Organizing CAD Models for Design Automation

The purpose of a design automation system is to control different aspects, or parameters, of your CAD models. These could be dimensions, features, component instances, and more. Creating a truly powerful and profitable automation requires a good number of parameters. Keeping track of these parameters can get tricky, so some CAD model organization techniques are in order.  Continue Reading

DriveWorks UI Tips and Tricks

Your typical DriveWorks user interface (UI) is, unfortunately, pretty boring.  Administrators will occasionally throw in a logo, but other than that, the UI remains a jumble of controls or a collection of columns.  With some advance planning and experience, more can be done with UIs to increase the effectiveness of the tool.  For instance, using VISIBLE rules to control the appearance of controls or parts of forms can allow for simplified and advanced versions of DriveWorks UIs.  Here are a number of other tips and tricks related to the DriveWorks user interface.  Continue Reading

Design Automation Myth

“Design automation tools are just configurators for finished 3D models and 2D drawings.”  Wow, if only we could get the Mythbusters to take a look at that one.  Nothing would explode, but that myth would certainly be busted.  Design automation goes far beyond the simple configurable design, and automation need not wait until a design is completed and fully documented to be valuable.  Continue Reading

DriveWorks Live: Now Appearing on the Internet

When users start out with DriveWorks, the focus is frequently to save some mouse clicks and File -> Save As commands in SolidWorks. But it doesn’t take long for people to realize the greater potential with design automation (DA). Many times, the biggest business gain from design automation comes in the ability to quickly capture complete and accurate information for your designs and orders. DriveWorks 7 provides several server components to collect this information from multiple types of users, even non-SolidWorks users. Notable among those server components is the DriveWorks Live server for exposing your design automation tools to the Web.  Continue Reading

Tacton’s TCsite for Quoting

Sales Configurators configure products. They understand product structure. They understand the interrelations between and within components in your product. And they guide your users through the process of developing an optimal and completely manufacturable way for you to make money. But when it comes to generating a quotation with multiple line items and multiple configured products, what are the options? Enter Tacton’s new product, TCsite. Continue Reading

Tacton's TCsite for Quoting

Sales Configurators configure products. They understand product structure. They understand the interrelations between and within components in your product. And they guide your users through the process of developing an optimal and completely manufacturable way for you to make money. But when it comes to generating a quotation with multiple line items and multiple configured products, what are the options? Enter Tacton’s new product, TCsite. Continue Reading

TactonWorks Weldment Profile Control

The latest incarnation of the TactonWorks product, release 4.2.2, has introduced an additional level of control over SolidWorks models. Companies that leverage the SolidWorks weldment functionality can now use the Tacton configurator to allow users (or the Tacton configurator engine) to select the structural member profile of their choice.  Continue Reading