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DriveWorks Solo – What can I do in 30 days?

DriveWorks Solo is a powerful Design Automation Add In for engineers using SolidWorks. It is used by design engineers across many industries to reduce repetitive design tasks and automate the generation of new models in SolidWorks. DriveWorks can also help companies respond quickly to sales enquiries. DriveWorks Solo can be downloaded and used for 30 days to automate a SolidWorks Model or even just part of your SolidWorks Project. If you are new to DriveWorks then you might be wondering, how do I use DriveWorks Solo? And importantly, just what should I do with my 30 days? Follow the DriveWorks Training Tutorial The first thing that you will want to grab along with your Trial copy of DriveWorks Solo is the DriveWorks Solo Training Guide. In this guide you will be given all the instructions you need to create a new project, in this case a wooden door! With your DriveWorks Training Guide at your side and your copy of SolidWorks and DriveWorks Solo installed you can begin. Start by creating a new project. This is a simple process that is fully explained in the Training Guide (page 12), but if you would like a more visual guide to creating new DriveWorks Solo Projects then check out the YouTube Channel. Check out our YouTube Channel  Our How To Video Clips are really useful for any SolidWorks Engineer that wants to see what’s involved in Design Automation. We have several playlists guiding you through how to set up a new DriveWorks project and provide a great reference point for your first 30 days. Click the photo below to access the DriveWorks YouTube Channel Attend a Getting Started Webinar Our Webinars provide a valuable overview of what’s involved with automating the generation of new designs using DriveWorks Solo. For the beginners, there is the DriveWorks Solo Head Start Webinar which covers: • How to capture the parameters in your design that you want to control • How to create a good looking and intelligent user interface to specify your products • How to build rules that link the form inputs to the captured parameters that control your designs Click the title above to register for a Getting Started Webinar. DriveWorks Solo Training Sessions If you are looking for some more in-depth training then each …

What more can I do with DriveWorks Solo – Upgrading from DriveWorksXpress

So, you have pushed DriveWorksXpress to its limits, and now you might be wondering, “What more can I do?” DriveWorks Solo is the next step in Design Automation and automating SolidWorks. With lots more functionality that you won’t find in DriveWorksXpress, we’ve highlighted the main differences between Xpress and Solo below. Form Designer One the major differences that you will see between DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks Solo is the advanced form designer. With the advanced form designer, you can create visually stunning projects that give you more freedom than the linear single form of DriveWorksXpress. With DriveWorks Solo you can include multiple form and you can base the navigation from one form to the next based on rules. Your forms can include images that update dynamically and a wider range of form controls that can all be positioned and aligned to create great looking forms. The two images below are taken from our configurable wheelchair project. The one on the left is from our DriveWorksXpress project, the one on the right from DriveWorks Solo. The functionality in the DriveWorks Solo form designer means the form is more appealing and easier to understand with visual prompts and customisable control placement guiding the user through the options. Furthermore with form navigation in DriveWorks Solo you can set the path from form to form, as shown below. This means the user can be simply guided from one screen of to the next in an appropriate order without seeing all the options at once. You can even include descisions so that you can chose which forms are displayed. To see what you can design with DriveWorks Solo why not take a look at our brand new DriveWorks Solo examples? Advanced Model Control With DriveWorks Solo, you have the ability to control and drive a much larger variety of SolidWorks features such as colours materials and textures. Furthermore with DriveWorks Solo you can control multiple sets of models in a single project, perfect for larger projects. Models in an assembly can be replaced with known and driven alternatives as shown here by the door selection option. Here at DriveWorks, we think the best way for you to understand how our software works is to use it. So why not download a trial of DriveWorks Solo and take a look at the trailer project. Controlling SolidWorks Drawings With DriveWorks Solo, your control over SolidWorks …

3D Printing – What’s next?

Learn about the future of 3D printing.

DriveWorks Solo to Pro Webinar 28/11/2013

Register for our Thursday webinar – Upgrading from DriveWorks Solo to DriveWorks Pro

Solid Solutions SolidWorks 2014 Launch Event – Thursday 7th November 2013 – 08:45-16:45

With SolidWorks 2014 being released imminently, many of our Resellers have opened their doors for you to come and see the new features in SolidWorks 2014. Solid Solutions is once again holding a spectacular event. Building on Sir Ranulph Fiennes inspirational presentation in 2013, this year, Olympic Gold Medal winner, Chris “the Professor” Boardman, MBE, will be presenting at the event and sharing stories about his experiences as a cyclist at the cutting edge of technology. Chris will forever be remembered for his stunning performances in the 1992 Summer Olympics where he famously rode the iconic British made Lotus 108 to victory. His focus on detailed preparation and innovation also informed his time as the leader of the British Olympic R&D team in Beijing. This team, along with Chris’s help, would became the most prolific British Cycling team of all time. Attendees will also have the chance to hear from SolidWorks CEO, Bertrand Sicot who will no doubt be a key player in what is a truly impressive line-up for the event. Of course along with the guest speakers there will be time for you to explore what’s new in SolidWorks 2014. DriveWorks will exhibiting at the event so visit our booth and try out our Design Automation and Sales Configurator software. It’s also a perfect opportunity to get some advice from one of Solid Solutions’ DriveWorks experts. The event will be held at Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, which means that during the break from all the SolidWorks and DriveWorks action you can peruse some of their 300 strong car collection, including the Aston Martin DB5 which appeared in James Bond’s SKYFALL™.The model on display was the actual car that was used for many of the driving sequences in the film which stars Daniel Craig as 007. If you can’t make the event in Warwickshire Solid Solutions are also holding launch events in Yeovilton, Southampton, London, Durham , Cambirdge and York. For more details on how to register for the event or any of the other events, please visit: http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks/launch/default.aspx

DriveWorks Live Month – Configure a Server Rack

DriveWorks can be used as a Configurator by anyone! With DriveWorks Pro your company can run projects like those featured on www.driveworkslive.com   This week we will be looking at the DriveWorks Live Rack Configurator example. This example yet again shows off some interesting ways of using DriveWorks Live including the ability to easily add new products, the flexibility of DriveWorks visualisation and the ability to up-sell on configurable items. Feature 1 – Data Driven Configurable Products DriveWorks makes it easy for your company to maintain its catalogue of products on-line without the need for constantly re-designing your website. As DriveWorks can import your product information from an easy-to-update table, your products are always up-to-date! With the correct information anyone from your company will be able to update your products.   Feature Number 2 – Intuitive Up-Selling With DriveWorks, you can create an intuitive user interface where the user is led through the sales process. First they choose their products and then select any add-ons that they wish to purchase; as shown above. This enables your company to easily up-sell and add value to your customers’ requests.         Feature 3 –  Flexible Visualisation  With DriveWorks you can not only see your configured item in both 2D and 3D but you also have the option to move these server racks in to different positions. Allowing you to see how it would look in each configuration. Rather than a simple, static picture this feature allows your customer to not only configure their product specifications, but also the design. All of this was created in our form editor and can be easily edited to update the pictures involved.     If you would like to know more about how DriveWorks can help your company please visit our site: www.DriveWorks.co.uk 

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