Seamless bi-directional data transfer can be achieved with the click of a button – reducing time and effort while preserving data integrity. Graphic courtesy of 3D Systems.

ROCK HILL, S.C.— 3D Systems recently released new software that is said to empower SolidWorks customers to easily prepare and optimize their designs for additive manufacturing. The software, 3DXpert® for SolidWorks 15, enables SolidWorks customers to design complex structures and quicken the product design life-cycle with “better automation and seamless bi-directional data exchange from and to SolidWorks,” 3D Systems said in a press release.

3D Systems said that it is aiming to transform customers’ digital design and manufacturing environments and putting software at the core of its strategy. The enhancements are said to help provide an accelerated path to design freedom, increased efficiency, and reduced total cost of operation.

A new power-supports capability fully automates support generation for multiple geometries with the click of a button. Graphic courtesy of 3D Systems.

The growth of additive manufacturing is contingent on optimizing digital workflows. That begins with reimagining how software supports the process and corrects the core issues that pose significant challenges for designers, the company said. Until now, the design toolset available has been oriented for traditional manufacturing techniques, which has created barriers to digital manufacturing workflow optimization. Also, designers have faced demand for parts that are lighter weight, as well as parts with complex geometries. 3D Systems’ latest software is said to address these challenges and unlock new possibilities, including the ability to create more shapes in more ways.

“Software is the foundation of transformative digital manufacturing solutions,” said Radhika Krishnan, executive vice president, software, healthcare, and digitization, 3D Systems, in a statement. “Looking at our expertise and combining that with our end-to-end software portfolio solutions and the specific needs of SolidWorks designers, we realized that we could help SolidWorks users streamline their digital manufacturing workflows and gain competitive advantage in several ways, such as adding design for additive manufacturing capabilities to their toolset with 3DXpert for SolidWorks 15.

Enhanced build simulation capabilities provide designers with clear, immediate feedback on their design decisions. Graphic courtesy of 3D Systems.

“In addition, SolidWorks users can accelerate their product design cycle and reduce the time—from hours to minutes—required to build CAD models of real-world objects using advanced scan-to capabilities that are included in our Geomagic® for SolidWorks solution. Users can also use GibbsCAM®, our complementary CAM solution to complete their subtractive design and manufacturing workflow.”

3DXpert for SolidWorks is said to enable users to shorten the design cycle with enhanced bi-directional data transfer, and to optimize a design structure with an enhanced lattice development suite. Designers can now develop bespoke structures to capitalize on intellectual property and reduce costs.

Users also have the benefit of automated tools and workflows. A new power-supports capability fully automates support generation for multiple geometries, and enhanced build simulation capabilities are said to provide designers with clear and immediate feedback on their design decisions.

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