DriveWorks Xpress. This demo will show you how easy it is to capture parameters and assign rules to each part of an assembly with DriveWorkXpress. It will also illustrate how you can then successfully automate the creation of new models & drawings.
This demo will show you how easy it is to capture parameters and assign rules to each part of an assembly with DriveWorkXpress. It will also illustrate how you can then successfully automate the creation of new models & drawings
Click the areas highlighted with a red box to proceed
If you do not require an in depth explanation of each step click the next button to skip to the next stage
The first step of the wizard is to let DriveWorksXpress know which parts and sub-assemblies require automating
If your assembly contains parts or sub-assemblies that never change they do not require to be selected
In this example we are going to specify the new height & width of the gantry and see how other associated parameters are modified automatically as a result
The second step is to capture the parameters of each model that change
Parameters can be sketch or feature dimensions, features, offset or angular planes or distance and angular mates
Once selected from the tree in the wizard the model automatically opens in the SolidWorks window
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Custom Properties can be used to report data into the model
These in turn can be reported into a SolidWorks drawing and used to populate drawing border title blocks, notes and other important drawing information automatically
The Properties tab in the DriveWorksXpress wizard automatically reports any custom properties that currently exist in the model
Additional custom properties can be added
Unwanted custom properties can be deleted
The next step is to tell DriveWorksXpress that a new drawing is needed
Select the drawing that the new file will be based on
The new drawing will reflect all the newly created data with all dimensional information, bill of materials, custom properties etc. automatically updated
Click Browse to select your drawing
Locate the drawing and click Open
The next step is to create a customised form for specifying the new models
Define the criteria required to specify the new models
eg.dimensions, materials, finishes and even sales order number
Enter the name for the Input control
A control that defines the order number will allow us to assign a rule to the naming of each file that will identify each new model to be created. This could just as easily be a naming convention that is made up of all the variables that define the new model.
Select the type of control required
The Required field, when selected, allocates a control as a mandatory field.
Click Apply to register the control
All other controls are added with the same ease.
Click Add to specify another control
The next control will report data regarding the person specifying the new models into the Drawn By custom property – which in turn will reflect through to the new finished drawing.
The name of the control is entered and the type selected.
Values are entered that will appear in the drop down control. Click Add to register each value.
Click Apply to register the control
Safe Working Load
Width between Legs
Height to Underside of
Options include spin buttons, text boxes, drop downs and check boxes
Other Input controls required to specify our new model include…
A Spin Button to specify the Safe Working Load
A Text Box to specify the Height
A Text Box to specify the Width
A Drop Down to specify the Material
A Drop Down to specify the Finish
A Check Box to specify if an Inside Outrigger is required
A Check Box to specify if an Outside Outrigger is required
The Rules tab shows all the parameters that require Rules associating to them. These are highlighted RED
1. Select a parameter to add a rule.
2. Select a variable to use in the rule.
Either double click or drag and drop the variable into the ‘Build up’ box.
As the Safe Working Load Custom Property equals The Safe Working Load Input Variable the rule has now been satisfied.
3. Hit Apply.
4. Repeat for the other parameters who’s values come directly from an Input.
A rule to determine if the Outrigger Assembly file is required
The Outrigger Assembly Outside File Name is selected
Click the IF rule
The IF rule can now be built up exactly as done using Microsoft Excel
A similar rule will apply to the File Name of the Outrigger Assembly.
The remaining File Names will use the order number Input as a suffix to the naming of each new file.
All parts and sub-assemblies with the File Name parameter type are multi-selected.
The Order Number Input Variable is selected
All remaining unspecified rules are constructed either by using the available icons or, if familiar with Microsoft Excel, typing direct into the Build Up box
Each rule will reference Variables from the Inputs or Outputs or have constant data attributed to them
Once all of the Rules have been satisfied the Rules tab on the DriveWorksXpress wizard appears with each output variable ticked.
Once the specify tab is selected DriveWorksXpress will automatically create the user form from the information added at the Input stage of the wizard
The form can now be populated with the requirements of the new set of models required to be produced.
If values are entered that are outside the minimum and maximum values set at the Input stage DriveWorksXpress will not let you continue.
All the rules and parameters are stored in a database created by DriveWorksXpress.
Each time a new variant is required DriveWorksXpress will automatically load the previously captured data.
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