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Snowman on the Cloud!

Tips and Tricks Amgad Yacoub 12 December 2019


Snowman on the Cloud!

As we don’t have any snow here in Australia at Christmas time, I decided to model a snowman, but this time not in Solidworks, it is all modeled in the 3DExperiance platform using xDesign.

xDesign Platform

So, I decided to open my Christmas present a bit early and started to play with xDesign on the 3DExperience platform.

So, what is 3DExperience and how it works?

3DExperience, in a nutshell, is a cloud base solution that allows you to create, modify, share your designs anywhere and from any device.

Next, how it works?

On the 3DExperience there are many roles and each role has a number of applications that will allow you to get the job done.

First, use the 3DExperience Compass to select what set of applications you want to have access to. In my case, I selected 3D Modeling.

3D Modeling


Next, you will need to select my Role from the roles list that I have access to.  In my case, I selected 3D Creator.


Selecting 3D Creator


Then, select which application you want to use. In my case I selected xDesign


selecting xDesign

So, what is xDesign?

it is a cloud-based application that will allow you to sketch, model, design, assembly and manage your data. And this is how it looks like.

xDesign work environment look like

From here, it is work as usual and that is all that is what I can say. Nothing new that you will need to learn if you already using Solidworks. if you are a new user then I am sure you will find it very easy to use.

I modeled my snowman from one sketch (fully defined)

modeled snowman from one sketch

Then, use the revolve feature.

using the revolve feature

Finally, completed the model with a sweep for the 2 arms, extrude for the buttons, eyes, a revolve for the nose and a cut extrude for the mouth.

And here you go, my first model in the cloud.

Snowman xdesign 3DExperince Output

My next step was to add this model to the Christmas tree assembly I created last year. One of the ways to do so, is to save the model to my local HD and finish the job.

Exporting the object

Looks nice beside the Christmas tree :).

Snowman beside Christmas tree

The final steps to export this assembly to Visualize to render it.

exporting this assembly to Visualize to render it

Wants to learn more about 3DExperience contact your Central Innovation local account manager.

I wish you all Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Amgad Yacoub
Senior Field Engineer
Central Innovation, Perth

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