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What is the 3DEXPERIENCE? From SOLIDWORKS World 2019 one can see it is more than software.

The aptly named 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes has once again reiterated its dedication to the 3D design and engineering community. This was done with the introduction of the 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS portfolio of industry-aware applications as well as various use cases of companies on the platform.

Roaming through the SOLIDWORKS World annual conference, I took a further look at the various brands within the platform that have accumulated over 6 million users.

Signage at SOLIDWORKS World 2019. Photo by Tia Vialva.
Signage at SOLIDWORKS World 2019. Photo by Tia Vialva.


With 12 different brands under the umbrella of the 3DEXPERIENCE, Dassault Systèmes has declared that its cloud-based platform currently serves 11 industries. CATIA, for example, built for industrial product design, serves the automotive and aerospace community with such features as 3D sketching and Class-A modeling to 3D printing.

3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS was introduced to midsized companies using SOLIDWORKS as a new category of business solutions. It integrates Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to foster improved collaboration, manufacturing efficiency, and business agility using one cohesive digital workflow. From this new portfolio comes DELMIAWORKS, which according to Robert Donath, Exalead Technical Sales at Dassault Systèmes, bridges the gap between design and part production.

Aaron Kelly, Cloud Advocacy Director, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes, added that such applications within 3DEXPERIENCE “eliminate any reason to go outside the platform.” Contributing to this in-house hub is ENOVIA for the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, SIMULIA for 3D simulation, and GEOVIA for geologic modeling and mining, among others.

Inside the Partner Pavilion at SOLIDWORKS World. Photo by Tia Vialva.
Inside the Partner Pavilion at SOLIDWORKS World. Photo by Tia Vialva.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace

Also integrated within Dassault Systèmes’ ecosystem is the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace, which was launched last year. This gives designers the option to select and purchase existing parts as well as produce them through external facilities.

Speaking with Donath, he explains the two segments of the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. The first of the two is Part Supply, a platform with over 600 suppliers hosting more than a million components. These existing models, which include bearings, braces, and brackets, can be modified in SOLIDWORKS or CATIA to suit the engineer’s needs.

Then in Make, the second section of the marketplace platform, the same users now have access to 210 service bureaus specializing in CNC machining, injection molding, and additive manufacturing. Together, the facilities, spread across 100 countries, have access to over 1500 3D printers.

“This platform is still relatively new, however, the orders we have received are rather lucrative. We’re still deliberating whether data regarding the most used suppliers or bureaus should be displayed on the Marketplace itself for the user’s benefit.”

Donath adds that many of the companies using the Marketplace find it more convenient to produce parts using this platform due to otherwise limited resources. Additionally, companies have been prone to order a small number of parts at a time, which has proven cost effective when compared to direct methods of manufacturing. Joby Aviation, a Californian start-up, is one of may leveraging the Marketplace.

Engineers from the company are using additive manufacturing to produce scaled-down prototypes of novel aircraft transportation.

Some of the suppliers within the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. Photo by Tia Vialva.
Service bureaus within the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace comparing part production costs. Photo by Tia Vialva.


As a result of SOLIDWORKS World 2019, over 169 users have become certified on the platform, totaling more than 330,000 certified users overall. Recognizing the evolution of its software, Gian Paolo Bassi, SOLIDWORKS CEO, announced the shift of the established conference from SOLIDWORKS WORLD to 3DEXPERIENCE World.

This change is said to encourage advanced cloud-based technology for collaboration in design and production. The 3DEXPERIENCE World will be introduced in Nashville, Tennessee in 2020.

The 3DEXPERIENCE World signage at SOLIDWORKS World. Photo by Tia Vialva.
The 3DEXPERIENCE World signage at SOLIDWORKS World. Photo by Tia Vialva.

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Featured image shows the 3DEXPERIENCE signage at SOLIDWORKS World. Photo by Tia Vialva.