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Phoenix Mecano Improve Customer Satisfaction with DriveWorks

The Phoenix Mecano Group is a global company, headquartered in Switzerland, with a presence in 48 countries worldwide. The company design and manufacture a range of products including Industrial Enclosures, Assembly and Positioning Systems and Motorised Drives. The group has 8 global manufacturing locations, with India being a strategic sourcing hub for the last 27 years.

We recently caught up with Prashant Malavankar, Engineering Head at Phoenix Mecano India Pvt Ltd, to find out how DriveWorks has improved their design process.

Using DriveWorks, Phoenix Mecano India has developed a CPQ solution for their product line of Ex enclosures that are used in explosive atmospheres. The design of these products differs depending on their specification, with every product undergoing customer-specific customization when it comes to machining and population of components.

Before adding DriveWorks, the engineering team at Phoenix Mecano would configure each individual project, including all the components, only using SOLIDWORKS. Based on the bill of materials output derived from each new specification, costing would then be calculated using an excel spreadsheet.

This was a lengthy process that Phoenix Mecano wanted to automate.

The key driving forces for implementing DriveWorks were to bring in speed, accuracy, and automation in the offer making process, as well as to improve lead times through an optimized OTD cycle.

With the CPQ solution developed in DriveWorks, response time has been improved and customers can expect a much shorter lead time on their requests for a quote.

As DriveWorks automates SOLIDWORKSoutputs, Phoenix Mecano has also used DriveWorks to automate drawing creation. Customers now receive an automated drawing along with their quotation, which enables them to better visualise the purchased product.

Phoenix Mecanos customers are not only receiving their quotations much faster because of DriveWorks, they are also receiving their ordered products much faster because manufacturing lead time has been significantly reduced.

This has created a much better end to end customer experience.

When asked what limitations DriveWorks Pro has helped Phoenix Mecano to overcome, Prashant highlights that:

DriveWorks has enabled his Application Engineers to have better visibility while they are configuring an end solution for Phoenix Mecanos customers.

When discussing their implementation, Prashant also adds that DriveWorks is user friendly and works seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS.

We look forward to following Phoenix Mecanos journey with DriveWorks!

For more information about Phoenix Mecano and their products, visit www.phoenix-mecano.co.uk.

Suitable for Any Industry

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

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

Catching Up with Brad Meador Star City SWUG Leader

Brad Meador has been a SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader for about four years but youd never know.

Mention his name and people just know who he is by his own admission he admits Ive never met a stranger.

Just a few years ago, he and a colleague started the Star City SWUG based in Roanoke, Virginia.

A year or so later, Brad has taken over leadership of the group and is working hard to promote both SOLIDWORKS and STEM in the areaand hes just getting started!

We had a chance to sit down for a catch-up with Brad to learn a bit more about the man people call Tank.

It was a pleasure speaking to Brad to learn more about his role at Altec and how he Started the Star City SWUG.

If you missed it, you can catch Part One here. In this second part, we learn more about Brad, Star City SWUG, working with STEM, and his time at 3DEXPERIENCE World events.

Brad, you have been to 5 SOLIDWORKS Works World/3DEXPERIENCE World Events, do you have a favourite location?

As someone who loves live music, I would have to say that Nashville was my favourite so far – the music and the entire scene was awesome.

All of the events have brought something special for me though whether its listening to impactful speakers during the General Sessions or finding my favourite tattoo artist to get new ink, Ive enjoyed them all!

How was your experience this year with the virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021?

Honestly, I will say that I really liked the increased amount of flexibility that the sessions allowed for. I was able to go back and watch some sessions that I would have missed if in person. As I was also presenting, I could now go back and watch other presentations that were happening at the same time as mine so I didnt miss them as I would have if in person.

At the start of the week, I had to tell all of my coworkers that even though they may see me at home and online, I wasnt working with them for the week. It was important for me to treat the week like I really there as I wanted to get the most out of it.

That said, I do tend to do a lot of networking and interacting between sessions, so I really missed that. Even after my own session, I tend to hang out afterward or let folks know where I am going to be so we can talk more and follow up on things we discussed or ran out of time to discuss.

Brad, how many people attended your session at 3DEXPEREINCE World?

At last count, I believe we had about 916 attendees that attended the session. In-person, given the physical room constraints and other considerations, I think Ive had a maximum of 350 people attend a session.

My session was really popular it was called I am Lazy, Tips to Make SOLIDWORKS Work with You! The session focused around how you can set up the software for your own needs rather than the standard setup out of the box in order to make your life easier. It was great to have a moderator during the Q&A sessions that were held after as they helped facilitate questions, so things ran smoothly.

In the future, maybe they can combine the in-person event with the virtual event to ensure that as many people can attend as possible with no logistical constraints.

Brad, you have plans for a SWUG Tour – where guests travel to present at several meetings over the course of a week. What you have in mind is a bit different from those done in the past, tell us more about your plans for “Iron SWUG”.

Sure, well first off, I think its important to know that there is a motorcycle association known as the Iron Butt Association.

This is an organization that enjoys riding long distances over short time periods. Now, to be clear they arent speeding or otherwise endangering themselves they just set out to complete a long-distance over a few days.

For example, there is something called a Saddle Sore 1000 which is 1,000 miles within 24 hours. Another SWUG Leader (Adam Ebernickel, WNC-Ashville SWUG) and I were going to attempt to do this but with a SWUG twist. The goal was going to be to visit 5 user group meetings in 4 days through North and South Carolina. We both work for Altec, both motorcyclists, and both user group leaders so we thought lets combine all of this together and see what happens!

Our original plan was to complete this in April of 2020, but of course, we have had to delay this plan until we can all meet again together. Its my goal to plan and complete the Iron SWUG in the Spring of 2022. I even have lanyard tags ready to print to bring to the next 3DEXPERIENCE World to hand out for those that participated! I think it will be a lot of fun and make a SWUG Tour even more exciting!

How has the pandemic impacted your user group meetings?

My personality is very outgoing so of course I miss in-person meetings, I think social interaction is so important. Having been isolated has been a bit of a struggle as I am the kind of person that likes to meet and network with people.

Although I miss all of the things that a physical face-to-face meeting has to offer, I have been able to embrace the technology that we were provided to host meetings and make new connections.

Ive learned to adapt and reach out to places such as local community groups, schools, and FIRST Robotics teams in the area.

Its exciting, there is one FRC team in the area and through outreach with them, Ive learned that they are doing all of their designs by hand with no CAD so I am working with them to help get in touch with SOLIDWORKS to sponsor them and help them build up their skills.

With respect to meetings, we use both Meetup and GoToMeeting as platforms to facilitate our virtual meetings until we can safely be together again.

Virtual meetings have allowed us all to get out thereand visit other groups. Having a chance to sit in on a meeting from my home office is great worldwide meetings are close to home! Who knew that when we were given these tools to assist us as leaders that they would become our primary tools?

Attendance at Star City Virtual SWUG meetings has been different than the in-person meetings. Its almost as if I have a completely different group of users attending the virtual meetings vs. in person.

I think the availability of the virtual meetings has given people a chance to attend that may not have been able to attend in-person meetings in the past. When we are back to in-person meetings, Id like to be able to use both to help people that cant make the in-person meetings to continue to attend and be a part of them.

As we look to the future, as a user group leader how do you think we can all work together to get more students involved?

We run across similar challenges with youth engagement in other areas of community even in the ministry world where my wife and I are active (we also have young children at home!).

A consideration when trying to engage with youth is attention span. Hosting a 3-hour long meeting is probably not something that a younger person may want to sit through. Being able to create an event that may be about an hour-long is probably something a little more desirable for that age range.

My wife has been helpful in providing some insight as she works with younger people and communicating – the basic rule is that an attention span may be one minute for every year of someones age (example: 20 minutes for a 20 year old, etc.)

Ive been working on creating our own meetings of Star City SWUG with that time consideration in mind. My goal has been to host a meeting that may be about 45 minutes or so with time buffered in for any questions or follow-ups with presenters.

The goal is to keep everyones attention in the age of Snapchat, Tik-Tok and other digital media platforms that deliver content quickly, we need to acknowledge that this is where younger people and students are consuming information.

As we look to the future getting back out on the road and meeting people, what are your plans?

Im really starting to ramp up our meetings my plan is to create shorter meetings, but more of them. This will allow me to get more people involved to network, learn and share with each other.

My goal is really to get out there and push STEM trying to get more folks to embrace STEM in their education and as a career choice. We are starting to turn the tide and I think people are starting to understand that a technical education in STEM is just as valuable as a 4-year university degree.

Finally, Brad – we have to know – how did you get the nickname Tank?

Ah, well I was the first person at my Biker Church to get baptised aka hitting the dunk tank so it was given to me and stuck.

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There’s More Like This on Our Blog

If you enjoyed learning more about Brad, check out the rest of our ‘catching up with’ series.

We have been busy catching up with lots of different people from all corners of the SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks Community.

Its been great to learn more about the different career paths that have led members of the community to be such a key part of the network.

Catching Up with Brad Meador Star City SWUG Leader

Brad Meador has been a SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader for about four years but youd never know.

Mention his name and people just know who he is, by his own admission he admits Ive never met a stranger.

Just a few years ago, he and a colleague started the Star City SWUG based in Roanoke, Virginia.

A year or so later, Brad has taken over leadership of the group and is working hard to promote both SOLIDWORKS and STEM in the area and hes just getting started!

We had a chance to sit down for a catch up with Brad to learn a bit more about the man people call Tank.

Brad, great to have a chance to chat a bit and learn more about you as a SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader as well as the Star City SWUG. Lets start with just a little background on you, shall we?

Well first off, Im born and raised inRoanoke, Virginia. As a matter of fact, the hospital where I was born is right near theRoanoke Star. Ive been in this area all of my life.

When I was younger, I was a mechanic. I guess I really likedworking on carsandtinkering with things.

The idea of taking things apart and putting them back together was fascinating.

Although admittedly I didnt always like being told what to do or if I was doing something wrong, so over time I decided that perhaps I needed another path.

At that point, I decided that I would go into learning design. In my mind, I thought that if I learn how to design better or more efficient products then I can really make an impact.

Soon after I started to pursue my degree in Mechanical Engineering Design Technology at Virginia Western Community College. One year into college, a company called Precision Technology got in touch and offered to hire me and also help pay for me to finish my degree.

It was a great opportunity, and I stayed there for about 5 years as a draftsman and received my Associate’s Degree in 2011. Ive been designing and creating better products that are easier for people to use ever since.

Brad, where do you work now?

Currently, I am a Senior Designer in the new product division at Altec.

The products that I am currently working on are the cranes and large digger derricks – a tool used to dig utility posts into the ground.

Very often you can see our products on the back of large utility or tractor-trailer trucks.

What are some other things you do in your spare time?

I really love motorcycles working on them and of course riding them.

At one point in my life, I was part of a Motorcycle Ministry. What this means is that I was part of a group of motorcyclists that would go to events to help support other riders.

Most of the time, it was logistical or background support; we may go to an event such as a trade show where riders cant bring their gear inside.

We would host a locked trailer where riders could store their items and trust that they would be there upon return.

We would also help in other ways as needed to support folks any way we could. Its also important for us to be a positive influence in the motorcycle community and break the stigma that may still exist out there.

We are a strong and supportive community.

We also do a bit of charity work last year before the pandemic we were organizing Jamies Ride for a Cure which benefits theJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

While this event is a fundraiser, its also about raising awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. While we were not able to host the ride in 2020 due to the pandemic, we willplan a future event and continue to educate and break the stigma around what it means to have Type 1 diabetes.

Oh and between work, user group meetings, fundraising, and homeschooling our children for the last year Ive also decided to go back to school.

Currently, I am pursuing my bachelors degree inElectrical EngineeringatArizona State University. This is indeed a whole newchallengethat I never thought I would do. My wife holds2 Masters’ Degrees, so I guess I have to keep up!

Education is definitely something we both feel strongly about and support in our family.

Lets chat a bit about the Star City SWUG and its origins. First, can you give some background on the name and why its called Star City?

TheRoanoke Staris alandmark in the area, it was built in the 1940s by a bunch of aircraft mechanics. Its the largestilluminated, free-standing, manmade star in the world.

Its located smack dab in the middle of the city near the zoo. While most times of the year its lit up with white lights, it does light up in different colours for the holidays such as Independence Day and Christmas.

As a matter of fact, the story on why the star was created originally was to represent the start of the holiday shopping season. The mechanics created this for funandspirit.

A colleague of mine at Altec, Derek Coller, and I started the Star City SWUG together around 2017.

At the time, there was no other SOLIDWORKS User Group in the area I think the closest was maybe an hour away. We knew there was a need for one, so we worked as a team to create the group.

Over time, Derek took on another role within the company and couldnt put in as much as he needed to, so I took over as the leader.

Over the last few years, Ive really enjoyed teaching and creating awareness around SOLIDWORKS to the community.

There’s More to Come

It was a pleasure speaking with Brad to learn more about his role at Altec and how he Started the Star City SWUG.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our interview with Brad where we will be speaking more about Star City SWUG, getting students involved and3DEXPERIENCE World.

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Celebrating 25 Years of SASPUG

With the support of our resellers, customers and partners, we have attended SOLIDWORKS User Group (SWUG) meetings, sponsored meetings and helped group leadersto find presenters with interesting presentations since 2015.

We were thrilled to be a sponsor and help celebrate the 25thAnniversary of the Seattle Area SOLIDWORKS Power Users Group.

This virtual celebration meeting took place on Tuesday 6th April and was attended by over 65 people. Attendees from as far away as Germany and Australia joined in the festivities.

There were several members from the SOLIDWORKS team at the meeting. Dan Wagner (Manager of the SWUG Community),Sean ONeill (SOLIDWORKS Community Manager) and Gian Paolo Bassi (CEO SOLIDWORKS) all stopped by to congratulate the group.

It certainly was a whos who in the SOLIDWORKS Community and we all came together to celebrate this long-standing, very First SOLIDWORKS User Group achieving this milestone.

Supporting the Meeting

Heather Hasz, DriveWorks Brand & Community Ambassador attended the meeting on Tuesday to celebrate with the group.

We sponsored the meeting with a $25 Amazon Gift Card ($25 for 25 years seemed to be a great idea!). The winner that evening was Dan Herzberg, who happens to be the User Group Leader for the Boston SWUG.

To celebrate SASPUG’s incredible 25 years, our team got together and wished the group all the best through a virtual greeting. In 2001, DriveWorks CEO Glen Smith attended the Seattle Area SOLIDWORKS Power Users Group meeting with Eric Beatty, his first-ever SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting.

At 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, we announced Eric Beatty as the winner of the 6th annual DriveWorks award for the SOLIDWORKS Group Leader of the Year. Eric’s commitment and love for the SOLIDWORKS User Group Community really makes him a leader with no boundaries!

Heres to 25 more years, cheers and best wishes for continued success in supporting the community!

Supporting SWUG

We love being a part of theSOLIDWORKS Community.

If you would like us to get involved with your SWUG meetings, get in touch and tell us about your meetings!

Our Time at Virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

For the past 19 years the team at DriveWorks have attended SOLIDWORKS World.

Last year we were excited to join World as it entered a new era 3DEXPERIENCE World.

Our team headed to Nashville for a week of learning and networking with their 3DEXPERIENCEPlatform Explorer Associate ribbons proudly on display!

This year 3DEXPERIENCE Worldwas reimagined as an all-virtual event open to anyone around the world, for free!

The three-day event was filled with inspiring keynote presentations, educational breakout sessions and virtual networking!

With more than 35,000 attendees, this has been the biggest World ever!

The 3DEXPERIENCE Virtual Event Platform

This years3DEXPERIENCE Playground featured several zones.

The EDU Zone showed how high school and university engineering students are using SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCEplatform to build the products of the future.

The3DEXPERIENCE Lab Zone highlighted how SOLIDWORKS open innovation lab is nurturing disruptive projects that will have a positive impact on society and create a better, more sustainable world.

This year the 3DEXPERIENCE World Shop Floor focused on sharing great stories from a number of companies that are keeping manufacturing alive in the heart of the U.S. and teaching those skills to new audiences.

And not to forget Model Mania, a favourite for many attendees at World. This year Model Mania was split into three different challenges – SOLIDWORKS Challenge, 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge and a3DEXPERIENCE Student Challenge.

The Sponsor Zone & DriveWorks Booth

The Sponsor Hub created an area where attendees could learn more about SOLIDWORKS innovative partner products and services.

The DriveWorks booth was located in the Sponsor Zone, where our team of DriveWorks Experts and CSWP’s were ready on our ‘live’ booth to chat, answer questions and also giving demos of our award-winning software live in action!

Thanks to everyone who virtually visited us at the booth, if you missed it, there’s still time to register and access all the great DriveWorks resources that are available there!

General Sessions

Day One

Day One we heard from Bernard Charl竪s, Gian Paolo Bassi and several customers sharing how SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio helped to increase their organisations flexibility and agility, to enable more effective collaboration, and connect their supply networks.

We heard from inspiring Keynote Speaker, Duncan Wardle, the former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney. Duncan gave an energetic and engaging presentation on how Disney build on the human imagination to create new ways of innovating, collaborating, and connecting with customers.

We also heard about the newly announced3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKSfor Makers Program and saw the first episode of this year’s “Whats New demo skit.

Day Two

On Day Two, we learned a lot about the transformation from product to experiences.

The R&D team shared the vision for the 3DEXPERIENCE速 Works portfolio that augments and enhances your existing solution.

We learned how you can connect the people, applications and real-time data from every aspect of your business to improve productivity, increase collaboration, and accelerate innovation.

The Keynote for Day Two was Frank Stephenson, from Frank Stephenson Design, a designer who earned acclaim as lead designer and design director at major carmakers. He discussed how to reduce development cycles,how he uses new and evolving design tools,and the need to maintain the human link when designing products.

Day Three

Suchit Jain, Vice President, Strategy, Community & Business Development for Dassault Syst竪mesSOLIDWORKS, kicked off the session Connections to Relationships. Suchit confirmed what many already know – that SOLIDWORKSis still everywhere.

We heard from Matt Carney and Tej Matel, two customers who shared their stories of using the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also heard from Marie Planchard, Director of Education and Early Engagement, who interviewed two well-known SOLIDWORKS engineers, who took very different paths on their engineering journeys. Eric Beatty, SWUGN Leader and Paul Ventimiglia, who is a fixture on the BattleBots TV show and mentors one of the competing FIRST Robotics teams.

SOLIDWORKS is Everywhere

More than six million designers, engineers, students, entrepreneurs, makers and innovators are designing and creating many of the things we see around us every day.

-Suchit Jain, Vice President, Strategy, Community & Business Development forDassault Syst竪mesSOLIDWORKS

Sessions at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

With over 175 sessions across the event, there was definitely something for everyone.

Training at 3DEXPERIENCE World was held in virtual lecture-style breakouts, demos, product briefings, panel discussions, and roundtables on a wide variety of topics, taught by industry experts.

There were also 40+ MeetUp sessions as part of the event. This was an opportunity for attendees to network with peers, learn how similar challenges have been solved, and ask questions of SOLIDWORKS experts and executives, thought leaders, makers and influencers.

Located in the 3DExperience Lab, we heard from Enrico Bassi, Fab Lab Manager, Opendot speaking about GLIFO. A 3D printed custom aid that helps children with disabilities achieve autonomy in writing and drawing. Using DriveWorks, GLIFO has developed its online configurator to automatise the design customisation workflow. Catch up with the presentation from Enrico here.

DriveWorks On-Demand Sessions

At World there were two DriveWorks on-demand sessions available.

The first presentation was delivered by our CEO, Glen Smith, on DriveWorks Configure & Automate. The second was presented by DriveWorks CPQ – Product Manager, Tom presenting on How to Save Time with DriveWorksXpress.

All on-demand sessions were available throughout the event and can still be accessed now on the 3DEXPERIENCE Event Platform if you missed them!

Configure & Automate

Save Time with DriveWorksXpress

Community

Every year, we celebrate a SOLIDWORKS User Group leader who stands out from the crowd for going above and beyondwith their support for the SWUGN community.

This year we were proud to announce Eric Beatty, Seattle Area SOLIDWORKS Power User Group as our 6th annual DriveWorks award winner for SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader of the Year!

We were also extremely proud to be awarded the SWUGN Partner of the Year Award.

We are so honoured and proud to receive this award again, thank you SWUGN!

With the support of our resellers, customers and partners, we have attended SWUG meetings, sponsored meetings and helped group leaders to find presenters with interesting presentations since 2015.

We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Community.

We cant wait to be a part of lots of great SWUG meetings again this year whether they be virtual or in person!

During the meeting,David Antanavigewas awarded theWayne Tiffany User Group Leader of the Yearaward,Pittsburgh SWUGwonUser Group of the Year,Joe Lancereceived theMichelle Pillers Community Award,CATIwas awardedReseller of the YearandAlin VargatureceivedReseller AE of the Year congratulations everyone!

Check Out Our SWUGN T-Shirts

Each year at World, SOLIDWORKS User Group leaders head over to our booth to collect their exclusive DriveWorks SWUGN t-shirt.

Heather, who is involved in running the SWUGN sponsorship program at DriveWorks, hands the t-shirts out, grabs a photo with the group leader and discusses how we can sponsor their upcoming meetings.

Every year we design a new t-shirt, and despite this year being a virtual event, we wanted to make sure SWUGN leaders still had the chance to get their hands on a 2021 DriveWorks SWUGN sponsor t-shirt!

Before and during 3DEXPEREINCE World, Heather sent out our t-shirts and it was great to see members of the community proudly showing them off during the event!

If you are a SWUGN leader and missed the chance to get hold of one at 3DEXPERIENCE World – we are still sending them out!

Please get in touch with Heather Hasz or email us at info@driveworks.co.uk.

Highlights from 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

Dont forget to tune into SOLIDWORKS Live for a post-show recap event, ‘Highlights from 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021′ on February 18th at 11AM EST.

With so much going on at this years conference, itll be good to check out the recap and see what you may have missed.

SOLIDWORKS will cover the Model Mania winners, talk about what the virtual experience meant and felt like for the SOLIDWORKS community and share takeaways from keynote speakers.

See You Next Year!

The last General Session of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 closed with a final address from Gian Paolo Bassi.

The session finished with the announcement that next year,3DEXPERIENCE World will be held in Atlanta, Georgia!

Of course, we will be back for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022 and we hope to see you there!

The SWUGN Partner of The Year Award

Throughout the year, we spend a lot of time with members of theSWUG networkand at SWUG meetings.3DEXPERIENCE World is always a chance for all of the community to come together.

Although this year has been very different, we have still had the chance to connect with the SWUG Community through many online meetings and during virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

At virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, DriveWorks were presented with the SWUGN Partner of The Year Award.

We are so honoured and proud to receive this award again, thank you SWUGN!

With the support of our resellers, customers and partners, we have attended SWUG meetings, sponsored meetings and helped group leaders to find presenters with interesting presentations since 2015.

We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Community,SOLIDWORKS User Groupsare awesome.

We cant wait to be a part of lots of great SWUG meetings again this year whether they be virtual or in person!

During the meeting, David Antanavige was awarded the Wayne Tiffany – User Group Leader of the Year award, Pittsburgh SWUG won User Group of the Year, Joe Lance received the Michelle Pillers – Community Award, CATI was awarded Reseller of the Year and Alin Vargatu received Reseller AE of the Year – congratulations everyone!

At 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, we were proud to see DriveWorks Brand and Community Ambassador, Heather Hasz awarded with the SWUGN Community Champion Award.

This award celebrates a member of the SOLIDWORKS community who best demonstrates extraordinary commitment to others in the community, either across the year or a lifetime.

This award is not limited to a user group leader. It recognizes someone that brings the community together in unexpected ways and is a long-term advocate of the entire SOLIDWORKS community, including the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network.

At SOLIDWORKS World 2019 in Dallas, we were awarded SWUGN Partner of The Year Award and in 2018, we proudly won Co-Participating Partner of the Year, alongside Rapid.

DriveWorks SWUGN Leader of the Year

At 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, we announced the 6th annual DriveWorks award for the SOLIDWORKS Group Leader of the Year Eric Beatty.

The DriveWorks SWUGN Leader of the Year award is awarded to someone who stands out in the SOLIDWORKS Community for all the work they do.

While all SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders go above and beyond in their support of the SOLIDWORKS Community. There are, however, those thatstand out above the crowd.

We have celebrated these individuals by awarding them with ourDriveWorks Award for SWUGN Leader of the Year. Previous winners of this award have been:

Eric is the leader of theSeattle Area SOLIDWORKS Power Users Group. He is theSenior Mechanical DesigneratOMAX Corporationand in his spare time he is aCAD/CAM InstructoratRenton Technical College.

His strongpassion for SOLIDWORKScreates apositive energy that is passed on to others within the community.

Eric joins a group ofgreat user group leaders that have won the DriveWorks Award for SWUGN Leader of the Year congratulations Eric!

Supporting SWUG

We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Communityand look forward to continuing to support the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network.

If you would like us to sponsor your group, get in touch and tell us about your meetings!

DriveWorks SWUGN Leader of the Year

With the support of our resellers, customers, and partners, DriveWorks has attended SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings, sponsored events and supported group leaders since 2015.

We know that SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders go above and beyond whats expected of them to not just support their own group but in many cases groups around the world!

When we said goodbye in Nashville at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, no one thought it would be over a year until we were physically together again.

While COVID-19 has forced us to stay safe and physically apart, it wasnt strong enough to keep the SOLIDWORKS community from staying actively engaged by using virtual platforms to stay connected during this challenging time.

Many SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders went to great lengths to host virtual local, regional, and global meetups.

In November, the 5th Annual SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever was another great success. One thing was for certain, you cannot keep this community apart.

While all SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders go above and beyond in their support of the SOLIDWORKS Community. There are, however, those that stand out above the crowd.

We have celebrated these individuals by awarding them with our DriveWorks Award for SWUGN Leader of the Year. Previous winners of this award have been:

Eric Beatty, Seattle Area SOLIDWORKS Power User Group

A Leader With No Boundaries

There was a SWUG Leader that seemed to have no boundaries at all.

While his home is in the Pacific Northwest of the US, Eric has been seen attending meetings all over the world!

A meeting on the East Coast one evening, then attending another meeting in London the next afternoon. Later that week, hed been seen not just attending, but also presenting at a meeting in Australia.

If you are good at adjusting for time zones, thats a large sweep back and forth and he did it all with a smile on his face. His strong passion for SOLIDWORKS creates a positive energy that is passed on to others.

At 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, we announced the 6th annual DriveWorks award for the SOLIDWORKS Group Leader of the Year Eric Beatty.

Eric is the leader of the Seattle Area SOLIDWORKS Power Users Group. He is the Senior Mechanical Designer at OMAX Corporation and in his spare time he is a CAD/CAM Instructor at Renton Technical College.

While we couldnt be together in person for us to present the award we did the best we could!

Heather took a photo of the award before posting it out and Eric took a photo upon receipt.

Eric joins a group of great user group leaders that have won the DriveWorks Award for SWUGN Leader of the Year – Congratulations Eric!

Stay tuned as we have a chance to catch up with Eric after 3DEXPERIENCE World and get to know him more and hear some of his favourite SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks memories!

Congratulations to Eric Beatty at SASPUG.

We are truly lucky to have someone like you willing to go above and beyond for the SWUGN Community!

Supporting SWUG

We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Communityand look forward to continuing to support the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network.

If you would like us to sponsor your group, get in touch and tell us about your meetings!

3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 – An All-Virtual Experience

This year 3DEXPERIENCEWorld has been reimagined as anall-virtual experienceand we are proud to beGold Sponsorsof the event!

3DEXPERIENCE World brings together a vibrant community ofdesigners, engineers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and business leadersto learn, engage, discover and share knowledge with each other about how to increase innovation and transform their business.

The 3DEXPERIENCE World team have designed an agenda that will enable you to participate in all of the moments typical of the annual event, from wherever you are in the world.

With technical sessions, keynote speakers, presentations, meet-ups scheduled – there’s alot to look forward to!

Don’t Miss the DriveWorks Presentations at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

Join our experts for on-demand presentations and live demos on our virtual booth.

DriveWorks Presentations

We are hosting two on-demand sessions during 3DEXPERIENCE World.

There will be a Configure and Automate session at our virtual booth.

Presented by our CEO Glen Smith, this presentation can beaccessed any time on our live booth. Once you have watched the presentation why not interact with our teamlive on the boothand ask your questions to our DriveWorks experts.

There will also be an on-demand session presented by DriveWorks Technical Specialists, Tom and Oliver, who will be presenting on DriveWorksXpress.

Discover more about the time-saving Design Automation tool you already have inside SOLIDWORKS.

See how automation can improve your work, create your ownDriveWorksXpress configuratorand learn how toGet Certified and become a CDWXA.

Both on-demand presentations will beavailable throughout the eventfor you to access at a time thatbest suits you. Click here to see the session catalog.

Other Presentations You Do Not Want to Miss

With a jam-packed agenda, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a thing!

General Sessions

Each day industry luminaries and amazing engineers will share how combining technology with human ingenuity enables new ways of seeing the world, of inventing, learning, producing and doing business.

SOLIDWORKS executives will also provide the latest news and developments on the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio to help you accelerate innovation and grow your business.

General Sessions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 9-11th.

The General Sessions will discuss topics including Things to Life (Strategy and Direction), From Products to Experience (3DEXPERIENCE Works in Action), and From Connections to Relationships (real customers share their success stories).

On day one of the event, we will be hearing from Bernard Charl竪s, Vice-chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Syst竪mes and also Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS.

Keynote Speakers

Duncan Wardle, former head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, and his team helped Imagineering, LucasFilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.

Wardles unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyones DNA. You wont want to miss him.

Duncan will be speaking during the general session on day one of the event.

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Frank Stephenson, Design Director of Frank Stephenson, an independent design company, is now applying his design expertise to a wide range of projects that move beyond the realms of automotive design.

That industry is where he earned acclaim as lead designer and design director at major carmakers such as McLaren, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat and MINI. He is pioneering the role and way that design is seen in the future of innovation.

Frank will be speaking during the general session on day two of the event.

Featured Customers

On day one, featured customers will include: Taco VanDer Maden, Development & Operations I.T. Manager at IKEA, andJim Keravala, CEO, Offworld AI, will discuss how they built on human imagination to create new ways of innovating, collaborating, and connecting with their own customers.

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Taco VanDer Maden, Development & Operations I.T. Manager at IKEA

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Jim Keravala, CEO, Offworld AI

Hear from the Community

On Thursday, February 11th, youll hear from users across theSOLIDWORKScommunity all striving to have an impact on our world for the better.

Hear from amazing engineers and innovators about how they are combining the real and the virtual to create new ways of inventing, learning, producing and doing business.

Stories will be presented from featured speakers in three sessions, including:

An Engineers Journey: Everyones path is different; learn how the following became engineers:

– Eric Beatty, Omax Corporation

– Paul Ventimiglia, Robby Technologies / First Robotics and four-time BattleBots Championship Winner

Innovation in Unprecedented Times:How does your business evolve during COVID?

– Tej Patel, from medical diagnostic company, Fluxergy

– Matt Carney, Open Standard Industries and Open Standard Respirator

– EriK GatenholmandHector Martinez, CEO/CTO, CELLINK

Creating Experiences: will talk about extending the real with virtual experiences and how it has evolved over time.

– Brett Bushnell, entrepreneur, engineer and CEO/co-founder Two Bit Circus

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari / Chuck E Cheese

– Grant Delgatty, Chair of Product Innovation at USC Irvine and Young Academy

Visit the DriveWorks Booth

DriveWorks hassponsored SOLIDWORKS Worldsince 2002.

We are proud to beGold Sponsorsof this yearsVirtual 3DEXPERIENCEWorld.

As always, this year we will have a full team ofCSWPs & DriveWorks Experts on our virtual booth, answering your questions on Design Automation, Sales Configurators, CPQ and all things DriveWorks!

Make sure to visit us andjoin in the conversations taking placeon our live booth.

Meet the team beforehand in this short video!

Save Your Space

Sign up to join 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 an all-virtual experience.

We are looking forward to being a part of this year’s 3DEXPERIENCE World (February 8-11th) as a Gold Sponsor.

DriveWorks has participated in this event (formerly known as SOLIDWORKS World) for 20 years!
We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Community!

This leading industry event brings together members of the engineering and manufacturing community from all over the world in an effort to educate, connect and network with each other.

Whilst we cannot be together in person this year, we are excited about being a part of this first-ever virtual event!

Recently, we had a chance to catch up with Simge Akarsu, Senior Strategy & Program Manager at Dassault Syst竪mes.

It was inspiring to listen to her story and how she has applied both education and experience to grow into the roles that she has had in industry over the years.

Now, shes responsible for creating a fun and engaging 3DEXPERIENCE World virtual event that promises to be exciting and keep everyone connected on a global level.

Simge, thanks for taking the time out of your (very) busy schedule to sit down with us. I think it would be great if you could share with everyone some background on where you are from and your education?

“Thanks, absolutely happy to share. This coming year, 2021, I will celebrate working for SOLIDWORKS for 10 years.

Its the longest (working) relationship Ive ever had. Currently, I am living in the Boston area, but I am originally from Istanbul, Turkey. My early education and university education are from Istanbul University where I received both my Bachelors Degree in Journalism as well as my Masters Degree in Communications.

As my formal education was in journalism, my first job was working for a newspaper in Turkey.

After some time, I realised that I wanted to do something more to help people communicate, market, and promote their products. When speaking with one of my professors, they recommended that I take on an internship with a large company in Turkey.”

“In this role, my manager was a very strong woman and I learned so much from working with her.

She had a big impact on my professional development; we are still in touch and I think of her from time to time.

Shortly after this, I found a job working with a company in the cutting tool industry – Taegutec.

As a young woman, I had to learn a lot of new technologies that I wasnt familiar with, but I was able to get up to speed very quickly.

There were not a lot of women working in the cutting tool industry.I often found myself to be the only woman at some of the trade events we attended.

After working at Taegutec for a bit, I decided to create my own business (SMG Company) and provide marketing consulting for some of my former employers as well as the SOLIDWORKS reseller, Yenasoft.

Over time, I built a relationship with Yenasoft and in 2009 I joined their team as the Marketing Manager.

While working at Yenasoft, I met the sales and marketing leadership team at SOLIDWORKS.”

The path to SOLIDWORKS

“In 2011, I accepted a position with SOLIDWORKS as the Marketing Specialist for Turkey. I loved the people that I was working with and I was starting to meet people from around the world in sales and marketing.

Within my 1st year with the company things were going really well, I became a manager and they expanded my role to include Greece, MENA, and South Africa.

When I was approached to interview for a technical Product Manager position that would be based in Boston I really needed to give this thought. Not only had I not planned a move to the USA, but I also didnt have a formal technical background.

After traveling to Boston for the interview, things moved pretty quickly and in March 2017 I accepted the offer for the position of Product Manager for e-Drawings. This was a new, challenging technical position for me as I had a background in marketing and communication. Needless to say, this was different.

Being a very driven person, I decided that I wanted to learn more about the software in order to do the best job that I could as a Product Manager. While it wasnt required of me, I pursued my Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate and I am proud to say that I achieved this in 2017.”

“In 2018, I was offered the position of Strategy & Program Manager.

Once again, I found myself in a role that was going to challenge me professionally.

Having worked for SOLIDWORKS for some time, I knew that I was going to be able to do my job well as I knew many people in the business and would be working with them on SOLIDWORKS World/3DEXPERIENCE World.

With my desire to be well educated and prepared for my new professional challenge, I took it upon myself to enroll and completed courses at both Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Certificate in Management & Leadership) and Harvard Business School (Managing Sales Team & Distribution Channels).”

Simge, give us some insight into this role of Strategy & Program Manager

“Sure, my current role as Senior Strategy & Program Manager is a very challenging and incredibly rewarding position.

My role allows me the opportunity to work with people from all areas of the business in an effort to manage, support and grow this annual event and make it the best it can be.

In this position, I am the person responsible for everything to do with the 3DEXPERIENCE World event.

If anyone has any questions about the event or requires any details on something happening with the event, I am the go to person.

We have a great team of both internal and external stakeholders that I am proud to be working with for this years event.

Its exciting to have everyone working together to help define, plan and of course successfully execute the event.

Once the event is over, we will review the results in an effort to make changes and then start our planning for the next year. For me, this is a year-round full-time position!”

There’s More to Come

It was a pleasure speaking to Simge, about her education, experience in industry and the path that led her to SOLIDWORKS.

Continue the reading our interview withSimge, where Simge will be sharing more about her role and involvement with 3DEXPEIRENCE World and what to expect from this year’svirtual 3DEXPERIENCE World!

See you at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

Save Your Space!

Sign up to join 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

Visit us at our booth and chat to the DriveWorks team live at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

We are excited to be attending 3DEXPERIENCEWorld 2021.

Weve been attending SOLIDWORKS World for the last 16 years and last year we attended the first-ever 3DEXPERIENCE World in Nashville.

Set up in the 3DEXPERIENCEPlayground, we spent most of our time on our booth where we had lots of people stopping by through each day. We attended many inspiring keynote presentations, networked and also delivered our own technical hands-on session on DriveWorks.

This year 3DEXPERIENCEWorld has been reimagined as an all-virtual experience and we are proud to be Gold Sponsors of the event!

3DEXPERIENCE World brings together a vibrant community of designers, engineers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn, engage, discover and share knowledge with each other about how to increase innovation and transform their business.

Due to the current pandemic, 3DEXPERIENCEhave made the decision that 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 will be an all-virtual experience.

3DEXPERIENCEhave designed an agenda that will enable you to participate in all of the moments typical of the annual event, from wherever you are in the world.

General Session

Each day industry luminaries and amazing engineers will share how combining technology with human ingenuity enables new ways of seeing the world, of inventing, learning, producing and doing business.

Hear from Bernard Charl竪s and Gian Paolo Bassi about the technologies and trends that will transform the way you work, and provide you with the freedom to create.

Featured speakers will discuss how they build on human imagination to create new ways of innovating, collaborating, and connecting with their customers.

SOLIDWORKS executives will also provide the latest news and developments on the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio to help you accelerate innovation and grow your business.

Technical Training Sessions

Training at 3DEXPERIENCEWorld 2021 will be held in virtual lecture-style breakouts, demos, product briefings, panel discussions, and roundtables on a wide variety of topics, taught by industry experts.

The skills and knowledge you learn during these sessions can be used immediately, helping you and your team accelerate your design process.

With a large number of training sessions available, you are sure to find multiple topics of interest to you.

View the full agenda here

Meet-Up

This year there will be 40+ MeetUp sessions taking place at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

Network with your peers, learn how similar challenges have been solved, and ask questions of SOLIDWORKS experts and executives, thought leaders, makers and influencers.

Get Certified

Be a part of a growing and passionate community of certified users and get certified at 3DEXPERIENCE World.

Want to Get Certified? Choose from 17 SOLIDWORKS exams, as well as 5 3DEXPERIENCE platform exams, all free of charge with a VIP access conference pass!

Visit the DriveWorks Booth

DriveWorks has sponsored SOLIDWORKS World since 2002.

We are proud to be Gold Sponsors of this years Virtual 3DEXPERIENCEWorld.

As always, this year we will have a full team of CSWPs & DriveWorks Experts on our virtual booth, answering your questions on Design Automation, Sales Configurators, CPQ and all things DriveWorks!

Make sure to visit us and join in the conversations taking place on our live booth.

Meet the team beforehand in this short video!

DriveWorks Presentations

We will be hosting an On-Demand Configure and Automate session at our virtual booth.

Presented by our CEO Glen Smith, this presentation can be accessed any time on our live booth! Once you have watched the presentation why not interact with our team live on the booth and ask your questions to our DriveWorks experts!

There will also be an ‘On-Demand’ session presented by DriveWorks Technical Specialists, Tom and Oliver, who will be presenting on DriveWorksXpress.

Discover more about the time-saving Design Automation tool you already have inside SOLIDWORKS.

See how automation can improve your work, create your own DriveWorksXpress configurator and learn how to Get Certified and become a CDWXA.

Both ‘On-Demand’ presentations will be available throughout the event for you to access at a time that best suits you.

Save Your Space

Registration is open!

Sign up to join 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 – an all-virtual experience.

Stay tuned for more information on an exciting digital event!

Don’t Miss Part 1

Recently, we had a chance to sit down with Marie Planchard (virtually of course) and get to know a bit more about her early years, education, being awoman in engineeringand what brought her towork for SOLIDWORKS.

Anyone that spends time with Marie learns pretty quickly that she shares just as muchpassion for SOLIDWORKSas she does foreducation.

In the first part, Heather and Marie chatted about her background and education,the path that lead Marie to SOLIDWORKS and past SOLIDWORKS Worlds.

Read Part 1 here.

What attracted you to take on the role of Director of Education?

“Early on in my career, I had already been impressed with how easy it was for students to start learning and designing with SOLIDWORKS.

At the community college level, I had been awarded a STEM grant to help about 15 technical high schools update their technology offerings.

As part of this, I spent time working on programs that focused on women in technology and in non-traditional roles.

We were encouraging girls to come into the school to learn welding, CAD, and machining.

It was a great time to be working in engineering.

Not only were we seeing more women involved in engineering, the SOLIDWORKS user groups were expanding as well as the excitement and momentum around SOLIDWORKS was growing.”

“When SOLIDWORKS offered me the role as Director of Education, I knew I could take what I was seeing as an educator locally and bring my vision to the world.

My belief was that this new 3D technology and how things were being designed in SOLIDWORKS would change engineering education around the world.

During my interview for the position, I presented to a room of about 15 people all marketing and executives.

When I shared my vision with the group, everyone agreed wholeheartedly.

As I started in this role, I focused on creating lessons and curriculum for the educator.

The existing tutorials were fine, but I wanted to deliver things with the mindset of the educator and what I knew they needed in order to teach effectively.

There has not been a day since that I have not enjoyed getting up and going to work.”

What is your vision for the future of SOLIDWORKS Education Community?

“Just as I was at the start of the SOLIDWORKS CAD journey, where we all learned about an easy to use desktop application we are now entering into the next phase and its just as exciting.

We have the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform which has introduced cloud applications to education. Hardware is changing and times are certainly changing right now.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is an easy-to-use cloud-based CAD tool for educators and will help them meet state and country teaching standards.

This application will help them to teach concepts of engineering, documentation, and manufacturing in a cloud environment.

As an educator I know it takes time for changes to be made, but I see the vision of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and I know that students and educators will want to be up and running quickly with cloud design tools such as xDesign.

Over the next couple of years, I see a connection being made between cloud and desktop not all cloud, not all desktop but slowly a transition to using both.”

How do you feel that the current pandemic environment has had an impact on learning?

“Good timing on this question as I have been interviewing customers recently on just this!

The ability for educators to utilize the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform at home with their students on any device at any time has had a positive effect on teaching!

There is no excuse or reason to not be able to work; you can go online and can be connected at 1am.

You dont have to be in the computer lab at school and you can share easily with classmates and peers. Students and educators are able to connect and do well together in this environment.

Where I wish technology would advance more with the pandemic is in territories like Africa, Asia and even in parts of the USA where the internet is not strong.

With that challenge, no matter if its streaming entertainment or learning/using CAD we arent where we need to be with internet availability.

Over the last 8+ months, I applaud educators for keeping students going and changing how they are offering learning and study materials to students.

Creative ways to offer exercises shifting and relying more on real-life industry examples or videos from various industries its keeping students engaged and learning.”

How do you see the SOLIDWORKS Education team being involved in the upcoming virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World event in 2021?

“Its going to be fantastic!

As of right now, we have more students and educators registered than ever before!

3DEXPERIENCE World takes place during school hours, so its a great opportunity for everyone to participate and not have to travel in order to take part in this virtual event.

Im really excited and I believe it will be a great event we are working plans to host a virtual career fair at 3DEXPERIENCE World.”

Marie thank you for speaking with us and sharing your passion for engineering!

See you at 3DEXPERIENCE World

We are excited to be attending and sponsoring 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021!

Keep up to date with the latest information and registration details our events page.

DriveworksXpress comes free with every seat of SOLIDWORKS so you can start automating any part of your product design today!

DriveWorksXpress Design Automation

Design automation is quickly becoming the norm, offering businesses the opportunity to streamline business processes and adapt quickly to changing market conditions.

DriveWorksXpress is an easy to use, entry-level design automation tool included free inside SOLIDWORKS. Our rules-based software allows you to create multiple versions of your SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies and drawings, quickly and accurately.

DriveWorksXpress is ideal for automating everyday repetitive design tasks and great if the designs and projects you work on are the same but different.

It is widely used in many industries from trailers to conveyors, furniture to machinery, mechanical seals to pressure vessels, windows and doors and many more.

Quickly generate new versions of your SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies and drawings.

We’re extremely proud of our industry-leading, award-winning software, but DriveWorks isnt justfor complete product design.

DriveWorksXpress allows you to automate any part of your SOLIDWORKS design, giving you the flexibility to automate time-consuming and repetitive tasks, simplifying your design process, and enabling you to use your time more efficiently.

Easy to Set Up, Manage and Use

A DriveWorks design automation project iseasy to create, maintain and use.

No programming skills or consultants are required.

Simply activate DriveWorksXpress which is already installed under theSOLIDWORKS Tools menu and begin automating your designs!

Automate repetitive SOLIDWORKS tasks and free up time to focus on product innovation and development.

If you offer many different product options or every customer order is bespoke, DriveWorksXpress helps you capture your design rules, recreate variations of existing designs, reduce repetitive tasks, save time, and improve product quality.

Run Project Again and Again

Once set up, run your project again and again for each custom order.

DriveWorksXpress captures information from your existing models and your engineering knowledge.

That information, including dimensions, features and configurations can then be controlled by a series of rules.

These rules are controlled from a simple input form, so all you need to do is fill out the form for each custom order, and DriveWorksXpress will do the calculations in the background and automatically generate the necessary files.

Reuse the input form over and over again, each time creating a brand-new set of files and their relevant drawings.

Meaning there is no need for complex macros, design tables or configurations.

Run hundreds of design tasks in minutes with DriveWorksXpress!

Saving Time with DriveWorksXpress

DriveWorks isnt just for complete product design, automation is powerful even if you only automate part of your product.

Before using DriveWorksXpress designing something such as a Standard Machine Sub-base or Leg Supports would take 30 minutes.

With DriveworksXpress this task takes just 1 minute, allowing you to focus your time on the more complex aspects of your designs.

This may only be a small part of your design process but the time savings are drastic and can be incredibly valuable to the overall design time.

Over time you can build on your DriveWorksXpress project to add more and more parts,until eventually your engineering time is spent on the parts of the design that really matter and add the most value.

Standard Machine Sub Base

From 30 minutes down to 1 minute

Leg Supports

From 30 minutes down to 3 minutes

Using DriveWorks to Automate Mundane Tasks

BW Container Systemsis a global packaging machinery firm serving the food, beer and beverage, wine and spirits, personal care, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and household products industries.

Some of the machines BW Container Systems manufacture require a machine guard.

This is only a simple item to design, but the guard cannot be designed until the machine design is complete, and if not shipped together it could risk delaying delivery.

To overcome this, BW Container Systems are using DriveWorks to automatically generate models and drawings for these machine guards.

DriveWorks has allowed engineers at BW Container Systems to automate some of the mundane but essential engineering jobs, freeing them up to focus on other important design tasks.

With the introduction of DriveWorks, BW Container Systems can evolve product lines, meet new market needs and exceed customer expectations.

Benefits of DriveWorksXpress

Discover the benefits of using DriveWorksXpress to automate your designs.

Save Time

Capture and re-use design knowledge to reduce repetitive tasks.

Reduce Costly Errors

Incorporate design rules to minimize errors and the cost of manual mistakes.

Free Up Engineers

Liberate design engineers from repetitive tasks to concentrate on new and special designs.

Start Automating – Free Inside SOLIDWORKS

If youve got SOLIDWORKS, youve already got design automation!

DriveWorksXpress is already installed inside every license of SOLIDWORKS.

You’ll find it under the SOLIDWORKS Tools menu, you just need toactivate it to start automating.

Once you’ve saved time with DriveWorksXpress why not take your design automation even further with DriveWorks Solo.

Download a30-day full-feature free trialof DriveWorks Solo to see what you could achieve.

Try DriveWorksXpress and upscale to DriveWorks Solo or DriveWorks Pro at any time.

Explore the Capabilities of DriveWorks

Learn how DriveWorks is helping companies to transform their processes and succeed.

Working from home is giving us all a chance to continue our learning and make the time for those things we normally wouldn’t be able to fit into our busy schedules.

In the DriveWorks team, were taking this as an opportunity to learn, improve, create and innovate.

In these uncertain times, its heartwarming to see that through it all, the SWUGN community are also staying connected digitally and sticking together from a distance of course!

Virtual SWUGN Meetings

Whilst all in person user group meetings have been postponed, SOLIDWORKS is working with user groups across the world to ensure everyone stays connected virtually and continue to share exciting and innovative content.

A series of SWUGN Virtual Events have been set up, covering a range of topics. Userscan learn SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks, plus information on the latest products, features and technology.

The SOLIDWORKS Certification Game, Surfacing for Beginners and Productos Xpress – including a look at DriveWorksXpress – are just some of the sessions you can be a part of.

Check out the full list and register on our events page.

DriveWorks Technical Resources Available for SWUGN

We have lots of free online technical resources for you to use during your meetings, or anytime in between to top up your knowledge.

DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification Program

What better time to start learning about design automation and add an extra qualification to your resume too!

The DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification is afree certification for all engineering and design professionals and students who have access to SOLIDWORKS.

Become a Certified DriveWorksXpress Associate in just 3 steps, in 3 hours.

Gain new skills to add to your r辿sum辿and automate your designs to save time and reduce errors.

DriveWorksXpress Getting Started Webinars

Join our free 1-hour webinar for a step by step guide, taking you through the first steps to automating with DriveWorksXpress.

The webinar shows you how to set up a DriveWorksXpress Project from start to finish.

Anyone can sign up to watch the webinar as normal, or if you would like to watch the webinar together as part of your meeting, get in touch with us and we’llprovide direct access to the webinar for you to watch virtually with your group at a time that suits you.

DriveWorksXpress Tutorials, Sample Projects and More!

There are many more learning resources and training materials online. The best thing is, you can access them from anywhere.

Sample Projects

Download DriveWorksXpress Sample Projects. Each one is set up and ready to run inside SOLIDWORKS. Open and explore the project to learn how the rules have been set up.

How to Videos

Watch our DriveWorksXpress How to Video Clips to learn how to capture parameters in your SOLIDWORKS Model, create an input form and build rules to generate new variations.

Training Tutorials

Learn how to use DriveWorksXpress by following these tutorials. There are a selection of tutorials showing different models, providing inspiration for how automating your own designs in SOLIDWORKS.

Connect With Us

Read the latest updates from the DriveWorks team on our blog and connect with us on social media to stay updated on product information, events and learning opportunities available to all SOLIDWORKS User Groups.

Let’s connect so we can share your news and updates too.

Chicago SOLIDWORKS User Group Present DriveWorks With Sponsorship Appreciation

This year at 3DEXPERIENCE World we were honoured to receive a plaque of appreciation from Chicago SOLIDWORKS User Group recognising our sponsorship over the years.

In 2018, the Chicago SWUG celebrated their 20 year anniversary with a fun night watching a Kane County Cougars baseball game.

The Chicago SOLIDWORKS User Group provides a forum for learning and information exchange amongSOLIDWORKS users in the Chicago area.

The group started in 1998 and is mostly made up of engineering and industrial design professionals, but they welcome and encourage anyone who is interested in SOLIDWORKS to join.

Denny Bahl, group leader, is a long time advocate of SOLIDWORKS and has always been an active supporter of DriveWorks.

Denny is the group leader for the Chicago SOLIDWORKS User Group and also the Chicago West SWUG.

In 2019, Chicago West SWUG celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Denny was unable to attend SOLIDWORKS World in 2019 as he was on vacation in Punta Cana, but he still wore his DriveWorks SWUGN t-shirt!

Congratulations to you Denny and thank you for all that you do to support the SOLIDWORKS Community!

With the support of our resellers, customers and partners, we have attended lots of SWUG meetings, sponsored meetings and helped group leaders to find presenters with interesting presentations since 2015.

We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Community and look forward to continuing to support the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network.

If you would like us to sponsor your group, get in touch and tell us about your meetings!

A New Era of SOLIDWORKS Events

For the past 19 years the team at DriveWorks have attended SOLIDWORKS World.

This year we were excited to join World as it entered a new era – 3DEXPERIENCE World.

Before heading out to Nashville, the DriveWorks 3DEXPERIENCE World team took the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Explorer Associate Certification to learn more about the platform.

They were proud to display their 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Explorer Associate ribbons on their lanyards during the event!

See a round up of our time at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020!

The 3DEXPERIENCE Playground

Set up in the 3DEXPERIECE Playground, we spent most of our time on our booth where we had lots of people stopping by through each day. It was great to catch up with so many familiar faces from the SOLIDWORKS community as well as meeting many new people and sharing with them the power of DriveWorks.

Our booth was the perfect place to preview what’s new in our next release, DriveWorks 18, as well as showcase our range of new and updated configurators from our online configurator site driveworkslive.com.

We were all proud to show off the best of DriveWorks and show just how much work the DriveWorks team have put into creating our award-winning software.

With multiple screens displaying our configurator examples, we showed a variety of configurators at once – showing just how easy and versatile DriveWorks software is.

We were also excited to have virtual reality set up on our booth, delegates were interacting with our 3D configurators in VR.

General Sessions

Every morning we joined General Session to hear from the Dassult Systemes team and keynote speakers.

Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS opened General Session on day one, introducing us all to the 3DEXPERIENCEWORKS Platform. He spoke about the importance of how the SOLIDWORKS community has inspired designers and engineers to create amazing products and the mission of the platform was to provide the community with tools to build a better world.

In these sessions, we enjoyed hearing product announcements and learning alot about 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS and what is possible with the platform.

A key theme throughout the week was the importance of community and bringing together people and processes through technology.

Gian Paolo Bassi described how throughout history the efficiency introduced by new technologies resulted in more time and money. As a result, people could dedicate themselves more to think, explore, invent and exchange ideas.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform brings together these people and processes, with 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS information on every aspect of a product or process readily available in one place, so you can get more done in less time and have more time to think and create.

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Keynote Speakers

Throughout the event, we heard from a mixture of inspiring keynote speakers and industry pioneers showing what can be achieved with technology.

From impressive engineering creating Gravity Industries Jet-Suit to Magic WheelChair bringing communitites together by building costumes for kids in wheelchairs using the power of design.

It was great to learn more about what has been achieved by the amazing engineers and innovators in the SOLIDWORKS Community.

Danielle Boyer

On day three, Danielle Boyer, STEAM Eductor and creator of Every Kid Gets A Robot (EKGAR) took to the main stage to speak about her incredible work.

Danielle shared how she wanted to increase access to affordable STEAM educational materials making products more available for everyone.

Starting off as a project in the FIRST Robotics Competition, the robots have since developed into an easy kit that can be created in SOLIDWORKS, 3D printed and then assembled to create an EKGAR.

Dassult Systems partnered with Danielle Boyer to hold a 3DEXPERIENCE World EKGAR workshop. Attendees assembled 150 Every Kid Gets a Robot kits during the event. With each robot being designed in SOLIDWORKS and costing less than $20, the robots are perfect to provide STEM education to kids of all ages.

Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen, Founder of DEKA and FIRST, talked about his work in preparing students to solve todays problems and the global challenges our world will face in the future.

For over 30 years, Kamen has led the growth of FIRSTto become a universally recognized leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide.

Now reaching over one million kids, FIRST works to provide young people with the skills set, knowledge and courage to succeed in the future of STEM.

As a FIRST速 Robotics Competition sponsor, we are proud to be supporting teams with useful resources, learning opportunities and new skills.

DriveWorks Presentations

As in previous year, we also presented at 3DEXPERIENCE World.

On Monday, Heather Hasz from the DriveWorks team presented in the Certified Partner Theatre about DriveWorks design automation and configurator software. The focus of the presentation was on our customer, Detroit Stoker and how they first learnt about DriveWorks at a SWUG meeting in Monroe, Michigan and what they’ve achieved since with DriveWorks Solo.

On Tuesday, Tom and Oliver delivered a DriveWorksXpress Hands-On Training Session teaching attendees about the design automation tool they already have inside SOLIDWORKS, and how to take the freeDriveWorksXpress Training and Certification.

It was great to see so many getting certified throughout the event and speak to more people about becoming a CDWXA by taking the free DriveWorksXpress Certification.

Community

World is all about community.

Every year we love being amongst the community of engineers, designers, makers and innovators to share our passion.

This year we caught up with lots of members of the community on our booth in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground.

It was a great opportunity to show them our latest technology and of course, handout our famous SWUGN T-Shirts to the SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders who stopped by our booth.

On Tuesday evening we all attended the Bash on Broadway offsite event, where we had lots of fun with the community, enjoying some beers and music and seeing more of Nashville.

Awards

Every year we celebrate a User Group Leader who stands out from the crowd for going above and beyond with their support for the SWUGN community.

This year we were proud to announce Betty Baker from LaCrosse, Eau Claire, Winona Area SWUG as our 5th annual DriveWorks award for SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader of the Year!

We were also extremely proud to see our Brand and Community Ambassador, Heather Hasz awarded with the SWUGN Choice Award for SOLIDWORKS Community Champion of the Year in Wednesdays General Session.

Presented by Rachel York, Community and User Advocacy Senior Manager at SOLIDWORKS, Heather was recognized for her commitment to supporting others in the community.

See You Next Year!

The last General Session of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 closed with a final address from Gian Paolo Bassi who praised the SOLIDWORKS community for its imagination and inspiration.

Gian Paolo Bassi explained that things are changing for the better, with technology evolving and society moving forward – vision and values continue to remain at the heart of the SOLIDWORKS community.

The session finished with the announcement that next year, 3DEXPERIENCE World will be returning to Nashville!

Of course we will be back in Nashville for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 and we hope to see you there!

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