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Design Automation

Powerful SOLIDWORKS® part, assembly, and drawing automation – start your 30-day free trial today

Design Automation for SOLIDWORKS®

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 configurations

Eliminate Errors & Design Changes

Save Time & Innovate More

SOLIDWORKS® Gold Partner

Try DriveWorks Solo free for 30 days. Instant access, no credit card required

How Does SOLIDWORKS Design Automation Work?

Setup once then run your DriveWorks configurator over and over again


Capture SOLIDWORKS® Models

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


Build Rules & Logic

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


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.

DriveWorks Design Automation Features

Powerful features for advanced SOLIDWORKS® design automation

Advanced SOLIDWORKS® Drawing Automation

Save time and boost product quality by automatically creating accurate SOLIDWORKS manufacturing drawings.

  • Control sheets, views, annotation text, annotation positions, layers, break lines, and custom properties
  • Generation reports provide a complete audit trail of drawing values
  • 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
  • No risk of master data becoming corrupt
  • Drawing references are always correct based on your rules

Replacement Components

Automatically replace components in your SOLIDWORKS® assemblies based on rules created in DriveWorks. Use static parts from a library or dynamic replacements pre-driven by DriveWorks.

  • Unlimited number of replacements
  • Keep master models simple
  • Add new replacement options easily

Rules-Based File Naming

Control if DriveWorks creates new SOLIDWORKS® files or re-uses existing ones using rules.

  • Use intelligent file naming to build a library of components
  • Save generation time by using previously created models
  • Quickly propagate design changes

Generation Tasks

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

  • Toolbox of over 30 Generation Tasks
  • Granular control of SOLIDWORKS automation
  • Generative modelling with task looping

File Formats & Save Location

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

  • You have complete control over file naming, use intelligent file naming to create a library of parts
  • Save files exactly where you want them
  • Create any additional file format available in SOLIDWORKS®

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 automatically checked into the vault.

  • Check-in assemblies, parts, and drawings as they are generated by DriveWorks
  • Specify the version DriveWorks uses or get the latest by default
  • Delete files and folders from the vault using DriveWorks

DriveWorks Solo ROI Calculator

Calculate a return on investment for DriveWorks Solo based on automating one of your own products. See how quickly you could benefit and how much you could save.


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

DriveWorks Solo

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

DriveWorks Pro

DriveWorks Pro

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