3D Systems, Los Angeles, California, USA, has announced the launch of 3DXpert™ for Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks. By combining the tools that designers need from 3DXpert with SolidWorks, 3D Systems states that it will provide a distinct and exclusive advantage to all SolidWorks users.
3DXpert for SolidWorks is said to provide a number of new tools, accessible in a familiar CAD environment, which are expected to make it easier to prepare and optimise designs for both metal and plastic Additive Manufacturing. Users of the software will be able to:
- Maintain design integrity by working with native CAD solids without converting them into STL, or toggling between several software programs to accomplish all tasks.
- Optimise structures with rapid creation of lattice-based structures for light-weighting and applying surface textures.
- Ensure quality printed parts by using real-time analysis for best-fit positioning and orientation of the part. Use of automated analysis and setting of support structures helps designers ensure surface quality and prevents part distortion.
- Accelerate preparation time by employing automatic features such as tray setup, and estimation of material usage and build time
Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are excited to partner with Dassault Systèmes and help customers experience the reality of 3D printing through the new 3DXpert for SolidWorks. 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 redefining the design and manufacturing process.”
“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the adoption of Additive Manufacturing,” added 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. Available with all SolidWorks 3D CAD subscriptions, 3DXpert for SolidWorks will allows designers to optimise their design for Additive Manufacturing, check for manufacturability without any waste of time and material, and attain a competitive advantage in the market.”
The standard edition of 3DXpert for SolidWorks is now available via download. Additional add-ons with advanced lattice design, lattice optimisation tools and a new 3DXpert for SolidWorks Professional Edition are available through SolidWorks’ VAR network.