I am hoping there is another software that can use Solidworks assemblies and parts to make new assemblies used as a sales tool. This would keep the Solidworks parts and assemblies from being modified.
Can you give an example?
As far as I know, no not really. eDrawings is pretty useful for viewing existing stuff.
I don't really know the end use you want this for, but perhaps Visualize Standard could actually do what you want. It comes free and stand alone with swx pro and prem. It is, as the name suggest, a visualisation / rendering tool. But wouldn't be too much of a learning curve for a tech inclined person to figure out how to drag in multiple different assemblies and parts and make basic product images as they wanted, without fiddling with anything in solidworks itself.
I am building truck bodies with accessories for pest control and lawn care. I would like my sales person to be able to select a bed, then select storage boxes. I would like them to be able to place the boxes on the bed wherever the customer wants them. There are components that can go inside the box. I would like the sales people to be able to insert items into the box or boxes to meet customer requirements.
Michael Eckes wrote: I am building truck bodies with accessories for pest control and lawn care. I would like my sales person to be able to select a bed, then select storage boxes. I would like them to be able to place the boxes on the bed wherever the customer wants them. There are components that can go inside the box. I would like the sales people to be able to insert items into the box or boxes to meet customer requirements.
Michael Eckes wrote:
DriveWorks is your answer.. (but a lot of setup)
I suspected it would be something like this. Yea you're out of luck if you want it to be as easy to use as you'd like it to be. A probably expensive solution is to get in touch with a consultant to develop an application that works with solidworks to do this. I mean, IKEA's kitchen builder works pretty sweet, but do you have the resources of IKEA?
Realistic alternatives are:
Get a new solidworks standard license for the sales person/team. Send them to the first few swx intro courses. Have your design team build the sales team a little library of somewhat standard stuff, so they can drag drop things around.
A cheaper version of the above is to do the same thing but with Fusion360 (but with solidworks your designers can help out your sales people much easier).
An even cheaper version is to do the same but with FreeCAD.
But honestly, I can already see a few sales people sitting in the corner crying with confusion.
As mentioned: Driveworks. Still though, a lot of setup.
Yeah, allowing them to move things around is fine, but takes more training than you might expect. You can have as many options as possible pre-set that they can select from before they have to move anything outside of your pre-set configurations. Driveworks Express (the free one) might do the job for you, but it takes some programming to do much beyond the basics. Setting up a lot of options with configurations could work too.
Driveworks setup just depends on how complicated your assembly can be. Sounds like you could just add all the options to an assembly and let driveworks suppress things that are not selected. you could do that with driveworks express.
if you want to build the assembly and switch out parts, that would be the full version of driveworks that you would be looking for.
Michael Eckes, Are you willing to spend some money for the custom solution? If yes, then contact Keith Rice.
Have you looked at using viewer licenses for read-only access to your CAD files?
Michael Eckes - Not sure what your needing that doesn't come with SolidWorks.. Here I save as an eDrawing and then I open the eDrawing file and save it as an HTML file and that is what we send to the customer or potential client..
Also, you can protect your models and allow limited editing using PDM to set up specific permissions for different SolidWorks users.
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