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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

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

Save Time & Innovate More

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

SOLIDWORKS® Gold Partner

DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo, and DriveWorks Pro are certified SOLIDWORKS® Gold Partner products.


Activate DriveWorksXpress in the SOLIDWORKS® tools menu

How Does SOLIDWORKS Design Automation Work?

Setup once then run your DriveWorks configurator over and over again

1

Capture 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.


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 with 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

Intelligent Component Re-use

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

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