DriveWorks design automation for SOLIDWORKS and online 3D CPQ software are used by companies large and small. Whether you’re an engineer who needs design automation to automate your SOLIDWORKS models, or a company wanting to provide a product configurator and guided selling for your sales teams, distributors and even customers, DriveWorks software is the ultimate choice for SOLIDWORKS.
There are three DriveWorks products – DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro. Each product is a SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner Product and DriveWorksXpress is already included in every license of SOLIDWORKS. All DriveWorks products are modular and scalable, so you can implement DriveWorks and grow your projects at your own pace, adding additional capabilities as and when you need them.
Every year, DriveWorks holds a technical event for all DriveWorks users, resellers and partners. DriveWorks World 2017 saw over 120 people from the DriveWorks community gather in Atlanta for a week of learning, networking and seeing what’s new in DriveWorks 15. As DriveWorks is a key SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner Product, we were there as proud sponsors of the event.
With so much functionality and so many ways to use DriveWorks, the week was split into two tracks:
Track 1 was dedicated to DriveWorks Pro Essentials Training & Certification, giving attendees the chance to become Certified DriveWorks Professionals (CDWP).
Track 2 focused on DriveWorks Pro Advanced Training, covering topics such as Advanced SOLIDWORKS Automation, Integration, External Data, Templates and more.
On Tuesday, DriveWorks CEO, Glen Smith, also led an additional track on Configure Price Quote (CPQ). This was an important track because CPQ is an increasing trend in the manufacturing industry, with companies needing a CPQ solution in order to meet the demand for custom products efficiently and profitably. A DriveWorks CPQ solution allows you to generate quotes in record time, reduce the cost of custom designs, send follow up emails automatically and show off your configurable products in 3D online. Have a go with some of the configurator examples at www.driveworkslive.com.
During the same week that DriveWorks World was in Atlanta, NATLSWUG was also holding its very first SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting, in Atlanta! With so many SOLIDWORKS users, resellers, and some SWUGN Group Leaders at DriveWorks World, it was a great opportunity for them to head over to the meeting together.
On Thursday the DriveWorks team revealed What’s New in DriveWorks 15. With 70 new features and 168 improvements and customer enhancements, DriveWorks 15 is another really exciting release. All of the new functionality makes it even easier to Configure & Automate with DriveWorks. Here are just a few of the enhancements:
– A new CPQ template has been added so you can quickly and easily set up a custom CPQ solution.
– Easier responsive form design for use across multiple devices.
– Improved project analysis to make your configurators run even smoother.
– Huge 3D preview improvements so you can really show off your products in immersive 3D.
For more details of What’s New in DriveWorks 15, check out the online help file. Customers were also invited to take to the stage on Thursday to showcase how they are using DriveWorks. Presenters ranged from sheet metal fabricators to manufacturers of canning systems, emergency vehicles and custom orthotics.
Every company uses DriveWorks in a different way and each configurator is unique. The user presentations allowed attendees to learn from each other and pick up ideas for their own configurators.
Watch the highlights from DriveWorks World in Atlanta below.
You can see and read more on the DriveWorks blog.
Maria Sarkar of DriveWorks said, “A huge thank you to SOLIDWORKS for sponsoring DriveWorks World and joining us in Atlanta for the event. We’re proud of our technology and the way so many customers use SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks together to work smarter, seeing this all come together in a week-long event is brilliant.”