Learn 3DEXPERIENCE – Getting Started

How to activate, install, and use the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services


Whether you’re a solo designer or part of a larger team, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers many benefits that you can start taking advantage of today.

For SOLIDWORKS users the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services provides the perfect entry point to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The guides on this page will teach you how to use them but before you can get started, your Platform Administrator must first log in and activate your license.

For administrators

How to Activate your 3DEXPERIENCE platform

After your order is confirmed, your company's platform administrator will receive an email. This contains the terms and conditions CLOSA that they'll need to read and agree to before using the platform.

The administrator must then click the link in the email and log in with their 3DEXPERIENCE ID to activate the licenses and invite other members to the platform.

If you haven't received the email, or have misplaced it, then please contact your account manager or local support team, and we'll be happy to assist.

Step 1

Check Your Inbox

Look for the email with the subject, "Action Required: Your 3DEXPERIENCE platform is ready"

Click on “ACCESS your 3DEXPERIENCE platform.”

Step 2

Sign up/Log in

Log in with your 3DEXPERIENCE ID or create a new login if needed.

Step 3

Accept the CLOSA

Click to confirm you are the Administrator and accept the CLOSA (Customer License and Online Service Agreement).

Step 4

Get Started

As the Administrator you can begin by inviting users, assigning roles and installing your apps.

Use the guides below to learn how to get started.

For Users & Administrators

Ways to learn SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services

Once you've activated your 3DEXPERIENCE platform, choose an option below to start
learning how to use the 3DEXPERIENCE tools included in SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services.

Option 1

Self Starter - Video Tutorials

Follow along with our videos below at your own pace to learn the fundamentals of the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services and the wider 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Contact the support team if you run into any issues.

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Option 2

Guided Learning - Live Webinars

Attend one of our regularly scheduled live optimisation webinars to learn the basics of the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services and the wider 3DEXPERIENCE platform while our expert engineers answer your questions.

View Webinars

Option 3

Assisted - Implementation Service

Get the best start with our implementation service. One of our expert engineers will help you get set up and find the best way to integrate the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services and 3DEXPERIENCE platform into your workflow.

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The Complete Guide to Using the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services

From installing SOLIDWORKS to sharing your designs, our guides cover all the fundamentals to using the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services effectively.

For administrators

Installation & Setup Guides

Watch our installation guides for a step-by-step guide to installing SOLIDWORKS and connecting SOLIDWORKS to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

For Users & Administrators

How to Manage Files with the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services

Learn how to take advantage of the cloud-based file management features of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from directly within SOLIDWORKS.

For Users & Administrators

How to Share and Markup Files in SOLIDWORKS

With these two quick guides you'll know everything you need to easily share your SOLIDWORKS files with anyone for 3D viewing and markup.


Next Steps

Understanding Dashboards

Our tutorials above have focused on the new tools that are available on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform directly from within SOLIDWORKS, however there is a lot more to the platform that you can only access through a web browser.

After logging into the platform, you'll be able to view different dashboards that can be configured to your requirements. Dashboards are interfaces where apps and widgets can be opened, pinned, and operated. 

This video explains how to create and manage dashboards and we highly recommend watching once you are ready to start accessing more of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform's capabilities.

More 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Tutorials

Ready to go beyond the SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services? Learn how to use the wider 3DEXPERIENCE platform to access even more Cloud-based functionality.


3DEXPERIENCE Training Courses

Your journey into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is only just beginning. Equip yourself and your team with the skills to succeed by attending our CPD-accredited training courses.

Our courses are delivered in-person and online by our expert and friendly engineers and will help you to gain confidence working with 3DEXPERIENCE software and enhance your professional development.

Need help getting started?

Contact us and get your questions answered today.