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Save Time with DriveWorks Quick Tips

Check out our new library of Design Automation and Product Configuration videos! Each video is 90 seconds or less so you can get up to speed quickly, or pause after each step to learn at your own pace. These 12 Quick Tips videos cover topics from custom properties and form templates to advanced feature parameters and specification test mode.

Whether you’re looking at what’s possible with DriveWorks or need a refresher on a feature you haven’t used in a while, these videos take you through the automation tools that can help you get back to work on what’s truly important – your designs. 

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Customized 3D Printed Phone Cases with DriveWorks Sales Configurator

Moogue uses DriveWorks as a Sales Configurator to allow anyone to configure custom 3D printed phone cases. They are based in the Netherlands and create their customizable phone cases using a 3D printer.

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Using DriveWorksXpress to Automate Your Assemblies

Jesse Butwinick on May 1, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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Are you tired of recreating similar projects within SOLIDWORKS? Many of our customers are finding their design cycles decreasing through the use of DriveWorks design automation. In a previous postHow to Reduce Your Design Cycle with DriveWorksXpresswe discussed how DriveWorksXpress can be used to automatically configure a custom part in SOLIDWORKS. But it doesn’t stop there. Your entire assembly can be controlled within the simple to use interface. Fully detailed drawings can also be created for you with the push of a few buttons.

DriveWorksXpress has the ability to greatly decrease your design cycles for various projects, whether you want it to drive just a portion of or the entirety of your assemblies. Either way you will find the process will be the same. Parts can be linked to the DriveWorksXpress forms, their suppression states controlled in the assembly, and the drawings created with pre-defined details. Automating all these processes means your engineers get back valuable time that can be focused on creating new and innovative products.

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How to Reduce Your Design Cycle with DriveWorksXpress

Jesse Butwinick on April 9, 2015 at 10:27 AM

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Would you consider your line of products to be the same, but different? Have you ever found yourself creating copies of your SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies just to have them as starting points for new designs? Then you may be missing out on a tool that could cut your design cycle by a significant amount of time! I am of course referring to DriveWorksXpressa design automation tool that is free with every license of SOLIDWORKS.

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Streamline Development with Rules-Based Design Automation

Mike Lamora on March 24, 2015 at 3:05 PM

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In today’s competitive landscape our customers are faced with many challenges that affect the organization's profit margin. Some of those challenges include increased engineering and manufacturing costs, pressures to offer customization of standard products and bottlenecks in engineering. The old adage of "throwing more bodies" at a project is just not feasible anymore.

We often talk about how to get your products to market faster than your competition. At Alignex, we have many tools to help with your product development process for new product development. A topic I want to introduce to you today is design automation. In a past SOLIDWORKS poll, 65% of responders said that a majority of their designs are based on previous designs.

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