Feb 7, 2018 | By Benedict

3D Systems has released a new version of its 3DXpert 3D printing tool for use within Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS CAD platform. The tool lets SOLIDWORKS users prepare and optimize designs for both plastic and metal additive manufacturing.

Another hour, another SOLIDWORKS announcement from SOLIDWORKS World 2018. This time it’s the turn of additive manufacturing behemoth 3D Systems, which has launched its new 3DXpert tool for SOLIDWORKS, providing new 3D design tools within the familiar CAD environment of the popular Dassault Systèmes software.

With the new 3DXpert 3D design tool, SOLIDWORKS users can produce complex geometries, light-weight parts, and new surface textures for functional or aesthetic benefits. 3D Systems says the tool can aid product development speed and time to market, and can lower the total cost of operation.

Features of 3DXpert include structure optimization with lattice-based geometries, which can help to reduce the weight of 3D printed parts while maintaining strength; real-time analysis for best-fit positioning and orientation; automatic tray setup; and estimation of material usage and build time.

“This collaboration enables SOLIDWORKS users to create more shapes [in] more ways, and accelerate product development cycles while lowering costs,” commented 3D Systems President and CEO Vyomesh Joshi. “We are offering designers a true competitive advantage while re-defining the design and manufacturing process.”

“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,” added Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SOLIDWORKS at Dassault Systèmes.

3DXpert is available now for all SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD subscribers, who must surely feel like it's Christmas all over again.



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