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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 …

SolidWorks Secret tip – Save time with DriveWorksXpress

If you design and sell products which are slightly different for each order then you could be saving a huge amount of time with this simple tool built in to SolidWorks. DriveWorksXpress is a free design automation tool found free in every seat of SolidWorks and should form a part of any SolidWorkers armoury. With SolidWorks at your fingertips it’s possible to automate drawings, parts and assemblies with just a few simple steps. The first thing to do is to open up your version of SolidWorks 2011 or newer and open the SolidWorks Tool bar and open DriveWorksXpress. Once DriveWorksXpress is open you can go ahead and create a new project, your project will be comprised of your SolidWorks model and the rules that you will create for it. Now your database is open, you can begin to add your models and start capturing the assemblies and parts. With your assembly or part captured, now you can learn how to capture and drive a specific dimension for automating. It is also possible to automate features of your DriveWorks models as is shown in the video above. Now you have captured the features, it might be worth capturing some custom properties which can beuseful for linking annotations to drawings this allows you to drive the text that will be added to your drawing borders or notes. Capturing a drawing allows you to create new drawings variants from your SolidWorks Drawing files. The video below shows you how to import a drawing and then create a rule linking this to new part or model variations. Now we have captured and created rules for our model and drawings, it is time that we move on to creating the form that you will need to fill in to create new variations. With DriveWorksXpress this process is a simple one with our simple form designer. Below is a playlist with all the videos you will need to create your form allowing you to capture the information to create a new variation.

DriveWorksXpress Head Start Webinar – Tuesday 7th January 2014

The DriveWorksXpress Head Start Webinar, hosted on the first Tuesday of every month takes you through the quick and easy steps involved in automating your design process with DriveWorksXpress in SolidWorks. You will learn… • How to capture the parameters you want to control • How to create a simple form to specify your products • How to build rules that link the form inputs to the captured parameters that control your designs You will see how you can start automating YOUR designs straight away. You can also visit our DriveWorksXpress YouTube channel to learn more today. There are two sessions to choose from Choose one of the sessions below  Click the link to view session times in YOUR own Time Zone  Tuesday January 7, 2014  Session 1 – Click Here to register Session 2 – Click Here to register

DriveWorks Solo Head Start Webinar – January 8th

The DriveWorks Solo Head Start Webinar, takes place the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Are your designs the Same but Different? This Webinar takes you through the quick and easy steps involved in automating your design process with DriveWorks Solo.

Beacon – DriveWorksXpress Webinar – 9th January 2014

DriveWorks is pleased to announce that Beacon our value added reseller in India, will be hosting a Webinar as a part of a series of Webinars designed to help you make the most out of the tools you have in SolidWorks. If you: Make products that are the same but different. Have repetitive design tasks that can be automated. Could define your products by a set of rules. Then this DriveWorksXpress webinar might help you to drastically improve your productivity through design automation. If you have SolidWorks then you already have DriveWorksXpress and this Webinar takes you through some of the steps involved in automating your design process with DriveWorksXpress. In the Webinar you will learn… How to capture the parameters you want to control How to create a simple form to specify your products  How to build rules that link the form inputs to the captured parameters that control your designs You will see how you can start automating YOUR designs straight away. https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/151032687 In the mean time you can take a look at our DriveWorksXpress YouTube channel or visit our website.

Comparing DriveWorksXpress with SolidWorks Design tables

DriveWorksXpress is the free Design Automation tool included with every seat of SolidWorks and is a great way to save a little time every day. Automate repetitive design tasks. Re-use existing designs. Generate new SolidWorks parts and assemblies quickly and easily. You might be thinking that while this all sounds great, you have been using design tables in SolidWorks to save some time already. Well, here are 5 reasons FOR choosing DriveWorksXpress over design tables : File size – File Size – DriveWorksXpress creates new files, which keeps file size to a minimum. Ease of Use – Control Assemblies, sub assemblies and parts from one user interface without the need to open up each one to update its design table. Scalability & Share with Others –  DriveWorksXpress allow colleagues with SolidWorks to create Parts, Assemblies and Drawings too by filling out a simple form.  Others do not need to know how you set it up, or which Assemblies and/or parts to open up and modify to get the desired results Automated Drawings – Update drawings for parts and assemblies quickly and easily. Rules Driven – Use Rules to determine which calculation or value is required to drive a given parameter. Rules and calculations that affect multiple parts and assemblies are easily linked in the DriveWorksXpress rule editor The best part is that if you already have SolidWorks, then you already have DriveWorksXpress! You can find DriveWorksXpress inside SolidWorks here: Check out the DriveWorksXpress YouTube channel for How to Video Clips and you’ll soon be saving time! For more information visit  www.driveworksxpress.com or contact your local SolidWorks Reseller.

DriveWorks at CAD2M – “Successful Innovation is done in a team”

DriveWorks will once again be in attendance at the CAD2M Customer event and SolidWorks 2014 Launch.

Bringing manufacturing home – New Design Techniques and the return of Local Manufacturing

Local manufacturing might be making a return find out more here…

DriveWorks Webinar Series – Specification Power Pack – 19th September

The next topic in the DriveWorks Webinar Series covers Specification Power Pack and will take place on Thursday 19th September 4pm (BST).

DriveWorks Solo – Custom Hydraulic Cylinders

DriveWorks Solo Sample Projects are a great way for you to test out DriveWorks functionality. Here is an already built project for a Hydaulic Cylinder that you can use today.

DriveWorks – NESWUC Platinum partners

This year DriveWorks will be Platinum Sponsors of the NESWUC, click here to read more and see what will be happening at this years events.

Project and Group Distribution – DriveWorks Technical Webinar – 5th September

Learn more about DriveWorks Project and Group Distribution in this webinar. Exclusively available to DriveWorks Pro customers with an active subscription support contract.

3D Scanning : Create 3D models in minutes

Find out how 3D scanning might make 3D printing and model creation easier

Farber Speciality Vehicles , driven by DriveWorks

See how DriveWorks is helping Faber Speciality Vehicles to create their custom made vehicles faster and easier than ever.

New – DriveWorks Solo Sample Project – Metal Toolbox

Read about our new DriveWorks Solo Sample project and see how DriveWorks Solo can help create beautiful easily customisable products with ease.

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