Formatting Text with DriveWorks

Pop quiz: Jenny just gave you her phone number, which way is easier to read? (555) 867-5309 or 5558675309? If you want any way of remembering this, you probably said the first option (or just remembered the song). So how does this work with DriveWorks? You probably don’t need an easy way of remembering numbers, but ERP systems need properly formatted data. I’ve written before about how DriveWorks can integrate with other systems. So today, let’s talk about formatting text […]

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Everything You Need to Know: DriveWorks Professional

We’ve reached the final post in our Everything You Need to Know: DriveWorks series. This week, we’re tackling the final edition, DriveWorks Professional. Using this tool, you have more flexibility than ever before. Now, you can connect to external databases, such as SQL or Access. Additionally, you can share your work with other people, both inside and outside of your company. DriveWorks Professional builds on what you had with Xpress and Solo, taking your design automation to the next level. […]

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Everything You Need to Know: DriveWorks Solo

Last week, we posted the first part of this series, Everything You Need to Know: DriveWorksXpress. This week, we’re tackling part two of the series, Everything You Need to Know: DriveWorks Solo. DriveWorks Solo is the second level of DriveWorks licensing. The tool builds on the functionality of DriveWorksXpress by enhancing your drawing control, expanding your rules portfolio with tables, and so much more. Like DriveWorksXpress, you access DriveWorks Solo from SOLIDWORKS. What Is DriveWorks Solo? DriveWorks Solo is design […]

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Everything You Need To Know: DriveWorksXpress

Last week, I wrote an article about how you can save money using PDM Standard – a free tool. This week, I’m going to cover another great (and free) tool that is part of any SOLIDWORKS license. DriveWorksXpress is a free, design automation software that can speed up your design process. Whether you’re creating a simple, five feature model or a complex assembly, DriveWorksXpress can benefit virtually anybody. For a simple model, you can quickly automate your designs and get […]

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Integration Theme – Embed DriveWorks On Your Website

Where would we be without the Internet? No seriously, I can’t imagine what it’s like to not have it because I’ve grown up in this Internet age. It’s easy to take it for granted and not think about life without it. So when I go onto a site like Nike and configure my new running shoes, that’s all I’ve ever known. Putting aside how much I love my new shoes, there’s a lot of power in being able to give […]

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Automatically Update Database Information

DriveWorks Pro, with all its modules, is an insanely robust and flexible system with what seems to be unlimited potential. One practice commonly used in the application is the ability to connect to outside systems, such as SQL, SAP, Oracle, or almost any other system that you can imagine. Initially getting the data out of those applications and into DriveWorks is relatively simple. But one question that we often hear is, “How can we trigger the database updates to show […]

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What’s New in DriveWorks 18

This week is Digital DriveWorks World. Everyone knows what that means – DriveWorks 18 is officially released for download on the DriveWorks Community! I’ve gone through the release notes and I’ve played with some of the new features. On Tuesday, Glen Smith (CEO of DriveWorks) presented his What’s New presentation. Today, I’m going to give you some of my highlights of What’s New in DriveWorks 18, as well as what I am most excited to start rolling out to our […]

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Creating Master Models – Designing for Automation

Let’s talk about some modeling theory (shhhhh, don’t tell the CATI guys!). As frequent readers of my posts may know, I am an advocate of design automation and DriveWorks in particular. However, having good master modeling practices will benefit anybody, regardless of what automation method or software you may use. So, whether you use a fully vested option like DriveWorks or something completely out of the box like equations and custom properties, a good master model can go a long […]

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Create Custom Dashboards with DriveWorks Professional

Different jobs typically require different tools. You wouldn’t try to put a nail in a roof with a screwdriver. Similarly, you probably wouldn’t try to install a stained-glass window with a hammer. When people think about getting an engineering tool to be used outside of just engineering, they think the same idea applies. “How can one tool do it all?” With custom user interfaces and custom dashboards in DriveWorks Professional, we can show users only what is applicable to them. […]

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12 Days of InFlow – Group Projects Together in DriveWorks

It’s the final day of the 12 Days of InFlow. I wanted to start off by saying Happy Holidays from the entire InFlow team. We hope you have had the chance the unwind and unplug and spend some quality time with those you care about. We’ve been busy all season and things are far from done for the year. But one group that is done for the year are Santa and his elves. Today, we’ll look at our final installment […]

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