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Demystifying the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform: A Comprehensive Overview

Are you tired of hearing about the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform without really understanding what it is? You're not alone. With so much buzz around this platform, it can be confusing to understand its true value proposition. Is it just another CAD tool, a cloud storage platform, or an online marketplace? In this blog post, we aim to demystify the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform by breaking down its features and benefits.



First things first, what is the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform? It is a business enterprise platform centred around collaboration and built on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) principles. It provides each user with the functionality required to perform their role in the business. The core purpose is to democratize business data on the road to a full virtual twin, enhancing and extending the real world.


The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is not just a CAD tool or a database, but a combination of structured and unstructured collaboration and data management tools. The structured portion incorporates PLM principles and rules used for project management, revision control, change management, design, manufacturing, and simulation. The unstructured portion incorporates social tools like Swym and 3DDrive.


Users can access the platform through roles, which are licenses that typically include at least one application or app. The most basic role is 3DSWYMER, which gives access to the platform and its base functionality through nine apps. Other roles require collaborative industry innovator, which is the core PLM functionality. Further roles sit on top of that to give the functionality required to the user based on their role in the business.


One of the key benefits of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is the ability to link CAD tools like SOLIDWORKS to the platform. This allows CAD data to be available enterprise-wide without the need for more CAD licenses. Data is accessible from anywhere, anytime, on any device since the platform is a browser-based tool.


Revision control and change management are built-in, and there's a full history for auditing purposes in the background. The collaborative nature of the platform breaks inter-departmental silos and reduces internal inertia to make the whole team and thus the company more effective and efficient.


So, if you're looking for a comprehensive solution to manage your business data and enhance collaboration across your team, the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform might just be the answer you're looking for.

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