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DriveWorksXpress overview

DriveWorksXpress is the free design automation tool you already have inside SOLIDWORKS®.

Activate your free license of DriveWorksXpress in the SOLIDWORKS® tools menu.

Why DriveWorksXpress?

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

One time setup

Set up once and run again and again. No need for complex macros, design tables or configurations.

Automate tasks

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

Eliminate errors

DriveWorksXpress uses rules to eliminate errors and expensive, time-consuming design changes.

DriveWorksXpress features

Free SOLIDWORKS automation without complex macros, design tables or configurations


Capture and control the parameters you manually change in your SOLIDWORKS models and assemblies in DriveWorksXpress.

  • Control dimensions, features, custom properties and switch configurations
  • Update drawings by associating them with driven models
  • Add and update captured parameters easily

Input forms

Create input forms to enter product requirements. Add validation to controls to ensure inputs are always suitable.

  • Show requirements and add validation to inputs
  • Add text boxes, numeric text boxes, drop-down lists, spin buttons and checkboxes
  • Set default values and order of controls on input form

Rules builder

Build rules to link input controls with captured parameters using the intelligent DriveWorks Rules Builder.

  • Define your design knowledge using mathematical formulas and logical statements
  • Use standard Excel functions
  • Use intelligent file naming to build a library of components

How to activate DriveWorksXpress

DriveWorksXpress design automation is included for free in every seat of SOLIDWORKS

Open DriveWorksXpress

Open DriveWorksXpress from the Tools menu in SOLIDWORKS, click the link, and go to your MySolidWorks Account.

Get your activation code

If you haven’t already had DriveWorks Solo training, go through the training manual and lessons first.


Set up DriveWorksXpress once and use your forms over and over again to configure new variations.

Request a free Little Book of Rules

Try DriveWorks Solo for free

Get instant access to DriveWorks Solo for 30 days, no credit card required



SOLIDWORKS® design automation and product configurator software


DriveWorksXpress entry-level design automation is included free in every seat of SOLIDWORKS®. Upscale to DriveWorks Solo or DriveWorks Pro anytime.

DriveWorks Solo

Powerful SOLIDWORKS® design automation. Download your 30-day free trial of DriveWorks Solo.

DriveWorks Pro

Complete SOLIDWORKS® automation and online 3D CPQ configurator software. Try one of our configurator examples now.