Cloud-Based 3D Design with xApps – Collaborative Project Series

   By TriMech Marketing on September 1, 2021

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As the workplace transitions to a remote setting naturally, or out of necessity, being connected with your team is more important than ever. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers a great solution for not only the CAD users on your team, but everyone that contributes to the project during its lifecycle.

In this multi-part video series, we will be walking you through the design completion and stake-holder presentation of a circular saw prototype using only a web browser and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This will give you a great idea of how this tool can empower you and your team to create using a real-time ecosystem that connects people, ideas and data.

Our sample project is almost complete but there are some last-minute changes that need to be made. The team is all working remotely and it’s not clear if the desktop computers they are using have the needed software installed. To solve these problems of time and resources we’re going to use the cloud power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to virtually bring all the different team members together and give them instant access to the tools they need.  


Why Use 3DEXPERIENCE for this Project?

Cloud-based tools are not like traditional software you install on individual computers or a shared internal network. Instead, they live on protected external servers that are accessed via a web browser and an internet connection. This means that your 3DEXPERIENCE tools can be accessed whether you’re on your work PC, home Mac or mobile device.

It doesn’t matter what operating system you are using, or where you are, like it does with traditional software that use serial numbers tied to a specific machine. To access your entire platform of cloud-based tools, simply log in via your favorite web browser using your individual user credentials, and everything is at your fingertips wherever you are.

To get a little bit more of a general understanding, you can read up on some of the other introductory articles we have written and watch the video below for a general overview and introduction from our team of engineers.

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Cloud-Based 3D Design with xApps

With this series, we’ve broken up the project by the different 3DEXPERIENCE applications (xApps) that best fit the needed stage of the project. Depending on how you want to configure your users within the platform, different users can have access to single or multiple xApps, but most importantly everyone will be able to collaborate on the project in a centralized online location. 

  1. Kickoff with SWYM – SWYM (Say What You Mean) communities are a core feature of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. They are places where the entire team, from concept to final production, can communicate on a project.

  2. Project Planner – Establishing a centralized plan can significantly increase the success of a project, through better data visibility, improved collaboration and purpose-built project management applications.

  3. 3D Creator with 3DP Prototyping – As we move further into our design, we’re going to work with the mechanical design using the xDesign xApp on a Macbook Pro (because we can). 

  4. 3D Sculptor and 3D Creator –Utilizing tools from the 3D Sculptor and 3D Creator Roles we will create the handgrip component. The handgrip needs to be ergonomic, and therefore will require the main grip body to be a smooth, organic shape.

  5. Sheet Metal Creator – For the redesign, we are going to take advantage of some of the tools available inside of the xSheetMetal xApp to add some features and complexity to the part, while ensuring manufacturability. 

  6. 3D Mold Creator – We walk through how the powerful mold tools in the platform can be utilized for functionality on our complex design geometry. All from the comfort of our hotel room (because we can).

  7. Product Document Creator – We want to make a few modifications and create a drawing that can be shared with fabricators and other external members, so we will use the xDocument xApp.

  8. Product Communicator – Communicating with the customer is key and we need to make sure that the instructions that accompany products are clear and concise. We will use the xHighlight xApp to generate technical illustrations that will be included in our User Manual..

  9. 3D Render – Using xStudio, we can create photorealistic renders so we can create great-looking marketing material as well as make more informed decisions on the aesthetics and form of our designs.

  10. Product Release Engineer –Now that our project design is complete, we’ll see how we can use Product Release Engineer to finalize the information about the components, release the parts, and generate multiple Bills of Material.

  11. Wrap up using a 3DStory – Our project is coming to a close, but we want to end it with a flourish to demonstrate the success we have experienced. We are using the 3DStory xApp to share those wins with key stakeholders.  

Watch the entire video playlist! 


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TriMech provides thousands of engineering teams with 3D design and rapid prototyping solutions that work hand-in-hand, from sketch to manufacturing. InterPro became a part of TriMech Solutions LLC in 2021.

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