How DriveWorks Solo Can Improve Your Design Limits

Sometimes when designing with a parametric modeling program we find it hits its maximum performance in certain areas of the product. It can be challenging when you’re trying to manage large amounts of complex configurations or design tables in your part or assembly files. Do you ever wonder if there is a better tool or alternative approach to help alleviate those situations? A great tool to consider to help overcome those performance limits is DriveWorks Solo. DriveWorks gives you the […]

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Viewing PDFs With DriveWorks Live

If I sent you a PDF, how would you open it? You’d probably use a PDF reader, but what if that’s not an option? A classic example is if you’re opening this file on your phone. While some phones (mine included) do have PDF Readers, some don’t. So, if you’re in a DriveWorks Live project and want to view a PDF, wouldn’t you want to just open it in a web browser? Ideally, yes, that makes sense, but there’s a […]

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Why You Should Use DriveWorks Model Insight

DriveWorks Diagnostics – Model Insight One of the most important diagnostic tools in DriveWorks Professional is Model Insight. This tool is an essential tool for understanding how DriveWorks generates your model. Maybe more importantly, you can dig into any errors that may occur when generating the model. Model Insight uses the Queued method of model generation and allows you to step through every action taken by DriveWorks when generating a model. With Model Insight you can: Review processing order for […]

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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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