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DriveWorks Drivers Upcoming Meeting

Virtual networking event for DriveWorks users

What is DriveWorks Drivers?

Quarterly networking and knowledge sharing virtual meetings.
DriveWorks Drivers is an opportunity for DriveWorks users from around the world to connect, share ideas and talk DriveWorks.

Sharing technical know-how and practical experience informally with each other is something we know many people using DriveWorks like to do.

These digital events enable DriveWorks users to connect more often and without the need to travel.

DriveWorks Drivers is a value add for people using DriveWorks Solo or Pro software with an active subscription. We also invite authorized Applications Engineers from our VARs with a DriveWorks focus, who contribute to the technical conversations and discussions too.

Next Meeting: Thursday, 9th September

3pm or 9pm BST

What to Expect

Here’s what you can expect from DriveWorks Drivers

Knowledge Sharing

Guest Presentations

Technical Discussions

Wrap Up Quiz

Registration for DriveWorks Drivers is Now Open

Join us for the next DriveWorks Drivers virtual networking meeting on Thursday 9th September.

DriveWorks Drivers is held at two different times to suit most time zones 3:00 pm (BST) and 9:00 pm (BST).

This is a 90 minute virtual networking event.

Register now to join us.

Follow the link below to register through the DriveWorks Community – you will need a MyDriveWorks account.

Click the session you would like to join – 3pm or 9pm. You will be taken to the registration page, click the register button and you’ll be signed upand will receive a confirmation email, including a calendar invitation.

When you sign up you can also suggest some topics you’d like to be discussed at future meetings, and tell us if you would like to share your story at a DriveWorks Drivers meeting.

Closer to the event we’ll email you a Microsoft Teams link so you can join the meeting from anywhere.

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

DriveWorks Certifications

Add to your DriveWorks knowledge and get certified

There are three DriveWorks Certifications, ranging across all three DriveWorks Products, starting from DriveWorksXpress, to DriveWorks Solo and then on to DriveWorks Pro.

Our Certifications, created by our DriveWorks Technical Experts, test your capability and understanding of the training. They are a great way to demonstrate your DriveWorks knowledge and skills.

The DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks Solo Certifications are open to everyone. You can learn and get certified online anytime.

DriveWorksXpressCertification

DriveWorksXpress

SoloCertBadge

DriveWorks Solo

DriveWorksProfessional

DriveWorks Pro

DriveWorksXpress Associate

Demonstrate your SOLIDWORKS design automation skills

The DriveWorksXpress Associate is the first level of DriveWorks Certification. The DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification is a free certification for all engineering and design professionals who have access to SOLIDWORKS.

Follow the online training and take the certification to become a Certified DriveWorksXpress Associatein just 3 steps, in 3 hours.

Improve your SOLIDWORKS skills and design automation knowledge.

Embrace design automation and use DriveWorksXpress inside SOLIDWORKS to save time, reduce errors and improve quality.

DriveWorks Solo Certification

Take your design automation knowledge further

The DriveWorks Solo Certification is available to anyone with a DriveWorks Solo licence, including the 30-day free trial.

The certification is a great way to get off to the best start with your DriveWorks Solodesign automation projects.

Strengthen your DriveWorks Solo skills and push your DriveWorks projects further.

Get certified online for free in just 3 hours. Take your design automation & SOLIDWORKS skills to the next level.

Try DriveWorks Solo free for 30 days – download the trial and make the most of your 30 days by learning and getting certified.

Why Get Certified?

Expand your knowledge and achieve more with DriveWorks Certifications.

Benefits

Upon completion of a DriveWorks Certification, youll receive a certificate and a logo which you can include on your CV, job applications and email signature.

Make the most of your DriveWorks software by developing your skills and knowledge with DriveWorks Certifications.

Discover unused DriveWorks functionality that can help to improve your DriveWorks projects.

Boost productivity by gaining the skills and knowledge to deal with day-to-day challenges.

Push your DriveWorks projects further and maximise ROI.

Learning Resources

Helping You to Help Yourself

No matter which product you’re learning about, there are free online learning resources available to help you on your journey to achieving a DriveWorks Certification.

DriveWorksXpress Resources

Get the most out of your free software with webinars, video clips, sample projects, forums, tutorials and a free training and certification program.
Activate DriveWorksXpress inside SOLIDWORKS now to start automating.

DriveWorks Solo Resources

Webinars, videos, sample projects and online training to make your journey with DriveWorks Solo a success.
Get a head start and try DriveWorks Solo free for 30 days.

Get certified and expand your knowledge and demonstrate your expertise.

DriveWorks Drivers June Meeting Round-Up

In 2020, we hosted the very first meeting of DriveWorks Drivers.

We had so much fun, and it was so successful that weve hosted 2 meetings since, and they seem to be getting better and better each time. DriveWorks Drivers is an opportunity for DriveWorks users from around the world to connect, share ideas and talk DriveWorks!

We have enjoyed the opportunity to get our customers, resellers, and partners together to share technical knowledge as well as practical experience. DriveWorks Drivers has given us the chance to get people together to share successes, pose challenges, network, and support each other.

DriveWorks Drivers is hosted via Microsoft Teams at both 3pm (BST) and 9pm (BST). Hosting at different times has provided the opportunity for our global community join at a time that suits them.

June 17th DriveWorks Drivers Meeting

DriveWorks World Recap, Learning Platform Updates and the Dashboard DriveApp!

Many people that attend DriveWorks Drivers had the chance to attend Virtual DriveWorks World 2021 in April too.

At the start of the meeting, hosts Bridie and Heather gave a recap of DriveWorks World for those that couldnt attend.

After sharing an overview of the event, they announced that the online learning content that was available during the event is now available through the DriveWorks Learning Platform in MyDriveWorks.

Senior Application Engineer, Dave Meecham, joined the meeting to give an overview and update on the Dashboard DriveApp. He provided some examples of how the Dashboard DriveApp could be used and also talked about how we use the Dashboard DriveApp in our KPI screens at DriveWorks HQ.

Company Tools with Devin Martin

Devin Martin, Application Engineer with TriMech, gave a fun and interactive look at how he has created some Company Tools using DriveWorks.

He showed how they have automated some of the administrative tasks in the office such as managing and automating their training information and certifications.

By using DriveWorks internally on projects, he has been able to use these projects as a testing environment to learn more and experience more with DriveWorks.

The most popular tool Devin showed, was the ‘Rate My Beer’ project he’s created. Bridie had a go with the project live during the meeting and added ratings for our own Automation IPA!

Customer Presentations

Customer presentations are abig part of all DriveWorks Drivers meetings. We wereextremelypleased to welcome more DriveWorks customers to share their story no matter how new or experienced a customer may be, there is always something to be learned or shared.

Derrek Pease and Ryan Boyd MAC Medical

Derrek Pease and Ryan Boyd from MAC Medical shared their DriveWorks story at our 3pm meeting. MAC Medical, Inc. is an industry leader in manufacturing high quality stainless steel and laminate healthcare equipment.

Recently, they have been working to automate the design of a specific product line with DriveWorks.

They are looking to network and connect with other customers that may be able to provide some feedback, support and also advice on best practices, including using DriveWorks with theirnew ERP System (Sage).

We look forward to seeing great things from these folks as they develop their projects we may even invite them back to present at a future DriveWorks Drivers meeting to share an update on their progress!

Ryan Mire and Rob Miller Chatsworth Products

At our 9pm meeting, we were pleased to have both Ryan Mire and Rob Miller present fromChatsworth Products. Chatsworth Products manufactureproductsandsolutionsin the communications and technology industry.

Ryan and Rob are no stranger to presenting at DriveWorks World, so we weremore than happyto have them present at DriveWorks Drivers.

Ryan told the story of how they started using DriveWorks back in 2014. They started working with Paul Gimbel at Razorleaf to help learn and develop their initial products.

Rob Miller joined the team shortly after and has been working in DriveWorks with Ryan ever since.

While they were not able to show their full product lines, both Rob and Ryan shared great insight and shared technical lessons learned as a result of using DriveWorks. On the heels of talking about internal company tools, Chatsworth shared how they have also used DriveWorks to create some internal company tools to help drive and automate different areas of their business.

Rob shared that he built a game using DriveWorks called the CPI MazeRunner. They took questions from the audience and provided great insight into their experiences and success in using DriveWorks.

Thank you to everyone for joining us at all DriveWorks Drivers meetings and making them a great success, we look forward to seeing you all again on Thursday, 9th September!

Whats Next?

We were delighted to welcome so many DriveWorks users to the secondDriveWorks Driversvirtual networking meeting.

It was great to see everyoneinteracting and talkingall things DriveWorks.

We will be hostingfour DriveWorks Drivers events each year, with the next one scheduled forSeptember 2021.

If you would like to register your interest for the next event, pleaseget in touch with us.

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

Our Community

We love being a part of the SOLIDWORKS Community! 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.

Although this past year has been very different, we have still had the chance to connect with the SWUG Communitythrough manyonline meetingsand during virtual3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

Recently, we have been busy catching up with lots of different people from all corners of the SOLIDWORKS Community.

It’s been great to learn more about the different career paths that have led members of the community to being such a key part of the network.

Here’s What You’ve Missed

Catch up on any blogs you may have missed.

Dan Wagner

We started our conversations with Dan. Getting to know him abit better and learn about his journey to becoming Manager of the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network.

Marie Planchard

We had the chance to sit down with Marie (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.

Simge Akarsu

Next, we spoke with Simge, Senior Strategy & Program Manager at Dassault Syst竪mes. We listened to her inspiring story and how she hasgrown into the roles that she has had in the industry over the years.

Mike Puckett

Before 3DEXPERIENCE World, we caught up with Mike, Senior Manager of the Certification Programat SOLIDWORKS. Mike gave us a better insight into the Certification Program.

Jeff Setzer

Jeff, Technology Evangelist at GSC joined us to talk about his early days with GSCand also hisexperiences in attending world eventsover the last 20+ years.

Eric Beatty

Eric was our 2020 DriveWorks SWUGN Leader of the Year. We heard how for him, it has always been about education and sharing with a true energy and enthusiasm for the SOLIDWORKS Community.

Sean Borchert

During DriveWorks World 2021, Sean, Mechanical EngineeratMasterflex速 shared his story as to how DriveWorks has played a role in his professionalcareer.

Brad Meador

Brad Meador has been aSOLIDWORKS User Group Leader for about four years but youd never know. Brad told us a bit about his role atAltec and how he started the Star City SWUG.

Nick Sweeney

We caught up with Nick Sweeney to talk about his education, his current role at Inflow Technology and of course, hearing his fond memories of working at DriveWorks!

Look Out For More

We have lots more Catching up with Our Community blogs coming up!

Make sure to look out for them being shared on our blog and social media.

DriveWorks Learning Portal

Accessexclusive DriveWorks learning resourcesand build on your knowledge.

Personalised Learning Paths

Follow your personalised learning path and succeed with DriveWorks.

Challenge. Accepted.

Gain points, achieve badges and see your learning progress.

Test Yourself

Test your understanding and validate your new skills with interactive quizzes.

DriveWorks Online Learning

Gain the skills you need to succeed with DriveWorks online learning resources

As part of the new DriveWorks Community, we have created an entirely new DriveWorks Learning Portal.

The Learning Portal offers a whole host of DriveWorks training courses and resources for you to access at any time.

Once you’ve set up your MyDriveWorks account, log in to the DriveWorks Community, and go to the learning tab to access the Learning Portal.

The first time you access the Learning Portal through the DriveWorks Community, you’ll be asked to set up a password. Once you’ve set it up you will be automatically logged in when you next visit.

Online Courses

Whether youre a beginner or an expert, we have resources to help you succeed!

We have packed the learning portal with courses suited to all types of DriveWorks users.

From our New to DriveWorksXpress course to our range of advanced technical coursesfor DriveWorks Pro users, theres something for everyone.

All of our webinars can now be found in one place and we will let you know when we add new ones so you can keep up to date with all the latest from the DriveWorks team.

Weve added categories to the course library to make it easier to navigate and find the best content relevant to you.

Track your progress as you work through the course so you know exactly where you are up to.

Recognise Your Achievements

We have set up the DriveWorks Learning Portal to make learning easier for you, with everything you need in one place.

Keep track of the courses you have in progress and the ones you have completed.

See how long you have spent training and compare your progress with others.

Gain points, achieve badges and track your progress.

We have created badges torecognise your achievements when completing learning, tests, surveys and certifications.

Follow your progress and watch yourself go from beginner all the way up to champion!

DriveWorks World 2021 Courses

For virtual DriveWorks World 2021 we delivered 2 full days of learning, networking and sharing ideas all virtually.

In total, we created20 technical learning courses for the event. Delivered through self-paced online learning courses and put together by DriveWorks subject matter experts, the courses were designed to share knowledge and help DriveWorks users get the most from the software.

Thetechnical learning sessions covered lots of different topics at a variety of skill levels.

We’ve now made the technical learning sessions created for DriveWorks World 2021 available to all DriveWorks Pro Customers with an active subscription, DriveWorks resellers and partners.

To access the sessions, go to the DriveWorks Learning Portal, via theDriveWorks Community find the sessions in the DriveWorks World 2021 section.

You need a MyDriveWorks Community account and a DriveWorks Learning Portal account to access these sessions. If you dont already have these accounts its quick and easy tocreate them.

Get Involved & Start Learning

You need to create an account, even if you had an account in the previous DriveWorks Community.

It’s quick and easy to create a MyDriveWorks account and get access to the new resources and learning portal.

DriveWorks 19 Now Available to Download

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

Scalability

Cloud support and enterprise deployment

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

Usability & UX

Making DriveWorks even easier to implement

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

DriveWorks 3D

Configure custom products in 3D on any device

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

Design Automation & PDM

Industry leading SOLIDWORKS automation

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

Download the Latest Release Now from the DriveWorks Community

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

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

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

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

Important Information

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

What Happened at Virtual DriveWorks World 2021

This week we were joined by over 450 DriveWorks customers, resellers and partners from 39 different countries to talk and learn about all things DriveWorks.

Whilst once again the current global situation stopped us from hosting a face-to-face event, we wanted to build on what we delivered for Digital DriveWorks World 2020 and create an even more ‘DriveWorks’ style virtual event.

The technical sessions we run at DriveWorks World are extremely valuable and are part ofour commitment to Helping You to Help Yourself. We wanted to make sure we could still deliver all the engaging content, technical training, and DriveWorks fun that we know our delegates love.

With more time to prepare this year, we made sure that we could make this the best virtual version of DriveWorks World possible!

Using technology, we delivered 2 full days of learning, networking and sharing ideas all virtually.

Using Microsoft Teams

DriveWorks World is always a fantasticopportunity for us to get together with, and bring together, our customers, resellers and partners for learning, networking and sharing ideas.

The important conversations and knowledge sharing that take place during DriveWorks World are just one of the reasons we love the event so much. We didnt want to lose the chats and discussions when taking the event online.

To make sure we didn’t miss out on the all-important conversations, most of the event was delivered through Microsoft Teams.

The main Teams channel for the event was the DriveWorks World TV channel where we hosted alive stream from 10am – 10pm over 2 days, totalling 24 hours!

We also set up multiple Teams meetings and channels to host our course discussions and Q&A sessions. Throughout the event, attendees could switch between the channels to make sure they got the most out of the event by tailoring it to suit them.

Introducing DriveWorks World TV

We were extremely excited to introduce thefirst-ever editionofDriveWorks World TV.

DriveWorks World TV was created as thehub of the event running throughout the day, from10am-10pm (BST).

Creating a place for attendees to start their day, learn about the variety of training courses available, listen to customer presentations and hear more from the DriveWorks team.

Attendees were able to tune into the DriveWorks World TV Teams Channel anytime in-between sessions to see what was happening in the studio at DriveWorks HQ.

To end both days on a high and give everyone a chance to relax with an optional beer, as we would normally do at DriveWorks World, we even hosted DriveWorks themed quizzes on DriveWorks World TV.

Online Technical Learning Sessions

In the run-up to DriveWorks World, our team worked extremely hard to create lots of interesting and engaging content.

In total, we created 20 technical learning courses for the event. Delivered through self-paced online learning courses put together by DriveWorks subject matter experts, the courses were designed to share knowledge and help DriveWorks users get the most from the software.

Thetechnical learning sessions covered lots of different topics at a variety of skill levels. All of the presentations were recorded in our new ‘Digital Suite‘ and were accessed on the new DriveWorks Learning Portal.

The courses will be kept available to DriveWorks World attendees to refer back to and complete at their own pace.

Whats New in DriveWorks 19

Of course, it wouldn’t be a DriveWorks World without Glen Smith hosting a What’s New session. This year we were excited to deliver not one, but four What’s New in DriveWorks 19sessions!

Broadcast live onDriveWorks World TV from the new DriveWorks Digital Suite, Glen shared all the exciting new additions and functionality added to our latest software release.

The What’s New was split into four separate parts;

  • General Enhancements, UX and Performance
  • Whats new in Design Automation
  • 3D Enhancements and DriveWorks Live
  • Enhancements to DriveWorks User, DriveWorks Autopilot and DriveApps

If you have ever been to a DriveWorks World Whats New event, you will know thataudience participation is a must.We encourage cheering, clapping and shouting EPIC at your favourite features. It was great to see so many peoplegetting involved in the chatandsharing what features they were excited about.

With so many people joining the session it was our biggest Whats New event yet!

Customer Presentations and Reseller Q & A

We know the importance of learning and being inspired by others. The conversations and knowledge sharing are always a key part of DriveWorks World.

Even though this was a digital event, we wanted to ensure our attendees could see just how many incredible things can be achieved with DriveWorks and be inspired, taking new ideas back to their own company.

Throughout the 2 days, we heard from a variety of companies who are using DriveWorks. We had customers taking to the stage to share with us the many different ways they use DriveWorks.

Its always fascinating to see how everyone uses DriveWorks differently. There were presentations from all kinds of industries including Interior Packaging, Bridge Manufacturing, Clean Air Technology Solutions, Chamber and Cable Protection Systems and much more!

Using DriveWorks software is changing the way our customers do business.

The learning didn’t stop there. We also welcomed some of our Reseller AEs to join us for a Q&A session to share their experience with DriveWorks.

It was great to see people all around the world coming together virtually to share their love of DrvieWorks.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for Virtual DriveWorks World 2021!

Throughout the event, we were joined by 483 attendees from 269 unique companies.

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the set up and goings-on ‘Behind the Scenes’ at DriveWorks World 2021.

Start Your DriveWorks Learning

The Community is a place for everyone.

Keep your knowledge and software up to dateand ensure youregetting the most from your DriveWorks software.

Its quick and easy to create a MyDriveWorks account and get access to the forum, resources and learning portal.

Building on 20 Years of Innovation

2021 marks 20 years of continuous innovation and automation for DriveWorks co-founders, CEO, Glen Smith, and VP, Maria Sarkar. It also marks the start of the next phase of our strategic plan, thanks to investment from BGF, the UK’s most active growth capital investor.

At DriveWorks, we have a strong track record of adding to our design automation and configurator capabilities year after year, by listening to customers and anticipating market needs. We’ve also forged strong partnerships with SOLIDWORKS, Microsoft, and many local organizations, colleges, universities, and schools.

In 2019, our technology and team were recognized with Queen’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade.

Now in 2021, we’re excited to announce that we have partnered with another Queen’s Award-winning company, BGF – an established, independent investment company that has backed almost 400 businesses in the UK since 2011.

With BGF we are supported by a knowledgeable team with a non-controlling approach. This means we can lean on them for support, guidance, and funding. DriveWorks will continue to be led by Glen and Maria, with the same core values and commitments to users, technology, and our team.

The funding from BGF provides us with more opportunities to scale, invest in our international markets, and of course develop our technology further.

BGF’s company culture is very similar to our own and we’re looking forward to working with them. We’re excited about this partnership and look forward to meeting other BGF funded companies.

See the press release below for more information about the funding and what it means to us.

With BGFs support, we have an opportunity to build on our growth with continued investment in our software and focus on international expansion into new and existing markets. Weve been impressed with BGF and their expertise in supporting the scale-up of technology businesses in our sector which will be key to achieving our ambitions for DriveWorks.

– Maria Sarkar, VP & Co-Founder, DriveWorks Ltd

BGF Backs DriveWorks for Further International Expansion

BGF the UKs most active growth capital investor has invested 贈4 million into double Queens award-winner, DriveWorks. The Warrington-headquartered company works with manufacturing and engineering businesses to provide innovative design automation and 3D sales product configuration software solutions.

The fast-growing technology company was co-founded by CEO Glen Smith and VP Maria Sarkar in 2001 with the creation of DriveWorks software as a design tool to automate SOLIDWORKS, the worlds leading 3D CAD design platform.

With an already established userbase in the US, DriveWorks technology has a truly global reach and is utilised by thousands of customers across 47 countries.

BGFs funding will support continued investment in technology to accelerate growth and position the business to address the significant market demand for customised 3D product visualisation in an increasingly virtual world.

Commenting on the deal, co-founders Glen Smith and Maria Sarkar said: Our company is built on innovative technology, high standards and above all else the quality and commitment of our people to our customer base and channel partners.

With BGFs support, we have an opportunity to build on our growth with continued investment in our software and focus on international expansion into new and existing markets. Weve been impressed with BGF and their expertise in supporting the scale-up of technology businesses in our sector which will be key to achieving our ambitions for DriveWorks.

Harry Jones from BGF originated and led the deal. He said: DriveWorks is an excellent business with unique and world-leading technology which has significant global potential to help manufacturing companies generate more sales whilst also driving efficiencies in their production processes. We have also been impressed by the founders commitment to their team and investing in talent within the business which gives a strong cultural alignment between our organisations. All of these elements, combined with our support, investment and attractive sector fundamentals, mean DriveWorks is primed to scale its operations.

This is a sector BGF knows well having previously backed Solid Solutions the UKs largest reseller of SOLIDWORKS, in 2016 which more than tripled revenues through significant organic and acquisitive growth over a four-year period before a successful exit last year.

Harry Jones, Business Growth Fund

The advisors to the transaction were: Knights (Legals for BGF), DTM Legal (Legals for Management), Mattocks Grindley (Financials for Management) and Hurst (Tax DD).

DriveWorks is an excellent business with unique and world-leading technology which has significant global potential to help manufacturing companies generate more sales whilst also driving efficiencies in their production processes. We have also been impressed by the founders commitment to their team and investing in talent within the business which gives a strong cultural alignment between our organisations. All of these elements, combined with our support, investment and attractive sector fundamentals, mean DriveWorks is primed to scale its operations.

– Harry Jones, Business Growth Fund

About BGF:

  • BGF was set up in 2011 and has invested 贈2.5bn in nearly 400 companies, making it the most active investor in the UK.
  • BGF is a minority, non-controlling equity partner with a patient outlook on investments, based on shared long-term goals with the management teams it backs.
  • BGF invests in growing businesses in the UK and Ireland through its network of 16 offices.
  • BGF models have now been set up in Canada and Australia, with other countries evaluating the opportunity to replicate this.

Celebrating 20 Years of DriveWorks

This year we are celebrating an amazing 20 years of DriveWorks!

For the last 20 years, weve marked 1st February on the calendar as the official day when DriveWorks software first came to market.

Since 2001, theres been lots and lots of development, as weve worked hard to anticipate and respond to user suggestions, and to take advantage of new and emerging technologies.

It adds up to making our celebration a celebration of continuous innovation and automation.

DriveWorks was founded in 2001 whenGlen Smith, mechanical engineer, automation advocate and SOLIDWORKS 3D Evangelist saw the opportunity to create a productivity tool for automating designs created in SOLIDWORKS.

That’s when he asked Maria, also a SOLIDWORKS enthusiast and business development specialist to work with him and Take DriveWorks to Market., creating DriveWorks, a design automation software tool to automate SOLIDWORKS, the leading 3D CAD design package.

Since then, our team has grown and we’ve developed three DriveWorks software products; DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo, and DriveWorks Pro.

They are used for design automation, product configuration, business process automation and as a CPQ, sales configurator solution.

DriveWorks software is used by businesses of all sizes, in a wide range of industries and market sectors across the globe. We’ve established an international network of over 100 Value-Added Resellers,across 51 countries, who sell and support our software internationally.

Our Technology

During these 20 years, the many members of the DriveWorks team have worked hard to deliver our award-winning software.

We’re proud to have delivered 18 major software releases with multiple Service Packs so far.

Each release offering new features and even more functionality for our customers.

Over the past 2 decades, technology has changed considerably, something that we’ve embraced and adapted to with our own technology.

During this time there have been huge advances that have changed the future of digital.

In January 2007, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone and it was released in June of that year. In September 2008, Google Chrome was launched.

In April 2010 the first iPad was launched and in 2014, VR rapidly gained momentum as more people started exploring the possibilities of VR.

By recognising new innovations that are changing the technology world, it allows for us here at DriveWorks to take our own technology to the next level as we implement new innovations into our own software.

Everyone here at DriveWorks is incredibly dedicated to creating great, innovative software for our customers all over the world.

The collaborative work-spaces we have created and our company culture all foster innovation. Its at the heart of everything we do.

Our Success

Another milestone in our technology was in 2007 when SOLIDWORKS announced at SolidWorks World, that DriveWorksXpress would beincluded in every license of SOLIDWORKS.

Over the years our relationship with SOLIDWORKS has grown and we are proud to be a SOLIDWORKS Gold Certified Partner andthe chosen design automation solution for SOLIDWORKS.

Based on this trust, DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro are all SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner Products and we have built strong links with the entire SOLIDWORKS Community.

We have also been recognised as a Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Development and our products are Windows 10 compatible and fully supported by us.

In 2019, we were recognised locally withtwo High Sheriffs Awards, forInnovation and Export.

The awards are the regionsmost prestigious awardsfor business performance.

The Export award recognised our significant growth in international business through a clear commitment to the development of new export market opportunities.

While the Innovation award recognised our ability to create, nurture and develop new products.

In the same year, we were also recognised with the highest accolade available to UK businesses, theQueens Awards for Enterprise.

The Queens Awards recognise businesses for outstanding achievement and we are honoured to have received two awards, for Innovation and for International Trade.

OnFriday 6th September, we held our Queens Award presentation and Digital Technology & Automation Open Day at our corporate headquarters in Thelwall, Warrington.

Proudly flying the Queens Award flag at our corporate headquarters, wewelcomed 135 guests to join us for a Technology and Automation Open Day to celebrate our achievement.

Looking to the Future

We continually monitor whats happening in industry; from innovative technologiesto emerging tech trends.

At the ratetechnology is advancing, we see now more than ever how important it is toadapt and be responsive.

Our team is resourceful and imaginative. We listen to customer suggestions and are always looking for ways to make our software the very best it can be.

We work hard to keep our knowledge up to date and be agile so that we can continue evolving.

Whilst many of us are working from home at the moment, we still have a lot of work to do and a lot to look forward to.

We are taking part in an-all virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 with a full team of DriveWorks Experts on our live booth answering questions, and DriveWorks ‘on-demand’ presentations ready to be watched.

We are also planning a virtual DriveWorks World 2021.

DriveWorks World is our annual technical training event thatbrings together DriveWorks users from all around the world for a week of learning, networking and sharing knowledge.

After many successful years of hosting DriveWorks World and each year the event growing, we can’t wait to see what this year’s virtual event holds!

Celebrate 20 Years With Us

Whilst our official birthday is the 1st February, with this being such a big birthday for DriveWorks, we’ll be celebrating our achievements all year.

Make sure to keep an eye out for ways you can celebrate with us along the way!

DriveWorks Drivers

Virtual Networking Meetings

DriveWorks Drivers aims to connect DriveWorks Users from around the world, invite guest speakers to share experiences and encourage questions and dialogue about the technology.

These virtual networking meetings will be hosted by us, as a value add for people using DriveWorks Solo or Pro who have an active subscription.

We will also welcome authorized Applications Engineers from our VARs with a DriveWorks focus, who can contribute to the conversations too.

A New Way of Connecting DriveWorks Users From Around the World

On Thursday, December 10th, we hosted the first-ever DriveWorks Drivers virtual networking meeting.

DriveWorks Drivers is an opportunity for DriveWorks users from around the world toconnect, share ideas and talk DriveWorks!

Sharingtechnical know-howandpractical experienceinformally with each other is something we know many people using DriveWorks like to do.

However asDriveWorks Worldis only once a year, we decided to use technology to set up anew digital eventto help DriveWorks users connect more often and without the need to travel.

DriveWorks Drivers is avalue addfor people using DriveWorks Solo or Pro software with an active subscription. We also invite authorized Applications Engineers from our VARs with a DriveWorks focus,who can contribute to the conversations too.

Across the first two meetings, we were excited to be joined by 90 DriveWorks users.

It was great to welcome so manyenthusiastic DriveWorks userstoshare and connect.

We heard from our CEO Glen Smith, members of the DriveWorks team and also heard from DriveWorks customers Robert Allen, Dolphin Solutions and Ismael Lopez, VanAire about their success with DriveWorks.

DriveWorks Drivers Networking Event – Save the Date

We are excited to announce that the next DriveWorks Drivers virtual networking meetingwill take place on Thursday 11th March.

The event will be held at two different times to ensure that you can join at a time that best suits you!

The first session will be held at 3:00 pm (GMT) and the second at 9:00 pm (GMT).

This is avirtual networking eventso you can join from anywhere.

The meeting will last around90 minutes.

The meeting will be held viaMicrosoft Teamsand you will receive a link to join the event separately.

DriveWorks Drivers meetings are technical focused events for DriveWorks customers with active subscription and reseller technical staff only.

We cant wait to welcome you to the second meeting!

What’s Next?

We were delighted to welcome so many DriveWorks users to the first DriveWorks Drivers virtual networking meeting.

It was great to see everyone interacting and talking all things DriveWorks.

If you would like to join us for the next meeting, please register your interest by filling in the registration form here.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New DriveWorks Community

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

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

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

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

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

Weve improved the stability ofdownloads making them quicker and easier.

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

Download the Latest Release Now from the New DriveWorks Community

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

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

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

Activate DriveWorks 18 in SOLIDWORKS 2021

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

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

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

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

Important Information

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

The DriveWorks Community is a great resource for anyone using DriveWorks.

We’ve recently created a brand new community, with updated features and content based on your feedback.

Get involved and join us over at my.driveworks.co.uk

What is the DriveWorks Community?

The DriveWorks Community is our user portal, bringing together DriveWorks users from around the world. The community is a place for our resellers, customers and partners to come together and find useful resources. Whether you’re trialing DriveWorks Solo, familiar with DriveWorks Pro, or from a reseller sales, technical or order admin team, the community is a place for everyone.

It’s our opportunity to Help Others to Help Themselves by providing content, resources and opportunities to connect with other users.

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

What The New Community Means For You

We’ve built a brand new DriveWorks Community at my.driveworks.co.uk.

We’ve listened to user feedback about the DriveWorks Community and how we could improve it.

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

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

Weve improved the stability of downloads making them quicker and easier.

The NEW forum weve introduced enables you to connect with other people using DriveWorks this is a great place to chat with others, share ideas, ask questions and share your knowledge with each other.

Weve added even more learning resources and the new online learning portal makes it even easier for you to learn and see your progress. You can access the content to add to your knowledge from anywhere and at any time.

Overall, weve made sure you are better informed about whats going on with more email notifications and clearer updates within the community.

With MyDriveWorks its even easier than ever to keep your knowledge and software up to date and ensure you’re getting the most from your DriveWorks software.

User Forum

Join the conversation in the DriveWorks forum. Share ideas and connect with other users.

Download Software

Download the latest DriveWorks software and PowerPacks or find previous versions.

Learning Portal

Access exclusive DriveWorks learning resources and build on your knowledge.

Webinars & Events

See upcoming events and webinars, sign up, get involved and join us to learn and network.

Get Involved

You need to create an account, even if you had an account in the previous DriveWorks Community.

It’s quick and easy to create a MyDriveWorks account and get access to the new resources.

Continue your DriveWorks learning over the festive period by taking advantage of all our DriveWorks resources.

The Community

Our brand new community, with updated features and content.

The DriveWorks Community is a great resource for anyone, bringing together our customers, resellers and partners from around the world.

DriveWorks Blog

The latest updates from the DriveWorks team in one place.

Keep up to date with the latest news from the DriveWorks team on our blog, including software news, customers case studies and industry articles.

DriveWorks Live

Be inspired by our DriveWorks Configurator examples.

Our product configurator examples show what’s possible with DriveWorks Pro. Have a go for your self at DriveWorksLive.com

Sample Projects

Explore a range of industry examples.

Download DriveWorks sample projects, explore them and get ideas for your own projects.

Take a look at how they are set up and see the functionality to get inspiration for your own DriveWorks projects.

How-to Videos

Learn how to use DriveWorks at your own pace.

Watch our How to Video Clips to get tips on setting up different aspects of DriveWorks. Clips cover: design automation (CAD), form design, automating the creation of drawings, documents, running projects and more.

DriveWorks Help File

A complete online help file tohelp you help yourself.

The DriveWorks help file gives information, best practices and solutions. Learn about a variety of topics.

Its easy to find what youre looking for to get the help you need when you need it.

Webinar Library

Our extensive webinar library is a great resource.

The webinars take a closer look at specific aspects of DriveWorks Pro functionality, going beyond what is taught in the training. Search to find topics that arerelevant to youand what you want to learn more about.

Tech Stacks

Go under the hood and see the different technology in DriveWorks.

Explore the core technologies that makeup DriveWorks software. Our Tech Stack demos go behind the scenes of our powerful technology. Explore the Tech Stacks to see what you can do with DriveWorks.

Tech Tips

Examples to demonstrate specific functionality.

Example projects created by the DriveWorks Tech Team. In each Tech Tip, learn exactly how you can re-implement the same functionality into your own DriveWorks projects.

 

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.

Let’s connect!

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