Reduce the Mayhem of Exchanging Data with New Export and Import Cloud Features

Sharing data and updating changes with external stakeholders just got easier and more manageable. You can now easily prepare your SOLIDWORKS® data as a package with pertinent PLM data to share it with external stakeholders who don’t have the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform. If you have Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, one of the roles that connect your SOLIDWORKS data to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, you can take advantage of the new export and import capabilities.

Let me bring you up to speed on what we’ve done so far this year, making it easier than ever to exchange data and collaborate with external stakeholders.

Similar to a pack and go, you can export data as a .sldpkg file. It’s as simple as selecting the file you want to send under Tools on the MySession Toolbar, then hit Export As Package and you can assign access rights, such as read-only or edit permissions. Give the package a name and hit Export and it exports it to your local system.

Find the Export As Package and Import Package Commands in the MySession Toolbar


Assign access rights before you send.


When you send the package to external stakeholder, they can then review the package with a free 3DEXPERIENCE Exchange for SOLIDWORKS add-in, which can be downloaded from our website. With the add-in external stakeholders don’t need license to access the package. They just need to create a 3DEXPERIENCE ID to view it and then they can open it in SOLIDWORKS.

Once you get the modified package back from the recipient you can easily see which components were modified and review any changes and save the updated package to 3DEXPERIENCE platform using the Replace from Package option.

Easily see what files have been modified for quick review and turnaround.


I think you’ll find these new data exchange capabilities enable you to send data faster and improve collaboration overall. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the Comment section below.

To learn more about what’s new to date in Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS check out my last blog here, and stay tuned for the summer update coming soon, including more enhancements for data exchange.

Not connected to the cloud?

The cloud has been a hot topic for years now, but are you embracing it? Personally, I think it’s important to get your hands-on cutting-edge technology like the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as early as possible in your career. In fact, I wish I would have been introduced to the concept of “platform” in my grad school days which includes a single source of truth and access to data in one central location.

Don’t miss out on the benefits of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including cloud-based data management and collaboration capabilities you can access from any device.

We offer two solutions that enable you to connect your SOLIDWORKS data to the cloud including Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.

Flexible deployment options are available based on your needs. If you want to continue using your existing SOLIDWORKS desktop installation, you can use Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, which connects your data to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to leverage its built-in data management and collaboration on the cloud. Or if you are looking for a new SOLIDWORKS installation that is cloud-connected, you can use 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, which is natively connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Both 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS are available as roles in our 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio.


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.