Roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE are collections of various apps. Apps provide the actual functionality of the platform, for example, the Project Planner app provides project management, task assignment, and progress tracking capability.

Below we have listed the roles that we believe will be most beneficial to SOLIDWORKS users.

Collaborative Business Innovator
Collaborative Business Innovator is the entry level role that others build upon. Primarily it help teams to communicate, share and view SOLIDWORKS files in single managed environment. 5GB of cloud storage is available per user with this role.
Key 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.


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.

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.
Key Apps within 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.

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 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.

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.


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

IP Classify & Reuse

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

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.

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS
Connects SOLIDWORKS directly with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform allowing for real-time, safe, concurrent design across distributed teams. Collaborative Industry Innovator is a requirement for this role.
Apps with this role
  • SOLIDWORKS Connector
  • Import from Legacy DS Systems
  • Derived Format Converter

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.

Allows for legacy files to be imported from DS Systems

Project Planner provides simple and assisted iterative planning, execution, and monitoring for all business users.
Apps with this role
  • Project Planning
Project Planning

With Project Planner you can:

  • 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.
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 provides the following key benefits:

  • 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.
3D Sculptor
For designers, engineers and digital artists who need to create highly stylized, organically and ergonomically shaped products, 3D Sculptor is a browser-based 3D modeling tool that provides intuitive subdivision modeling capabilities.
Apps with this role
  • xShape

For industrial design professionals, xShape enables you to:

  • 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.

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