DriveWorks Pro 15: SOLIDWORKS Settings [send feedback...]

Introduction

Flat pattern DXF output folder

Any DXF file created automatically as part of the generation process can be stored in a single location. This is useful for CAM applications that monitor a single folder for any new additions and produce NC code from the file.

To choose the DXF location:

  1. Click the "Browse" button located at the end of the Flat pattern DXF output folder field
  2. Select the folder where the files are to be stored from the Browse for Folder dialogue
  3. Click "OK"
If the Specify DXF Output Folder is blank any DXF Files created will be stored in the same location as its parent SOLIDWORKS model or drawing.

SOLIDWORKS path

DriveWorks Administrator has the ability to launch SOLIDWORKS in certain areas such as Specification Test or to view CAD Data. DriveWorks Server controls SOLIDWORKS in order to generate models.

To allow for this DriveWorks needs to know the location of the local machines executable file for the required version of SOLIDWORKS.

To browse for the SOLIDWORKS executable:

  1. Click the Browse button at the end of the SOLIDWORKS path field.
  2.  Browse to the location of the SOLIDWORKS.exe file – this is usually installed at "C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS"
Users who have more than one version of SOLIDWORKS installed the executable browsed for here must be the version the DriveWorks master files have been created or saved with, and the clones are required to be saved as.
If the SOLIDWORKS path is left blank then DriveWorks will use the last opened version of SOLIDWORKS. 

Drive custom properties in all configurations

With this option checked DriveWorks will drive all configuration custom properties. With this option unchecked only the custom properties in the main file will be driven.

Create HTML Files of all eDrawings

With this option checked DriveWorks will save all eDrawings in HTML format. This will enable users to view an eDrawing in a web browser (eDrawings will still need to be installed).

Automatically zoom to fit

With this option checked all generated models will be zoomed to fit the graphics area of SOLIDWORKS prior to saving.

Images exported from a SOLIDWORKS model will be created from this final view.

This will impact model generation time. Only use when exporting image files from the model.

Feature Parameters behavior

This setting controls the units that will be used to drive Hole Wizard feature parameters.

The available options are listed in the table below:

Option

Meaning
Hole Wizards use user units (recommended)

The values to be driven into the dimensions, captured from the hole wizard parameters, will be in the units native to the document, e.g. 15 (for a part where the units are set to mm) or 0.590551 (for a part where the units are set to inch)

Hole Wizards use meters

The values to be driven into the dimensions, captured from the hole wizard parameters, will be in meters, e.g. 0.015 (15mm)

Model Generation Reporting

This sets the level of reporting for Model Generation.

There are three levels of reporting:

  • Minimal - Only model generation errors will be reported.
  • Normal (Default)- Model generation errors and warnings on the actions performed on each captured parameter will be reported.
  • Verbose - Model generation errors, warnings and information about the success of the actions performed on each captured parameter will be reported.
By default Normal level reporting will be applied.
During On Demand Model Generation reports are created as individual files.

During Queued Generation the reporting information is stored in the DriveWorks Group (database).

We recommend using Normal or Verbose reporting during testing only. Once in production please set the reporting level to minimal.

This will avoid large reports being produced and excessive amounts of data being stored in the DriveWorks Group file.

Batch delete instances and components

With this option checked instances and components will be deleted as a group. This will improve model generation performance in a production environment. If the option is unchecked instances and components will be deleted individually.

This option should be unchecked if using Model Insight as you may wish to view the individual deletions of instances and components.

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