Introducing the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

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If you have a seat of SOLIDWORKS PCB, but would like managers, design reviewers, or other designers to be able to view the schematics or layouts of boards without using that seat, then you’ll be happy to know that there is now a free SOLIDWORKS PCB viewer. You will no longer have to produce PDF documentation for a review. They can view all of the PCB files in their native format, and just produce the PDFs for release documentation. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – PCB Enhancements

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Duplicate Pad Designators Traditionally, PCB designers would make their PCB footprints with mounting holes and label those holes as pad 0. Multiple mounting holes would all be labeled pad 0. And pretty much every PCB design software doesn’t have an issue with that. SOLIDWORKS PCB hasn’t had an issue with that either, except for when it comes to the collaboration with SOLIDWORKS CAD. We couldn’t handle it on the mechanical end and required people to label every pad with a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Electrical: Report Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 has some great improvements to the report outputs that we can generate. Report Enhancements for Fields and Templates 2019 saw the addition of table views to the SQL Query tab in the report properties. That makes it a lot easier to make custom reports or modifications, not having to worry as much about the FROM statement in the query. In 2020 we have some further enhancements. Out of the box we have reports that allow you to […]

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SOLIDWORKS PCB: Workflows and Conflicts Using Subversion

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When using SOLIDWORKS PCB there is built-in Subversion to mediate the ECAD collaboration. SOLIDWORKS has come a long way since I wrote the last blog about this in March. There is now a PDM connector that will let you check your projects into PDM. However, you may still want to utilize SVN, and I felt that I needed to go into more detail on how that can look. Here are a couple of different workflow scenarios where there are two […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Editing Wire Styles

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The fastest way to create wire styles is to copy and paste the wire styles from one project to another. If you do that I recommend saving them into your project template so you don’t have to do it every time you create a project. However, what if you want to create some new wire styles you haven’t used before? You can, of course, go to the wire style manager and add them one at a time, editing all the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Do I Need Training?

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Many people buy SOLIDWORKS CAD and are able to get pretty proficient without buying training, due to the plethora of youtube videos out on the interwebs, as well as the software being pretty intuitive. SOLIDWORKS has had 25 years to get it to that point. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has not had nearly as long, so there aren’t very many videos to watch when you get stuck. Luckily, we are here to support you. However, almost every customer benefits from taking a […]

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SOLIDWORKS PCB now natively integrates with PDM!

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SOLIDWORKS PCB has been a big hit with customers, enabling an easy, seamless collaboration between ECAD and MCAD designers. However, one thing has been missing: PDM integration. We could store the board assembly files in PDM just as easily as any other SOLIDWORKS Assembly, but the ECAD files had to be manually placed in PDM and managed, similar to any other non-SOLIDWORKS file. In the last couple of weeks, SOLIDWORKS has released the PCB-PDM Connector. Installing it will give you […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Sub-Components

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What is a sub-Component? When you place terminals using the insert terminal command in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, it will automatically add terminals to an overall terminal strip. In this case the terminal strip is the master component, and the terminals are the sub components. In the PLC manager, you can create a PLC and then add plc cards, racks, etc to the PLC. There is an overall master component mark, and then the sub component PLC parts. This same type of […]

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SOLIDWORKS PCB: Global Editing of Component Parameters

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Every component in SOLIDWORKS PCB has parameters that will be available in your document generation, such as your bill of materials. Having to manage them on an individual basis does leave a possibility for error, though. For example, some diodes may have a parameter of Vf, some Vforward, some Forward Voltage. You wouldn’t want to have to include all three columns in your documentation. The parameter manager allows for quick and easy editing of parameters across all of your components […]

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SOLIDWORKS PCB: ECAD Collaboration

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The standard way that SOLIDWORKS handles collaboration is through PDM and allows only one user to edit the file at a time. The method used in SOLIDWORKS PCB is a little different. PCB uses a product called PCB Services, which runs on a central server, similar to PDM. Each user will open the project through the project manager in SOLIDWORKS PCB. You’ll notice there is a column for “local copy.” When you open a project, it will create a copy […]

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