Alitex has cut design time in half from 40 hours to 20 hours and improved customer experience with DriveWorks Pro


Prior to implementing DriveWorks, it would take up to 40 hours to design a small bespoke greenhouse, including checking time.


DriveWorks automatically creates data and documentation including Bill of Materials, CAM information, engineering drawings, and ground plans.


With DriveWorks, Alitex has halved design time, to just 20 hours. The saved time is spent developing the product and design process to further enhance the customer experience.

Company overview

Alitex, headquartered in the UK, designs and manufactures bespoke aluminum greenhouses and conservatories for customers around the world.

The experienced and skilled team works closely with customers to design solutions that accommodate their specific growing and structural requirements.


Creating the SOLIDWORKS® design data for a small custom greenhouse would take the in-house team of highly skilled design engineers at Alitex up to 40 hours, including checking time.

Alitex wanted a solution to reduce design time, with the goal of improving design efficiency and customer experience.


Design automation for SOLIDWORKS

After researching tools that would integrate seamlessly with their existing SOLIDWORKS design workflow, Alitex chose DriveWorks design automation and product configurator software.

Capturing SOLIDWORKS models and drawings is simple using the DriveWorks add-in. The intuitive DriveWorks rules builder makes defining product and engineering knowledge fast and simple. Extensive learning resources and a fully documented help file provide all the material required to implement DriveWorks independently.

Alitex set up DriveWorks to automate the production of SOLIDWORKS models for their Traditional Greenhouse and Messenger Greenhouse glazing systems.


Automatically generate documents and data

Each time a new specification is run, DriveWorks automatically generates documents and data for the Manufacturing Team. This includes a Bill of Materials, CAM information, and drawings.

DriveWorks also automatically generates ground plan drawings for each bespoke product. This provides the builder with the information they need to build the base and gives the customer a visual representation of the product they will receive.

Alitex has been able to halve its design time, to just 20 hours. The saved time is spent developing the product and design process to further enhance the customer experience.

Reducing errors

Adding DriveWorks has helped Alitex to build in quality, as each configured product is generated from the original SOLIDWORKS master model and drawing.

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