SolidWorks assembly mates are a powerful 3D design capability, but they are often take for granted. Designers expect them to work every time, all the time, even when mating information isn’t 100% clear to the software. If you’re using SolidWorks assembly mates in a design automation scenario, and you’re experiencing some frustration with SolidWorks’ behavior, […]
What is XML? Maybe you’ve found yourself asking that question at some point in time. To some, it’s just another meaningless acronym. To others, whether knowingly or not, it’s a key technology that they use every day. Today we’re going to give you the skinny on XML. Not just that, we’re also going to fill […]
There are two extremes when driving components in design automation systems: on one end of the spectrum, you can allow users to only select pre-defined components (Configure-to-Order) and on the other end of the spectrum, you can let users create their own parts by driving the dimensions and features of the parts with infinite flexibility […]
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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 […]
The latest incarnation of the TactonWorks product, release 4.2.2, has introduced an additional level of control over SolidWorks models. Companies that leverage the SolidWorks weldment functionality can now use the Tacton configurator to allow users (or the Tacton configurator engine) to select the structural member profile of their choice.
The new Design Automation (DA) tools for SolidWorks are wonderful. DriveWorks, TactonWorks, and a host of others all give you the power to drive SolidWorks models…within reason. However, there are times when you want more control than the tool is willing to give you. Recently, a client asked us to remove instances from a linear pattern through […]
Attention all Tacton Studio and TactonWorks modelers! The folks at Tacton have just added a new blog designed to pass along tips, tricks and experiences from the field. The new Tacton Modeling Blog will feature the best insights from the Tacton team and perhaps even some guest blogs.
Whoever said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts must not have been responsible for automating costed Bills of Materials. TactonStudio and TactonWorks both give you the ability to add and multiply within you constraints or in Post-calc fields, but totaling up large numbers of values is time consuming, a maintenance nightmare and hardly very scaleable. Enter into this picture, the collection.
One of the biggest selling points that we had for parametrics was the argument for data reuse. “Why would you spend all day doing File, Save As when you can build once and use as many times as you want?” As always, the answer is “it depends.”