Ask any engineer or designer about creating the next new thing, engineering it, and prototyping it, and they will tell you countless stories of trial and error before they succeeded making their ideas a reality. In the past decade, the internet has become an integral part of the design process and when it comes to finding the right commercial component for your design or selecting a trusted manufacturer to bring your ideas designed in SOLIDWORKS to life, the amount of content and service providers is endless. Finding what you need can be cumbersome and time-consuming.
We launched a new service to address this very need, and more: the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace.
Our ambition is nothing shy of transforming the industrial world similar to the way companies like Amazon transformed the retail sector. 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace is an online e-commerce platform providing businesses worldwide with on-demand manufacturing and intelligent part sourcing capabilities. It is a global ecosystem of qualified industrial service providers powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and it connects designers and engineers with digital design, engineering and manufacturing service providers worldwide, streamlining interactions and collaboration and increasing productivity.
The 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace provides two services: Make and PartSupply, and you can access them directly from within SOLIDWORKS.
Marketplace Make is the most seamless way to get your parts made and collaborate with leading digital manufacturers online worldwide across all manufacturing processes: 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Injection Molding, Sheet Metal and more. Offered in two service tiers, Make Community and Make Enterprise, it features 50 qualified digital manufacturers with over 500 different machines to make anything.
Make Community is a public service accessible to anyone who needs parts made. Make Enterprise offers the same capabilities plus it enables purchasing teams to configure manufacturing providers taking established agreements and pricing into account as well as allows the inclusion of providers not publicly listed on the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace.
Marketplace PartSupply is the most comprehensive and intelligent online 3D components catalog. With over 600 suppliers, all of which are trusted and recognized experts in their domains, it places over 30 million parts at the fingertips of every SOLIDWORKS user worldwide. It’s never been easier to find parts, compare them or search for parts using a geometric signature of a CAD Model. The best part is, with the integration into SOLIDWORKS Desktop, once the right component is found, one can simply drag and drop it in SOLIDWORKS.
This post originally appeared on the SOLIDWORKS blog