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Autopilot Settings

The Autopilot Settings task provides remote control of any DriveWorks Autopilot that is running and connected to a Shared Group that is open in DriveWorks Administrator.

When DriveWorks Autopilot machines are located they will display in the main window.

Individual Groups

When an Individual Group is open in DriveWorks Administrator the Autopilot Settings screen will display the message:

A Shared Group is required to see Autopilot machines.

The main window displays a snapshot of each DriveWorks Autopilot machine which is updated at regular intervals.

Listed next to each snapshot are the following pieces of information about the DriveWorks Autopilot machine:

  • The machines name
  • The machines operating system
  • The DriveWorks Autopilot functions
  • Latest received messages
  • An Open details... link

Set the function of DriveWorks Autopilot

This facility allows the work load placed on each DriveWorks Autopilot machine to be distributed over multiple machines.

The function of each DriveWorks Autopilot machine can be set by checking the functions box next to the machine snapshot.

The available functions are:

  • Generate ModelsAllows all outputs required from SOLIDWORKS to be generated on the selected machine (the machine must have SOLIDWORKS installed).
  • Process SpecificationsAllows each specification to be processed on the selected machine.
  • 3D PreviewAllows 3D models to be displayed in a 3D Preview Box control and will be generated on the selected machine (the machine must have SOLIDWORKS installed when the 3D Preview Box control is running in Autopilot Mode).
  • Process EmailsAllows all required Email outputs to be processed from the selected machine.
  • Process Triggered ActionsAllows all Triggered Actions to be processed from the selected machine.
A single DriveWorks Autopilot machine operating alone will require all functions to be checked.

To remotely set the function of a DriveWorks Autopilot machine:

Each machine must have DriveWorks Autopilot running and logged into the same shared group that DriveWorks Administrator is connected to.
  1. From DriveWorks Administrator select Stage 1: Group Setup > Autopilot Settings.
  2. Locate the DriveWorks Autopilot machine from the snapshot picture in the main window.
  3. Check the box next to each function you need that particular DriveWorks Autopilot machine to perform.
  4. Click the Save button from the Command Bar in DriveWorks Administrator.

Start or Stop DriveWorks Autopilot

To Start or Stop DriveWorks Autopilot:

Each machine must have DriveWorks Autopilot launched and logged into the same shared group that DriveWorks Administrator is connected to.
  1. From DriveWorks Administrator select Stage 1: Group Setup > Autopilot Settings.
  2. Locate the DriveWorks Autopilot machine from the snapshot picture in the main window.
  3. Click the Start  or Stop  button from the bottom of the snapshot of the machine.

Start or Stop Autopilot

The Start and Stop buttons will become inactive once either are pressed.

Open Details

The last two messages received from the DriveWorks Autopilot machine are displayed just above the Open Details link.

Selecting the Open Details link displays a larger, periodically updated, snapshot of the machine with a full log of messages displayed on the right.

To return to the screen that displays a summary of all DriveWorks Autopilot machines click the Return button on the Command Bar.

A database that holds DriveWorks information and allows multiple connections for access to administer and specify DriveWorks projects.

When more than one connection to the DriveWorks group exists (for example when DriveWorks Autopilot, DriveWorks User or DriveWorks Live is connected) the group MUST be a Shared Group.

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.