One of the biggest complaints about design automation is performance. Companies are outraged that the tool runs for a whole hour to complete a process that used to take four to six weeks. Despite the obvious lack of perspective here, it is a design automation best practice to consider performance and optimize rules wherever possible. […]
DriveWorks Solo fills a gap in the DriveWorks product lineup. This creates a unique product that allows for real time configuration and design of variant designs. The direction that the users in the market decide to take DriveWorks Solo will truly determine the future of design automation.
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.”
“A good engineer knows nothing, but knows where to look up everything.” This is one of the few things I remember a professor telling me. (Why that professor did not have open book exams remains a mystery, though.) Your design automations should always strive to be good engineers and, as a result, will frequently have to look up values. DriveWorks provides a few methods to do this, but which is best for you?