Integration is one of the key areas that can increase the total value of your business systems. Integrations between CAD, PLM, and ERP are a great example of this. Each of these systems requires the data to support its own business processes. And of course, each system requires that the data be formatted to the system’s specifications so that the system can consume it. Without integration, businesses are left with using people to populate downstream business systems which can become a source of non-value-added cost and discrepancies between the systems.
A large number of questions that you see in the DriveWorks forums (you do follow those, right?) all have to do with the interaction between DriveWorks and SOLIDWORKS. Most often, that question involves a DriveWorks user asking how to get the results from a SOLIDWORKS model generation to drive a DriveWorks specification. Whether that means using the mass properties that SOLIDWORKS calculates, a reference dimension from a sketch, Bill of Materials information, or an interference check, people want DriveWorks to run that model while the user is filling in their forms.
One of Razorleaf’s longest standing partnerships since 2002, MLC CAD Systems of Tempe Arizona, is a leading reseller and service provider of CAD, CAM, and Additive Manufacturing solutions. Razorleaf and MLC CAD Systems have teamed up numerous times over the course of the relationship to help clients implement PDM, CAD, Design Automation technologies.
When deploying the SOLIDWORKS Connector with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform there is a troublesome behavior when a user is actively using Workspace Folders. The Platform persistently presents a login window if the user computer is not connected to the network or the Platform.
OK, maybe “happy” isn’t really a term one would use when working with the SOLIDWORKS API. I’m not saying that the SOLIDWORKS API is bad, it just…well, it can be challenging at times. But if you insist that you NEED to write custom code (I find it rare that I need to if I use DriveWorks to its full potential), then you certainly can use DriveWorks and the SOLIDWORKS API together.
One of the greatest assets that Razorleaf can claim is a breadth of knowledge across industries and technologies. Recently, I had the opportunity to jump into something really fun and exciting, where you enter product details into a form and magically, models and drawings appear to suit your use case. I’m talking about DriveWorks design automation software. More importantly, I had the opportunity to work with industry expert, Paul Gimbel and learn some things you can only learn by working on real projects.
DriveWorks provides excellent functionality for collecting information and performing the calculations, lookups and logic that our designs require. There are some situations, however, where tools outside of DriveWorks are still employed.
Razorleaf recently encountered a customer issue in which a CAD integration user attempts to launch a CAD object in the web UI from SOLIDWORKS that fails to show the web UI 3DEXPERIENCE blue header bar.
We encountered this anomaly while assisting a customer.
Many Engineering managers fondly recall the days of drafting boards and slide rules, but have embraced the concept and obvious benefits of desktop engineering solutions. The late 1990’s were quite revolutionary, and many businesses underwent drastic changes to their design and engineering processes.
Advanced Data Cards Part 1: Dynamically Configurable, Restricted and Required Input
What is it?
There are multiple inputs or fields on a data card that may be valid but depending on some condition or a specific situation, certain fields are not valid and should not be allowed to be editable.