3DEXPERIENCE¬ģ Works design & engineering tools

Create and share designs quickly and easily, allowing key stakeholders to give feedback throughout the product development phase with all the design data stored securely in the cloud.

The world's best 3D CAD software connected to the cloud:

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS offers the same industry-leading desktop 3D CAD millions of users around the world know and love, as well as powerful browser-based CAD tools, all built from the ground-up with secure, convenient cloud data management at its core.

Users can take advantage of the robust collaboration, built-in data and product lifecycle management, intuitive conceptual design, industrial and sub-D modelling, photo rendering, and linear static simulation capabilities.

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is available in Standard, Professional and Premium packages, just like the desktop version.

Watch: 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS first look video

Design roles and apps on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The new 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor 3DEXPERIENCE design roles complement our SOLIDWORKS desktop CAD software by providing designers and engineers with enhanced design functionality on-the-go.

You can seamlessly switch Design roles without losing your design history and you can collaborate with your team mates quickly and efficiently, on the cloud, wherever you are, on any device!

The 3D Creator role

The 3D Creator role is perfect for designers and engineers who require powerful cloud-based CAD software that works on any device with an internet connection.


The 3D Sculptor role

With the 3D Sculptor role, designers can create complex organic shapes and advanced surfaces using subdivision, or “Sub-D” modelling on-the-go.


Watch: 3DEXPERIENCE Design apps for SOLIDWORKS

Design on-the-go with xDesign, included with the 3D Creator role.

Solve new problems on-the-go with xDesign, a cloud-based 3D modelling app that runs on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and works seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS desktop, too.

  • Quickly create, review, and evaluate 3D conceptual and detailed models
  • Let design guidance suggest where the minimum material should be to meet your specifications
  • Built-in revision control without the need for extra specialised tools
  • Bring 3D Creator designs into SOLIDWORKS desktop with direct import/export
  • Optimise and evolve existing designs with generative design

Video: xDesign on The 3DEXPERIENCE platform

Create complex shapes and surfaces with xShape, included with the 3D Sculptor role.

Included in the 3D Sculptor role, the xShape app provides enhanced functionality on-the-go for SOLIDWORKS desktop users.

  • Create complex surfaces quickly using intuitive push-pull interaction to shape your design
  • Use images and sketches as templates to create 3D surface geometry
  • Automatically convert subdivision surfaces to geometry when finished
  • Bring your 3D Sculptor designs into SOLIDWORKS desktop with direct import/export
  • When you modify your models in SOLIDWORKS desktop or 3DEXPERIENCE design tools, your 3D Sculptor files update automatically, and vice-versa

Video: xShape on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

Compare 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS packages and features.

Our 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS packages offer an intuitive, robust set of 3D design capabilities, simulation, data management and more.

Compare the packages below to start building your 3DEXPERIENCE.


3D CAD capabilities
+Part & assembly modelling
  • Handle all aspects of your part and assembly modelling and transform ideas and concepts into virtual 3D models.
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+2D design
  • Create production-ready 2D drawings that are always current and clearly communicate how to manufacture and assemble your designs.
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+Productivity tools
  • Easily analyze, compare, check and report on your designs.
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+Design reuse & automation
  • Simplify the reuse of existing design data with search, automation and configuration tools that help you speed up the creation of new designs.
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+Interference check
  • Verify in 2D and 3D that your parts and assemblies will fit, assemble and operate correctly before moving to production.
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+Manufacturability checks
  • Review your designs for Draft, Undercut, Thickness and Hole Alignments early in the development process to ensure manufacturability.
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+Advanced CAD file import/export
  • Convert incoming CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format and export SOLIDWORKS data to other CAD applications using 30+ translators.
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+Xtended Reality (XR) exporter
  • Export CAD data for AR, VR and web viewing experiences while retaining geometry, appearance, motion studies, display states and more.
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+CAD standards checking
  • Use Design Checker to establish design standards and check drawings (or models) against them to create uniform designs and documentation.
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+Automated tolerance stackup analysis
  • Use TolAnalyst to automatically check the effects of tolerances on parts and assemblies to ensure consistent fit of components and verify tolerancing schemes before manufacturing your designs.
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+Design for cost
  • Use SOLIDWORKS Costing to continuously check your designs against cost targets with automatic cost estimation tools fully integrated within the 3D CAD solution.
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+Reverse Engineering
  • Use ScanTo3D to recreate designs with the ability to import, edit, evaluate and create solid geometry from scanned point-cloud and mesh data.
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+Advanced photorealistic rendering
  • Easily create photographic-quality images from your 3D models early in the design process to get feedback and make informed design decisions.
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+Advanced surface flattening
  • Flatten complex, nondevelopable surfaces typically encountered in products made from textiles, like clothing, or sheet metal, like metal stampings.
+Pipe & tube routing
  • Simplify the design and documentation of piping and tubing for a wide range of systems and applications, including machinery, skid systems and process plant piping.
+Electrical cable & wiring harness routing
  • Quickly add cables, wires and harnesses to your design. Create flattened drawing representations of your 3D cables and harnesses with wire lists, connection information and bills of materials.
+Rectangular & other section routing
  • Route rectangular and round sections that include ducting, cable trays, conveyors, material handling chutes and other systems.

Simulation capabilities
+Time-based motion analysis
  • Realistically visualise your product moving throughout its operational cycle world, measure the forces and loads on your design, and use the data to correctly size motors and ensure product performance, quality and safety.
+Linear static analysis (part/assy)
  • Calculate the stresses and deformations of geometry using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods, and running linear stress analysis to determine the response of parts and assemblies.

Parametric modelling
+xDesign app (browser-based)
  • Create, review and evaluate 3D models through an intuitive parametric modelling solution that interacts seamlessly with the 3D CAD solution.
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Subdivision modelling
+xShape app (browser-based)
  • Create organic shapes quickly and easily with an intuitive modelling solution that interacts seamlessly with the 3D CAD solution.
Yes Yes

Cloud data management
+Data access & management
  • Store, share, access and manage the latest product design information from a centralised, secure location.
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+Product lifecycle management
  • Manage the lifecycle of any type of content, such as CAD files, simulation models and documentation, across disciplines and CAD solutions. Track issues, changes and routes, and reduce conflicting edits from multiple contributors with revision control.
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  • Collaborate in real time using configurable dashboards, social communities, Kanban-style task management, activity streams, persistent chat and video calls. Easily search, visualise, explore and mark up SOLIDWORKS and other files directly in your browser
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  • Monitor license usage, manage members, and assign and remove licenses from a single administrative dashboard, lowering administrative overhead. Easily stay up-to-date and benefit from the latest enhancements.
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Training & support
+Training & support services
  • Get up to speed fast using online training content, a vibrant community and support from Innova Systems.
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