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Certifications are a good thing. They help distinguish you from your peers, plus if you learn a little while you prepare, your company gets a nice benefit as well. DriveWorksXpress has a certification process that is free to all SOLIDWORKS users and is designed to improve your SOLIDWORKS skills and make your engineering résumé stand out from the crowd. This year at SOLIDWORKS World, I was introduced to the new certification -"Certified DriveWorksXpress Associate". Chris Cassettari from DriveWorks was leading a hands on session where the goal was to get all attendees through a DriveWorksXpress tutorial. The models created during the tutorial could then be used for the DriveWorksXpress certification test. I was a bit pessimistic at first, many hands-on presentations I have...
DriveWorksXpress is the only DriveWorks product that does not have any form of a lookup table. As a result, I've seen people create very complex rules to get around this limitation. They will nest OR statements within other OR statements within OR statements... I understand why people do this. If you start to build a rule with an "OR" statement, the wizard will get you started with this: DriveWorksXpress builds the beginning of the structure for you, complete with the comma you need...you put a comparative equation before the comma and another equation after the comma, if either equation is true, then the "OR" returns true. However sometimes you may run into logic that is more complex than simply comparing two equations,...
A good portion of my work life is spent teaching new users how to use SOLIDWORKS PDM. Old users, young users, users from other CAD PDM systems, users who have never even used a PDM system... Do you know who are the hardest to teach? Users from SOLIDWORKS Workgroup. Overall, former Workgroup users are a smart bunch, heck many of them have taken a simple program like Workgroup and somehow managed to make it do all kinds of things it was never designed to do. However the terms are different and many cases the logic is very different, yet in many places SOLIDWORKS made the interfaces look very similar -so when a former Workgroup user first sees PDM he thinks he...
You’ve heard it a thousand times before, but your kids are right, the Internet is not going to go away. More and more customers are wanting…. expecting you to have a web presence of your product - but not your product, your product, their way…and they want it now. Certainly you have seen web sites that can do this. You can design your own Xbox controller, go to your local home improvement center’s page and design your own deck, you can even choose your options on your next car. How could you do this with your products? The software running behind the curtains is called a “Design Configurator” or sometimes CPQ. (Configure, Price, Quote). Sometimes people create these web sites from...
SOLIDWORK Workgroup PDM has treated you fairly well over the years, it had a good run. Now you are looking forward to switching to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard where you can get the ease of use for Windows Explorer and the speed that SQL can provide over Workgroup's indexing system. All you have to do is install it and maybe migrate your data out of Workgroup. You have three choices to export the data. 1. You can manually export the data yourself This method has a lot going for it. Everything is at your own pace and you don't have to spend any money. In SOLIDWORKS Explorer, highlight a group of files and chose to check them out. The files will be copied out...