Share SOLIDWORKS Data Externally Directly from the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

With each release of SOLIDWORKS we focus on helping users work smarter, faster, and together.

The same goes for our SOLIDWORKS-connected roles, 3DEXPERIENCE® SOLIDWORKS and Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, that connect your data to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and give you access to data management and collaboration capabilities in the cloud.

Connecting your data to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform adds a whole new level of working smarter, faster together. The latest releases build on that theme. With 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS R2022x FD04, you can access your content faster than ever, whether it’s stored locally or on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. There’s also a new Open dialog box and some other new enhancements that speed up collaboration. Let’s dive in.

  1. Data Extraction Utility – improve collaboration for sharing data with platform users.

This one boosts collaboration time by enabling project members who have the Product Structure Explorer App access to native SOLIDWORKS data. They can easily get the data from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and share it with other project stakeholders, such as vendors and manufacturers.

Platform users can use the Product Structure app to extract native SOLIDWORKS content directly form the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.


  1. New Open Dialog Box – access your content quicker with the option to open content locally or from the platform.

With the new Open dialog box, you can open content from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with the 3D Search option or access content locally using the PC option. Both options are right at your fingertips in one convenient location so you can get to your content more quickly. You can also access your Bookmarks from this dialog box.

Quickly access your content directly from the platform or locally using the new Open dialog box.


  1. Include a Drawing in Save as New Dialog Box – save time and easily make a duplicate drawing.

Duplicate a drawing in just one step with the ability to include reference drawings when using Save as New for assemblies or parts.

Include a drawing in Save as New dialog box.


  1. Include Relations in the Product Structure – improve collaboration by showing related drawings in the product structure.

When navigating over an assembly structure, this feature will enable the user to reveal/show the drawings if any exist in the assembly.

Easily identify related drawings in the product structure by expanding the view.


  1. Include Drawings in Derived Outputs Dialog Box – speed up collaboration by providing more valuable input with your derived outputs.

You can now include a drawing with the “Include Linked Drawings” option under 2D formats using the Product Structure app. This gives you the ability to download derived outputs of an assembly along with its drawings for sharing internally or externally.

Include drawings in the Derived Outputs dialog box.


That sums it up for the enhancements for both 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS this round. However, there are a couple of things I want to point out that are new for Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS users that are already available in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS. For instance, Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS users can now use the keyboard shortcut “CTL O” to open the Open dialog box and there is also a new “Save to 3DEXPERIENCE” option in the Save To dialog box.

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Salih Alani

Salih Alani

Salih Alani joined SOLIDWORKS in 2013. He held SOLIDWORKS technical support position focused on core SOLIDWORKS, DraftSight, licensing (Online Licensing), and Lead Technical Support of 3D CONTENTCENTRAL, Technical Support Account Manager for Enterprise Subscription Services (ESS) customer account and lead organizer for VAR Performance Tuning Workshop in Dassault Systèmes Waltham before he joined the SOLIDWORKS Product Management Team in 2020. He is now focused on 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS cloud roles along with collaboration on the 3DEPERIENCE Platform. Salih Alani is Graduate of the University of Technology, Iraq - Baghdad with BS in Mechanical Engineering, graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in mechanics and design.