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What is POWER’BY / 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services

The new functionality delivered on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform which allows CATIA and non-CATIA models to be brought into the platform natively to leverage other capabilities of 3DEXPERIENCE, most notably DELMIA for manufacturing and SIMULIA for advanced analysis. Other benefits include data management, project management and search capabilities which are embedded in the platform. The goal is to be more inclusive and to make platform capabilities easily accessible to all regardless of their chosen design tool.

What CAD systems does it support?

3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) enables you to store CATIA V5 / Solidworks / Solid Edge / Siemens NX / Creo and Inventor native models in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Does this work with 3DEXPERIENCE on the Cloud?

Yes, for the first time you can store native data from all the above solutions on the cloud in a single platform.

Do I need to migrate my data?

No, 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) enables you to store the data from all the above solutions in native format so you can carry-over your existing CATIA V5 data and assets without any migration, preserving 100% of your CATIA V5 users’ practices, methodologies and productivity gains.

Do I have to use the native solution to view the data?

No, all the data can be viewed from a web browser so there is no need to have the native software installed unless you need to modify the data. This means that users have access to the right Information in Real-Time 24/7 from anywhere.

Can I view the data on a mobile device?

Yes, 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) is supported on Android and iOS. This provides CATIA V5 users and managers with web browser access to the 3D definition from any device, allowing them to organize and drive CATIA V5 projects and apply changes and configurations via web access.

What versions of CATIA V5 are supported?

CATIA V5-6R2015 SP6CATIA V5-6R2016 SP4
CATIA V5-6R2017 SP2

Does this mean CATIA V6 is not required?

Definitely not. One of the unique selling points of 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is that you can utilise the native data from all of the above solutions in a single CATIA V6 (3DEXPERIENCE Native Client) assembly (Multi-CAD Structure) without the need to migrate the data. You can then use the advanced functionality of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on this data, such as electrical design/ FEA Analysis (SIMULIA) and Manufacturing (DELMIA).

Can I use this data with existing 3DEXPERIENCE processes?

Yes, 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) enables you to integrate with “Enterprise Process” from design to validation, manufacturing and testing, change management and variant configurations.

PLM Collaboration Services - Power'By to connect present to future

Will this help me to search for V5 data?

Yes, with 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) the unique functions such as Indexed Searches (6WTags), 3D Volume Query, Product Filtering and Selective Opening that were only previously available in the 3DEXPERIENCE Native Client (CATIA V6) are now available for CATIA V5.

Can I view V5 FTA information?

Yes, the 3D Annotation Insight application allows you to view and modify the V5 FTA information in a graphical portal in a web browser.

Can I do a design review in the web browser?

Yes, the ENOVIA – 3D Navigate and CATIA 3D Compose Applications allow you to carry out 3D measurements, Sectioning and visual filters in design context.

Can I modify my V5 data in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

No and Yes. Any direct changes to the native data must still be done in the native application i.e. CATIA V5.
However, using the 3D Compose Application you can design and assemble your product with the help of smart positioning recognition, in a simple, unique and productive environment using your existing multi-CAD assets.


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Can I open my CATIA V5 data directly from the browser?

Yes, with 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) there is a CATIA V5 application that will launch the native application and open the CATIA V5 file selected in the web browser.

Can I see my CAD structure outside of the Native Application?

Yes, using the ENOVIA – Product Explorer and/or the ENOVIA – Product Editor Applications you can access and reveal CATIA V5 intellectual property simply in the web browser. These applications allow the user to:

  • Intuitively Navigate component information.
  • Filter indented Structures thanks to the powerful 6WTags.
  • Apply Changes Management Processes & Investigate Configurations.
  • Under Change & Configuration, accurately create and modify your existing multi-CAD assets directly in the Product structure and include new 3DEXPERIENCE parts.

Does this mean that my investment in CATIA V5 was wasted?

Definitely not. The aim of 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) is to Preserve the investment in CATIA V5 and provide a compelling path for file-based CAD users to adopt the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, while fully leveraging the power of CATIA V6. Thus, securing legacy CAD investments AND connecting legacy applications to the future.

Will this help me to bring all my CAD Applications together?

Yes, the 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) will enable design collaboration and review in a mixed CAD environment. Allowing users to leverage existing design data for full mock-ups review and analysis; reduce the occurrence of duplicate designs across multiple CAD systems; manage all of your Multi-CAD design data in one environment; minimise the risk of unauthorized access and maximizing design integrity.

Are these new or updates to existing roles?

There are two new roles for 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) - Component Designer and Product Architect / Designer.

Is this available now?

POWER3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY) BY for CATIA V5 and Solidworks was released on 9 February (On-Premise) and 2 March 2018 (On Cloud).

Multi-CAD POWER’BY for NX, Inventor, Creo, SolidEdge will be released on 1 June (On-Premise) and 22 June 2018 (On Cloud).

All release dates are provided by Dassault Systèmes and are subject to change.

Will this benefit my non-CAD users?

Yes, because all multi-CAD data is in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform using 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services (POWER’BY).  All 3DEXPERIENCE platform users such as Project Managers/Engineers, Product and Production Engineers to name but a few have access to and can utilise this single source of information. This improves communication around the design (doing it digitally instead of electronically) meaning everyone is always up to date with notifications, etc.
This also gives non-CAD users the ability to contribute to the design (review, edit, etc). Thus, enabling you to increase chances of success.


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POWER’BY unlocks the model-based apps in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform while maintaining our existing file-based CAD systems. This allows us to quickly jump onto the platform, driving critical business benefits through digitalisation of our product and processes.
Greg Brock – Manager, Configuration Management Systems - GE Power

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