Dassault Systèmes announced three new 3DExperience Works commercial software offerings: standard, professional, and premium, at the company’s 3DExperience World conference this week. Gian Paolo Bassi, Dassault Systèmes company’s chief executive officer announced the expansion.
The engineering software maker also announced a new partnership with Xometry, a company that makes an on-demand manufacturing software. The partnership will give SolidWorks and Catia users swift access manufacturing price quotes via the Xometry software. They’ll be able to get those quotes right on their design screen without the need to switch between software systems, Bassi says.
Xometry is Dassault Systèmes’ Make Marketplace’s first prime partner—a new category of partner that provides best-in-class buying experiences to users of Make Marketplace, Dassault Systèmes’ on-demand manufacturing service, Bassi says.
The 3DExperience Works expansion now offers standard, professional and versions and feature SolidWorks computer-aided design standard, professional and premium applications installed from, licensed from, and updated in the 3DExperience platform using data stored in the platform.
The connection means SolidWorks users can still use the SolidWorks desktop application they’re familiar with, while they also get the benefits of the 3DExperience digital platform. These include improved collaboration, embedded data management, automatic software updates, and access to current project data. In other words, SolidWorks users will have the CAD software and the platform access in one place on their desktop.
SolidWorks users to select from dozens of other 3DExperience Works applications to the ones they need for their tasks.
The scaled software also includes 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor, design applications that run in any browser.
“Customers want to do more than just design. They want to have a life-like experience of the products they make,” Bassi says. “This requires better design, simulation, governance, management, and manufacturing and—most important—collaboration within the entire value chain.
“We want to provide customers with more options that make sense for their business. That’s why we’ve made it easy for them to take advantage of and explore 3Dexperience Works platform,” he adds. “On the platform, everything and everyone involved in the concept, design, simulate, manufacture, sales, and service processes are connected and integrated in one continuous loop.”
SolidWorks customers can continue to buy the standalone SolidWorks desktop version. Dassault Systèmes also plans similar releases for its education and startups packages.
The Xometry partnership will allow engineers to get Xometry price quotes on their screen, in the context of their design, and click to have it manufactured while—at the same time—having the option to get instant or manual quotes from other Make Marketplace suppliers.
“Customers can order high-quality additive manufacturing or CNC machining parts in one click, at the right price, with Xometry’s instant quoting capabilities,” says Sébastien Massart, head of corporate strategy at Dassault Systèmes. “This is all part of our vision to reduce the friction that customers face going from design to manufacturing.”
The new prime partnership category in which Xometry is placed recognizes qualified service providers that have industrial-grade quality certifications and production capacities, he says. Dassault Systèmes plans to add other prime partners to its 3DExperience Marketplace ecosystem.