Creating Complex Shapes in the 3DX Platform [Video]

Complex surfaces can take a lot of time and expertise.  This video shows how to model a curvy part around an existing SOLIDWORKS file using subdivision modeling.  The demo uses xShape, an app only found in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.  xShape allows the user to utilize push, pull, and pinch motions to manipulate a subdivision primitive shape.  The resulting model is a water-tight solid.  The video walks through the proper workflow to avoid errors down the road.

STEP 1: Preparing SOLIDWORKS Models

  • Create a blank part file that will later be used to store the xShape physical product (.sldxml).
  • Add the blank part file to the assembly.

STEP 2: Saving Files to the Platform

  • Ensure PLM Services add-in is installed and activated.
  • Copy files to My Work folder (local cache).
  • Create new bookmark location in Bookmark Editor.
  • Save files to 3DEXPERIENCE.

STEP 3: Preparing xShape Physical Product

  • Create new xShape component.
  • Insert SOLIDWORKS assembly into xShape.

STEP 4: Creating xShape Physical Product

  • Model subdivision model around inserted SOLIDWORKS assembly.

STEP 5: Saving xShape Physical Product

  • Create new component out of sub-d surface and knit surface features.
  • Open xShape physical product separately.
  • Modify sub-d feature to “dirty” file. Save component.

STEP 6: Import Physical Product into SOLIDWORKS Assembly

  • Open SOLIDWORKS assembly, open empty part file.
  • Reserve appropriate files to take ownership (edit rights).
  • Drag and drop xShape physical product (.sldxml) into empty part file.
  • Go back to assembly, save files to platform.