Learn about the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is the environment through which Dassault Systèmes delivers its portfolio of industry leading technologies.

The portfolio provides solutions that span across 11 different industry sectors and brings together world renowned brands such as CATIA, SOLIDWORKS and SIMULIA. The range and scope of functionality within the entire platform is extensive and covers many aspects of the design lifecycle.

In this section we are focusing on the functionality that we feel will be most worthwhile for SOLIDWORKS users, such as the cloud data management, simulation, collaboration tools and project planning capabilities.

What are the main benefits of an online solution?
Does purchasing 3DEXPERIENCE give me access to all the functionality?

The different apps within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and accessed by purchasing different roles. For example, if you wanted to use the Project Planner app you would need to purchase the Project Planner roles. View the roles section below to find out more about the roles we recommend for SOLIDWORKS users.

How do I get started with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

To use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform you will first need to purchase a tenant along with the roles that provide the functionality you need. We suggest that you contact a member of our team who to discuss what your requirements are. From there you can arrange a quote, trial or free demonstration.

Simply contact us on 01926 333777 or complete this form.

How can the cloud platform help SOLIDWORKS Users?

In this webcast we start from the beginning and explain what the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is, and what we believe the main benefits are for SOLIDWORKS users. We'll cover the advantages of a cloud based system, the importance of proper data management and expand on the other capabilities of the platform.

Roles and Apps
Customer can access the 3DEXPERIENCE platform buy buying new roles for designers. A role represents a user and the apps or functionality available to that user is determined by the type of role they have been given. For example the 'COLLABORATIVE DESIGNER FOR SOLIDWORKS' role provides access to the SOLIDWORKS 3D Connector which integrates SOLIDWORKS with the platform, whilst also allowing access to some additonal Enovia functionality. We believe the following areas will be most beneficial to SOLIDWORKS users.
Cloud Data Management
CAD Intelligent online file storage with access rights, revision management and customisable approval processes.
Project Planning
Plan projects by setting out required tasks and then assigning members, dependencies and deadlines. Keep projects on track using task notifications, Gantt charts and tools to monitor progress.
Collaboration Tools
Avoid disjointed email conversations by providing a centralized location for your team to share news, create surveys, review best practices and report updates.
Advanced cloud based simulation capabilities that allow you to virtually test more complicated designs in a wider range of situations than with our desktop simulation products. Contact us today to discuss your virtual testing requirements.
Connecting SOLIDWORKS to the Cloud to manage your CAD files.
It is very important to understand that there is no cloud based version of SOLIDWORKS. In Cloud Connected versions of SOLIDWORKS, the CAD files are managed in the 3DEXPERIENCE environment. There are two ways to connect your SOLIDWORKS desktop application to the 3DEXPERIENCE.

This method uses a SOLIDWORKS add-in. The add-in can be used to access the functionality of the Collaborative Industry Innovator directly within SOLIDWORKS.

The SOLIDWORKS Connector comes as part of the Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS role. This role also adds some functionality from the Enovia suite of tools to support basic file data management, ideal for those companies who are looking to start simple file data management and want to use the Cloud to store their files.

Think of the 3D Connector as a bridge between the current, fully enabled, desktop version of SOLIDWORKS with the extended functionality of some of the 3DEXPERIENCE apps.

The connector works within SOLIDWORKS to provide an interface with your 3DEXPERIENCE workspace without needing to leave the SOLIDWORKS environment.


This version of SOLIDWORKS still requires a desktop installation of the software but is directly connected to the Cloud and its principle file saving and sharing is through the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

Created as part of 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS, this version of SOLIDWORKS comes in three editions similar to the usual desktop versions of SOLIDWORKS, namely Standard, Professional and Premium editions. Described by Dassault Systemes as 'Offers', the Connected 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS editions are all desktop installations but with other functionality from the 3DEXPERIENCE portfolio included. These additions include 3D Creator used to easily and quickly create, review, and evaluate 3D conceptual and detailed models. The Professional and Premium versions also give access to 3D Sculptor to create organic shapes and complex surfaces easily with a cloud-based subdivision (Sub-D) modeling solution.

There are key differences in the design workflow when using these versions of SOLIDWORKS that you should consider when deciding the best method to connect your SOLIDWORKS to the cloud. Use the link below to discuss your options with one of our product experts.


3D CAD Capabilities
Full SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Functionality
Full SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Functionality
Local CAD
SOLIDWORKS runs locally
SOLIDWORKS runs locally
Data managed online, requires an internet connection
Online/Cloud CAD
No current browser-based offering
Some offers include browser-based XDesign and XShape
CAD Customization
Full API Support
Partial customization available
Get in touch to discuss requirements
Perpetual Licensing
Support Perpetual Licenses
Does not support Perpetual
3 month or 1 year, term named-user license
Term License
Supports Term Licenses
3 month or 1 year
Supports Named-user Licenses
3 month or 1 year, term named-user license
Floating Network License
Supports Floating Licenses (SNL)
Does not support Floating Licenses
Provides cloud named-user licensing
Secure License
Relies on local security infrastructure
Provides secure login and data management on the platform
Working from Multiple Locations
Installs on multiple desktops
License needs to be transferred manually
Installs on multiple desktops
Provides named-user licensing
Install Management
Manual updates run at each machine
Automatically updates to latest version
Not backward compatible with previous SOLIDWORKS installs
Partner Products
Supports partner products
Does not support partner products
Some alternatives platform roles available
Hardware Requirements
SOLIDWORKS needs a CAD workstation
SOLIDWORKS needs a CAD workstation
The cloud CAD tools will run in a browser on most hardware
Part Catalogues
3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace Parts
Offline File Management
Files are saved locally by default
Files are stored online and can be exported for offline use
Product Data Management
Supports SOLIDWORKS PDM & Manage
Can be hosted in a cloud data centreFind out more
Built-in cloud data management based on the 3D Experience Platform
Does not support PDM/Manage
Enterprise Collaboration
Requires SOLIDWORKS PDM & Manage
Available through 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
CAD View and Markup
Available via eDrawings and eDrawings Professional
Built-in view and markup capabilities available on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform
Simulation & Validation
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Available
+ scalable cloud Simulation tools
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Available
+ scalable cloud Simulation tools

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