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Design Automation for SOLIDWORKS®

Engineers often automate SOLIDWORKS® with macros, configurations, design tables and global variables. However, DriveWorks is an easier and more scalable way to automate and work smarter.

DriveWorks provides an easy way to automate your SOLIDWORKS® models, assemblies and drawings. Capture and reuse design, manufacturing and cost estimation knowledge to deliver custom products faster and with greater accuracy, without using complex macros, design tables or code.

Since 2001 we’ve worked closely alongside SOLIDWORKS® and engineers to refine our technology and make it the ideal design automation tool for SOLIDWORKS®.

Our powerful design automation tool is specific to SOLIDWORKS® and all three of our products are SOLIDWORKS® Gold Partner Certified.

Our entry-level Design Automation tool, DriveWorksXpress is included in every license of SOLIDWORKS®. You’ll find it already installed under the Tools, Xpress menu.

How Does it Work?

1. Capture Your SOLIDWORKS® Models

Capture the parameters you currently change manually in your SOLIDWORKS® models, assemblies and drawings using the DriveWorks Add-in.

2. Build Rules & Logic

Enter your engineering knowledge into custom rules to automatically control and update the captured parameters using the intelligent DriveWorks Rules Builder.

3. Run Project

Run your DriveWorks project over and over again. Enter order-specific design requirements and automatically generate new SOLIDWORKS® models, assemblies, drawings and BOMs, based on your rules.

SOLIDWORKS® Automation Features

Drawing Automation

DriveWorks fully automates SOLIDWORKS® drawings, with the ability to control the state, scale and position of views, the position of break lines, annotations, annotation positions, layers, custom properties and much more. Save drawings out in additional file formats, such as PDF, JPEG, DWF and DWG.

Master SOLIDWORKS® Files

DriveWorks creates new copies of your master SOLIDWORKS® files and all changes are made to these files, saved into new locations based on your rules. Your master files are never modified or overwritten.

Replacement Components

Automatically replace components in your SOLIDWORKS® assemblies with static parts from a library or dynamic replacements pre-driven by DriveWorks.

Intelligent Component Re-use

You control, with rules, if DriveWorks creates new SOLIDWORKS® files or re-uses existing ones. Use intelligent file naming to build a library of components.

Generation Tasks

Apply specific tasks to run during the creation of your new SOLIDWORKS® models, assemblies and drawings for complete control how your new model is created.

File Formats & Save Location

Automatically create any additional file format available in SOLIDWORKS®. You have full control over the save location and folder structure for files created.

SOLIDWORKS® PDM Professional

DriveWorks integrates with SOLIDWORKS® PDM Professional.  Generated models, assemblies and drawings, as well as any additional file formats that have been created, can be checked into the vault.


Automate everything SOLIDWORKS®, including SOLIDWORKS® CAM, SOLIDWORKS® MBD & SOLIDWORKS® Photoview 360.

Benefits of Design Automation

Respond Faster & Reduce Costs

Quickly respond to sales enquires with valid designs, accurate pricing and automatically created approval drawings.

Eliminate Errors and Rework

DriveWorks rules based SOLIDWORKS® automation eliminates errors and time-consuming design changes.

Innovate & Improve

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


DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro are all SOLIDWORKS® Gold Partner Products.

DriveWorksXpress Design Automation

If you’ve got SOLIDWORKS, you’ve already got design automation.

DriveWorksXpress is the free design automation tool, installed inside every licence of SOLIDWORKS. Find it in the tools menu, activate it and start automating.

DriveWorks Solo Design Automation

Take design automation even further with DriveWorks Solo.

Download a 30-day full feature free trial of DriveWorks Solo to see what you could achieve. Use our free online resources to help you get the most from your trial.

DriveWorks Pro Design Automation

Try out the DriveWorks configurator examples on our demo site.

See how the design automation technology works in the background to create a great user experience.

Go Under the Hood

Take a tour of the powerful underlying technology in DriveWorks that you can use to automate SOLIDWORKS.

Design Automation

Find Out More

Download the Design Automation Data Sheet.

For more information and to read quotes from current DriveWorks customers, who have seen huge benefits from implementing DriveWorks design automation, download the data sheet. The data sheet is a printable PDF so you can easily share this information.

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