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Configuring a Custom Canopy

Architectural design is one of the many industries already benefitting from the power of an online 3D sales configurator such as DriveWorks.

Providing your customers with the chance to custom create something such as an entrance canopy allows them to take into consideration the unique characteristics of their building as well as their brand.

DriveWorks allows manufacturers to create an online sales tool to not only improve the overall customer experience but to also save time and eliminate redundant engineering tasks.

With automation built into DriveWorks, an online sales configurator provides for quick turnaround on sales proposals as well as eliminating time spent on repetitive tasks and reducing the amount of errors that could be made making constant manual changes to designs.

DriveWorks technology makes selling custom products such as this canopy much quicker and easier and saving valuable engineering time.

We will work through a few quick and easy steps in this custom configurator to design the canopy. By utilizing Interactive DriveWorks Form Controls we will be able to make changes to the design of the canopy easily.

We soon see how easy it is to design this product in DriveWorks and get a full set of engineering drawings when our configuration is complete, and order submitted.

The DriveWorks Live website has many examples showing the latest DriveWorks technology in action.

In this blog, we’re using one of the examples and following the quick and easy steps to configure a custom canopy online.

Realistic and Interactive 3D

With DriveWorks 19, our team have added lots more 3D capability to bring the model to life. Weve positioned the canopy in a scene to give it context and a more realistic feel.

Im going to step through a series of options to specify the size of my canopy. I have the ability to choose dimensions as well as construction components and colours.

With every change I make and every option I select, DriveWorks software is working in the background to update the model on screen, update selections and show an up to date price throughout. Once I’ve completed my selections, DriveWorks will create all the manufacturing details automatically. That includes the SOLIDWORKS 3D parts, assemblies and drawings, cut lists, BOM and much more.

The entrance canopy is situated in a 3D environment to give the customer a realistic perspective.

By adding things such as shadows, contrasts, and other attributes such as lighting effects and textures the model is not only visually appealing but also brings a realism to the experience for the customer.

In addition to the 3D attributes, DriveWorks allows the user to pan and zoom and rotate around a bit in the 3D environment to get a better feel for how the canopy may look in place.

Currency Choice

Form controls and rules built into DriveWorks let the user choose the currency they wish to work in as part of their order.

Manual and time-consuming conversions are no longer needed because this work is being done quickly and accurately in the background, by DriveWorks.

By choosing a currency, the calculations throughout the process will update in the appropriate currency.

This is a great feature to add to your configurator if you host an international customer base and need to work in different currencies.

Choosing Dimensions, Support and Color

As with other DriveWorks configurator examples we have seen, we once again can use DriveWorks Form technology to design our canopy.

As forms are the primary user interface of your configurator, they should work well for the customer as well as make sure they capture whats needed for the design.

Using these form controls, we can choose the dimensions of the canopy.

The forms offer both the use of the slider tool or a text box to input our required dimensions.

Rules built in the background control and guide our inputs and once changes are made on the form, the model is updated right away.

DriveWorks has fully automated SOLIDWORKS so the models and drawings are both updated. The price is also updated as changes are made.

In addition to the dimensions, we also choose different foundation footings as well as colors for the canopy.

There are several out of the box options available for forms in DriveWorks. In this example, a picture box is used to select the foundation footings and for color choice there is a drop-down menu.

All these forms have rules built into the background that drive the changes to be made to the model.

In addition to the out of the box form controls, there are also custom and styled form controls created that meet the needs of your business.

As we complete the design of the canopy, we have a few more items that need our attention.

We have some add-on options that relate to the sale, service, and installation of the canopy.

Remember this is your chance to not only provide the customer with a complete experience but also to sell your product!

Again, with simple DriveWorks forms in place, simple check boxes are available for the customer to choose what they would like to add onto their order.

These changes are added to the order and quote is adjusted based upon our inputs.

Results Page

Once we click submit the configurator takes us through to the Results Page. Here we can view and access all of the files, documents and other digital assets generated by DriveWorks. In an easy to view window, we can see the details of the order including price, order name & number, the date it was created and a full description of the order.

You can click through and view all of the assets DriveWorks automatically generates for this custom configuration. Click through the asset gallery to view each individual asset in turn.

On this page, you can also view and download all of the files and documentation automatically generated for this order including:
Manufacturing Data
Sales Documentation
Data Outputs

Once we have submitted the order, DriveWorks automatically generates an order confirmation as well as the quote and bill of materials.

Each document is unique and provides the customer with information specific to their order.

As you control what the customer receives through the rules-based workflow created in DriveWorks, you can include your logo, branding and any other messaging you wish to send the customer as part of this process.

For manufacturing, it is a huge time saving to have the CAD models and associated drawings automatically created with DriveWorks.

Having the manufacturing information automatically created not only saves time on repetitive design, it also helps reduce errors and decreases time to market, giving you a competitive edge over your competition.

Additionally, DriveWorks generates an eDrawing of the assembly as another way to allow for quick viewing and approval.

DriveWorks technology is in use from start to finish when configuring this entrance canopy. Starting with the form controls in place to capture dimensions and basic design inputs, to the rules that have been created to drive the models, there is a lot going on in the background yet its seamless to the customer. When the product design and knowledge is captured in DriveWorks, the data required to create new versions of the product is generated quickly and accurately. It then ties into sales, engineering and then on to manufacturing.

Creating sales documentation for the customer as well as manufacturing documentation gives you a huge advantage in quality of design, cost savings and by reducing time to market.

Flexible, Scalable and Easy to Use

DriveWorks is versatile, fully customisable and easy to use so you can build a product configurator that suits your needs.

This canopy configurator is just one example of how DriveWorks can be used and shows just some of the functionality available.

Have a go with this example, and see the many other product and industry examples at www.driveworkslive.com

Once you’ve explored how DriveWorks looks from the front end, head to the Technology section to take a look under the hood at the underlying technology inside DriveWorks and the functionality used to build a Design Automation and Sales Configurator solution.

Configure, design and sell custom products in record time

The ability to configure, price and quote easily is now essential for manufacturing companies, of all sizes and across all industries, as a way of cost-effectively offering configurable products.

Configurable products are becoming the norm. A configure, price, quote (CPQ) solution helps manufacturers meet the increasing demand for custom products, faster and with greater accuracy, to gain a competitive edge.

DriveWorks software enables you to build and manage your own custom configure, price, quote solution.

CPQ solutions are built on rules, workflow, user interface, and typically need to integrate with other company systems. These are the core technologies and capabilities that have underpinned DriveWorks since it was first introduced to design-to-order and engineer-to-order companies using SOLIDWORKS 3D design software in 2001.

CPQ powered by industry leading rules-based automation

DriveWorks goes further than traditional CPQ solutions.

DriveWorks software is proven and extends the power of a CPQ solution, with industry-leading automation features. Save time and boost product quality by automatically creating accurate SOLIDWORKS manufacturing parts, assemblies and drawings as well as order-specific sales and account information for your CRM system.

This rules-based approach ensures greater accuracy. Custom orders can go straight from customer inquiry right through to the shop floor, without time consuming design changes and rework.

DriveWorks configurator software enables businesses to set up a configurable 3D CPQ solution that engineering and sales teams can use. DriveWorks software makes it easy for manufacturing companies to reap the benefits of guided selling and CPQ, quickly.

Seamless links between customers, sales and engineering

CPQ solutions enhance customer understanding and shorten sales cycles by communicating design details with interactive 3D visualizations.

Dealers, distributors and internal sales teams configure the ideal solution every time with DriveWorks intelligent rules-based guided selling and validation, eliminating errors and expensive, time-consuming design changes. Real-time pricing updates ensure accurate quotes are generated.

DriveWorks integrates seamlessly with other company systems to reduce bottlenecks, cut costs, optimise processes and ensure accuracy. Improving communication between departments and keeping everyone up to date and in the loop is key.

DriveWorks CPQ enables manufacturers to respond quickly, improve processes and exceed customer expectations, giving them a competitive advantage to sell more and increase profitability with less rework and time consuming changes.

Control permissions, users and processes

Customizable workflows in DriveWorks give complete control over what tasks are completed, by who and when.

Dynamically adding, editing or even restricting user access is easy. Administrators can apply security settings to decide which users or teams have permission to perform specific actions in the workflow, such as configuring products, approving designs and sending data to manufacturing.

Documents and data are automatically created at the right time with control over when tasks are processed.

Relevant users are notified at each stage of the workflow and given the files data they need to execute their tasks.

Because DriveWorks is a rules based solution, even the UI can be customized to suit the user. For example, you can set up different views for sales, different views and different views for CPQ administration.

Try DriveWorks Configurators

DriveWorks is versatile, fully customizable and easy to use so you can build a CPQ configurator that suits your needs and your products.

Like what you’ve seen so far? See the software in action and learn more at www.driveworkslive.com

Monmouth Scientific Use 3D to Enhance User Experience

Monmouth Scientific are UK market leaders in Clean Air Solutions. They specialise in Filtration and Ducted Fume Cabinets installations.

In-house Design Engineer, Peter Shirvington, has been using DriveWorks as a Design Automation and Product Configurator since 2013. In early 2020 he introduced the software at Monmouth Scientific.

Since then, Peter has created a 3D configurator that has been rolled out to the in-house sales team.

Monmouth Scientific offer a standard range of products, and also design and manufacture bespoke systems. The product range includes different cleanroom solutions and Peter has been focusing his time on this range with DriveWorks.

Clean Room 3D Configurator

Monmouth Scientifics end goal with DriveWorks was to have a clean room configurator that would enable the customer, assisted by the sales team, to design their own bespoke cleanroom.

Peter spent 4 months creating the first version of the 3D configurator with DriveWorks.

One of the key features of the configurator is the 3D preview functionality as it allows the user to see an interactive 3D model of the item they are configuring.

Dynamically Interacting with the Form

Users can also dynamically interact with 3D in the configurator to create interactive 3D layouts.

For example, a user can click around the form to build their bespoke clean room, with the model automatically updating in 3D on the form.

They can rotate the model, add walls to the cleanroom and see what their end product will look like.

Peter has also built in functionality to automatically work out the ceiling dimensions, based on the walls added.

The configurator also contains the ability to replace entities, for example for putting in a door, or a hatch.

Monmouth Scientific Clean Room

Time Savings

Introducing the 3D configurator has saved both the sales team and the design team a lot of time in the design-to-order process.

Previously the sales team would manually do some rough sketches of the customers layout, or they would ask the design team to create a 3D layout in SOLIDWORKS, which was understandably time-consuming.

Now they can have a 3D image for every quote and they can interactively work through the layout with the client. The design information that then comes through to the design department is a lot more accurate.

Automating SOLIDWORKS

In the latest iteration of the configurator, Monmouth Scientific has also been using DriveWorks to automatically generate the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD data required to manufacture the clean rooms.

www.monmouthscientific.co.uk

Suitable for Any Industry

DriveWorksproduct configurator softwareis used by companies of all sizes. Its suitable for any industry where quotes or 3D files and drawings are part of the sales to manufacturing process.

See how versatile and customizable it is by having a go with our online configurator examples onwww.driveworkslive.com

DriveWorks 19 Now Available to Download

DriveWorks 19 delivers brand new features and enhancements in the following areas:

Scalability

Cloud support and enterprise deployment

Suggestions and revisions from users in the DriveWorks Community and our developers support progressive simplification and management of enterprise wide deployment.

Usability & UX

Making DriveWorks even easier to implement

Focused visual updates and enhancements add further functionality to user-friendly improvements across DriveWorks.

DriveWorks 3D

Configure custom products in 3D on any device

Animation for 3D model previews, enhanced performance. Increase your models interactivity with Sprites, VR and accurate surface reflections.

Design Automation & PDM

Industry leading SOLIDWORKS automation

New and updated generation tasks, functions, model reporting and PDM tasks to utilize the full potential of design automation in DriveWorks.

Download the Latest Release Now from the DriveWorks Community

DriveWorks Resellers and Customers with an Active Subscription Support Contract can download DriveWorks 19 from the DriveWorks Community.

Here’s what you’ll need to download the latest release:

  • A MyDriveWorks Community Account,you can create an account if you don’t have one or reset your password if you’ve forgotten it.
  • Pre-Requisites can be found in our Online Documentation.
  • DriveWorks 19 License Codes have been provided* so you can test and familiarize yourself with the new features and functionality before upgrading your production environment to the new release.

*If you’re a DriveWorks Reseller AE, your DriveWorks 19 demo codes have been emailed to you. If you’re a DriveWorks customer with active subs, your codes have been sent to your reseller who will pass them on to you. If you haven’t received your DriveWorks 19 license codes yet, please email us.

Important Information

  • We have tested the updates rigorously across Windows Operating Systems and latest versions of SOLIDWORKS to test compatibility.
  • As with any upgrade, remember to take a back up of your data!
  • The download should take no more than 30 minutes.
  • If you are working in a multi-user environment make sure you upgrade all of the DriveWorks Modules e.g. DriveWorks Administrator, Autopilot, any DriveWorks User licenses, DriveWorks Live and DriveWorks Pro Server.
  • Make sure you have your DriveWorks 19 license keys to hand. We issue new license codes for each new major release so you can get to know the new functionality and TEST before you use it in production.
  • New DriveWorks 19 license codes have been sent to DriveWorks Resellers for all companies with an active subscription support contract. If you havent received your codes yet please check with your reseller.
  • More information is available in our online help file.

VanAire Inc, headquartered in Gladstone Michigan, develop Engineered Valve Automation Hardware. The company predominantly works with metal and makes parts that connect valves and actuators on pipelines.

We caught up with Ismael Lopez, CAD Administrator at VanAire, at a recent DriveWorks Drivers event where he spoke about his experience of using DriveWorks over the last 7 years.

Ismael is the DriveWorks Administrator at VanAire and was first introduced to DriveWorks at DriveWorks World in 2014.

Beginning the DriveWorks Journey

VanAire have been using DriveWorks since 2006. Initially, the software was used solely as a design automation tool for the engineering team. Engineers with SolidWorks were able to configure new brackets using DriveWorks Pro User to generate the manufacturing data.

When Ismael joined the team, the company wanted to see what more they could achieve. The first step was to further streamline their Design Automation projects.

Although the original projects saved time, they relied on stepping through several forms and had not been optimized for user experience. Ismael reduced the number of forms, streamlining the process. By doing this VanAire sped up their design automation project even more.

What used to take 15-20 minutes has now been cut down to 3-4 minutes. This includes generating all the manufacturing data and drawings.

As the company had already invested in DriveWorks they knew it would make good commercial sense to expand its use to other teams.

Introducing DriveWorks to the Shipping Team

The Shipping Team were one of the first non-technical teams to be introduced to DriveWorks, with the target of automating the creation of shipping labels.

Before using DriveWorks, the manual process of creating shipping labels involved using an excel spreadsheet and a member of the design team creating the label, attaching it to the PO and then sending it over to the Shipping Department.

To automate this process, VanAire used DriveWorks Autopilot. All the information required is saved in SQL, and a database connector is able to pull that information at the back end.

The project itself creates a label, saves a label and prints out the correct number of labels automatically.

Ismael expands on this, saying:

Everything is done automatically and DriveWorks has made that very easy for us, as we used to have lots of issues with the previous manual system.

Integrating DriveWorks with their ERP System

With the label project exceeding their expectations, VanAire moved on to their next DriveWorks project; integrating DriveWorks with their ERP system.

Using ODBC connectors, they were able to start pulling information from their ERP system, into DriveWorks.

They then took this integration a step further and decided to connect their ERP system even more by including SOLIDWORKS designs in the ERP system.

Now, using DriveWorks, they can create a specification, have it in the ERP system, and print it.

Before implementing DriveWorks, this process could take up to two hours, before the information was even created within their ERP system.

Automating Costings with DriveWorks

VanAire wanted to implement DriveWorks into even more of the companys systems. Costings was the next division to implement the software.

Ismael has been able to pull some information from the ERP system itself and he has also created a feature-driven costing system.

The new costing system takes into account specific features and sizing, as well as how long it actually takes to make the parts.

Before implementing DriveWorks, it could take up to a week to get actual costing if it was a big order. Using DriveWorks, Ismael has been able to drop it down to seconds for each part.

The sales team were introduced to DriveWorks at this point and the software has now been implemented company-wide.

Sales Team Running Specifications

The Sales team can now run specifications themselves, meaning the design team have more time to focus on innovative R&D projects.

The sales team can also instantly access information, such as the customers purchase history.

This means they know their customers better, which in return leads to more positive relationships and continued custom.

Ismael says:

DriveWorks has made the whole process from the customers initial inquiry, to getting a quote and receiving their order much easier and quicker.”

VanAires Response to Covid-19

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VanAire decided to create an online configurator for their customers to use.

A customer can access the site and select their product combination. This information is not only submitted to the website but directly to DriveWorks.

All the data is generated automatically, including the model. It also triggers an email that is sent to the customer with the quote for their selection.

Continued Success

Over the past 14 years, VanAire have achieved a lot with DriveWorks and completely innovated the way they work using the software.

DriveWorks has been implemented across the whole business and as we can see through the creation of their online sales configurator, the company is showing no signs of slowing down.

We cant wait to see what the next 15 years holds for VanAire and DriveWorks!

Suitable for Any Industry

DriveWorks product configurator software is used by companies of all sizes. It’s suitable for any industry where quotes or 3D files and drawings are part of the sales to manufacturing process.

See how versatile and customizable it is by having a go with our online configurator examples on www.driveworkslive.com

Dolphin Solutions Reduce Design Time and Create a Great Customer Experience with DriveWorks

Dolphin Solutions, headquartered in Robertsbridge UK, design and supply a range of products and accessories for commercial washrooms.

We recently caught up with Robert Allen, Product Design Engineer and main DriveWorks Administrator at Dolphin Solutions to see how theyve implemented the software over the past few years.

Dolphin Solutions purchased DriveWorks in 2017 with the aim of creating an online sales configurator tool that would help them to achieve two key targets;

  • Reduce Design Resources
  • Create a Great Customer Experience

Designing to Order Before DriveWorks

Before DriveWorks, Robert manually designed each individual bespoke mirror unit from scratch using SOLIDWORKS. He also manually created all the production files for the product.

The sales team handled the initial request. Then Robert designed the unit which then needed to be signed off before being sent to production.

This was a lengthy and time-consuming process, involving a lot of back and forth between Robert and the sales team to ensure the design for the bespoke product was not only to the customers specification but also that it was correct for manufacturing standards.

This process could take days and even weeks before the customer received the product theyd ordered.

Dolphin Alavo Washroom System

Reducing Design Time

Once DriveWorks was introduced, the sales process was completely transformed.

The sales team can now take the configurator tool to the customers on laptops and tablets.

They can guide the customer through the product options on the configurator, and submit an order straight to the design team.

Errors have also been significantly reduced, as the automated process ensures that every product option selected is manufacturable and is ready to be sent to the manufacturing floor.

“The days and weeks are cut down to minutes and hours, because our customers are finding their final design much quicker. They can see all their options and the drawings are generated automatically.

Robert Allen, Product Design Engineer, Dolphin Solutions

A Great Customer Experience

Robert also wanted to create an online configurator that was easy to use, contained all the relevant information, but was also aesthetically pleasing, slick, and professional.

Robert used DriveWorks to create a flowing set of pages, that easily guide the customer through the configuration process.

Knowing the value of this to the company, Robert was given the time to create a great experience.

Guided Selling

Robert has created forms that guide users based on their selections, for example, the height of the washbasin, the number of wash stations, and appliances.

Each time a selection is made, the online configurator filters the customer a step closer to a final design.

Based on the previous selection, options will become greyed out if they are unavailable.

Robert has also used the Tooltip Text property to display extra information when a customer hovers over a control.

This declutters the form and also ensures that the customer inputs the correct information.

Capturing Customer Data

When a customer has completed a specification, their details are captured on the last page of the form and they are given a unique specification ID.

This allows Dolphin to track orders and assign the ID to the customers project.

An email alert is also triggered when a specification is complete, automatically sending an email to the sales and marketing team, with information such as the customer name, email, phone number and company.

The customer also receives one automatically as confirmation of their request.

Automating Drawing Creation

To eliminate even more design time, Dolphin Solutions have also automated the creation of drawings.

The process used to be manual, but now with DriveWorks and SOLIDWORKS working together, a drawing is automatically generated for each specification, ready for manufacturing.

Continued Success

Dolphins configurator has been live for over 2 years now and they are consistently recording more interaction with it month on month, with a slight dip owing to the global pandemic.

When asked how theyve achieved so much success with DriveWorks, Robert says that a huge factor is being given dedicated time to work on DriveWorks.

When first tasked with creating the configurator, Robert went to his directors and said if you want me to deliver DriveWorks, I am going to need some serious time on this.

Robert then spent 50-75% of his working time on DriveWorks for the year leading up to the release of their impressive online configurator.

Having achieved their two targets; reducing design time and improving customer experience, were excited to see what else this innovative company achieve next!

See What You Can Achieve with DriveWorks

Explore our online product configurator examples to see the many different ways DriveWorks can be used for design automation and digital selling.

Register now to secure your place at DriveWorks World 2021

Virtual learning & networking event for DriveWorks users

Register Now for DriveWorks World 2021

Join Us – It’s Free & Online

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for virtual DriveWorks World 2021.

This is our annual technical event for DriveWorks users with an active subscription, and reseller technical staff.

This year, we’re making it a 2-day virtual event where you’ll have the opportunity to hear presentations and take courses on specialist subject areas that go beyond the DriveWorks Essentials Training.

We’ll also be presenting Whats New in DriveWorks 19.

Virtual DriveWorks World 2021 is free and online, there’s nothing stopping you from joining!

Register now to secure your place – we look forward to ‘seeing’ you there!

You will need to use your new MyDriveWorks account to register, if you don’t have an account yet, it’s quick and easy to create one.

Virtual DriveWorks World 2021

Free online learning and networking event – Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 April

Learn and Share Knowledge

DriveWorks World is your chance to advance your technical knowledge of DriveWorks. Learning for all skill levels, you choose which sessions to attend, and tailor your experience.

Connect with Other Users

Exchange tips and discuss ideas to enhance your projects and help others to improve theirs. Chat with other DriveWorks users, share your opinions, ideas and feedback.

Join Online

Join the virtual DriveWorks World sessions from anywhere in the world. Use your webcam and microphone to get involved in the discussions, ask questions and share ideas.

Agenda

We’re busy building the full agenda, but here’s what you can expect from virtual DriveWorks World 2021

What’s New in DriveWorks 19

Join our team for an exclusive technical session showcasing Whats New in our latest software release, DriveWorks 19.

Learn more about the direction of DriveWorks software. Understand the latest release so you can make the most of the new additions and functionality.

DriveWorks experts will share their tips and tricks for how best to apply the new features as part of the online learning sessions.

Share your ideas, feedback and suggestions with us.

Online Technical Learning Sessions

Join the DriveWorks team for technical learning sessions covering different topics at a variety of skill levels. There will be a mix of live sessions, via Microsoft Teams, alongside on-demand courses in the DriveWorks Learning Portal.

The sessions will range from core topics such as rules, 3D, workflow, design automation, to newer trends such as DriveApps, 3D printing, CPQ, the cloud, business process automation and digital transformation.

Choose the sessions and topics that suit you and complete self-paced learning online at any time.

Networking and Sharing Ideas

Throughout the event, there will be live discussions and chat channels to connect with other DriveWorks users, discuss your projects and share ideas.

Were also inviting a number of DriveWorks customers to share their stories and present about how they use DriveWorks software.

Its always fascinating to see how everyone uses DriveWorks differently.

Its a great opportunity to learn from other peoples experiences, ideas and processes. Pick up inspiration for your own projects.

Secure Your Place

Register now to join us at virtual DriveWorks World 2021.

You will need to use your new MyDriveWorks account to register, if you dont have an account yet, its quick and easy to create one.

We are excited to announce the release of DriveWorks 18 SP2.

DriveWorks 18 SP2 adds to the new features and enhancements added in DriveWorks 18 and DriveWorks 18 SP1.

In April 2020, we released DriveWorks 18, and presented about the new features and enhancements during Digital DriveWorks World.

Since then, we worked hard to release DriveWorks 18 Service Pack 1 which was released in October 2020.

Now we are pleased to announce we have released DriveWorks 18 Service Pack 2.

Less travel and more time in the office over the past few months has enabled us to dedicate a lot of time to work on adding new enhancements and updates to this service pack release.

DriveWorks 18 Service Pack 2 is now available to download from the brand new DriveWorks Community.

Download the latest version to make the most of the added functionality.

The New DriveWorks Community

Weve built a brand new DriveWorks Community atmy.driveworks.co.uk.

The DriveWorks Community is ouruser portal, bringing together DriveWorks users from around the world. The community is a place for our resellers, customers and partners to come together and find useful resources.

The DriveWorks Community includes many important downloads including DriveWorks software and PowerPacks, learning and training materials and many other useful resources.

The new MyDriveWorks community includes improvements to the user experience, tomake it easier for you to find the content you need.

Weve personalised each page based on the software you have, so youonly see whats relevant to you.

Weve improved the stability ofdownloads making them quicker and easier.

To access the content and the new software release, you will need to create a MyDriveWorks account, even if you had an account in the previous DriveWorks Community.

Download the Latest Release Now from the New DriveWorks Community

DriveWorks Resellers and Customers with an Active Subscription Support Contract can download DriveWorks 18 SP2 from the new DriveWorks Community.

Here’s what you’ll need to download the latest release:

  • A DriveWorks Community Account, if you haven’t yet created a new DriveWorks Community account, you can create one at my.driveworks.co.uk
  • Pre-Requisites can be found in our Online Documentation.
  • DriveWorks 18 License Codes

Activate DriveWorks 18 in SOLIDWORKS 2021

You can activate DriveWorks Solo 18 and DriveWorks Pro 18 in the latest version of SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS 2021.

You can now load compatible applications into your SOLIDWORKS software for the current session, the next startup, or both.

The add-in applications must be installed on your computer.

To activate DriveWorks 18 in SOLIDWORKS 2021, navigate to ‘Tools’ and then select the ‘Add-in’s’ tab and find DriveWorks 18 under ‘Partner Gold Add-ins‘.

Important Information

  • We have tested the updates rigorously across Windows Operating Systems and latest versions of SOLIDWORKS to test compatibility.
  • As with any upgrade, remember to take a back up of your data!
  • The download should take no more than 30 minutes.
  • If you are working in a multi-user environment make sure you upgrade all of the DriveWorks Modules e.g. DriveWorks Administrator, Autopilot, any DriveWorks User licenses, DriveWorks Live and DriveWorks Pro Server.
  • Make sure you have your DriveWorks 18 license keys to hand.
  • More information is available in our Online Help File.

Hauff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG

Germany-based Hauff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG is known far beyond the country’s borders for high-quality solutions when it comes to underground installations of water, electricity, gas or media lines into a building.

Hauff-Technik has the right product for every case – from the foundation to the roof – and seals. In addition to the headquarters in Hermaringen in the Heidenheim district of Baden-W端rttemberg, Hauff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG has another production site in Switzerland, Hauff-Technik Swiss AG.

The company employs a total of 375 people and supplies the European, Asian and Arab markets with Hauff products – made in Germany.

Innovation and customer proximity are particularly important because with 50,000 unique items per year, Hauff-Technik delivers exactly what the customer wants.

“In order to be able to deliver a high level of individual production in an extremely short time at a fair price, an automation solution must be found!”

– J旦rg Schmid , Head of Development and Design at Hauff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG

Automated Custom Products

The Hauff-Technik portfolio includes not only cable and pipe seals, but also complete solutions, such as multi-branch house connections or individual press seals for the reliable sealing of cables and pipes that are or have been placed in core bores or wall sleeves. An individual customer requirement is often associated with a higher design and production effort.

But how do you manage 50,000 individual customer projects per year with an average production time of 24 hours?

The designers at Hauff-Technik have always worked very successfully with the 3D CAD software SOLIDWORKS. With the help of an in-house design guideline, sophisticated design templates and continuously optimized processes, the processing of orders has been significantly accelerated over the years.

However, customer requirements are becoming more and more complex. At the same time, appointment requests are becoming shorter and shorter.

As a rule, a design employee needs around 16-24 hours for the manual design of a component specially designed for the customer. This is time that designers could be spending on important development tasks.

J旦rg Schmid, Design and Development Manager at Hauff-Technik, recognized this early on: “In order to be able to deliver a high level of individual production in an extremely short time at a fair price, an automation solution must be found!”

Challenge

Depict countless variants within minutes at the push of a button on the basis of a 3D CAD model.

With simultaneous creation, transfer and management in the ERP system including all production-relevant information and order data as well as common part testing.

Solution

  • SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Premium for construction
  • DriveWorks automation software
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional for managing design data and process security
  • ERPWorks for the synchronization of design data between the ERP system and SOLIDWORKS.

Integrate without Large Detours

The management, J旦rg Schmid and his team wanted a solution that went beyond pure construction processing. There are many 3D CAD configurators, but only a few that offer integration with the in-house ERP system and are scalable up to sales.

The choice, therefore, fell quickly on the DriveWorks automation software and the established SOLIDWORKS partner COFFEE.

DriveWorks offers all the advantages of a product configurator, fully integrated in SOLIDWORKS, and the constructions can be connected directly to sales and inventory management.

The creation of models and drawings of products that are the same but different is done automatically in SOLIDWORKS by DriveWorks, including all data and information relevant to production.

In addition, documents accompanying the product (PDFs, Excel, etc.) are created and stored in the PDM system.

“As a SOLIDWORKS designer, it is simply easy because the DriveWorks software is fully integrated.”

– Christos Delikostas , Sub-Project Manager Variant Design , Hauff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG

“DriveWorks has a simple, logical structure and is user-friendly,” says Mr. Christos Delikostas, sub-project manager for variant design, describing his benefit from the additional software: “As a SOLIDWORKS designer, it is simply easy because the software is fully integrated.”

In merchandise management, articles and materials are automatically created and checked using ERPWorks in the ERP system. Characteristics for the calculation for pricing are delivered directly to SAP and a common part check is carried out in order to avoid creating duplicates.

All of this is initiated by just one process and thus saves considerable time and the designers can use the freed resources for new developments.

The sales employee configures the appropriate quotation data directly from SAP and receives the associated production documents and quotation drawings for the customer as a result.

With the introduction of DriveWorks, the throughput time of a complete job is reduced from 16-24 hours to 5 minutes.

“We were already fast, but with DriveWorks we are even faster!”

– J旦rg Schmid proudly reports on the successful implementation in close cooperation with the COFFEE GmbH project team.

Production Starts with the Customer

The management of Hauff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG is already thinking a step further, as J旦rg Schmid explains:

The goal should be for the customer to configure the product themself. DriveWorks creates this product in SAP as an article, transfers a status the work preparation.”

“Drawings, as well as production-relevant data, are automatically transferred to production – without manual intervention!

With the SOLIDWORKS software solutions and with COFFEE as a strong partner, Hauff-Technik GmbH will achieve this goal and we look forward to seeing their progress!

See What You Can Achieve with DriveWorks

Explore our online product configurator examples to see the many different ways DriveWorks can be used for design automation and digital selling.

Configuring a Sample HVAC

Products in the HVAC industry are often very specific and custom, and that’s where HVAC manufacturers can benefit from the power of a product configurator.

When designing an HVAC system, it is important to gather as much information as possible to meet the needs and the specifications of the facility.

Having the ability to engage with a customer in the design of the system with a product configurator such as DriveWorks can give your business a competitive advantage.

The DriveWorks Live websitehas many examples showing the latest DriveWorks technology.

Anyone can use these online configurators that were created using DriveWorks software.

In this blog, we’re using one of the examples and following the quick and easy steps to configure a custom HVAC.

With DriveWorks 18, our team have added more 3D capability to bring the HVAC configurator to life.

Im going to step through a series of options to specify the size of my HVAC. Ill make my selection from the options provided.

With every change I make and every option I select, DriveWorks software is working in the background to update the model on screen, update selections and show an up to date price throughout.

Once I’ve completed my selections, DriveWorks will create all the manufacturing details automatically.

That includes the SOLIDWORKS 3D parts, assemblies and drawings, cut lists, BOM and much more.

Multiple Modules and Components

The HVAC configurator on DriveWorks Live is a strong example of adding and configuring multiple modules and components of an assembly together in DriveWorks.

The configurator steps through the different modules that make up the entire HVAC unit.

Notes within the different steps and modules help support a guided selling environment that a customer or salesperson can easily follow to make their configuration choices.

Each module will be configured on its own as part of the larger unit.

We will encounter multiple forms, rules and layers of design automation at work in this example.

Defined parameters and strong rules built in the background in DriveWorks are doing the heavy lifting.

Although we can’t see it, there is a lot going on with the design of this system in the back end once the entries have been made in the front end of the tool.

Dynamic Form Controls

The configurator makes it easy to design the HVAC unit, walking through the design step by step.

First, we need to set some specifications on the capacity and calculation of the airflow of the unit.

As forms define the user interface of a DriveWorks configurator, we will see various ways these are set up as we work through this example.

We choose our connection type in this first step by clicking on the options (screwed vs. flanged) and then use a slider tool to determine the airflow.

The system configuration will be updated as we move into our next steps.

Generation Tasks

Once we have established our connection and capacity, we must now begin to add the different modules to the HVAC Unit.

Working through the simple dashboard of HVAC modules that have been created, we choose the modules we want to add one at a time by clicking on the image.

Once a module is chosen, a new set of DriveWorks form controls appear that are relevant to that module.

Changes are applied immediately when we add the module to our assembly and the price is also updated.

The choices we make on these forms are driving a brand-new design of this component because of rules that have been added in the background.

With DriveWorks Generation Tasks, we can add and configure the 6 separate modules individually to make up the larger HVAC unit assembly.

Specify Design Requirements

As we work through each of the 6 modules, we must specify the design requirements that we want for each module.

There are DriveWorks dynamic forms in place for each module. DriveWorks form controls are completely customizable so you can adapt and skin them to match your own branding, style and business needs.

In this case, the forms are mostly designed as a slider tool. In both the Fan Module as well as the Humidifier Module, we use the slider tool to choose the dimensions of the units.

Forms and rules work together in DriveWorks. The inputs of the forms are driven by the rules that have been created in the background.

The model and price are continuously updated. This automation happens throughout the configuration.

Order Review and Submit

As we complete the design of the HVAC unit, we can now review all the modules that have been added to our design.

This configuration summary page provides the list of the modules as well as the cost, dimensions, and description for each of them.

The configurator has been designed so that you can go back a step and make a change if needed the change is then reflected in the model and the summary.

Automated Documents

DriveWorks also creates custom sales and manufacturing documentation for your order.

We can view the Bill of Materials and Quote for this order by clicking on the buttons in the configuration summary.

The quote provides a summary of the modules ordered during design as well as the cost for the order.

Once the order is confirmed and submitted, DriveWorks immediately starts generating the assemblies and a fully dimensioned drawing for review and for use in manufacturing.

All of this automation is a huge time saving for engineering. This fully automated process reduces errors, improves quality and allows product engineers and designers to focus on other areas of the business.

DriveWorks can easily pass information to and from 3rd party systems. This is possible as DriveWorks is built on its own fully documented API.

This makes it easy to integrate DriveWOrks with any of your company systems such as a CRM or ERP system.

Drawings

In addition to receiving the order information and associated business documents, DriveWorks also automatically creates the SOLIDWORKS models for the HVAC unit and the detailed dimensioned drawings.

As the rules, logic and engineering knowledge have already been entered into DriveWorks,manufacturing can begin without engineers checking every detail and making changes to the design.

The drawings are labelled for easy identification. Below is an example of the fan module drawing that we configured in DriveWorks.

You can see that it has the part numbers as well as the descriptions for each part listed in the table on the drawing.

Having both the SOLIDWORKS models and drawings fully automated by DriveWorks, we have reduced the number of engineering hours needed every time a new order is made.

In addition to this, as the models are updated by DriveWorks, it also reduces the number of errors as well as expedited our time to manufacturing and meeting the customers needs.

Flexible, Scalable and Easy to Use

DriveWorks is versatile, fully customisable and easy to use so you can build a product configurator that suits your needs.

This HVAC configurator is just one example of how DriveWorks can be used and shows just some of the functionality available.

Have a go with this example, and see the many other product and industry examples at www.driveworkslive.com

Once you’ve explored how DriveWorks looks from the front end, head to the Technology section to take a look under the hood at the underlying technology inside DriveWorks and the functionality used to build a Design Automation and Sales Configurator solution.

Configuring a Custom Bi-Fold Door

Implementing an online sales configurator enables your customers, engineers, and sales teams to configure their product, get quotes and place their order in one session.

Many manufacturers are taking advantage of this platform to embrace digital selling and improve overall customer experience.

At the same time, by having a tool like DriveWorks in place they are saving valuable time on repetitive designs, reducing errors, and getting to market quicker with their products.

Manufacturers using DriveWorks rules-based software can embrace digital transformation to improve customer experiences and make selling these custom products quicker, easier and more profitable.

The DriveWorks Live website has many examples showing the latest DriveWorks technology in action. Anyone can use the online configurators, created using DriveWorks software.

In this blog, we’re using one of the examples and following the quick and easy steps to configure a custom Bi-Fold Dooronline.

With DriveWorks 18, our team added more 3D capability to bring the doors to life. Weve positioned the door in a scene to give it context and a more realistic feel.

I’m going to step through a series of options as we design the door, we experience many of the dynamic functions that you can take advantage of when creating your own online sales configurator.

We will complete forms and enter measurements for the door. We will determine how many windows we would like in the door and be able to choose the construction materials.

With every change I make and every option I select, DriveWorks software is working in the background to update the model on screen, update selections and show an up to date price throughout.

Once I’ve completed my selections, DriveWorks will create all the manufacturing details automatically. That includes the SOLIDWORKS 3D parts, assemblies and drawings, cut lists, BOM and much more.

Interactive 3D

The bi-fold door is in a 3D environment that gives the customer a real-life experience as they are designing their product.

The 3D environment created in DriveWorks allows the customer to zoom in or zoom out and rotate to get a different perspective on the layout of the door.

The door will open and close when clicked with the mouse. This animation makes the bi-fold door example more interactive and responsive.

All these interactions add to the overall 3D experience and create more involved customer engagement. It also gives the customer a clear and realistic perspective on how the door may open and close once installed.

This interactive 3D technology is a key feature in DriveWorks 18. It’s just one example of how you can use the functionality inside DriveWorks to build a 3D product configurator.

Guided Selling

Users can configure the door to their exact requirements, starting byentering the width and height of the door.

DriveWorks provides a guided selling environment to help the consumer work through each step in their design.

This is very helpful as it lets the consumer understand what is needed and be able to complete the steps self-sufficiently.

Step 1 asks for the required dimensions. The ‘measure’ hyperlink brings up a pop up that gives the guidance needed to enter the correct information into the form.

Similar guidance is provided throughout the design process. You can decide whether or not to add these helpful pop-ups and make them specific to your products and options.

DriveWorks Form Controls

Forms are the user interface (UI) of a DriveWorks configurator. They are set up in DriveWorks by adding form controls and using rules in the background to decide what to show and when.

Creating an interactive UI in DriveWorks is easy. You can choose from more than 20 out of the box control types (label, drop down, slider tool, date picker, etc.)

They are customizable and you can adapt and reskin them to match your own branding.

In this example, a slider tool and text box are used for the dimensions. DriveWorks offers multiple ways to create form controls that suit your needs.

Whether its entering measurements like the dimensions in Step 1 of this design, or in subsequent steps where we need to enter other design inputs, rules in the background establish minimum and maximum measurement limits and other options.

These rules mean customers, sales teams and distributorscan only configure products that can be manufactured, and the calculated outputs are correct.

When changes are made, the rules drive the design to change immediately and displays the updated model.

This is a great tool for the self-guided selling process, but also in a face-to-face sale.

Choosing Components

The number of folding panels, construction materials, muntins (both horizontal and vertical), glass type for the windows and the hardware finishes for the door can all be configured and customised.

These component selections are made using the most appropriate DriveWorks Form Controls for these design options. These are just an example of the many form control options available in DriveWorks, you can see other form options in the Custom Picture Frame Configurator as well as the Cupboard Configurator.

As selections are made, the choices are captured in DriveWorks and applied to the design.

As DriveWorks has fully automated SOLIDWORKS, the changes are applied to the sales order, the CAD model and all associated manufacturing documentation as well.

Live Design Summary and Cost Updates

The sales configurator provides a rolling summary of the custom design. The summary is available throughout the process to view the dimensions and materials chosen as well as the glass type and finish applied to the model.

As it is dynamically linked to the rules running in DriveWorks, if changes are made, the summary and model are both updated in real-time. In addition to the design summary, a real-time update on costs associated with the design is displayed in the bottom right corner.

With the simple-to-use forms it’s quick and easy to design multiple versions of a bi-fold door. Here are just a few examples of doors designed in minutes using this DriveWorks example.

It’s not just the sales configurator that is updating, but the CAD models and all technical drawings and documentation are also automatically generated by DriveWorks.

As there are rules and logic in the DriveWorks project, engineering does not have to check every detail or make changes manually.

Imagine the time saved in engineering by having these designs automated by DriveWorks time that now can be used to grow other areas of the business.

Not only is it a time saving to engineering, DriveWorks provides an immediate quote to the customer and it reduces errors that could be made by making manual updates repeatedly.

Automated and Custom Outputs

Once the design is complete, a summary screen shows the choices made over the course of the design.

Customers and designers can easily go back into the configurator and make a change to the model, then comeright back to this screen to place the order.

Once the order is submitted, DriveWorks immediately begins to generate unique and order-specific sales and manufacturing documents. Within seconds an order-specific cover letter and quote document are sent via email.

As a business, its important to have different areas of your business connected.DriveWorks can be easily connected to 3rd party business systems such as CRM, ERP or other database systems.

Passing data to and from other systems and between teams allows everyone to work together and have one unified, cohesive source of information. Having better control and flow of information creates stronger data integrity for the customer and the business.

Immediate Confirmation

Once finished the order is submitted, DriveWorks immediately generates order-specific sales and manufacturing documents.

A cover letter and quote are both sent via email to the customer and the sales team.

A fully dimensioned drawing is generated automatically, saving valuable engineering time. The Drawing, Bill of Materials, Cut Lists and other files are sent to the manufacturing department so manufacturing can begin.

As the rules, logic and engineering knowledge have already been entered into DriveWorks, manufacturing can begin without engineers checking every detail and making changes to the design.

Rules mean customers, sales teams and distributors can only configure products that can be manufactured and the calculated outputs are correct.

The process is fully automated to reduce errors, improve quality and allow product designers and engineers to focus on innovating and improving.

Flexible, Scalable and Easy to Use

DriveWorks is versatile, fully customisable and easy to use so you can build a product configurator that suits your needs.

This Bi-Fold Door configurator is just one example of how DriveWorks can be used and shows just some of the functionality available.

Have a go with this example, and see the many other product and industry examples at www.driveworkslive.com

Once you’ve explored how DriveWorks looks from the front end, head to the Technology section to take a look under the hood at the underlying technology inside DriveWorks and the functionality used to build a Design Automation and Sales Configurator solution.

IMA PG is a leading pioneer in packaging solutions in India. Operating in the pharmaceutical industry, theyve been designing and manufacturing machinery for various pharmaceutical products and tablets since 1961. IMA PG work closely with DriveWorks Value Added Reseller Pelf Infotech Private Limited, based in Pune.

Design to Manufacture Process Before DriveWorks

Before DriveWorks, IMAs design to manufacture process required an engineer to design every part component by changing each dimension manually. They also had to give annotations and dimensions for every view in a drawing sheet. With so much manual input, the risk of costly human error in the design process was high.

DriveWorks is currently used by the engineering team internally and has been implemented in the design process of almost every product range at the company.

Implementing DriveWorks

Introducing DriveWorks has revolutionised the way IMA design their products. They have now configured DriveWorks for layout and component designing.

This means an engineer can now input the requirements for each individual specification into their form.

Once the form is completed, the new model along with its manufacturing data is automatically generated and ready to be sent to the manufacturing floor.

Speeding up the Design Process

Using DriveWorks Automation, IMA can respond to sales enquiries much faster, reducing their lead time significantly, opening up even more sales opportunities.

Cavity Die is a part of the design process that has benefitted particularly from DriveWorks. The Cavities are changed depending on each individual specification, for example they might be round, or an oblong shape.

This process is now specified and controlled through DriveWorks Automation, and the plate size is driven through variable parameters.

The outputs generated by DriveWorks are also now created from the Master Model.

Benefits for IMA PG

Since installing DriveWorks, IMA PG have seen a significant time reduction in their design process.

Before DriveWorks, design time peaked at four days and this has now been reduced to just one day. Costly manufacturing errors have also reduced significantly, and IMA PG are now at 80% drawing accuracy across their product line.

Mr Mayur Patil, Manager at IMA PG says:

DriveWorks has played a crucial role in our day to day work, helping us to achieve two important goals; time saving and accuracy.

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Tech Team Thursday Webinars

Our Tech Team Thursdays are a great opportunity totake a closer look at specific aspects of DriveWorks functionality and go beyond what you learn in the DriveWorks Pro Training and Certification.

As part of our commitment to Helping Others to Help Themselves, the DriveWorks Technical Team share their knowledge and expertise in our weekly value-added Tech Team Thursday webinars, exclusively for DriveWorks Pro Customers with Subscription and DriveWorks Reseller AEs.

In the coming weeks, the Tech Team Thursday webinars are advanced technical sessions, created for Digital DriveWorks World 2020, with the presenter joining the session for a live Q&A.

If you downloaded the session during DriveWorks World and you have questions about the topic, this is a great opportunity to get answers. Or, if you’re watching it for the first time, join us to learn and get involved in the conversation.

Learn more about DriveWorks to get the most out of your software. Throughout the webinars, you can ask questions toadvance your knowledge.

Check out our upcoming Tech Team Thursday Webinars and sign up here:

Business Process Automation with DriveWorks

Thursday 30th July

Reporting & Diagnostic Tools.

Thursday 23rd July

DriveWorks Quick Tips & Shortcuts

Thursday 16th July

Using 3D to Create an Online Configurator

Thursday 9th July

Advanced Workflow & Macros

Thursday 2nd July

Advanced Forms & UI

Thursday 25th June

Advanced Design Automation

Thursday 18th June

Configuring a Custom Picture Frame

Personalised and custom products are becoming the norm. Customers are looking for products that meet their exact needs and are expecting better buying experiences.

Implementing an interactive online sales configurator enables your customers to configure their product, get instant quotes, accurate delivery dates, and even place their orders, in one simple session.

Online sales and digital manufacturing are key aspects of digital transformation.

Manufacturers using DriveWorks rules-based software can embrace digital transformation to improve customer experiences and make selling their custom products quicker, easier and more profitable.

The DriveWorks Live website has many examples showing the latest DriveWorks technology in action. Anyone can use the online configurators, created using DriveWorks software.

In this blog, were using one of the examples and following the quick and easy steps to configure a custom picture frame online.

With DriveWorks 18, our team have added lots more 3D capability to bring the product to life. The picture frame is positioned in a 3D scene to give it context, you might recognise the scene from our Custom Furniture Configurator example.

Im going to step through a series of options to specify my custom picture frame. Ill choose a size – preset or custom – select frame and mount style, change colours, add optional extras and even upload a picture.

With every change I make and every option I select, DriveWorks software is working in the background to update the model on screen, change selections and show an up to date price throughout.

Once Ive completed my selections, DriveWorks will create all the sales documents and manufacturing details automatically. That includes the SOLIDWORKS 3D parts, assemblies and drawings, cut lists, BOM and much more.

Realistic 3D

The picture frame in this online configurator example is shown in a realistic house interior 3D scene. The scene uses many of the 3D features in DriveWorks to add more visual interest to the configuration experience.

Screen-space reflections create a more realistic visual appearance, reflecting the walls, furniture and decorations on the floor and the cupboard.

Lighting effects such as Ambient Occlusion and Bloom are used to give realistic dark contrast and highlights.

An environment map has also been added to this scene, enabling glossy reflectiveness to appear on various surfaces.

Notice how the 3D textures change as selections are updated. Diffuse textures, specular textures and normal maps are crucial to creating a visually appealing scene.

The combination of all the 3D effects together adds high-quality realism to the configuration experience.

We can move around the 3D space to see the picture frame from all angles – this is great when choosing the profile for the frame style.

This configurator example also has the option to turn the 3D scene on and off so users can focus on the picture frame if preferred.

Changing Dimensions

The Form Designer in DriveWorks has several form control options. You design your own forms to suit your product, choose the form controls that make configuring your product easy.

In this example, we added standard sizes for users to select from a drop-down menu. We’ve also added the option to input completely custom dimensions so users can order the specific size they need.

You can set up your forms to suit your own products. You can set limits for dimensions, input your own set of standard sizes and control what users can configure.

As we make changes to the dimensions, the model changes immediately. DriveWorks works in the background to automate the changes made to the SOLIDWORKS model.

The price also updates to reflect changes in size.

The standard and custom sizes are driven by rules in the DriveWorks project.

When setting up a DriveWorks project, your engineers input their design rules and product knowledge. The rules and logic ensure users can only configure products that can be manufactured. This guided selling makes it easy for anyone to design a product that meets their specification, specific to your products and design constraints.

Choosing Colours

The colours in this picture frame example can be completely customised. We can change the colour of the frame, the mount and the inner mount. We can also choose a glossy finish.

Simple dropdown menus are used for colour selection. As we make a colour choice, the colour box on the form updates so we can see the selected colour. The model also updates so we can visualise the changes immediately.

Dropdown menus are just one of the ways you can display colour choices on your forms. DriveWorks has many different form control options so you can choose a format that suits you. For example, you could use colour wheels – like in our Cupboard Configurator example – or colour palettes – like in our Watch Configurator example.

Customising Frame Style

There are different frame and mount options to choose from.

We can explore the options and make changes in the configurator forms. As we make selections, the model updates to show how they look in the 3D model. The design and textures change whilst the price updates to reflect the options selected.

Choosing Glazing

There are four glazing options in this example Acrylic, Glass, Mirror and None.

The 3D model changes as we select different glazing options. The glass appearance feature in DriveWorks is used and changes depending on the glazing option selected. The light reflects off the glass in different ways for each glazing option.

Picture Upload

Using DriveWorks technology, you can add a picture upload option to your forms. In this example, picture upload is used as a way of adding a photo to the picture frame – the ideal way to see exactly how the finished picture frame will look.

We click on the Upload Pic button located in the DriveWorks Form Controls and choose the photo to load into the picture frame.

This is just one example of how the picture upload option can be used. It’s useful in a variety of ways, in a variety of product configurators. For example, you could use this as a way of letting your customers add their logo to your product. See how you can upload graphics in our Kiosk Configurator example.

Order Review

Once we have finished configuring our picture frame, we can review our choices before submitting the order.

This is a great opportunity to review all of the selections made and at this point, its really easy to go back and make any changes to the custom design.

Automated Documents

Once the order is submitted, the custom documents are automatically created. We receive a personalised cover letter, quote, bill of materials and a cut list.

Each document is unique and provides different information specific to this order.

In addition to receiving the cover letter and quote, DriveWorks also creates all of the manufacturing information.

A fully dimensioned drawing is generated automatically, saving valuable engineering time. The Drawing, Bill of Materials, Cut Lists and other files are sent to the manufacturing department so manufacturing can begin.

As the rules, logic and engineering knowledge have already been entered into DriveWorks, manufacturing can begin without engineers checking every detail and making changes to the design.

Rules mean customers, sales teams and distributorscan only configure products that can be manufacturedand the calculated outputs are correct.

The process is fully automated toreduce errors, improve quality and allow product designers and engineers to focus on innovating and improving.

Flexible, Scalable and Easy to Use

DriveWorks is versatile, fully customisable and easy to use so you can build a product configurator that suits your needs.

This picture frame configurator is just one example of how DriveWorks can be used and shows just some of the functionality available.

Have a go with this example, and see the many other product and industry examples at www.driveworkslive.com

Once youve explored how DriveWorks looks from the front end, head to the Technology section to take a look under the hood at the underlying technology inside DriveWorks and the functionality used to build a Design Automation and Sales Configurator solution.

Configuring a Custom Cupboard

The furniture industry is one of many industries that can use the power of 3D for online sales and digital manufacturing.

Offering customisable products is a growing opportunity for many. Furniture designers and manufacturers using DriveWorks rules-based software can embrace digital transformation to improve customer experiences and make selling these custom products quicker, easier and more profitable.

The DriveWorks Live website has many examples showing the latest DriveWorks technology in action. Anyone can use the online configurators, created using DriveWorks software.

In this blog, we’re using one of the examples and following the quick and easy steps to configure a custom cupboard online.

With DriveWorks 18, our team have added lots more 3D capability to bring the furniture to life. Weve positioned the cupboard in a scene to give it context and a more realistic feel.

Im going to step through a series of options to specify the size of my cupboard. Ill enter measurements for the height, width and depth, and then select the material that I want my cupboard to be made from.

With every change I make and every option I select, DriveWorks software is working in the background to update the model on screen, update selections and show an up to date price throughout. Once I’ve completed my selections, DriveWorks will create all the manufacturing details automatically. That includes the SOLIDWORKS 3D parts, assemblies and drawings, cut lists, BOM and much more.

Realistic 3D

The cupboard in this configurator example is shown in a realistic house interior 3D scene. The scene uses many of the 3D features in DriveWorks to add more visual interest to the configuration experience.

Screen-space reflections create a more realistic visual appearance, reflecting the walls, furniture and decorations on the floor and the cupboard.

Lighting effects such as Ambient Occlusion and Bloom are used to give realistic dark contrast and highlights.

An environment map has also been added to this scene, enabling glossy reflectiveness to appear on various surfaces, especially the wooden finish cupboard.

The glass appearance feature in Driveworks is used on the glass panels on the cupboard doors, giving them a shiny appearance, so they stand out and look more visually appealing.

Diffuse textures, specular textures and normal maps are crucial to creating a visually appealing scene.

The combination of all the 3D effects together adds high-quality realism to the configuration experience.

DriveWorks Form Control Examples - Slider Controls

Changing Dimensions

The DriveWorks Form Designer has many different Form Control options you can use to make it easy for anyone to configure your products.

For changing dimensions, this example uses slider controls with a text input, as well as options for incrementally increasing and decreasing the values.

There are minimums and maximums set for each value, controlled by rules in the background.

As the height, width and depth changes, the model updates and you can immediately see the new configuration in the room.

DriveWorks technology has fully automated the SOLIDWORKS model and makes the changes upon input.

With every change made, the price and the details in the bottom right corner are updated to reflect the latest selections.

Choosing Materials

There are many DriveWorks Form Control options for displaying material and colour options.

This cupboard configurator has 4 material options – maple, beech, mahogany and gloss. When choosing gloss, a colour wheel appears to allow the user to choose from 6 colour options.

As a material is selected, the cupboard is updated, and the pricing reflected.

Selecting Door Style

There are 3 door styles available to choose from – flat, glass or shaker.

When choosing any of these options, the model is updated again and the price is adjusted.

This is just the start of what could be added to a cupboard configurator, you could also add options for number of doors, number of panes of glass, number of shelves, adding a lock – the possibilities are endless.

DriveWorks is flexible and scalable so you can start with the basics and add to it.

Interactive 3D

To improve interactivity and responsiveness, this cupboard example includes animation.

The doors open and close when clicked, or when using the Open/Close Doors button at the bottom of the form.

Whilst this doesn’t make any changes to the configured product, it gives the user a more interesting configuration experience, and is a good way to allow a clearer view of the product interior.

As you make changes to the cupboard, the transitions are smooth thanks to more animation. This smooth transition makes it much easier to see the difference each selection makes, for example when changing dimensions, the cupboard size updates as you move the slider.

3D is a key feature in DriveWorks and there are many other ways to make models interactive.

For example, in this cupboard configurator, you could add the ability to move and position shelves and handles based on where the user clicks on the model.

Adding Accessories

There are three handle options in this example and with intelligent rules and logic inside DriveWorks, if the colour of the model changes, the colour of the handle changes too.

Order Review

After following through each step on the easy to use forms, I now have a completed cupboard design.

In the review section, there are documents showing details of this custom order. There’s a cover letter, quotation, bill of materials and the cut list.

This is a great opportunity to review all of the selections made and at this point, it’s really easy to go back and make any changes to the custom design.

You can see how each document is unique to this specific order. DriveWorks has even calculated the number of dowells, screws and pins needed and assigned a number to each document.

There are sales documents and manufacturing documents displayed here. If your configurator is customer facing, you might not decide to show these details at this stage.

However if your sales teams or dealers and distributors are using your configurator to sell your products, the manufacturing documents are useful at this point.

Remember, this is just an example and you can set up your configurator to suit your products and business needs.

Automated & Custom Outputs

Once finished, we hit the ‘Complete’ button on the form and the order is submitted.

DriveWorks immediately generates the order-specific sales and manufacturing documents.

A cover letter and quote are both sent via email to the customer and the sales team.

A fully dimensioned drawing is generated automatically, saving valuable engineering time. The Drawing, Bill of Materials, Cut Lists and other files are sent to the manufacturing department so manufacturing can begin.

As the rules, logic and engineering knowledge have already been entered into DriveWorks, manufacturing can begin without engineers checking every detail and making changes to the design.

Rules mean customers, sales teams and distributors can only configure products that can be manufactured and the calculated outputs are correct.

The process is fully automated to reduce errors, improve quality and allow product designers and engineers to focus on innovating and improving.

Flexible, Scalable and Easy to Use

DriveWorks is versatile, fully customisable and easy to use so you can build a product configurator that suits your needs.

This cupboard configurator is just one example of how DriveWorks can be used and shows just some of the functionality available.

Have a go with this example, and see the many other product and industry examples at www.driveworkslive.com

Once you’ve explored how DriveWorks looks from the front end, head to the Technology section to take a look under the hood at the underlying technology inside DriveWorks and the functionality used to build a Design Automation and Sales Configurator solution.

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