3DXpert™ for SOLIDWORKS® enables users to optimize designs for additive manufacturing

3DXpert delivers a direct Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) workflow for SOLIDWORKS users (PRNewsfoto/3D Systems)

3D Systems and Dassault Systèmes will enable SOLIDWORKS users to prepare and optimize designs for both plastic and metal additive manufacturing via 3DXpert™ for SOLIDWORKS.


Available in a new layer of tools and accessible in a familiar CAD environment, the software ensures the production of complex geometries, light-weight parts without compromising strength. Furthermore, using this software enables professionals to apply surface texture to deliver functional or aesthetic benefits.

Despite the estimated rapid growth (revenue of $20B by the year 2020) of the additive manufacturing market, designers would not fully exploit additive manufacturing capabilities, simply because the way to get there is either not accessible or too difficult to navigate.

Through this software, the involved companies aim to provide an integrated solution that streamlines preparation and optimization stages from design to manufacturing.

3DXpert delivers a direct Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) workflow for SOLIDWORKS users (3D Systems)

Designers using 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS 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.
  • Optimize 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.

For Vyomesh Joshi, president and chief executive officer, 3D Systems. “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.

This period is full of exciting projects for Dassault Systèmes be it in the health care industry or 3D design in additive manufacturing with HP.

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