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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 …

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.

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.

Why Should You Use DriveWorks Solo?

Why should you use DriveWorks Solo? Here are a few reasons…

BRAND NEW DriveWorks Solo Head Start Webinar

A brand new DriveWorks Solo webinar featuring a conveyor project.

DriveWorksXpress Training – available through i GET IT!

Learn how to become a DriveWorksXpress expert with i GET IT’s DriveWorksXpress training!

DriveWorks – Time to get the bunting out!

As DriveWorks’ international community expands, we invite ALL OF YOU to join in our celebrations!

The NEW Little Book of Rules DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks Solo Edition

Get your hands on a copy of the NEW Little Book of Rules!

DriveWorksXpress Hands-on session at SolidWorks World 2012

DriveWorksXpress Hands-on session at SolidWorks World 2012! Free Little Book of Rules to every attendee!

Getting ready for SolidWorks World 2012

DriveWorks at SolidWorks World San Diego Feb 12-15 2012

DriveWorks at SolidWorks Design Innovation Events

DriveWorksXpress hands on sessions at SolidWorks Design Innovation Summit – several locations across USA

Exlar Corporation describes Design Automation Savings

Saving Time and Money through Design Automation was the subject of the presentation at SolidWorks World 2009 by Trevor Waldeland and Eric Summerfield of Exlar

SolidWorks 2009 – DriveWorksXpress Tutorial

As DriveWorksXpress has been incorporated by SolidWorks Corporation into every seat of SolidWorks you can access a DriveWorksXpress Tutorial from inside SolidWorks too.

Thrilled with Achievements in DriveWorksXpress

DriveWorksXpress has helped reduced their design process from 2 days to 10minutes!!

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