What’s New in 3DEXPERIENCE Design Roles 2021


The browser-based design and engineering capabilities on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform have been recently updated with the R2021x FD04 release on January 23, 2021. You may not have noticed it, because all updates to our cloud-based portfolio of products happen automatically. The power and flexibility these applications are worth considering as part of your product development toolbelt.

Let’s take a closer look at what is new in the January 2021 update.

Faster Creation and Updates to Assemblies

The Feature Driven Component Pattern leverages feature patterns in parts to drive component patterns in assemblies. If the number of instances in the feature pattern updates, so does the component pattern in the assembly. This enables fast updates to assemblies (without all the rework) because you can automatically link feature and component patterns or holes for more robust parametric models.

Re-import Newer 3D CAD Files

If you have newer versions of previously imported <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, Solid Edge, and Inventor files, you can reimport them—both part and assembly files. Any downstream features or mates applied to the imported model are maintained. Now you can work with suppliers or with imported parts from other CAD systems without waiting for the latest version, safe in the knowledge that any previous work can be easily updated.

Quickly Access & Change your Mates

Mates applied to components can now be viewed and accessed via Breadcrumbs, along with the ability to view mate status. This creates a more productive environment for making changes to component mates in an assembly and less time spent navigating the assembly structure.

Minimize Search Time

The new app landing pages now show your most recently accessed content, and it can be opened with a single tap. Increase productivity and reduce time searching for your data by quickly accessing all your latest designs directly from the landing page. Content can also be dragged from the landing page into other apps to complete your projects quickly and efficiently.

Improved Zoom Levels

When using standard views, zoom to fit, or the view cube, there is now a more efficient use of screen space, which makes it easier to work with your design to get your job done faster.

Drag and Drop Content from 3DDrive

Now it is easier than ever to get started with a whole range of 3D file formats with fewer steps. You can drag and drop files into the xDesign app in 3D Creator, the xShape app in 3D Sculptor, the xSheetMetal app in 3D SheetMetal Creator, and the xFrame app in 3D Structure Creator to import them. Even non-native content in 3DDrive can be imported with drag and drop. Or you can simply use the “Open With” selection to trigger the import.

Blend Between Disconnected Edges

Create a blended surface between edges of a continuous but open contour. The new blend option allows you to close and blend rather than simply extend the edge of the surface. The new surface extrusion options allow you to quickly fill gaps and create surfaces that are smooth and natural as if the gap never existed.

Drag and Drop Components from Design to Other 3DEXPERIENCE apps

Drag and drop designs into 3DPlay, Bookmark Editor, Collaborative Lifecycle, and other apps directly from your design environment, which automatically opens them in

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