3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 9: SOLIDWORKS and 3DSwym Communities

       After teaching 1000’s of students and writing about SOLIDWORKS for over 25 years, David Planchard, emeritus WPI, is exploring SOLIDWORKS desktop and the integrated 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.  Through the 3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson series, David helps educators understand the 3DEXPERIENCE Add-In with simple examples and industry practices.

What is 3DSwym? 3DSwym is your communication center on the platform. It’s a communication tool built with design teams in mind. The 3DSwym App is the Social and Collaborative App for students, engineers, scientists and other professionals to view, participate, and create in Communities of common interests.

The 3DSwymer Role provides the ability to connect and collaborate in a cloud environment on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. A Role is a collection of Apps. The 3DSwym App is contained within the 3DSwymer Role.

Communities can engage and establish new relationships through likes, comments, file exchanges, shares, Wikis, Wedos, and more.

Communities can be private, public or secret.

Access 3DSwym communities from your SOLIDWORKS desktop, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, or directly from a browser.

In this lesson, access the 3DSwym community from the SOLIDWORKS desktop and your browser. Explore the related Apps (3DSKETCH and 3DStory) and functions. Visit four public and private communities: Open COVID19 Community, SOLIDWORKS Forum Community, 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Academics Community and the 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Students Community.

Note: A direct URL is provided for each Community if you want to use your browser.


Before we start, there are a few items that you need to know.

An internet connection is required. A 3DEXPERIENCE ID is required.

Open COVID19 Community URL: 3DSwym Open COVID19


3DEXPERIENCE EDU Academics Community URL: 3DSwym 3DEXPERIENCE Edu | Academics

There is also a community for students, 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Student Community URL: 3DSwym 3DEXPERIENCE Edu | Students

3DEXPERIENCE Launcher needs to be installed. 3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 1: Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS and the Platform.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is browser driven. Your existing cookies and cache determine what you will see on your computer desktop or during a SOLIDWORKS login.

Start a SOLIDWORKS session from your desktop.

Double-click the SOLIDWORKS icon.

View the illustration below. Depending on your system setup, cookies, and cache, it will be different.

Input the requested information.

Click Accept All.


The Welcome – SOLIDWORKS dialog box is displayed.

Close the Welcome dialog box.

Click the 3DEXPERIENCE icon in the Task Pane.

Connect to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

View the illustration below. Depending on your system setup, cookies, and cache, it will be different. Read the information.

Click Accept All.


The MySession panel is displayed. This displays the two-way communication between SOLIDWORKS running on your desktop and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform running in the cloud.

Click the center of the Compass. View your available Roles, Cockpits, My Favorite Apps, and My Apps. The display will vary depending on your license and Roles.


Drag the slider downward to view the 3DSwym Widget under My Apps.

Click the 3DSwym Widget as illustrated.


The 3DSwym Community homepage is displayed. Your 3DSwym Community homepage will look different.

The Communities tab lists your available communities. Communities are groups that have a common interest.

In the What’s New page, you can see the most recent content from all of your communities.

The right side provides the starting point to build your network.

Create a simple post or target post. Remember, 3DSwym is a communication tool built with design teams in mind.

Click the Add an Idea icon. View your options.

Click Post to create a general post to your community.

Click 3D / Photo / Video to create and post with a 3DSketch, Whiteboard, Story, or Upload.



3DEXPERIENCE 3DSKETCH is a great tool to quickly create an idea and send it to your team for input.

With a few circles and lines, I created the below item in 3DEXPERIENCE 3DSKETCH.

Note: If your idea is vague, you can insert an existing picture and start sketching on it.



3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory is a great tool to create and pitch your design presentation.

Create posts with a series of photos, images, videos, or 3D models.

Click WeDo to assign a task to a team member.

Click Idea to post an Idea which goes through the Idea funnel.

Click Question to post a question to the team.

Click Survey to quickly develop a survey for design input.

Click Wiki page to create a Wiki page for up-to-date information.


Once your community has grown, you can filter on the posts by: Timelines, Media, WeDos, Ideas, Questions, Wiki pages, and Surveys.


Open COVID19 Community

Search for a community. Note: You can also use a direct link with any browser Open COVID19 Community URL: 3DSwym Open COVID19

In this example, I entered Open COVID19.

Click Search.

Close the Welcome box.

The Open COVID19 community is displayed.

Three plus years ago, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) effected the world. The virus spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they coughed, sneezed, spoke, sang or took a breath.

Dassault Systèmes developed the Open COVID19 community for designers, engineers and medical professionals to collaborate their ideas for new and improved personal protective equipment (ppe).

Schools went to a remote teaching environment. Essential health care worker were over whelmed with infected patients. There were shortages of conventional face masks.

The Open COVID19 community identified that full face shields were required to protect people when coughing or sneezing. SIMULIA technology was used to map a human simulation of a cough or sneeze. Designs needed to address weight, cost, available materials, new manufacturing processes, etc,.

My WPI remote ME2300 Engineering design class took advantage of the Open COVID19 community. The class was divided into teams of four students. Our focus was designing and manufacturing a cost-effective full-face shield for a new born baby. Up to this time, most of the designs were targeted for adults.

Explore the format of the 3DSwym Open COVID19 community.

The community will inform you if it is Public or Private. The Open COVID19 community is Public. If it was Private, you can request to join.


Click Show All.

A list of your communities is displayed under My Communities. Your display will be different.

You can be an author, contributor or owner of a community. A community is public, private or secret. Dassault Systèmes user communities are public.

Click Open COVID19 as illustrated to return to this community.

The right side provides the ability to filter by various community options: Posts, Media, Ideas, Questions, Wikis, and Surveys.

It also provides details about the community, members and posted timelines.


Return to your SOLIDWORKS desktop session.

Go to the SOLIDWORKS User Forum.

Click the Help icon as illustrated.

Click User Forum.

Close the Welcome dialog box.

The SOLIDWORKS User Forum community is displayed.


The SOLIDWORKS User Forum is designed purely for the SOLIDWORKS user. No commercial selling or marketing is permitted.

Use the Forum to ask questions on SOLIDWORKS, share what you know about SOLIDWORKS and learn from others about SOLIDWORKS.

3DEXPERIENCE Academics Community

Next explore the 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Academics Community. This is a private community for educators. Educators can request to join, Communities | 3DEXPERIENCE Edu (3ds.com).

Enter the 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Academics Community URL: 3DSwym 3DEXPERIENCE Edu | Academics into your browser.

The 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Academics Community is displayed. Want to keep in touch with new platform developments, new learning content, contests for students, etc.? Want to get access to coaching and support? This is the dedicated community for Educators.

Click the wiki filter as illustrated.



This is an excellent community for educators to collaborate on learning content, connect with other educators and review system requirements for the classroom.

3DEXPERIENCE EDU Student Community

There is also a student community. This is a public community. Students can request to join, Communities | 3DEXPERIENCE Edu (3ds.com).

Enter the 3DEXPERIENCE EDU Student Community: 3DSwym 3DEXPERIENCE Edu | Students

Students can collaborate with others on designs and creations. In the community, share ideas and best practices, find solutions to complex problems, learn from each other, and hook up with peers to take part in student competitions.

One of Marie’s favorite communities is the Makers-Made in 3D Community.  It’s a community of Makers.  So if you are a Do-It-Yourself designer there is another free, public community for you to be a part of.

This is the end of the lesson.


Check out other lessons in this series:

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 1: Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS and the Platform

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 2: SOLIDWORKS and Save and Revision

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 3: SOLIDWORKS and Bookmarks, Share and Delete

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 4: SOLIDWORKS and Lifecycle Maturity States

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 5: SOLIDWORKS, Collaborative Space and Bookmarks

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 6: SOLIDWORKS with Search Tools

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 7: SOLIDWORKS with 3DPlay

3DEXPERIENCE Works Lesson 8: SOLIDWORKS and 3DDrive


Academic Community: After you create a 3DEXPERIENCE ID, Educators, can get more information on SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.  Request to join the 3DEXPERIENCE Academic Community for free at go.3ds.com/academiccommunity.

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 and Formula SAE exercises.

Stay tuned for David’s next lesson as he moves to SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE Simulation.

Design 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