Concept to Consumer in the Blink of an Eye! SOLIDWORKS Solutions for Additive Manufacturing

Engineers need to stay on top of the latest design tools to compete in today’s fast paced product development cycles. SOLIDWORKS helps you do just that. Here are three of our latest, super-cool tools you need to know how to use: Topology Optimization, Additive Manufacturing and the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace.

Topology Optimization is a powerful simulation method that optimizes the performance of the system based on user defined constraints and goals. For example, you can maximize strength while reducing the mass. After solving, SOLIDWORKS creates optimized designs given the constraints that you are not likely to have come up with on your own. The resulting Topology Optimization geometry is ideal for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing).

Example: Frame of a drone starting with a material block


Additive Manufacturing is transforming the way products are designed. It was originally used for quick prototypes, but now it’s gone mainstream. 3D Printing is now routinely used for a wide variety for applications. In addition, Additive Manufacturing can produce more complex shapes than the conventional methods. As a result, assemblies can be consolidated into fewer parts, which reduces assembly costs, modes of failure and costly documentation.

3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace is another must-know resource for engineers and designers. It is a marketplace that connects manufacturers, parts suppliers and engineers where products go from the drawing board to bids to production and orders can be placed and fulfilled in record time. Simply said, a designer can upload a file and receive bids for production within hours.

To learn more about how to take your Concept to Consumer faster than ever before, we encourage you to watch this four-minute video on SOLIDWORKS solutions:


Mai Doan

Mai DOAN is a Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS Simulation. She has 20 years of experience in Simulation and Design. Prior to joining SOLIDWORKS in 2014 as a Territory Technical Manager, Mai worked as a Senior Application Engineer for ANSYS with expertise in Finite Element Analysis for more than 8 years. Before that, she developed her real world experience by designing mobile devices with an emphasis on Simulation for High Tech companies such as Siemens and Novatel Wireless. She holds Bachelor and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and speaks English, French & Vietnamese fluently.