Expand SOLIDWORKS in Your Classroom with Industry Best Practices Using Cloud-Connected Applications


In today’s competitive job market, students need every advantage they can get. With DASSAULT SYSTEMES 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, SOLIDWORKS® Education has expanded its portfolio to bring cloud technology and collaboration into the classroom, boosting students’ employability.

My friends Gian and John worked through a Hair Trimmer product design using SOLIDWORKS and  our new technology applications, SOLIDWORKS Connected, 3D Sculptor and 3D Creator during a SOLIDWORKS Live event.  This workflow shows an example on how engineers are working to design new products.

We know and love SOLIDWORKS desktop.  We start our design in SOLIDWORKS.  SOLIDWORKS Connected allows you to enhance your SOLIDWORKS designs by connecting information on your desktop with our cloud-based applications.








Inside of 3D Sculptor, you will find the xShape app – one of my favorites.  This allows you to create organic shapes.  Inside of 3D Creator, you will find the xDesign app.  Use xDesign to create prismatic shapes.  You can also start a new design in xShape or xDesign – but when you have SOLIDWORKS components – adding needed geometry in the xApps saves time.

These new tools do not live in silos.  As you design, the flexibility of cloud-connected apps allows you to share information with others, anytime, and anywhere on any device.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform apps allow you to manage revisions of components, tasks, and through communities, support team brainstorming – all how industry works with the demands to bring new products to market – faster.

The Hair Trimmer design starts in SOLIDWORKS.  You make design changes to key components.  What about common purchased components – like a switch?  John introduces PartSupply, where manufacturers’ components such as switches, motors, can be inserted into your assembly.



With the overall assembly 80% complete, it’s time to use the xShape app.  Gian shows how to start with a primitive shape containing faces, edges and points.




Using ‘push-pull” techniques, aligning points and edges, the overall case is created.




John adds Shell, Rib and other features in the xDesign app. With a single platform, the engineer can easily switch between apps.




Gian and John take you through a few more steps to complete the assembly.




The engineer is responsible for controlling the tasks for projects.  With Collaborative Tasks, engineers can work together to see To Do, In Work and Completed tasks all connected to component information through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.  If deadlines are slipping, the platform sends notifications to the engineers – or the instructor.

SOLIDWORKS Live shows new, efficient workflows with the latest technology from SOLIDWORKS and DASSAULT SYSTEMES.  As always, we believe that our educators need the best tools to teach the workforce of the future.

For more information on the new SOLIDWORKS Education offers, contact your SOLIDWORKS  Education Value Added Reseller.

Be well.  Marie




Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard