After teaching 1000’s of students and writing about SOLIDWORKS for over 25 years, David Planchard, emeritus WPI, is exploring xDesign. Through the SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson series, David helps educators understand the differences and similarities between xDesign and SOLIDWORKS through simple examples. He also introduces new apps in the engineering design process.
I’ve been excited to explore SOLIDWORKS xDesign and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with simple examples for the past 11 weeks.
Where do you find additional resources on xDesign?
One of my favorite streaming shows is SOLIDWORKS Live featuring interviews with customers and employees on design, manufacturing, simulation and education. Intro to 3D CAD with host, Sean O’Neill and application engineer/designer for Battlebots,Team Malice, Mike Britton, uses xDesign to explore basic and advanced techniques in learning CAD. Shows are recorded and available on-demand.
From MySOLIDWORKS.com, select Training. Search for xDesign. Select Explore the 3D Creator Role. The 3D Creator Role contains the app, xDesign.
3DEXPERIENCE Academic Community
After you create a 3DEXPERIENCE ID, Educators, can get more information on xDesign and SOLIDWORKS. Request to join the 3DEXPERIENCE Academic Community for free at go.3ds.com/academiccommunity.
3DEXPERIENCE Student Community
Students, join the student community for free at go.3ds.com/studentcommunity. Check out great posts on Mechanism Mondays, FEA Fridays, Solid Saturdays (animations), Formula Student, Formula SAE exercises and a great WIKI for FIRST Robotics.
SOLIDWORKS xDesign Revisited
The browser-based xDesign app is a cloud design tool built on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform by Dassault Systèmes. There is no software installation.
From default reference planes, view orientation, Design Manager and new workflows, below are the xDesign lessons that focus on the differences you will experience as a SOLIDWORKS Educator.
What’s next? Next week, let’s return to SOLIDWORKS desktop and explore new options with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Design well, Marie