Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS Now Provides Easier Access to Your Data and Smooths Out Data Exchange

If you’ve connected your SOLIDWORKS® data to the cloud, congrats! That means you’re using Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS or 3DEXPERIENCE® SOLIDWORKS and reaping the benefits of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which offers a single source of truth, access to data in one central location, and collaboration—all in one solution.

Today we’re going to look at what’s new in Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS. There is plenty to be excited about in the April release, including enhancements that will speed up tasks, such as clearing your local cache and auto-naming and enable smoother, faster collaboration. Let’s take a closer look at each new enhancement.

  1. Auto-naming with Ability to Copy File Name to Title – save time with one less step.

With the latest release, you will find the Auto-naming option is faster as you no longer have to do the “Copy to MyWork” step. The Auto-name option computes an automatic name for a SOLIDWORKS object and applies the name to the SOLIDWORKS file title. The original file name is not changed.

This not only saves you a step, but it helps with name conflicts, therefore making it easier to search for your titles. The “Batch Save to 3DEXPERIENCE” capability covered below will also benefit from this enhancement.

Enhanced auto-naming for titles eliminates the need to copy to your local cache, resulting in improved performance.


  1. Batch Save Bookmark with Folder Structure – organize your data more easily.

If you recall in the last release, we enabled you to assign a bookmark when doing a batch upload of a SOLIDWORKS part, assembly or drawing files from multiple folders at the same time. In this release when you are in the Batch Save to 3DEXPERIENCE dialog box, when you select a bookmark the same folder structure, including subfolders will be maintained in the Bookmark Editor. When you do a search on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for the folder it will include all the subfolders, so you no longer have to reference your local folder structure on your desktop, which will save you time and help you stay organized.

You can classify data under a bookmark structure that reflects the local folder and easily access it on the 3DEXPEREINCE platform.


  1. Access Your Local Cache Explorer in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Task Pane – quickly access and manage your local cache.

You can now view your local cache content directly from the task pane in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This feature provides a quick way for you to manage the local cache, allowing you to open, delete or filter by part, assembly and/or drawing files. For instance, you could find a part that includes related data, and delete it from the Title list in one click by selecting the “Delete from This PC” option.

This makes your local cache more accessible and manageable.

View cached files content directly from the task pane.


  1. Drag-and-Drop Support for Platform Apps – save times you time and improves your workflow.

You’ll find another time-saving workflow enhancement is the ability to drag and drop a file from the Feature Tree Design Manager right into your Platform apps, such as the Bookmark Editor and Change Action.

You can easily drag and drop components from the Feature Tree to Platform apps.


Well that covers some of the productivity enhancements. The latest release of Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS also helps you streamline collaboration through flexible assembly support and the ability to send SOLIDWORKS data as a package to external suppliers who don’t have access to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Learn more about these enhancements in my colleague Craig Therrien’s blog here.

I’ll be covering more of these features in depth in upcoming blogs. Let me know what you’d like to learn more about in the Comment section.

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Priyanka Kanherkar

Priyanka Kanherkar

Priyanka Kanherkar is a Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Roles Portfolio Manager focused on connecting SOLIDWORKS desktop with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. She has a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering specializing in Aerodynamics from the Florida Institute of Technology. Apart from work, she loves travelling, cooking and hiking. Priyanka is also a trained Indian classical dancer.