DriveWorks Solo

DriveWorks Solo is Design Automation software which allows you to quickly and easily create and configure custom products inside SOLIDWORKS®.

DriveWorks Solo is the easy-to-use design automation solution that allows design engineers and product designers to quickly and easily create and configure custom products inside SOLIDWORKS. With DriveWorks Solo you can reduce the cost of custom designs, respond quickly to sales enquiries, reduce repetitive tasks, and enhance product quality.

From one simple input form, DriveWorks Solo can quickly generate 3D models, 2D drawings, a bill of materials, sales quote, cover letter and more, automatically.

A DriveWorks Solo design automation project is easy to set up, easy to manage, and easy to use. You can set up a project once, and run it as many times as you like, fill out the form, and quickly generate multiple new versions of your designs along with any manufacturing or sales documentation. Here’s how:

  1. Capture the dimensions, features and components you want to drive in SOLIDWORKS
  2. Create dynamic, data-driven forms to input the values that drive your design
  3. Build design rules to drive your models using the values entered on the form
  4. Run the project again and again to create custom manufacturing files and quotes

Set up and use in the engineering department to:

  • Reduce the cost of custom designs
  • Respond quickly to sales inquiries
  • Enhance product quality
  • Reduce repetitive tasks

30 Day Free Trial

You can download and try DriveWorks Solo FREE for 30 days at www.driveworkssolo.com. Free online training, getting started webinars, how-to videos and more are available in the DriveWorks Community to help get you up and running quickly.

Key benefits:

  • Capture and re-use your design knowledge
  • Incorporate design rules to reduce errors and rework, and improve product quality
  • Automate repetitive tasks to reduce design time
  • Free up design engineers to focus on improving product quality and designing new products
  • Create sales proposals quickly, win more business, and increase profit margins

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DriveWorks Comparison Overview

Whether you are an engineer looking for a Design Automation solution or a company wanting to provide CPQ Product Configurators and Guided Selling for your own teams, distributors dealers and even customers, DriveWorks software is modular and scalable so you can set up and use the products to your advantage and at your own pace.

Supported Operating Systems and Browsers

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Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (DriveWorks Desktop Applications)
All of the above plus Windows Server (2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016) (DriveWorks Live Web application)
Google Chrome 8+, Mozilla Firefox 4+, Microsoft Edge 12+, Microsoft IE 11+, Safari 5.1+ (Configuring products in a Browser through DriveWorks Live)
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

CAD – Controlling SOLIDWORKS 3D Models and 2D Drawings

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Drive Dimensions, Features and Custom Properties
Drive Color, Material and Textures
Drive Advanced Feature Properties (Hole Wizards, Sheet Metal, Weldments)
Drive Advanced Feature Properties
Drive Instances
Replace Components (with existing files or dynamically driven files)
Create additional model file formats (drive3D, STEP, STL, PDF, DXF, JPEG, etc.)
Full control over new model file names and locations
Control multiple model sets from a single project
Run SOLIDWORKS Model Macros
Generative design – create new features on the fly (configurations, insert components, mates, etc.)
Create a drawing for each part and assembly
Create multiple drawings for each part and assembly
Full control over new drawing file names and locations
Create additional drawing file formats (PDF, DXF, DWG, JPEG, etc.)
Control Drawing Sheets (Re-scale, Rename, Delete)
Control Drawing Views (Re-scale, Re-position, Delete)
Control Annotations (Dimension Text, Notes, Symbols, etc.)
Control Dimension positions
Control Custom Properties, Break Lines and Layers
Run SOLIDWORKS Drawing Macros
Run additional tasks on the fly (Auto Balloon, Arrange Dimensions, Rescale and Position Views, etc.)
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

Document Creation

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Create documents (such as Sales Quotes, Purchase Orders, Bills of Materials, etc.)
Built in document templates
Fully customizable document creation (from Word, Excel, XML, etc.)
Send HTML emails with attachments
Create Additional File Formats (PDF, HTML, TXT, XML, etc.)
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

Output Generation

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Immediate generation of SOLIDWORKS models and drawings
Real Time Preview (On Demand) – updates model while specifying
Manual release of generation queue – allows multiple specifications to have their models generated from a queue
Automatic generation – unattended generation of outputs
Load balancing – distributes output generation over multiple machines
Priority processing – Change the order that outputs are created based on rules
Output Tagging – Generate outputs on targeted machines or in specific locations
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

User Interface Design

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Automatic Form designer
Expert Form Designer (Resolution and Control Guides, Control Grouping, Control Property Grid, etc.)
Multiple form creation with dynamic navigation
Basic Form Controls (Text Box, Numeric Text Box, Drop Down, Spin Button, Check Box)
Enhanced Form Controls (Hyperlink, Label, List Box, Option Group, Picture Box, Slider)
Advanced Form Controls (3D Preview, Child Specification List, Data Table, Date Picker, Frame Control, Macro Button, Upload Control, etc.)
Dynamic options for list controls
Dynamic control of Enable and Visible properties of form controls
Dynamic control over fonts and colors
Static validation and validation messages
Dynamic validation and validation messages
Copy and paste form controls
Re-skin controls
Support for responsive forms (allows re-positioning of controls when used on screens of different sizes)
Project hierarchy (run a specification inside a specification to any level (For example a contract with multiple configurable line items)
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

Working with Data and Rules

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Use tabular data to calculate rules
Copy and paste Excel data
Create internal data tables
Use dynamic data from ODBC Data sources in rules (SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer, etc.)
Export data to ODBC data sources (for example SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer)
Pull and Push data dynamically to and from SQL Server Databases using SQL or Windows authentication
Create Group Level Tabular data for use across an entire implementation
Create Calculation tables where each cell can be calculated from other cells
Create Rollup data tables – where information such a price or BOM Quantities is rolled up through the project hierarchy
Web Service integration – communicate with any web service OR use DriveWorks as a web service
Over 240 engineering, mathematic and scientific functions
Rules builder with function wizard and rule insight (rule breakdown and drill down, function assistance, syntax highlighting and function helper text)
Reusable rules (Variables)
Pervasive search/filtering capabilities
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

Maintainability, Reporting and Diagnostics

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Rules commentary
Rules revisioning
Reporting on model generation success or failure
Reporting on specification process success or failure
Real time testing during form design
Rules analysis and breakdown
What-if scenarios (Specification Test Mode)
Interactive step through of model generation
Rule Profiling (rule specific error debugging, performance solving and insight features)
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

Scale-ability

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Import DriveWorksXpress Projects
Import DriveWorks Solo Projects
Underlying database – Microsoft SQL Server
Security – Users and Teams
Security – Active Directory compatibility
Granular permissions
Zero-Conversion web access
Unattended model generation
Standalone user seats
Fully customizable work flow – (who, what and when)
Automatic processing of external data
Fully documented API with Software Development Kit
Plugins
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

Integration

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Automatic check-in of models, drawings and documents)
Salesforce
3rd party system Integration through file import and export
3rd party system Integration through SQL ODBC connections
3rd party system Integration through web services
3rd party system Integration through fully documented Application programming Interface
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.

Online Configurator and DriveWorks 3D

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Direct web access through the application
Run as a service through Internet Information Services (IIS)
Application Mode – replicate desktop running directly on the web
Web Theme with basic re-skinning
Choice of fully responsive skins
Session Management – control license usage over the Internet
Image gallery – display image files as they are created
Configurable 3D in a browser
Server side rendering of web optimized DriveWorks 3D files
Image fall back mode when no WebGL on client machine
Model click interaction
Transparent image support
  • DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – Please check the DriveWorks Pro Data Sheet for specific functionality of each to meet your needs.
  • Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Solo and Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.
  • The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.
  • DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.
  • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required for some features.
  • Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required for some features.
  • DriveWorks Pro User is required for some features.