SOLIDWORKS PCB: Adding 3D bodies to imported legacy layouts

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If you import a legacy board layout into SOLIDWORKS PCB, you probably won’t have 3D bodies attached to your 2D footprints. Doing a board layout from scratch, you’ll be placing the footprints from libraries where you’ve most likely added 3D bodies as well, so placing the footprints places the 3D bodies as well. Imported board layouts will not have the footprints linked to the libraries you’ve put together. However, adding 3D bodies isn’t as hard as you may initially think. […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Creating Variable Length Custom Ducts

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When placing wire ducts in your 3D model, if you select the “insert as duct” option, it will place a generic looking hollow box, sized according to the manufacturer part properties, and then ask you for the length. This works great, but some people want their ducts to look more like the real thing: If you have a model of the duct, and it is linked in the manufacturer part properties, then you can just select “insert” instead of “insert […]

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Connection Labels: Extra Info in Your Schematics

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a nice tool for displaying the connections to a component, through the use of the Connection Labels command. A connection label is simply a symbol that looks like a table and contains a multitude of attributes. It is frequently used similarly to what is shown below, as a means of displaying the destination for each wire on a connector. Something that I’ve seen that is a pretty neat idea, is to take those symbols a step further […]

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Hot Tip: Import SOLIDWORKS PCB Library from Ultra Librarian

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I’ve gotten some questions about whether SOLIDWORKS PCB can import the files generated by Digikey’s Ultra Librarian tool. Just recently I learned how to do it, so here is the official answer: you can download any component from Ultra librarian into SW PCB 2017 and newer without the use of any script. Navigate to the part you need to download in Ultra Librarian, and select to download the PCADV15 file under the Altium grouping. Might as well check to download […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – PCB Enhancements – #SW2019

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There are some exciting new features in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019. The mechanical oriented workflow has several enhancements, including the ability to define placement and component size constraints. The Collaboration now features copper and silkscreen representation, along with some other enhancements such as supporting multi-contour holes and patterning. Mechanical Workflow Inside of SOLIDWORKS, you can define any required PCB constraints such as placement and height restrictions. Also, the collaboration will communicate whether components can be moved. ‘Fixed’ components in SOLIDWORKS will […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – CircuitWorks – #SW2019

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CircuitWorks has been around for a number of years, and is a great tool for generating board assemblies based on ECAD data exported from other board layout software. It also has the ability of generating CircuitWorks data from a SOLIDWORKS assembly so you can import that data into your layout software. There are a few improvements this year on the latter form of communication. When you export SOLIDWORKS board files to CircuitWorks using the CircuitWorks Export Wizard, the wizard will […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Adding Rows and Columns to Title Blocks

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When setting up a title-block in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, you can import an existing dwg to reduce the amount of work needed to create it. The drawing portion will be done. Navigate to Library→Titleblock Manager→Import DWG. After importing you’ll need to delete any text that will change from one project to the next (or even one page to the next), replacing it with attributes instead. Where some people find difficulty is setting up the rows and columns. There is a #ROW […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Adding Item Numbers to your Bill of Material

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I’ve had many questions from many SOLIDWORKS Electrical users on if they could have item numbers in the Bill of Materials (BOM). This is something that is traditionally only needed in mechanical BOMs, since the electrical counterparts have the component marks to differentiate parts. However, some people still like item numbers, and I’ve always said, “sorry, but we don’t have that capability yet”. That was apparently not true! A user on the electrical forum figured out some SQL magic that […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Update & Replace Data makes Schematic Updates Quick and Easy

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Not everyone can make complete, 100% correct schematics on the first go. Changes and modifications happen often during life of a project. Thankfully, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a strong tool to make some of those changes seamless and easy. The Replace Data command is a tool that will quickly replace manufacturer parts. For example, if you decided later that, what was initially chosen, isn’t really going to work, then Replace Data is the tool for you. Another use is that it can replace all of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Representing Terminal Bridges

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a great tool for representing your terminal strips, and it automatically makes your terminal strip drawing for you! An important note for this tool to work correctly, is representing your bridges correctly. Many users know how to define them in the terminal strip editor, but don’t realize that you can also represent them in the schematic. If you draw wires jumpering the terminals together SOLIDWORKS Electrical detects that a bridge is being defined on that same connection, and […]

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