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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

DriveWorks Sales Configurators

Many industries are using the power of 3D for online sales and digital manufacturing. Offering customisable products is a growing opportunity for many.

Designers and manufacturers using DriveWorks rules-based software are embracing digital transformation to improve customer experiences and make selling custom products quicker, easier and more profitable.

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

Anyone can use the online configurators, created using DriveWorks software.

DriveWorks Live Configurator Examples

Explore DriveWorks Live and our range of configurator examples.

Online Configurator Examples

Our productconfigurator examplesare a great way tosee whats possible with DriveWorks, in a range of scenarios and industries.

DriveWorks product configurator software isused by companies of all sizes. Its suitable forany industrywhere quotes or 3D files and drawings are part of the sales to manufacturing process.

Our configurator examples show howversatile and customizableDriveWorks is and provide greatinspiration for your DriveWorks projects.

The software is not limited to what you see in our examples, with DriveWorks you builda custom solution that suits your needsand iseasy to maintain and update.

Weve recently added some new product configurator examples and updated our existing ones with new features and functionality from our latest release.

We have also updated driveworkslive.com to use the most up-to-date DriveWorks Technology.

The DriveWorks Live Integration Theme is now being used to host the Embedded Configurators, Industry Examples and DriveWorks Technology Stack Demos.

Check out the custom configurators we have focused on by reading the blogs below – see how versatile and easy DriveWorks is!

Custom Cupboard Configurator

Custom HVAC Configurator

Custom Conveyor Configurator

Custom Picture Frame Configurator

Custom Bi-Fold Door Configurator

Flexible, Scalable and Easy to Use

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

Over the years, we haveadded new features and functionalityto meet a variety of business and industry needs.

Our software enables you toeasily create your own configurators and business tools,specific to your processes and the way you work.

These are just some of the examples of how DriveWorks can be used.

What makes all of this possible is ourunderlying technology.

Once youve explored how DriveWorks looks from the front end, head to theTechnology sectiontotake a look under the hoodat the underlying technology inside DriveWorks and the functionality used to build a Design Automation and Sales Configurator solution.

DriveWorks Under the Hood

DriveWorks Technology Stack

Explore the core technologies that makeup DriveWorks software. Our Tech Stack demos go behind the scenesof our powerful technology.

They are designed tointroduce you to the core technologies. They have beencreated using DriveWorks, they arebuilt on rulesand use many other features from our technology capabilities.

Each Tech Stack looks at a particular aspect of our technology tohelp you understand what you can achieve with DriveWorks.

A lot of the intelligent technology happens behind the scenes, the Tech Stacks highlight things you may not notice in a normal demo andgive you a look under the hood.

Explore the Tech Stacks to see what you can do with DriveWorks.

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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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Configuring a Custom Conveyor

The global pandemic has led to fewer face to face meetings. And it’s also making 3D visualization and online configuration, essential commercial tools for manufacturers of custom or customizable products.

Creating custom products and delivering a personalized digital experience can increase profitability for manufacturers who sell to other businesses.

More buyers are also looking for products that meet their exact needs and expect shorter sales cycles and better buying experiences.

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

Online sales and digital manufacturingare key aspects of digital transformation.

TheDriveWorks Live websitehas 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 thequick and easy steps to configure a custom conveyor system online.

With DriveWorks 18, our team added lots more 3D capability to bring the product to life. The conveyor positioned in a 3D environment has context, just as real-time 3D visual configuration means the effects of the design changes can be viewed almost immediately.

In this example, Im going to configure a custom conveyor. I’ll choose the number of sections, alter dimensions and angles, and all based on engineering rules and know-how.

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

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

This automation built into DriveWorks allows for not only a quick turnaround of proposals for the customer, but by automating repetitive tasks it frees up engineering time.

Now, engineering can use the time to innovate, focus and grow other areas of the business.

Form Options and Controls

DriveWorks has an in-built form designer which means you can give your Configurator the look and feel that you want. Reflect the colours and styling of your brand and add form controls and options to make configuring your product easy.

In this example, there’s an easy to follow path, that guides us through every step of creating the custom design.

Many controls are available. This example uses out of the box slider controls that have been re-skinned and then used to make it easy to change the values for each conveyor section.

Simple checkboxes allow the user to select different sections typessuch as straight, right-hand turn, left-hand turn.

The minimum and maximum values on the forms are also driven by rules that have been set in the background.

Rules link the inputs entered on the DriveWorks form to the 3D file and SOLIDWORKS models so that custom designs can be created automatically.

With every change made in this example, we’ve also chosen to display the updated price and the details in the bottom right corner to reflect the latest selections.

Realistic 3D

As we work through this conveyor configurator example, you can see we’ve included different environments to view our model in.

A rule in the background means that a simple click on a checkbox allows us to view the conveyor in either a simple 3D layout form, or in a 3D realistic environment.

When viewing our conveyor system in a 3D environment, being able to rotate the model and move it around the room, helps gives a realistic perspective of the system in situ.

Placing the different conveyor configurations into a real-life space such as this shop floor also provides a more immersive and realistic experience.

3D Perspective

To gain additional 3D perspective of our conveyor, we can zoom, pan and rotate the model while in the online sales configurator.

This can be done by simply clicking on the model and using different mouse commands to move the model.

Choosing Colours

Additional design options, such as colour, can be made in the DriveWorks forms as well.

We can change the colour of the conveyor rail system. As the colour is chosen, the change is applied immediately to show how the model will look. These colour changes are powered by the rules that have been built in the background in DriveWorks.

The DriveWorks Form designer provides many options for changing colours. This configurator uses a colour palette to display colour options. This is just one of the ways you can display colour choices on your forms.

DriveWorks has different form control options that let you choose what format suits you. You could use a colour wheel, like in the Cupboard Configurator or a drop-down menu like in the Picture Frame Configurator.

Integration with Business Systems

Once we have configured the conveyor, we can review the order details and customer information before submitting the order for processing.

Customer information can be entered into a text box, or automatically pulled through from other company systems.

DriveWorks can easily pass data to and from your 3rd party systems.

For this example, we see that there are company details listed and we can choose our business.

As DriveWorks is built on its own API, it is very easy to integrate with other business systems (CRM, ERP or otherwise).

Design Automation

Order-specific models, drawings and documentation are created automatically by DriveWorks.

Once the order is submitted, DriveWorks immediately starts to generate the custom models, drawings, and associated documentation for this conveyor system.

Each document is unique and provides different information specific to the order. We start to receive some of these items via email so we can review them.

While we may receive the sales information, engineering documentationis also being sent.

As DriveWorks is a rules-based system, you can decide what to share and how much to show.

Automated Drawings

In this example, we receive a personalised cover letter, quote, bill of materials and a cut list.

We also receive a fully dimensioned drawing file for the conveyor that we have designed in DriveWorks. You can see on the drawing there are details of the conveyor system along with a description of each section that we designed.

As rules and logic and engineering knowledge have already been entered into DriveWorks, manufacturing of the conveyor can start without engineering needing to check every detail.

The process has been fully automated to reduce errors, improve quality and allow product designers and engineering to focus on innovating and improving.

In addition to the SOLIDWORKS drawings, an e-Drawing of the conveyor is generated as well.

This is an example of another file format that can be been generated by DriveWorks. It allows someone that may not have access to SOLIDWORKS to view the model.

Anyone reviewing this can now make comments, annotations, and get views of the model.

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 Conveyor Configurator is just another example of how DriveWorks can be used to create a robust 3D online sales configurator 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 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.

Try Our New and Updated DriveWorks Configurator Examples

Our product configurator examples on DriveWorksLive.com are a great way to see what’s possible with DriveWorks, in a range of scenarios and industries.

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.

Our configurator examples show how versatile and customizable DriveWorks is and provide great inspiration for your DriveWorks projects.

The software is not limited to what you see in our examples, with DriveWorks you build a custom solution that suits your needs and is easy to maintain and update.

We’ve recently added some new product configurator examples and updated some of our existing ones. Check out the changes we’ve made and have a go with some of the configurator examples below!

New Product Configurator Examples

We’ve added two new product configurator examples, a Bi-Fold Door Configurator and a Steel Door Configurator.

Updated Product Configurator Examples

We’ve updated nine of our product configurator examples. The updated demos are now running DriveWorks 17, the latest version of our software. These examples showcase some of the new features in DriveWorks 17, especially the updates we made to DriveWorks 3D.

See all of our Product Configurator Examples at DriveWorksLive.com

Like what you see?

Get started with DriveWorks with a 30 Day Free Trial of DriveWorks Solo or contact us to find out more!

Online 3D CPQ for SOLIDWORKS

DriveWorks configurator software is the ultimate choice in 3D CPQ for SOLIDWORKS.

The ability to configure, price and quote easily has become essential for manufacturing companies of all sizes, in all industries. Weve all seen, and probably used, some kind of sales configurator. Theyre now widely used by many recognized brands as a way of cost-effectively offering configurable products.

Configurable products are becoming the norm and many companies are seeking a configure, price and quote (CPQ) solution that can help them to meet the increasing demand for custom products and gain a competitive edge.

DriveWorks is a SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner Product and only works with SOLIDWORKS.
Since 2001, DriveWorks has worked alongside SOLIDWORKS to help companies improve their processes and win more orders.

How Your Customers Use DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How YourDistributors Use DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How YourSales Team Use DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How You Set Up
DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

Take the Lead with DriveWorks CPQ

DriveWorks configurator software enables businesses to set up a configurable 3D CPQ solution that engineering and sales teams can use. DriveWorks allows manufacturing companies to gain all the benefits of digital selling.

CPQ solutions are built on rules, workflow, user interface and integration. These are the core technologies that have underpinned DriveWorks since the software was first introduced to the SOLIDWORKS market in 2001.

Over the years by looking at market trends, conducting research amongst manufacturing companies and asking for customer feedback, new features have been added and many enhancements made. With our goal of ease of use, we’ve created a specific CPQ template, built on DriveWorks functionality, to make it easy for manufacturing companies to reap the benefits of guided selling and CPQ quickly.

The DriveWorks CPQ Template provides a configurable dashboard that allows you to select which products can be configured, using your existing DriveWorks product configurators, what pricing to apply and what data to pass to and from any other company systems such as ERP and CRM.

Your DriveWorks and CPQ administrator can manage access and permissions to the CPQ front end and add product configurators at any time. That way you can customize the solution for inside sales, dealers, distributors and even customers. The CPQ administrator can apply real-time pricing updates to ensure accurate quotes are generated and that they reflect your businesses’ strategic and commercial goals. The CPQ dashboard can also be customized so the administrator can have specific views such as quoted items, pending orders and so on.

The four short videosabove explain and demonstrate DriveWorks CPQ from the point of view of a customer, distributor, sales representative and CPQ administrator.

Why DriveWorks CPQ?

Immersive 3D

Let your customers see their custom products in impressive 3D and view the effects of their design changes immediately.

Compelling Documents

Automatically send eye catching branded documents that are personalised to each customer and order.

Simple Templates

Get started really quickly by customising our templates to suit your needs with our intuitive Form Designer.

Seamless Links

An easy to use workflow means seamless links between teams& company systems such as CRM, ERP and SOLIDWORKS.

Time Saving Automation

Reduce repetitive tasks by automating customer responses and repetitive engineering tasks.

Modular & Flexible

Additional modules can be added as and when you need them to create a product configurator that suits your needs.

Try out one of the many CPQ configurator examples onDriveWorksLive.com.

Showcasing Our Technology, Using Our Technology

DriveWorks design automation and online 3D configurator software allows you to create tools to streamline your design and business processes.

We have developed the softwarespecifically for manufacturing companies.

Over the years, we have added new features and functionality to meet a variety of business and industry needs.

Our goal is to allow you to easily create your own configurators and business tools that are custom to yourprocesses and the way you work.

What makes all of this possible is our underlying technology.

The DriveWorks Tech Stacks are designed to introduce you to the core technologies that make DriveWorks the powerful world-leading software that it is.

Weve even used DriveWorks as the medium to show the technology in action.

All of the Tech Stacks have been created using the DriveWorks Form Designer, they are built on rules and use many other features from our technology capabilities.

DriveWorks Forms Tech Stack

Forms are the user interface (UI) of your DriveWorks configurator.

Set them up in DriveWorks Administrator by adding form controls and using rules in the background to decide what to show and when.

You can run your configurator inside DriveWorks, inside SOLIDWORKS or on any device.

Add your forms to your website so you, your colleagues, customers, sales teams and distributors can configure anytime, anywhere.

You have complete control over the design, behaviour and functionality of the forms you design for your configurator.

Build forms that collect and validate the information you need to design your products and automate your business processes.

Take a look through the DriveWorks Forms Tech Stack to see many different examples of forms in DriveWorks and the features and functionality available to help you builda UI that suit your needs.

Learn More

If you’re already a DriveWorks customer, head to the DriveWorks Community to download the DriveWorksForms Tech Stack webinar.

Technical Specialist, Mike, takes you through the Forms Tech Stack so you can learn more about the Forms technology in DriveWorks and how you can use it.

See What Else DriveWorks Can Do

Forms is just one of the core technologies that make up DriveWorks software.
See what else you can do with DriveWorks by exploring all of the Tech Stacks.

A Focus on Manufacturing in the New SOLIDWORKS World ‘Shop Floor’

Live Digital Manufacturing

At SOLIDWORKS World 2018, SOLIDWORKS is turning the spotlight on manufacturing. This years event features a 40 x 70 ft. Shop Floor booth, recreating a typical manufacturing environment for the production and inspection of an automotive gear shift arm.

This shop floor puts a big emphasis on design to manufacture and for the first time ever, there is live digital manufacturing at SOLIDWORKS World. Attendees can see a Gear Lever Arm and Shifter Grip Handle being manufactured.

The parts have been designed in SOLIDWORKS and they’re being made using SOLIDWORKS CAM, on machinesdesigned in SOLIDWORKS too. SOLIDWORKS really is everywhere.

Configure a Custom Gear Shifter

We’ve set up a configurator so attendees can customise the gear lever arm and grip handle.

The SOLIDWORKS part being used for the arm includes Model Based Definition (MBD) and Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) to enhance the quality of information supplied to the manufacturing teams.

The part also contains machinable data created using SOLIDWORKS CAM including toolpaths to produce parts from stock.

We have included CAM data along with MBD information in our configurator. These are great SOLIDWORKS tools that we can control with DriveWorks.

Using DriveWorks rules based definition means you can retain the integrity of the parts you create. They will always meet your requirements for manufacture, no matter who specifies them.

To demonstrate this, we have taken the Gear Shifter assembly and added some options for configuring your model.

All of the necessary 3D printing information, MBD and Machining information are automatically updated and recalculated by DriveWorks, to whatever options you choose.

Configure your Gear Shifter, choosing styles, colours, sizes, options, text and shape. View real-time DriveWorks 3D previews of your selections including description summaries and cost.

View the content that you are creating; SOLIDWORKS models and drawings in different formats, 3D PDF including MBD data, G Code and files for 3D printing.

Start by choosing your desired Style of Gear Shifter Grip. We have a choice of Decorative, Vintage or Standard. Change the Design of your Gear Shifter, choose your colour, size, options appropriate for your chosen design and text. See your design update on screen as you make changes.

Next, select your options for the arm. Choose a style, an angle and connector type and decide whether you would like a set of drawings for the Arm and Gear Shifter assembly. Choose if you would like DriveWorks to use SOLIDWORKS CAM and generate a G Code file for manufacture or output MBD data to a 3D PDF file.

Check your Summary to make sure you have all the options you require, or go back and make changes.

Select Files and DriveWorks will create preview files for you to view. Click Generate to create your chosen design, including SOLIDWORKS models, drawings and reports in a chosen location to trigger manufacture.

With this configurator you can create and preview your designs whilst specifying your options. It works on any device, desktop, mobile and tablet.

It highlights just some of the functionality DriveWorks has to help designers and engineers work smarter. We are proud to take part and contribute to SOLIDWORKS World 2018 using our software.

Stop by Booth 511 in the Partner Pavilion to configure your own Gear Shifter!

Online 3D CPQ for SOLIDWORKS

DriveWorks configurator software is the ultimate choice in 3D CPQ for SOLIDWORKS.

The ability to configure, price and quote easily has become essential for manufacturing companies of all sizes, in all industries. Weve all seen, and probably used, some kind of sales configurator. Theyre now widely used by many recognized brands as a way of cost-effectively offering configurable products.

Configurable products are becoming the norm and many companies are seeking a configure, price and quote (CPQ) solution that can help them to meet the increasing demand for custom products and gain a competitive edge.

DriveWorks is a SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner Product and only works with SOLIDWORKS.
Since 2001, DriveWorks has worked alongside SOLIDWORKS to help companies improve their processes and win more orders.

How Your Customers Use DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How YourDistributors Use DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How YourSales Team Use DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How You Set Up
DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

Take the Lead with DriveWorks CPQ

DriveWorks configurator software enables businesses to set up a configurable 3D CPQ solution that engineering and sales teams can use. DriveWorks allows manufacturing companies to gain all the benefits of digital selling.

CPQ solutions are built on rules, workflow, user interface and integration. These are the core technologies that have underpinned DriveWorks since the software was first introduced to the SOLIDWORKS market in 2001.

Over the years by looking at market trends, conducting research amongst manufacturing companies and asking for customer feedback, new features have been added and many enhancements made. With our goal of ease of use, we’ve created a specific CPQ template, built on DriveWorks functionality, to make it easy for manufacturing companies to reap the benefits of guided selling and CPQ quickly.

The DriveWorks CPQ Template provides a configurable dashboard that allows you to select which products can be configured, using your existing DriveWorks product configurators, what pricing to apply and what data to pass to and from any other company systems such as ERP and CRM.

Your DriveWorks and CPQ administrator can manage access and permissions to the CPQ front end and add product configurators at any time. That way you can customize the solution for inside sales, dealers, distributors and even customers. The CPQ administrator can apply real-time pricing updates to ensure accurate quotes are generated and that they reflect your businesses’ strategic and commercial goals. The CPQ dashboard can also be customized so the administrator can have specific views such as quoted items, pending orders and so on.

The four short videosabove explain and demonstrate DriveWorks CPQ from the point of view of a customer, distributor, sales representative and CPQ administrator.

Why DriveWorks CPQ?

Immersive 3D

Let your customers see their custom products in impressive 3D and view the effects of their design changes immediately.

Compelling Documents

Automatically send eye catching branded documents that are personalised to each customer and order.

Simple Templates

Get started really quickly by customising our templates to suit your needs with our intuitive Form Designer.

Seamless Links

An easy to use workflow means seamless links between teams& company systems such as CRM, ERP and SOLIDWORKS.

Time Saving Automation

Reduce repetitive tasks by automating customer responses and repetitive engineering tasks.

Modular & Flexible

Additional modules can be added as and when you need them to create a product configurator that suits your needs.

Try out one of the many CPQ configurator examples onDriveWorksLive.com.

The ability to configure, price and quote easily has become essential for manufacturing companies of all sizes, in all industries. Weve all seen, and probably used, some kind of sales configurator. They’re now widely used by many recognized brands as a way of cost-effectively offering configurable products.

Configurable products are becoming the norm and many companies are seeking a configure, price and quote (CPQ) solution that can help them to meet the increasing demand for custom productsand gain a competitive edge.

Take the Lead with DriveWorks CPQ

DriveWorks configurator software enables businesses to set up a configurable 3D CPQ solution that engineering and sales teams can use. DriveWorks allows manufacturing companies to gain all the benefits of digital selling.

CPQ solutions are built on rules, workflow, user interface and integration. These are the core technologies that have underpinned DriveWorks since the software was first introduced to the SOLIDWORKS market in 2001.

Over the years by looking at market trends, conducting research amongst manufacturing companies and asking for customer feedback, new features have been added and many enhancements made. With our goal of ease of use, we’ve created a specific CPQ template, built on DriveWorks functionality, to make it easy for manufacturing companies to reap the benefits of guided selling and CPQ quickly.

The DriveWorks CPQ Template provides a configurable dashboard that allows you to select which products can be configured, using your existing DriveWorks product configurators, what pricing to apply and what data to pass to and from any other company systems such as ERP and CRM.

Your DriveWorks and CPQ administrator can manage access and permissions to the CPQ front end and add product configurators at any time. That way you can customize the solution for inside sales, dealers, distributors and even customers. The CPQ administrator can apply real-time pricing updates to ensure accurate quotes are generated and that they reflect your businesses’ strategic and commercial goals. The CPQ dashboard can also be customized so the administrator can have specific views such as quoted items, pending orders and so on.

The four short videos below explain and demonstrate DriveWorks CPQ from the point of view of a customer, distributor, sales representative and CPQ administrator.

How Your Customers Interact with DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How YourDistributors Interact with DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How YourSales TeamsInteract with DriveWorks as a CPQ Solution

How You Administer Your DriveWorks CPQ Solution

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