3DEXPERIENCE World 2024: Design, Technology and Innovation in the Spotlight

Published on February 15, 2024 by Madeleine P.

3DEXPERIENCE World 2024 has come to an end. The 25th anniversary of the event organized by Dassault Systèmes took place in Dallas, Texas, from February 11-14, with the aim to bring together a community of engineers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and industry leaders. There, we were able to learn about the latest developments around SOLIDWORKS, 3DEXPERIENCE Works and potential software tools aimed at optimizing the entire product design and manufacturing process.

The congress kicked off with a general session in which different professionals from the sector spoke. The first of them was Gian Paolo Bassi, Senior Vice President of 3DEXPERIENCE Works, who opened the session talking about the past, present and future. Bassi noted, “We are one of the strongest communities in the world and we have been together for a long time. In fact, this is the 25th anniversary of this event, so we will reflect a bit on the last 25 years. But more interestingly, we’ll be working together to imagine what the next 25 years will look like.”


Photo Credits: 3Dnatives

The 3Dnatives team had the opportunity to attend the event in person, so here’s a recap of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2024 with what you might have missed. From the latest news announced to the rise of artificial intelligence, not to mention the presence of 3D printing, if you are interested in software, this is one not to miss!

The Latest Developments Announced at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2024

One of the main announcements made at the start of the event was the extension of the strategic partnership between Cadence and Dassault Systèmes. The goal of this agreement is to implement a system that enables a collaborative cloud experience to transform the development of electromechanical systems. This will provide current and future SOLIDWORKS customers with an easy-to-use end-to-end solution for product development.

Tom Beckley, senior vice president at Cadence, adds, “Cadence is a leader in the development of AI tools for advanced IC and PCB design. With Dassault Systèmes’ powerful 3DEXPERIENCE platform, customers can now design using a best-in-class solution that enables collaboration across PCB and 3D mechanical design.” In turn, this will enable design turnaround time to be reduced by up to 5 times.

Furthermore, one of the most awaited lectures at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2024 came from Mark Peterson, Senior Industry Process Consultant at Dassault Systèmes, who addressed the topic “What’s new in SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE Works 2024.” Peterson said the latest version of the software will open up new possibilities for improving the way 3D models are designed, communicated and managed. To this end, he focused on 3 fundamental pillars: work smarter, faster and together.

The first of these refers to working smarter by automating and shortening workflows. The second point emphasized the ability to work faster thanks to improvements in performance and interface. The last aspect points to the ability to work together with other users thanks to collaboration with cloud services. With this vision, SOLIDWORKS clearly shows its intention to continue to introduce significant enhancements to improve the productivity of the design process.

First look at SOLIDWORKS 2024 (photo credits: SOLIDWORKS)

Artificial Intelligence: The Star of the Event

Not surprisingly, artificial intelligence (AI) provided a lot to talk about throughout 3DEXPERIENCE World 2024. In fact, experts gave up to three different press conferences specifically focused on this topic and its relationship with modeling and simulation. This is why we are already highlighting it as a trend in the manufacturing industry in 2023, and we expect this technology, which is still in full development, to continue to develop and grow in the coming years.

The implementation of artificial intelligence is not new to SOLIDWORKS, in fact, they have been offering AI-related enhancement features for quite some time. Still, they are constantly innovating to offer more optimized functionalities that integrate this innovative system. More specifically, SOLIDWORKS CEO Manish Kumar highlighted in the second day’s general session the importance of AI today.

The company has introduced a new AI model in the software that allows it to predict the commands the user wants to use in order to simplify their design experience and cut process times. “It’s what my team calls command prediction. Our intention is to offer an irresistible and very fluid design experience. You’re always in full control and can use your regular commands whenever you want.” This last point points to the user’s ability to modify the AI-generated design to his or her liking in order to achieve the desired result.

In addition to predicting changes or modifications that the user needs to make to a base design, that’s not the only thing we can expect from SOLIDWORKS in relation to AI. They are also pushing the concept of “AI-driven drawings” or AI-generated drawings. This tool simplifies the design process, allowing to go from idea to delivery experience, providing assistance and making the user more productive. This AI-driven engine also has the ability to learn from previous designs to deliver more optimal results, as well as allowing files to be uploaded to the cloud, making them accessible from anywhere.

From left to right: Bernard Charlès, Gian Paolo Bassi, Philippe Laufer, Manish Kumar (photo credits: 3Dnatives)

The Presence of Additive Manufacturing

If we compare 3DEXPERIENCE World 2024 with previous editions, we can see that there was a slightly smaller 3D printing presence. In fact, there were hardly any equipment manufacturers, but more users of the technology using it for different applications.

One of the exhibiting companies that presented its solutions was SolidCAM, which, as we know, entered the additive manufacturing industry in 2022 and continues to integrate this production method to offer a high quality system to its customers. Also present was the company re:3D, dedicated to the development of medium and large format 3D printers for a wide variety of industries. Specifically, they were exhibiting their Gigabot large format machine and showing the size of the parts they are capable of creating.

Although not directly related to additive manufacturing, we also found Artec3D, a company dedicated to offering high quality 3D scanners and digitizing solutions. Among other things, they were exhibiting some of their 3D scanners, such as the Ray, the Leo or the Micro. Finally, in the “Maker” area of the event, we could see Polymaker materials and a Stratasys machine used for different applications.


The “3DEXPERIENCE Playground”, where the exhibitors are located (photo credits: 3Dnatives)

It was undoubtedly an interesting event for all users of 3D technologies, where throughout the three days they could learn more about the design phase and perfect their knowledge of this branch. Thus, platforms such as 3DEXPERIENCE Works are considered a key part of the manufacturing industry, and more specifically 3D printing, as they offer advanced design solutions to meet the needs of each specific sector.

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