This video is about understanding the overall GUI for SOLIDWORKS XDesign using a web browser.
- [Instructor] Now that we've logged onto the 3DExperience platform, it's important that we understand how the 3DDashboard works. Now, in front of you everything that you see on this interface is considered part of the 3DDashboard. Now, if I go over to this drop, then you can see here that I have a dashboard created for Xdesign. But let's say that we started with a blank dashboard. So I'm going to click Add a Dashboard. It's going to be an empty dashboard, and I'm going to call it New xDesign.
Now, you see when you start, there's nothing here. It's completely empty. And I can add tabs to it, just by clicking the plus sign. I can rename these tabs. So let's say I want to put my CAD in the first tab, and oops, didn't accept that, so CAD. And I'm going to put my community stuff in the second tab. So these are different tabs that are available on the dashboard.
If I go up to the left, we have the compass here which gives us access to all the widgets and apps that we want to use to add to this. So starting at the top, we have Social and Collaborative Apps, 3D Apps, Simulation Apps, and Information Intelligence Apps. We're going to focus mostly on the Social and Collaborative Apps and the 3D Modeling Apps. So let's start by clicking on the 3D Modeling App button. When I do this, it brings out this task bar on the left-hand side.
And you can see that I've got everything expanded. And starting from the top down, we see the 3DExperience Marketplaces, which we're going to discuss more later. And as we go down we see Roles and Apps. So these are the roles that an individual has as they're logged in. I have several, because I'm part of many different programs, but you will generally just have an xDesign profile. As we scroll down further, we get to the part that's really interesting to us, and that's our 3D Modeling Apps.
So I'm going to go ahead and collapse all of these other things down and just keep open 3DExperience Roles and & Apps, scroll back down again, and you can see here that we've got five different apps available. We've got 3DPlay, which we'll talk about more later, a Global Viewer, and then the SolidWorks xDesign app. If we left-mouse button click, hold that down over that icon, and then just simply drag it over into our interface, you see we get that phantom line, that dashed line that goes around.
If we let go, we've now added the xDesign app to this dashboard. So I'm going to go ahead and hit X on this, come back over here and click on maximize. Now, here I haves my xDesign app loaded in the dashboard. If I go, now I accidentally added that to the Community tab, if I want to get rid of that, I simply go to this option over here and say Remove. Go back over to the CAD tab. I can click on 3D again, and drag and drop it in again.
So you can see, this is very flexible, and really lets you customize it any way you want. Now, the first part is just having xDesign loaded up so I can access all of my CAD design geometry information and features, but I also need the files. So, I'm going to load up now the Social and Collaboration compass. And you can see all of my options here have changed. And the two that we really care about, or the three that we really care about, are 3DDrive, 3DSpace and 3DSwym.
These give us access to our files. So I'm going to go ahead and grab the 3DDrive app. Left mouse button click, hold it down and drag this into my CAD interface, and drop it next to xDesign. I'm going to go ahead and X this out, and now you can see that I've got my files all available to me over here, and then my CAD area available to me here. As we move across the interface, and the dashboard, we can see that we also have the ability to search, we have login and logout information, 3DMessaging options available, a Notification section, which we can turn on and turn off.
We also have the ability to add more tabs or a new dashboard, right here, as well, the ability to share what we're working on, the ability to see content by just clicking on the Content button, or the ability to look at our communities by clicking on this button for 3DSwym. You also have the ability to access any Help files or Contacts for help from this option, as well. So you can see that there's a lot of things that go into this interface, and it's pretty flexible. If there's anything I want to turn off, I can simply exit out, or click on the dropdown and say Remove.
Once I like the way that this tab looks, I can go ahead and go to other tabs and add in more apps, as well. So if I want to add in the 3DSwym app on my Community tab, I can do that, and just keep customizing this interface, which is the 3DDashboard.
- Creating a 3D passport
- Using the collaborative space in 3DExperience
- Navigating the xDesign GUI
- Accessing the toolbar tabs
- Getting design guidance
- Creating profiles to customize input loads and constraints