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DriveWorks Solo is a powerful Design Automation Add In for engineers using SolidWorks. It is used by design engineers across many industries to reduce repetitive design tasks and automate the generation of new models in SolidWorks. DriveWorks can also help companies respond quickly to sales enquiries.

DriveWorks Solo can be downloaded and used for 30 days to automate a SolidWorks Model or even just part of your SolidWorks Project. If you are new to DriveWorks then you might be wondering, how do I use DriveWorks Solo? And importantly, just what should I do with my 30 days?

Follow the DriveWorks Training Tutorial

The first thing that you will want to grab along with your Trial copy of DriveWorks Solo is the DriveWorks Solo Training Guide. In this guide you will be given all the instructions you need to create a new project, in this case a wooden door!

With your DriveWorks Training Guide at your side and your copy of SolidWorks and DriveWorks Solo installed you can begin.

Start by creating a new project. This is a simple process that is fully explained in the Training Guide (page 12), but if you would like a more visual guide to creating new DriveWorks Solo Projects then check out the YouTube Channel.

Check out our YouTube Channel 

Our How To Video Clips are really useful for any SolidWorks Engineer that wants to see what’s involved in Design Automation. We have several playlists guiding you through how to set up a new DriveWorks project and provide a great reference point for your first 30 days.

Click the photo below to access the DriveWorks YouTube Channel

DriveWorks YouTube

Attend a Getting Started Webinar

Our Webinars provide a valuable overview of what’s involved with automating the generation of new designs using DriveWorks Solo.

For the beginners, there is the DriveWorks Solo Head Start Webinar which covers:

• How to capture the parameters in your design that you want to control

• How to create a good looking and intelligent user interface to specify your products

• How to build rules that link the form inputs to the captured parameters that control your designs

Click the title above to register for a Getting Started Webinar.

DriveWorks Solo Training Sessions

If you are looking for some more in-depth training then each month we also run, a DriveWorks Solo Online Training session which runs for 1 hour on 3 consecutive days.

These Webinars will take you through, in detail, the DriveWorks Training Tutorial

The Training covers these areas:

• Session 1: Model Capture, Creating Forms, Building Rules, Running your Project, New File Names and Locations

• Session 2: Replacing Files, Tables, Form Navigation, Improving Your Forms, Driving Replacement Files and Controlling Custom Properties

• Session 3: Documents, Controlling Drawings

These sessions take place at the end of every month so visit the DriveWorks events page to register for the next sessions.

Download a Sample Project

Once you have been through the tutorial maybe it’s time to take a look at the DriveWorks Solo Sample Projects. These template Projects are great for practise and getting a head start on your next DriveWorks job but importantly they also give you the opportunity to dissect a completed project.

This means you can see examples of how rules have been used, review rules syntax, see how forms have been laid out  to display different results and examples of how information is presented on a quote document.

Each of these Sample Projects comes with a useful walkthrough video running you through the basics of using the project.


Look at the online Help File

Like the name suggests our Help File is indeed very helpful. Packed with lots of great information that you can use to help you get set up. The Help File even has a search function to help you find what you need.

If you run in to any problems with your DriveWorks Solo project, this should be your first port of call.

DriveWorks Solo help file screen

Follow us on Social Media and visit the Blog

Keep up with all the latest news on DriveWorks, SolidWorks, engineering, 3D printing and CAD modelling on our Twitter and Facebook feeds or follow us on Linkedin and Google+.

We also have this blog with DriveWorks news, tips and events as well as some interesting analysis on some of the industries that use our software.

Remember of you want to be on the cutting edge of DriveWorks and SolidWorks news, as well as getting news on our latest FREE training webinars then just follow us using the links above.

Get a copy of the Little Book of Rules

To help you learn examples of the rules that you will need to automate your designs with DriveWorks Solo we have created a great “Little Book of Rules”. The Little book of rules contains a guide to some of the syntax you can use in DriveWorks Solo. To purchase the Little Book of Rules simply visit the Lulu site. Alternatively, tell us what you have achieved with DriveWorks and we might even send you one!

Use the ROI Tool

If you are looking to purchase DriveWorks Solo or you want to convince a decision maker that the purchase is worthwhile, why not take a look at our Return on Investment Tool.

The Return on Investment Tool will run through the costs and associated savings that can be made through using DriveWorks. This not only takes in to account the cost of purchasing the software but also the time take to implement the software and, of course, the time savings from automating the generation of new designs.

To visit the Return on Investment Tool please visit here.

DriveWOrks Solo ROi

Here at DriveWorks we can’t get enough of 3D printing.

Anything that can turn your meticulously made models in to a real 3D product without great big machines is certainly cool in our book. We love the idea that it is possible to use DriveWorks to automate the design of new parts printed by a 3D printer.

It seems though, that 3D printing may not be just for prototypes.

A Wohler Associates Report has recently shown that 28.3% of all printed 3D parts are made for producing final products not for prototyping. This signals a growth of almost 25% in only 10 years. Although often known as rapid prototyping, the market seems to be expanding for 3D printing as a manufacturing tool.

Wohlers Report Final Part Growth

As with any piece of new technology, the wider the spread of the technology the cheaper its price will be. Which is perhaps why, as well as a growth in commercial production of 3D printed parts, there is also a move towards cheaper home printing.

Gartner are predicting that by 2016 we will see Enterprise-Class 3D printers available for under $2000 (£1300). This price brings 3D printing in to an affordable price range.

Most excitingly, the lowered price will see a greater adoption rate by the general public, hopefully further expanding the uses that we might see.

Have you seen any great 3D printed designs? If so don’t be afraid to leave your comments below.


The next Webinar in the DriveWorks Webinar Marathon Series is From DriveWorks Solo to DriveWorks Pro and will take place on 28th November at 4pm (BST)

If you already know about DriveWorks Solo and would like to do more, then this webinar is ideal for you.

It reveals some of the additional functionality available in DriveWorks Pro and sets out the steps to using DriveWorks as a Sales Configurator.

To sign up for this informative Webinar, just click on the link below!

Want to know when the next DriveWorks event is?

Visit our new events page at

With SolidWorks 2014 being released imminently, many of our Resellers
have opened their doors for you to come and see the new features in SolidWorks
2014. Solid Solutions is once again holding a spectacular event.

Building on Sir Ranulph Fiennes inspirational presentation
in 2013, this year, Olympic Gold Medal winner, Chris “the Professor” Boardman,
MBE, will be presenting at the event and sharing stories about his experiences
as a cyclist at the cutting edge of technology.

Chris will forever be
remembered for his stunning performances in the 1992 Summer Olympics where he
famously rode the iconic British made Lotus 108 to victory. His focus on
detailed preparation and innovation also informed his time as the leader of the
British Olympic R&D team in Beijing. This team, along with Chris’s help, would became
the most prolific British Cycling team of all time.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear from SolidWorks
CEO, Bertrand Sicot
who will no doubt be a key player in what is a truly
impressive line-up for the event.

Of course along with the guest speakers there will be time
for you to explore what’s new in SolidWorks 2014. DriveWorks will exhibiting at
the event so visit our booth and try out our Design Automation and Sales
Configurator software. It’s also a perfect opportunity to get some advice from
one of Solid Solutions’ DriveWorks experts.

The event will be held at Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon,
Warwickshire, which means that during the break from all the SolidWorks and
DriveWorks action you can peruse some of their 300 strong car collection,
including the Aston Martin DB5 which appeared in James Bond’s SKYFALL™.The
model on display was the actual car that was used for many of the driving
sequences in the film which stars Daniel Craig as 007.

If you can’t make the event in Warwickshire Solid Solutions are also holding launch events in Yeovilton, Southampton, London, Durham , Cambirdge and York.

For more details on how to register for the event or any of the other events, please visit:

DriveWorks can be used as a Configurator by anyone! With DriveWorks Pro your company can run projects like those featured on


This week we will be looking at the DriveWorks Live Rack Configurator example. This example yet again shows off some interesting ways of using DriveWorks Live including the ability to easily add new products, the flexibility of DriveWorks visualisation and the ability to up-sell on configurable items.

Feature 1 – Data Driven Configurable Products

Item Selection

DriveWorks makes it easy for your company to maintain its catalogue of products on-line without the need for constantly re-designing your website. As DriveWorks can import your product information from an easy-to-update table, your products are always up-to-date! With the correct information anyone from your company will be able to update your products.

Feature Number 2 – Intuitive Up-Selling

Product ChoiceWith DriveWorks, you can create an intuitive user interface where the user is led through the sales process. First they choose their products and then select any add-ons that they wish to purchase; as shown above.

This enables your company to easily up-sell and add value to your customers’ requests.





Feature 3 –  Flexible Visualisation

3d OR 2D 
With DriveWorks you can not only see your configured item in both 2D and 3D but you also have the option to move these server racks in to different positions. Allowing you to see how it would look in each configuration.

Rather than a simple, static picture this feature allows your customer to not only configure their product specifications, but also the design.

All of this was created in our form editor and can be easily edited to update the pictures involved.



If you would like to know more about how DriveWorks can help your company please visit our site: 

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