Dassault Systèmes Releases R2018x of 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

General Availability (GA) of Dassault Systèmes flagship 3DEXPERIENCE Platform was announced in early January 2018. The release, of course, introduces many new features, but more important R2018x enables the POWER’BY functionality enabling non-CATIA V6 users to create V6 product structures.  The release is the first of a series of releases in R2018x that will increasingly provide POWER’BY functionality across CATIA V5, SOLIDWORKS and the remaining XCAD products, like Creo, NX, Inventor, Solid Edge, etc.

To POWER’BY or not to POWER’BY

Dassault Systèmes will be turning on the POWER’BY technology in the upcoming R2018x release of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. How POWER’BY affects customers is yet to be seen. As far as we know, POWER’BY is not a role, license, etc., it is a feature that can be configured. Whether a customer enables or turns on POWER’BY immediately becomes a choice, and that choice is determined based on when a customer first deploys the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.