More control in SP4

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DriveWorks 6, service pack 4 has a great new control for your dialog boxes. It allows your users to enter in linear dimensional values in any units they choose and DriveWorks will do the conversion for you. Users can even enter in mathematical formulas. It acts like the dimensional input box that you use in SolidWorks! This is certainly one of those “I cannot believe it took them this long to add it!” -but it is nice that they did.

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New design automation web sites

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There is now a web site completely devoted to supporting the growing DriveWorksXpress community. If you get a chance go check it out. It has forums, tutorials and videos, FAQs and examples -everything you need to keep your design automation heart happy! Speaking of design automation, have you seen SolidWorks’ new design automation micro-site? DriveWorksXpress has been available as a free download for several years now. Isn’t it amazing how much more interest there is in design automation now that […]

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The Little Book of Rules

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If you are new to DriveWorks or DriveWorksXpress, consider getting a copy of “The Little Book of Rules” by Ian Yates. This book helps you go through the process of taking your design logic -i.e. “We always have an 1/4 hp motor in our machines, unless the customer wants a heavy duty version, in which case we use a 1/2 hp motor.” and converting it into rules for inputting into DriveWorks or DriveWorksXpress. This book would also be good for […]

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Is there life beyond DriveWorksXpress?

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I would imagine by now many of you are now enjoying DriveWorksXpress 2008. I have been asked: “since DriveWorksXpress does so many things why would I bother upgrading to the full version?”. That was one of my first thoughts as well! It does appear DriveWorks is giving away the farm in the Xpress package. The control of drawings, parts, sub assemblies is so easy – what more do you need, right? While it is certainly true that DriveWorksXpress (or DWX […]

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Sneak preview of DriveWorks 6.3

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I installed the “early visibility” of DriveWorks SP 6.3 today. The installation went very quickly – about 5 minutes. (Especially compared with my 49 minute installation of SOLIDWORKS SP 0.1 earlier in the day.) The highlight of the service pack appears to be a new wizard that imports a DriveWorksXpress project directly into an existing DriveWorks group. The wizard was quick and I got pretty good results. I don’t think this wizard will be a normal workflow for people who […]

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