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Sharon Baylay Joins DriveWorks

As a global software development company, we are delighted to welcome experienced senior business leader, Sharon Baylay as Non-Executive Chair. Sharon’s appointment follows investment earlier this year by BGF, the UK’s most active growth capital investor.

We are a fast-growing technology company developing DriveWorks software, a design tool to automate SOLIDWORKS, the worlds leading 3D CAD design platform. An increasingly virtual world has brought further opportunities through 3D Product Visualisation and Configure, Price Quote (CPQ) for Manufacturing.

CEO, Glen Smith said We are delighted to have attracted a Non-Exec of Sharons calibre. Her input into the business is already helping to communicate the benefits of our Design Automation and CPQ capabilities to a wider audience across the manufacturing sector worldwide.

With a 30-year career in the tech sector, backed by extensive commercial and marketing expertise most notably board positions at Microsoft and the BBC Sharon Baylays executive career has been dominated by roles that have helped transform user behaviour through the utilisation and implementation of technology. Sharon has also developed a wide-ranging portfolio career and currently holds several non-executive directorships.

VP, Maria Sarkar added, We are already benefiting from Sharon’s insight and experience and are confident that she will help us accelerate growth and address the significant market demand for automation and 3D product visualisation for manufacturing businesses in an increasingly virtual world.

Sharon has worked with several BGF and other Private Equity-backed companies over the last few years. She is now connecting us with other technology innovators and business leaders. With so many opportunities ahead of us, Sharons experience will also help us to manage our relationship with BGF and target our investment into the right areas of our business and markets to accelerate growth and exceed customer expectations.

Sharon added With BGFs support, we will build on DriveWorks market-leading Design Automation and 3D product visualization position with businesses with SOLIDWORKS across the globe.

Sharon Baylay’s experience spans 30 years in and around technology

About DriveWorks

The fast-growing technology company was co-founded by CEO Glen Smith and VP, Maria Sarkar in 2001 when they launched DriveWorks software as a design tool to automate SOLIDWORKS, the worlds leading 3D CAD design platform. An increasingly virtual world has brought further opportunities through Configure, Price, Quote and 3D Product Visualization.

The firm has been recognized for its achievements with Queens Awards for Innovation and International Trade. It is represented by Value Added Resellers across 51 countries and used by thousands.

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.

We are excited to announce the release of DriveWorks 18 SP1.

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

In April we released our latest major version, DriveWorks 18, and presented about the new features and enhancements during Digital DriveWorks World.

Since then, we have continued to work on DriveWorks 18 Service Pack 1. 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 1 is now available to download from the DriveWorks Community. Download the latest version to make the most of the added functionality.

Watch the What’s New in DriveWorks 18 SP1 Webinar

On Thursday, 22nd October, DriveWorks CEO, Glen Smith hosted a live Tech Team Thursday webinar sharing Whats New in DriveWorks 18 SP1 and answering questions about the latest release.

If you missed it, you can download the webinar recording from the DriveWorks Community to learn about all of the new features and latest enhancements in DriveWorks Pro 18 SP1.

What’s New in DriveWorks 18 SP1

Webinar Download

Download the Latest Release Now from the DriveWorks Community

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

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

  • A DriveWorks 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 18 License Codes

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.

Welcome to Our Team

Every year we take on placement students across many of our teams. We’ve always valued the importance of investing in new talent and supporting the future of digital, and this year is no different.

Whilst many students have had opportunities taken away from them as a result of Covid-19, our 4 new interns have joined our team and have already made great progress.

Ryan, Abi and Jacob have joined our Technical Team, and Sophie has joined our Sales & Marketing Team.

They’ve been with us for almost a month now and have had a busy but very productive first few weeks completing their Onboarding Training.

So far, they’ve had training about our company, the internal and external tools we use, SOLIDWORKS,DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks Solo.

All interns have passed their DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks Solo certifications – well done guys!

This week, the interns are going to be shadowing (digitally!) our Support, Quality Assurance, Development, Systems and Documentation teams. They will also complete a Phone and Written Communications course.

Then they will be moving on to the DriveWorks Pro Essentials, Advanced and Sales Configurator training & certification.

All of the training they have received has come from our team. Everyone at DriveWorks is keen to share their knowledge and help our interns to succeed. Ryan, Abi, Jacob and Sophie have worked as a team to help each other along the way and are already great members of the DriveWorks team.

We look forward to working with them over the next year.

Ryan

Computer Aided Engineering

University of Central Lancashire

Abi

Product Design

University of Leeds

Jacob

Mechanical Engineering

University of Huddersfield

Sophie

Product Design

University of Leeds

Getting to Know Us

Whilst the office doesnt have its usual friendly buzz, the interns have still had plenty of chance to get to know each other, and the rest of the DriveWorks team.

They’ve taken part in lots of Microsoft Teams based quizzes and calls and our weekly digital Show & Tells.

The interns are also living together in our on-site accommodation.

Just before we went into lockdown, we had just finished the new Tech office. The Technical Team didn’t get a chance to move in before we all went to work from home. Most of the DriveWorks team are still working from home, but the interns have taken over our new Tech office and have already claimed the best desks!

Social distancing measures make it a bit more difficult to spend time with other members of the team, but whilst the sun was out we were able to have an outdoor pizza night and chat from 2 meters away.

Welcome to the team Ryan, Abi, Jacob and Sophie!

Get Certified

The DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks Solo Certifications our interns have completed are available online, and are free of charge to anyone with access to SOLIDWORKS.

Learn more and add an an extra qualification to your CV.

Business With a Boost

The DriveWorks team have now all been working from home for 8 weeks.

Our investments in technology and our commitment to digital transformation means we are well set up for working remotely. Our transition to home working has been smooth and we have remained open and operational throughout.

All our teams have continued to work and support you as usual via email, by phone and web meeting where appropriate.

When we first made the move to home working, we reassured you that were here as normal for anything you need. We promised it would be business as usual.

As we’ve settled into this new way of working, it hasn’t actually been business as usual. If anything, it’s been business with a boost!

Our team have really embraced this time as an opportunity to improve, create and innovate.

Digital Transformation is More Important Than Ever

The manufacturers, communities and individuals who have pulled together to make us all stronger during this pandemic have proved that being agile and open to change is vital.

Its become clearer than ever that companies who adapt, embrace change and move quickly are more likely to thrive.

There are so many great examples of companies who have adapted what they do like those who previously supplied pubs and bars with beer, and as demand declined, they adapted and made hand sanitiser instead. Not only have they provided the country with much-needed supplies and made a difference, but they are also keeping themselves afloat and keeping their staff employed.

At DriveWorks, we are champions for change.

Weve embraced digital transformation and almost everything we do is now digital. We use our own DriveWorks software to manage our data, create licenses for our customers and manage purchase orders, book annual leave, submit expenses and even to order fish and chips on a Friday – when we’re in the office of course.

Our digital processes and investments in technology have made transitioning to home working much smoother.

During this pandemic, in work and in our personal lives, everyone across the world has been using technology more. Whether its doing an online food shop, a weekly team meeting, or a virtual pub quiz with family and friends, now more than ever, technology connects the world.

Digital transformation is essential businesses need to embrace digital now, to be stronger tomorrow.

When the world moves on from Covid-19, companies will need to get back to business. Many are more likely to want to work smarter to rebuild the financial losses they have sustained. Automation, selling online and streamlining business processes are 3 areas that can and will make a difference.

Our Customers Are Innovating

We’ve been hearing from our customers who are also using this time to improve and work on projects they don’t usually have time for.

They’re making time for developing their DriveWorks projects, adding features and functionality to help them move forward and continue to work smarter.

Major Software Version Released

We went into lockdown at a critical stage of our software release process – testing! Every release of DriveWorks is tested rigorously across Windows Operating Systems and latest versions of SOLIDWORKS to test compatibility.

As a SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner and a Microsoft Technology Partner, it’s vital our software meets the required standards.

But it’s more than that, our customers – and their teams and customers – rely on our software daily. We are committed to producing software that is robust, obvious and innovative. This is more important than ever during already difficult times.

Our testing doesn’t stop when the software is released. We use DriveWorks software to automate the testing. Every time our automated testing runs, it runs over 16,000 tests on SOLIDWORKS models plus over 3.400 non-SOLIDWORKS tests, across all versions of SOLIDWORKS, including alphas, betas and early visibilities, as well as each service pack. Since the release of DriveWorks 18, we have automatically generated 14,374 models, parts and drawings as part of our testing.

We’re proud that we’ve released a major software version, rigorously tested (and used by us!) during a global pandemic whilst our team are working remotely.

We’ve also updated all of our PowerPacks, releasing new versions for DriveWorks 18. These PowerPacks add additional niche functionality to help our customers automate even more and fully embrace digital transformation.

As always we’ve released a full online help file for DriveWorks 18 and provided training resources and hands-on classes as part of DriveWorks World 2020.

DriveWorks World

Whilst the current global situation stopped us from hosting a face to face event, we still wanted to provide an opportunity for DriveWorks users to learn and connect. So this year we made DriveWorks World a digital event.

We were joined by over 200 DriveWorks customers, resellers and partners for a week of learning, networking and sharing ideas all online.

The technical sessions we run at DriveWorks World are extremely valuable and are part of our commitment to Helping You to Help Yourself. We wanted to make sure we could still deliver the training content that our technical team had worked hard to create.

During the event, we revealed Whats New in DriveWorks 18 and presented digital training, hands-on learning and advanced sessions all through live webinars and downloadable content.

Using technology, we created an event that was completely online. The sessions are now available to download for anyone who missed them, or for anyone who needs a recap.

Inspiring the Future

The local education community in Warrington have been really embracing digital. The Cheshire & Warrington Pledge have been running online workshops and events for students and young people in the area.

We are proud to have been involved in these events – educating young people about how to be productive during this time and using it as an opportunity to add value for their future careers.

Our team have invested our time and resources into helping the future and inspiring students.

Part of the Community

Throughout the year, we’re heavily involved in the SOLIDWORKS User Group community. We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Community and we were so disappointed when all in-person user group meetings were postponed.

However, as usual the SWUGN community came through. SOLIDWORKS worked with user groups across the world to ensure that we can all stay connected and continue to share exciting and innovative content.

SOLIDWORKS set up a series of SWUGN Virtual Events covering a range of topics.

User Group leaders themselves have also been running their usual groups digitally.

The Northern Ireland SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) is a brand new group that launched their group during the midst of all this and had great success in their first-ever meeting.

Internal Training

Whilst working from home we have continued to run our weekly show & tells.

Every Friday at 2pm, someone from the DriveWorks shares an interesting topic with the rest of the team. It might be a round-up of a project they have been working on, an introduction to a new project they have coming up or anything else that’s good to share with each other.

We have made more time for learning and sharing knowledge. Our team have been training each other and talking about new topics and new ideas.

We’ve even been watching the DriveWorks World sessions together, discussing them and learning from each other’s presentations.

New Team Members

Just before we entered lockdown, we welcomed Gary as Development Team Manager. Gary had a couple of weeks working in the office with us but we’ve all been working from home since. Gary has still managed to get to know the team through online chats but he is looking forward to getting back to the office and using his DriveWorks mug!

We also have 4 new team members joining us in June. We’re looking forward to welcoming them too, even if it is from afar.

Adding to our team’s knowledge and expertise with new people and new skills means we can be really productive during this time and continue to improve and innovate.

Keeping In Touch

We’re a close-knit team so the strangest part of all of this is not being in the office together. It’s been an adjustment for us all but we’ve been using technology to stay in touch.

We’re looking forward to being back in the office and able to play pool and games together at lunchtime again.

But for now, we’re settling into this new way of working and we’re keeping in touch with each other and with you guys as much as we can.

And of course, our home office pets are keeping us company too!

FIRST速 is a not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

The charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

It inspires them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st-century work-life skills.

The exciting mentor-based programs foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

The FIRST速 Robotics Competition

One of the programs run by FIRST速 is the FIRST速 Robotics Competition. Combining the excitement of sport with the rigours of science and technology. The FIRST速 Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it the hardest fun youll ever have”.

Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.

Its as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST速 Championship.

How are we supporting FIRST速?

To create their robots, teams can request a variety of resources from the network of FIRST速 sponsors.

SOLIDWORKS速 are a sponsor of the program, providing access to a dozen SOLIDWORKS速 products, tutorials and a Kit of Parts, which they can use to create quick assemblies and models of their robots.

With their SOLIDWORKS速 licenses, FIRST速 Robotics Competition teams also had access to DriveWorksXpress, included free inside every seat of SOLIDWORKS.

By using DriveWorksXpress, students are able to automate parts of their robot design to save time and reduce errors.

Improving Skills & Gaining Knowledge

Not only are they improving their robot and the team’s performance, they’re also adding to their CAD skills.

Investing in the future and supporting STEM is very important to us. We launched our DriveWorksXpress Training & Certification Program to help students gain the design automation skills they need and gain a certification to prove their knowledge and skills.

Two students from Ayer Shirley FIRST速 Robotics Team (Andromeda One) were the first high school students in the world to become Certified DriveWorksXpress Associates.

Becoming a Sponsor

We want to help even more students learn extra skills that will help them in future STEM careers. We are now a FIRST速 Robotics Competition Sponsor.

As part of the FIRST速 Robotics Supplier Sponsorship, FIRST速 Robotics Competition Teams can now request a free 12-month license of DriveWorks Solo.

Using DriveWorks Solo will help teams automate their repetitive SOLIDWORKS tasks and free up students and mentors to focus on quality robot design.

In addition to the software, students have access to resources to support their learning, including DriveWorks Solo Technical Webinars, Online Training, How to Videos, Extensive Online Help Files and much more.

We are excited to be part of the FIRST速 Robotics Competition, supporting teams with useful resources, learning opportunities and new skills.

How can FIRST速 teams get support from us?

FIRST速 Robotics Competition Teams can request a license of DriveWorks Solo Design Automation Software for a period of one year.

Get in touch with our team to Request Your License.

How else are we supporting STEM?

We continue to actively promote and support STEM. The DriveWorksXpress Training & Certification is available completely free to anyone who has access to SOLIDWORKS. Students and professionals can learn DriveWorksXpress and get certified in 3 easy steps.

Our team also attend events to teach students about DriveWorksXpress and to inspire them to follow STEM careers.

Investing in our own team and their future is also hugely important to us. We have an Investors in People Silver Award and every year we take on placement students and graduates across multiple disciplines. Many of our students continue their careers with us and most of our team started their careers here as a student.

We are pleased to announce ConfiCreate have joined the DriveWorks Partner Program!

ConfiCreate is a company dedicated to helping customers, who want to use DriveWorks but don’t have the time or resources, to automate their business processes by using DriveWorks.

ConfiCreate was founded by Simone Mulder, Certified DriveWorks Professional with a variety of experience using DriveWorks. Find out more about Simone and her background in SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks below.

About ConfiCreate

“I started working as an engineer a Dutch company that produces customized hinges. My job was to make 3D-drawings of hinges in SOLIDWORKS.”

“After a while, my supervisor told me the company was thinking of using DriveWorks to automate the engineering process. We followed a training program in DriveWorks Solo and I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do for the company. I asked my supervisor if I could take care of the implementation and so I automated about 90% of the engineering process.”

“Later I started working for Cadmes, a Dutch SOLIDWORKS reseller. My job there was to deliver training and provide support for SOLIDWORKS. When Cadmes also become a DriveWorks reseller, I was really excited because I liked working with DriveWorks in the past so much.”

“Whilst working at Cadmes I visited the DriveWorks offices in the UK with 2 colleagues to sit the DriveWorks Pro training and certification and become a Certified DriveWorks Professional (CDWP).”

“Cadmes gave me the opportunity to keep on expanding my DriveWorks knowledge by creating demos, proof of concepts and I also built a BBQ skewer configurator to show what’s possible with DriveWorks.”

“When I found out some customers wanted to use DriveWorks, but just didnt have the time or resources to create their own configurator, I started thinking about helping these companies. This is where I got the idea to start ConfiCreate.”

We are pleased to have ConfiCreate on board as an Authorized DriveWorks Services Partner. Find out more at conficreate.nl

DriveWorksXpress Certifications at Universidad Tecnologica de Durango

The Universidad Tecnol坦gica de La Laguna Durango is a University located in Durango, Mexico and operates under a bilingual scheme offering classes in both English and Spanish.

UTLD courses range from Renewable Energies, Industrial Processes and International Logistics to Information and Communication Technologies.

UTLD has been a recognized SOLIDWORKS Certification Centre since 2015, with most students graduating as Certified SOLIDWORKS Associates (CSWA).

Jes炭s Torres, an engineering lecturer at the university came across the DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification programme via social media and quickly noticed the capabilities of the software and the programme.

After successfully completing the certification himself, the DriveWorks team reached out with further information about teaching the programme to his students.

As a lecturer to the next generation of engineers, Jes炭s saw the potential in the programme for his students to gain an extra skill and set them aside from other candidates in a competitive jobs market.

Jes炭s took advantage of the wide range of DriveWorksXpress teaching resources found inside the DriveWorksXpress Educator Pack, freely available to download from the DriveWorksXpress certification website. The Educator Pack has been created to make it easy for lecturers and other educational leads to administer the training.

“The tutorial and webpage instructions are easy to follow” – Jes炭s

The step by step guide allowed Jes炭s to teach his students efficiently at each stage of the certification, the short DriveWorksXpress videos provided further instruction on how to set up an effective project. The presentation material enabled Jes炭s to dedicate more time to teaching the class as opposed to time spent devising his own presentation material.

All 6 students became Certified DriveWorksXpress Associates following the session, demonstrating “their hard work and commitment to fully understanding the capabilities of the software”.

Jes炭s now plans to run regular DriveWorksXpress training sessions, equipping future students with valuable skills and helping them to find employment.

“This experience demonstrates that everyone can succeed with DriveWorksXpress” Jes炭s

Well done to the students and to Jes炭s for his commitment to inspiring engineers of the future and helping them to improve their skills.

Do you want to become a Certified DriveWorksXpress Associate?

Take our free certification online now to improve your SOLIDWORKS skills, add an extra qualification to your r辿sum辿 and stand out from the crowd in a competitive jobs market.

DriveWorks Recognised as an Outstanding British Business at Buckingham Palace

As a double Queen’s Award winner for 2019, we were invited to attend a winners reception at Buckingham Palace.

We had the incredible pleasure to meet with HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. He congratulated us on our double Queen’s Award and asked us about the great work we’re doing to achieve these two awards.

The Prince of Wales also asked us about Industry 4.0, digital transformation, internships and graduate schemes and talked enthusiastically about inspiring future generations.

It was an honour to meet Prince Charles and to be at Buckingham Palace surrounded by other great UK companies, and it made us even moreproud to win two Queen’s Awards.

Alongside The Prince of Wales, who was hosting the receptionon behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Beatrice were also in attendance.

More than 200 businesses, including 151 small and medium enterprises, were awarded Queen’s Awards for Enterprise back in April. Only 6 of those companies, including us, were double award winners.

In September we will receive a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy for each award from the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, on behalf of Her Majesty.

As a winner, we are also able to fly The Queens Awards flag at our offices, the flagpole will be installed at the Barley Store very soon!

The Awards, now in its 53rd year, are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, with companies from across the UK recognised for their contribution in four categories; international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.

This year there were:
129 International Trade winners
61 Innovation winners
6 Sustainable Development winners
5 Promoting Opportunity winners

Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst said:

The Queens Awards for Enterprise acknowledge outstanding achievement in British business and I was delighted to see the winners recognised by The Prince of Wales.

The event shone a light on the incredible work of businesses across the country and I was impressed to see the wealth of talent and innovation represented at Buckingham Palace. It is a fitting honour for the sheer hard work and determination it takes to start and run a successful business. Our modern Industrial Strategy champions businesses across the country and a prestigious Queens Award will be the envy of many them.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy run the Queens Awards for Enterprise awards and announced the 2019 winners to honour Her Majesty The Queens 93rd birthday on April 21.

Christophe from Visiativ Visits DriveWorks HQ

This week Christophe, Technical Expert from Visiativ, DriveWorks and SOLIDWORKS Reseller in France, joined us here at DriveWorks HQ.

Christophe spent time catching up with Glen & Maria, CEO and VP of DriveWorks.

He also had discussions with members of the Technical Team about What’s New in DriveWorks 17. The team presented topics to help Christophe keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best support to Visiativ’s customers.

Christophe arrived at the office in his best shirt too – proudly displaying his Visiativ logo and Certified DriveWorks Professional logo!

Thanks for coming Christophe, it was great to see you!

DriveWorks 17 has just been released. This latest version is now available to download from the DriveWorks Community.

Enhancements & New Features in DriveWorks 17

At DriveWorks World 2019, Glen Smith, CEO of DriveWorks shared the latest updates, features and functionality in DriveWorks Pro 17. Already established as worldwide market leader in automating SOLIDWORKS, this release of DriveWorks adds even more detailed customer-led enhancements.

Throughout the training and sessions at DriveWorks World 2019, delegates used DriveWorks, learning how to make the most of the new features and enhancements.

DriveWorks Pro 17 adds enhancements and new features in the following 4 areas:

Design Automation

Usability & UX

Scalability

DriveWorks 3D

Join Our What’s New in DriveWorks 17 Webinars

We’re hosting a What’s New DriveWorks 17 webinar series. Join Mike Loftus, our Technical Specialist as he takes you through all of the new features and enhancements in DriveWorks Pro 17.

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

Design Automation

Thursday 23rd May

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

Usability

Thursday 30th May

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

Scalability

Thursday 6th June

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

DriveWorks 3D

Thursday 13th June

Download the Latest Release Now from the DriveWorks Community

DriveWorks Resellers and Customers with anActiveSubscription Support Contract can download DriveWorks 17 from the DriveWorks Community.

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

  • A DriveWorks 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 17 License Codes have been provided* so you can test and get to know the new functionality before upgrading your production environment to the new release.

*If you’re a DriveWorks Reseller AE, your DriveWorks 17 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 17 license codes yet, please email us.

What’s New in DriveWorks 17?

At DriveWorks World 2019, Glen Smith, CEO of DriveWorks shared the latest updates, features and functionality in DriveWorks 17. The room was full of excitement and the feedback we received for DriveWorks 17 was excellent.

Throughout the training and sessions at DriveWorks World 2019, delegates used DriveWorks, learning how to make the most of the new features and enhancements.

DriveWorks Pro 17 sees enhancements and new features in the following areas:

Design Automation

Generation Tasks, Model Insight and streamlined rule building deliver powerful and flexible SOLIDWORKS速 automation.

Usability & UX

Making implementing DriveWorks easier, quicker and more enjoyable than ever before.

Scalability

New tools and features simplify enterprise wide deployment and management of DriveWorks further enhancing its scalability.

DriveWorks 3D

Enhanced realism, real-time 3D text, improved performance. Configure products and show complex designs in dynamic 3D.

Join Our What’s New in DriveWorks 17 Webinars

We’re hosting a What’s New DriveWorks 17 webinar series. Join Mike Loftus, our Technical Specialist as he takes you through all of the new features and enhancements in DriveWorks Pro 17.

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

Design Automation

Thursday 23rd May

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

Usability & UX

Thursday 30th May

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

Scalability

Thursday 6th June

What’s New in DriveWorks 17

DriveWorks 3D

Thursday 13th June

Download the Latest Release Now from the DriveWorks Community

DriveWorks Resellers and Customers with anActiveSubscription Support Contract can download DriveWorks 17 from the DriveWorks Community.

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

  • A DriveWorks 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 17 License Codes have been provided* so you can test and familiarize yourself with the new features and funcationality before upgrading your production environment to the new release.

*If you’re a DriveWorks Reseller AE, your DriveWorks 17 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 17 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 17 license keys to hand. We issue new license codes for each new major release so you can test out the new functionality before you use it in production. New DriveWorks 17 licence 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.

Learning What’s New in DriveWorks 17

As the release of DriveWorks 17 approaches,Solid Solutions Group, the UK’s largest authorised SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks reseller, sent 10 members of their technical team to our HQ.

Adam, Rob, Dave, Haseeb, Jon, Mark, Paul, Rob, Spencer, and Will spent the day with different members of the DriveWorks team, learning What’s New in DriveWorks 17 and refreshing their DriveWorks knowledge.

They also enjoyed fish and chips at lunchtime, which they ordered from our internal DriveWorks fish and chips configurator!

Solid Solutions are the UK’s largest SOLIDWORKS reseller and have office locations all around the country. They have a strong technical team with over 30 Elite Applications Engineers.

This team of 10 are also highly knowledgable in DriveWorks and continue to show their commitment to keeping their knowledge up to date by regularly catching up with our team and visiting our offices.

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Authorized DriveWorks Reseller in Lithuania!

IN RE UABare a modern technology and innovation companyoperating in Industry 4.0 and Building 4.0 to master and efficiently use the world’s leading innovative digital platforms for design, production and product life cycle support.

With over 20 years of experience implementing and practically applying information technologies in the fields of automated design, production preparation, and technological process management.

Their team of expertshave many years of experience in the deployment of industry-standard products. Theyre also dedicated to continually improving their knowledge and professional skills.

Theyre an authorized SOLIDWORKS reseller and Bentley Systems Gold Partner. Were pleased that they are now selling and supporting DriveWorks software too.

Welcome to the DriveWorks community, IN RE UAB!

DriveWorks Recognised for Both Innovation and International Trade

We’re thrilled to announce that we have been awarded two highly covetedQueens Awards for Enterprise!

We have been recognised for both Innovation and International Trade.

Since 1966, The Queens Awards for Enterprise have been awarded to businesses in the UK for outstanding achievement.

The Queen makes the Awards on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee.

Presentation ceremonies are conducted at the winners premises, by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County as HM The Queens representative. The Awards consist of a Grant of Appointment and a presentational item bearing the Emblem.

Winning organisations may fly the Queens Award flag at their principal premises and are entitled to use the Emblem on their stationery, advertising and goods.

‘We are thrilled to receive these two Queens Awards. They are tangible recognition of the vision and passion for technology, that inspires our entire team,’

-Glen Smith, DriveWorks CEO

Customisation and Personalisation Drive Sales

In todays digital market, offering personalised or custom designs, is a highly profitable way of adding value to a business and building brand loyalty. This approach is popular in the business-to-consumer sector and our software has made it a reality for the business-to-business manufacturing sector too.

Here at DiveWorks we bring together engineering and sales teams to allow manufacturing companies of all sizes to offer customisable and configurable products to help realize their digital strategy.

Differentiating in the Industry

Using DriveWorks software, companies can quickly and easily display configured products online, in 3D, and generate accurate quotes and sales documentation.

What is particularly innovative about our software is that it also automates the creation of all the downstream manufacturing drawings and production data too. Production can begin as soon as an order is placed, and customers then benefit from shorter lead times.

Companies that embrace DriveWorks rules-based technology, typically win more orders, are able to reduce errors and are more profitable.

Our software empowers companies to create and maintain their own configurators without having to write code themselves. This sets us apart from other configurator solutions on the market.

Continuous Innovation

From the outset, we’ve been committed to innovation. We are also a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Certified Gold Partner and Microsoft Development Partner. We are agile and responsive to ever-changing market opportunities and our team’s development roadmap embraces Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality.

Our collaborative work-spaces and company culture all foster innovation. Its at the heart of everything we do. Everyone here at DriveWorks is incredibly dedicated to creating great, innovative software for our customers all over the world. Being recognized with two highly coveted Queens Awards for Enterprise inspires us to do even more.

-Maria Sarkar, DriveWorks VP

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