Learn Freeform Design with SOLIDWORKS Tools in xShape Master Class

Parametric modeling is a dominant approach to 3D CAD that allows for feature definition and dimension control. It is proven as a fantastic method for mechanical engineering and design. As consumer preferences change, however, there is a growing need for organic, ergonomic, human-based design.

SOLIDWORKS® answers that need with the browser-based subdivision (Sub-D), freeform modeling tool xShape, found in the 3D Sculptor role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. And to help designers and engineers understand the best ways to think in Sub-D, SOLIDWORKS developed xShape Master Class.


xShape Master Class demonstrates how to use this next-generation design solution with a series of videos highlighting the best-practices for designing in Sub-D. Sub-D modeling allows users to create complex shapes and surfaces by pushing and pulling vertices, edges, and faces. While parametric designs like those used in SOLIDWORKS CAD are driven by user-defined sketches, features, and parameters, Sub-D designs allow users to mold their designs like digital clay.

In xShape Master Class, you will learn basic, intermediate, and advanced subdivision modeling techniques through the course of nine videos. These video tutorials showcase the power of xShape and browser-based design, and teach users how easy and even fun it can be to create with freeform, Sub-D tools.


Designers and engineers can watch the tutorials, but they can also get hands-on with xShape using working files. Each tutorial video comes with working files users can download so they can follow along with the video to learn how to design in Sub-D in real time.

Users who own 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium already have 3D Sculptor and xShape included with their purchase, as do users with SOLIDWORKS Cloud, the 3D Sculptor role on its own, or 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers. Those who don’t have xShape can contact their local Reseller Partner to see how to add this new tool to their design toolbox.

With xShape Master Class, designers and engineers can learn how to use next-generation, freeform, Sub-D design tools built by SOLIDWORKS. Watch the tutorials, download the working files, and discover how you can become a modeling master today.


Sara Zuckerman

Sara Zuckerman

Sara Zuckerman is a Content Marketing Specialist in Brand Offer Marketing for SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS.