Revisioning Customer Supplied Geometry on the Platform

For many industries, it’s quite common to receive customer supplied 3D models. Fixturing, dies, molds, & custom automation equipment, all make use of this practice. But what happens when your customer provides you with a new revision of the design? How do you capture it? Luckily, the Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform makes this easy. Let’s take a look.

To start, this handle was saved to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and released to begin creating tooling.

Now for the design change from the customer. In this case, two counter bore holes to accommodate hardware. Let’s make sure we have the customers design change captured as a revision.

Start by incrementing the revision on the original design. You can do this by clicking the Lifecycle Tab in the Task Pane and then click “New Revision”

Enter a comment for the new revision and the click “Revise”

The task pane will now indicate that a new revision exists. Load the new revision by clicking the “Replace By Revision” icon on the Lifecycle toolbar

With the new revision loaded, take ownership of it by reserving it and then navigate to the “Tools” tab. Select the “Replace Content” icon

Browse to the location of the new customer file and select Open. The geometry of Rev B has been replaced with the customer’s geometry and can be saved to the platform!

At any point in time, you can now pull up Revision A in SOLIDWORKS, and see exactly where you started from!

And the best part is, with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, it can be accessed from anywhere and on any device.

What challenges do you face when dealing with customer supplied data? Be sure to comment below! To learn more about the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, be sure to visit


Steve Fick

Steve Fick

Steve FICK is a Sr. Industry Solution Consultant DS SOLIDWORKS. He has over 17 years of SOLIDWORKS experience as a machine designer, technical manager, & solution consultant. His technical background includes a focus on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform as well as SOLIDWORKS Distributed Data Management offering which includes SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional & SOLIDWORKS Manage.
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