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SolidWorks Visit to DriveWorks HQ

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We were pleased to welcome SolidWorks Partner Team, Technical Marketing Specialist, Shyam Venugopal to The Barley Store recently. In addition to meeting our entire team during his visit, Maria took Shyam to visit DriveWorks Reseller CADTEK in Furness Vale and also DriveWorks Customer, furniture specialists, Neville Johnson so he could see how they are automating [...]
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Configure a Solar Panel – DriveWorks Solo Sample Project

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DriveWorksXpress is thefree design automationtool used by many engineers around the world. You’ll find it in every seat of SolidWorks. However if you have used Xpress and find that you would like MORE design automation / configurator functionality, you can download DriveWorks Solo and try it out – at zero cost. You can evenuse some of our own completed DriveWorks Solo sample projects to help you explore the additional functionality. One of our newest DriveWorks Solo Sample projects, a Solar panel assembly, demonstrates a number of DriveWorks Solo features that you wont find in DriveWorksXpress.Configure your Solar panelusing the DriveWorks Solo form that will appear in the SolidWorks task pane.               The forms show off the added Form Designer capability that you get with DriveWorks Solo and are quite graphic and easy to fill out. DriveWorks Solo is great when it comes to performing calculations in the background too and this example shows the expected BTU energy output based on the size of the panel. And because you can look up value in tables in DriveWorks Solo, we have also used the project to show how you can display relevant pricing (US dollar, GB Pound or Euro) based on the country entered. When you run the project, DriveWorks Solo will automatically generate all the parts, assemblies and drawings – saving lots of time!   You can download this DriveWorks Solo Sample Projecthere You can download DriveWorks Solo here

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Develop 3D Live

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See over 30 exciting, relevant and fresh speakers for free while getting hands on with the latest technology including DriveWorks to advance your workflow & productivity

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Embedding DriveWorks as a Configurator in your Website?

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Check out the DriveWorks Live Integration Module. DriveWorks Pro is made up of different license types: DriveWorks Administrator, DriveWorks Autopilot and DriveWorks Live. Companies that want to integrate DriveWorks as a configurator in to an external website, can use the integration module functionality in DriveWorks Pro Live to do this. This webinar will show you how to use the integration functionality to pass values into a specification from the URL itself, or by embedding your DriveWorks forms using DriveWorks Live in a frame or iframe, on your existing website. We will cover how to start using the integration module to pass data to the specification through the URL as well as more advanced options such as how to Auto Login to your DriveWorks Group and even how to automatically start a specification. If you are taking your forms and putting them inside your own website then you will want to think about using the functionality of the integration module and the features it brings. This is a value add event for DriveWorks Customers with an active subscription support contract and all Authorized Value Added DriveWorks Resellers. You can register here Customers Resellers

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DriveWorks 11 – Download Now

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DriveWorks 11 SP 0 is now available to download. As ever we have listened to our customers and resellers to enhance your user experience and performance. All DriveWorks Customers with an active Subscription Support Contract and all Authorized DriveWorks Resellers can download the latest release now.

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DriveWorks 11 – What’s New

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For anyone that missed DriveWorks World – we have picked some of the top features presented in our What’s New Sessionand this is now YOUR chance to see some of the great new features added for DriveWorks 11! When: – Thursday 13th March at 4pm GMT This webinar is for anyone using DriveWorks with an active subscription support contract and all DriveWorks Resellers. You can register for the webinar in the DriveWorks Communities DriveWorks Pro User Community DriveWorks Reseller Community

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DriveWorks – Top 4 Reasons for Implementing a Sales Configurator

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See the top 4 reasons for implementing DriveWorks Pro in your company.

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New DriveWorks Solo Sample Project – Machine Guard

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DriveWorks Solo brings some advanced functionality to your design automation that cant be found in DriveWorksXpress. A great way to sample this advanced functionality is through our DriveWorks Solo 30 Day trial. Our 30 Day trial not only gives you access to our advanced design automation software but also to our resources such as tutorials and sample projects. We recently updated our sample projects allowing us to show off our software and giving you the opportunity to discover all the extra DriveWorks functionality found in Solo. An important added function found in DriveWorks Solo is the ability to drive the advanced feature parameters of a large number of features. The Machine Guard project is therefore one that couldnt be done in DriveWorksXpress. Using DriveWorks Solo you are able to drive much more than just the dimensions, features and custom properties of a SolidWorks Part or Assembly. In this project for example, we are also driving the weldments from an external weldment profile. The Machine Guard sample also has a rule for the Frame Pattern an advanced feature property that couldnt be driven in DriveWorksXpress.

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New DriveWorks Solo Sample Project – Fan Project

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By using downloading and trying out our new DriveWorks Solo projects, you can learn how DriveWork Solo can help you create variations for your SolidWorks models. DrivreWorks Solo comes with a whole raft of new features that arent available in DriveWorksXpress including the ability to create drawings and export those drawings in different file formats. This means that you can send off specifications and information to your customers who wont have SolidWorks or eDrawings installed. DriveWorks Solo also allows you to import data from excel or create data tables within the DriveWorks Solo project. This allows for pricing lists and even customer lists to form a part of your project. In this example both are used to form the basis of an existing customer list and to help with the pricing based on the specifications selected. DriveWorks Solo also has the ability to create variables to create rules that can be used in many places, or can be used to simplify rules that are getting long by breaking them down in to more manageable chunks. In this example, variables are used to drive the materials that are used in the fan from the specifications

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New DriveWorks Solo Sample Project – Hydraulic Cylinders

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Got your free 30 Day DriveWorks Solo trial? Then why not give one of our brand new DriveWorks Solo Sample projects a try. These completed projects give you the chance to use a completed DriveWorks Solo project and all the extra functionality that you get. One of the features afforded to you in this project is the ability to control multiple sets of models in one project. What this means is that you can create rules for several different related models in one project allowing customers/ salespeople to create variations on a product in the same project. DriveWorks solo also gives you a far more advanced form editor with the ability to control the fonts and colours in the project as well as using features such as list boxes which give your far greater flexibility of your forms. DriveWorks Solo also lets you create new documents based on the in built templates. This allows you to generate a cover letter and even a quotation to send out to your customers along with a drawing of their specified product.

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New DriveWorks Solo Sample Project – Fan Project

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By using downloading and trying out our new DriveWorks Solo projects, you can learn how DriveWork Solo can help you create variations for your SolidWorks models. DrivreWorks Solo comes with a whole raft of new features that arent available in DriveWorksXpress including the ability to create drawings and export those drawings in different file formats. This means that you can send off specifications and information to your customers who wont have SolidWorks or eDrawings installed. In this example, the user is presented with a PDF as well as the .EDRW file with the individual part and complete product drawings.   DriveWorks Solo also allows you to import data from excel or create data tables within the DriveWorks Solo project. This allows for pricing lists and even customer lists to form a part of your project. Here this feature is used to allow for existing customers to be chosen from a list saving time when creating new models for customers.                           DriveWorks Solo also has the ability to create variables to create rules that can be used in many places, or can be used to simplify rules that are getting long by breaking them down in to more manageable chunks. In this example, variables are used to drive the materials that are used in the fan from the specifications selected in the form. DriveWorks Variables allow for much greater complexitiy in DriveWorks projects, without over complicating it with rules.

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The end of Windows XP – 5 Reasons to upgrade!

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When Windows XP first launched in 2001, 12 years ago, the DriveWorks journey was just beginning. Since then DriveWorks, and the world of computing, has come a long way. In 2001, the recommended requirements for running Windows XP were a measly 300 MHz processor and 128mb of ram. Today, mostphoneshave specifications that can easily outpace these specifications. DriveWorks is now on version 10, having added 3D previews, custom form designer and online integration along the way.Despite the release of 5 versions of Windows since 2001, Windows XP still remains the second most used operating system globally. In April this year, Windows will officially stop supporting the Windows XP platform, even for critical security issues. For anyone still running Windows XP, here are a few reasons why it really is nowtime to upgrade. Security As mentioned above, support for XP will end in April. This should be particularly worrying given that in December 2013 alone, three “critical” security flaws, which allowed attackers to remotely run malicious software on the machines,were patched in XP. From April Microsoft will no longer do this. Some companies will no doubt attempt to paper over the cracks by disconnecting those machines that are running XP from the external network, this still however leaves these machines vulnerable to viruses that are found in the company intranet or even on a USB Stick. What this all means, is that after April, any web connected Windows XP machine is like an open door, ready to warmly welcome any malicious code. Data Protection Related to the first point, decreased security makes data increasingly vulnerable. This poses a problem for businesses financially (as important customer data can be stolen) and also legally, as sensitive data must be protected by law. Simply put, any data that is stolen from your network comes under your legal jurisdiction and must be protected as such. Latest Technology Perhaps the most important reason for any business to upgrade their machines besides security, are the latest features that are found on newer versions of Windows and other programs too such as SolidWorks and DriveWorks. These new versions not only run at higher speeds, they also offer more functionalityand improvedusability. For example the inbuilt support for 3D printing found in Windows 8.1 might be attractive to some companies …

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Configure BLUE – Automating our Future – Blue Giant Corporation DriveWorks Pro Users

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Blue Giant, have used DriveWorks to create Configure Blue, their parts configurator for their Worldwide Authorised Dealers and Sales Team. With over 8 million product combinations, Blue Giant were in need of a more simplified configuration solution and with DriveWorks Pro they were able to host their configurator online for their Sales team and Authorised dealers to more simply and effectively create new configurations. Rob and Chris will be explaining what it took to get Configure Blue up and running, as well as how it has helped them overcome problems. Both Rob and Chris use DriveWorks on a daily basis, so this presentation is a great way for you to learn how a DriveWorks implementation works in practice. Chris is Blue Giants Automation specialist and previous to his work at Blue Giant, Chris used DriveWorks to automate conveyor designs. With many years of design and automation experience he will no doubt deliver a fascinating presentation. Rob, currently Director of Engineering at Blue Giant, had previously spent 11 years at Javelin Technologies, working as their Senior Application Engineer with particular focus on Design Automation and he had 32 years of experience in the industry. Rob and Chris will be speaking in room 22 Wednesday, 1:30 PM– 2:30 PM so get there nice and early to avoid missing out on a seat.

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SolidWorks World 2014

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The stage is set, the booth is built in the Partner Pavilion, our Team have registered and we look forward to seeing friends old and new, customers, resellers and partners very soon. Make sure you come along to #524 and help us build the world's longest and most custom conveyor model. (We'll be tweeting and [...]
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The Worlds Most Custom Conveyor

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This year at SolidWorks World, the DriveWorks booth will be hosting a powerful demonstration of DriveWorks Live. Taking data from configuremyconveyor.com and Twitter, we will be using your input to make the Worlds Most configurable conveyor. If you are at SolidWorks World you will be able to see your very own personalised conveyor section in a colour of your choice along with your name at our booth. All you have to do is either: Scan the QR Code Visit www.configuremyconveyor.com Tweet:Your Colour #DriveWorks524 e.g. Hot Pink #driveworks524 Remember we are at booth #524 at the SolidWorks PartnerPavilion Below you will find a map to help you get to our booth!

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