Product Comparison Overview.

Learn about the differences between DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro and decide which software solution is right for you.

From stand-alone seats to company-wide solutions, DriveWorks software can be used for Design Automation and Sales Configuration by most companies creating ‘Same but Different’ products. Whether you are an engineer looking for a Design Automation solution or a company wanting to provide Product Configuration and Guided Selling for your own teams, Distributors and Dealers, DriveWorks software is modular and scalable so you can set up and use the products to your advantage and at your own pace. Use the DriveWorks Product Comparison Chart below

Feature Description DriveWorks Xpress DriveWorks Solo DriveWorks Pro1
Operating Systems
Windows 7 SP1 support
Windows 8.1 support
Windows 10 support
Models – Controlling SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies
Drive dimensions
Drive features
Drive custom properties
Full control over file names
Drive colors
Drive materials
Drive textures
Drive tolerances
Drive hole wizards
Drive sheet metal properties
Drive weldment profiles
Drive advanced feature properties
Replace models with known alternatives
Replace Models with driven alternatives
Control instances
Create additional file formats
Full control over file locations
Control multiple sets of models in a single project
Automatic check in to EPDM
Run macros
Run pre and post drive generation tasks to:

  • Insert components on the fly
  • Create, delete or switch configurations
  • Mate components
  • Create images
  • Much more
Drawings – Controlling SOLIDWORKS Drawings
Create a drawing for each part and assembly
Create multiple drawings for each part assembly
Control Layers
Additional file formats
Re-name sheet
Delete sheet
Re-scale sheet
Export sheet to other file formats
Delete view
Re-scale views
Re-position views
Control breakline positions
Drive annotation positions
Drive annotation text
Drive geometric tolerances
Drive weld symbols
Run drawing specific macros
Run pre and post drive generation tasks to:

  • Auto arrange dimensions
  • Auto balloon assembly views
  • Rescale and position views
  • Hide or Delete dangling dimensions
  • Much more
Full control over file names
Full control over file locations
Method of Model Generation
Immediate generation
Preview generation (On Demand) 2
Queued and automatic
Working with and Generating Documents
Built in templates
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Email with attachments5
Working with Data (including External Data)
Copy and paste Excel data
Create internal data tables
Consume live data from ODBC Data sources (e.g. SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer)
Export data to ODBC data sources (e.g. SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer)
Connection directly to SQL Server Databases
Create Group data tables
Rollup data tables – automatically sync information from child specifications.
Create Calculation tables
Web Service integration – bi-directional communication with websites
User Interface and Form Controls
Text boxes
Numeric text boxes
Spin buttons
Check boxes
Combo boxes
Full Form Designer
Picture boxes with dynamic pictures
List box
Option group
Measurement text boxes
Macro Button
Data Grid
Data Table
Date Picker
Dialog Button
Child Specification List
3D Preview Box
Item List
Option Button
Frame Control
Upload Control
Web Frame Control
Basic Form designer
Advanced Form designer
Static validation and validation messages
Dynamic validation and validation messages
Dynamic options for list controls
Dynamic enabling/disabling of controls
Dynamic control visibility
Dynamic control over fonts
Dynamic control over colors
Re-skin controls
Multiple forms with dynamic navigation
Support for responsive forms
Copy/paste form controls
Application Mode4
Web theme templates4
Drag and drop customizable modules4
Advanced customization4
Image gallery – display image files as they are created4
DriveWorks 3D
Server side rendering of web optimized 3D files
Image fallback for no WebGL
Model click interaction
Full support for transparent appearances
Multi-browser and device support
Scalability/ Deployment
Underlying database – Microsoft SQL Server
Teams of users
Granular permissions
Upscale for web access4
Unattended model generation5
Full load balancing support5*
Targeted processing with Tags5*
Standalone user seats6
Specification Flow
Automatic processing of external data5
Reusable rules (Variables)
Pervasive search/filtering capabilities
Project hierarchy (sub-projects/multi-line entries)
Integration with Product Data Management (PDM)
Checkin models
Checkin drawings
Checkin documents
Rules commentary
Rules revisioning
Reporting and Diagnostics
What-if scenarios (Test specification)
Model Insight – Step through generation with full commentary
Working with Rules
Over 240 engineering, mathematic and scientific functions
Rules builder
Rules analysis and breakdown
Search and Find/Replace rules
Specification Test Mode

1 DriveWorks Pro is made up of a number of Software Modules – This video will tell you more about the different modules.

2 Preview Generation (On Demand) is available for DriveWorks Pro modules that run as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS and is not available in DriveWorks Pro Live.

3 The modules DriveWorks Pro user and DriveWorks Pro Live provide access for Users to enter data.

4 DriveWorks Pro Live provides seamless conversion of DriveWorks projects for web access.

5 DriveWorks Pro Autopilot is required. 5* Multiple DriveWorks Pro Autopilots are required.

6 DriveWorks Pro User is required.

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