DriveWorks Pro 15: Autopilot [send feedback...]

DriveWorks Autopilot

DriveWorks Autopilot is a module of DriveWorks Pro that runs automatically to perform any or all of the following:

  • Process Specifications and generate documents (that are released to an automatic state in the Specification Flow).
  • Send Emails.
  • Generate SOLIDWORKS Files (requires SOLIDWORKS).
  • Generate 3D Preview files for rendering back to the 3D Preview Box (requires SOLIDWORKS when the 3D Preview Box is run in Autopilot Mode).

DriveWorks Autopilot Checklist

Check you have the following in place before DriveWorks Autopilot can generate the outputs:

  1. The Group and Projects are located so they that can be accessed by all required DriveWorks applications. See DriveWorks Data and Files in How To: Deploy DriveWorks Pro
  2. The machine DriveWorks Autopilot is installed on follows the recommendations. See Deployment Scenarios in   How To: Deploy DriveWorks Pro

Opening Groups

A Group is opened by one of the following methods:

  • The last group used can be set to open by selecting Automatically open last used group from the DriveWorks User Settings.
  • From the recent list
  • From the Group button

The Group button activates the Open Group Wizard when clicked. Or it will display a list of recently opened Groups by clicking the drop down arrow on the button.

DriveWorks Today

When the machine is connected to the internet, DriveWorks Today will display dynamic community content containing useful links to information, news and events to do with DriveWorks.

DriveWorks Today also contains a list of your recent groups to make accessing them faster.

DriveWorks Autopilot Header Bar

The DriveWorks Autopilot header bar contains icons that will launch

Additionally the header bar displays the standard windows icons to the Help file, minimize and maximize the application and to close the application.

Task Explorer

The Task Explorer allows browsing between DriveWorks Today, Autopilot, Model Explorer, and Emails and Specification Explorer in the Specification stage.

Model Generation Order

DriveWorks Autopilot will give generation priority in the following order:

  1. 3D Preview - Any required generation coming from a 3D Preview control will be given top priority.
  2. Tags - Any components that have been tagged will be generated next.
  3. Date Released - The date a component set was released (oldest first) will be generated next.

Components Released before DriveWorks 15

Any components released before installing DriveWorks 15 will be generated before anything released after installing DriveWorks 15.

A mode of operation for the 3D Preview Box control to display 3D content.


This mode will create and render SolidWorks files using the specified engine.

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