Comparison of DRIVEWORKS products
  • Comparison of DRIVEWORKS products

    Posted on Sep Fri, 2019 by seacad_marketing

    DriveWorks software is scalable with three different product levels, DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro. Starting small with DriveWorksXpress is the most effective way to achieve great results with your Design Automation and Sales Configuration.


    It provides entry-level Design Automation and is ideal for everyday repetitive design tasks. Use it to create multiple variations of SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies and Drawings quickly and accurately.

    • Capture and re-use your design knowledge
    • Drive SOLIDWORKS Model geometry
      (Part and Assembly Dimensions, Features and Custom Properties)
    • Create an input form to enter your requirements
    • Use rules to link the values on your form to files to be generated
    • Run – Generate your new SOLIDWORKS Part, Assembly and Drawing files

    DriveWorks Solo: 

    Setup and use DriveWorks Solo in the engineering department to generate the 3D Designs, detailed manufacturing drawings & quotes for each new order-specific design.  Enter new dimensions or order specific details into your own custom forms inside SOLIDWORKS for each variation required. The output is all the information required to manufacture and market product variants.

    • Use DriveWorks Solo to generate order specific product variations. Generate your SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies, detailed Drawings and quotes automatically.
    • Design your own forms with the inbuilt Form Designer, to help you configure valid permutations. Include images and guidance messages and add your own rules-based form-to-form navigation.
    • Save existing company data into DriveWorks Solo so that that data can be re-used in your project, both on the forms and as you build the rules for your custom designs.
    • Use the in-built template documents for responding to sales enquiries quickly and professionally.
    • Use Rules to give you advanced control over your drawings. You can also save Drawings out into other file formats, such as PDF, JPEG, DWF and DWG.
    • New files are created where you want them, automatically. Based on your rules, your models will be saved where you want them with the final file names assigned and detail drawings and documents will also be generated so that you are ready to start manufacturing.

    DriveWorks Pro: 

    Create a Custom Product Configurator that anyone can use, even your customers. Use DriveWorks locally or on the web to configure custom designs quickly and easily.
    It is ideal for any business involved in order-specific designs. DriveWorks Pro will generate Manufacturing Drawings, 3D Models and Sales Documents accurately and automatically.

    • Powerful Design Automation
      SOLIDWORKS can be easily automated with DriveWorks Pro. You decide what you want sales people and customers to be able to configure and create, such as Dimensions, Features, Custom Properties and Drawings. You create ‘rules’ with understandable Excel style syntax, no custom code or programming knowledge is required.
    • Create an Online Sales Configurator for Desktop, Mobile and Tablet
      Improve your sales and marketing with a custom Online Product Configurator. Allowing your sales people, distributors and customers to directly specify new variations of your product on a device of their choice will reduce the time it takes to respond to customer enquiries and will help you win more business fast.
    • Modular – Add Functionality and License Types
      Whether you are an engineer looking for a Design Automation solution or a company wanting to provide Product Configuration and Guided Selling for your own teams, distributors and dealers, DriveWorks software is modular and scalable so you can set up and use the products to your advantage and at your own pace.
    • Configurable and Customizable Interface
      DriveWorks incorporates its own Form Designer making it very easy to create great looking forms and interfaces for entering product requirements.
      Your interface can be customized to match your corporate branding and even embedded in your own website.
    • Generate Multiple File Types
      DriveWorks has the ability to create Documents such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or HTML files for use as Quotations, Covering letters, Delivery Notes, BOMs, etc. Whenever a SolidWorks Part, Assembly, or Drawing is generated, DriveWorks can also save the model or drawing in a variety of other formats, for example, eDrawings, DXFs, PDF and so on.
    • Integration to other Company Systems
      DriveWorks has been built so that it is easy to pass data to and from other company systems; ERP, MRP and CRM. Information does not need to be manually re-entered on the form and this in turn helps to save time and cut down the potential for costly errors caused by mis-typing.

    DriveWorks Pro consists of four different modules:

    • Driveworks Pro Administrator
    • DriveWorks Pro User
    • DriveWorks Pro Autopilot
    • DriveWorks Pro Live


    Comparison chart: 

    The differences and capabilities compared between DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro are given below.





    DriveWorks Solo DriveWorks Pro
    Supported Operating Systems and Browsers
    Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (DriveWorks Desktop Applications)
    All the above plus Windows Server (2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019) (DriveWorks Live Web application)
    Google Chrome 8+, Mozilla Firefox 4+, Microsoft Edge 12+, Microsoft IE 11+, Safari 5.1+ (Configuring products in a Browser through DriveWorks Live)
    Cloud Hosting: Microsoft Azure
    CAD-Controlling SOLIDWORKS 3D Models and 2D Drawings
    Drive Dimensions, Features and Custom Properties
    Drive Color, Material and Textures
    Drive Advanced Feature Properties (Hole Wizards, Sheet Metal, Weldments)
    Drive Instances
    Replace Components (with existing files or dynamically driven files)
    Create additional model file formats (STEP, STL, PDF, DXF, JPEG, etc.)
    Full control over new model file names and locations
    Control multiple model sets from a single project
    Run SOLIDWORKS Model Macros
    Generative design – create new features on the fly (configurations, insert components, mates, etc.)
    Create a drawing for each part and assembly
    Create multiple drawings for each part and assembly
    Full control over new drawing file names and locations
    Create additional drawing file formats (PDF, DXF, DWG, JPEG, etc.)
    Control Drawing Sheets (Re-scale, Rename, Delete)
    Control Drawing Views (Re-scale, Re-position, Delete)
    Control Annotations (Dimension Text, Notes, Symbols, etc.)
    Control Dimension positions
    Control Custom Properties, Break Lines and Layers
    Run SOLIDWORKS Drawing Macros
    Run additional tasks on the fly (Auto Balloon, Arrange Dimensions, Rescale and Position Views, etc.)
    Document Creation
    Create documents (such as Sales Quotes, Purchase Orders, Bills of Materials, etc.)
    Built in document templates
    Fully customizable document creation (from Word, Excel, XML, etc.)
    Send HTML emails with attachments
    Create Additional File Formats (PDF, HTML, TXT, XML, etc.)
    Output Generation
    Immediate generation of SOLIDWORKS models and drawings
    Real Time Preview (On Demand) – updates model while specifying
    Manual release of generation queue – allows multiple specifications to have their models generated from a queue
    Automatic generation – unattended generation of outputs
    Load balancing – distributes output generation over multiple machines
    Priority processing – Change the order that outputs are created based on rules
    Output Tagging – Generate outputs on targeted machines or in specific locations
    User Interface Design
    Expert Form Designer (Resolution and Control Guides, Control Grouping, Control Property Grid, etc.)
    Multiple form creation with dynamic navigation
    Basic Form Controls (Text Box, Numeric Text Box, Drop Down, Spin Button, Check Box)
    Enhanced Form Controls (Hyperlink, Label, List Box, Option Group, Picture Box, Slider)
    Advanced Form Controls (3D Preview, Child Specification List, Data Table, Date Picker, Frame Control, Macro Button, Upload Control, etc.)
    Dynamic options for list controls
    Dynamic control of Enable and Visible properties of form controls
    Dynamic control over fonts and colors
    Static validation and validation messages
    Dynamic validation and validation messages
    Copy and paste form controls
    Re-skin controls
    Support for responsive forms (allows re-positioning of controls when used on screens of different sizes)
    Project hierarchy (run a specification inside a specification to any level (For example a contract with multiple configurable line items)
    Working with Data and Rules
    Use tabular data to calculate rules
    Copy and paste Excel data
    Create internal data tables
    Use dynamic data from ODBC Data sources in rules (SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer, etc.)
    Export data to ODBC data sources (for example SAP, Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer)
    Pull and Push data dynamically to and from SQL Server Databases using SQL or Windows authentication
    Create Group Level Tabular data for use across an entire implementation
    Create Calculation tables where each cell can be calculated from other cells
    Create Rollup data tables – where information such a price or BOM Quantities is rolled up through the project hierarchy
    Web Service integration – communicate with any web service OR use DriveWorks as a web service
    Over 260 engineering, mathematic and scientific functions
    Rules builder with function wizard and rule insight (rule breakdown and drill down, function assistance, syntax highlighting and function helper text)
    Reusable rules (Variables)
    Pervasive search/filtering capabilities
    Maintainability, Reporting and Diagnostics
    Rules commentary
    Rules revisioning
    Reporting on model generation success or failure
    Reporting on specification process success or failure
    Real time testing during form design
    Rules analysis and breakdown
    What-if scenarios (Specification Test Mode)
    Interactive step through of model generation
    Rule Profiling (rule specific error debugging, performance solving and insight features)
    Import DriveWorksXpress Projects
    Import DriveWorks Solo Projects
    Underlying database – Microsoft SQL Server
    Security – Users and Teams
    Security – Active Directory compatibility
    Granular permissions
    Zero-Conversion web access
    Unattended model generation
    Standalone user seats
    Fully customizable workflow – (who, what and when)
    Automatic processing of external data
    Fully documented API with Software Development Kit
    SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Automatic check-in of models, drawings and documents)
    3rd party system Integration through file import and export
    3rd party system Integration through SQL ODBC connections
    3rd party system Integration through web services
    3rd party system Integration through fully documented Application programming Interface
    Online configurator and DriveWroks 3D
    Direct web access through the application
    Run as a service through Internet Information Services (IIS)
    Application Mode – replicate desktop running directly on the web
    Web Theme with basic re-skinning
    Choice of fully responsive skins
    Integration Theme with Web API enabling full integration with existing websites
    Session Management – control license usage over the Internet
    Image gallery – display image files as they are created
    Configurable 3D in a browser
    Virtual Reality support
    Real-time 3D text support
    Server-side rendering of web optimized DriveWorks 3D files
    Image fall back mode when no WebGL on client machine
    Model click interaction
    Transparent image support

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