SolidWorks BOMs and EPDM BOMs

Bills of Materials (BOMs) are a tricky subject since different industries, and companies within those industries have unique standards for how their BOMs and parts lists are documented.  SolidWorks Corporation has done quite of job of creating different tools to support different types of BOMs and BOM methodologies.  There are tools in SolidWorks itself (the CAD tool), and a number of additional capabilities in Enterprise PDM (the data management tool).  Here is an explanation of the various types of SolidWorks BOMs and Enterprise PDM BOMs.  Continue Reading

DriveWorks Service Packs Released

DriveWorks recently published service packs for its DriveWorks 6 and DriveWorks 7 platforms, one for each major version (DW6 SP8 and DW7 SP4).  With the release of these service packs, the transition from DriveWorks 6 to DriveWorks 7 as the platform-of-focus becomes increasingly clear.  There are no major enhancements in DriveWorks 6 Service Pack 8 as DriveWorks spends “the vast majority of [their] development effort” on DriveWorks 7.  Continue Reading

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

Dassault Announces Beta of DraftSight

DraftSight, a new 2D drafting program from Dassault Systemes, is available in public beta for free, and to enterprises for a small fee (to access extended features and support).  It can be downloaded here.  The tool is meant to offer all of the same functionality in AutoCAD, and to read and author data in DWG files just as AutoCAD does.  Despite similarities to SolidWorks’ DWG Editor product, DraftSight is altogether separate and different (based on different technology).  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