Dassault continues to move towards model-based engineering. From modeling products to modeling and simulating experiences. From file-based to data-driven and from static designs to model-based designs.

Razorleaf has previously blogged on the topic of Power’By. See POWER’BY is Now a Reality, To POWER’BY or not to POWER’BY and Digital Twins Powered by POWER’BY to keep up to date on what Dassault is doing from a strategy perspective. This article is an update on the latest news around Power’By.

As a reminder, Power’By is a strategy on which Dassault has embarked on to homogenize design data from many different CAD platforms so that it can be leveraged across the enterprise regardless of the discipline. As a refinement, Power’By is the strategy and that strategy is delivered by PLM Collaboration Services.

It is not unusual for Dassault to pivot on nomenclature and roles, but the Power’By topic has had several refinements both in marketing and in licensing over the past 18 months. To help in understanding this pivot you may see Power’By referenced as POWER’BY, Power’BY, Unified Collaborative Design, Unified Product Structure, UPS and PLM Collaboration Services. Don’t get hung up on the lingo, remember, Power’By is a strategy that is delivered by PLM Collaboration Services.

Also introduced in the R2019x version of the platform is a new role XCD. XCD is known as 3D Component Designer for PLM Services. The previous CDR role is now known as X-CAD Designer and is now used for classic desktop CAD integrations (meaning Designer Central). Depending on the version of the platform being deployed, pay special attention if Power’By is part of the deployment. The evolution of the XCD role looks something like this: DEC to CNV to CDR to XCD.

Razorleaf will continue to follow the Power’By topic closely and provide updates when things change.