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By Alain Provost – Technical Representative at SolidXperts

At SolidXperts, a question often comes up during meetings with our clients.

How do you use DriveWorks with SOLIDWORKS?

Here are some concerns that come to mind when this question arises:

What are the goals of your company? What are your needs? Are they purely at the engineering level? Are they needs of the sales department? Is the lack of manpower a main factor? Or does your company simply want to be advancing in the 4.0 world of manufacturing?

For all the reasons mentioned above, the uses of DriveWorks will be diverse and varied. It will be adapted differently depending on the needs of your company.

The DriveWorks-Solo formula will work well to speed up repetitive engineering tasks, such as creating machine frames, subassemblies, miscellaneous structures, or simplifying the process of component configurations to finish the table configurations or family of parts (drawings and documents relate to the project such as PDF, DXF, Word and Excel and even your submissions). Although this tool is only used in standalone mode, it is highly effective in the context of engineering support.

Once the main lines of design have been created, the designer only has to complete the design, or the assembly with the required accessories.

Now let’s talk about the types of uses for the DriveWorks-Pro Solution.

The power of DriveWorks is only limited by the resources that will be involved. In the majority of cases, the solution will be used in combination with sales support thanks to the implementation of a form distributed in the intranet, for internal use of the company to produce new configurations of products and to respond quickly to the request bids.

More advanced automation of a multitude of processes is highlighted with the DriveWorks-Pro solution. The solution is now a powerful tool for connecting engineering to sales, and results (configurations) are provided to any departments that would need relevant information for manufacturing, e.g. manufacturing drawings, production files (DWG, DXF, .csv, CNC ”G code” files).

For management software such as ERP, CRM, and MRP, .XML format files help to automate management of all the data produced by DriveWorks.

In more advanced application, DriveWorks-Pro will be able to push the process on the web to reach more customers and thus position your company in front of the competition.

Good Automation!

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