Articles by Scott Woods

Articles by Scott Woods

As Product Manager for CATIA, 3DEXPERIENCE and the SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication suite including Composer, Inspection, MBD and Visualize, Scott Woods has over 20 years of SOLIDWORKS experience and holds degrees in both Technical and Visual Communications.
The Differences Between 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Desktop

The Differences Between 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Desktop

When you compare the two versions of SOLIDWORKS side by side it really boils down to only a handful of distinct differences. In fact, these two CAD options have more in common than they do differences. 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is still SOLIDWORKS; it installs locally and has 95 percent of the same functionality as traditional desktop SOLIDWORKS. The files are the same, the user interface is nearly identical, and, just like traditional SOLIDWORKS, there is a standard, professional, and premium package.

December 7, 2022
Why 3DEXPERIENCE and Why Now?

Why 3DEXPERIENCE and Why Now?

Dassault Systèmes has been a trusted provider of CAD solutions since 1981 when they introduced CATIA to the world, and then SOLIDWORKS in 1997. Dassault Systèmes listens to the user community and has consistently provided software adjustments and improvements focused solely on customer feedback, streamlining design and manufacturing processes. Today, millions of SOLIDWORKS users trust Dassault Systèmes to provide their solution for 3D parametric design, simulation, data management, and collaboration.    

October 19, 2022
Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Whether you’re an avid SOLIDWORKS user or just a fan of the software, you have heard a lot about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. But, what exactly is it? More importantly, what does it mean for traditional SOLIDWORKS users?

While the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is not new, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the cloud-based platform. I will provide answers to some of the most common questions we get asked.

October 11, 2022
3 SOLIDWORKS Options Explained: Choosing Your 3D CAD Tool

3 SOLIDWORKS Options Explained: Choosing Your 3D CAD Tool

There are more options for 3D CAD than ever before – with SOLIDWORKS alone there are three distinct choices. In this article, I'll break down these options to make your decision for a CAD solution easier.

First, let’s start with SOLIDWORKS desktop, the easy one.

SOLIDWORKS desktop has been the industry standard 3D CAD package for manufacturing since the early 1990s. SOLIDWORKS desktop offers complete 3D CAD design software that is installed locally on your computer. It is a proven solution and includes a complete design package for parts, assemblies, and drawings. This is our CAD tool of choice for most situations and design teams of all sizes.

August 12, 2022
The Landscape of 3D CAD is Evolving

The Landscape of 3D CAD is Evolving

The world of CAD is evolving and that’s a good thing. Like with all technology, advancement is good, if it’s controlled.   

To start off, let's take a little peek back to the beginning of CAD.

With the invention of Sketchpad in 1964, computer-aided design, or CAD as it’s widely known, was introduced to the world. 

Like any new technology, there was a bit of skepticism, and its adoption was not immediate. In the early 80s Autodesk’s 2D AutoCAD and Dassault Systèmes 3D CATIA entered the market. 

August 10, 2022