Last week at SOLIDWORKS World in Los Angeles, Suchit Jain, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Strategy and Community at SOLIDWORKS announced a new partnership with Additive Manufacturing giant, 3D Systems. The key for additive manufacturing to reach its full potential across a wide range of industries is to make design tools more accessible and the workflow easier to navigate for the designer community. Up till now, designers did not have the right tools to make Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM), an inherent part of their design process. The partnership announced today means all SOLIDWORKS CAD Subscription customers have access to a new product, specifically to enable Design for Additive Manufacturing. Design for additive now at your fingertips 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS delivers an entire new toolset to SOLIDWORKS users for rapid, robust design for additive manufacturing. Supporting both plastic and metal 3D printing, 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS delivers unprecedented ease-of-use to DFAM – adding latticework, support structures, arranging the build platform and more in an integrated workflow that removes long and cumbersome design iterations. Let’s Dive Deeper Understanding that getting the most out of additive manufacturing requires a change in mindset, 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS includes model optimization as well as all preparations for printability as part of the design process. Being “additive manufacturing aware” allows designers to let their creativity lead the way and not be encumbered with traditional manufacturing limitations. As a result, it opens the door to a new world of opportunities that were previously extremely hard or even impossible to achieve. Producing complex geometries, achieving lighter weight parts without compromising on strength, and applying surface structures are only some of the benefits and capabilities that additive manufacturing introduces to the design process. How It Works 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS is a complementary software for SOLIDWORKS, equipping professional users, designers and engineers with everything they need to prepare and optimize their designs for additive manufacturing. A click of a button in SOLIDWORKS brings SOLIDWORKS native CAD data directly into 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS and provides an extensive toolset to easily analyze, prepare and optimize the design for additive manufacturing. The all-in-one solution eliminates the need for back and forth iterative and cumbersome processes involving multiple software solutions. Instead, 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS provides a direct path from SOLIDWORKS design to additive manufacturing and into the new world of additive manufacturing opportunities. 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS is available exclusively for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD subscribers. The Standard Edition is included in SOLIDWORKS subscription and can be downloaded at no extra cost from: https://www.3dsystems.com/3DXpert-4SW.