Utilizing 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS – Revisions Update

Managing Reference Component Revisions in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS

This blog post explains how to revise components within the SOLIDWORKS My Session Task Pane of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It covers the different approaches available and clarifies how to handle situations where reference components appear outdated.

This lesson demonstrates the many approaches to revising these components.

Challenges with Updating Downloaded Assemblies

When you download an assembly from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and then update its reference components, those components might still show up in the Task Pane with the previous revision. This lesson will guide you through various methods to revise these components effectively.

Updating Individual Components

There are two main ways to update individual components:

  1. Replace by Revision: Right-click a component in the Task Pane that has a newer revision available. Select "Replace by Revision" from the menu. This brings up a dialog box showcasing all compatible revisions for that component.
    • Latest Revision: This option replaces the component with its most recent revision.
    • Important Note: This functionality only works for components that have child references (components with derived parts or contextual connections).

2. Update Revisions in Top-Level Assembly: Selecting "Update Revision" on a top-level assembly offers a more streamlined approach. This action triggers a dialog box displaying the entire assembly structure. Next to each component, a drop-down list appears, allowing you to efficiently select the latest revision for multiple components simultaneously. This eliminates the need to update revisions one by one.

Important Considerations During Updates:

Warning Message: When replacing a file with a different revision while it still shows as updated in the Task Pane, a warning message will pop up. This message informs you that any local changes made to the file will be overwritten. It's recommended to back up your data beforehand if necessary.

Latest Revisions Update:

Selecting the "Update Revision" option on a top-level assembly streamlines the process. Consequently, a dialog box will appear, conveniently displaying the entire assembly structure. Furthermore, a drop-down list will be available next to each component, allowing you to efficiently link the most recent revisions of multiple components simultaneously. This eliminates the need to update each revision individually, as previously mentioned.

  1. Replacing a component with the most recent revision available.
  2. Replacing a component with the most recent stable revision takes it back to its most recent frozen or released lifecycle stage.
  3. Replace with Most Recent Released Revision: Replace a component exclusively with the most recent revision to be made public.

Note: The option Replace by Latest Revision will be the only one available if there are only unreleased versions.


Updating All Components to Latest Revision

If you want to update all components within an assembly to their latest revisions at once, you don't need to use the drop-down menu for each component individually.

Simply select "Replace All" from the top right corner of the dialog box that appears when you choose "Update Revision" on the top-level assembly. This will instantly update all components to their most recent versions.

My Session Task Pane

Additional Resources

You can find all the settings mentioned above within the Lifecycle tab located at the bottom of the My Session Task Pane.

This concludes the lesson on updating revisions in SOLIDWORKS My Session Task Pane. If you'd like to learn more about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and SOLIDWORKS, explore the articles provided below.

Von Mises Stress Plot Vs Principal Stress Plot

When analyzing stress on a structure, engineers rely on two key methods: von Mises stress and principal stress. While both visualize stress distribution, they offer distinct insights.

This comparison explores the fundamental differences between Von Mises and principal stress plots, highlighting their strengths and guiding you on which approach best suits your material and analysis goals.

Its bit tricky right ? Especially for New FEA Engineers. Lets dive to understand the difference

Von Mises Stress: A Distortion Energy Measure

While not a true stress, It represents the distortion energy density at a specific point. It helps predict failure in ductile materials (materials that deform before breaking).

Richard von Mises observed that even when individual principal stresses stay below the material's yield point, their combined effect can still cause yielding. He proposed a formula to combine the three principal stresses into an equivalent stress.

This equivalent stress is then compared to the material's yield stress to assess the risk of failure using the von Mises criterion.

Principal Stresses: The "True" Stresses

Principal stresses, on the other hand, are genuine stresses obtained by rotating a stress element to eliminate shear stress. The resulting normal stresses are called principal stresses. They represent the maximum normal (tensile or compressive) stresses an element can experience under specific loads.

A failure theory based on principal stresses is the maximum principal stress theory. This theory suggests that brittle materials fail when the largest principal stress reaches the ultimate tensile strength. While well-supported by experiments, it assumes equal tensile and compressive ultimate strengths, which isn't always the case.

Formula for Principal Stresses:

Choosing the Right Tool: Von Mises vs. Principal Stress:

For ductile materials, the von Mises theory is generally preferred due to its accuracy in predicting deformation. However, principal stress plots remain valuable for analyzing brittle materials and understanding potential fracture points.

Conclusion :

In general, It is considered to be a more accurate measure of a material's resistance to deformation, while Principle stress is more useful in predicting failure in brittle materials.

Build Custom Connectors for SOLIDWORKS Electrical

This blog will guide you through creating custom connectors in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics libraries and using them in your schematics.

Storing Connectors in the Library

Storing connectors in the library allows for easy access and reuse. Once created, they'll remain in the library until you manually delete them.

Step 1: Accessing the Library

Go to Library > Manufacturer Part Management.

 Manufacturer Part Management. custom connectirs

Step 2: Selecting the Connector Folder

The Manufacturer Part Management window displays various component categories. Select the Connector folder.

This will show connector-related manufacturers on the right side.

Selecting the Connector Folder custom connectors

Step 3: Adding a New Connector

Click the Add Manufacturer Part button to create a new connector. You'll then be able to fill in details about the connector in a separate tab

Adding a New Connector custom connectors

Step 4: Defining Connector Properties

The Manufacturer Part Properties tab opens with three sections: Properties, User Data, and Circuit Terminals.

In the Properties section, fill in mandatory details like reference and manufacturer. Fill in optional details like height, weight, and supplier name in the scrolling section below

Defining Connector Properties custom connector.

Step 5: Specifying Circuits and Terminals

Define the circuit types the connector can be used with by using the Circuit Terminals option.

Click the Add button to add a single circuit or the Add Multiple button to add multiple circuits simultaneously.

Specifying Circuits and Terminals custom connnectors

Step 6: Adding Connector Pins

Use the Add Multiple option to quickly add multiple pins to the connector. After adding the pins, manually assign terminal marks to each pin.

Adding Connector Pins custom connectors

Step 7: Inserting the Connector in Schematics

Once you've created the connector for both male and female pins, you can insert them into your schematic page.

Go to Schematics > Insert Connector and select the desired connector from the options.

Inserting the Connector in Schematics custom connectors

Step 8: Selecting the Manufacturer

A Manufacturer Part Selection tab will appear. Choose the manufacturer based on your circuit and terminal requirements.

The library will display your newly added manufacturer for selection. You can also use filter options to easily find the correct manufacturer.

Selecting the Manufacturer custom connectors

Step 9: Inserting Components and Wires

After selecting the manufacturer, insert the component and choose the wires you want to connect.

You can insert single or multiple wires by adjusting the number of lines on the left side of the window. We can also adjusted the wire spacing.

Inserting Components and Wires custom connectos


By following these steps, you can create custom connectors in SOLIDWORKS Electrical and use them to connect components in your schematics. These connectors will be stored in your library for future use.

Structure System In SOLIDWORKS

For designers and engineers working with frames in SOLIDWORKS, the traditional welding workflow can be time-consuming and cumbersome, especially for complex structures. If you're looking to streamline your design process and achieve significant time savings, look no further than the innovative SOLIDWORKS Structure System.

This powerful tool offers a fundamentally different approach to frame creation, empowering you to build frames faster, easier, and with greater efficiency. In this blog post, we'll delve into the SOLIDWORKS Structure System, exploring its key features and the undeniable advantages it offers over traditional welding methods.

Get ready to unlock a new level of design productivity and transform your frame creation workflow!


        The Structure System mode is activated for developing the primary and secondary members.

There are two structural members in the structure system.

  • Primary structural member.
  • Secondary structural member.


Including members for the sketch entity, point, reference plane, and surface requirements are possible.

Create required sketch entities, plane and axis for a primary structural member.

Use the following techniques to generate the primary structure members:

        selecting the required edge, point, or sketch entities, then define the primary member structure's profile standard, type, and size.


Secondary structural members offer the improved option of adding members between two primary structural members.

Use the following techniques to generate the secondary structure members:

        Select the required two primary structural members, Choose the secondary member type then define the profile standard, type, and size for the secondary member structure.

        Once creating a secondary structural member, Exit the structural system.

        After exiting the structure system corner management will be open for the treatment of the corner of the structure system.


The Corner Management Property Manager has launched automatically after you exit the structure system. Corners in the Property Manager are classified based on the number of members that meet at a point and the type of joint.

        In corner management, we use the following techniques to modify the corners of the structure system.

SimpleThe point at which the ends of two members come together and the segments become collinear.
ComplexThe point at which more than three members connect.

Editing Simple corners

In the corner grouping, select the corner to treat and set the needed corner treatment type.

Trimming the complex corners

In the corner grouping, select the corner to treat and set the required trim order on the corner treatment type.

Patterning and mirroring the structure members

Using the Linear Pattern, Circular Pattern, and Mirror tools, you may pattern and mirror structure system parts.

        In the Pattern Property Manager, under Bodie’s selection, you can specify structure system features or individual members to the pattern. You can also mirror members by specifying structure system features or individual members under Bodies to Mirror in the Mirror Property Manager.


The structural member can be created faster and more easily with the SOLIDWORKS Structure system than it can with welding. In this presentation, the SOLIDWORKS Structure system was discussed. I believe you now have a more advantageous choice.

Bookmark Editor On The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

In 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the Bookmark Editor empowers you to streamline cloud data organization and management. Imagine creating a personalized filing system based on projects, departments, products, or any other criteria that suits your workflow. This blog post delves into four key tips to unlock the full potential of the Bookmark Editor and transform your data management experience.

  1. Customise the columns on your bookmark editor.
  2. Enable Product Expansion.
  3. Remove File vs Delete File.
  4. Index and Authoring in Active Mode.

1. Customize the columns on your bookmark editor:

The Bookmark Editor displays a wealth of information about each file within its top row columns. These columns are instrumental in organizing and managing your data effectively. Tailor these columns to your specific needs by dragging and dropping them for rearrangement and selecting which ones to display.

Pro Tip: Right-click any column header and choose "Tree List View Options" to manage column visibility. This menu allows you to select the specific columns you want to display (Step 2). For even more granular control, click the settings gear in the upper right corner (Step 3) and navigate to "More Attributes" followed by "Select Attributes" (Step 4 & Step 5) to add even more columns.

2. Leverage Product Expansion for Effortless Navigation

Subassemblies and subcomponents become a breeze to navigate with product expansion enabled. Simply access the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of your Bookmark Editor Widget (Step 1) and select "Preferences" (Step 2)

. Next, activate the checkbox labelled "Enable product expansion" (Step 3). This will add a plus sign (+) to your files, allowing you to expand them and effortlessly view sub-components.

3. Understanding Remove vs. Delete: Keep Your Data Organized

The Bookmark Editor of 3DEXPERIENCE Platform offers two options for file management: Remove and Delete. It's crucial to understand the distinction between these two functions.

  • Remove: This action removes the selected file from the current Bookmark only. The file itself remains within the Collaborative Space where it was originally saved and can still be accessed through other Bookmarks.
  • Delete: This permanent action removes the selected file from your entire Platform. Use this option with caution, as deleted files cannot be recovered.

4. Switch Between Indexing and Authoring Modes for Real-time Updates

The Bookmark Editor offers two viewing modes: Indexing and Authoring. Indexing mode, the default setting, displays the latest items available from the server's database. However, there might be a slight delay in reflecting recent modifications or uploads due to the indexing process.

To view the most up-to-date changes, switch to Authoring mode. This mode allows you to see any files still being indexed. Keep in mind that the window will automatically revert to Indexing mode after a minute in Authoring mode, unless you adjust this behavior in the Preferences.

Unleash the Power of the Bookmark Editor

By incorporating these essential tips, you can transform the Bookmark Editor into a powerful tool for managing your cloud data within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. From customized column views to seamless navigation and control over file management, the Bookmark Editor empowers you to organize and access your data with greater efficiency.

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