4 Ways to Get the Most From Your SOLIDWORKS License

Many necessary evils live within the product development cycle. They can appear as design rework, hardware order mishaps, a chaotic quoting system or too many slow and manual processes just to name a few. But becoming more efficient with the capabilities already inside SOLIDWORKS can save you significant time on grueling, manual labor while monitoring the cost of your project in parallel with design. This gives you the visibility to know you are on the right path earlier in the design process.

By using these four SOLIDWORKS tools, you can get the most out of your SOLIDWORKS license.

  1. Reduce your design rework with design tables.
  2. Reuse common parts with confidence knowing the correct hardware is ordered with SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.
  3. Send accurate quotes and eliminate the guesswork with SOLIDWORKS Costing.
  4. Create designs 12 times faster by using a free tool that you already have within SOLIDWORKS.

1. Reduce your design rework with design tables.

If you’ve taken a Fundamentals I course with us then you know all about setting up and using configurations within SOLIDWORKS. (If you haven’t taken a Fundamentals course, check it out here.) And when a design change arises, which happens all too often, manually updating your 3D CAD model can be a huge inconvenience.

Design tables take the manual work out of your configuration control. By effectively using them, you will gain better control and insight into what’s happening within your configurations. This means less work for you and a faster design change process, allowing you to simply plug all of your numbers into a chart and have SOLIDWORKS spit out the model within minutes.

2. Reuse common parts with confidence knowing the correct hardware is ordered with SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.

Keeping track of everyday parts such as nuts, bolts, screws and fastening components doesn’t have to be overwhelming. SOLIDWORKS Toolbox can be configured to meet your company’s standards and ensure the correct part numbers are included in your Bill of Materials. This handy feature gives you the visibility to know with confidence that the correct parts are being ordered, saving you time, reducing stress and speeding up overall product development time.

3. Send accurate quotes and eliminate the guesswork with SOLIDWORKS Costing.

Projects can go over budget very quickly due to estimates based off of assumptions versus computational data. SOLIDWORKS Costing lets you get down to the details yielding a very accurate estimate of what your design will cost for operations. Mastering this SOLIDWORKS feature can help you accurately gauge all of those miscellaneous costs such as paint and shipping, labor costs, machine set-up time and much more. With this foresight, accurate quotes get out to customers and attainable deadlines can be put into place making the overall project move seamlessly through development and out the door faster!

4. Create designs 12 times faster by using a free tool that you already have within SOLIDWORKS.

DriveWorks Xpress is a free tool that is included in every SOLIDWORKS license. It allows you to quickly and accurately create multiple variations of your SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies and drawings, and capture your design rules, recreate variations of existing designs, reduce repetitive tasks, save time and improve product quality.

With simple and straightforward rules and decision logic, you can easily capture and reuse all of your design and manufacturing knowledge and generate new variations of your products over and over again, in minutes instead of hours or days. See what one of our customers had to say after implementing DriveWorks into their workflow.

“We use SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks software to automatically configure an RME Mill Relining System specific to that particular plant and create the models, including interference checks and dimensioning … that process used to take a week. Now, it only requires a day.”

-Daniel Haines at Russell Mineral Equipment

Ready to streamline the mundane work and leverage productivity boosting SOLIDWORKS capabilities today? Request more information below on our newest course, SOLIDWORKS Productivity Tools. In just two days, you’ll learn how to master these techniques to bring speed, accuracy and effective communication to your team and achieve more with your designs.

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