The Cutting Edge of Design – Part 3: Making Changes in a Connected Space

   By Wayne White on July 9, 2021

Concept, design, simulation and production can all be tasks that involve many professionals of varying areas of expertise to create a successful end result. In our last installment of this project, we established what needs to be done to the assembly using the 3D Product Architect role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

This time, we will be covering the design and reference of parts and making them available to team members, including industrial designers, machinists and management. We will be using SOLIDWORKS Connected and various other apps in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to complete these tasks.

This article covers:

Task State

Up first, is a task waiting inside SOLIDWORKS Connected. We will begin by browsing our team’s collaborative tasks. As we review tasks, we see that our responsibilities are to locate the battery. Now that the task has been identified, it can be moved to an “In Work” state so that other team members can see this work has begun.


The battery needs to be located so that the next team member can design a new cordless handle shape with respect to this new geometry in our changed product. In SOLIDWORKS Connected, we have designed the guts to the carving knife, defined various parametric designs based on product requirements, and this will be made available for downstream operations, including xShape and various simulation tasks in the platform.

>> What is xShape and How Does it Work?

Accessing Files

Accessing the necessary files for this task is very efficient. With the Bookmark Editor in SOLIDWORKS Connected, you can directly access the product. You can also access the files directly through deliverables and/or attachments in the assigned collaborative task as well, for an even more streamlined workflow.


The correct battery pack has already been placed into the product design, so we can make very quick work of location by using standard mates in SOLIDWORKS Connected. Ultimately, the battery just needs positioning, but if you are looking for more capabilities within SOLIDWORKS (creation of design features, creation of core/cavity), you can find much of this in the TriMech Video Tech Tip library.

Saving Changes

Now that the battery is located, we need to make sure the changes propagate to the platform. Seen below, the green key to the top-level assembly indicates you have ownership and can make changes. Once saved, we can put in a comment to help with finding this file in the future with the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE’s 6W tags.


>> Understanding 6W Tags on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

That’s it for this segment. The design of the handle shape can now be tackled. We’ll circle back later with how we can read xShape components in SOLIDWORKS.

Video Overview

Watch the video below that shares a detailed look at the design and reference of parts and making them available with team members in this connected ecosystem.     

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