Technology Preview: 3DEXPERIENCE Works and SOLIDWORKS 2022

The beloved tradition of the TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW continues at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 in the form of Don’t Miss This Demo. Released in three episodes, Don’t Miss This Demo shows off the latest, greatest and what’s next for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio, including a sneak peak at the upcoming release of SOLIDWORKS 2022.

EPISODE ONE: Kevin makes his coworkers disappear!?

We open with the intern, Kevin, giving a demonstration of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS to his manager and coworkers. “It’s the SOLIDWORKS we all know and love, but connected to cloud.” While his demo skills can be improved, the software looks good to the team as it improves their level of data management, collaboration, design re-use and more. Kevin even shows off how it can use models made in the browser-based, Sub-D modeling app xShape.

However, the coworkers continue to torment Kevin. His patience has expired. He wishes they would all disappear and he retreats to the shop to 3D print one of his new designs. Waiting for the print to finish, he dozes off. Meanwhile, the rest of the company receives an immediate work-from-home order.

When Kevin wakes up, he think his wish came true! Now he has the run of the entire office without fear of his coworkers. Does this story sound familiar? It should.

While taking a break from his antics, Kevin is alerted by two CAD bandits who plan to break in and steal the company’s hardware and designs. However, the building still looks occupied. They return to their van to hack into the company’s servers.

Before the bandits gain access, Kevin migrates the company’s designs to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform using the automated tools included with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.

Empty handed, the CAD Bandits will not give up. They will return tomorrow to break into the building and steal everything. Surely, everyone will be working from home by then.

Watch Episode One On Demand at the virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 (log-in required)

EPISODE TWO: The CAD Bandits are coming back!

Kevin needs a plan…a project plan…to make the office look busy and drive off the bandits when they return. Using the breadth and depth of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio and reconnecting with his team, Kevin succeeds…

Lean Team Player to quickly lay out his battle plan. Project Planner to prioritize his tasks. Product Release Engineer to build his shopping list.

Kevin combines the power of 3D Creator, 3D SheetMetal Creator, 3D Structure CreatorNC Shop Floor Programmer, and Collaborative Business Innovator to video call his manager, design and build the rest of the robots.

When the bandits arrive, it looks to them as a fully functioning office. They watch and list in on a design review meeting showing 3D Mold Creator, 3D Structure Creator, 3D SheetMetal Creator, 3D Sculptor, 3D Creator, 3D Render, and Product Communicator…all in the web browser, touch-enabled and built on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Continuing their scan of the building, the bandits see how the company validates their designs using Structural Performance Engineer, Electromagnetics Engineer, Fluid Dynamics Engineer, and Plastic Injection Engineer, all of which are associated with the SOLIDWORKS designs with no data import or export.

Upon closer inspection, the bandits realize that they’ve been deceived. The office is empty except for the intern. Confident they can suppress the intern, they plan to return the next day. When they do, Kevin will be ready with SOLIDWORKS 2022.

Watch Episode Two On Demand at the virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 (log-in required)

EPISODE THREE: This is Kevin’s Office. He had to defend it!

With the power of SOLIDWORKS 2022, Kevin designs traps for the bandits as they try to break in. But first, he uses 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight to predict where the bandits will start their attack.

Kevin designs a gantry system with the new connection elements in Structure System to crush the bandits when they arrive.

A secret shredder with sheet metal mounts will be sure to take out the bandits. With the new predefined flat pattern views, Kevin finishes his drawing faster than ever before.

Next, the barista barrage will be sure to blast them away. With the new ability to create coordinate systems from absolute coordinates and enhanced Quick Mates, Kevin rapidly assembles his components.

But the CAD Bandits keep coming and finally reach Kevin. At the climax of our story, the CAD Cops return from SOLIDWORKS World 2011 and save the day. Armed with their donut blaster, they take out the CAD Bandits for good. They even show a bit of how their blaster was designed and validated using the new linkage rods and more flexible mesh controls in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

To see what else was shown in the technology preview and find out how the story concludes, watch the entire episode:

Watch Episode Three On Demand at the virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 (log-in required)

As always, please remember, this is a TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW regarding SOLIDWORKS 2022. Feature and functionality are always changing until fully vetted and not guaranteed to be in the next release of the software.

Michael STEEVES
Ever since he was first able to crawl, Michael has been pushing buttons to figure out how things work and sharing his experiences to empower others. From pool trick shots to technology previews while wearing leopard print suits, Michael lives the question of “how can I do that in SOLIDWORKS?”
Michael STEEVES