From InFlow: DriveWorks 16 Now Available!

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Just Released: DriveWorks 16 In DriveWorks 16 we’ve built on our extensive Design Automation capabilities, greatly enhanced our 3D capabilities and made sure DriveWorks is positioned as a powerful configurator and CPQ solution company-wide for manufacturing companies. This release focuses on enhancements to stability and performance, scalability and usability alongside new features. Many of the enhancements in DriveWorks 16 have come from customer suggestions. Thank you to everyone that has submitted requests & suggestions to suggest@driveworks.co.uk. Here’s just a few of […]

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From InFlow: DriveWorks Best Practice – Renaming SOLIDWORKS Files

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When working on a new or existing DriveWorks project, SOLIDWORKS practices need to be considered as well. Unfortunately not everything can be fully determined prior to setting everything up, so changes are bound to happen, such as renaming SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies or drawings. Below is an outline that will allow you to rename your parts and assemblies without losing any information that was created or captured. Before we begin, make sure that SOLIDWORKS has the ability to rename parts from […]

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DriveWorksXpress Sample – Shed Door

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If you have SOLIDWORKS, you have a free copy of DriveWorksXpress waiting to be activated. Just hit Tools > Xpress Tools to get started! In this blog, I’ll be going over a quick example of how you could use DriveWorksXpress to simplify the configuration and modification steps in a model. I’ve designed a basic Shed Door that I’ll be using to examine the capabilities of this Free Version of DriveWorks. Step 1 – Create your model. Keeping the variables in mind, […]

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From InFlow Technology: DRIVEWORKS 15 SP2 is Now Available!

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As of November 11th, 2017, DriveWorks 15 SP2 is now officially available from the DriveWorks website! This release comes with many new updates and enhancements such as; Child Specification filters! The ability to use the Exact Number function in your rules! DriveWorks Live performance enhancements! DriveWorks Live security enhancements! and many more! Read more about the release notes for DiveWorks 15 SP2, where to download this release, and how to install or upgrade over on the InFlow Technology Blog. Continue […]

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Do you need a DriveWorks form for mobile?

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I don’t have to tell you that more and more of the cool kids are using mobile devices. Mobile web page design is becoming more important -especially now that Google’s search engine favors sites that are “mobile friendly“. It isn’t hard to design your DriveWorks forms to adapt to the user’s viewing size, but is it worth the effort? Does it matter to you? It is really pretty easy to find out. DriveWorks 12 has a special variable – Form Container […]

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DriveWorks for Sheet Scales

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If the overall size of your models change significantly, there is a good chance you will need DriveWorks to change your drawing sheet scales to keep your model looking nice on the sheet. Imagine this is my drawing. Let’s say the height of my part does not change much, but my length (which is currently 100 in the model master) can change significantly.   DriveWorks (Pro and Solo) gives us two sheet properties that we can use to drive the […]

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Tables in DriveWorksXpress

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Let’s imagine you are doing a DriveWorks project where the number of holes in a part varies dependent on the model number. Something like this: Model Number # of Holes Model Name A 1 Kathy B 3 Anna C 7 Danella D 2 Marisa           Something like this is rather easy to do in DriveWorks Pro or Solo because you could do a lookup table, but in DriveWorksXpress we are limited to only IF/Then logic. Acording […]

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DriveWorks Time Investment

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Money investments are easy to comprehend, we’ve been around them all our lives. I put $1 in the bank. A year from now that dollar will be worth $1.0045. (If you’re lucky.) DriveWorksXpress takes a different kind of investment. A time investment. Same concept, but for some reason people are more hesitant to make time investments. Imagine you have a common standard sub assembly like this frame. You use it as part of a larger assembly all the time. Figure it takes about 30 […]

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Sharing Projects in DriveWorks Solo

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“DriveWorks Solo“…the name nearly says it all. It is designed for one person, on one seat of SolidWorks. However it is possible to share your DriveWorks Solo projects. Create and edit your projects on a network share. As long as everyone has access to the share, they can open DriveWorks Solo, and navigate to the .driveprojx file just as if it is was on their local drive.   Only one person may edit the project at a time, and only one […]

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SOLIDWORKS Settings for DriveWorks

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I don’t know if this is new or not, but it is the first time I’ve seen it documented anywhere… The DriveWorks help file now has a list of recommended SOLIDWORKS settings for use when DriveWorks is generating your new CAD files: http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/InfoSolidWorksSystemOptions I’m always teased by my friends because I don’t read the “classics”. Crazy. I love snuggling up to a good help file on a cold wintry evening.

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