3D Systems Launches 3DXpert for SolidWorks

The software incorporates tools from 3DXpert into SolidWorks that enables users to prepare and optimize designs for additive manufacturing.


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3D Systems has announced 3DXpert for SolidWorks. Combining the tools that designers need from 3DXpert with SolidWorks from Dassault Systèmes, it enables users to prepare and optimize designs for both plastic and metal additive manufacturing.

The software provides a new layer of tools in a familiar CAD environment. Users can produce complex geometries and lightweight parts without compromising strength, as well as apply surface texture for functional or aesthetic benefits. 3DXpert for SolidWorks also streamlines preparation and optimization stages from design to manufacturing.

The software maintains design integrity by working with native CAD solids without converting them into STL, and eliminates the need to toggle between several software programs to accomplish all tasks. Users can optimize structures by rapidly creating lattices for lightweighting and applying surface textures. Real-time analysis for best-fit positioning and part orientation ensures quality, and automated analysis and setting of support structures ensures surface quality and prevents part distortion. Automatic features including tray set up and estimation of material usage and build time accelerate preparation time.  

Available to SolidWorks customers as part of an annual subscription, the standard edition of 3DXpert for SolidWorks is now available to download. Additional add-ons with advanced lattice design, lattice optimization tools and a 3DXpert for SolidWorks Professional edition are available through SolidWorks’ VAR network. 

“We are excited to partner with Dassault Systèmes and help customers experience the reality of 3D printing through the new 3DXpert for SolidWorks offering,” says 3D Systems President and CEO Vyomesh Joshi. “This collaboration enables SolidWorks users to create more shapes, more ways, and accelerate product development cycles while lowering costs. We are offering designers a true competitive advantage while re-defining the design and manufacturing process.”

“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the adoption of additive manufacturing,” says Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes. “As a result, we collaborated with 3D Systems to provide SolidWorks users with the tools to help them design specifically for additive manufacturing, which requires a different set of operations and rules than more traditional, subtractive manufacturing.”