simple because all team members can participate in the design review process, from engineers to managers to executives. Designers have instant access to updates made by other contributors, which enables real-time concurrent design. Potential issues are often discovered earlier in the process, making them less costly to resolve.
The platform provides the technology infrastructure to manage the people, data, and documents among your entire team, including suppliers, manufacturers, and even customers. Share designs with your team, suppliers, or customers in one click—it’s that easy. As designs change, the shared common data updates automatically so everyone stays in sync. Plus, you can securely manage and share CAD data and access it from any location with an internet connection.
Revision Control in the Cloud
Eliminate the problem of duplicate files being saved in multiple places, a common occurrence if you have no data management system in place. The cloud-based platform manages the influx of files and stores them in a single location. Changes made in one place are automatically updated in all locations. File access, permissions, and privileges are managed without a hitch.
All data is securely captured in real time, so everyone on the team is up to date automatically. And, because you always access live data, there is no risk of being out of sync on model revisions or assembly configurations. Version-management capabilities include automatic detection of out-of-date assembly components, enabling accurate and fast updates.
Cloud Products at a Great Price
Get started with the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Offer—today!
Originally posted in the SOLIDWORKS Blog.